The Ultimate Camping Supplies List 2018

As a 13-year-old Boy Scout I was still trying to figure out the whole camping thing when my troop set off for a weekend trip to Palo Pinto, Texas’ Worth Ranch in late October for a pioneering campout. I had been camping before but I always had guidance from my parents on what I needed to bring and possible situations I would have to prepare for. We set up camp just before dark and settled in for the night. Around 3 a.m. we were awakened by the sound of thunder nearby. It wasn’t long before we were fighting 30+ mph wind sheers in my dad’s 20-year-old tent. Just as Murphy’s Law says, “what can go wrong, will go wrong,” our tent pole snapped from the wind pressure. We spent the next five hours under a tarp wishing we had invested in adequate equipment. From then on we learned the value of having durable and reliable camping gear.

12 Survivors First Aid Rollup Kit


Whether you’re an experienced camper or just getting into the activity, the most important item to have on any camping trip is a good first aid kit.  Getting injured while in the wildness can be a very serious situation, which is why it’s imperative to always have a first aid kit. The 12 Survivors First Aid Rollup Kit has everything you need in a compact lightweight kit. Its contents will treat injuries from typical scrapes to a life-threatening hemorrhage and gives you confidence and peace-of-mind while exploring the great outdoors. The kit unrolls to give access to zipped pouches for easy organization and convenience when time could be of the essence. It includes snap-button straps to attach the kit to the exterior of your camping gear, making it easier to access when needed. MSRP: $39.97

Includes:

  • Emergency blanket
  • Poncho
  • PBT elastic bandages
  • Sterile non-woven gauze pads
  • Wet cleaning wipes
  • BZK antiseptic swabs
  • Alcohol prep pads
  • PVC gloves
  • Band-aids
  • Breath mask for mouth to mouth
  • Tweezers
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Tourniquet band
  • Emergency dressing

Coleman Moraine Fast Pitch 6- Person Dome Tent


Experiencing storms and high winds while camping is always a possibility—that’s why you want to have a strong and reliable tent. The Coleman Moraine Fast Pitch 6- Person Dome Tent gives you just that. The Fast Pitch system uses pre-attached color-coded poles, Fast-fit feet and a snag-free insta-clip suspension to help you set up your tent sixty percent faster than a conventional Coleman tent. This tent includes illuminating reflective guy lines, making the tent straps much easier to see at night or in low-light conditions. In the event of rain, this tent keeps you dry guaranteed, due to the incorporation of the WeatherTec system. Utilizing a tub floor with patented corner welds protects the seams of the tent and covers the zipper to keep water out. Due to the tent’s compact dome shape and exceptionally strong frame, it can withstand 35+ MPH winds. You get even more weather protection from the covered door awning with included rain fly. MSRP: $169.99

Features:

  • Murphy Shelf™ removable, fold-down organizer with phone pocket
  • Fast Pitch™ system
  • WeatherTec™ system
  • Tub floor with patented corner welds, protected seams, and a covered zipper
  • Strong frame is tested to withstand 35+ MPH winds
  • Auto-roll windows provide quick and convenient ventilation
  • Door awning helps keep rain out
  • Illumiline™ reflective guy lines for greater visibility at night
  • E-Port makes it easy to bring electrical power inside your tent
  • Storage pockets to keep your gear organized
  • Durable, Polyguard™ fabric is made to last season after season
  • Included rainfly
  • Expandable carry bag lets you tear away the rip strip for easy packing
  • Easy setup in about 6 minutes
  • Spacious interior has room for 2 queen airbeds
  • 10 x 10 ft.
  • 6 ft. center height
  • 1-year limited warranty

Osprey Exos 58 Ultralight

Camping requires a lot of gear, having a backpack that can fit all your equipment gives you the mobility to move freely around camping areas. The Osprey Exos 58 Ultralight is one of the most popular thru-hiking packs ever and will give you the space and versatility you want in the wilderness. This pack includes AirSpeed 3-D tensioned mesh that keeps the weight of the pack off your back, giving you highly ventilated carrying comfort. It incorporates a flapjacket that gives you the option of removing the top lip and securing it with a fixed waterproof jacket, protecting your gear from the elements. Weighing in at just under 2.3 pounds, this pack can easily hold upwards of 45 pounds. MSRP: $220.00

Features:

  • 4mm alloy frame
  • 3D-tensioned breathable mesh back panel with side ventilation
  • Seamless layered mesh provides improved comfort and cushioning
  • 15 mm adjustable slide sternum strap
  • Stretch mesh energy-gel pocket
  • ErgoPull™ closure
  • Seamless layered mesh provides improved comfort and cushioning

Marmot Ultra Elite 20

Finding the right sleeping bag is really important, especially if you are staying in harsh conditions. The Marmot Ultra Elite 20 is one of the best sleeping bags on the market. It’s hard to beat its leading warmth-to-weight ratio, which many bags stuffed with feathers struggle with. It’s made up of synthetic materials for superior performance, combining compressibility with the benefits of synthetic insulation. It uses ElixR Micro technology-a mix of three fibers to find a balance in softness and durability. The draft tube narrows down to 3-inches, keeping your feet warm and opens up to a 60-inch girth at the shoulders, allowing for adequate ventilation. It also includes a two-way zipper to help vent in mild weather. The Ultra Elite is available in a 30- and 20-degree version. MSRP: $199.00

Features:

  • ElixeR Micro material
  • Anatomical wrap-around footbox
  • Full-length locking YKK 2-way zipper with anti-snag slider reduces fabric snagging
  • EN-tested
  • 3D hood construction
  • Internal stash pocket
  • Snagless insulated draft tube
  • Ground-level side seams
  • Hood drawcord
  • Zipper guards
  • Two hang loops
  • Compression stuff and storage sack included

12 Survivors Multi-Tool


Carrying different kinds of tools while camping adds unnecessary weight to your load, that’s why a multi-tool is a great option. The 12 Survivors Multi-Tool is perfect for any outdoor outing, it combines versatility with strength. It gives you the convenience of having 10 tools all in one, and its aluminum frame provides the strength you can depend on. Each tool has a locking mechanism to make sure the tool stays open and doesn’t close on your hand when putting pressure on it. The knife comes with a durable nylon pouch and a snap-button loop to easily attach to your gear. MSRP: $14.97

Features:

  • 10 tools
  • Locking mechanism ensures tools stay open while in use
  • Nylon pouch with belt hook
  • Internal spring mechanism for pliers

We are humbled by Mother Nature’s beauty and wrath, getting away from our air-conditioned office and predictable work routes give us meaning and purpose. Though we understand the wilderness we must respect it and prepare for what can be unleashed. Knowing the environment you will be visiting will give insight into the conditions that you will be experiencing. Having durable and the appropriate gear gives you the edge in any situation making camping fun and comfortable.

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