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The best deals on camping gear right now

The best deals on camping gear right now
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Jennifer Murray |

If you’re looking for a socially distant outdoor activity, camping certainly fits the bill! And the great news is, the fall camping season is here, so now is the time to stock up on gear.

Generally, great deals on camping gear can be found seasonally at stores like Academy Sports + Outdoors, REI Outlet, (REI’s discount division), Sierra, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops’ Bargain Cave and Gander RV & Outdoors, but can also be found at Walmart and Amazon as well.

Whether you like to camp in the backyard or find a far-flung campsite, we have rounded up some gear that will help you have a great outdoor adventure! As always, remember to comparison shop to ensure you’re getting the very best bargain.


Equip Blue Evo Sling: Hammock, ground cover, poncho & canopy for $27.84

This item from Walmart can be used as a tree hammock, insulated poncho, ground cover, or shade canopy all for one great price! Save $27.

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Ozark Trail 20L Corsicana backpack for $7.97

This backpack is highly rated at Walmart! Compare to at least $15 for similar at other stores.

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Foldable portable charcoal grill for $25.99

This Grill from Target folds up nice and flat and has great reviews! Amazon matches this price

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Dry sacks from $6.99

Never get stuck in the rain without one of these! Keep your electronics, money, fire starters and other items dry with these dry bags from Amazon. Just put your stuff in, roll up the top and buckle it and your good to go! Compare the Amazon 5L size for $8.99 to the REI 5L size for $14.95.

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Camping knife for $16.49

Having a knife at camp is always a good idea. You can use it to split kindling, help with food prep, fire starting, defense, roasting marshmallows and more! This is a great, affordable knife from Amazon that won’t let you down. BTG Outdoor Gear is offering the same knife for $19.95.

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MalloMe camping cookware mess kit gear from $21.99

This kit stacks together and can be carried in the carrying case! Make cooking while camping easy with this set from Amazon. This is the best price found from a reputable dealer.

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Portable LED camping lantern with ceiling fan for $16.99

This lantern from Amazon will give you light AND keep the air circulating in your tent! It has a number of great reviews. Walmart is offering the same item for $27.27.

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FlexWare collapsible sink for $14.99

This bin from Amazon is easily portable and will fold flat, but opens up to make a great sink for washing dishes or hands! Target matches this price!

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Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash Soap for $4.95

These suds from REI are highly concentrated so you only need a few drops. They will work for everything from hair to dishes! Compare to Campsuds for $5.95.

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Double camping hammock for $9.80

This hammock kit from Amazon will give you the ability to have a relaxing swing anywhere there are trees! Compare to Target’s price of $39.99.

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Quick-drying microfiber camping towels from $6.99

Prices range from $7.99 to $20.99 depending on size, and prices are pretty typical across the board for different brands. These towels from Amazon will dry quickly and won’t get musty! They also have a tab to hang up anywhere. You can also find a great small quick-drying towel at REI for $6.73!

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Solar charger for $34.99

This solar charger from Amazon comes with 18 LEDs Flashlights and 3 USB output ports to charge multiple devices! Compare to Newegg’s price of $52.52. Sure, there are cheaper solar chargers out there, but be careful not to buy low-end products for important uses. This could be the saving grace in a dangerous situation, so make sure you are prepared!

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Engel 19-quart 32-can leak proof insulated cooler/ dry box from $59.99

Get this deal at its best price in several colors from Walmart. Keep valuable items dry or drinks and foods cold with this deal! Compare to $64.99 at Sportsmans Wearhouse.

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AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press for $31.95

You don’t want to forget the coffee while camping! This coffee press from REI brews 1-3 cups of hot coffee in about 1 minute or cold-brew coffee in around 2 minutes. It all packs into the included mug for great portability! You can find it at Amazon for the same price.

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LifeStraw Personal water filter for $14.83

Feel comfortable in an emergency situation, as long as there is a lake or creek nearby! These water filters from Amazon will make any water source potable. You can get a 5-pack for $64.95, making each straw only $12.99.

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Ozark Trail 2-person conversation outdoor camping love seat for $44.88

Available at Walmart. Compare to $99.95 for a similar chair at REI.

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Bass Pro Shops Eclipse travel lite tripod stool for $9.99

These chairs from Bass Pro Shops are light enough to carry on hikes; if you wear out you can take a seat and recover! Compare to similar for $16.99 at Cabela’s.

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Ozark Trail twin 8.75″ air mattress for $7.97

This is a great price for an air mattress from Walmart! Compare to $59.95 at Amazon for a queen size.

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Ultralight survival kit (29-piece) for $12

This kit from CPR Saver First Aid Supply includes everything from bandages to a compass to an emergency blanket, all in a very small, lightweight package! This is the best price we have found from a reputable source.

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2-pack portable outdoor LED camping lanterns for $12.48

These lanterns from Walmart are great for any nighttime activity. Always make sure to bring lights with you on a camping or hiking trip! Compare to $8.99 for one lantern from Amazon.

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Coghlan’s Fire Sticks for $5.70

These fire sticks from Amazon will light even if they are wet. Twelve come in the package, so this is a great price to ease the fire-making! This handy fire starter is also a great way to ensure you’ll always be able to get the flames going.

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Ozark Trail 6-piece LED flashlight, penlight and headlamp combo for $11.23

Keep your hands free! Compare these headlamps from Walmart to at least $12.97 for just one headlamp.

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Thermacell mosquito repellent patio shield lantern for $21.97

Keep those bugs away with this lantern from Amazon! Lowe’s is selling the same lamp for $24.98.

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Ozark Trail 28-piece premium camping tent combo for $229

This tent set from Walmart will give you everything you need in one go! 6 person tent, chairs, sleeping bags, lantern, tent fan, foam mats, pillows, camp towels, and dry bags! Compare to $239.99 from eBay.

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Tents from $24

You’ll find a big selection at Walmart!

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