Three Items Every Outdoor Enthusiast Should Bring On Camping Trips

“Be prepared” is more than just a scout’s motto. It should be the first item on your adventure checklist, too.

For all the talk of extended stays on various Caribbean islands or workations at posh resorts to help traveling professionals clear their minds and boost their productivity, we haven't really focused on one of the best alternatives: camping. For many of us, a few days or a week at our favorite state parks or secluded campgrounds can be all it takes to recharge our minds, bodies, and souls.

It's also a lot easier to pack for a camping excursion. Sometimes it's as simple as throwing a tent, sleeping bag, and supplies in the trunk of your car and heading out, but it never hurts to be a little more prepared, just in case you find yourself faced with unexpected dilemmas. Here are three camping accessories that will get you out of plenty of jams.

fire starter
You can rub two sticks together all you want but let us save you a little time. | Pull Start Fire

If you've ever been camping during or after a rainstorm, then you might have an idea of how difficult it can be to start a fire with wet wood. There are several ways to handle that, certainly many that would be endorsed by the most rugged adventurists among us. But we're creatures of convenience who need to keep warm and dry ourselves off a little, since we never intended to be out in the rain.

For those moments, we appreciate the ability to be able to pull a string and watch a fire start, and that's why we especially love this accessory. It's also great for those nice crisp evenings in the backyard when you want to enjoy a nice cozy fire. You can't beat the peace of mind that comes with knowing that being warm is as simple as stacking some logs and sitting back.

RoverTac multitool
The biggest challenge will be finding something this device can't do. | RoverTac

For anyone who has ever owned a Swiss Army Knife or multitool for basic household maintenance, this gadget is a no-brainer. No matter the chore or task, there's likely a foldable solution among the 14 tools available. From chopping fire wood to descaling fish, this device can handle enough that you'll feel like the master of nature's kingdom.

FosPower Emergency Solar Hand Crank Portable Radio
When you need light, battery, information, and more, it's wonderful to get that all in one device. | FosPower

One of the reasons we love nature so much is because it helps us disconnect from our digital burdens and the daily monotony of checking emails and reminding Carol not to reply all. But sometimes we can't avoid connectivity, which is why we bring tech-ssesories like portable hotspots, tracking clips for our backpacks, and, most importantly, battery chargers.

Or, if you're really on top of your game, you bring a device that does a lot of everything. Need light? Check. A power bank for keeping your phone charged? Check. Access to the NOAA emergency weather broadcast? Check. Three power sources? Check. This is certain to be your best friend.