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The 20 Best Camping Gear Items and Accessories

It’s been another great year for outdoor fun and hikes, and we've seen a lot of camping gear and accessories come and go. With all that in mind, we’ve selected some of our favorite new front-country (and some backcountry) essentials. These are our picks for the best of the best camping gear accessories of 2022 (so far).

Sea to Summit Telos TR3 Freestanding Tent

Sea to Summit Telos TR3 Freestanding Tent

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BioLite HeadLamp 750

BioLite HeadLamp 750

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Epic Wipes 10-Pack

Epic Wipes XL Massive Wet Wipes

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Advanced Elements 3-Gallon Summer Shower

Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower

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B-Air Grizzly Tarps

B-Air Grizzly Tarp

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Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

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Zippo Matte Pocket Lighter

Zippo Matte Pocket Lighter

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Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

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Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 500X Portable Power Station

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GCI Outdoor Master Cook Portable Folding Camp Kitchen

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Portable Folding Camp Kitchen

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Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

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BioLite FirePit+

BioLite FirePit+ Wood and Charcoal Burning Camp Fire Pit

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REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed

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Zippo HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmer

Zippo HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmer

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Kammok Roo Double Hammock

Kammok Double Roo Hammock

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All-Terrain Crocs

All-Terrain Crocs

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Gerber Truss Multi-Tool

Gerber Truss Multi-Tool

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Goal Zero Lighthouse 600

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Camping Lantern

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Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

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Solo Stove Bonfire

Solo Stove Bonfire

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Front Runner Roof Rack

Front Runner Roof Rack

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Sea to Summit Telos TR3 Freestanding Tent.

Sea to Summit Telos TR3 Freestanding Tent

Sea to Summit’s leap into the tent market this year was a big one. If you're looking for a new camping tent, the all-new Telos TR3 is a three-person camp shelter with more space and better ventilation than just about any comparably sized tent on the market. Plus, with just a pair of standard trekking poles, the rainfly converts into a semi-open camp canopy.

Sea to Summit Telos TR3 Freestanding Tent

Sea to Summit Telos TR3 Freestanding Tent

BioLite's FirePit is a portable grill, camp stove, and firepit all in one.

BioLite FirePit+ Wood and Charcoal Burning Camp Fire Pit

BioLite’s one-of-a-kind FirePit was already one of the coolest -- er, hottest -- bits of car camping gear on the market. It’s an all-in-one fire pit, grill, stove, and more -- all controllable via a clever Bluetooth app. For 2022, the FirePit+ features an upgraded body design with a high-temp enamel coating, so it radiates more heat and lasts longer. The new 12,800mAh battery offers longer burn times, too.

BioLite FirePit+

BioLite FirePit+ Wood and Charcoal Burning Camp Fire Pit

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Solo Stove Bonfire

If the FirePit+ is a bit too much luxury for your camping needs, Solo Stove’s Bonfire offers much of the same functionality in a more straightforward design. The portable fire pit will burn just about anything combustible, with far less smoke than a typical campfire. It’s the perfect centerpiece for a weekend camping trip.

Solo Stove Bonfire

Solo Stove Bonfire

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair is the most comfortable tailgating chair on the market.

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

A comfortable camp chair can make or break a camping trip. Nemo’s Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair delivers on all fronts with a design that’s the closest thing to bringing a La-Z-Boy into the woods.

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Camp Chair

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Camp Lantern

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Camping Lantern

A good camping lantern is as essential as a good pair of hiking socks. Goal Zero’s Lighthouse 600 is compact, versatile, and, most importantly, bright with up to 600 lumens. It’s also solar rechargeable, in case you’re planning a serious off-grid getaway.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600

Goal Zero Lighthouse 600 Camping Lantern

A Gerber multitool on plain background.

Gerber Truss Multi-Tool

Gerber has long been a favorite here at The Manual. With 17 essential tools, the Truss is arguably the company’s best multi-tool. Whether you’re a hiker, ultra-light backpacker, or car camper, it offers the utility, versatility, and durability you need.

Gerber Truss Multi-Tool

Gerber Truss Multi-Tool

All-Terrain Crocs

All-Terrain Crocs

Hate on ‘em all you want. Crocs are the perfect camp footwear. They offer the convenience and airiness of a sandal, with the durability, foot protection, and waterproofing of a well-made rain boot. They’re perfect for slipping on around the campfire or for midnight bathroom runs when you can’t be bothered to wrestle with lacing up your hiking boots.

All-Terrain Crocs

All-Terrain Crocs

An orange Kammok Roo Double Hammock on a white background.

Kammok Double Roo Hammock

We’ve tested a lot of camp hammocks over the years, but Kammok’s dead-simple Double Roo is still our favorite. It supports up to 500 pounds but packs down to about the size of a water bottle. Plus, the company’s own Python straps are tree-safe, easy to deploy, and spread the weight over an extra-wide area for added stability.

Kammok Roo Double Hammock

Kammok Double Roo Hammock

Zippo HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmer

Zippo HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmer

You can’t -- or, at least, shouldn’t -- bring your campfire inside your tent or sleeping bag with you. For reliable, ultra-portable, personal heat, Zippo’s HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmers can keep your extremities or core warm for most of the night. For longer camping trips, top them up with a portable solar charger during the day.

Zippo HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmer

Zippo HeatBank 9S Rechargeable Hand Warmer

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed

REI Co-op’s Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed is proof that you really can sleep outdoors just like you do at home. If weight isn’t an issue and all you care about are good Z’s, this plush camp mattress puts 4 cushy inches of foam and air between you and the ground.

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed

REI Co-op Camp Dreamer XL Self-Inflating Deluxe Bed

Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a civilized cup of coffee. Wacaco’s Nanopresso is our go-to portable espresso maker. It packs down ridiculously small and requires minimal work to get a nice, near-home-quality cup of espresso or three.

Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

A close-up of a green Biolite headlamp on plain background.

BioLite HeadLamp 750

Camping lanterns are essential, but a solid headlamp is just as important. As the name implies, BioLite’s HeadLamp 750 boasts 750 lumens of hands-free illumination, making it perfect for those campsite tasks where you need both hands. The lightweight, no-bounce design is also comfortable to wear for hours.

BioLite HeadLamp 750

BioLite HeadLamp 750

GCI Camp Kitchen

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Portable Folding Camp Kitchen

Wrangling your food, camping utensils, and other eating essentials can be a challenge in the wilderness. A mobile camping kitchen such as the GCI Outdoor’s Master Cook Portable Folding Camp Kitchen helps with that. The durable, all-metal design packs down relatively small and weighs just over 20 pounds. Fully unfurled, it offers a folding cook station, collapsible sink, multiple shelving and storage options, and a lantern pole for cooking after dark.

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Portable Folding Camp Kitchen

GCI Outdoor Master Cook Portable Folding Camp Kitchen

Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 500X Portable Power Station

Even a mostly digitally detoxed wilderness escape involves some tech: digital cameras, electric lighters, a portable speaker or two. Goal Zero’s Yeti line keeps you powered up on the go. The 500X Portable Power Station is well-sized for most weekend car camping trips, with enough juice to charge most smartphones dozens of times, and it's even powerful enough to run a portable fridge or pellet grill if you’re getting fancy.

Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station

Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 500X Portable Power Station

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Outdoor Tech brings a little more party to your campsite with the Turtle Shell 3.0. This wireless Bluetooth speaker streams just about anything from your smartphone. But, the unique geometric shell is also IPX7 waterproof, making it ideal for the backcountry.

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Zippo Matte Pocket Lighter

Zippo Matte Pocket Lighter

Of the thousands of cool lighters on the market, we appreciate the simplicity and reliability of Zippo’s traditional pocket lighters. The all-metal construction is time-tested with a windproof design that works in almost any conditions. Plus, the latest version is available in dozens of colors, with or without the Zippo logo.

Zippo Matte Pocket Lighter

Zippo Matte Pocket Lighter

REPEL Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent,

Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

DEET-based insect repellents are hands-down the best on the market. But they’re also toxic. Sidestep any future health issues or allergic reactions with a DEET-free, plant-based alternative like Repel’s Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent. Bonus: The strong, herbal scent helps mask any, ahem, odors you and your campmates may develop after a weekend in the bush.

Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent

B-Air Grizzly Tarp for Camping

B-Air Grizzly Tarp

Whether you’re thru-hiking or car camping, tarps are among the single most versatile pieces of camping gear. They work as awnings, ground coverings, tent footprints, rainflys, emergency shelters -- the list goes on. B-Air’s Grizzly Tarps are thick, ultra-durable, and available in a wide range of sizes to fit your needs.

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B-Air Grizzly Tarps

B-Air Grizzly Tarp

Advanced Elements 3-Gallon Summer Shower

Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower

Just because you’re planning to spend a week in the woods doesn’t mean you have to smell like it. Advanced Elements’ Summer Solar Shower uses the sun’s rays to provide a nice, warm (even hot) shower anywhere, anytime. The three-gallon model is ideal for most one- or two-person camp outings, while the five-gallon model is a capable upgrade for larger groups.

Advanced Elements 3-Gallon Summer Shower

Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower

Epic Wipes XL Massive Wet Wipes

Epic Wipes XL Massive Wet Wipes

For those times in-between camp showers, you need proper body wipes. There are plenty of options on the market, but none tackle the hard job of keeping campers clean like Epic Wipes’ XL Massive Wet Wipes. At 2.6 feet by 1.6 feet, they truly live up to their name and feel more like a full-sized bath towel than a puny wet wipe. They’re also made from bamboo and are 100% biodegradable.

Epic Wipes 10-Pack

Epic Wipes XL Massive Wet Wipes

Front Runner Toyota 4Runner Roof Rack

Front Runner Roof Rack

Of course, the best camping gear in the world isn’t of much use if you can’t get it all from your home to the campsite. Front Runner offers a deep catalog of roof racks designed to fit just about every car, truck, and SUV on the planet. The best part is the company’s equally deep catalog of roof rack accessories, so you can build the exact setup that works for all your gear.

Front Runner Roof Rack

Front Runner Roof Rack

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