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January 27, 2023

15 Camping Gear Buys to Camp Better in 2023

Written by Zack Newsome
Updated on April 25, 2023
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The right gear is important for a successful camping trip. Camping doesn’t require all the bells and whistles, but picking up the right outdoor gear can make all the difference on your next trip. Adding to your camping kit will help you camp better and enjoy the outdoors in comfort. We’ve handpicked 15 camping gear kits to help you add comfort to your camping trips in 2023.

Coleman 4-Person Tent with Instant Setup

At the core of any camping kit is a tent.  They come in all shapes, sizes, and costs. The trick is finding the tent that best fits how you’ll use it.  The Coleman 4-Person tent with Instant Setup is a great choice for most people.  It’s roomy and it sets up in minutes.


Kelty Tru.Comfort Doublewide 20 Degree Sleeping Bag

Camp better with your partner in 2023 with a sleeping bag for 2. Rated to 20°F, this super-sized sleeping bag makes camping more fun and more romantic. The best part of the Kelty Tru.Comfort Doublewide is its flexible layering.  It includes independent ventilation, a removable top layer, and two built-in blankets to make sure both you and your partner get comfortable rest.


Coleman Xtreme 50 Quart 5-Day Cooler

Keep your food and drinks cold for days with a Coleman Xtreme 5-day cooler. There’s nothing worse than trying to track down more ice to keep your cooler cold on a multi-day camping trip.  With an insulated lid and extra wall insulation, the Coleman Xtreme will keep your food and drinks cold throughout your trip.  The included wheels and telescoping handle also make it easy to move around your campsite.


Nomadix Towel 59 Parks Collection

You could bring towels from home when camping, or you can pick up one of Nomadix’s do-it-all-towel as a part of your camping kit.  Nomadix towels are “the only towel you’ll ever need” due to being super absorbent and quick drying.  Made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, you can get dry while helping to protect the environment.  We LOVE the 59 Parks Collection version featuring a US map of all US National Parks.


Solo Stove Ranger

We’ve been fans of Solo Stove’s products for years. They look fantastic and the airflow design of their firepits produces cleaner-burning and less-smoky fires. At 15 inches in diameter, the Ranger is the perfect size to bring along on your next camping trip and it can also pull double-duty as a firepit at home.

Read our full review of the similar Solo Stove Yukon 


Klymit Drift Camping Pillow

The item most often forgotten on camping trips is a good pillow. Most of us don’t have pillows dedicated only to our camping setup and bringing pillows from home can be risky. Solve the forgotten pillow problem with the Klymit Drift Camping Pillow. The Drift pillow is filled with shredded memory foam and has a durable reversible shell that easily morphs from a travel-friendly cover to a soft, clean sleep surface. It packs small and expands to full size when you need it.


Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Blanket

Even in summer, it can get chilly in the evenings when camping. Stay warm with the Wise Owl Camping Blanket. This 6.5ft by 4.5ft blanket packs down to 17″ by 6.5″ for easy packability. It looks awesome and can be easily machine-washed when it needs it. This is another piece of camping gear that can have a lot of other uses – bring in into the stadium, kids’ games, picnics, and more.


MPOWERD Luci Color Solar String Lights

Lighting makes a big difference at a campsite. Light up and control your campsite’s mood with these Colored String Lights by MPOWERD. Their battery is solar-powered during the day for use at night and with 6-color options, your campsite will never be dull.


Venustas Men’s Heated Vest

The product we most heard others talking about in 2022 was heated apparel. Venustas has been the leader in creating heated vests and jackets for both men and women. This year, treat yourself to the gift of outdoor comfort with a vest that heats up with the push of a button and lasts for hours on a single charge.

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Read More about the Venustas Heated Vest at Outward Spaces.


UCO 3-In-1 Titanium Spork

When pressed for space, a spork can be a beautiful thing. It’s a single utensil that serves the purpose of a spoon, a fork, and a knife. If you’re outdoors a lot, you deserve your own spork to take with you. We love the look and design of the UCO sporks. They have cheaper plastic versions also available, but we like the durability of the titanium version.

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Adventure Medical Kit – Mountain Series

Safety is no joke in the outdoors. Having the right medical kit when injuries and emergencies arise is important. Adventure Medical Kit has done the hard work for you in assembling all the medical items you’ll need for your outdoor adventures. We like the Mountain Series best for camping, hiking, and other mountain activities.


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

In the case of an outdoor emergency, having access to safe, clean drinking water could save your life. The Lifestraw Personal Water Filter is a “must-have” part of your camping kit. At under $20, it’s inexpensive and worth every penny when it comes to peace of mind that the water you come across won’t make things worse. We recommend having a Lifestraw or two on hand any time you venture into the wild.


Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler

Beer just tastes better with friends around the campfire. Take your camping beer to another level with an insulated growler from Stanley. Its 64-ounce (4 pints) capacity will keep your beer cold for up to 24 hours without refrigeration. Made of durable stainless steel, the Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler is a great way to upgrade your camping trips in 2023.


COLETTI Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot

No matter how picky you are with your coffee back home, coffee is more about the process of making it when camping. There is something special and memorable about making coffee over a campfire or propane stove. You don’t need your $700 espresso machine for good camping coffee, you just need a Coletti Bozeman Camping Coffee Pot. It’s a simple percolator with a vintage look that makes up to 9 cups of coffee at a time.


Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Backpack

You shouldn’t leave your campsite for the day without the essentials. Water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug repellent are non-negotiable for us. Depending on your activity, you may also need to bring along extra gear. A good daypack backpack makes lugging these items easy. The Venture Pal Lightweight Backpack has 40L of storage that packs away easily when not needed. With more than 30,000 4.5-star reviews on Amazon and at less than $30, this backpack is a huge value.


Have a favorite camping gear kit that we missed? Let us know in the comments.


About the Author

Zack Newsome

Zack is a lifelong adventurer passionate about sharing the joy of the outdoors with others. He loves camping, fly-fishing, sailing, and exploring wild spaces. He launched Outward in early 2022 to inspire others to spend more time outdoors – improving mental health and more deeply connecting with the environment.

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