Category Archives: Camping Supplies

To help make things easier to find we have categorized camping supplies as the common camping accessories that are needed on the campsite. These can include campground maps, fishing supplies, cooking utensils, first aid products, bug sprays, flashlights, headlamps, propane cylinders, fire starters, tarps, tent stakes, hammocks, batteries, and personal hygiene products.

Silva Polaris Compass 177

The Silva Polaris Compass Model# 177 is an inexpensive yet very functional compass that is designed to make it easy to use with a map or get your bearings and direction while hiking. The Silva Polaris Model 177 compass provides excellent accuracy and features 2º graduation line increments based on standard 360 degree dial graduations. In addition there’s easy to read numerals printed at each 20-degree mark and a declination scale to allow you to make adjustments from map to field bearings.

The compass is lightweight and weighs in at 0.8 ounces and comes equipped with a ergonomically formed clear base plate that enables it to fit comfortably in your hand. The clear base plate also works great when using with a map to chart your path since you can see through it to mark your way. When it comes to plotting your course on a map with this compass the inch and millimeter marks are quite helpful. There’s a also a rotating capsule for honing in on your exact bearings. To get an exact needle match, you can line up the red needle to the red orienting capsule arrow for mapping and plotting your way.

If you are looking for a durable, no frill compass, that is both functional and low prices the Silva Polaris compass is a great choice. One of the things I wish it had is the addition of a magnifying glass for emergency firestarting. Another feature that is not included is a backlight for nighttime use. However, for a quality compass the Silva compass works well. If you decide to buy you may want to consider purchasing a lanyard paracord to hang it around your neck for easy accessibility.

Here’s some of the best features of the Silva Polaris Compass Model#177

  • 2º graduation lines
  • Declination correction scale
  • Large numbers at each 20º mark
  • Size: 2-1/16″ by 2-7/8″
  • Weighs 0.8 oz
  • Has inch and millimeter rules for mapping
  • Ergonomically designed base plate

Pros:

  • Clear base plate for easy use
  • Durable and lightweight
  • Very inexpensive

Cons:

  • No back light for nighttime use
  • No magnifying glass
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Seam Grip Tent Seam Sealer

The Seam Grip Tent Seam Sealer can waterproof the stitching on your tent to help ensure it is leak free in case of rainy weather while camping. This tent sealer has been approved by the American Alpine Institute and can successfully seal out rainwater as well as repair patches and holes in outdoor items. It can be used to seal rain wear, footwear, clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents.

Seamgrip comes in an 8 oz tube and has powerful bonding properties that can seal or coat practically any type of porous material you want it to. It works well on fabrics, cordura, nylon and polyester type materials. Just about any normal camping type canvas or fabric will work with Seam Grip. In addition to sealing seams it could be used to waterproof the bottom of an item like a backpack to help create an effective moisture shield. Another useful application is to add a sticky strip to an item like an air mattress to help it stay in place on an incline. Since Seam Grip is quite tacky it does a great job holding things in place.

One tube of this polyurethane composition sealer goes a long way. It offers abrasion resistant properties and can be used to adhere fabrics together. When applying the solution you’ll want to be careful not to get any of the stuff on your hands or under your fingernails because it is extremely difficult to get off. It leaves a sticky residue and smells similar to contact cement. when applying it can be a big mess if you’re not careful, so I recommend wearing disposable gloves and sealing the tube with plastic wrap in between uses. If you need to remove it before it dries you can use something like WD40 to help get it off. Overall, if you’re looking for a product that works great to seal your tent or repair punctures, then Seam Grip is right for you.

Here’s some of the best features of Mcnett Seam Grip Tent Seam Sealer ASIN# B001OPJCBI:

  • 8 oz tube for repairing camping gear and sealing tents
  • Permanently seals tent seams and stops leaking
  • Recommended by the American Alpine Institute
  • Great for waterproofing most camping fabrics
  • Can use it for patching hiking boots, or rain gear
  • Can create a tacky surface to keep items from sliding on sloped surfaces
  • One tube can seal the seams of most tents

Pros:

  • Works great for sealing tent seams
  • Can repair punctures and tears
  • Is still flexible after drying
  • Can waterproof the bottom of items

Cons:

  • Leaves a sticky residue
  • Smells bad
  • May turn yellow over time
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Aqua Armor Tent Waterproofing Spray

Aqua Armor tent waterproofing spray is specifically designed for tent, sleeping bags, bivy bags, backpacks, cots, and other camping gear to help repel water. A single spray bottle can treat up to 160 square feet of tent fabric and each application provides UV ray protection. It can be applies to a wide variety of fabric types to allow you to waterproof most materials.

Since the Aqua Armor spray is water based and not based on a harmful chemical solvent it it safer for you and the environment. unlike other waterproofing sprays, Aqua Armor tent spray leaves no long lasting noticeable odor, and it does not leave a yellow film. Another great feature is it will not stiffen your fabric and leave it crusty feeling. If you’re looking for a product that can repel water as well as oil you’ll find that Aqua Armor tent spray does the trick. You can spray it on your tent or even use it for your homes patio canopy to help shield your fabric from becoming waterlogged and leaky.

Here’s some of the best features of the Aqua Armor Tent Waterproofing Spray Model Number AATG32:

  • Large 32 ounce size treats up 160 square feet of fabric
  • Provides extra UV ray protection
  • Waterproofing spray helps eliminate leaks
  • Specifically formulated for tent and camping gear
  • Environmentally friendly water based solution
  • No harmful solvents used
  • Does not leave an odor
  • Will not stiffen your fabric or leave a yellow residue

Pros:

  • Environmental safe
  • No odor, yellowing, or stiffening of fabric
  • Provides additional UV protection

Cons:

  • May need several applications to achieve desired results
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Harmony House Backpacking Meals Kit

With the Harmony House Backpacking Meals Kit you get 18 different zip pouches containing tasty easy to prepare foods that are great for hiking, or camping. Winning the editors choice award in 2007 from Backpacker Magazine this food kit offers over fifty cups of food in all. Inside the pack there’s a good variety of healthy meals that can me prepared in under 15 minutes.

To cook this backpacking food you can empty the pouch into a cooking pot and let it simmer for around ten to fifteen minutes. After you have added the seasonings, and let it cool sufficiently, it’s ready to eat. You can also let the food soak overnight to achieve the desired result, or lessen cooking time. This preparation can be accomplished by adding one part vegetables to two part water to help soften the food. You can also try adding it onto your own stew, or soups to add a better variety of ingredients and taste.

The Harmony House Food Kit offers the following foods in its 18 pouch pack: Two diced potatoes, one tomato dices, one green cabbage, one chopped onion, one black beans, one red beans, one northern beans, one pinto beans, one mixed green and red peppers, two green peas, one lentils, one green beans, two carrots, one sweet corn, and one sweet celery. In total the food kit weighs 4.5 pounds, and there is nutrition information on each pouch.

Here’s some of the best features of the Harmony House Backpacking Food Kit

  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Healthy and great tasting food
  • Won the Editors Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine
  • Can be prepared easily and in under 15 minutes
  • Comes with 18 zipped pouches and over fifty cups of food
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Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Emergency Kit

The Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Emergency Kit provides 72 hours of survival rations in case of a natural disaster like an earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, or in the event of rioting, or food shortages. Ideal for emergency situation this survival meal kit offers easy to prepare preseasoned food that just needs water to eat.

The kit comes in a 2.8 pound container that includes six, ten ounce lunch and dinner packets, three side vegetables, and three breakfast meals. You get the following emergency foods with each pack: Scrambled eggs including ham and peppers, pasta primavera, chili macaroni with beef, kernel corn, green peas, chicken teriyaki, granola with blueberries, green beans, rice and chicken, scrambled eggs including bacon, sweet & sour pork and rice, and beef stroganoff.

This Mountain House meal kit comes with a seven year shelf life so you can store the food for a many years in case of an emergency. All in all the product provides emergency food for one adult for three days. The food tastes good, is easy to prepare [just add water] and it doesn’t require a fire or cooking which is sometimes difficult to manage in a survival situation. Another good thing about this Mountain House food pack is it comes in individual packets not the standard  five serving packages that are common in most other survival food kits. If you’re looking for some great tasting, well balanced meals for an emergency or for camping this pack is a good choice.

Here’s some of the best features of the Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Emergency Kit

  • 72 Hours of emergency food is included
  • Emergency food Kit comes with 6 lunch and dinner meals, 3 breakfasts, & 3 side vegetables packs
  • Great for camping or emergency rations
  • Kit has a 7 year shelf life
  • Just add water to prepare
  • Single serving meal packs
  • 2.8 pounds shipping weight
  • Great tasting meals
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Freeze Dry Food Emergency Meal Supply Kit

The Freeze Dry Food Emergency Meal Supply Kit comes with 56 Meals that is enough to provide a family of four, two servings a day for a week. Each meals comes wrapped in a nitrogen filled mylar pouch that is designed to help preserve the food for up to 25 years. To cook the food you just add water and heat and it is ready to eat. All of the preseasoning has been done for you so the food is as ready to eat as possible. This type of survival food kit is great for camping, or as an emergency backup in case of a natural disaster.

The freeze dried food comes in its own sturdy storage bucket to help make it easy to transport and stow away for when you need it. Each kit comes with many family food favorites like cheese macaroni, blueberry pancakes, honey granola, creamy chicken pasta, stroganoff, and lasagna. This kit will work great as an emergency food source. It’s easy to prepare, tastes good, has a long 25 year shelf life, and can be easily stored in its own storage canister for when you need it.

Here’s some of the best features of the Wise 56 Meal Freeze Dried Food Kit

  • Easy to prepare, just add water to cook
  • Long twenty five year shelf life
  • Comes with storage bucket for easy transport and accessibility
  • Provides a family of 4 enough food for 2 servings a day for 1 week
  • Each meal comes in a nitrogen packed mylar pouch for freshness
  • Product produced by Wise and ships in an 11 pound container
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Emergency Food Supply Kit

This emergency food supply kit contains 275 servings of food to provide you with food while camping, or survival meals in case there’s a earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster. The survival food supply kit comes in a weather proof bucket and has a shelf life of twenty years. In total the kit supplies 55 packets of food that are 5 servings each. The food is pre-seasoned and mixed to provide you with ready to go meals when you need them.

The food in this survival kit is easy to prepare, you just need access to water and a heat source. Each food packet inside the kit is vitamin fortified and 100% vegetarian certified. In toal the kit comes with the following foods: 40 servings of Blueberry Pancake Mix, 30 servings Country Noodles, 45 servings Whey Milk powder, 30 servings Corn Chowder, 25 servings Country Stew, 30 servings Barley Vegetable, 25 servings-Rice Lentils, 25 servings Potato Soup, and 25 servings of Cacciatore.

The survival food bucket is easy to store and transport. However, the serving size of meals in this survival food bucket is a little on the smaller size with the average caloric value per serving around 128 calories. For proper preparation of natural disasters it’s always a good idea to have some food and water supplies on hand. This emergency food supply kit can provide you with peace of mind and security in the event of an emergency, power blackout, or political upheaval.

Here’s some of the best features of the Emergency Survival Food Supply 275 Meal Pack

  • Emergency food kit contains 275 servings in 55 packets
  • Comes in a weather proof bucket
  • Food has long 20 year shelf life
  • Vitamin fortified & 100% vegetarian meals
  • Just add water and heat to cook

Pros:

  • Great for long term food storage
  • Easy to transport
  • No food preparation required, just add water, heat and eat

Cons:

  • Servings are on the smaller size
  • 275 servings are split into 55 packets
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Coleman Enamelware Camping Dining Kit

This Coleman Enamelware Camping Dining Kit is a twenty-four piece set that includes silverware [enamelware], cutlery, plates, bowls and mugs. The camping dining kit come with a total of 4 ten ounce mugs, 4 six inch bowls, 4 ten inch dinner plates, 4 knives, 4 forks, and 4 spoons.

The dinner ware for four people is coated with a red-speckled enamel that is attractive and great for use while camping, the beach or on a picnic. The enamelware is dishwasher safe and comes with its own carrying storage case for easy transport and keeping the silverware in one place. All together the set weighs 6.8 pounds. Sadly, the carrying case is only designed to hold the silverware not the cups, bowls, or dishes.

When using this Coleman dining set you do need to be careful that you don’t let it get too hot. When you put hot food on the dishes, or in the mugs or bowls they can heat up quick quickly. The dinnerware set is easy to clean thanks to its enamelware coating. In addition the dining set is durable and should provide you with much use as long as you are careful not to knock them around and chip off the enamel coating.

Here’s some of the best features of the Coleman Enamelware Dining Kit

  • Twenty four piece dining set
  • Great for camping, the beach, or picnics
  • Comes with 4 dinner plates, 4 bowls, and 4 mugs
  • Silverware enamelware includes 4 spoons, 4 knives, and 4 forks
  • Dining set is dishwasher safe
  • Comes with carrying case for silverware

Pros:

  • Dining kit is attractive
  • Comes with silverware carrying case
  • Makes your outdoor dining experience classier
  • Dining kit serves 4 people
  • Enamelware is easy to clean

Cons:

  • Enamel can chip off if not careful
  • Product can melt if it comes in contact with too much heat
  • No carrying case for bowls, plates, or mugs
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Emergency Fire Starter

This Emergency Fire Starter made by SE is one of the most popular and is a great addition to any campers supply arsenal. Made of combustible magnesium that creates a flame source of 5400°F it makes an ideal emergency fire starter for most dry conditions. The extreme heat put off by the magnesium fire starter will ignite tinder that may even be slightly damp.

To use this product you simply shave small pieces of the magnesium off and place it on your tinder pile. Your tinder pile should consist of flammable material like paper, leaves or dried grass. Next, you strike the magnesium rod using the striker while holding it close to the shavings which will ignite the shaved off magnesium and start your fire.

Tip: To get the biggest shavings using this tool you’ll want to scrape the magnesium bar perpendicular to the edge of the tool. When using the saw blade type striker that comes with this item you’ll need to wear through the layer of lacquer that it comes with for it to work properly. You can use a cheap blade or pocket knife for this.

Here’s some of the best features of the Emergency Fire Starter by SE:

  • Creates a flame source of 5400°F
  • Can start a fire using magnesium shavings and flint striker
  • Can start many fires with this fire starter
  • Great addition to emergency camping supplies
  • Easy to use

Pros:

  • Low price product
  • Can ignite damp (not wet) tinder
  • Serrated edge creates a lot of sparks
  • Long lasting

Cons:

  • Made in China
  • The shortness of this item can make it difficult to use
  • Hard to strike for a spark
  • May take multiple attempts to ignite a fire
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