High-Quality Camping Gear Under $20
You shouldn't have to spend a small fortune to enjoy a few days in the outdoors. But you also shouldn't have to put up with cheap products that won't stand up to repeated use. You probably plan to go camping more than once after all, right?
We've scoured Amazon for a few, high-quality items under $20 that will hold up through many camping trips, but won't put the hurt on your wallet.
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A long handle, titanium camping spoon.
If you’re looking for a lightweight, long-handled spoon for backpacking or generally to keep your camping gear weight down, look no further.
The TOAKS Titanium Long Handle Spoon allows you to stir food while cooking over a stove or flame without getting your hand too close to the heat source.
Also, since a lot of dehydrated meals come in pouches that are rather deep, this spoon lets you get the last bits all the way to the bottom without getting your hands messy. A solid point for camping trips where cleanup can be a painful process.
A solid, ultralight camping and backpacking knife.
Forget about trying to impress everyone with how big your knife is. You can smile with the quiet confidence that you've got all you need in your pocket when it comes to a camp knife.
This is the knife I carry every day, and the only knife I take backpacking. You really shouldn't need anything bigger than this.
The Gerber LST Ultralight Knife is lightweight and only 2.65" long closed. You can trust the blade is made from quality 420HC Steel, which means it has a higher carbon content than lower quality blades. The blade is easy to sharpen but also durable.
What I like especially about this knife is that it takes up such a small amount of space in my pocket. I almost always forget it's there, but I'm happy to have it when needed.
A packable, lightweight camp pillow.
Small, yet comfortable. And most importantly, LIGHTWEIGHT!
The Trekology Ultralight Inflating Camping Pillow packs down smaller than a can of LaCroix and weighs only 2.75 oz. However, when inflated, this pillow is 16x12x4" with an ergonomic design, giving your noggin plenty of room to rest.
A rugged camp cook set that will last a lifetime.
This may not be the ultralight cook set that some are looking for, but the Stanley Camp 24oz. Cook Set is as rugged as they come. It comes with two insulated cups that nest inside the cooker.
Made of stainless steel, the cooker won't rust and will stand up through a lifetime of camping trips. If for some reason it doesn't, Stanley's lifetime warranty has you covered.
I recently had to replace a lid for a Stanley camping mug, and their customer service was courteous and helpful and handled the whole transaction quickly and smoothly. I do love me some Stanley products.
The Ultimate Firestarter
Matches get wet. Lighters run out of fuel.
This ferrocerium firestarter from überleben will throw a shower of 5,500º Fahrenheit sparks onto your tinder, rain or shine.
At less than 3 oz. with a paracord lanyard, the Zünden Fire Starter is lightweight and compact, yet it is good for 15,000+ strikes.
Comfy and packable inflatable camping seat.
Now, I love the Therm-a-Rest Z Seat Cushion, simply because of just how lightweight it is. But it has one flaw: packability.
When space is at a premium but you still need somewhere comfortable to rest your hiney at the campsite, the TETON Sports ComfortLite Self-Inflating Camping Seat will literally save your butt.
The TETON Sports ComfortLite inflates to a generous 17x12x1.5 inches, but it packs down to 7x3x3 inches, with a total pack weight of only 6 oz.
A durable dry-bag with a waterproof phone case.
Keeping your sensitive gear dry is essential on a camping trip. That includes anything from cell phones, to food, maps (though we recommend laminating any maps you take), and even an emergency pair of underwear and socks.
The 10-liter Earth Pak dry bag is the perfect size for smaller items that you want to keep dry. They also come in 20, 30, and 40-liter sizes.
A stylish, yet reliable and durable solar lantern for camping.
The MPOWERD Luci Lux is a sleek and stylish inflatable lantern with a short recharge time and long run time that packs down flat for easy storage.
It's the perfect lantern to give your campsite an enjoyable ambient glow, without the unpleasant and harsh blue light that many LED lanterns give off.
The Luci Lux will last up to 24 hours on a single charge. It's even waterproof, so you don't have to run frantically around camp to take them down if it starts raining.
Do you have any suggestions for high-quality camping gear that's not too expensive? Tell us in the comments!