After months of quarantine, spending time outdoors is valued more than ever. If you’re planning a little outdoor retreat this season, camping is the perfect getaway.

To help campers prepare for the next trip, we’ve assembled the best camping and travel gear to enjoy the great outdoors and what it has to offer. From an instant cabin tent that doesn’t cost a fortune to coolers, sun shelters, and high tech devices, be sure to pack some of our top picks for your next trip.

Camping Gear Essentials 2020


camping gear essentials

YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

$249.98 AT AMAZON

The YETI Tundra 35 Cooler is portable and has an impressive carrying capacity of up to 20 cans, making it an excellent addition for your trip out of town or a day at the beach. Packed with features such as the Fatwall and PermaFrost insulation for maximum ice retention. The YETI Tundra 35 Cooler is sure to exceed any other cooler any day.

HERO8 Black Camera

$299 AT REI

The GoPro HERO8 Black Camera is the perfect pocketable camera to capture your adventurous moments outdoors. This stabilization on this camera is incredible. It features 14 voice commands that let you turn on the camera, snap a photo, etc., all hands-free (the device understands English, Mandarin, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Korean). Furthermore, the SuperPhoto effectively applies improved HDR and allows you to capture 12MP photos (in motion or stationary) with reduced blur and greater detail.

Sun Shelter

$59.93 AT REI

Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach or in the mountains, the Alpine Mountain Gear Sun Shelter is perfect for both. This sun shelter is almost 40% off, while supplies last.

Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot

$79.95 AT AMAZON

Going hiking? You need these Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boots! These hiking boots feature a lightweight and sturdy midsole for extended comfort, excellent cushioning, as well as a superior slip-free traction rubber sole for unsteady ground.

6-Person Cabin Tent With Instant Setup

$146.99 AT AMAZON

The Coleman 6-Person Cabin Tent With Instant Setup is the perfect tent for a family camping trip. The tent features welded corners and inverted seams to keep water from getting in, and the integrated rainfly offers enhanced ventilation. The best part? It only takes 60 seconds to set up.

Mountain Sweatshirt 3.0 Full-Zip Hoodie


Prepare for those cold breezes! The North Face Mountain Women’s Sweatshirt 3.0 Full-Zip Hoodie is a hoodie designed to be worn anywhere and everywhere. This hoodie features a FlashDry technology that enables the fabric to dry quickly after getting wet and a synthetic insulation design that provides warmth through damp and cold conditions.

eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Unit

$99.99 AT CABELA’S

Getting lost only happens in the movies. The super-lightweight Garmin eTrex 10 Handheld GPS Unit is the perfect device for geocaching enthusiasts and hikers alike. 

Denali 2 Fleece Jacket


A cozy jacket for everyday outdoor adventures, the North Face Denali 2 Fleece Jacket is water/abrasion-resistant and has multiple zippered pockets to keep essentials close. The perfect clothing piece for the colder days of your trip.

Men’s Enduro 25l 2.0

$59.22 AT AMAZON

Can you name one essential item that one must take on camping trips? A backpack. This Oakley Enduro Backpack is perfect for all your trips, even one to the park. 



Titan from Solo Stove is your essential dinner tool for hiking and backpacking. The Solo Stove Titan is a wood-burning, low smoke, and lightweight stove that lets you cook tasty, hot food in minutes. This collection includes a pot, alcohol burner, and accessory kit. This stove can cook for up to four people and has a more efficient burn, meaning you don’t need to use that much wood compared to an open campfire.

Camping Cookware 5-Piece Aluminum Nesting Mess Kit

$11.54 AT AMAZON

This Coleman Camping Cookware Nesting Mess Kit includes a 7-inch frying pan, a 16-ounce pot with a lid, an 8-ounce cup, and a 6-inch deep-dish plate. Perfect for all the dishes you need to cook. Enjoy some tasty meals with the Coleman Nesting Mess Kit.

Camp Wagon

$76.79 AT AMAZON

Keep all your smaller essentials close, and carry your bigger camping gear the easy way with the Camp Wagon from Coleman.

Porter 46 Travel Backpack

$79.99 AT AMAZON

This Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack is one of the highest-rated camping backpacks on Amazon. With padded sidewalls and a solid suspension for backpack-style carry, the Porter 46 is your ultimate carrying tool for your adventures.

Kingdom Cot 3

$159.99 AT REI

Spending the night out? The Kingdom Cot 3 is fully padded with lots of support and room for you to be as comfy as possible while sleeping in the great outdoors or inside your tent.

Bygone Backpack Cooler


Perfect for a picnic outing or tailgate function, this Eddie Bauer backpack cooler is a must-have. It features a 20-liter capacity that can carry a 12-pack plus ice and two deep side pockets with adjustable toggles that can handle water bottles or wine bottles.

Sea to Summit eVent Compression Sack


If you’re going camping, you have to be ready to get wet. Your shoes might get wet, your backpack, your tent, clothes — but the last things you want to get wet are your sleeping bag and electronics. This ultralight compression sack from Backcountry is the foolproof defensive measure against the number one enemy – water.

Mophie Power Boost XXL


Believe it or not, electronics are a part of outdoor trips now – and we’re not necessarily talking about phones and tablets. Having enough power for your gadgets such as your GPS, flashlights, radios is as important as carrying a sleeping pack if you’re spending the night. While a backup charger isn’t essential on a camping trip, it can come in handy.


Given the comforts that we’ve given ourselves at home, camping can seem a little absurd. Wrong! We all could use some time outside. Plan that camping trip or that hiking journey, but don’t forget your essentials. Most of the essential items — a sleeping bag, tent, cooler — cost over $100. Quality can still be found on a budget.