Looking for the best camping gear in 2021?
Bill and I love going on camping trips, so we decided to ask 18 expert campers what their must-have camping accessories are!
We wanted to skip the research and just find the best camping essentials right from the people who use them all the time.
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Best Camping Gear 2021
From car camping to tent camping, here's the best hiking & camping gear of 2021, as told by the experts! I'd like to start with our two favorites.
Our Personal Top 3 Picks
Kayla and I personally use and love these three camping supplies:
Solo Stove Portable Campfire
Luci Inflatable Solar Light
Now - onto the other campers!
1. Joey from Cool of the Wild
Joey and her partner are mad about gear and camping. They’re always willing to try new things, go new places, and generally have endless enthusiasm for any excuse to get out there and enjoy the outdoor world (sounds like they’re living the life!).
Joey recommends the following camping equipment:
Cafetiere Camping Mug
Merino Wool Multi-functional Head-wear
Swiss Army Knife
2. Ewan from Wild About Scotland
Ewan may be passionate about camping, but as the name of his website suggests, he’s wild for Scotland. Trespass Blog Awards voted his website “Best UK Camping Blog” in both 2014 and 2016.
He said to make sure you bring this gear:
Merino Wool Long-sleeved Top
Inflatable Solar Lantern
3. Kim from Camping for Foodies
Kim is a camping, hiking, and cooking fanatic! She’s a frequent contributor to AZ Outdoor Magazine and even has her own cooking segment on the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show.
She recently shared her top three must-have camping accessories to bring along with you during your trip, including cook equipment and sleeping accessories:
Flexible Camping Mats
4. Shanti from Hike it Baby
Back in 2013, Shanti started casually hiking with some family friends. When more people wanted to join in, Shanti decided to turn Hike it Baby into a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families around the US.
She also just wrote a book about hiking with babies and toddlers called "Hike It Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers"!
Shanti's favorite gear are all perfect for your families camping trip, with plenty of camping furniture!
Outdoor Children's Mat
5. Shell from Camping with Style
Meet Shell! A full time marketing consultant and the editor of Camping with Style. Starting her blog helped her stay on track after breaking her back due to a snowboarding accident in 2014 while promoting a healthier lifestyle.
Shell recommends the following camping equipment:
Robens Crevasse II Sleeping Bag
Collapsible 2-in-1 Water Carrier & Bucket
6. Kate from Adventures of Kate
Kate is an award winning outdoor and adventure blogger and absolutely loves being near the mountains and the sea. She also shares her bucket list on her blog, which is insanely awesome (she's done quite a lot)!
Kate recommends bringing these camping accessories:
Jetboil Sumo Stove
Hunka Bivvy Sacks
7. Michael from Fresh Off the Grid
Michael and his partner Megan first started Fresh Off the Grid back in 2015 as a resource for outdoor enthusiasts. They came to realize that their home cooked meals were a bit too complicated to make outdoors and that most camping meals are "unhealthy".
With a bit of determination, they were able to turn their website into a kick ass recipe blog.
Michael recommends bringing this cool gear:
Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Vacuum Insulated Beer Growler
Kermit Chairs Camping Furniture
8. Thomas from The Armchair Mountaineer
Thomas is an Entrepreneur, Blogger, Mountain Enthusiast and Bibliophile. Back in 2016, he realized he was burnt out from the constant rat race and completely redesigned his life.
He now blogs about all things outdoors (and even has some awesome gear reviews to check out!).
Here's what Thomas told us was the best gear:
Solar Charging Power Port
9. Sarah from Inspired Camping
Sarah wears a lot of hats - she's a Performance Coach, consultant, trainer, freelance writer, glamping business coach, inspirational speaker and Book Producer (holy smokes!).
Through her blog, you'll find expert advice on camping as well as a "Glamping" business course to get your glamp on yourself!
She recommends bringing the following camping supplies:
Campfire Frying Pan
10. Luna from Hiker Track
Luna graduated from college with a degree in business and became an office worker the moment after she graduated. After realizing she wanted to see more than four walls, she and her best friends decided to travel to new destinations while sharing what they've learned (in hopes of helping others).
Luna recommends bringing these camping supplies:
Coleman 4-Person Instant Cabin
TETON Sports Celsius Sleeping Bag
High Performance Backpack
11. Gav from Get Out With the Kids
Gav is a father of three and loves getting out and about (whether it's hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing, etc.).
He co-founded Get Out With the Kids in hopes of helping other parents enjoy the great outdoors with their families!
Gav recommends bringing:
Robens Field Station
12. Jen from Outdoor Families Magazine
Jen is the writer/editor at Outdoor Family Magazine (she also oversees the overall design, aesthetic and content direction of the magazine).
She also writes about her families travels and multi-cultural living.
Jen recommends bringing:
TETON Sports Pillow
13. Jamie from Hiking Girl with Dog
Jamie is the creator, writer, and photographer of Hiking Girl with Dog and absolutely loves the outdoors.
More than that, though, she loves hiking with her pup, Xena (who is one of the cutest hiking dogs we've ever seen).
Jamie recommends bringing this gear on your next camping trip:
Collapsible Pet Bowl
Bonus: Best Hiking Gear 2018
Because camping and hiking are so similar (and usually go hand-in-hand) we decided to reach out to some awesome hiking experts to get their input, too!
14. Adam from Hiking the Trail
Adam is an avid hiker (and backpacker) who find himself on the trail when he’s not working. He first started his blog as a journal to prepare his hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail back in 2013.
Now, he shares his outdoor life through trip reports, travel, gear reviews, and more.
Adam recommends bringing:
BPA-Free Water Bottle
15. Derek from The Ultimate Hang
Derek is a lightweight backpacker, former Scoutmaster, and refers to himself as a “hammock enthusiast”.
He loves all things related to hammocks and was kind enough to share his top two recommendations:
Python Hammock Tree Straps
16. Brad from Bike Hike Safari
Brad is an Australian biker, hiker, photographer, and all-around nature lover. He aims to live by his dreams and takes each day as it comes.
P.S. The hiking boots he recommends also make great cycling shoes!
Brad recommends bringing:
Darn Tough Socks
Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent
17. Carol from Hiking Lady
Hiking Lady is an online publication dedicated to helping women embrace the outdoors. They provide answers to questions you should know the answer to, but probably don't (such as how to properly prevent blisters and how many calories you burn while hiking).
We were lucky to get Carol to give us her top two recommendations, which are:
Compression Stuff Pack
18. Lucy from Two Blondes Walking
Lucy and her partner Fi (also known as blonde one and blonde two) love to walk all over. However, they say there's nothing better than throwing their rucksacks on, getting their map and compass out, and setting out across the moor.
Lucy recommends bringing:
Meindl Hiking Boots
Hunka Bivvy Bag
Bivvy Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag
19. Jason from Feed the Habit
Feed the Habit is known as the original back-country blog (mainly because it was around before blogs were even invented!). We were lucky to get Jason to give us his top three accessories for hiking trips.
Here's Jason's best hiking gear:
Outdoor Research Jacket
Lightweight Hiking Travel Backpack
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Sleeping Pad
20. Tom from Two-Heel Drive
Tom is a seasoned hiker, B2B Content Marketer, and also runs a technology marketing blog! With how busy he may be, he was more than welcome to share his top three accessories to bring along on a hiking trip.
Garmin Vivoactive HR
Camelbak Podium Ice Water Bottles
21. Kayla and Bill from The Wandering RV
Bill and I also have three hiking gear recommendations for you! (Don't forget the insect repellent!)
Whether we're enjoying some outdoor recreation, we always bring:
Canon G7 X Mark II
Deet-Free Bug Spray
Other Cool Camping & Hiking Gear
The following camping & hiking equipment weren't recommended by anyone, but we wanted this to be a complete list, so we're recommending them based on extensive research. Enjoy!
Campark Action Cameras
Tray-Style Bike Racks
Water Treatment Tablets
We're so thankful for everyone who participated in this massive guide to the best camping gear - we couldn't have written it without you!
Over to you: If you have camp tools, cook equipment, RV accessories, or sleeping gear you bring along with you while camping and hiking in the great outdoors and want to be featured in this post, feel free to send us your top three recommendations! Leave them in the comments below.
And as always, thanks for reading! Now go camping 🙂