25 Amazon Camping Gear Must-Haves


Camping season is one of the best times of the year and we absolutely live for camping. Over the years, we have compiled lots of gear, and we want to share all the top recommendations with you. Here are our suggestions of Amazon camping gear must-haves.

Best Camping Gear on Amazon


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We love Amazon because they have a vast selection of products. Since some of us live in places where we can’t shop for local gear, Amazon is a great option.

What we like most about buying from Amazon is Amazon Prime. Fast and usually free shipping is a convenient way to get new gear, and it is easy to return products if you decide they aren’t the best fit for you.

Please note: Amazon does not guarantee free shipping on all products.

1. Sleeping Bag

The North Face Wasatch 30F is made with eco insulation and has a water-repellent finish. The bag is rated for 30 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it great for spring, summer, and fall camping. It is lighter weight and can also be used for backpacking.

The North Face Wasatch 30F

This bag is good for three-season use at lower altitudes. It has 50% recycled synthetic insulation and a great warmth-to-weight ratio. It can be easily packed into a stuff sack.

2. Hammock

Wise Owl Outfitters has some of the best-selling hammocks. This brand is made in the USA. The hammock makes for a fun addition to your weekend camping excursion, relaxing between the trees with a good book. Some people like to sleep in them at night.

Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Hammock

Lightweight and convenient, weighs 24oz, easy to set up, built to last a lifetime, great gift idea.

3. Headlamp

Me and my trusty headlamp.

You can’t go wrong with Petzl. We have had some of the same headlamps for 15 years, and they still work. We are currently using the Tikkina. There are three lighting options – bright, not so bright, then a strobe (for safety).

Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

Outdoor headlamp with 250 lumens. Great for camping.

4. Water Filter

We have used our MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter on many backpacking trips.

If you’re filtering really silty water, you will want to clean off the filter between filling up each water bottle. However, we have only had that problem filtering water in the Utah desert. In most places, the water isn’t so silty. It’s a great, filter. It really does the job and is pretty compact too.

MSR MiniWorks EX Backountry Water Filter

Microfilter water filter pump. It has a replaceable carbon and ceramic filter. It removes bacteria, protozoa, organic compounds, and particulates.

5. Water Bottles

Pablo taking a water break.

You just can’t go wrong with Hydro Flask. The insulated bottles are awesome. If you’re hiking where it’s warm, they keep your water cool. And, if you’re hiking where it’s cool, they keep your water room temp.

We also like Nalgenes for backpacking because they are lightweight. Plus, you can put a Nalgene full of hot water in your sleeping bag to warm it up if it’s a little chilly.

Hydro Flask 32 oz Water Bottle

Stainless steel, widemouth, double-wall vacuum insulation.

6. Camp Towels

BEARZ outdoor quick dry towels really are quick-drying and lightweight. You can buy the towel set for a reasonable price. We used the BEARZ towel on a recent camping trip, and in 10 days, it didn’t stink, dried fast, and packed well.

BEARZ Outdoor Travel Towel

Microfiber camping towel. Compact, fast drying and absorbent.

7. Bug Spray

The Repel brand doesn’t leave white marks all over your clothes and is practically odorless. We use their tick defense product hiking in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, and Florida, and it keeps the mosquitos and ticks off of us. It’s my favorite bug spray — I had to include it.

Repel Tick Defense

Protects against mosquitos and ticks for up to 10 hours.

8. Camp Chairs

Camping at Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma.

Helinox camp chairs are awesome. They are comfortable, compact, and lightweight. They store easily as well.

Plus, if you want a camp chair backpacking, you could take a Helinox with you. Honestly, just leave one in your truck for any occasion — we do.

Helinox Chair Zero

Made from lightweight ripstop polyester and weighs 1.1 lbs.

9. Coleman Stove

Our Coleman stove.

We love our Coleman stove. We have had it for over ten years, and it is still going strong. A camp kitchen isn’t complete without a Coleman.

You can buy the fuel on Amazon or in bulk places like SAMS Club (we get our fuel at SAMS Club).

Coleman Gas Camping Stove

Classic propane camp stove.

10. Mini High Power Flashlight

NEBO Torchy mini flashlight.
NEBO Torchy.

One of our favorite camping gadgets is our mini NEBO Torchy flashlight. It is so small, it fits in the palm of your hand. But don’t let that discourage you. It has 1,000-Lumen so it’s bright AF. Also, it is rechargeable.

NEBO Torchy

LED rechargeable flashlight, 5 light modes, water and impact resistant.

11. Car Camping Tent

Camping in Buffalo National River, Arkansas.

You can get a nice car camping tent on Amazon. We have a Coleman 4-person dome tent (picture above is an older model of the tent). It’s a little heavy, so you definitely wouldn’t want to take this backpacking. It is spacious for the two of us and the dog.

Don’t be afraid to go a little bigger for comfort when car camping, and always have a rain fly handy.

We have used this tent camping during crazy Lake Powell rain and wind storms and camping in the Ozarks. Like anything, if you take care of gear, it will last a long time.

Coleman Dark Room Sundome Camping Tent

Blocks light to reduce heat inside, weatherproof, and easy to set up. Good price for a car camping tent.

12. Hiking Boots for Women

Lady hiking with her dog during the winter.
Hiking with my Oboz and Bear.

Oboz is made in the USA and they make my favorite hiking boots. The mid-leather is an excellent option for day-hikes. These are comfortable and well worth the money.

Oboz Sapphire Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot

Women’s specific fit, waterproof nubuck leather, breathable and fashionable.

13. Hiking Shoes for Men

People love their Merrell’s. My husband has been wearing his Moab’s for years and loves them.

This is a great low-top hiking shoe for men. It is comfortable, takes minimal time to break in, and wears well with good hiking socks.

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe

Made with pigskin leather and has breathable mesh lining.

14. Outdoorsy Hiking Sandals

I love Chacos. They come is lots of different colors.

These are genuinely durable and multi-functional. You can wear them hanging out around camp, to the beach, kayaking, for easy hikes, in camp showers, and more.

Chaco Women’s Z Cloud 2 Sandal

Upper polyester jacquard webbing wraps around the foot and through the midsole for a customized fit.

15. Multitool

Pablo’s multitool.

It’s a good idea to have a multitool when you’re camping. One gadget has multiple tools that can help you fix stuff if needed. We never leave home without one.

Leatherman Wingman Multitool

14 tools in one including: a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire stripper, scissors, package opener, bottle and can openers, file, and a ruler.

16. Backpacking Backpack

Before buying a backpacking backpack, consider what size fits your body best and what kind of gear you’ll be carrying. Having a good fit is critical. You should try some on before you buy one.

Osprey makes durable backpacks, like the one below.

Osprey Renn 50L Women’s Backpacking Backpack

Dimensions: 13 x 15 x 26 inches

Weight: 3.31 lbs

17. Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest has been around a long time. That should tell you something about their gear. We have had a few for over ten years.

The ones that haven’t lasted long are because we didn’t use them correctly. Make sure there is a tarp or footprint under your tent or sleeping bag (if you’re sleeping under the stars) so you don’t pop yours.

They comes in many different colors and sizes.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad

Ultralight and inflatable sleeping pad. Great for backpacking.

18. Rain Jacket

Helly Hanson makes fantastic jackets. Both my husband and I love their waterproof, windproof, and breathable technical gear.

I have the jacket below in hot pink!

Helly Hansen Women’s Crew Hooded Waterproof Sailing Jacket

Windproof and breathable with a mesh lining and fleece collar.

Helly Hansen Mens Crew Hooded Waterproof Sailing Jacket

Windproof and breathable with a mesh lining.

19. Pocket Knife

It is always good to have a Kershaw somewhere close. In fact, the only time I don’t see this knife in my husband’s pocket is when we are at the airport…

The 2.4-inch carbon stainless steel blade is sharp and pretty handy to have. It is a great companion tool for anyone day-to-day.

This is a great gift idea for guys who like the outdoors.

Kershaw Scallion Pocket Knife

2.25” stainless steel blade. It has an assisted opening, an aluminum handle and a pocket clip.

20. Camp Hatchet

Pablo holding SOG Ax.

The SOG Tomahawk Hatchet is a pretty sweet multi-use camping survival tool. It has an excellent grip, isn’t too heavy, and cuts well. The hatchet is an awesome gift for outdoor lovers!

SOG Tomahawk Tactical Hatchet

Mini tactical axe with a 2.75 inch blade. Great for chopping up little pieces of fire wood and kindling.

21. Solar Lamp

As long as you have sun, this solar light is a neat little Amazon camping accessory. When we are tent camping, we hang ours inside — we love it.

Portable Rechargeable Solar Lamp

Solar powered LED light. Easy to use.

22. Wash Bin

Most places don’t like you washing dishes in the camp bathrooms; so we have this UST Flexware Sink.

We love it because it’s collapsible and lightweight.

UST FlexWare Collapsible Sink

2.25 gallon wash bin. It is collapsible for convenient use and storage.

23. Camp Cookware

Stanley makes an iconic base camp cook set if you’re just getting started and are looking for a set up. They are known for making tough, durable, and space saving products.

This would make a great wedding gift for outdoor couples!

Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set

Made from stainless steel. Includes everything you need for a successful camp kitchen.

24. Camp Cooler

My pink Yeti.

Yeti makes excellent products. This is our go-to for weekend road trips. We love YETI because the hard-sided cooler is also bear-proof, so coolers can be left in the back of the truck without worrying when camping (depending on where you are camping). Don’t forget reusable cooler blocks.

The hard-sided cooler is the perfect gift for anyone who loves being outside camping, fishing, boating, and more.

YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

Great for weekend road trips, days at the lake, or even doing grocery runs during the summer.

25. First Aid Kit

It’s always good to travel with a first aid kit because accidents happen. We have a small first aid kit for camping and road trips.

Protect Life First Aid Kit

100-piece first aid kit made with traveling, hiking, and camping in mind.

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.