The best camping kit…our personal favourites

When we find a new piece of camping or outdoor kit 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 part of their actual travel kit. If something let us down after long-term use, it’s gone!

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Looprope is great for hanging kit at camp, but is also strong and versatile enough to tie down bikes or other loads.Lots of lengths and tying options, plus no tangles. Ingenious.

Do-it-all camp rope

Looprope is great for hanging kit at camp, but is also strong and versatile enough to tie down bikes or other loads. Lots of lengths and tying options, plus no tangles. Ingenious.

Clever and versatile Luminoodles

Luminoodle LED lights

Fantastic Luminoodle – an LED light strip (different lengths available) with rechargeable powerbank and clever hanging options. Bright enough to read and cook by too.


Reusable coffee cups

We're NEVER using a throwaway cup again, so here's our favourite to take along to the coffee shop. The KeepCup Longplay. Read more about travel mugs too.

Andes kitchen storer

For your kitchen kit

The Andes kitchen storer. Room for crockery, pots and pans, plus lots of pockets. An essential to keep things neat and to hand.

water carriers

Water carriers

Our three favourite water carriers. The one in the middle for campervans and car camping, the two others for backpacking and wild camping.

Folding smartphone and tablet travel chargers, and an international set too. Very neat.

Fab folding plugs

Folding smartphone and tablet travel chargers, and an international set too. Very neat.

Light and well-designed hammocks

Big hammock packs tiny

Light and well-designed hammocks by Ticket to the Moon. They fold up nearly into their own attached bag and come with easy hanging straps. There's a matching mosquito net too.

PackTowl luxe

Travel towels that dry

The PackTowl Luxe range – supersoft camping and hiking towels that absorb up to five times their weight in water, dry 30% faster than normal towels and stay fresher for longer. Lots of sizes.

folding table

The best camping table

Stable, lightweight, cheap, not fiddly...what more could you want. Perfect camping table for two.

Water wipes wet

Clean camping

No shower? No worries. We always take a couple of packs of these totally natural Water Wipes. Not dear, either.

Vaude Finsuit

Multiuse sleeping bag

One of our favourite (non-down) sleeping bagx – it doubles as a blanket/quilt and even a wrap. The Vaude Finsuit is soft, warm, versatile and really well-designed. Spring, summer and a warm autumn

Lotus Grill

LotusGrill barbecue

The best barbecue we've found. The Lotus Grill. Has a built-in fan to get your coals burning fast, and can stand on your table for comfortable cooking. Have a look at our full review.

Simple and perfect. The Isosteel 0.9l flask is as minimal as you can get. Good value and no bits to go wrong. We tested it thoroughly. Water hot enough to make tea after six hours; drinks still enjoyable after 18 hours.

Simple thermos flask

Simple and perfect. The Isosteel 0.9l flask is as minimal as you can get. Good value and no bits to go wrong. We tested it thoroughly. Water hot enough to make tea after six hours; drinks still enjoyable after 18 hours

Incognito insect repellent

Keep mosquitoes away

All natural Incognito keeps everything nasty away. Mosquito repellent range that's a bit kinder on the skin. We've tested it in some buggy places!


Best small campstove

We love our neat Campingaz Bivouac. Small and effective. Been using it for years and years and still just as perfect. The Cadac below is our choice when we need bigger.

Aqua Test bivvy

Sleep under the stars

Our favourite sleeping arrangement for fairweather wild camping (when we can't use the bivvy hammocks in the trees). Aqua Quest's West Coast lightweight mesh tent lets you sleep safe from bugs and able to see the stars. See our wild camping kit feature too.

Sea to Summit Comfort Plus insulated mat

Super-comfy mats

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

Cadac Safari Chef

Favourite gas stove

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.

Park4night app

Find an overnight stop

Park4night – our favourite app (at the moment) for finding quick overnight stops for the campervan and campsites for tents and more. Lots more apps to look at in our guide too

Joseph Joseph chopping board

Clever chopping board

Our favourite camp chopping board, by Joseph Joseph. Made of bamboo, comes in two sizes and folds on a silicone hinge so that you can chop and pour.

Green Decore recycled plastic rug

Recycled, waterproof rug

The Green Decore rugs are made from recycled plastic and come in lots of colours. You can use them on wet grass, muddy campsites...wherever. Soft enough to be nice to lie on, and in lots of sizes for inside and out. That's the tarp in use too

Waeco CFX35 compressor fridge

Cool camping fridge

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!

Frontier woodburning stove

Woodburning stoves

Fabulous Frontier wood-burning stove. It all packs down into a small bag, you can cook on it and keep warm. The water heater (the silver bit in the picture) is brilliant and there are kits so you can use it inside a bell tent. See our wood-burning stove feature here


The best camping chair

We searched long and hard for a supportive camping chair. The Coleman Deck Chair has a strong back, a no-sag seat and is super light. Comes in khaki and cream.


Peace of mind

The iSmart Keep wifi security camera 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.

Quechua Tarp Fresh

Versatile tarps

A tarp. Nothing fancy, just a very versatile piece of kit. String it up from a tree, attach it to your tent, use it as a shade, an extra dining area, a rain shelter. We've got a feature on tarps here too

Happy going

Skip to your loo

One of our funniest bits of kit...useful too. A waterproof toilet roll holder with built-in light (flashing option!). The Happy Going. Just get one. It'll make you laugh every time you pack.

Coleman FastPitch tent

Fast pitch tents

A contender for our favourite tent because of its fast-pitch air system and hinged door. Zips are annoying at night! The Coleman FastPitch Valdes tent features in our quick-erect tent review.

tarp bits

Clever clips and cords

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.

Amok 3

Off-ground camping

If you like sleeping in the trees or wild camping in general, you'll love the Amok Draumr. Tiny, neat, easy to put up and lets you sleep flat rather than bent in the middle. Built-in mosquito net, and you can even pull two side straps to turn it into a hanging chair. Read more about hammock and bivi camping.

Petzl Noctilight

Headtorch to lamp

This handy (and cheap) little zip-up pouch holds your headtorch, turning it into a lantern. A handing cord wraps neatly around it. Clever little Petzl Noctilight!

Sureflap feeder

Leaving kitty behind

A pet lifesaver. This SureFlap feeder only opens for the cat it's meant to feed! Interlopers from next-door will have to go hungry. Cat-sitters or visiting pet-carers don't always know who's actually getting the food they put down. See our article on taking cats camping too.

Joseph Joseph sharpen knife

Safe camp kitchen knife

Joseph Joseph's chef and paring knives come with a safety shield and a built-in blade sharpener. Ideal for the camping cook kit. Kuhn Rikon's sheathed knives are a good option too, but no sharpener.

Firepot meal

Easy camping meals

After a long day's walking or when you just can't be bothered, Firepot's dried meals are quick and delicious. All natural ingredients too. Just add boiling water. See more tasty cheats in our fast (but good) food article.

Cobb oven

Cobb charcoal cooking

The Cobb is a great outdoor 'cobblestone' or charcoal-fuelled cooker. Not really a barbecue, but very versatile for other types of cooking. Loads of accessories and we've even made cupcakes on it. Have a look at our review.

Reisenthel toilet bag

Perfect travel toilet bags

The Reisenthel hanging toilet bag has supplanted our one-time favourite Samsonite. The medium size is plenty big enough, it's easy to find things, there's a mirror and it looks lovely. Perfect for hanging in trees, in the campervan or in the shower block.

Simple magnet clasp for tidy cables

Tanglefree cables

Tidy cables – a simple magnetic clasp for headphones and charger cables. Bye bye tangles. We use them for all sorts of other bits and pieces too.

Handimoova 2

Camping trolley

This HandiMoova all-terrain trolley folds small and can take loads of up to 60kg over muddy festival fields, through woodland or even over sand. Carry camping kit, coolboxes with ease. Lots of home uses too. Not cheap, but sturdy and lightweight

Nilaqua waterless wash

Waterless washing

We'd been using the nice Equip waterless wash cloths, but these are now discontinued. Nilaqua make a whole range of waterless washes, foams and shampoos. Best of the lot seems to be the towel-off foam. Use the Waterwipes mentioned above if you have sensitive skin, though.


Source Liquitainer

Turns out that this is the water container we use the most. The Source Liquitainer. A taste-free, non-BPA, foldable water carrier. Holds six litres. Stands up (many water bags don't), reliable tap and easy-fill top.

bog in a bag camping toilet

Bog in a bag toilet

The Bog in a Bag camping toilet has to be the neatest for storing. It's a stool with a cover that removes to reveal a hole. Fit a bag over the top and you have a toilet. Also see our advice on the bags to use in out toilet feature.

Klorane dry shampoo

Clean hair when camping

Give yourself a break from proper hair-washing. This Klorane dry shampoo leaves you with fresher, fuller hair and no powdered wig effect (unless you overdo it).

Zuperzozial biodegradable crockery

Ditch the plastic

Avoid plastic when you can! It's easy when bamboo crockery is as lovely as the Zuperzozial range. Lightweight, very stylish.


Headphones for cyclists

The best headphones for cyclists and walkers because they leave your ears free to hear the world around you. Super-light Aftershokz Trekz. Best for cycle safety.

In the UK, 2.5bn disposable cups are thrown away every year. Only 0.25% are recycled (according to an environmental audit committee report). We campers care about the countryside, so we ought to make a stand...or at least not add to the problem ourselves.  So, let's find a cup we can keep handy. Maybe folding? Maybe insulated? Definitely nice to drink from. And while you're thinking about cutting waste, have a look at our article on plastic-free tableware like plates and bowls, and ditch the disposable barbecue in favour of one you can use over and over again.

Barbecue must-have

So, we've found the best barbecues, and this grill mat is the perfect addition. Makes it easier to cook small ingredients, stops the burn and is reusable.


For warm campervans

The baby Eco Chico Dimplex is an oil-FREE radiator that warms up super-quickly and is light to carry. Our choice for larger campervans or caravans on hook-up because you can safely leave it on to warm your space.

Lifestraw steel

Safe drinking water

If you're unsure about how safe the water is, the LifeStraw's the answer. As well as the Steel straw version shown here, there are water bottles with the same filtration system. Gets rid of 99% of harmful nasties.


A very clever tray

A freeform tray that turns into a mat. Very neat. Lots of different colours and sizes. Great for campervanners especially because it gives a solid surface for plates and cups on a bench seat.

Shave Well mirror

No-smash travel mirror

Simple and unbreakable (!) travel mirrors from the Shave Well company. Stick or hang options for shower-rooms or the windows of campervans.

Simplehuman canisters

Smart containers

Simplehuman sleek canisters. A range of sizes and pull-out plastic inserts to make them easy to clean. Keep the ants out!

The RISA electric ukulele. Silent when not plugged in for on-site practising. Concert or tenor sizes.

Music while you travel

The RISA electric ukulele. Silent when not plugged in for on-site practising. Concert or tenor sizes.

Do you have a favourite piece of camping or outdoor kit that’s always in your packing list? Do let us know in the comments below. There are prizes for camping equipment suggestions that get a thumbs-up from readers!

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  2. Neil Hosland-Round

    Your articles are totally brilliant!

    Only one downside, the products link to Amazon who are not Tax contributors throughout the world and a view should be taken on exclusive links to their site. That’s all!

    EDITOR: Thanks so much for your comment. I’m struggling to answer because I’m with you totally. I’m not at all happy with the way companies like Amazon operate. Governments have yet to find a way to catch up with multinationals who use the digital economy to get around ‘traditional’ legislation.

    Sadly, people love to shop on Amazon. And it’s not surprising. In many ways – as far as the buyer’s concerned – they’re exemplary. They have everything you want, they get it to you fast and they make it easy to return things. We know that if we didn’t link some products to Amazon, readers would simply leave the Campfire page and pop over to Amazon anyway.

    We’re still a very small magazine. It costs money to keep going and linking to products we recommend (and only products we recommend!) helps bring in a little income to offset the costs. We’ve tried other affiliate companies, but it doesn’t seem right to point readers to more expensive options. We do always check prices, though, and where there is a better option, that’s where we suggest readers look. Using or not using Amazon is one of the many modern dilemmas for people with a conscience. We buy locally wherever possible!

    I hope you’ll keep reading and we’ll put more work into finding alternatives.

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