6 Useful Must-Have Tools For Campers

Camping is a very popular outdoor hobby, enjoyed by millions of Americans every year. If you intend on going camping but don’t have much camping experience, then it’s important that you do your research and learn about the different tools that you need to bring with you. It’s always important to take tools along with you so that you don’t get taken by surprise by bad weather or any other hazards, such as getting lost or wild animals encroaching on your camp.

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This article will tell you about six useful tools that you need to take with you on your next camping trip:

Gas Stove

A gas stove is a very useful tool to bring camping with you. It allows you to cook food on the go. In addition to allowing you to cook food, it also allows you to brew up coffee and tea, which is always great when you are out in the woods on a cold winter’s night. Gas stoves are very affordable. If you are going to bring a gas stove, don’t forget the gas. You need to buy a cylinder that fits your stove. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Usually, you can buy gas cylinders from the same place where you buy your stove. Make sure that you find a stove that’s durable and reliable so that you don’t have to deal with it breaking down or not working when you need it to.


Multitools are small, handheld tools that offer multiple different uses. You need a multitool for a quality camping experience because they always come in handy. Multitools are very similar to Swiss army knives, except they have more uses. If you are going to buy a multitool, then the first thing that you need to do is to do your research and find the tool that’s best for you and has the features that you need. The features of some multitools differ, so you should draw up a list of things that you need so that you can select a multitool with all of those qualities. The perfect multitool does not need to be expensive, either. Try to find one that’s reasonably priced and has lots of features.


One of the most enjoyable parts of camping is setting up a fire, sitting around it, and telling stories. If you are going camping with your loved ones and want to do this, then you should bring a flint. While you could of course bring a lighter, a lighter are far too “modern” and definitely ruins the general feel. In addition to this, lighters can break, get lost, and fail if the weather’s wet. This isn’t the case with a professionally made flint, which will withstand the elements and is incredibly durable. Some multitools come with flints, so before you rush out and buy one check if your multitool has one already. When you do buy one, make sure that you buy it from a retailer that’s reliable and crafts quality camping equipment.


If you are going camping, then you should definitely take a torch with you. This is especially important if you are going to be camping in the woods and not on a designated, populated campsite. The reason for this is that if you do not take a torch with you, you could potentially get lost. It’s also worth mentioning that wild animals tend to avoid light, such as fires or torches, so by setting up a fire and having a torch you will protect your campsite from being visited by annoying animals, such as foxes, and more dangerous ones, like bears.

Foldable Saw

A foldable saw will make it easier for you to find firewood. These saws are very handy and can fit straight into your rucksack. If you are going to invest in a foldable saw, then make sure that it’s legal for you to carry it where you live. It shouldn’t be a problem if you live in the United States, but if you live in a European country where there are restrictions on knives and sharp objects in public, you may not be allowed to. Bear this in mind when you are buying a saw so that you do not unintentionally break the law and get yourself into trouble.

Water Containers

Finally, make sure that you bring water containers along with you. Water containers make it easier for you to transport water, obviously, and also fuel. This is especially important if you are trekking out into the middle of nowhere and are taking your car with you. Fuel will come in handy if you run out!

Camping is a lot of fun, but you do need to go prepared. It can be very dangerous if you do not. Exposure to the elements can result in serious illness and even death, so make sure that in addition to tools, you have a tent, sleeping bag, and other equipment.

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