20 Outdoor Upgrades That’ll Make Next Camping Season the Best Ever

Every item in this list makes for a great gift for someone else, but you’ll enjoy your own camping even more with any of these items added to your kit as well! Generosity is a virtue, but there comes a point at which you have to say, “Hey, me too!” Go ahead — put these gifts under your own tree, too.

We hope that you like these gift ideas as much as we do. Just a heads up – 50 Campfires may receive a small commission on products you buy on this page. Hey, we’ve gotta keep the lights on!

Victorinox Swiss Army 8″ Fibrox Pro Chef Knife

Victorinox Swiss Army 8-inch Fibrox Pro Chef Knife


If you only have one cooking knife in your camp box … or even your home kitchen … this is the one to have. The design and 8-inch blade are truly “do-it-all” for cooking – chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. It is razor-sharp and holds its edge to ensure maximum performance and durability. The Fibrox Pro handle provides a sure grip and easy handling even when wet. You cannot get a better chef’s knife for this price.

The most praised chef’s knife on Amazon Get it here.

Rolla Roasters Hot Dog & Marshmallow Roasting Forks

Rolla Roaster Hot Dog and Marshmallow Roasting Forks from REI.

If your campers don’t have the finest in campfire roasting sticks … it’s high time they do! Rolla Roasters collapse for convenient storage and extend to 42 inches to keep them comfortably away from the heat of the fire. They are built with stainless steel forks and wooden handles available in four colors so everyone can keep their “favorite” in hand. Knob on the handle makes it easy to smoothly rotate the fork for even roasting.

So convenient. Always ready when you need them. Check them out!

Zippo Rechargeable Lithium Ion Hand Warmers

$29.99 & $49.99


Brand new from Zippo is a line of rechargeable lithium ion hand warmers to keep you warm from the campsite to the trail and back again. Along the way, you can even recharge your USB compatible devices. The 6-hour Model features a rounded design for comfort in your pockets. Five heat settings allow you to adjust the heat to your environment and level of exertion. The 2-hour Model has a slim, sleek design that easily slides in and out of your pockets as needed. It has high and low heat settings. This is the perfect multi-purpose model for everything from commuting to ice fishing! (The Christmas Carol’s Bob Cratchit would have LOVED one of these babies!)

Either the 2-hour and 6-hour models make great stocking stuffers. Get them both here.

LifeStraw Universal

LifeStraw Universal turns any bottle into a reliable water filter

Water, water ANYWHERE you are … with any water bottle you happen to have with you … that’s the beauty of the LifeStraw Universal. It’s the first bottle adapter kit with a 2-stage filter. With two sizes of screw caps, it allows you to turn your favorite bottle into a powerful water filter. The filter uses advanced hollow fiber membrane technology (0.2 microns) to remove waterborne bacteria and protozoa up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons). The second stage of filtration is a replaceable activated carbon capsule to improve taste, reduce chlorine, and organic chemical matter for up to 100 liters (26) gallons.

Check out the whole family of LifeStraw products. Everyone needs a reliable water filter!

Wildo Camp-a-Box Complete

Wildo Camp-A-Box


Old timers might call this a “mess kit,” but the Wildo Camp-a-Box Complete is so much more than that. It includes everything you need to enjoy a nice meal in the woods. The kit is comprised of a plate with a lid, a large and small Fold-a-Cup, a cutting board, a 3-spice container, and a spork. All are made from easily cleaned and sanitized BPA-free materials. All of the elements nest together compactly and weigh just 9.6 ounces. There are 13 different colors, so there’s no reason anyone’s Wildo kit should get mixed up with anyone else’s.

As soon as they see it, everyone wants his/her own Camp-a-Box. Satisfy  Get them now!

Yeti Rambler 14oz. Mug

Yeti 14oz Rambler Mug
The double-wall vacuum-insulated YETI Rambler mug keeps your coffee hot for hours on end in the backcountry. Kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel with DuraCoat finish ensures the vessel stands up to abuse, and won’t sweat like other mugs. Convenient handle and Trident lid make it perfect for sipping long into a cold mountain night. You can refuse to let a restless night stand in the way of your adventure. The coffee inside will always be ready when you are.
Don’t leave home…or camp without your Yeti! Check it out!

COAST Polysteel 600R Flashlight

COAST Polysteel 600R flashlight

The Coast Polysteel 600R is the flashlight you want in your corner when SHTF. It’s quite honestly the toughest flashlight we’ve ever tested. It has a stainless steel core we’ve thrown against rocks and over cliffs, because … because we could. It kicks out 530 lumens on high and has a beam distance of 810 feet. The most impressive feature, however, is it runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or alkaline batteries. Oh, it’s also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about that either.

The COAST Polysteel 600R is as rugged as any hardcore on your list! Check them out!

Camp Chef Pro 60X Stove

Camp Chef Pro 60X camp stove


Can we just say it? 60,000 BTU for a camp stove is insane. It doesn’t matter what you want to cook on the Camp Chef Pro 60X — it’s going to happen fast if you want it to. Two 30,000 BTU burners will handle anything you throw their way. They’re especially adept at simmering, because of the fine control you have over the flame. The three-panel windscreen keeps things under control, and the adjustable legs come in handy when you’re cooking up shore lunch on rocky terrain.
Campsite or patio, this is one fine and powerful camp stove.  Check them out!

Ecozoom Versa Stove

Ecozoom Versa rocket stove and accessories


The EcoZoom Versa Rocket stove is easily one of the fastest, most efficient ways we’ve ever cooked a meal. This 16-pound, ceramic insulated rocket stove will impress any outdoor cook. The flame is efficient and minimizes soot. The 3-pronged cast iron cooking surface is hefty, and the ingenious design will accommodate any size pot. It works equally well with wood or charcoal, and the silicone covered handles make it easy for anyone to use and transport.
Fast efficient rocket stove goes anywhere you do! Get it here!

E-Z Up Camping Cube Tent

EZ Up Camping Cube Tent

Car camper pet owners, in particular, appreciate big tents. If you have the cargo space, why not bring a tent you can sprawl out in, right? At 10ft x 10ft, the E-Z Up Camping Cube Tent provides all the space you need to unwind in style. The 6’ 4” ceiling and cube shape means no space is wasted. What we like most about the E-Z Up Camping Cube are the ways it accommodates gear on the inside. 25 attachment points allow you to hang gear in nets, and three storage pouches hold gear on the walls.

Check out the EZ Up Camping Cube with plenty of room for you, your companions, and all your gear.

NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair

NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair

Some campers like to go all out when it comes to relaxation.

They spare no expense, and they make sure they have the absolute best of everything. If this is you, the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair is what you want to be stuffing in the back of your car for the weekend. It’s the equivalent of bringing a reclining porch swing to the campsite, and the comfort just can’t be beaten. The aircraft-grade aluminum can hold 300 pounds, including a spot for your beverage and another for your book.

Brand new and exclusively at REI for the holidays! Guaranteed your hardcore doesn’t have one! Get it here.

Camp Roll Table

Camp Roll Table from REI


Whether you’re sitting down to sip a cup of outdoor morning coffee, play some cards, or eat a romantic gourmet candlelight dinner, this lightweight, packable table makes any and all possible on your car-camping adventures.

Aluminum legs and heat-resistant aluminum slat top provide a stable and rigid work surface and dining area. Fits in a small stuff sack (included) but opens to support a full 100 pounds!
Strength and packability make this the best camping table going. Get it here!

Quarter Dome Air Hammock

Quarter Dome Air Hammock in red

An optimally minimalist alternative to a tent, the REI Quarter Dome Air Hammock packs light, sets up easily, and provides a structured, open sleeping area off the ground with a stowable bug net for protection. Choose your lounging option – open air, inside the bug net, or under a rain fly. It’s versatility makes it perfect for both daytime and nighttime use. Sleep soundly knowing the ripstop nylon hammock tent is equipped with strong tension lines, anchors, shock-corded poles and all the robust straps and clips you need to stay off the ground.

Great all-around hammock for about any camping situation. Check it out!

REI Camp Bundle

REI Economy Camp Bundle is a great upgrade package


This could be the best camping bargain you find this holiday season! It combines everything a lucky would-be camper needs to get started under the stars. The bundle includes: the 3-season, 2-person Camp Dome tent, the REI Camp Bed 2.5 self-inflating sleeping pad, and the ultra-comfortable REI Siesta 30 rectangular sleeping bag rated down to 30F. It’s all in one convenient package at one great price.
Everything you need for a massive camping upgrade in one easy order! 

Magma 10 Sleeping Bag – Men’s

REI Magma 10 Sleeping Bag - Men's


Boasting lightweight construction, a fitted silhouette, and premium water-resistant 850-fill goose down, the men’s Magma 10 sleeping bag provides you the best warmth-to-weight ratio in the entire line. Other features include generous knee and foot space, a trapezoidal foot box, a contoured hood to retain warmth, an insulated yoke to fill neck and shoulder gap preventing heat loss, and more.

He’ll never be cold again!

Magma 17 Sleeping Bag – Women’s



This sleeping bag was the 2017 Editor’s Choice Award winner for Backpacker magazine. That tells you a lot already. The women’s Magma 17 Sleeping Bag offers low load packing and a great warmth-to-weight ratio thanks to lightweight construction, a fitted silhouette, and premium water-resistant goose down. Among its many features is a contoured hood with space for a low-profile pillow and two different hood drawcords allowing internal adjustment to avoid heat loss.

She’ll never be cold again!

Kingdom 4 Tent

REI's Kingdom 4 Tent

Enjoy easy, wide-open spaces inside your tent, too. The airy Kingdom 4 3-season tent offers protection for your family with plenty of space for all your gear. Floor dimensions are a generous 100” x 100” providing more than 69 square feet of space. The peak height is 75”. There are two huge doors and many interior storage options. This is one great tent at a very good price.

Every hardcore outdoor enthusiast needs a good tent. Check out one of the best!

Tentsile Connect Tree Tent


Tentsile Connect Tree Tent


Think of the Tentsile Connect as part treehouse — part tent. Built for year round adventures, the Connect gets you and your gear off the ground, and the fly sheet keeps the elements out. With four doors, it’s easy to maneuver in and out of the tent. During the summer months, remove the fly — and take in the night sky from a completely unique vantage point.
This is the way to begin camping in the trees! Get it here.

Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler

Yeti Tundra 45 quart cooler


A Yeti cooler is truly the gift that keeps on giving. The Tundra 45 is built rock solid to withstand just about any outdoor adventure that you can muster up, while perfectly maintaining the chill of up to 26 cans. It’s possible that the Tundra 45 will become your oldest travel companion — as it’s built to withstand the test of time.
Available in three colors — check it out!

Rome Camping Pie Iron Gift Set

Rome Camping Pie Iron Gift Set includes two pie irons and cookbook


There’s nothing quite like a hot sandwich or pie from a cast iron pie iron, and Rome is making it easy to round out your set with their Pie Iron Gift Set. You’ll get both a square and a round pie iron, as well as a 72-page cookbook chock full of delicious recipes sure to make mealtime even better around the campfire.
Pie irons let the creativity and good times roll. Get on board!