Camping Essentials for a fun family trip

Camping Essentials for fun family breaks


Evey doesn’t really remember her previous family camping trips. The last time we spent the summer traipsing around British Columbia, she was barely two, and while we have many happy memories of that time, sadly she still thinks we have never been camping.

All winter she has been badgering us “When can we go camping?”, “Is it summer time yet?” , “Is it this weekend we can go camping?” – we have definitely raised a girl who likes to have her hair done and loves to be outside, in the dirt and exploring!

So we have been going through the equipment, and Jeff has, of course, used this as an excuse to start looking at more camping gear! Here are some of his favourites:

Camp Chef Sherpa Camp Table and Organizer (Brick)


Keep your camp super organized with Camp Chef’s Sherpa Table! A rollout aluminum tabletop attaches to the top of the frame, stows away in a side pouch when not in use and telescoping legs extend for easy setup. Four padded, removable bags keep your gear in order and stow away inside. One is lined and can be used as a cooler, to keep your food warm or even as a sink. The storage bags remove, and the divider unzips so that you can customize your storage options

Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove


Enjoy muffins, cookies, casseroles, and Dutch oven dishes in the outdoors with the Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven. Despite its lightweight size and design, the Outdoor Camp Oven boasts over 18,000 total BTUs of cooking power for maximum oven temperatures of 400 degrees. Powered by one disposable one-pound can of propane, the Camp Oven can run on high heat for up to five hours, ensuring that you have plenty of power to get your baking done right

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker


It’s a deep skillet, a fryer, a Dutch oven, and the lid converts to a shallow skillet or griddle. This versatile piece of cast iron cookware allows the preparation of almost any recipe. Great for kitchen and outdoor cooking. Includes a three qtr. deep skillet / Dutch oven base, and 10.25 inch shallow skillet / griddle / lid. Preseason and ready to use.

Texsport Rotisserie & Spit Grill


Take your campfire culinary skills to another level with this handy grilling accessory from Texsport. Easy to set-up, it features a height-adjustable 24-by-16-inch (W x D) grill surface and similarly height-adjustable stainless steel rotisserie spit that turns and locks in four positions for delicious, slow-roasted flavor. Twin steel side arms can swing into position to keep potted food warm.

Life Straw Personal Water Filter



A Time Magazine “Invention of the Year” winner, Life Straw is the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. Life Straw contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It features a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. Life Straw is perfect for the ultra light backpacker, traveler, boy scout, hunter, and especially for emergency preparedness.

Camelbak Eddy Bottle



The eddy now has a redesigned cap for greater durability and faster flow. The eddy .75L bottle is 100 percent BPA-free and built with CamelBak’s patented flip-top bite valve that lets you sip without tipping or spilling — perfect for hydration on the go. The integrated loop handle can be hooked to a carabiner or carried in the crook of one finger.

Coleman Water Carrier (5-Gallon, Blue)


Comfortably port water to your campsite, picnic, boat, and beyond with the Coleman 5-gallon water carrier. The carrier features a tough polyethylene construction that’s scratch- and impact-resistant, helping it hold up to rough handling. More importantly, the carrier’s fast-flow spigot delivers instant water access; no more struggling to tip the carrier each time you fill up your water bottle. The carrier also includes a built-in molded handle and hand grip for comfortable, easy carrying.

Coleman LED Quad Lantern


Combining an area light with four portable lanterns in a single clever unit, the Coleman LED Quad lantern is a versatile choice for indoor or outdoor use. The Quad is equipped with four removable LED panels that hold 24 LED lights total. Users can remove any of the four panels and use them independently, such as when needing a portable light for the bathroom or tent, or they can keep all four attached to the lantern and produce 190 total lumens of light. As a result, the Quad is the perfect light for group camping trips and any other occasion where folks might splinter off into smaller groups during the night.

LED Solar Rechargeable Area Lantern


S20 area lantern diffused 360-degree beam evenly illuminates the surrounding area, making it easy to use in a tent, night fishing, or at an evening BBQ. Features two-mode push button switch with high & low brightness settings, the integrated solar panel gives eight hours of LED light on a day’s charge.

Deluxe Pillow Rest Raised Comfort Queen


A deluxe version of Intex’s ever-popular Pillow Rest airbed, the Deluxe Pillow Rest adds a sturdier outer layer, making it even more stable and comfortable than the original. The Deluxe Pillow Rest is equipped with a quality-tested 21.2-gauge waterproof flocked top, along with 15-gauge vinyl beams, sides, and bottom. The resulting surface is snug and secure, whether you’re sleeping at the in-laws’ overcrowded house or setting up a guest bed in the basement. Also, the Deluxe Pillow Rest is remarkably easy to inflate thanks to the built-in, high-powered electric pump, which does its job in just a few short minutes.

Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot


Kamp – Rite Oversize Kwik Cot… so versatile and comfortable! Camping’s miserable if you don’t get a good night’s sleep! But a sound, restful sleep will make you ready for anything the next day. When you settle down in a Kamp-Rite Oversize Kwik Cot, you’ll feel the difference from other cots immediately! Can also be used as a chair and a lounge for those lazy days on the campsite.

Queen Size Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag


The Mammoth is the perfect bag for any family outing. Whether you’re going for a weekend at the lake or your in-laws are staying over, the Mammoth is comfortable enough for two (maybe three or four if you have young children). Stash your personal items in the interior storage pocket for safe keeping, and pull the adjustable mummy hood down tight for extra warmth. There are also shoulder and zipper baffles to fight drafts.

Coleman Willow Creek Warm-Weather Scoop Sleeping Bag


The Coleman Willow Creek Scoop Sleeping Bag is perfect for warm-weather camping. It measures 33-Inch wide by 78-Inch long and fits most people up to 5-Inch11-Inch. The unique scoop shape makes a comfortable headrest, keeping your head and pillow off the ground

Ten-Person Two-Room Family Dome Tent


The Wenzel Great Basin 18’x10′ is a large, three room family dome tent that will sleep up to 10 people. The heavy duty polyethylene floor has welded seams for strength and waterproofing. The mesh roof improves ventilation on hot steamy nights. The polyester fly is seam sealed and covers most of the tent and will keep you dry and protected. The removable room divider is easy to set up or take down for 1, 2 or 3 rooms (each room is 6’x10′).

Kodiak Canvas Short Truck Bed Full-size Tent


Get the renowned quality of a Kodiak Canvas tent for your pick up truck. Pitch your tent anywhere your truck goes. Keep off the ground, high and dry, and away from the critters. Made with Hydra-Shield 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight, and breathable. Our unique, clamp-on rail design with integrated, 3/4-inch, steel tube frame provides unmatched sturdiness and allows for easy setup. It’s rated for all-season use. Features five windows with no-see-um mesh, for ventilation, light, and openness, has a cab access window and you can run a power cord from your cab to power your appliances.


  1. Wow, camping supplies have sure come a long way over the years! I’m super impressed with the Camp Chef Sherpa Camp Table and Organizer and the Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove…….BRILLIANT! I want them both.

    Thanks for posting, love knowing about these products!

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