Camping Accessories: The Essentials You Need!Best Product Recommendations , Caravan & Camping Products
Wondering what camping accessories to get for your next adventures? From power stations and fridges to tents and stoves, your choice of camping gear can make or break your trip.
We’ve got the lowdown on the camping accessories you need.
1. Portable Power Station
Powering your adventures doesn’t get easier than with a power pack. These convenient and affordable solutions are designed to keep your devices running even when you’re far off the grid.
There’s a huge range to choose from depending on what you want to run, from the Goal Zero Venture 70 for small devices, cameras and tablets to big portable power stations like the EcoFlow Portable Power Stations. Check out their bundles with a solar blanket for extra convenience.
For a cheaper alternative check out the Bluetti range of portable power stations.
2. Solar Blanket Or Portable Folding Panel
Solar blankets and portable folding panels are ideal for long camping trips, especially when you want to save space. Solar blankets are especially portable – simply keep them folded and tucked away while you drive.
Our pick is the Baintuff 180W Solar Blanket for charging your 4WD, RV and Marine batteries. It’s even designed to work in cloudy conditions! We also love the super-efficient Sunman eArc Portable Solar Blanket, which weighs just 7kg and comes with built-in handle loops for hanging in sun.
Folding solar panels are a ready-to-go power solution, as they’re easy to use and store. Plus there’s a range of different sizes to suit your needs. Check out EcoFlow or Goal Zero panels (like the Boulder 200 Briefcase) for great value, high performing camping accessories.
3. Portable Fridge
Keep everything cold on the go with a portable fridge. No need to permanently install the fridge into your caravan, car or boat – a portable fridge can be easily moved to wherever you need to keep your food and drinks cold!
We highly recommend the Evakool Glacier as a great quality and value for money option. The 80 litre capacity is plenty of space for your camping goodies and you get digital controls and WiFi connectivity, easy to clean walls, removable baskets and internal LEDs.
For something more premium, look at a Dometic CFX3 fridge. Choose from 36 litres up to 94 litres capacity and enjoy top features such as a smartphone app, WiFi connectivity, USB charging outlet for mobile phones and tablets, and a 5 year warranty.
4. Good Quality Tent
Every adventure starts with a good quality tent. Dometic offers a range of tents that are super high quality but also not intimidating to use if you’re just getting into camping. The inflatable tents and rooftop tents pop up and go down so easily, your camping neighbours will be green with envy! We also love the high quality materials that make the tents breathable even on the hottest summer nights.
5. Camping Furniture
Sit back and relax after a long day of adventures with comfy camping chairs and tables. Check out the quality camping chair range by Dometic. You’ll find recliners so comfortable you’ll never want to stand up again! If space is an issue, Front Runner’s Expander Camping Chair is the most compact camping chair on the market – it folds down to the size of a laptop case!
For the full camp furniture set-up, Dometic offers great bundles including armchairs and a table for great value prices.
6. Portable Stove Or BBQ
Whether you choose a camping stove or BBQ depends on your cooking style. If you want to make a gourmet feast of spag bol, a camping stove will do the trick. If grilling a freshly caught fish is more your style, go for a camping BBQ.
The most important thing is to choose a quality brand, and the Dometic portable gas stove and BBQ range reigns supreme in our list of camping accessories. You get high heat output, durable design and lots of handy features like a clever push-button Piezo ignition and built-in windshields. Choose from a Portable Gas Stove, Stove with Oven, Gas BBQ or Gas Stove with Grill – Dometic has all your cooking styles covered!
There are some camping accessories you’ll wonder how you ever lived without – and a BBQArm is one of them.
The BBQArm mounts to your caravan drawbar or rear bar so you can stow your BBQ on a steady shelf out of the way. There’s also a new Tow-Hitch mount so you can use your BBQArm anywhere you travel, with or without your caravan.
8. Cooking Accessories
You might have the best BBQ or stove around, but you can’t whip up a feast without the right cooking accessories. And there’s no better option than a cast iron pot and frying pan for durability. The best thing about cast iron pots is you can put them straight over the campfire. The Charmate frying pan comes with a folding handle so you can easily pack it away. For a proper camping breakfast, why not treat yourself to a jaffle iron?
Sure, you could drink straight from the can or bottle but for a bit of class on your camping trip, invest in some durable drinkware. You can keep your cocktails cold and your coffee warm with the thermal mug range by myCOOLMAN and Dometic. And we love D-Still unbreakable drinkware made from polycarbonate! Martini, anyone?
Don’t get lost on your adventures – use a Hema navigator to find your way. The Hema HX-2 Navigator does so much more than show you the way. It gives you warnings about road conditions, which is great if you are heading into the unknown, and shows 40,000 Hema verified points of interest including campsites, parks, dump points, rest areas, and more. It even lets you create a personalised journal of your trip (including photos).
11. Jerry Can
If you want a weekend trip off-roading, it pays to carry some spare fuel for when you’re far off the beaten track. Check out 5 litre, 10 litre and 20 litre petrol and diesel cans that are approved for safely carrying fuel.
12. Air Compressor
Love beach driving? Don’t wait until you find the next petrol station to pump up your tyres again. Use a 4×4 12V air compressor to inflate your tyres in seconds. Be sure to look for a 12V compressor with an accurate dual pressure gauge so you never over inflate.
13. Camping Lights
Keep exploring after dark with camping lights. LED headlights mean you can get to the toilet at night without getting lost! Propane lanterns and area lighting kits will help you keep your camp area lit up, so you can keep cooking and entertaining when the sun goes down. For an affordable camping light, we highly recommend Explore Planet Earth, or you can turn it up a notch with the Knog range of lights.
14. Recovery Gear
Taking your 4×4 away? You’ll want to have some 4×4 recovery gear with you! A well stocked recovery kit is stocked with essential gear like winches, snatch straps, tracks and shackles to help get you out of a sticky situation. Check out the 4×4 recovery gear by Runva, Bushranger and Bog Out and you won’t regret it!
15. Portable Toilet
Want to enjoy a bit of luxury on your camping trip? Pack a portable toilet! For those who don’t want to risk the drop dunny, portable toilets are the perfect solution. They are also extremely simple to use. All you do is remove the waste tank from the bowl and water tank, and find a dump point to empty it. Choose from Dometic, Weisshorn and Thetford for the best quality.
16. Extension Cord
Staying somewhere with power? Make sure to bring an extension cord! It’s one of the smartest accessories you can pack if you want to keep your appliances powered. Buy a cord to suit your needs, from 12m up to 22m cords.
17. First Aid Kit
Don’t get caught in the bush without a first aid kit. Be prepared with a well-equipped first aid box. Choose from first aid kits that can be carried in your vehicle, your van or smaller ones with all the essentials in your backpack. The Hulk 4×4 Vehicle First Aid Kit has enough bandages and first aid essentials for your next camping trip.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.