Editor's Picks: Your 10 Must-Need Camping Essentials

Here are a 10 of my “must need” essentials when camping with good company in cars, in forests, deserts, and beyond.

Editor's Picks: Your 10 Must-Need Camping Essentials

Your List For Small Go-to Camping Needs

Design-Driven Tools and Essentials

Everyone can agree that camping is the best part of summer. Those silly conversations held at the campfire, the numerous cups of gritty lake-water coffee, the smell of fresh air you can’t replicate anywhere else, and the fantastic fleeting feeling of wildness. Though, packing for a camping trip can be a little daunting, especially if you’re looking to upgrade existing items or are in need of a few extra necessities...

Whomever I travel with or wherever I go — one truth remains: my space is limited. Below are a 10 of my “must needs” when camping with good company (not backpacking, that’d be a separate list) in cars, in forests, deserts, and beyond.

Photo By: Outdoor Magic.

Photo By: Wired For Adventure.

Jetboil’s Flash Boil

Oh my gosh, I just love this thing. From backpacking to car camping, this essential need is a MUST when traversing the outdoors. The Flash Boil is the one I personally use and love, but any of their sizes / products work perfectly for any outdoor kitchen setup. A blistering boil times come standard on their industry-leading Flash. By modeling the combustion and selecting materials to optimize efficiency, Jetboil is able to create the fastest boil ever—cutting a full minute off our best boil time.

Best part? You can easily create eat or drink out of the container itself, leaving you a mess-free dinner.

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Photo By: Snow Peak.

Photo By: Snow Peak.

Snow Peak’s Take! Bamboo Chair

These babies come with a hefty price tag, not going to lie, but they are one of the most design-focused camping chairs I’ve seen come to life. Your camping set-up can just as easily look good as it feels. The cushion of sturdy washable canvas gently embraces the person sitting in their "Take!" Chair. The chairs combination of laminated bamboo and aluminum framework offers a beautiful design guaranteed to last.

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Photo By: Huckberry.

Photo By: Huckberry.

GSI Outdoor’s Backpacker Solo Pour-Over Set

Camping and coffee: a glorious combo that’ll go down in the history books like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. With the help of GSI Outdoors, you can enjoy that combo every time you step out of your dewy tent in the early morning hours when you’re deep in the wilderness. Their Coffee Rocket is the one person pour-over camp coffee maker that collapses down to nest perfectly inside the Backpacker Mug for an all-in-one coffee brewing experience—not to mention, they’re lightweight and highly packable for a successful, delicious outdoor brew every time you’re off the grid.

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Photo By: Yeti.

Photo By: Yeti.

Yeti Hard Cooler’s Tundra Ice Chest

The end-all to coolers of this generation. I’m a personal fan of Yeti and their products / branding, so anything they come out with I’m down for. Every hard cooler model they make - from the Roadie® to the behemoth Tundra 350; the Silo™ 6 Gallon water cooler to our party-ready TANK - is built to perform in the most extreme conditions. Trust your YETI hard cooler will reform at every opportunity, from the back country to the backyard and everywhere the wild demands you go.

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Photo By: Moment.

Photo By: Moment.

F-Stop's Ajna Bag

This backpack is the perfect balance between a big backpacking backpack and a small daypack. It’s just about the biggest size that we would roll around the city with as a daypack, but is also the perfect backpacking size for a weekend trip. There’s endless straps and areas to connect tripods or extra rope or ice axes (maybe?). F-stop didn’t compromise the real backpacking, outdoor, adventure components of this pack just to make room for the camera components. They prioritized both and it really shows, but without messing with the simplicity of the design. When the ICU is inside you have a great camera pack, but there’s dual functionality because when you lose the ICU, it just becomes a sweet backpacking backpack.

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Photo By: Sierra Designs.

Photo By: Sierra Designs.

Sierra Deisgn’s Metoeor 4-Person Tent

What’s a camping trip without the tent, right? If you’re unlike myself and have a Roofnest attached to the top of your Subaru Outback, then check out this beautifully crafted 4-person tent. The Meteor is large and in charge, bringing you vast interior space at a minimum weight. With 2 doors and 2 vestibules there is plenty of storage for gear, and the fully freestanding design makes set up fast and easy. A ridge pole creates steep wall angles to make everything more livable, and the stargazer fly makes clear nights that much more beautiful. Upgrade your backcountry living situation.

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Photo By: United By Blue.

United By Blue’s Inlet Enamel Mug

These puppies have been in my bag nearly every camping trip I’ve ever been on since finding out about these beautifully crafted enamel mugs. Roll out of your tent and pour a fresh coffee into this hardy cup. West coasters may recognize the design — it's inspired by the sunset over Washington's San Juan Islands.

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Patagonia’s Better Sweater Jacket

Patagonia’s fleeces are infamous for a reason — and a good one at that. Wear this warm, 100% recycled polyester fleece in a full-zip jacket dyed with a low-impact process that significantly reduces the use of dyestuffs, energy and water compared to conventional dyeing methods. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn. Love it! By their nature, knitted garments are prone to pilling, and this style is no exception. Removing pills can help lengthen the life of your Patagonia sweater, plus it’s easy to do with a sweater stone. Learn about removing pills at wornwear.com.

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Photo By: Goal Zero.

Photo By: Goal Zero.

Goal Zero Portable Power Pack

Again, this comes at a hefty price tag, but it’s worth it! Oh my gosh is it worth it. For someone who works in the remote culture, it’s imperative that my electronics are charged to the tenth degree — I don’t have time for a dead battery. Goal Zero’s portable power packs are the ley ingredient for a successful zap. Designed for charging phones, tablets, cameras, and more, the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium, in particular, can also be used as an alternative to a gasoline-powered inverter generator, running small appliances, lights, even medical devices during short power outages.

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Photo By: REI.

Photo By: Kelty.

Kelty Cosmic 20 Sleeping Bag

Sleep snug and sound on subfreezing fall nights in the men's Kelty Cosmic 20 sleeping bag. It features soft-as-silk nylon taffeta fabric and a handy stash pocket for your headlamp. My boyfriend owns this bad boy and uses it for every single trip we’re on in the outdoors, whether that be in a car, rooftop tent, or under the stars without a tent.

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Julia snapping her shot.

Happy Camping!

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