The 10 Best Camping Accessories to Buy in 2017

Don't go camping without these must-have essentials

Looking to head out and explore the wilderness? Sure, you might already have the perfect new tent, and you’re dialed in with a top sleeping bag and camp bedding. But you're going to need more than just the basics. Now it’s time to add the top outdoor accessories to complete your ultimate campsite. From stoves, to grills, to coffee makers and power solutions, continue reading to see what you need to turn your camp into an outdoor home.

Going ultralight with your cook kit is easy with the MSR Windburner 1.8. The brand’s advanced radiant burner and heat exchanger are engineered to boil up to 1.8 liters of water faster than conventional convection stoves by channeling all heat up through the pot. The air combustion system is enclosed in the stove so this system delivers windproof performance. A cooking-slash-eating pot and an eat-and-drink mug with insulated cozy are included.

Cooking for an entire family of happy campers? Coleman’s EvenTemp delivers three burners and 28,000 BTUs of power. As promised, the burners radiate heat equally across the stove so you can cook in three 8-inch or two 12-inch pans at the same time. This is the official stove of the National Park Service Foundation, and it’s sturdy enough for your outdoor adventures, with a rust-resistant aluminized steel cooktop and stainless steel burners.

Be your own barista with the JetBoil Java Kit. The Flash cooking system lights with the push of a button and in less than three minutes your boiling coffee fills the one-liter cooking cup via French Press. The cooking cup clips onto the burner preventing spills, and the insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator so you know when to press your coarse-ground coffee. The entire system weighs just under one pound, so you can pack this coffee shop anywhere the trail takes you.

On one hand, Gregory’s Baltoro backpack is just a great pack backed by years of experience in the backcountry. The backpack brand just redesigned the 75-liter Baltoro so it weighs 6 pounds, some 12 percent lighter than previous models. The pack still hauls heavy loads (up to 60 pounds) with ease and comfort, thanks to a QuickSwap suspension system with three harness options and five hip sizes.

Gregory’s removable lumbar insert adjusts to the curvature of your lower back for customized support that will keep you on the trail. It also has a removable daypack with hydration reservoir that you can zip off on ultralight day hikes. However, where this pack separates itself from the rest is with its integration of Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panels on the top exterior that allow you to charge your battery, smartphone, tablet or camp lighting system while you hike.

Back in the day, camp lighting was powered by propane, and if you needed even the smallest bit of electricity, you had to haul along heavy batteries or a noisy generator. Now, Goal Zero’s Nomad 7 solar panels allow you to generate electricity wherever your legs can take you. The 7-watt, weather resistant solar panels can charge handheld USB and 12-volt devices — most smartphones, tablets, GPS, headlamps, and certain camp lighting systems. The entire kit weighs just over one pound.

At first blush the BioLite NanoGrid looks like a couple of flashlights strung together. But this is so much more than a simple light system. The PowerLight isn’t just a 200-lumen lantern; it’s also a battery storing energy to simultaneously charge your phone. Daisy-chain SiteLights are an expandable network of overhead lighting, each providing 150 lumens of light; angle them as needed or dim them through the PowerLight control. The entire system with One PowerLight, two SiteLights and cable weighs less than one pound.

Take your tunes into the wild with the Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell, a wireless, water-resistant, dustproof and shockproof speaker. Connect it to your Bluetooth-enabled device for and turn up the jams to up 110 decibels. The onboard 70 milliamperes battery will power the speaker for 16 hours of playtime (324 hours on standby) and it has an outbound USB port so you can charge your smartphone or GPS up to four times.

The position of camp chef doesn’t just mean boiling water. Whether you’re grilling trout over a wood fire in your BioLite or sautéing forged mushrooms on a Coleman EvenTemp, invest in a MSR Flex 4 and Alpine Deluxe Kitchen set (sold separately) for cookware, plates, cups, utensils, cutlery and more for under five pounds in the pack. Camp cook sets have been nesting pots and plates and cups for decades, but the MSR Flex 4 packs more cookware into a lightweight 5.3-liter pot than any kit on the market. In addition to the pot, this set includes one 3.2-liter pot, two strainer lids, four plates, four mugs and one detachable pot handle.

Add the MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen set for a chef’s kitchen in your pack, which comes with a calibrated spoon for common measurements; a strainer that doubles as cheese grater; a serrated-edge spatula; a moisture-resistant salt and pepper shaker; a dish brush-slash-scraper fitting MSR cookware; a 4.5-inch Sanoku-styled knife with sheath; a small cutting surface; and a bottle opener-slash-corkscrew. The whole thing fits in a semi-rigid case.

Do not underestimate the importance of a comfy camp chair. The right perch not only helps you rest tired feet after a day on the trail, it will also keep your tukhus out of the dirt, rocks and pine needles, so that you don’t crawl into your tent a filthy mess. The Quadra is the latest camp chair solution from Therm-A-Rest. It is constructed with aluminum poles used in tents so that the chair is can hold up to 300 pounds. It packs down into an easy-to-stow package by folding into its own base and weighs just two pounds, 14 ounces.

What do you do when camping in wildfire-prone ecosystems where it’s illegal to have an open flame? Pack in the BioLite Camp Stove with Portable Grill and you can cook over a flame and charge a smartphones or camp lighting. BioLite’s innovative Camp Stove has tiny fans that safely burns small sticks and then channels the flame and heat to power the stove and generate electricity stored in an onboard USB battery system.

Top this stove off with the BioLite Portable Grill (sold separately) to disperse the fire over a 55-square-inch grill, enough space for four burgers or six hotdogs. You can even go gourmet and throw in a hickory stick or two, or just burn dry pine twigs. Either way your meat grills up tastier than when it’s cooked over a petrol-fueled flame.

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