Camping is a great way to connect with family and friends or to escape and spend time resetting in nature. Whatever your camping style, you’ll need some supplies. We’ve put together a checklist of camping essentials as well as upgrades. If you’re heading out for a quick overnight trip, you probably won’t need as much, but if you want to go further, stay longer, or take more people with you, a few of these upgrade items can make your camping trip more enjoyable.
Summer Camping Checklist
|Food Prep: Essentials
|Food Prep: Upgrades
|Personal Items: Essentials
|Personal Items: Upgrades
Our Favorite Goal Zero Camping Products
We’re big believers in getting away and figuratively unplugging, but you don’t always need to literally unplug to enjoy nature and relax with loved ones. A little bit of power can help you keep devices charged and running, which can increase your safety, improve your meals, and keep you entertained at the end of a long day of exploring. Here are some of the products we have on our personal camping checklists.
This lantern is packed with clever little features that make it perfect for camping. It has built in collapsible legs that make it easy to stand on a flat surface or to hang above you. You can recharge it from USB or from solar, but it also has a hand crank you can use to power it up in a pinch. Plus, it has a USB port you can use to charge your phone and other small devices.
These cute mini lights are the perfect addition to your campsite. One pack includes 4 connected lights that can be hung up to 4 ft apart to cover more area—just plug them into a USB port and light up your site. They come with carabiners to make them easy to hang, as well as both white and colorful shades to let you choose the mood.
Power Banks and Power Stations
This convenient power bank is dustproof and waterproof. It can recharge your phone up to five times and comes with a rubber casing so it can withstand your adventures. It also has a built-in emergency light.
This power station is perfect for powering a campsite. It’s only 13 pounds so it’s easy to carry, but it’s powerful enough to run a portable fridge and comes with a wide variety of ports so you can plug in multiple devices at a time.
This tiny solar panel weighs just over a pound, but it can recharge phones, power banks, head lamps, and other small USB devices. It also includes a built-in kickstand that makes it easy to set up and adjust throughout the day for ideal sun exposure.
This 50-watt panel can charge your Yeti 500X or your power bank. It’s lightweight and foldable, with built-in cables for easy connection to a power station. Plus, it has loops that make it easy to hang.
We hope you have the chance to get out and go somewhere soon. Have fun and stay safe on your next campout!