Tent Camping Must-Haves You Did Not Know You Needed

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When it comes to tent camping, having the right gear can make all the difference between a miserable trip and an unforgettable adventure. While the essentials like tents, sleeping bags, and cookware are obvious must-haves, there’s a whole world of innovative products out there designed to enhance your camping experience in ways you never imagined. From ingenious lighting solutions to space-saving organization hacks and cooking gadgets that will have you feeling like an outdoor gourmet chef, this guide uncovers the tent camping must-haves you didn’t even know existed – but won’t want to camp without once you find them.

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Tents & Screened Rooms

Coleman Sundome Camping Tent, 2 Person

The Coleman Sundome is a dome tent that provides an easy 10-minute setup with snag-free poles and can comfortably accommodate 2-6 people, featuring large windows for ventilation and the WeatherTec system to keep you dry during rainy conditions. With a sturdy frame rated for 35+ mph winds and a portable design ideal for camping, it’s a reliable and affordable outdoor shelter option.

Coleman Montana Camping Tent, 8 Person

The Coleman Montana is a spacious 8-person tent with enough room for 3 queen air mattresses, featuring Coleman’s WeatherTec system to keep you dry, an extended awning for covered entry, and a 15-minute setup using the included tote bag. At 16×7 feet with 6’2″ center height, this affordable family camping tent provides ample interior space for camping trips and outdoor adventures.

CORE 12 Person Tent

The CORE 12 Person Tent offers a spacious cabin-style design with nearly straight walls, 86″ center height for standing, and the ability to create two rooms using the included divider, making it perfect for large family camping trips. Featuring H2O Block waterproof technology, adjustable ventilation, interior pockets for organization, and a full rainfly, this high-capacity tent provides ideal protection and livability for outdoor adventures.

Coleman Skylodge Screened Canopy Tent with Instant Setup

The Coleman Skylodge is a large screened canopy tent with near-instant 1-minute setup that provides 41.6 sq ft of UVGuard UPF 50+ shaded space with bug protection, featuring double-thick fabric construction, pre-attached guylines, and large doors on either side. Available in 10x10ft or 15x13ft sizes, it offers quick shelter for camping, and outdoor events with a carry bag included for easy portability.

Coleman Premium Tent Kit

The Coleman Premium Tent Kit equips you with essential camping accessories including 4 steel tent stakes, a rubber mallet, broom/dustpan set, stake puller tool, and a mesh carry bag – providing everything you need to properly set up, maintain and pack up your tent site. This convenient all-in-one kit takes the hassle out of tent camping by giving you the right tools for securing your tent, keeping it clean, and easily removing stakes when it’s time to break camp.

Air Mattresses & Sleeping Bags

TETON Mammoth, 20 Degree and 0 Degree Sleeping Bags, Double Sleeping Bag

The TETON Mammoth is a super roomy queen-size double sleeping bag with soft poly-flannel lining that comfortably fits 2 adults, providing dual-layer insulation to keep you warm on 20°F or 0°F camping trips. This sleeping bag comes with a compression sack for easy packing and shoulder draft tubes to lock in warmth all night long.

INTEX Dura-Beam Deluxe Comfort-Plush Luxury Air Mattress

The INTEX Dura-Beam queen air mattress provides luxurious comfort with its fiber-tech inner construction, dual-layer air pocket system that contours to your body, and velvety 22″ sleeping surface, while the built-in electric pump allows for quick and easy inflation/deflation. This deluxe air mattress features a durable beam edge that prevents sagging, lumbar support, and includes a carry bag, making it ideal for camping, guests, or anytime you need an extra bed.

Beautyrest Silver 18″ Duet Air Mattress

The Beautyrest Silver Duet air mattress provides customizable comfort with dual individually-controlled air chambers, tri-zone support to prevent sagging, and a double-height 18″ raised design with edge support to accommodate all sleeping positions. Constructed with puncture-resistant Everfirm Polyfusion material and high-speed pumps, this queen-size inflatable bed offers durability and convenience for camping.

Intex Kids Travel Air Mattress Inflatable Bed Set with Raised Sides

The Intex Kids Travel Air Mattress set includes an inflatable mattress with raised sides to keep restless sleepers in place, along with a fitted frame, carrying bag, and hand pump, making it perfect for naps, camping trips, and sleepovers. This compact and portable air bed separates from the frame for easy sheet changing and offers a comfortable, contained sleeping solution for kids on-the-go.

Coleman QuickPump Air Pump for Air Beds & Inflatables

The Coleman QuickPump is a versatile, rechargeable air pump designed for inflating and deflating air beds, pool toys and other inflatables with fast airflow and multiple power options including battery, 12V car adapter or 120V wall outlet. Compact and portable, it comes with Boston and pinch valve adapters, making it an ideal choice for indoor or outdoor use while camping, traveling or at home.

Intex Double Quick III S Hand Pump

The Intex Double Quick III S is a dual-action hand pump that inflates on both up and down strokes for faster airflow, perfect for larger inflatables like air mattresses, rafts and pools. It includes 3 interconnecting nozzles with hoses to accommodate different valve types – Boston valve for beds/boats, and pinch valves for pools/toys.

Cooking & Dining

Camping Cooking Utensils Set

This 16-piece camping and cooking tools kit includes everything you need like a chopping board, utensils, non-slip gloves, cleaning towel, chef’s knife, and more – all made of durable, food-grade stainless steel and PP plastic materials. Packed in a convenient storage bag, it’s the perfect all-in-one outdoor cooking set for camping, RVing, backyard BBQs, or as a versatile gift for any outdoor enthusiast.

STANLEY Adventure Camp Cook Set

This 8-piece compact cook set from Stanley is crafted from durable, BPA-free 18/8 stainless steel and nests together into one portable unit with locking handle, perfect for camping and outdoor cooking with its 1.58qt pot, bowls, lids, folding cutting board and extending utensils designed to serve 2 people. Built for a lifetime of adventures, the dishwasher-safe set makes a great gift for outdoorsmen and comes with Stanley’s lifetime warranty.

Stansport Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 

This pre-seasoned 6-piece cast iron cookware set from Stansport includes a 10″ fry pan, 3qt chicken fryer with lid, 10″ dutch oven, lid lifter, and hot handle holder – everything you need for campfire cooking and baking. The even heat distribution and moisture retention of quality cast iron makes this versatile set ideal for roasts, bread, desserts and more while camping, tailgating or at home.

24-Piece Enamel Camping Tableware Set

This durable enameled steel tableware set includes service for four people with plates, bowls, mugs and flatware, all with a brilliant blue double-coated glaze finish and stainless steel edges for long-lasting use. Perfect for camping, the lightweight and compact set packs away neatly when not in use.

6 Pack Food Covers

This pop-up mesh food cover features a durable steel-reinforced frame and high-density mesh construction in a generous 17×17 inch size that accommodates up to 8″ tall dishes and plates while keeping food safely ventilated and protected from outdoor elements and pests. Lightweight, collapsible, and easy to clean, it makes an ideal portable server for camping, picnics, BBQs, or even covering garden plants from birds and insects.

2 Pack Collapsible Sink

This versatile, BPA-free TPR collapsible sink comes as a set of two in different colors, perfect for separating dirty and clean items when camping, with an 8.5L capacity that folds down to just 2″ for easy storage and portability. Durable with sturdy rims, bases, and carrying handles, these sinks can also be used as wash basins, ice buckets, storage containers and more, backed by a lifetime guarantee.

STANLEY Adventure All-In-One Boil + Brew French Press

The Stanley All-In-One French Press is a durable 18/8 stainless steel brewer, boiler and cooker in one compact 32oz unit, perfect for making coffee, heating soup or boiling water quickly over a campfire or stove while camping or at home. Its space-saving folding handle design and included nylon plunger press allow you to brew fresh coffee directly in the pot.

Portable Propane Camping Stove

The Grill Boss Dual Fuel Camp Stove offers versatile cooking power with the ability to run on both butane and propane fuel canisters, featuring an automatic piezo ignition system, compact design with carrying case, and built-in safety shutoff for worry-free use while camping, hiking or backpacking. Easy to operate by following the instructions, this portable stove prioritizes convenience and safety so you can enjoy hot meals in the great outdoors.

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill

The Coleman RoadTrip 285 is a versatile portable propane grill great for camping, tailgating or backyard use, featuring 285 sq inches of grilling space across 3 adjustable burners that produce up to 20,000 BTUs of grilling power with precise temperature control. This stand-up grill sets up easily on quick-fold legs with wheels and includes an integrated lid thermometer for convenient monitoring while cooking.


Magical Flames Fire Color Changing Packets 

Upgrade any campfire into a mesmerizing rainbow flame show with these easy-to-use color changing fire packets that instantly add vibrant, long-lasting hues when tossed into the flames, perfect for entertaining kids and bringing extra enchantment to bonfires, fire pits or fireplaces. Simply use 1-3 packets to get up to an hour of dancing colorful flames before needing to add more for extended magical ambiance.

Telescoping Roasting Forks

These heavy-duty stainless steel telescoping roasting forks are designed for campfire cooking, able to hold the weight of hot dogs, sausages or marshmallows over the flames without bending, while extending up to 32 inches and packing down into a heat-resistant carry bag for portability. Perfect for camping, backyard fire pits or any open-fire cooking, the durable skewers with wooden handles make delicious s’mores and campfire meals easy while providing years of outdoor fun.

Cast Iron Cooker

The Coghlan’s Cast Iron Cooker is a versatile piece of camp cooking gear featuring a two-part hinged design with a 27-inch handle, allowing you to cook over an open flame or coal bed for toasting sandwiches, grilling meat, and more. This durable and affordable cast iron cooker is essential for campfires, RVs, cabins or any outdoor cooking setup where you want the convenience of grilling without the bulk of a full grill grate.

Folding Campfire Grill 

This versatile campfire grill is made of durable cold-rolled steel with a diamond mesh top to allow heat flow, featuring fold-out locking legs for stability and compact 17x12x2 inch storage when folded down for easy transport. Designed to accommodate multiple pots/pans over the open fire without direct grilling, it enables cooking hot meals outdoors with your camping cookware efficiently and conveniently.

Campfire Popcorn Popper

This 3.5 quart capacity campfire popcorn popper allows you to make fresh, gourmet popcorn over an open flame, featuring a long 16″ wood handle to keep you safely away from the heat, a hinged lid for easy access, and a nonstick coated pan for effortless cooking and cleanup. Perfectly sized for camping trips, it makes a unique gift for outdoor enthusiasts and popcorn lovers alike.

Billy Buckskin 10 lbs. Fatwood Fire Starter Sticks

Billy Buckskin Co. Fatwood is an eco-friendly, all-natural kindling sourced from deceased tree stumps in the jungles of Mexico. With its high resin content, fatwood sticks are easy to ignite and burn well in all weather conditions, making them perfect for starting campfires, BBQs, or any other fire-related activities.

Coolers & Food Storage

Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler with Cool Riser Technology

The Igloo BMX 52 Quart Cooler features heavy-duty blow-molded construction with rubberized lid latches to lock in cold temperatures, plus the innovative Cool Riser Technology elevates the body to improve cooling performance by preventing direct contact with hot surfaces. Other highlights include a reinforced triple-grip handle, fish measuring ruler on the lid, and durable design made for camping and outdoor use.

Inside Cooler Lid Light

The Coghlan’s Inside Cooler Lid Light is a lightweight, easy-to-install plastic light that automatically illuminates the interior of coolers, toolboxes or tackle boxes when the lid is opened, conveniently turning off when closed or after 20 seconds to preserve battery life. Running on 3 included LR44 batteries, it makes an affordable and essential camping accessory for adding visibility inside dark storage containers.

Egg Holder

The Coghlan’s Egg Holder is a virtually unbreakable plastic carrier made in the USA that safely transports up to 12 eggs while camping or traveling, featuring an easy-grip handle design that prevents crushing. This durable egg carrier allows you to bring eggs along on your outdoor adventures without worrying about breakage.

Ultralight Food Bag Hanging System

This ultralight food hanging kit includes a waterproof bear bag, pulley system with paracord ropes and carabiners, rock sack, and instructions – providing a complete portable solution for safely storing food and preventing animal intrusion while camping or backpacking. Designed for easy setup and secure hanging from tree branches, it allows you to protect your food supply without adding unnecessary weight to your pack load.

Collapsible Water Container with Spigot

This food-grade, BPA-free collapsible water container is made from odorless PE plastic that remains flexible yet durable, with a leakproof gasketless design, spigot for controlled dispensing, and molded handles for easy portability – perfect for camping, emergencies or daily use. Lightweight and compact when collapsed yet capable of holding large amounts of water, it comes with a satisfaction guarantee and bonus emergency preparedness ebook.

Lights & Lanterns

EverBrite 3-Pack Camping Lights

The Coghlan’s Deluxe Pop-Up Trash Can offers a heavy-duty, spring-loaded 600D polyester construction that collapses flat for easy storage yet quickly pops open to a sizable 29.5 gallon capacity, perfect for containing camping garbage with secure bag clips and grommets to stake it down.

Coleman Personal LED Lantern

This versatile camping light functions as both a 700 lumen lantern and flashlight, with a convenient handle for hanging and impact/water resistant durability, providing up to 70 hours of long-lasting LED illumination on the low setting to reduce frequent battery changes. Designed for outdoor reliability, it features lifetime LEDs that stay cool to the touch.

Eveready LED Camping Lantern

The EVEREADY Compact LED Lantern provides reliable portable illumination indoors for power outages or outdoors for camping and hiking, packing 250 lumens of long-lasting brightness up to 100 hours into an impact-resistant, compact design with a convenient carry handle that also allows for hanging. This versatile handheld lantern is an ideal addition to emergency kits or for any activity where you need a durable, bright light source.

Camping Tent String Lights

These 40ft waterproof LED string lights are designed specifically for adding a festive ambiance to camping tents, offering 8 flashing modes, 10 brightness levels, timer functions controlled via remote, and a DIY design with velcro wraps, zip ties, and clips to easily customize the shape on your tent. Battery-powered and with an extra storage bag, they provide portable illumination and decor perfect for camping trips, parties, weddings, and more indoors or out.

Bluetooth 21.2ft Globe Lights 

The Solatec Color Changing LED String Lights allow you to set the perfect ambiance with 8 scene modes, millions of color options, and 4 music modes to sync the 25 bright RGBW bulbs to your tunes, all controlled easily via included remote or smartphone app over Bluetooth. These IP65 waterproof lights provide safe, long-lasting festive illumination indoors or out.

Insect Repellents

Mosquito Repellent Bracelets

These DEET-free mosquito repellent bracelets provide an instant, convenient and natural way to keep bugs away with essential oil-derived active ingredients in an adjustable, one-size-fits-all stretchy design perfect for the whole family when outdoors camping, hiking or traveling. The pack includes 10 individually wrapped bracelets for easy use right out of the package.

Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Insect Repellent Spray

This plant-based insect repellent utilizes a 30% lemon eucalyptus oil formula recommended by the CDC to provide up to 6 hours of protection against mosquitoes and up to 8 hours against ticks, all without DEET or harsh chemicals. The natural spray is safe to use on both skin and gear, made from lemon eucalyptus oil, distilled water and corn ethanol with no dyes, synthetic fragrances or harsh ingredients.

OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Aerosol, Dry

This 4oz aerosol bug spray from OFF! utilizes a 25% DEET formula in a non-greasy, powder-dry application to provide long-lasting protection ideal for activities like fishing, hiking and hunting. The continuous sweeping spray allows for easy, mess-free coverage to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay during extended outdoor excursions.

Other Campsite Must-Haves

Deluxe Pop-Up Trash Can

The Coghlan’s Deluxe Pop-Up Trash Can offers a heavy-duty, spring-loaded 600D polyester construction that collapses flat for easy storage yet quickly pops open to a sizable 29.5 gallon capacity, perfect for containing camping garbage with secure bag clips and grommets to stake it down.

Camco Pop-Up Utility Container 

The Camco Pop-Up Utility Container is a versatile and collapsible option for containing outdoor messes, able to expand from 2.5 inches tall to a full 24-inch height with an 18-inch diameter that accommodates 30-gallon trash bags. Constructed from durable PVC-coated fabric with a zippered lid, padded handles, and stake to secure it, this container is perfect as a trash can, laundry basket, or yard waste bin for camping, RVing, and more.

Camco Life is Better at the Campsite Tablecloth with Bench Covers 

This 3-piece vinyl tablecloth and bench cover set features a fun RV/tree sketch design and flannel backing to stay in place, providing an easy-to-clean eating and seating surface perfect for camping, picnics, or other outdoor activities. The 9×4.5ft tablecloth and two 9×1.5ft bench covers add color and keep surfaces protected for an enhanced alfresco dining experience.

Sun Flower Tablecloth Weight

These sunflower-shaped resin tablecloth weight clips come in a vibrant yellow color and sold in a set of 4, providing a decorative and functional way to keep outdoor tablecloths securely in place during picnics, parties or camping trips. The 100% handcrafted clips feature a sunflower design that adds a cheerful accent to any table setting.


The great outdoors is meant to be enjoyed. By incorporating some of these lesser-known but incredibly useful tent camping products into your gear stash, you can elevate your camping trips from basic survival mode to an exercise in comfort, convenience and plenty of fun. Whether you’re looking to boost your lighting game, cook up campsite culinary masterpieces, or simply keep your site neat and organized, these ingenious must-haves are designed to help you get the most out of your time amidst nature. So before you head out on your next adventure under the stars, take some time to explore these innovative camping companions – they just might be the secret to your best camping trip yet.

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