15 Must-Have Camping Gadgets for 2021

 15 Must-Have Camping Gadgets for 2021

The RV Lifestyle is better with these must-have camping gadgets!

In the olden days camping was pretty simple: a tent, sleeping bag, compass, and some other basic items, and you were ready to go. Today, there are so many camping gadgets available that it’s hard to know which ones are really life-changing, and which are excessive. 

With only a couple of exceptions, most of these are fairly inexpensive. 

15 Must-Have Camping Gadgets for 2021

Here’s our list of 15 must-have camping gadgets. They are in no particular order. We love and use every one of them!

We've put our Amazon affiliate links with each gadget, which means we get a small commission on the sale of each item. It doesn't affect the price you pay at all.

#1 TickKey Removal Key

15 Must-Have Camping Gadgets for 2021 17Camping in the woods means you and your pets will likely encounter ticks. The TickKey products are great for easy and quick tick removal. 

We always keep them in the RV and often toss one in our backpack when going on a hike.


#2 MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern

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We have several of these solar lanterns, and they are awesome!

Rather than worrying about running out of batteries, you just place these in sunlight during the day, and they’ll produce light all night. 

We generally always have them on hand, especially if we’re boondocking


#3 Mophie Powerstation

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This is one of my favorite must-have camping gadgets.

I always keep one fully-charged and handy. There’s enough energy with a full charge to charge my laptop once or my smartphone three times. 

Plus, you don’t have to worry about running a vehicle battery down charging cellular devices. 


#4 Midland LXT500VP3 2-Way Radios

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Two-way radios are truly a must-have camping gadget that everyone should invest in!

Jennifer and I have a pair of these that we use when hiking or when we simply need to communicate from a distance. 

We’ve found this specific model to be very reliable, so I’d recommend them to anyone. 

One of our most common uses is when backing into a camping site. Instead of relying on hand signals in the mirror, Jennifer uses the walky-talky to tell me left or right or STOP!


#5 A2S Survival Paracord Bracelet

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This is a must-have camping gadget that could potentially save your life. It’s a cool all-purpose tool that you conveniently wear on your wrist.

If you do a great deal of hiking deep into the woods, then you should definitely check these out!

It has a built-in compass, fire starter, whistle, emergency knife, and yards of paracord you can use as a rope. It's a tool you hope never to need but should definitely have.


#6 Wine2Go Portable Folding Wine Bag

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Who says you can’t bring a nice bottle of wine camping? If you don’t like worrying about transporting glass bottles, the Wine2Go has you covered! It is a reusable, refillable, foldable, and recyclable pouch that can hold a full bottle of wine.

It’s easy to store, and it’s really a great way to enjoy a bottle of wine right at your campsite or on a picnic. The best part is that’s one less piece of trash to dispose of later!


#7 LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar with GPS Tracking

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This is a must-have camping gadget for anyone who camps with their dogs. As most of you know, Jennifer and I bring our boy Bo on every camping trip. Though he’s well-trained and won’t venture far away from us, we don't like to take any chances. 

If you’re camping with your beloved dog, then do yourself a favor and buy one of these collars. On the off chance that your dog gets loose or spooked and runs away, it’ll be much easier to find him in the strange location. 


#8 MilitaryLensatic/Prismatic Sighting Compass

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This is a must-have camping gadget that anyone who’s serious about hiking and camping should have. It is a good old-fashioned compass in modern form.

Sure, there’s one built into your smartphone, but you shouldn’t rely on a compass that can run out of batteries! As we all know, things happen, so don’t risk getting lost!


#9 X-Plore Gear 3-in-1 Multifunction Survival Tool

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The X-Plore 3-in-1 is another must-have gadget for the survivalist-minded camper.

It's important to know how to start a fire without matches, and this tool helps with that. Plus, it has an emergency whistle and a compass. 


#10 Foxelli Headlamp Flashlight

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This is one bright headlamp! It has 165 lumens, and we love it! In fact, Jennifer and I both have one of these. 

We use them even just walking around the campsite at night and pack them in our hiking packs.


#11 Gourmia Manual Coffee Brewer

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I’m an avid coffee drinker, and I want to make sure I can have it anywhere. The Gourmia manual brewer is a must-have camping gadget that allows you to brew coffee without electricity. 

This is the perfect thing to brew your favorite K-Cup at the campsite in the morning. It’s rather inexpensive and doesn’t take up much space. 


#12 weBoost Drive X RV Cellular Amplifier

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Okay, this gadget is expensive. But it's the best in its class.

I work from the road, so having solid cellular coverage is essential, but it’s not always possible with just our carrier alone. 

This is why we use this weBoost cellular amplifier, which is geared to the RVer. These devices boost cellular signals, and with the one I use, I have coverage pretty much everywhere I go. 

They have lots of models from which to choose, and I can confidently recommend this brand because I’ve used several of their models throughout the years. The Drive X RV is the best of the bunch.


#13 JBL Flip Bluetooth Speaker

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This is one of our must-have camping gadgets for enjoying life on the road. The speaker is very versatile, waterproof, and has great sound quality. 

We use it mainly to listen to podcasts and music, but recently we started using it for the audio when we talk to our family at home via FaceTime. It's also handy when streaming movies over our laptop or tablet.


#14 J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight

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This is my favorite flashlight and I always keep one handy! It has LED bulbs, 300 Lumens, and has three modes. 

Not only is it bright, but it’s a great flashlight to carry in your pocket because of its small size. 


#15 Resqme Original Car Escape Tool

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Okay, this one may not be directly related to camping, but I love this tool! In fact, I made sure each of my loved ones have one. 

We keep one in the RV and our passenger car and one on our keychain.

This tool will cut vehicle seatbelts and break windows. You never know when an accident will occur, and if it does, you'll be glad you have this tool.


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We love camping season!

What are Your Must-Have Camping Gadgets?

Share in the comments what must-have camping gadgets you recommend. We always love discovering more great gizmos!

Curious about the gear, gadgets, accessories, and RV products Mike & Jennifer use and recommend?

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15 Must-Have Camping Gadgets for 2021

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Remember, the headlamps are great but be courteous and turn them off or look down when you are approaching other walkers. The lights can be blinding. I don’t think you would shine a flashlight directly into someone’s face but that is what you are doing since the beam shines in the direction you are looking. Same etiquette applies with headlamps.


  • Must have item for us, Frig-A-Mate or that what it used to be called. We have been using these in our RV for over 40 years. It is a little battery operated fan, powered by 2 d cell batteries, that last 2 – 3 months. With the gravity type RV fridge air is circulated only when you open the door. This thing aids in cool downs, when you first turn it on. It helps equalizes the temp thru out the fridge. It prevents lettuce and other items from freezing. It doesn’t take care of all the issues of an RV type frig but I say improves things about 70 %. Here is a link to amazon, they are available at a lot of other places too. https://smile.amazon.com/Valterra-A10-2604-FridgeCool-Volt-9-1/dp/B0006MRQYU/ref=pd_sbs_4?pd_rd_w=0y1NS&pf_rd_p=c52600a3-624a-4791-b4c4-3b112e19fbbc&pf_rd_r=MFQE5R1X60BBY9N282DG&pd_rd_r=b663cf90-56f5-4ef1-908f-181064d4226d&pd_rd_wg=giSN0&pd_rd_i=B0006MRQYU&psc=1

    • Thanks Stan. We are ordering the fan tonight. Not for RV but for home refrigerator which is famous for freezing our lettuce.

  • I think you did an article on three ways to clean the black tank. I can’t find it, can you post it again? Thank you!

  • A Merlitta pour over cone & brown filters are much more eco friendly & cheaper for coffee than using K Cups.

  • One further item could be added to to the must have survival list, that is the very rugged cylindrical steel mouth whistle
    like what used to be used by British policemen, blown hard, it can be heard for at least half a mile, and if one is not visible, it can help rescuers find you.

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