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The 8 Best Camping Accessories & Gadgets of 2021

Everyone knows the basics you need for camping and that’s typically what they have as part of their setup. A tent, sleeping bag and pad, a good pack, you can get by with a pretty small amount of gear. Of course, this minimalist approach can also make things much more challenging and at times less enjoyable. There are a growing number of specialized and multi-use camping accessories that can now make your life that much easier and pleasant while exploring the outdoors.

Highly useful camping gadgets and gear can be so beneficial they can almost be considered camping essentials at this point. The best camping accessories will make your life easier and allow you to more thoroughly enjoy the outdoors instead of battling the elements. These are some of our favorite camping accessories that take up little pack space but provide big benefits because we all could use a little more cool camping gear.


VSSL Camp Supplies

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Everyone loves to go on an adventure, it’s the packing and prep leading up to it that can be a slog. Luckily the VSSL Camp Supplies is here to make that step much more quick, reliable, and enjoyable. It is quite accurately named as it is essentially a vessel filled with camping supplies. 72 camping essentials to be exact (yes you read that correctly). They are all neatly packaged and labeled in a 9” x 2” military-grade aluminum tube that is both indestructible and waterproof.

The tube itself has a built-in light and compass to assist you in navigating your travels. The included camping essentials range from a firestarter kit to a first aid kit, to a wire saw. We’d list out the other 69 but you’d probably rather start mapping out that next trail you want to hike. No matter your pack size, make sure to include this offering from VSSL next time you venture out as it’s one of the best camping essentials in existence.

WeightDimensions Original Price
1.32 lbs9" x 2"$128.95

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Nemo Puffin 1P Blanket

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A blanket is just a blanket, right? Well, that was the case until Nemo decided to do what they do best and pack endless features into a piece of camping gear, creating the Puffin 1P Blanket in the process. Constructed of high-quality and buttery soft nylon micro ripstop, it’s quiet while you're using it and easy to wash once you’re done exploring. It is filled with ultra-lofty synthetic insulation that is both packable and warm.

With curved edges to more effectively wrap around your body and an internal stuff sack so the blanket can double as a pillow, they’ve thought of everything. But the best feature may be the Foot Nook, a system that keeps your feet tucked in and out of the cold. It's time to start daydreaming about the next time you’re snuggled up enjoying your morning coffee while enjoying the views as this is one of the best camping blankets to get wrapped up in.

WeightDimensions Original Price
2.38 lbs57" x 85"$99.95

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VSSL Mini Camp Supplies - SUUNTO

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If you’re looking for the ultimate compact adventure kit then your search has come to an end. The VSSL Mini Camp Supplies SUUNTO Edition pairs a sized down VSSL cylinder packed full of camping gear, with a best-in-class precision SUUNTO compass. The high visibility compass is accurate to ⅓ degree and reliably operates in temperatures from -22 F - +140 F. Hopefully you dressed appropriately if you’re in temps outside of that range.

With a short 6” x 2” size this camping gadget easily packs or clips wherever is most convenient. This VSSL features a 4-mode 200 lumens light and holds three prepacked tins containing gear including a sewing kit, rope, and an extra sharp razor. The last thing you want to happen while exploring is to find yourself lost or out of supplies, so let the VSSL Mini Camp Supplies SUUNTO guide you to good times.

WeightDimensions Original Price
.8 lbs6" x 2"$148.95

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Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower

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Oftentimes adventuring in the outdoors and getting dirty go hand in hand. But that doesn’t mean you or your gear have to stay that way afterward as the Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower makes cleaning a breeze. Unlike other camping showers that you may have to hang, this model is built so that it can rest on the ground while still delivering maximum water pressure, you’ll now look forward to cleaning up hassle-free.

The 5.8-gallon tank can warm in the sun or be filled with hot water and is pressurized through a foot pump that can provide up to 10 minutes of strong continuous spray. Its nozzle includes a trigger to secure in the spray position so you can also utilize hands-free water pressure. From taking a shower post-surf session to spraying down your mountain bike at the end of a ride, or just doing the dishes after dinner, the Helio LX is one of the best camping showers for the job.

CapacityWeight Original Price
5.8 Gallon2 lbs.$149.95

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Big Agnes mtnGLO™ Tent & Camp Lights

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Unless you happen to be camping somewhere like Iceland at the summer solstice, you’ll probably need lights at night so you aren’t having to navigate your campsite by feel. The Big Agnes mtnGLO™ Tent & Camp Lights are a versatile lighting system that will give you just what you need in times of darkness. The days of fumbling around inside your tent can be waved goodbye.

A 100” long strand of LED lights can be strung wherever needed, or keep the lights in their triangular pyramid-shaped case to double as a lantern with its handing clip. These camping lights look so great you may find yourself using them at home too, stringing up the blue and green set so you can imagine you are indeed in Iceland, watching the Northern Lights.

LengthWeight Original Price
100"2 oz$29.95

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BioLite Charge 40 USB Power Bank

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While getting into the great outdoors is all about disconnecting, there are lots of devices that make life more comfortable while adventuring but require electricity to keep working for you. We’ve all been in a situation before when one of those devices has died just when we need it most. The BioLite Charge 40 USB Power Bank is an ultra-thin and weather-resistant piece of cool camping gear to hop in and power that device right back up.

It’s a 330 g lithium-ion battery that is perfect mix of durability, small size, and power to take into the backcountry. With 2 USB outputs, you can charge multiple devices at once. Put the power back in your hands the next time you’re heading out and pack this camping power bank.

Weight Original Price
330 g$49.95

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Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash

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Keeping yourself and your camping gear clean is not only pleasing to the nose, but it makes the whole outdoor experience that much more enjoyable. The Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash is a multi-purpose outdoors wash that can do it all. Coming in a super-concentrated formula, a little goes a long way towards cleaning your body, pots, pans, clothes, or any outdoor and technical gear really.

The formula is biodegradable which means the product will break down over time, although it should be noted you shouldn’t use it directly in lakes and streams as it can harm aquatic life. Gentle on the environment and your skin, but tough enough to handle the messiest camping cookware, this is one of the best camping soaps.

Sizes Original Price
1.3oz, 3oz., 8.5oz$3.95-$7.95

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Kershaw Camp 10 Machete

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Sometimes your tiny pocket knife just won’t cut it, sorry couldn’t resist the pun. But in all seriousness, a bigger blade comes in quite handy at times when you’re camping. The Kershaw Camp 10 Machete is a new-age tool constructed from durable carbon steel with a black powder coat for added blade protection. The 10-inch blade is the perfect size for cutting, hacking, splitting, slashing, or any other machete-related verb.

The sure-grip overmold is easy to hold on to even in wet conditions while a nylon sheath with gear straps and a belt loop keeps it safely stowed and accessible for just when you need it. The Camp Machete is our personal favorite for making kindling, as no one wants to struggle when starting a campfire. With maximum durability along with edges that stay sharper for longer, the Kershaw Camp 10 Machete is one of the best machetes for camping.

Overall LengthWeight Original Price
16"1.143 lbs$80.84

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