Road trips and camping feel unlike other types of holidays. There’s a certain kind of excitement that comes with jumping in a car, driving for ages, and just pitching a tent wherever you end up for the night. While you generally want to pack pretty light when you’re on the road, there are a few essentials you should bring along to ensure you make the most of your time, as well as retaining some modicum of good hygiene. Check out some of our road trip & camping essentials…
Good tunes are a must when you’re enjoying some beers while sitting around a campfire with your friends. Braven’s BRV-XXL Bluetooth speaker is made for the outdoors; it’s water resistant with a built-in battery that offers up to 14 hours of continuous playtime, plus it’s powerful enough to charge your phone!
Keeping your tech and smaller essentials protected is important when you’re camping. A high-quality key chain like the one by RAINS is a great idea because you can keep your car key on you at all times. A waterproof case for your phone is vital too, lest you get caught in the rain. The RAINS tech accessories collection is a good one to look at for waterproof and stylish designs.
Keep all your gear stashed in a durable duffel. The well-designed Haglofs Cargo 40 Duffel is ideal as it’s lightweight despite its 40L capacity. Being compressible means it packs down pretty small, plus it also features an expandable flat pocket on the lid for extra storage. Being made from a hardy 450D Polytex RD DTY polyester means you’ll have it for many camping trips to come.
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Just because you’re pretty much one with nature when you’re camping doesn’t mean you can start neglecting basic hygiene practices. The Oral-B GENIUS 9000 toothbrush is so fun to use you won’t forget to brush your teeth. It can connect via Bluetooth to the corresponding app on your phone to give you real-time feedback on how your brushing is going. Plus, the superiorLithium Ion battery will get you through about 12 days on a full charge so you won’t have to worry about finding somewhere to plug it in at the campground.
Utilising pure coconut shells to create their powerful CocoPura filter, KOR has created a sleek and functional water bottle. It’s great to take camping and to keep your water clean. Built to last and with an ergonomic design, the Nava also features a No-Worry Cap so you don’t have to worry about losing the cap along some hiking trail or under the seat of your car.
Poler Stuff’s Napsack is the ultimate functional piece of gear when camping. It’s a sleeping bag, coat, and hoodie all in one. With some cleverly placed zippers, the Napsack transforms into whatever you need it for. It also features pockets, an easy-access phone compartment, and a headphone hole for awesome functionality.
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While the urge to grow a camping beard while you’re away may be tempting, it’s not always a great look. Taking along a Braun Series 9 Electric Shaver is an easy way to keep your face smooth and clean. The durable device delivers a super close shave, thanks to its SyncroSonic head, plus a full charge gets you about 50 minutes of shaving, which is plenty for a short trip.
A lightweight, waterproof jacket is good to have on hand while camping. The Venture Jacket by The North Face is a classic option, being waterproof, breathable, and made to last. What makes it even better is that the jacket is stowable, so when you’re not wearing it, you can pack it up into a little pouch and it won’t take up a tonne of space in your bag.
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Whether your road trip takes you along the beach, through the bush, or anywhere else scenic, you’ll want to take your camera along to chronicle the journey. The Topo Designs Camera Strap, then, is an essential. It’s made from heavy-duty climbing rope so you know it’s going to be durable and long-lasting. Plus, the piece of mind knowing your expensive camera is in safe hands (or strap) is priceless.
No-one likes that gross-mouth feeling that you get when you’ve been on a plane for a while or have been camping somewhere with questionable showering facilities. Do what you can to feel as fresh as possible, like continuing to floss your teeth while you’re away. Philips’ AirFloss Ultra is a great option, as it uses air and water to clean between your pearly whites, meaning you don’t have to stick your dirty camping hands in your mouth like you do with traditional floss. Furthermore, it means there’s no waste you need to carry with you until you find a rubbish bin somewhere.
Forget the camping chair, and go for an entire couch instead! This one by Fatboy inflates in mere seconds and packs down surprisingly small. It’s super lightweight and durable too, making it a bit of a no-brainer to take on your next camping trip. All your friends will be thanking you for bringing it along.
Constructed from Bellroy’s water-resistant leather, the All-Conditions Wallet is an essential if you want to keep your cash and cards protected from the elements while you’re away. The wallet retains a slim profile and features internal pockets so you can keep your stuff organised too. YKK water-resistant zips keep it sealed so there’s no water getting through to damage your valuables.
With a capacity of nearly 2 litres and the ability to keep hot drinks hot for 18 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours, the Stanley Classic Vacuum Growler will be one of your new favourite road trip and camping essentials. It’s crafted from stainless steel with a vacuum insulated body and foam insulated lid.
Forget the worn-out old tents from camping trips of your youth and get a Poler Stuff one instead. Their 1-Man Tent has plenty of space for you to sit up and change your clothes, plus it also has a vestibule area to keep your dirty shoes and other gear dry while still under cover. Easy to put up and with a 3000mm waterproof coating, this tent is an essential.
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Useful in countless situations, it’s important to ensure you’ve got a good quality torch on-hand when you’re out in nature with not many other light sources at night. The durable Barebones Scout Flashlight is constructed from aluminium and features a battery that recharges via USB – handy! It comes with a stylish leather case so you can store it in style.