Spring is finally here, and now is a great time to score some deals on camping essentials in preparation for the warmer weather. Before you head into the great outdoors, be sure to check out these deals on affordable camping gear that can make life away from civilization a little more comfortable. We’ve rounded up more than a dozen of the top deals available right now on a wide variety of equipment, from waterproof and windproof gadgets to cooking and survival tools and all of the hiking gear in between.
If you’re looking for cheap camping gear and accessories for your camping trip, but don’t want to have to go to a store, you’ve come to the right place.
Ozark Trail A-frame pop-out tent – $39
Tents are a camping staple, so it’s only fitting that we kick off our roundup with one. There’s an ocean of new tents using the latest materials and clever designs, but sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, and the old-school A-frame has been around for as long as humans have been sleeping in tents – so only a good few thousand years or so. This classic model offers extra headspace compared to dome-style tents, shedding water quickly and leaving you feeling less claustrophobic.
The Ozark Trail A-frame tent can sleep three people comfortably. The poles are pre-attached to the tent fabric, so the whole thing pops out and sets up in less than a minute. The large rain fly folds back to give you ventilation on warmer nights and to let you see the stars, and the interior also has some handy built-in storage pockets for shoes, toiletries, and other accessories. The Ozark Trail tent comes in at just $39 ($10 off), on sale from Walmart with free two-day shipping.
Reebow Tactical first aid kit – $17
As fun as camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities can be, the unfortunate reality is that Mother Nature is a harsh mistress and accidents do happen. It therefore behooves any modern rough-and-tumble adventurer to pack a good first aid kit for those bumps and scrapes that are bound to occur when you’re far away from civilization.
The Reebow Tactical kit includes 115 first aid items from an Food and Drug Administration-registered medical manufacturer. Everything you need, from bandages to antiseptic wipes, is packed in a handy nylon zipper case, with the whole thing weighing in at just a pound. You can add the Reebow first aid kit to your camping gear for just $17.
Mountaintop 40-liter hiking backpack — $40
If you’re trekking to your campsite on foot or going on an extended backpacking excursion, you need a way to comfortably carry your kit. A good hiking backpack like this 40-liter example from Mountaintop is a great choice that, unlike many packs, is not too bulky, yet it provides more than enough interior and exterior real estate for all your gear.
External straps offer plenty of extra space for blankets, sleeping bags, tent poles, or any other bulky items you need. You’ve got a variety of great colors to choose from with the Mountaintop hiking pack, and the backpack rings in at $40 on Amazon.
Honest Outfitters camping hammock – $21
If you’d rather ditch the tent and sleep under the stars, or if you just want a nice place at your campsite to sit back and relax with a book, then a portable hammock is an indispensable piece of kit that’s light and easy to carry. The nylon material of the Honest Outfitters camping hammock is thin yet durable, cutting down on bulk and letting you easily roll the whole thing up into a small package for tucking into your rucksack.
Despite its lightweight and low profile, however, the double-layered nylon material can comfortably support up to 400 pounds. Thick straps and steel carabiners provide sturdy attachment points, and the storage bag is attached right to the hammock once you’re ready to pack it up. The Honest Outfitters camping hammock can be yours for just $21 from Amazon.
Brunton TruArc 3 baseplate compass — $15
Another mandatory camping tool and one of the 10 essentials is a good compass (and no, your smartphone’s GPS doesn’t count). The super-affordable Brunton TruArc 3 is loaded with all the tools you need to gain your bearings and help you plot a precise course using a topographical map.
The TruArc 3 features a rotating azimuth ring, a declination adjustment that lets you correct for the difference between true and magnetic north, imperial and metric base plate measurements, and a global needle – meaning this compass is good to go in both hemispheres. At just $15 from Amazon, you’re not going to find a better value in an American-made compass with this many features.
Estbit ultralight folding pocket stove — $11
There are a lot of clunky, multipiece portable camping stoves on the market, but leave it to Estbit to come up with something much simpler. The pocket-sized Estbit ultralight foldable stove is perfect for hiking and backpacking, and it’s a great alternative to those larger gas canister stoves that can weigh you down on the trail.
This tiny piece of cookware uses small fuel tablets to heat your food or drink. Simply unfold the stove, fire up a tablet, place your food or drink container on top, and your little camp kitchen is ready to rock. This invaluable piece of German-made cookware is cheap, too, at only $11, and comes with six solid fuel tablets. You can also grab some more tablets here.
Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow — $25
When it come to sleeping at your campsite, you’ve probable either brought a full-sized pillow from home or some weird little travel pillow that wasn’t particularly comfortable, or you simply roughed it and went without. No more: The American-made Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow gives you the comfort of normal bedding in a handy size that packs down to fit in your bag, in your tent, and on any bed.
The soft polyester shell contains expanding foam pellets that lets the pillow provide comfort and support while you sleep, yet compresses for easy storage when you’re ready to break camp. It’s great for camping, as well as long flights and car rides. The medium 14-inch by 18-inch Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow comes in at just $25 from Amazon.
Bahco Laplander folding saw — $21
For the serious adventurers and survivalists out there, a good folding saw is a must-have piece of camping equipment for gathering and processing firewood — especially in colder weather. Sweden is known for making some excellent bushcraft knives, but it’s also home to some great toolmakers like Bahco.
The Bahco Laplander foldable saw boasts a seven-inch blade, so it’s a compact piece of backpacking kit, but its seven teeth per inch ensure that it easily gets through small- to medium-sized branches. It’s made in Sweden, and at only $21, it’s a steal. You can also grab the saw plus a Swedish-made survival knife for only $30. If you’re looking for a versatile utensil to get you out of
Rome Industries Pie Iron — $17
There’s nothing better than being under the night sky and cooking a meal over a warm fire. However, we often find ourselves stuck roasting hot dogs, marshmallows, or some other easily skewered food. With the Rome Industries pie iron, you can expand your campfire menu to include toasted sandwiches, small pies, and many breakfast favorites.
Made from solid cast iron, this delightful bit of cooking tech will last for years. So if you love kicking back by the fireside and crafting a quick and delicious meal, pick up a Rome Industries pie iron and get cooking. Grab one today for just $17, or pick up the double model for an even cheaper $14.50.
RavPower foldable 16-watt solar charger — $50
What’s more ideal for the outdoors than a portable charger? A solar-powered one like this top-rated charger from RavPower. Unlike power banks that need to be plugged in to recharge after a few uses, RavPower’s portable charger features large solar panels for powering up your devices using energy from the sun, making it a great solution for times when you’re far away from traditional power sources.
Two USB ports let you juice up two devices simultaneously, and the charger folds up for easy storage in a bag or large pocket. The RavPower solar charger also has a handy pouch for tucking away the USB connectors or your connected device to keep it out of the way (and out of the sun). You can score this handy gadget for $50 on Amazon after a 10 percent off coupon, redeemable on the product page.
Maglite XL50 LED flashlight — $30
A good light source is indispensable in the field, and Maglite flashlights are tough to beat when it comes to value. You probably know Maglite for its bulky C- and D-cell flashlights, but in recent years the company has released a number of smaller LED models like the excellent XL50. The compact XL50 delivers an extra-bright output of up to 200 lumens, with a beam projection distance of more than 700 feet.
Three different light settings include both high- and low-power beams, as well as strobe signal mode. The unit runs on standard AAA batteries and can last for as long as 25 hours on low power. Like all Maglites, the XL50 is manufactured in the U.S. You can score this flashlight with a tactical pack (which includes three colored lens filters, a clip attachment for your tent, and a removable antiroll bumper attachment) for $30 on Amazon after a 30 percent discount.
Lightning Ever LED headlamp – $8
A traditional flashlight is great to have in your pack, but a headlamp like this one from Lightning Ever is also a necessity if you’re regularly doing things at night. This keeps your hands free while providing good low-light visibility for tasks like land navigation, tent seup, or even just relaxing with a book after the sun has set without disturbing others.
The Lightning Ever headlamp features 18 bright, energy-efficient LED lights. Three different settings let you use two, 10, or all 18 of the bulbs depending on how much light you need,. The headlamp runs on standard AAA batteries (included) and is totally splash-proof. The Lightning Ever LED headlamp comes in at just $8 on Amazon, saving you $11.
VicTsing waterproof Bluetooth speaker — $19
Bluetooth speakers let you wirelessly stream tunes from your mobile device so you can take your party on the road. Most models aren’t built for rough conditions in the outdoors, so if you don’t want to risk bringing a normal Bluetooth speaker camping, you should consider a waterproof model like this one from VicTsing. This Bluetooth speaker boasts a rating of IPX4, meaning that it is fully protected against dust and water splashes from any direction.
Along with being waterproof, the speaker’s tough rubberized housing is impact-resistant, so it’s safe for use in virtually any outdoor environment or tent. The small unit also features a built-in mic for hands-free calling when synced with a smartphone, and its carabiner makes it the perfect backpacking accessory. Grab the VicTsing waterproof Bluetooth speaker for just $19 from Amazon, clip it into your hammock, and relax.
Minipresso espresso maker — $50
Nobody wants to give up their coffee when camping, and there’s nothing like having a hot cup of joe on those crisp mornings at the campsite. Making coffee can be a hassle in the field, but it doesn’t have to be thanks to the aptly named Minipresso. The Minipresso easily fits in your bag and can whip up a cup of espresso in minutes.
Like a regular espresso maker, the Minipresso uses pressure to squeeze hot water past finely ground coffee to create a thick, foamy cup of coffee. This is done by manually depressing the piston plunger – no batteries required. While this obviously won’t create the same amount of pressure as a professional-grade machine, it’s more than sufficient while camping, and is even more impressive considering its size. You can now score this pint-sized espresso maker for $50 on Amazon and enjoy 23 percent off.
Life Gear stainless steel carabiner mug – $8
With a good stainless steel mug, you no longer have to be without your favorite drinking cup while you’re in the wilderness – nor do you have to worry about packing a ceramic mug that is likely to break. The sturdy Life Gear mug is just the ticket for enjoying cold and hot drinks on your next camping trip, thanks to its 10-ounce capacity and lightweight, durable, and easy-to-clean metal construction.
The Life Gear mug also features a carabiner handle, allowing you to clip it right onto your gear so that it’s there when you need it and you don’t have to waste precious storage space inside your pack. This stainless steel carabiner mug can be yours for a cheap $8 from Amazon. If you’re looking to add some decent camping gear to your pack, this mug is a great addition
SlimK LED light bulbs, 2-pack — $8
Ditch your big, bulky lamps in favor of these cool SlimK LED light bulbs, which give new meaning to the term “portable lantern.” Roughly the size of a standard light bulb, the SlimK lights run on AAA batteries and feature a simple on/off switch. Energy-efficient LED bulbs save power while putting out more light (and staying much cooler) than traditional incandescent bulbs. Convenient built-in hooks make it simple to hang them up in your camping tent or around the campsite.
The SlimK LED bulbs ring in at $8 for a pair, or just $4 apiece. At this price, you may as well buy a few two-packs to have enough lighting for the whole crew.
STMan SOS emergency survival tin — $13
Although it’s something you hope to never have to rely on, a good survival kit is an essential part of your camping gear. Space-saving and low-cost emergency survival tins like the SOS kit from STMan have become very popular recently.
The SOS emergency tin comes packed with a stainless steel tool card, a fire steel, a small wire saw, a miniature compass, and a small folding multitool with pliers and built-in flashlight. The whole kit of supplies fits inside the handy pocket-sized tin and is vital if you find yourself in an emergency situation. You can score this must-have tin for just $13 and toss it in your backpack for later use.
Sawyer mini water filtration system — $20
Many portable filters, while fairly compact, are still too clunky to lug around when you’re on the move. And chemical-based water purification additives can impart an unpleasant taste to your water — not to mention they are a finite resource and do nothing to filter particulate matter from your drink. Enter the Sawyer mini filter, a lightweight and compact personal filtration system that can enables you to drink clean water from virtually any source.
The Sawyer filter functions much like the popular LifeStraw, removing more than 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites, and it can clean up to 100,000 gallons of liquid before needing to be replaced. Unlike the LifeStraw, however, the Sawyer filtration system features a handy liquid pouch and screws onto standard plastic bottles, so you can carry your water with you. You can score the Sawyer filter for $20 on Amazon after a $5 discount. You’ll never need a water bottle again.
Mpow waterproof phone pouch, 2-pack — $8
Even when trying to get away from it all, it’s a smart move to bring along a phone on outdoor adventures in case of an emergency or if the weather gets lousy — or if you don’t have anything else to keep you busy. You’ll also want some means to shelter your devices, and these Mpow waterproof pouches are like outdoor clothing for your phone.
Along with keeping your stuff dry, the Mpow pouches feature touch-sensitive material that lets you use the touchscreen of your phone while it’s sealed in the bag. The pouches are totally waterproof, so they can be safely submerged if need be. The Mpow waterproof bags are also useful for keeping things like money and credit cards safe. A two-pack can be yours for just $8 on Amazon.
Update: Added the Ozark Trail pop-out tent, Lightning Ever headlamp, Reebow first aid kit, and Life Gear carabiner mug. Removed expired offers and updated prices.
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