As more people venture into the woods for digital detoxes and city escapes, significant improvements have been made for camping comfort and convenience.

In 1889, the air mattress was invented. In 1942, the US Army designed “slumber bags.” By 2018, we have so many new, quirky and revolutionary camping items, it’s almost impossible to keep track.

Here are 21 cool, fun and practical gear items to add to your camping gear list (or Christmas wish list!):

1. Self-inflating Camp Pillow

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Don’t want to cart your full-sized bed pillow to the campsite, but don't want to go without? Inflate this lightweight camp pillow to the perfect plumpness for sweet dreams.

Buy it here: avventuraoutdoors.com

 

2. Mini-espresso Maker

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Is there anything better than waking up to a mountain view and a freshly brewed espresso straight from the door of your tent?

No. There isn’t.

Buy it here: amazon.ca

 

3. Chinook Tent Accessory Kit

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Your tent deserves accessories, too! This convenient kit includes a rubber mallet and peg puller for stubborn tent pegs, said pegs, a mesh bag, two ropes and tighteners and a dustpan and brush for cleanly campers.

Buy it here: camping-gear-outlet.com

 4. Triple Hammock

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Fit not one, not two, but three buddies between the trees on this hardcore-hammock! Layer them above each other to make an epic tree-tent.

Buy it here: amazon.ca

 

5. Tent Fan

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Sick of waking up hot and sweaty in the summer? Stick this battery-operated fan with soft foam blades into your tent for overnight relief.

Buy it here: camping-gear-outlet.com

 

 

6. Instant Tent

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Even if you’re planning on spending the night and have a normal tent packed, it’s never a bad idea to bring along a backup. This multi-purpose emergency shelter doubles as a ground sheet or tarp.

Buy it here: amazon.ca

 

7. Citronella Candle

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Repel mosquitos with this citronella candle. Available in three scented tins (including “s’mores”), it has a pleasant “campfire crackle,” ideal for campsites where you can’t light your own.

Buy it here: amazon.ca

 

8. Pop-up Mosquito Net

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Sleep beneath the stars and wake up without bug bites all over your exposed skin. Two campers can fit under this lightweight polyester mesh net.

Buy it here: canadiantire.ca

 

9. New Old School Lantern

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What’s old is new again! Aesthetically similar to classic lanterns, this bright, cellphone-charging, battery-free, LED lantern is powered by cranking or solar.

Buy it here: wayfair.ca

 

10. Camping Cot

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Say goodbye to the ground and get high on a camping cot! Made by Coleman, this deluxe cot features a thick foam mattress, long enough for explorers up to 6’6 tall.

Buy it here: campingworld.com

 

11. Camping Bunk Beds

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Double trouble! Twins, friends or couples that don’t like to sleep next to each other can bunk up on this Disc-O-Bed. The side organizers make finding your flashlight and water bottle super simple.

Buy it here: campingworld.com

 

12. DryMeSack

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Yes, you read that right. Use this large, quick-dry towel made of Decathlon fabric for camping showers. It packs away easily into its included bag.

Buy it here: avventuraoutdoors.com

 

13. Pocket Blanket

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In addition to a portable towel, pick yourself up a pocket blanket. Water-repellent and puncture resistant, this tiny package creates a dry seat wherever you camp.

Buy it here: matadorup.com

 

14. Portable Canopy

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Sunny camping days are ideal—until they get too hot. Seek shade under this canopy. The 50+ UPF provides necessary sun protection, and you get to look (and feel) cool lounging beneath it.

Buy it here: coleman.com  

 

15. Minimalist Cookwear

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Are you still playing camp cook with a bin full of grimy tupperwear? Pack that away and snag this small bag, which smartly stacks a pan, pot, spatula, spork, ladle, two bowls and pot scrubber.

Buy it here: avventuraoutdoors.com

 

16. Campsite Mat

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Spread this lightweight campsite mat outside your tent to save bare feet from rocks and debris. Do you feel at home yet?

Buy it here: canadiantire.ca

 

17. Tent Carpet

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To really make your campsite feel like home, spread this carpet inside your tent. Now you’re basically back in your living room.

Buy it here: walmart.com

 

   

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