The best camping gear in 2019 should keep you dry, cozy, and safe in the outdoors.
We tested a mix of old favorites and new must-have camping gear from tents to camping stoves to provide you with a list of the best camping gear.
This is the best camping gear for 2019
|Rumpl The Down Puffy Blanket
Gathering around the campfire is a given while camping. We found this blanket to be a great addition. We think it’s one of the best camping gear items we own, like the simple stuff sack, and keep it in the car just in case.
|Hilleberg Allak 3
This new model is strong, light, and versatile. We like that it is free standing, has two vestibules for gear, and two entrances. We appreciate the 43-inch height of the tent which gives you plenty of head space when sitting. The dome construction is designed to handle a snow load. It is comprised of an inner and outer tent, which can be pitched in tandem or independently. It weighs 8 pounds, 3 ounces, so is a good choice for basecamp or for backcountry trips.
|Kammok Mountain Blanket
This cozy blanket is meant to be taken outside. A rip-resistant outer layer is treated to wick moisture and an ultra-fleece underside make this a remarkably comfortable blanket for tent camping or fire side. We love it as an emergency blanket in the car during Alaska’s winters as well. It has heavy-duty snaps to be used as a full-body blanket for one or it can be separated into two lap blankets, making it a great item to pack with the rest of the best camping gear.
|Healthy Human 21-Ounce Stein Water Bottle with Flip N Sip Stein Lid
The 21-ounce Healthy Human Stein is an everyday essential carry. Made of stainless steel it is double-walled, vacuum-insulated and leak proof. They offer a large selection of stylish patterns and colors and keep your cold beverages for 24 hours and hot beverages for 12 hours. We paired the bottle with the Healthy Human Flip N Sip Stein Lid. The Lid is designed to be used one-handed, with an easy open button and additional wire bar lock to be 100% leak proof.
|Black Diamond Moji Charging Station Lantern/Portable Power
This compact lantern packs a lot of punch putting off 250 lumens of light plus acting as a USB charging station. A unique dimming switch allows you to adjust the brightness. It includes a collapsible, double-hook hanging mechanism, easily ranking it among our list of best camping gear. We ran it on the rechargeable battery that seems to last really well, but it could also run on AA batteries, or AC with an adapter that is not included.
|Montbell Down Blanket
This best camping gear awardee is a casual down-filled blanket that offers warmth like your typical down jacket does. With the snaps that are along the edges you can also form this into a shawl, skirt or wrap. It comes in four duel tone color combinations and packs small into a compression stuff sack for easy carry.
|Big Agnes Lost Ranger 15 Wide/Long Sleeping Bag
Our tester appreciated the roomy interior, the fun color scheme, and the choice of right or left-hand zipper location when ordering. The comfort and warmth makes this one of his best camping gear picks this year.
|Klymit Hammock V Sleeping Pad
This sleeping pad is lightweight, easily inflates and provides insulated comfort for extended-season use. Our tester liked that this sleeping pad fits nicely in a single- or double-wide hammock. It can wrap around you to keep you better insulated from the cold. It also works great with a double hammock; well suited for two people. The grip zone coating on top and bottom helps keep the pad in place.
|Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle with Straw
Our tester loved this bottle because it’s not too big and not too small, has an awesome ability to keep water cold and ice frozen, and of course, the convenient straw lid that we highly recommend. While it’s among our list of best camping gear items, we use this one every day.
|Klymit KSB Double Down Sleeping Bag
The bag is lightweight and perfect for summer or fall camping. It is well designed with zippers on both sides and separate sleeping hoods. This provides plenty of room for separate pillows. Our testers especially liked the comfort of the down bag and ability for each person to be able to unzip their own side for heat control or a quick exit. This sleeping bag fits great with a Klymit Double V Sleeping Pad. These bags are considered a best camping gear pick for couples to share.
|MSR Stake Hammer
No one wants to smash their thumb with a rock found nearby. This hammer was lightweight and made our list of best camping gear because it made setup that much smoother.
|MSR Carbon Core Stake Kit
We originally tested these because the rocky soil found around Alaska was bending the stakes that came with many tents when camping. Thankfully, these were just the ticket and did not bend when faced with rocky earth and held up as a new favorite and one of the best camping gear items we wish we’d had all along.
|GCI Outdoor Compact Camp Table 205
Our tester sought this out as a needed item in their family camping set up. It’s the perfect camp-side table. It folds down using telescoping legs to a small, compact size and it’s sturdy and easily holds everything you need by your side, making this convenient surface one of our best camping gear items in 2019.
|Therm-a-Rest MondoKing 3D
This is the largest mattress in their line. Once inflated, it is four inches thick, providing loft and warmth from its foam core. It is self-inflating and has two valves which allows it to inflate and deflate more quickly. It mates perfectly with a second mattress. We found this to be very comfortable after sleeping on it many times in 2018, which elevated this mattress to the level of best camping gear we’ve found. It comes in a large version which is 25 inches wide by 77 inches long, which is the one we tested. It also comes in an XXL option which is 30 inches wide by 80 inches long.
|Outdoor Research Splitter Work Gloves
We used these for a range of tasks including splitting wood, hand protection around thorny plants, and general use while camping. We also used them repeatedly when pulling anchor and they protected our hands from abrasive anchor line. They performed well, and are tough, with leather overlays on the palms, making these versatile gloves one of the best camping gear items you’ll be thankful to have.
|Klymit Insulated Double V Sleeping pad
Couples can share the same sleeping pad with comfort. This sleeping pad is spacious and ergonomically designed to reduce pressure points. It has inflate- and deflate valves. It is sturdy and is designed to attach with the KSB Double Down sleeping bag. Our couple testers really enjoy Klymit products, whose presence if often found on our yearly best camping gear lists. This is another favorite.
|Oniva Fusion Chair
This lightweight camping chair gets a ton of compliments. It has all the bells and whistles needed for a comfortable day out. It has a sturdy frame, side table with handy shelving, detachable cooler, and convenient backpack strapping to make toting this best camping gear pick a breeze.
|Hydrapak Expedition 8L Water Storage
The Expedition 8L is a lightweight but tough, extremely packable and well-designed water storage container. It’s collapsible, so it takes up almost no space when empty. It makes for a great camping water-storage device and is a great way to store water on remote float trips. The wide mouth 63 mm screw cap is compatible with many water-filtration devices, and the plug-and-play dispensing cap or hydration tube are easy to attach and use. It has a flexible handle that allows for easy carry or for hanging. It has dual baffles inside, so it will stand when full. An external capacity gauge allows you to measure out the contents. Made of waterproof nylon TPU-film laminate, it’s BPA and PVC free. Simply put, it’s not only a best camping gear choice, but a much better portable water-storage device in general.
|Klymit Traverse Double Hammock
The hammock is cool looking, and well designed with long straps and built-in clips. The straps provide multiple inline loops that easily adjust to the desired length. The hammock is light, and easy to bring along on any camping adventure. Find a couple sturdy trees and set up is quick and easy.