10 indispensable items to bring on your next camping or hiking trip

Some things are made for outdoor life and comes in handy on your next camping or hiking trip.

In this collection, our outdoor-lovin’ wefoundthebest editor has handpicked a collection of things you absolutely need for your next adventure, emergency, hurricane or power outage in 2021 and beyond.

Don’t leave home without these items!

#1: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw LSPHF017 Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness

The LifeStraw personal water purifier is a must-have accessory for both hiking, camping, travel and emergency. It filters 792 gallons (3,000 liters) of safe drinking water without chemicals, removing 99.9999% of bacteria such as coli (e-coli) and 99.9% of protozoa such as cgiardia lamblia (beaver fever). With no expiry date, you can keep this on the shelf forever. Buyers report that is works in even disgusting waters to give clear drinkable water as a result – and no sickness afterwards. It’s a very effective water purifier – perfect for back-country hikes, family trips or as an indispensable item in your home emergency kit.

#2: Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag With 2 Pillows And Carrying Bag

Double Sleeping Bag With 2 Pillows And A Carrying Bag, Ohuhu Waterproof Lightweight 2 Person Sleeping Adult Bag For Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

The Ohuhu Double Sleeping Bag is one of the most wished-for camping items right now. This sleeping bag for 2 adults even comes with 2 small pillows, but detaches into two individual bags in case you are not travelling with your loved one. It has a “3D” super-warm and cozy cotton filling that withstands up to 23°F (-5°C). Roll-up is fuss-free, compact and easy. User reviews are solid with a high average rating and praise the comfort and heat retention. It is liked by both experienced and non-experienced campers. 

#3: Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle w. Straw Lid

Hydro Flask Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle, Wide Mouth with BPA Free Straw Lid

The Hydro Flask is a sleekly designed double wall insulated water bottle. This version has many great features such as straw lid, wide mouth, non-toxic plastics, insulation against both hot and cold and a handy finger loop, allowing you to clip the flask to your backback. You can order it in a wide variety of colors and in two sizes, 32 and 40 oz. Hydro Flask also makes a standard cap for bottles in 18 oz (532ml), 32 oz (946ml) and 40 oz (1,2l). Users reviews mention that Hydros are sturdy and love how they just keep the water ice cold. Besides, it’s very stylish, so many use it for sports and bring it to the gym.

#4: Sundome 4 Person Tent

Sundome 4 Person Tent (Green and Navy color options)

The Sundome tent by Coleman is a very popular and highly rated 4 person polyester dome tent. It has space a spacious interior and sets up in 5 minutes. The WeatherTec system gives patented welded floors and has inverted seams to always keep you dry. It has a large window for outlook and ventilation, which solves a typical problem with polyester tents, and the measurement is 9 x 7 feet. Buyers love the quick set-up, the compact carry bag and the overall tent material and quality. Users complain a little about the included tent pegs, so you might want to bring your own. It holds well over multiple trips and vacations and is reported to be excellent in rain. It comes in green or navy and and in ready packs as with 2 sleeping bags.

#5: KAVU Rope Bag

KAVU Rope Bag

The Kavu Rope Bag is a must-have bag for almost any trip. There’s good reason why this is one of the most wished-for camping or hiking items right now. It has a 10.8 l capacity, an adjustable shoulder strap, two vertical zip compartments and two external accessory pockets. It has a stylish, unique and ergonomically designed teardrop shape and comes in all sorts of cool colors and funky custom patterns (such as garden tile). Users praise this bag as their favorite hiking bag, travel bag, big purse and even diaper bag.

#6: Etekcity 2 Pack Portable LED Camping Lantern

Etekcity 2 Pack Portable LED Camping Lantern Flashlights with 6 AA Batteries - Survival Kit for Emergency, Hurricane, Outage (Black, Collapsible)

This pack of 2 Etekcity lanterns is quite inexpensive and is a popular camping and hiking equipment. Each lantern uses uses 6 AA batteries and contains 30 low powered LED bulbs in a collapsible brightness control column that gives 360° of light. It’s made of dependable materials and is very lightweight and convenient to store and carry. It will light for up to 12 hours continually use and comes with a 2-year warranty. User love the compact carry and use them as a viable alternative to gas lighting on trips. You can also get a slightly more expensive version with a dimmer button and magnetic base for handsfree lighting in engine compartments etc.

#7: Baofeng Black UV-5R V2+ Plus Dual-Band Two-way Radio

Baofeng Black UV-5R V2+ Plus (USA Warranty) Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio, Improved Stronger Case, Enhanced Features

Can you imagine a good hiking trip without a walkie? Bring the Baofeng UV-5R! It’s a great all-round radio for the price and the stock antenna is reported to easily reach 30 miles.

#8: J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight

J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight – The Original Ultra Bright High Lumen Output LED Mini Tactical Flashlight

The J5 Tactical Flashlight is an ultrabright and longlasting compact flashlight – water resistant and virtually indestructible! It has 300 lumen output, three modes and a wide-to-narrow beam adjustment option. The light comes in different colors and patterns. This is the official flashlight of Joe Gibbs Racing and the Number 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry driven by Carl Edwards. Perfect for camping, biking, hiking or hunting, or just your everyday flashlight in the kitchen drawer.

#9: Camping Cookware Mess Kit 10 Piece Cookset

Camping Cookware Mess Kit Backpacking Gear & Hiking Outdoors Bug Out Bag Cooking Equipment 10 Piece Cookset | Lightweight, Compact, & Durable Pot Pan Bowls - Free Folding Spork, Nylon Bag, & Ebook

The Mallome Camping Cookware set is an aluminium camping cookset built to last. It’s great for camping and hiking trips and has very high average user ratings on Amazon. The entire 10-piece kit of pot, cover, pan, 2 bowls, fork, spoon, spatula and sponge collapses into a small bundle. Buyers who have used it love the strong, light little kit and how it conducts heat quickly. It comes in green or black, and as an option of a 1 or 2 liter pot, depending on how many people you bring on your next trip to Mexico or the backcountry.

#10: Coghlan’s Pop-Up Trash Can

Coghlan's Pop-Up Trash Can

Be good. Bring a Pop-up-trash-can on your next trip. This one from Coghlans comes in 4 versions, has pockets for labeling, ground fastening options and more. It collapses in a snap, stores compactly and expands quickly when you need it.

Camping gear and hiking equipment – what you need for a great trip

Here are some of the important factors that come into place for a successful camping or hiking trip.

Water filtering: Instead of carrying all that water, consider the different water purification options like LifeStraw. It’s a popular item in the must-have list for hikers. Even on family camping trips, you never really know what’s in the local water.

Water flask: Even with a water purifier, you still need to stock and bring some water for the hike – because there’s not always a stream nearby. Therefore, bringing a good flask is important. Insulated flasks or roll-up types are quite popular.

Sleep comfort: For a successful sleep, sleeping comfort matters. Accessories such as mats and sleeping bags are in high demand, even two-person sleeping bags like this Ohuhu.

A good tent: For a great trip, you need a tent. Easy setup, ventilation and compact carry are some of the things that matter to hikers.

Travel bag: For any trip, you need a versatile and durable travel bag with ample capacity, adjustable straps, internal and external rooms, lots of comfort, and exactly the right color to match your style. 2018 bags come in a lot of custom colors.

Lighting: You need multiple types of lighting on a hiking trip. A good pocket flashlight will come in handy, but lanterns that can be placed on the ground are also quite popular. LED options are starting to replace gas lamps.

Mess kits: Outdoor enthusiasts, scout campers and backpackers can’t do without a sturdy, compact set of pots and pans.

Two-way radio: A good radio (or walkie-talkie) for instant communication to travel buddies is an important piece of equipment.

Warranty: Always check if your product comes with a warranty. Camping equipment will encounter a lot of harsh conditions when you bring it along. If they break, make sure the company is a well-known brand that provides friendly customer service.

Two-way radio: A good radio (or walkie-talkie) for instant communication to travel buddies is an important piece of equipment.

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