Did you know that 48 million households went camping in 2020? That’s up by 6 million from 2019, and it’s only expected to keep growing.

If you’re one of those people looking to start camping, though, where can you start? Luckily, we’re here to help you get started.

Read on to learn six of the best camping tools for this summer.

1. LED Lantern

This one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how often people forget lighting when they go camping. It’s also easy to buy the wrong one.

A rechargeable LED lantern is not only better for the environment, but it’s also better for your wallet. You’ll pay more upfront, but you won’t have to replace anything for a long time, making it a great investment. Most also come with different options, so you’ll be able to dim or brighten things as you need.

2. Cook Set

Having a good cook set is also a great idea. Opt for something lightweight and robust. Gas burners are usually going to provide the best heating.

3. Solar Generator

While a portable solar generator is another initial investment, it’s going to save you money. Once you have everything set up, there aren’t any other running expenses, unlike gas-powered generators. All you need is direct sunlight and you’re all set!

You’re likely to find that these generators work best in tandem with another source of power, though. They’re great for powering small appliances and charging your items, but powering larger things inside your camper (if you have one) might need something more substantial.

4. Tile or Airtag

If you’re prone to losing things — especially your keys — then grabbing a Tile, Airtag, or some other form of Bluetooth tracking to attach to them is a great idea. It won’t be the most effective in truly remote areas, but if you still have reception and need assistance with finding something specific, grab your phone and you’ll be set.

5. Outdoor Coffee Maker

Nothing beats fresh coffee every morning. Whether you’re brewing for a group or yourself, having a coffee maker with you can make things a lot easier.

There are french presses made specifically for outdoor excursions and camping! No need to worry about fragile glasses makers. If you’re not worried about that, though, there are plenty of pour-over and espresso-making options you can also get.

6. Metal Cup or Tumbler

Once you have a cup of coffee, you’ll need something to keep it warm. The best part about these durable options is that once you finish coffee, you can place water in it and it’ll stay cool no matter what activities you take on for the day.

Ready to Find the Best Camping Tools?

Which of these camping tools would make the best addition to your camping setup? Whether you’re new to the outdoors you’re a longtime camper, you’re sure to find some value in our top picks.

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