The Top 10 Must-Have Camping Items

Camping is an exciting endeavor that calls for many considerations. When you are knee deep in your camping gear, it becomes easy to forget some of the most crucial items such as band-aids or flashlights. To help you prepare for your next camping trip the best possible way, we have compiled here a list of top 10 must-haves.

First Aid Kit

Cuts, scratches, bumps or burns – one of these is bound to happen when you are completely exposed to nature, making a first-aid kit one of the most crucial camping essentials.

Box of Matches

Unless you are a boy scout or a veteran, chances are you will need some flame to ignite a fire. In the absence of fire, you will have limited food and very cold nights. Don’t risk it, bring along a big box of matches to keep your fire source always burning.


Whether you are using it to protect the bottom of your tent or just as an additional campsite shelter, tarps are a must-have. They are easily foldable, space-efficient and portable.

Compass and Maps

Unfortunately, the majority of camping sites do not support GPS connection, which is why having a reliable navigation source is essential.A compass and map are reliable sources so make sure to put them in your camping bag.

An Easy-To-Carry Spice Rack

You shouldn’t have to be stuck with an under-seasoned dinner at a campsite just because you are not home. A portable, plastic-made spice rack is ideal to bring along that will make your meals much tastier.

Alternate Weather Garments

Despite having properly checked the forecasts, you cannot entirely rely on the weather to remain favorable. Always make it a point to carry an additional set of weather wear, so you don’t have to worry about any unexpected changes.

Pocket Knife

Typically referred to as a Swiss Army Knife, a pocket knife is an essential camping tool that takes up almost zero of your space, but can come in extremely handy. With a knife, saw, small scissors, corkscrew and more, you will have a range of camping must-haves in a convenient, compact bag.


A rope has multiple uses at a campground, specifically if you tie a range of knots. You can easily make a clothesline for drying out drenched clothes, hang your coolers from a branch at nighttime, pull people out of a tight swimming or hiking situation, or even create a shelter.

Peanut Butter

With a long shelf-life, peanut butter is a flexible and delicious source of protein and fat that will come in very handy during any camping trip.

Flashlights or Headlamps

Whether you are sneaking a late night snack or stuck in the bushes, you should always have a flashlight and lantern in your essential camping box. Make sure to carry extra batteries if you run out.

With the following items in your camping bag, you should be good to go.

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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