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Best Backpacking Stove System: MSR Windburner 1.0L at Amazon "Engineered to boil one liter of water faster than conventional convection stoves."
Best Base Camp Stove: Coleman EvenTemp at Amazon "Three burners and 28,000 BTUs of power."
Best Camp Coffee Maker: JetBoil Java Kit at Amazon "Pack this coffee shop anywhere the trail takes you."
Best Backpack: Gregory Baltoro 75 Goal Zero at Amazon "A great pack backed by years of experience in the backcountry."
Best Power Solution: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus at Amazon "The 7-watt, weather-resistant solar panels can charge handheld USB and 12-volt devices."
Best Tent Lighting System: BioLite NanoGrid at Amazon "An expandable network of overhead lighting."
Best Outdoors Speaker: Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell at Amazon "Take your tunes into the wild."
Best Camp Kitchen: MSR Flex 4 & MSR Alpine Deluxe at Amazon "Packs more cookware into a lightweight 5.3-liter pot than any kit on the market."
Best Camp Chair: Therm-A-Rest Quadra at Amazon "Rest tired feet after a day on the trail."
Best Camp Grill: BioLite Camp Stove w/Grill at Amazon "Generate electricity stored in an onboard USB battery system."
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Best Backpacking Stove System: MSR Windburner 1.0-Liter
Going ultralight with your cook kit is weather-resistant with the MSR Windburner 1.0-Liter. The brand’s advanced radiant burner and heat exchanger are engineered to boil one liter 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.
Best Base Camp Stove: Coleman EvenTemp
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. Now, all you need are the ingredients to make a delicious meal. Read reviews and shop for the best camping foods.
Best Camp Coffee Maker: JetBoil Java Kit
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.
Best Backpack: Gregory Baltoro 75 Goal Zero
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.
Best Power Solution: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus
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.
Best Tent Lighting System: BioLite NanoGrid
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.
Best Outdoors Speaker: Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell
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.
Best Camp Kitchen: MSR Flex 4 and MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set
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.
Best Camp Chair: Therm-A-Rest Quadra
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.
Best Camp Grill: BioLite Camp Stove with BioLite Portable Grill
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.
What to Look for in Camping Accessories
Weight If you’re carrying your supplies for the trail on your back versus in the trunk of your car, weight is one of the most critical considerations when it comes to accessories. You don’t want to be weighed down by gear so much that you don’t enjoy the hike—or worse, get injured as a result. Luckily, advances in technology mean that there are plenty of lightweight materials out there.
Necessity There's a big difference when it comes to what’s necessary for an overnight stay in the woods and what’s simply nice to have. Prioritize your shopping—and packing—accordingly if you’re backpacking, making sure you have the essentials all set before throwing the extra weight of nice-to-haves.
Cost If you’re an avid camper who heads into the great outdoors frequently, spending money on gear that’s going to last you a while is worth a bit of extra money. If you’re just starting out on your camping adventures or camp once or twice a year, however, don’t go for top-of-the-line gear. There are plenty of budget-minded accessories out there that will get the job done.