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25 Best Cool Camping Gear For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

By Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: April 25, 2018

Cool Camping GearOnce you’ve acquired all your camping essentials, it’s time to add some cool camping gear.

The type of gear that’ll impress your friends.

Gear that will take your camping adventures to a new level of awesome.

Which means more convenience, more comfort, and more fun!

Sometimes cool camping gear equals new high-tech gadgets.

Other times it’s gear that’s proven itself and has stood the test of time.

Either way, it’s all gear you’ll want to add to your wish list.

So here’s a sneak peek of the cool camping gear we’re about to show you:

Note: Feel free to click any of the navigation links above to skip ahead to that cool camping gear. 


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Solo Camping / Bonfire Stove


solo wood burning stoveThere are a lot of portable stoves on the market today and Solo Stove is one of the very best.

From compact backpacking stoves to camping stoves to large portable fire pit, Solo Stove has it all.

Solo Stove’s been making high-quality stainless steel campfire tools for years.

They’ve earned a reputation for smart engineering behind their fuel-efficient designs.

The high-temperature combustion means you use less wood, get more heat, and don’t have as much smoke.

Just think about the last campfire you had with smoke blowing in your face. Being forced to move your chair around every 5 minutes.

But with the Solo Stove Bonfire, that’s a thing of the past.

Plus, they’re specifically designed to place your large skillets over for cooking.


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RTIC Coolers


RTIC prides itself on offering high-quality coolers at a fantastic price.

An RTIC cooler can pack out an entire elk – and 3” of insulation can keep ice on your beverages for a week!

They’re built using the same roto-molding process as whitewater kayaks. And they’re designed to resist bear break-ins!

RTIC coolers can even be pad-locked closed to keep everything ELSE out as well.


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Anytime Charge Solar Power Bank

Skilled Survival highly recommends the Anytime Charge Solar Power Bank.

Why? Because it’s one of the most durable, compact, and cost-effective portable solar chargers on the market today. But don’t let its compact size fool you, it’s also got a massive 10,000 mAh battery capacity!

The massive battery storage is enough to charge any of your devices multiple times. Plus, with dual charging outputs, you can power multiple devices at the same time!

Simply plug in your devices via the supplied USB cable (you can use any USB cable) and press the power button.  Your device will begin to take power from the Anytime Charge right away.

Recharging the Anytime Solar Bank couldn’t be easier – just leave it in the sun and it will automatically fill the large battery bank back up ANYWHERE.

Plus, it’s splash resistant and comes with an emergency flashlight with a strobe function.

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Crazy Creek Chairs


Camping is all about relaxing in the great outdoors. And relaxing means being comfortable.

How can you be comfortable in your tent or your campsite if you don’t have a seat?

Instead, look no further than Crazy Creek Chairs.

I saw my first Crazy Creek Chair over 20 years ago. But the company keeps putting out new refinements and updates, and they’re better than ever.

The Crazy Creek Chair is excellent for hanging out at your campsite. Or on the beach, but it really shines as a canoe seat, where it makes long days paddling much more comfortable.

With enough padding and an adjustable back, you can fine-tune a Crazy Creek Chair for any situation.


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Fire Laces


When it comes to cool camping gear, it’s always a good plan to have a few backup items in your everyday carry kit.

But if you can do so by replacing something you already carry AND serves dual purposes, all the better.

Firelaces combine a paracord-style shoelace with “ferrocerium” tips. Just strike these tips against any sharp steel edge and produce a shower of white-hot sparks.

With no moving parts, fuel, batteries, and waterproof, this a no-brainer bootlace replacement!


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Aqua-tainer / Water Brick


When it comes to bulk water storage, there’s a reason The Aqua-trainer ends up in so many campsites.

They’re inexpensive (under $20/ea), lightweight (about 1lb), and high-capacity (7gal).

Plus, they have a reversible tap that stows away for protection during transport. And a wide opening for quick filling and easy cleaning.

Another great option for campsite water storage is the Water Brick.

Water Bricks StackedAnd while the Water Brick weighs slightly more and the capacity per brick is not as large; they’re stackable!

So for storing water in your home for emergencies, several Water Bricks in your basement are the way to go.

Then for camping trips, grab a few from your basement using the built-in handle.


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Survival Knife


Survival Neck KnifeI couldn’t possibly list all the uses of a knife around the campground. It’s one of those tools you’ll use every single day for a variety of tasks.

But not all knives are created equal.

I prefer the durability of a full-tang fixed blade knife over a pocket knife. But these knives can be a pain to carry.

That’s why you should consider wearing a neck knife.

This Neck Knife puts a compact, survival knife around your neck. This access gives you immediate access to a sharp blade at hand whenever you need it.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire GPS Watch 


Garmin has been around for decades, making mapping software and equipment. But their new Fenix 5 GPS watch is a top-of-the-line survival watch.

The built-in barometric altimeter tracks your elevation and predicts changes in the weather.

The connected features tie into your other electronic devices (i.e., your smartphone). And the large full-color display makes it easy to track your progress at a glance.

All this tech is packed into a stainless steel and sapphire glass case that’s water-resistant to 100m. So you know it’ll be functioning under the worst of conditions!

This is one high-tech tactical watch!


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AIDIER Reflective Nylon Guyline Cord 


In the middle of the night, it’s hard to find your way around camp without waking everyone up. Especially on one of those midnight bathroom trips.

They can be a real disaster!

That’s why you should swap out your tent guylines with reflective ones from AIDIER.

They’ve got reflective strands in the sheath, making them pop out in the beam of even the weakest flashlight.

The 2.5mm diameter cord is strong enough for tents, clotheslines, and repairs around camp.

Pro-tip: a small loop of reflective cord on zipper pulls makes them easy to find as well.


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Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock


Relaxing in a hammock in camp is one of the great pleasures of the wilderness!

Sleeping in one can give you a great alternative to damp or rocky ground.

But that depends on getting a comfortable, lightweight hammock.

The ENO DoubleNest packs down to the size of a softball and weighs a little over a pound, but holds up to 400lbs!

The optional bug screen and rain fly make a full hammock camping setup simple and easy to set up in a hurry.

You might also be interested in sleeping in a hammock tent if you want to practice minimalist camping.


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Tesla Lighter


Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of windproof lighters and found them all to be more “wind-resistant” than anything. The Tesla Lighter is a different breed – a flame-free, smoke-free, fuel-less lighter.

Try as hard as you want; you can’t blow out the twin plasma arcs.

Instead, they produce easy fire starts for all types of natural kindling.

The compact Tesla Lighter is an excellent addition to your everyday carry tools.

And a single charge (via USB) is enough to start hundreds of campfires!


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Western Mountaineering Down Bootie


At the end of a long day on the trail, what’s the first thing you want to do? For me, it’s to get out of my damp boots and into something dry and warm.

This often means lightweight sandals. But sandals don’t offer any protection from the environment or the frigid cold.

Instead, reach for these insulated-down booties from Western Mountaineering.

These will keep your feet warm and dry while you do chores around camp.

They have durable rubberized nylon soles that are slip-resistant. Plus, the thermal foam insole and the thick layer of 800-fill down insulation will keep your toes warm.

Your feet will thank you!


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Portable Power Jumper


There are few feelings worse than having a dead battery in the remote wilderness. You’re now stranded miles from home.

In the past, you’d hope and pray for a generous stranger to give you a jump with jumper cables.

But those days are over; now you can rely on yourself with a portable power jumper!

In the package, you’ll find a battery pack and a set of compact alligator clips.

Don’t let the compact size fool you; it’s got enough juice to easily jump-start even a large pickup truck.

NOTE: You might not need THAT much power – if your car is 2.5L or less then I recommend getting the PowerTech 8k instead. It’ll take care of boosting your car at a more affordable price point.


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Gear Aid Tenacious Tape


When you depend on your gear day in and day out, it’s going to see some wear and tear.

Eventually, you’ll have to throw a few stitches in to mend a hole. But this leaves an ugly repair that likely won’t keep the elements out.

Tenacious Tape is a far better alternative to your Frankenstein stitches. It will seal rips and tears in all kinds of fabrics fast and without resorting to needle and thread.

The patches are water-resistant, durable, and you can carry enough for several repairs in a tiny kit.


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JetBoil Flash Cooking System


When you’re moving fast and light, you don’t always have space (or weight) in your pack for a lot of cooking options.

The JetBoil Flash is a compact, self-contained cooking system. It includes a compact, electric starter and insulated heat exchanging cooking cup.

The JetBoil System runs on easy-to-find iso-butane fuel canisters and will boil a liter of water in under 2 minutes!

That’s pretty cool camping gear IMO.

At just over a pound and the size of a water bottle, you can fit the entire JetBoil system into the smallest corner of your pack.


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Survival Frog Emergency Solar Air Lantern


Solar Air Lantern

A few years ago, I bought a Survival Frog Emergency Air Lantern for a camping trip to a mountain lake.

It was high summer, and fire conditions meant a complete ban on campfires. So we wanted some light in camp after sunset.

Well after dark, a lost kayaker paddled up to our site, with a couple of solar lanterns sitting in the empty fire ring. She had seen our “campfire” from across the lake and couldn’t find any other way back to her friends.

This little inflatable light not only lets allowed us to prep and clean up after dinner in the dark. But served as a beacon for someone in real need of help!

It’s now a standard part of my camping essentials, and we always leave one lit on the beach in camp.


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Sportsman Industries Pocket Chainsaw


Last winter, I was heading home from a ski trip and came across a couple of small downed trees in the road.

They were too high to drive over even in my Jeep, and I couldn’t pull them out of the way.

Eventually, I cleared them with the axe in my survival gear. But it took a long time (even with a sharp survival axe) and left me wishing I had a compact saw in the kit.

I ran across this pocket chainsaw a few weeks later and put it to good use. It’s a better option than an axe for awkward angles and doesn’t need fuel or batteries to run.

It packs down into a small nylon bag and takes almost no space in my glovebox. It was an inexpensive addition that has saved me at least one cold night out since!


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Lodge Dutch Oven


Campground meals become much more appealing when you move beyond just freeze-dried foods.

One of the most versatile camp kitchen tools is a cast iron dutch oven and a tripod over the campfire.

Everything from soup and stew to freshly baked bread comes out delicious! Pick an 8 to 10qt dutch oven to cook for a crowd.

If you take care of the cast iron, you’ll be able to hand it down to your grandkids!

Note: Another cool camping oven is a solar oven. Using the power of the sun to cook a meal is a pretty awesome feat.


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Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad


The Klymit Sleeping Pad is one of the most popular camping pads on the market right now, and for a good reason. It provides nearly 2.5” of comfort at about 1lb – and packs down to only 3” x 8”.

The chamber design limits air movement. And it also reduces “dead” spots for side sleepers – where your shoulder or hip hits the ground.

The design also includes “side rails,” larger champers meant to keep you from sliding off the pad at night. And at only 10-15 breaths, the Static V2 also inflates fast, so you’re not wasting time (or breath) setting up camp!

For colder climates, the insulated ones have 3X the R-value. Making sure you stay toasty and comfortable even on the frostiest of nights!


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Survival Frog Pocket Light


Multi-use items are the backbone of any good survival kit – and that goes double for electronics.

This compact pocket lantern can serve as a flashlight for close-up work and a lantern for an entire campsite.

The Pocket Light charges from either solar or any USB power outlet – and can be used as a power bank to charge small devices.

For a lightweight package about the size of a hockey puck, that’s a lot of functionality in a small space!


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Dr. Bronners Soap


Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap

Soap? Seriously? Soaps not “cool camping gear”, right? This soap is!

I’ve heard more than one person refer to Dr. Bronner’s as “the soap with the crazy labels.”

While it’s true, there’s some interesting philosophy on the labels. Dr. Bronner’s soap is made with all-natural ingredients and is safe to use around water sources.

It forms a great lather, cuts through kitchen grease as easily as it cleans hair. It also doesn’t irritate sensitive skin and rinses clean.

Before you buy an expensive “camp soap,” look for either liquid or bar soap from Dr. Bronners for your campsite.


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Frontiersman Bear Spray


Ever hear the joke:

“Backpackers wear bells and carry pepper spray to ward off bears. Black bear scat is full of seeds, but grizzly bear scat is full of bells and smells like pepper.”

All joking aside, pepper spray has proven to be a reliable bear deterrent.

But not just any cheap, off-the-shelf brand will do.

You need the highest strength formula you can find and a spray canister with a long-distance range. That way you can ward off an approaching animal from further away.

Of course, if it works for grizzlies, Sabre Frontiersman Bear Spray will work on human threats as well!


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Survival Frog Quick Heat Handwarmer


What’s one item that’s often buried deep down in the bottom of most survival caches? A set of disposable hand and foot warmers.

At about $1 each, they’re easy to pick up, but they’re not all that reliable.

If you’re lucky, their airtight wrappers are still sealed, and they haven’t gone bad. But you’ve got no way to know without trying them.

The team at Survival Frog got tired of the uncertainty and developed a reusable hand warmer. One that provides heat and can be quickly recharged anywhere you have power.

Better yet, with three heat settings and a quick warm-up time, it’s easy to pick the level you need. No disposable hand warmer can do that!

Hand warmers have come a long way and are a HOT survival gadget to take camping!


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Coleman Classic Propane Stove


The Coleman “suitcase” stove has been around for decades and has proved its worth. Chances are your parents cooked dinner over one before you were even born.

They’re nearly indestructible due to their simple construction.

Their standard green propane cans are easy to find. And adapters allow the use of bulk BBQ propane canisters for long-term use.

The new models put out more heat than ever before (up to 22,000 BTUs!). And the fine-tune control allows you to cook without burning your food.

If you’ve got the space in your vehicle or at a cabin, you can’t beat a Coleman Classic propane stove.


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Cumberland Inflatable Fishing Float Tube


Talk about a lightweight portable way to fish in any lake!

This isn’t the only option when it comes to inflatable fishing boats (there are Kayaks, Stand UP Paddle Boards, etc.).

However, this is one of the best for camping.

Why?

First off, it has a 350-pound max capacity, but only weighs 14 lbs.

That means it’s ideal to take along to even the most remote campsites. It even comes with adjustable carrying straps.

This inflatable tube rig also has a thick padded seat with an adjustable backrest. Keeping you extremely comfortable. 

There are also 2 fishing rod holders and 2  large cargo pockets.

Plus, it’s tough as hell.

Because it has an Abrasion-resistant PVC bottom and hydrodynamic hull shape.

Finally, there’s a large mesh stripping apron right in front of you. So you can work on your line and lure with ease. The apron includes an integrated fish ruler as well.

How cool is that?!

Cool Camping Gear Wrap Up


This was a rundown of some of our favorite cool camping gear – but we’d love to hear from you!

What other new cool camping gear and gadgets are on your list?

Leave us a comment and we may just add it to this list!

Also, if you enjoyed this article you might also like our camping hacks article.

Jason K.

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