When we find a new piece of camping or outdoor equipment that we love and that really works, it’s here.
Everything you see – from barbecues to mosquito repellent – has been tried and tested by a member of the Campfire team and is now one of their actual camping essentials. If something let us down after long-term use, it’s gone!
Click on any picture or link for details and prices. And if you’re looking for something in particular – from the best campervan to the best loo – just use the search box!
Brilliant! Food wraps made from cotton coated with beeswax and pine resin. Mouldable and sticks together to behave like clingfilm, but NOT plastic. Lots of sizes and designs from around £10 for a pack. Use them for leftovers, sandwiches and to cover pots. Made in the Cotswolds too.
You'll find a couple of great bivvy options on this page, but the Lawson Blue Ridge combines ground-based bivvy with almost flat-bed sleeping-in-the-trees hammock. Around £175. We love the airy feel with a mosquito net to protect you, but a rainfly if the weather turns wet. See more hammocks and bivvies too.
Either the fabulous self-inflating Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe or the Exped 10LW. Not cheap camping mats, but well-insulated, good at inflating (especially the S-to-S) and lovely to lie on. More options in our special feature on mats. Get even more comfortable with the best pillow we've found – a mini memory-foam, bamboo travel pillow of loveliness.
Cadac Safari Chef camp stove. Our favourite gas cooker. Very efficient, packs away nicely and has lots of options for cooking styles – from pizza stone to seared steak griddle plate. New models have added piezo ignition. All fits into a roomy, easy-to-carry bag and set sup in no time. High and low pressure options (ie. big gas bottle with hose or screw-in canister)
A Waeco compressor fridge. The 21-litre CDF26 is brilliant for two. And for a family, this CFX-35, 32-litre one is superbly quiet. They both stay cold whatever the temperature outside. See our fridge guide here for how to choose. This one has been working perfectly for us for years!
The Netgear Arlo security system sends alerts to your phone when it detects sound or motion and lets you see what's happening at home. Peace of mind when camping. Previously had the iSmart Keep wifi security camera, which is much cheaper, but the Arlo comes with a router hub for extra stability and can link lots of cameras indoor and outdoor.
These bits and pieces will cost you under a tenner and will change your (camping) life! Use the bungee cords to secure tarps, awnings, bits of flapping tent or for 101 other uses. The green clips fasten on to canvas taps, tents and so on without damaging the fabric and give you more options for securing.