Are you ready to head out into the great outdoors for a camping adventure?
But before you grab the essentials like a tent, sleeping bags, and cooler, consider the possibility of elevating your camping experience with a few extra items.
Camping isn’t only about roughing it in the wilderness. It’s a chance to escape the daily grind of day-to-day life and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.
That doesn’t mean you have to suffer for it!
Bring your camping experience to the next level by packing up these ten amazing items:
1. Yeti Steel Tumbler
When you’re out camping during the warm summer weather, you’ll probably want to enjoy a cold beverage. What can you do instead of lugging along bags and bags of ice?
You can keep your drinks, alcoholic or otherwise, nice and cold in a Yeti stainless steel tumbler.
Yeti tumblers are double-walled and vacuum insulated so they can keep drinks cold for 1-2 days or hot for more than 12 hours.
The best part? You can even have your Yeti customized! What an amazing way to commemorate your camping trip.
2. Portable Charcoal Grill
Upgrade your tired old camp stove to a charcoal grill for some deliciously smoky eats - and your grill can double as a campfire!
Because they are small, light, and easy to put together, portable charcoal grills are perfect for camping and even relaxing on the beach.
But if you want to cook over a campfire, you can also grab a portable grill grate that stakes into the ground for the same experience.
3. Cutting Board
Who wants to spend their time preparing for a camping adventure by standing around cutting up fruits and vegetables?
Instead of just packing basic dishes like a bowl, mug, and cutlery, bring along a cutting board and some good knives.
If you want to maximize the convenience of prepping your meals at your campsite, considering packing a portable table as well.
4. High-Quality Ingredients
Cooking outside doesn’t mean you are limited to hot dogs and marshmallows. You can bring along some high-quality ingredients to cook on your stove or portable grill, or not! There are many delicious items you can pack that require no cooking!
For no-cook camping meals, prep a cold salad or pack a delectable charcuterie and cheese spread. Don’t forget to serve it with wine!
When it comes to meals to cook on the grill, pack some veggies and meats such as eggplants, mushrooms, peppers, and chicken.
Just keep your leftovers in mind since you probably will have precious little cooler space. Anything you cook for dinner can be used for breakfast the next day!
5. Fancy Plastic Dishware
As a matter of environmental awareness, it’s probably best that you don’t use disposable dishes on your camping trip - no matter how bad the temptation to avoid washing dishes it.
But don’t worry! You can elevate your camping experience by buying some fancy plastic dishes. You don’t have to limit yourself to plain white - there are many different and fun patterns out there for lightweight plastic plates and bowls.
And washing your dishes while your camping isn’t really that hard. All you need is a way to boil water, a plastic tub, biodegradable soap, and a washcloth!
6. Sleeping Pad or Cot
Although you may be roughing it, there’s no reason to put your back through the wringer! An old yoga mat isn’t going to cut it when it comes to snoozing on the ground.
Camping mattresses, sleeping pads, and cots are specifically designed to keep your back supported and your body comfortable. They also help keep you warm by creating a barrier between you and the cold ground.
When you’re looking forward to a camping trip, don’t kill the experience with a poor night’s sleep!
7. Air Mattress
If you’re looking for a higher degree of comfort while sleeping, considering grabbing an air mattress. A raised pillow top air mattress will have you feeling like you’re sleeping in your own bed!
When it comes to air mattresses, remember that you have to get air in them somehow. Many come with built-in air pumps that require an electrical outlet but you can also find models that have battery-operated air pumps as well.
8. Portable Heated Shower
Ready to go glamping? Nowadays, camping is more about getting away than roughing it - so there’s nothing wrong with creating a glamorous camping experience with a few luxury items.
Most portable heated showers run on batteries with a propane cylinder to guarantee you some hot water while you’re out in the wilderness.
No need to sponge bathe in the nearest stream!
9. LED Lights
Create a magical atmosphere by bringing along some battery-operated LED lights. You can string them around the trees or your tent to provide a warm and inviting glow.
Have fun with different shapes and sizes. You can get LED lights that are ball-shaped or the more traditional Christmas-light shape.
10. Portable Toilet
That’s right, you read that correctly: a portable toilet. You’d be surprised how this simple contraption can really up the comfort level of your camping experience!
Some styles are simply a chair with a toilet seat that collects your waste in a disposable bag. Now there’s no need to squat in the woods if you don’t have to.
Elevate Your Camping Experience!
Remember that there’s no shame in fully enjoying your camping experience, so don’t hesitate to bring along some creature comforts.
Camping is all about the experience but it doesn’t have to be inconvenient or painful. You can easily enjoy the beauty of nature and create some amazing memories while bringing along items that make doing so a little easier.
You can also maximize your wonderful memories by personalizing some of your camping gear! Etchified is pro when it comes to personalizing Yeti tumblers, cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and so much more.
But most importantly - Have Fun!