Ever since I was a kid, camping and being outdoors played a HUGE part in my life. Every summer my mom’s family had a family reunion at Higgins Lake in northern Michigan. We camped every year. Now that I’m an adult, I still like to incorporate the outdoors and camping into my life. Phil and I love to travel, and we also love to save money, so camping is never out of the question for us on trips. When we went on our two week trip out west, we bought all new gear, camped at every national park, and the gear has lasted for years. To do basic camping you don’t need expensive brand name equipment. If you want to do longer trips, and want your equipment to last then sometimes it does make sense to buy well known brands. Here is some affordable camping gear that we LOVE. These are requirements for any camping trip we go on.
REI Co-op Dome 2 Tent
Weighs 5lbs, fits 2 people; super easy to set up
- Durable, equal-length aluminum poles and pole-clip design offer quick setup
- Polyester taffeta rainfly and a bound, cut-in floor provide a taut, water-resistant pitch
- Polyester fabric resists UV degradation
- Mesh storage pockets inside tent keep small items organized
- Includes stuff sack, pole and stake bags, 4 stakes, 2 guylines with tighteners and pole repair tube
- Large mesh windows secured by zip open panels
- Awnings enable views and ventilation while providing weather coverage
Coleman North Rim Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag
This is a great basic sleeping bag; does get cold in cooler weather.
- 100% Polyester with fill 100% Polyester
- Mummy-style adult sleeping bag for camping in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Can accommodate most people up to 6 feet 2 inches in height
- Semi-sculpted hood tightens with a drawstring to seal in heat
- Quilting construction, insulated footbox, and Thermolock draft tube for warmth and heat retention
- ZipPlow system plows away fabric to prevent snagging during zipping
Therm-a-rest: Neoair xlite Sleeping Pad
Not a ton of cushion but just enough
- Patent-pending reflective layer returns heat back to your body and creates air pockets that conserve warmth, all without the bulk and weight of down and synthetic fills
- New softer fabrics bring better next-to-skin comfort and boost durability with no added weight
- Ultra-packable design offers less weight and bulk than a 1-liter water bottle
- Advanced fabrics and a tapered design have an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio
- 2.5-in. thickness, soft-touch fabrics and baffled internal structure provide unrivaled comfort, stability and support
- Hammock-specific cut ensures excellent insulation for your hammock-camping needs; shape provides insulated fit but easy entrance and exit from hammock
- An adjustable shockcord at each end speeds the setup, meaning less time shivering and more time enjoying nestled, toasty goodness
- Universal fit works with all ENO hammocks
- Included nylon stuff sack for easy storage
- Increase warmth by using in conjunction with any ENO Topquilt (sold separately)
obviously not needed for all camping trips, but we had this for when we went on day hikes in Montana and Wyoming, just incase we got lost.
- This official LifeStraw personal water filter will provide 792 gallons (3,000 liters) of safe drinking water without using chemicals, iodine
- Removes 99.9999% of bacteria including Escherichia coli (e-coli), campylobacter, vibrio cholera, pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella, salmonella
- Removes 99.9% of protozoa including giardia lamblia (beaver fever), cryptosporidium parvum, entamoeba histolytica
- No shelf life, can be stored indefinitely even after use
- Perfect for your family and friends to use during camping, hiking and backpacking or for your emergency kits at your home, car and office
- Easy-to-use InstaStart ignition sparks the stove to life quickly and takes the worry out of remembering matches
- Once this propane camping stove starts to heat up, PerfectHeat Technology gets the temperatures just right
- PerfectFlow Pressure Control System keeps the heat steady on each of the 2 high-performance 11,000-BTU burners
- Folding WindBlock™ shields keep the wind from blowing the flames around
- Spacious cooking surface is large enough to fit a 10-in. pan and a 12-in. pan at the same time
- Independently adjustable controls allow you to set your heat anywhere from simmer to boil
- 2-burner camp stove is efficient, with a 1-hr. runtime on high using a single 16.4-oz. propane cylinder (sold separately)
- When the fun is done, the removable heavy-duty, nickel-chrome grates make cleaning easy, and the built-in handle will have you carrying this lightweight stove effortlessly
- Durable steel construction withstands rugged cooking conditions
- Due to flammable item shipping restrictions, we cannot sell fuel canisters online; they are available at REI retail stores
Rechargeable LED light– hang from top of tent light, because have you ever tried to read a book before bed while camping? You can also carry this on your hiking bag.
- 4 Lighting Modes: 100% brightness to illuminate the entire campsite, 50% brightness for saving energy, warm white lighting for mosquito repellent, SOS mode for emergencies.
- High brightness: camping lantern with SMDS LED high power that allows a brightness of up to 100 lumens.
- Rechargeable USB: with 1000mAh built-in li-ion battery. Battery with circuit breaker function to prevent overcharging or overdischarge. When you remove the handle, the last becomes a USB cable.
- Waterproof: IP67 waterproof, can be hung on the inside or outside of the tent, even if it is unexpected that it is raining.
- Compact and portable everywhere: dimensions of Φ80mmx72mm and weight of 102g, small flashlight that does not clutter your gym bag
- Ultra bright! 360 degree 146 lumen led camping lanterns – highest quality ce & rohs approved military grade abs material is the best camping lantern accessories flashlight survival gear & camping equipment gift set that is built to last. Designed for you – collapses into small bundle for easy control and storage – excellent for outdoor furniture [6 aa batteries included]
- Best money ever spent: the mallome led lantern lights set includes 2 colors: navy blue + army green-our marshmallow roasting and smores making guide with 10 recipes ebook is also available for all buyers at no extra cost!
- Life saver in all situations: enjoy the great outdoors without second guessing if you packed everything for your nights – with over 100, 000 hours of led bulb life span they out do any candle camp lamp, with the lightweight, compact, and portable design, the mallome led lantern is a multi-purpose essential whether as a work light, book light, reading light, hurricane lantern, emergency outages and blackouts light, car auto emergency light kit, bug out bag lamp, or just for outdoor lighting fun
- Perfect gifts for men, family and friends: #1 outdoor backpacking gear & camping backpack and hiking led lantern set for anyone looking for a high quality, great value product for the camping world to enjoy with the people you love
- 100% satisfaction guarantee -the full camping gear camping equipment lantern bundle comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Mallome is dedicated to address any product/service issues and is committed to delivering a 5 star experience for all buyers.
- 115 piece medical supplies from FDA / CE / iso13854 registered supplier with survival gear bag first aid kit are ideal as outdoor sport survival kit
- Durable, compact & portable bag size:7.5″x5.1″x2″, total weighs approx. 1lb., holds all the valuable medical first aid supplies and preparedness items
- Complete first aid kit is lightweight portable and easy to store and carry in home office cars and backpack
- High quality standards, manufactured with the finest equipment in a modern FDA registered facility
- Be prepared, this first aid kit will allow to be ready for unexpected basic daily misshapes
Pass the Pigs AKA Best camping game ever
- LET’S PLAY: Two to four players may compete, and the first player to reach 100 points or more wins the game.
- IT’S YOUR TURN: You roll and if you get a Pig-Out or an Oinker, then you pass the pigs onto the next player. If you get anything else, you may decide to roll again or pass the pigs.
- TAKE YOUR PIGS ANYWHERE: Makes an ideal travel game with its small plastic carrying case.
- 18/8 vacuum insulated stainless steel construction
- No sweat design keeps ice cold for up to 6 hours
- Bottom pad for no clanking or slippage
- Contoured shape and thin rim designed for enhanced drinking experience and aroma
- Perfect for wine
Rome Cast Iron Pie Iron AKA Sandwich/Pizza Maker
- The Original Pie Iron Since 1964
- Heavy Duty Square Cast Iron Design
- 28 inch Overall Length
- Toasts Pies and Sandwiches With Ease
- Great Fun For Firepits
Mystical Fire: This makes your fire come alive and reminds me of Harry Potter every time.
- DROP UNOPENED: on fire watch the vibrant colors.
- WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL: on any wood fire
- VIBRANT COLORS: green, blue, yellow, and purple.
- FUN FOR EVERYONE: family, friends of all ages.
- GREAT INDOOR/ OUTDOOR FUN: campfires, fireplaces
There are so many cool products you can get for camping!!! Seriously! These are just the basics that we use on almost every trip. I hope with the weather changing, and summer around the corner, you can book an awesome camping trip with loved ones. There is nothing better than sitting around a camp fire on a summer night in Michigan.