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Camping is amazing, but sleeping on cold, hard dirt? Eating energy bars and dried fruit for 3 days? Let's not go overboard here.

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When packing for a camping trip, there are a lot of things to remember. Miss one and you can be shivering. Or hungry. Or wet. Or (heaven forbid) all three. If you aren't worried about making your trek as light as possible, bring some gear with you to make the cold, hard ground feel a little cushier, or a power bank to provide a couple extra hours for your Bluetooth speaker.

Below, camping items that check the boxes for items you need and want for a more comfortable and enjoyable outdoor adventure.

LaidBack Memory Foam Sleeping Pad

LaidBack Memory Foam Sleeping Pad.

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The LaidBack sleeping pad includes four pounds of memory foam, has a cool flow technology to help balance your body temperature, and is 72 x 23/8 inches thick. In total, the sleeping pad weighs 8.5 pounds. This isn’t the lightest pad you can find, and is thus not awesome for backpackers or other hikers obsessed with keeping their gear ultralight, but will provide more cushion for a comfortable rest. The polyester fabric casing makes the pad more durable and water resistant—not waterproof. There is a soft polar fleece layer on top for extra comfort and warmth. $190.

Trekology Ultralight Inflating Travel and Camping Pillows

Trekology Ultralight Camping Pillow.

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The Trekology contoured pillow folds to only about the size of an index card and weighs just under 3 oz. It's made of a water-resistant, elastic fabric. Blow into the double-decked air valve and—ahhh—enjoy that sweet, sweet neck support. $15.

GOOD TO-GO Weekender 3-Pack

GOOD TO-GO Weekender 3-Pack.

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The Good To Go Weekender pack comes with three dehydrated meals—oatmeal, penne with marinara sauce, and pad thai. Add boiling water to the packet and have a meal in minutes. There are other single meal options available here. $20.

If you don’t have boiling water, check out these MREs, a ration of food used by the U.S. military. By the way, MRE stands for "Meal, Ready-to-Eat."

Mountainsmith SlingBack Chair

Mountainsmith SlingBack Chair

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You may be thinking: a chair? Really? Who needs that kind of luxury when you've got nature's chairs. If you're doing a lot of hiking, a chair can bring you near nirvana. A little bit of back support makes you feel like a monarch. You can do anything, now. I recommend the Mountainsmith SlingBack Chair, which uses trekking boles as its frame. The rest of the chair can roll up and fit in a small pouch, so it's not like you're sacrificing a ton of pack room for this thing. The chair fabric is a 610D HP Cordura—a durable, tear-resistant polyester
. $19.

Combat Wipes

Combat Wipes

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Battle campground grime with some Combat Wipes. Showers aren't always an options when you're in the wild, but that doesn't mean you need to be coated in dirt all the time. These biodegradable wipes are alcohol free, eco-friendly, and made of no synthetic materials. The wipes are thicker than most, providing a sturdier and longer lasting performance. Each resealable pack comes with 25 wipes. $8.

Sierra Campsuds

Sierra Campsuds

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Sierra’s Campsuds concentrated cleaning solution can de-grime just about anything from your underwear to your scalp. This 8-ounce bottle contains a biodegradable, eco-friendly cleaning solution that’s gentle enough for your skin but will also break down grime on plates after you’ve eaten. Place a few drops of the concentrate in either fresh or saltwater and get to scrubbing. $11.

Coleman Triton 2-burner propane stove

Coleman Triton 2-burner propane stove

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The Coleman Triton 2-burner propane stove has enough cooking area to whip up a cowboy-style feast. The cooktop can simultaneously hold a 12-inch pan and a 10-inch pan. Panels on the side of the stove block the wind for consistent and efficient cooking.. Each burner has its own adjustable heat control knob. $54.

Uuni 3 wood pellet pizza oven

Uuni 3 wood pellet pizza oven

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If you really want to get your glamp on, the Uuni 3 wood pellet pizza oven is a must have item. The 30-pound, portable stainless steel oven has an insulated body to evenly distribute heat, features a stone baking sheet, reaches 932-degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes, and can fully cook a 13-inch pizza in only sixty seconds. It’s a heck of a lot better than beef jerky for the fourth meal in a row. $299.

Minute Mixology cocktail mixers

Minute Mixology cocktail mixers

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These Minute Mixology cocktail mixers are a quick, portable solution to campsite drinking. Mix the powder from packet with a bit of water and your favorite spirit. The assorted pack comes with six cocktail mixes—Margarita, Spicy Margarita, Coconut Mojito, Michelada, Spiced Old Fashioned, and Moscow Mule. 48 Packets for $48.

Mystical Fire Flame packets

Mystical Fire Flame packets

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These Mystical Fire Flame packets are great for camping with kids. Each pouch contains metal salts that create vibrant colors when introduced to fire or heat. It’s like magic, but it’s science. Each packet should last about an hour. They contain PVC, so it’s not recommended that you cook while using them and you should keep a safe distance. $8.

Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

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The Katadyn BeFree is a collapsible soft bottle flask that holds 0.6 liters of water. The filtration system can filter up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water and removes 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria. The Ez-clean Membrane allows you to clean it by shaking or running water through the filter. $32.

Weatherman Wave Multitool

Weatherman Wave Multitool

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The Weatherman Wave has 17 tools, a locking feature that allows you to use a single tool safely while keeping the others in place, and comes with a 25-year guarantee. Every tool can be opened and operated with one hand. $85

Titanium Spork with Bottle Opener

Titanium Spork with Bottle Opener

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Bring one utensil on your trip instead of three. This spork is made of titanium and comes with a knife, bottle opener (great for those 6 packs you intelligently packed in your car), and a washable cloth case. $11.

FKANT Waterproof Solar Charger

FKANT Waterproof Solar Charger

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The FKANT waterproof solar charger is IPX7 waterproof rated, meaning it can be immersed in up to three feet of water for up to half an hour. It has a heavy-duty rubber design, making it durable and shock-proof. The portable battery can hold 16,000mAh—about five iPhone charges—and has two USB ports which allows for dual charging. There is a large solar panel in front, which could recharge the battery itself if there is an emergency. The battery comes with a built-in Ultra-Bright 4LED Flashlight, and it comes with overload, over-current, and over-heating protection. $26.

Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

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Bring the tunes wherever you go. The Omaker Nature portable speaker connects to your device via Bluetooth, is shockproof, and has a battery life of up to 20 hours with continuous music. It charges with a Micro USB cable and—while it shouldn't be submerged in water—an accidental drop won't ruin the speaker. It pairs quickly and can be used up to 33 feet from your device. $32.

Anker Nebula Capsule

Anker's Nebula Capsule

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Once you’re bored of staring up into the stars, reach for the latest season of Golden Girls. Anker’s Nebula Capsule projector weighs just shy of a pound, but holds a four-hour charge and can project a picture up to 100-inches. Built-in speakers pump out 360-degree audio, so everyone can sit around the campfire and hear clearly. The projector lets you watch media from separate devices via an HDMI cable or USB cord or you can "mirror" the screen on your iPhone, tablet, or computer. It’s only about the size of a soda-can, so you can throw it in your backpack next to the trail mix. $350.

Streamlight The Siege Lantern

Streamlight Lantern

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The Streamlight lantern is waterproof up three feet, emits 360 degrees of soft, even light, and has a removable globe cover that reduces glare. There are five light modes, and boasts a battery life of up to 295 hours. Also, the bottom of the lantern has a rubber base that prevents it from sliding on wet or uneven surfaces. It can even float in water. $35.

YETI Hopper Portable Cooler

YETI Hopper Portable Cooler

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The YETI Hopper 20 contains a 1.5-inch-thick insulation, which means cold things stay, uh, really, really cold. A grid on the side of the cooler allows you to attach camping—carabiners and bottle openers—to the side of it. It can hold 20 pounds of ice, 18 cans of beer and has a Hydrolock Zipper, which is touted as being essentially leakproof. The fabric is a DryHide Shell—or an electromagnetically bonded puncture and water-resistant sturdy nylon material. $250.


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