30 of the Best Cool Camping Gadgets & Gear for 2022

By Staff Writers  |  Updated October 26, 2022

30 of the Best Cool Camping Gadgets & Gear for 2022
 

There’s nothing quite like a camping trip.

Think about it: a day or three spent in nature, surrounded by trees, in a quiet campground or at a lake’s edge, close enough to the water so you can kayak or paddleboard, ending your days sitting around a campfire and staring up at the stars. Bliss.

Sure, there are a few inconveniences you’ll have to deal with—smoky fires, stinging bugs, limited access to power, and the list goes on—but thankfully there are plenty of camping gadgets and gear to help you smooth out the camping trip’s rough edges.

Below, we’ve collected an amazing assortment of items specifically crafted for campers. From fire-starting tools to portable power systems to high-tech sleep gear, this list has it all.

Peruse these items and you might just find the gear to make your next camping trip (and every one thereafter) a bit easier.



The Torch Flask Doesn’t Need a Funnel to Fill with Liquor

The Torch Flask


 

When the nights out in the country or the great outdoors turn cold, what do you do? Start a fire and pull out a drink, of course. The Torch Flask is the perfect way to do the latter, offering you 6 ounces of storage capacity for your favorite liquor and an integrated 3-ounce shot glass (attached to the flask lid magnetically) that travels with you everywhere you go. The wide-bottom mouth is wide enough so you can easily pour in your liquor without needing a funnel and can even accommodate ice. It makes cleaning quick and easy.  


Evergreen 57 is a Waterproof Dry Box Protective Case for the Important Things

Evergreen 57 Waterproof Dry Box


 

Keep this case in your backpack or duffel, and your most important items can survive quite literally anything. The hard polycarbonate exterior is impact-resistant, crushproof, IP67 waterproof and dustproof, and tough enough to survive any bangs, bumps, or falls whether you’re a biker, snowboarder, mountain climber, or active military. Thanks to the shock-absorbing rubber boot interior, all of your EDC essentials are protected. The twist lock delivers three layers of security to ensure your items are securely protected and inaccessible to anyone but you, and they even act as an air release valve to stabilize pressure in any environment. At just 2.31 pounds, it’s small enough to fit in any bag but offers enough interior space to store your most important items—from ammo to cameras to smartphones to cigars to first aid equipment. All that, and it’s backed by a lifetime guarantee.  


GIVE’R Four Season Glove Can Handle Both Hot & Cold Situations

GIVE’R Four Season Glove


 

Wear these gloves for any chore and on any job site, all year round, and your hands will stay toasty warm & protected. The gloves are made from tough leather produced by Pakistani master leather-workers, after which they’re sent to Wyoming to be hand-treated with a special waterproof wax coating that shrugs off rain and wet. The interior is lined with 40g Thinsulate insulation that will keep out the cold but still allow decent breathability for your hands. The ribbed cuff not only improves the fit, but adds an extra layer of warmth beneath your long-sleeved shirt or jacket. They’re designed for four-season use, and they’re durable enough to handle anything you throw at them. Once they’re properly broken in, they’ll quickly become the most comfortable and best-loved pair of gloves you’ll ever own.


The Slyde King Flashlight Slides Open to Reveal an LED Work Light

Slyde King Flashlight


 

This LED flashlight is designed to make your life easier, safer, and more convenient. Not only is it a flashlight, but it can be pulled open and transformed into a work light perfect for use on any DIY task or job site. The magnetized base lets you work hands-free, and you’ll find the battery life is good enough (2-12 hours for the flashlight, 4-24 hours for the work light) to keep up with whatever job you’re doing without needing frequent re-charging. However, when the time comes to charge, the USB-C port cuts down on how long it takes for the built-in battery to be tanked up and ready for work. The flashlight generates up to 2,000 lumens, and the work light up to 500 lumens. The light comes with four modes, a 4X twist zoom (to let you switch from floodlight to spotlight), a battery level indicator, and a rubberized grip that keeps it securely in your hands even if you’re working in wet or muddy conditions. Add to that IP67 waterproof rating and a body made from aircraft grade aluminum, and you’ve got a truly functional, durable flashlight you’ll use for years to come.


Garmin Launches inReach Messenger & App for Satellite Communication

Garmin inReach Messenger & App for Satellite Communication


 

Garmin’s GPS watches are some of the best-known and most widely utilized by hikers, trekkers, mountain climbers, explorers, marathoners, and fitness junkies. Now, with Garmin inReach Messenger, you can stay fully in contact anywhere in the world you go. The compact, 4-ounce inReach Messenger box makes for the perfect travel companion, letting you connect your GPS device or your smartphone via WiFi, cellular network, and iridium satellite. It works with the inReach Messenger smartphone app to facilitate two-way texting, SOS, and location sharing anywhere in the world you go, even serving as a back-up power source to juice up a dead cell phone battery in case of emergency. The box’s built-in SOS button will let you call help even if you’re alone in the middle of nowhere without a single GPS device or smartphone around for miles.  


Barebones Ridgetop Folding Outdoor Table & Chairs

Barebones Ridgetop Folding Outdoor Table & Chairs


 
$150/each

Whether you’re camping, hiking, on vacation at the beach, or just sitting around your backyard, you’ll be glad you had the Ridgetop folding chairs and table. Built from hardwood birch with stainless steel hardware and copper details, the chairs and table are as tough as they are beautiful, an elegant and durable addition to any backyard or campsite. The table is modeled after antique card tables, while chairs are modeled after antique church and school folding chairs. Both will fold down small for easy storage, and the honey-colored finish is gorgeous and accentuates the natural beauty of the hardwood, guaranteed to turn heads. You’ll be hard-pressed to find sturdier, more comfortable portable furniture for a better price point.  


Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Packable 40-Degree Quilt

Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Packable 40-Degree Quilt


 

No camping trip too cold, no winter night too chilly: that’s the promise the Hyperlite Mountain Gear 40-Degree Quilt makes to you. Each quilt features specially designed baffles filled with 1000-fill power down (RDS-certified) that will keep you toasty warm even when there’s snow on the ground or biting wind whistling above your head. The shell is made from a 7D micro-ripstop nylon that is tough enough to handle sleeping directly on the ground or rolling off your sleeping pad overnight. It’s also treated with a DWR coating that allows it to shrug off rain and snow like they’re no big deal. Thanks to the generous sizing and sewn foot box, you’ve got all the roominess, comfort, and warmth you need for even the coldest night.  


Ignik has a Couple of Heated Pads to Keep Your Seat Toasty

Ignik Backside Heated Seat Pad


 
$80-100

Whether you’re sitting on your porch or at a hockey game, you’re going to want this lovely heated pad underneath you so you stay warm all day long. The heating pad generates a delightful 24W of heat that will stave off even the worst chill, and you have total control over the heat output so you can use it from autumn to spring without overheating. The seat is designed to be used as a camp chair for one, but can be spread out to share heating with a second user (wife, husband, child, even your pet). Though you’ll have to purchase a battery pack and/or 12V vehicle plug-in separately, it’s a purchase you will love using all winter, every winter.  


Opinel’s No.12 Outdoor Explore Folding Knife Comes with a Tick Remover

Opinel's No.12 Outdoor Explore Folding Knife with a Tick Remover


 

Pet owners, this is the knife you’ll definitely want to take on your next camping and hunting trip. The knife comes with an integrated tick remover tool that makes it easy to keep your dog’s fur (or yourself) clean and free of ticks. Also built into the knife are a 110db whistle, lanyard hole, and a steel cutting hook that can slice through fishing line, rope, and even the tough skin of large game. The 4-inch blade features a clip point perfect for piercing, slashing, and slicing, and the entire thing weighs just 4 ounces, making it an insanely lightweight and beautifully versatile multi-functional tool. Though it’s designed to fold up small enough to fit in your pocket, you’ll find it’s as tough and practical as any fixed-blade knife.  


Anker 737 Power Bank Can Fast Charge 3 Devices at Once

Anker 737 Power Bank


 

Keep this little power bank in your camp kit, briefcase or on your desk, and you’ll always have plenty of backup power. Its 24,000 mAh battery can power up an iPhone 13 up to 5 times, and it comes with both ActiveShield 2.0 to prevent overheating and PowerIQ 4.0 to maximize power efficiency. The device offers two-way charging, making it easy to keep it topped up and pass on the power to your mobile devices. The digital display makes it easy to see not only how much power is left in the power bank, but how much is remaining to charge each of the devices plugged into its multiple USB ports—both USB-A and USB-C. Its 140W capacity lets it charge devices up to 7 times faster than other devices and up to three devices simultaneously. Best of all, it’s compact and lightweight enough you can carry it everywhere you go.  


Gerber Dibs is a Pocketable Fixed-Blade Knife

Gerber Dibs Pocketable Fixed-Blade Knife


 

The Dibs by Gerber combines the compact size of a folding knife with the sturdy frame of a fixed-blade knife, putting in your hands a truly versatile and reliable tool. The full tang makes this knife suitable for prying and leveraging, improving its balance and durability, but at just under 6 inches long, it’s small enough to fit in the provided sheath on your belt. The blade is on the shorter side—just 2.5 inches—yet clip point makes it beautifully versatile for cutting, gutting, skinning, and slicing. The PVD coating on both the blade and handle ensures it’s resistant to corrosion, and the knife is backed by Gerber’s limited lifetime warranty.  


ZORALI Recycled Venture Pant is a Rugged Cargo for the Adventurous

ZORALI Recycled Venture Pant


 

Venturing out into the great outdoors and want a comfortable pair of hard-wearing pants to make the trek? The Zorali Recycled Venture Pant is definitely one to consider. It’s made using recycled materials, nylon that has been woven into an ultra-tough cargo fabric that is water-repellent and resistant to scuffs, scratches, and tears. The interwoven Cordura panels add excellent durability without making the pants overly-heavy or bulky. Thanks to the integrated webbing belt and cuff cinches, you can adjust the fit to get it exactly the way that feels most comfortable. Guys who need storage space for gear will LOVE the eight built-in pockets—including cargo pockets sized for smaller tablets and larger smartphones.  


Protect Your Gear with Matador’s Flatpak Dry Bag

Matador Flatpak Dry Bag


 

I can’t wait to take this dry bag on my next paddleboarding/kayaking trip. Available in two sizes (2 liter for storing phones, keys, and smaller items; 8 liter for including clothing and larger gear), it’s built to be incredibly sturdy and fully waterproof thanks to its welded seams. The IPX7 rating means you can submerge it up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes, and the ultra-tough material ensures that it will never rip, tear, or puncture no matter what you use it for. Thanks to the flat bottom, it can stand up on its own, and the clear window makes it easy to see what’s stored within. But when it’s not in use, it folds down beautifully small to fit in any backpack or pouch.  


BioLite Brings All of their Campfire Goods Together with the FirePit Essentials Kit

BioLite FirePit Essentials Kit


 

With this “Essentials Kit”, you’ll have everything you need to take your campfire setup to the next level. Included in the kit: the smokeless portable wood-and-charcoal-burning FirePit, the heat-reflective FireMat that will protect the ground and prevent fires, the FirePoker that makes managing your fire a breeze, and a Carry Bag sized to fit the entire kit and make it easy to pack up (oh, and did I mention that it doubles as a firewood-carrying sling?). It’s the perfect solution for taking your FirePit on the go, great for campers, hikers, cyclists, and outdoorsmen alike.  


ouTask Ultra Portable Camp Light with Telescopic Pole and Magnetic Tripod

ouTask Telescopic Lantern


 

If you ever find yourself in need of more light—for camping, hiking, or even working in your garage—you’ll love how effectively this telescopic lantern fulfills the task. It’s designed with a stand compact enough to fit under your car or on a desktop, and you can even fold it down small to carry it like a flashlight. But when you extend the telescopic pole to its full 1-meter length, it makes the perfect hiking light (to carry on your back) or ambient camping light. The powerful neodymium magnets built into its stand allow you to stick it to your car, RV, or garage door. And the light itself is beautifully bright, with 720-degree adjustability that allows you to point it in any direction you want.


LifeStraws Brings it’s Peak Series Water Filtration to a Gravity System

LifeStraw Peak Series


 

Don’t just filter your water from the source; take it with you everywhere you go. LifeStraw is best-known for its water filtration pen, but now it has stepped up its game by offering a gravity filter system built into an 8-liter bag. The 0.2-micron filtration system is capable of removing 99.999% of E.coli, parasites, and microplastics, ensuring the water is fit for drinking no matter its source. It’s capable of filtering up to 500 gallons (20,000 liters) before the filter needs to be replaced, so it’ll offer many years of happy camping, hiking, trekking, or kayaking. Best of all, it’s BPA-free, highly durable, and eco-friendly.


The nCamp Wood Burning Camping Stove is a Backpacker’s Best Friend

nCamp Wood Burning Camping Stove


 

Stow this ultra-compact wood burning stove in your backpack, and you’ll never run out of hot food and a warm fire. When collapsed, it’s just 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches, small enough to stow with the rest of your camping/backpacking gear. However, the extendable 6.3-inch legs and firepit give you a safe place to burn wood or charcoal (even when there’s a fire ban in effect), and doubles as a stove to support your coffee pot, kettle, or skillet so you can cook anywhere, anytime. It’s not just used for burning wood, though, but can handle both liquid and solid fuels. The specially-designed combustion chamber maximizes heat generation so your food cooks and you warm up faster. But at just under 33 ounces (less than 2 pounds), it’s as lightweight as it is compact.


Be Ready for Any Outdoors Situation with the MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit

MAX Multipurpose Axe Toolkit


 

Whether you’re heading out into the bush for a weekend hunting trip or just camping overnight, you’re going to want to be ready for anything Mother Nature can throw at you. With the MAX Tool Kit, you will be. Built by Forrest Tool using only the finest American materials, this kit includes the eight items you might end up needing in the wild, including axe, shovel, pick, broad pick, mattock, rake, and combination McLeod (rakehoe). The interchangeable heads can easily be locked in place on the 34-inch composite polyglass handle using the six accompanying steel pins—interchangeable in a matter of seconds, but ultra-sturdy with every swing. It even comes with its own ultra-tough Cordura nylon carrying case so you can keep all the heads organized and ready at a moment’s notice.


Carry It All in Rux Collapsible Totes

Rux Collapsible Totes


 

Built to withstand harsh weather conditions with unquestionable performance, Rux collapsible storage totes carry it all. Constructed of rugged TPU coated nylon, these soft-sided 70-liter totes feature clear windows so you can see what’s inside, as well as zip-top lids and webbing straps for shoulder carry. Backpack straps give you a hands-free carry option & the totes compress down to save space when not in use.


Keep Mosquitos Away with this Tiny Little Gadget

Keep Mosquitos Away with this Tiny Little Gadget


 

If there’s one thing we can all agree on to hate about summer, it’s the mosquitoes! Nasty biting, stinging, buzzing insects that can ruin even the most delightful day of relaxation, camping, and fun. But not with Flextail’s Light Repel in your gear. This compact mosquito repeller is battery-powered (power bank included) and incredibly easy to set up (it’s literally a three-step process). The built-in heating element will release the mosquito repellent soaked into the pad, driving away those annoying insects in a matter of seconds. It’s small enough to clip onto your backpack, fit in your pouch, or carry in your pocket, but is as powerful as much larger insect-repelling devices. Whether you’re sitting in camp or hiking through a forest, you’ll want to have this handy little piece of tech close at hand.


überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Makes Fire-Starting a Snap

überleben Tindår Wick & Bellow Fire Starter


 

Sick and tired of struggling to get your campfire lit? You’ll never have to worry about it again with this fire-starting kit in your pack. The paraffin wax-infused hemp catches a spark instantly, but doesn’t burn through in minutes like regular rope. Instead, thanks to the wax, it acts more like a candle wick, burning for an hour or more—plenty of time to set it to your kindling to get that flame roaring. Though it’s only 6mm thick, it’s 13 feet long, so you’ve got hours of burn-time to look forward to. The included sleeve makes it easy to snuff out the flame or let it burn longer, staying cool to the touch even after close contact with a blazing fire. Best of all, the box doubles as a bellows, making it easier than ever to get that campfire started in even the worst weather conditions.


The EcoFlow Wave Portable Air Conditioner Will Chill Your Summer Adventures

EcoFlow Wave Portable Air Conditioner


 

Portable air conditioners are typically anemic, short-lived, barely effective machines that do little to stave off the worst of the summer heat. Enter the  EcoFlow Wave. This little device is like carrying around a walk-in freezer with you, with 4,000 BTUs capable of cooling up to 64 square feet of space in just 8 minutes. Yes, you read that right: 8 minutes. It’s suitable for tents, RVs, small bedrooms, even your car (if your A/C is kaput), and thanks to its built-in intelligent operating system, it can extend the battery life from 3 hours (of straight cooling) to 12 hours (mixing cooling and fan modes). Connect it to your solar panels, wall plug, or even car outlet to keep it charged and running all day long. Best of all, its design utterly eliminates any drips or condensation, leaving your floor, table, or carpet perfectly dry even after hours of running.


The Waypoint 2800 Duffel is One Tough Bag

Kuiu Waypoint 2800 Duffel


 

Hunters, take note: your ultra-rugged outdoor gear is about to get an upgrade with the Waypoint 2800 Duffel. This TPU-coated nylon duffel bag is designed to take advantage of the maximum carry-on size allowance, offering you the most space possible while still fitting under an airplane seat (or overhead bin). That way, you can hop on and off flights in a hurry, no need to wait for luggage, but still carry all your clothes, electronics, optics, and hunting necessities in one bag. Weighing just 2 lbs, 12 oz, it fits 46L and is waterproof, weatherproof, hyper-durable, and padded for your comfort. Whether you strap it into a vehicle, throw it on your back, or sling it alongside your gun case, this bag will keep up with anything the great outdoors sends your way.


Campers Feast in Style with the Helinox Café Chair & Table

Helinox Café Chair & Table


 
$170-220

There are few things more annoying than having to lug around heavy camping chairs, much less a table. Thanks to the Helinox Café chair and table, you’ll never have to worry about the weight again. Clocking in at just over 3 pounds per chair and 8.5 pounds for the table, the ultra-lightweight dining set makes it easy to turn any camping or hiking trip into an insta-feast. The chairs fold down to fit in their 24-inch bag, but can handle up to 320 pounds. The table fits into a carrier just 25.5 inches wide and long for easy hauling, and can hold up to 110 pounds. Take them with you everywhere you go and enjoy your meals in style.


Be Prepared for Anything and Everything with the VSSL Essentials Collection

VSSL Essentials Kits


 

These kits are designed to be ultra-portable and tough enough to withstand literally anything—from a boat capsize to an avalanche—but contain all the survival tools you need for your camping, hiking, trekking, and mountaineering adventures. Hyper-tough rope, razor-sharp blades, fishing line and hooks, first aid supplies, fire starters, and survival gear, these kits have it all. You’ll become a prepared outdoorsman in no time with these fellas in your back pocket.


Anker 757 Powerhouse: A Workstation to Travel by Your Side

Anker 757 Powerhouse


 

The Anker 757 goes far, far beyond a simple battery bank—in reality, it’s a charging station capable of storing enough juice to power quite literally anything you could possibly need to. With 6 outlets, 2 USB-C ports (1 of 100W, 1 of 60W), four standard USB-A ports, and even a car-charging port, it’s the ideal mobile power station to take anywhere you go. Plug it into a standard outlet to reach 80% power in just over 3 ½ hours, or connect it to Anker’s forthcoming solar chargers to make it the perfect camping companion. Thanks to its 5-year warranty and 50,000-hour rating, you can rest assured you’ll hit all 3,000 complete charge cycles without so much as a power flicker. Available now for pre-order with a special $200 discount.


Gerber Stake Out Multi-tool is a Worthy Camping Companion

Gerber Gear Stake Out Multi-tool


 

The Stake Out camp tool from Gerber offers 11 camping friendly tools for your next outing: a 2.2” blade, frame lock, scissors, saw, awl, stake puller, file, tweezer, bottle opener, ruler & Ferro rod striker.


The Muzen Wild Mini is a Tough Little Speaker

Muzen Wild Mini Outdoor Speaker


 

Portable & sturdy, the Muzen Wild Mini bluetooth speaker is a rugged little unit that is both waterproof & includes a multi-mode flashlight. Bluetooth 5.0 keeps it connected while its tactical design is a perfect fit for active living. An included carabiner clips it to your pack for easy listening.


The Klymit Horizon is a Blanket for Warmth in the Wilderness

Klymit Horizon Camp Blanket


 

For the backpacker who’d prefer a comfy blanket to a standard sleeping bag, the lightweight Horizon Backpacking blanket from Klymit offers high-loft insulation and a 20D water-resistant exterior to keep you warm as well as dry. Measuring 58 in. x 80 in., it packs into its included compression stuff sack & weighs 1.8lbs.


Your Hammock is Not as Light as this Hummingbird

Hummingbird Hammock Single+


 

Made in the USA and built to FAA parachute rigging standards, Hummingbird Hammocks’ Single+ model is an ultralight one-person hammock with a Button Link attachment system that contains no bulky or heavy metal parts, can be compressed into a small pack, and is as easy to assemble as buttoning your pants. Holds up to 350-pounds. Choose from 6 colors.


Hot Camp Cooker: Snow Peak Cast Iron Micro Capsule

Snow Peak Cast Iron Micro Capsule


 

Snow Peak’s Cast Iron Micro Capsule is a mini Dutch oven; heavy duty & sized for camping. With its heavy metal design & fitted lid, it’s the perfect roaster for meat & veg cooked right in the fire if need be. The capsule can also be flipped over when empty & used as a (little) griddle. Measures 11.2” X 3.5” X 3.5”



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