Must-Have Summer Camping Gear


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Summer is finally here, and with warmer weather comes new adventures! Late nights, bonfires, and camping are a few of our favorite things. Whether you’re planning on boondocking or staying at an RV campground this summer, consider the must-have summer camping gear that’s sure to enhance your experience:

Club Chairs

Take your outdoor living space to the next level with a MacSports club chair. It folds down easily and stores well in small spaces, perfect for the RVer on the go. These chairs sit like indoor chairs but are made for outdoor conditions. It’s much more comfortable than a standard bag chair! Bring one, or several, to the next campfire with your family and friends. If you’re up for it, you could even spring for the MacSports Club Chair, Ottoman, and Table Bundle for maximum comfort and convenience. For all things camping chair-related, check out our RVers guide to choosing the best camp chair.

Patio String Lights

RV Campfire String Lights
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Patio string lights add a personal touch and a warm glow to your campsite. Most sets of lights allow you to connect two or more strands for extra length so you can string them as far as you’d like for maximum nighttime ambiance. Now you will want to spend even more time outdoors once the sun goes down. Try the Black Lantern Mini Light Set for a nostalgic feel or go with the Color-Changing Edison LED Light Set for a more modern display.

RV Patio Mats

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The Hambricks enjoy outside time dancing on their RV’s patio mat. Image by Tyler Cave.

While we are on the topic of patio décor – style yours up with an RV mat. The breathable material won’t hurt the grass and keeps your area looking new. UV protection resists sun exposure and maintains the mat’s appearance. It’s easy to clean by simply spraying with water or sweeping for a restored appearance. The mat can be folded into a compact size for easy storage as well. There are several options, but a few stand-outs are the Reversible Geometric Design Patio Mat and the Reversible Magnolia Design Patio Mat. Are you interested in combining your patio mat with your lighting sources? Then the LED Illuminated Patio Mat will do just that.

Camping Grills

Family Grilling at RV Campsite
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Don’t like cooking over an open campfire? No worries! Grills designed for camping outdoors have come a long way. Oftentimes, they’re small and portable – perfect for camping life. Also, they’re typically foldable and can be stored in tiny spaces when traveling from one campsite to the next. Get ready to prepare delicious meals for the whole family. The Razor Portable LP Gas Griddle has a versatile cooking surface that can take you from breakfast to late-night snack and every meal in between. If you’re looking for more of a traditional grilling experience, the BBQTek Portable Grill and Table Bundle will have the entire campsite calling you a chef in no time.

Power Awning

Traveling means you can run into any kind of weather at any time — unfortunate, but true. Instead of planning your trip around the weather, travel worry-free with the Solera RV Awning. It’s a great addition to your RV that works as both a shady reprieve from the sun and protection from the rain. This awning comes in many different sizes and colors to fit your needs and your RV. Enhance your outdoor enjoyment come rain or shine and never fret over cutting your trip short again with an awning, canopy, or shade.

Outdoor Fire Pit

Family Around Fire Pit at Campsite
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Stay warm and comfortable during those summer evenings with a portable outdoor fire pit. It adds a cozy and quaint vibe to your outdoor living space that begs for conversation and bonding well into the late hours of the night. Plus, lighting the fire pit is as easy as turning a knob. Who’s ready for drinks and s’mores around the fire? We are!

Coleman Cooler

Speaking of drinks, you’re going to need a way to keep them nice and cold during the heat of the summer months. The Coleman 316 Series 62-Quart Wheeled Cooler is up for the challenge. In fact, this cooler is ideal for every outdoor occasion from tailgating to camping and promises to keep ice for up to five days in 90-degree temperatures. The wheels and handle make getting it from the RV to the campsite and back again easy. Plus, it has a 101 can capacity and the lid doubles as a side table with built-in cupholders or as a seat that can support up to 250 pounds. Being cool has never been this easy.

Franklin Spyderball Game

Franklin Spyderball Set
Franklin Spyderball Set

What’s a summer adventure without a little friendly competition at the campsite? With the Franklin Spyderball Set, you and your friends and family can compete on the grass, sand, or pavement in a game so versatile you’re likely to make up your own rules over time. Designed to be played with a ball and a net target, the goal and score system can be straightforward or tweaked according to how you wish to play. It’s fun for all ages and skillsets and provides hours of entertainment at the campsite and back home.

Retractable Cable Pet Tie Out Stake

Retractable Cable Tie Out Stake
Retractable Cable Tie Out Stake

Lastly, to keep the pets safe at the campsite, is the Retractable Cable Tie Out Stake that ensures your pet doesn’t venture too far away or become too acquainted with the campers next to you. Available in three sizes: small, medium, or large. The stake is mounted into the ground and rotates 360-degrees, so your furry friend can roam around without the hassle of tangles and remain safe all at the same time. When not in use, the cable stows neatly inside the housing. While there are plenty of incredibly pet-friendly campsites throughout the country, it’s important that you keep your pet (and the pets of others) safe while on the road.

Now that summer has arrived, you’re ready to set off on a new adventure with the warm weather must-haves above. Whether you’re visiting a few of the national parks, waterfront campsites, or are setting off on a funky fun road trip, we can’t wait to see where you end up. Tell us in the comments below where you are planning on roaming over the next several months. Happy travels!

  • Comment (1)
  • Christine DuMouchel says:

    I LOVE the fire pit!!!!! I just bought one at an estate sale for $10, lol. Now that I know camping world sells a portable one, I’ll be upgrading. I also the club chair is fabulous!

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