When most people think of camping, they envision a group of men huddled around a fire in the woods, telling stories and roasting marshmallows. But what about us ladies? We like to get outdoors and enjoy nature too!
Here are our fav 22 camping essentials for women, so you can be prepared for your next adventure.
1. A Good Tent
It seems obvious when talking about camping essentials and camping gear, a tent would be the first to come to mind. When you’re camping, your tent is your home away from home. Make sure you have a good quality tent that can withstand bad weather and keep you warm and dry.
We've chosen the Coleman Sundome for your tent camping. It is easy to set up and has stood the test of time in the great outdoors. Reviews from many an experienced camper makes it Amazon's #1 best seller in camping tents.
If you are heading out on a car camping trip, or RV camping with the family you may prefer the larger family-size tents. See our complete FavRevew titled, "Best Coleman Tent for Family Camping" for some great camping essentials for women travelling with family.
If heading out on a backpacking trip, you will be seeking a lightweight pack. We like pop-up tents for fast set-up and a lighter load. To read more about smaller pop-up tents, see our complete FavReview "The Best Pop-Up Tent for Camping: How to Choose and What to Know"
2. A Sleeping Bag
A comfortable sleeping bag is essential for a good night’s sleep. Choose one that is rated for the temperature of the area you’ll be camping in, so you are prepared for cold weather.
Who can resist a good flannel lined sleeping bag as one of your camping essentials. The sleeping bag we've chosen for you to check out here is made by Wakeman. You can check today's price by clicking the button below.
Should you wish to see our entire FavReview of sleeping bags check out: "Camping in Comfort in a Flannel Lined Sleeping Bag"
Or visit our FavReviews.com website and use the search function for "sleeping bag" to see all of our sleeping bags reviewed.
3. A Sleeping Pad
A sleeping pad will provide insulation between you and the ground, which will help keep you warm throughout the night.
It will also help protect your sleeping bag from getting dirty or wet. It's one of those camping essentials for women that is loved once you start using one.
We've chosen the Wakeman Waterproof Foam Sleeping Pad for you.
4. A Camping Stove
A camping stove will allow you to cook hot meals while you’re out in the wilderness. Choose one that is easy to set up and use on your great adventure.
We've selected Amazon's #1 choice for camping stoves, for your camping checklist. This one offers dual fuel possibilities, so you have the convenience of using either gas or propane to fire it up.
5. Pots and Pans
You'll need some sort of cookware to cook your meals on your camping stove. A pot or pan will work fine, but there are also specially designed-cookware sets that are made specifically for use with camping stoves.
We've chosen Bulin's camping set for your dish and cookware needs. We like its' compact design and easy-to-carry case. We like the fact it includes a tea kettle too!
They have different sizes of kits available. This one shown in our photo is a 13pc, reasonably priced set. We love the space-saving options with this set.
6. Food and Water (of course!)
Of course, no camping holiday would be complete without food and water! Be sure to pack enough food and water for everyone in your group for the entire duration of your holiday. If you plan on doing any backpacking, be sure to pack extra food and water in case you get lost or run into other delays along the way.
Freeze-dried food packs are popular. As well as just-add-water meals, you'll have your camping pots and pans or kettle to boil and add water.
For Water you will want a good water bottle, to stay hydrated. see our listing below.
Other camping essentials related to food and water include collapsible water storage containers. This is a 2-pack of much-needed storage containers for water. These are collapsible, BPA-free and PVC free and food safe.
So you can either fill them before you leave or when you get to camp if they have a potable water source. When it comes to camping essentials for women, it's important to have all of the fresh water you need for washing, preparing meals and drinking.
7. Water Bottles
It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re spending time outdoors in warm weather. No one will argue when discussing camping essentials for women that we need to pack a water bottle and our fav travel mug. These allow us to start our day off right with a coffee and stay hydrated throughout the day.
You likely have several, BUT, do you have a time-motivating water bottle? This 32 oz bottle shows you how much water you should have consumed by certain hours of the day.
It's innovative camping essentials like these that we need to stay hydrated for the days we're out backpacking, kayaking or camping when time slips away so quickly.
8. A First Aid Kit
You never know when you might need a bandage or some antiseptic cream. Be prepared with a small first aid kit.
A homemade kit may include items beyond traditional first aid items, things like peppermint oil for headaches, or soothing sore muscles.
This commercial first aid kit is an all-purpose kit with 298 pcs. The kit includes adhesive fabric and plastic bandages, antibiotic ointments, BZK antiseptic towelettes, burn cream packets, aspirin, ibuprofen, gauze roll and pads, wound closures, cold pack, and other multi-use items for any potential emergency.
It all comes together in one compact zippered fabric case, with clear pockets for organization on the inside.
9. Bug Repellent
Nothing ruins a camping vacation quite like being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Be sure to pack something (bug spray?) to keep the bugs at bay.
We have an alternative to bug spray. These are Scentpellent bracelets to keep the mosquitos away. No more sticky lotions or breathing in aerosol sprays and they are Deet free.
The best part is 'they work'! These bracelets are colorful, fun and good for both adults and children. They come in a multi-package with both coiled and braided bracelets.
Check them out these innovative bracelets are both fun and a game changer when it comes to keeping the bugs away.
Spending time outdoors can be fun, but it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Slather on some sunscreen before heading out for the day.
Banana Boat Sport Ultra Sunscreen has never let our family down. It is the easiest way to get good coverage. Choose this 2 Pack and Save!
11. A Sun Hat
Along with sunscreen, a hat will help protect your face from the sun. Choose one that is light and breathable so you don’t get too hot while wearing it.
We've found the perfect 'all adventure' hat. It's actually a unisex hat, but we like it on women best. :) You can wear this hat in three different ways. It's lightweight, breathable and comes in different colors.
Its UPF protection rating is 50+. But, it not only protects you from the sun when you are out on the water, fishing, kayaking or backpacking in the sun, we think it looks great too!
With over 22,000 positive reviews, this hat is tried, tested and true! You might want more than one color!
Sunglasses are not only stylish, they also protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and harmful UV rays. Choose a pair that is comfortable to wear and that won’t slide off your nose when you sweat.
We LOVE these polarized sunglasses. Are you tired of overpaying for women's sunglasses? Look no further than Polarspex, where you can find stylish options at a fraction of the price.
Not only are their sunglasses made from high-end materials, but they also feature upgraded polarized lenses for added clarity and utility.
Whether you're heading out for a hike or just strolling along the beach, these casual modern sunglasses will be the perfect addition to any outfit for any occasion.
And with factory direct deals, you don't have to worry about breaking the bank. Say goodbye to overpaying for women's sunglasses and choose Polarspex instead.
13. Comfortable Hiking Shoes
You’ll be doing a lot of walking when you go camping, so make sure you have a good pair of shoes that won’t give you blisters. Break them in before you go so they’re more comfortable to wear on your holiday.
We know you LOVE shoes as much as we do. Especially comfortable shoes! The editor of FavReviews personally wrote the review of Best Hiking Shoes for Water in 2023: Ladies Keep Your Feet Protected on the Trail because she loves walking trails, kayaking, and paddle boarding. A multi-use hiking shoe (sandal) in this case is essential to take you through trails and water.
This Keen Whisper closed-toe sandal has stood the test of time with our editor's kayaking friend who has been wearing them for years.
If you are looking for a solid all-around hiking sandal. Check out this Keen Sandal today! It comes in 28 amazing colors and styles!
If you are interested to see the other top hiking shoes in our review click the link above!
14. Headlamp (in a Toque)
A headlamp is essential for any after-dark activities like going to the bathroom or taking a midnight stroll around the campsite. Choose a headlamp, for hands-free lighting, with different light settings so you can adjust the brightness depending on what you’re doing.
A headlamp in a toque sounds like something a woman invented. This headlamp has three settings, AND it has a USB connection, so it can be recharged via USB. It detaches easily from the hat, so your hat can be washed too.
What a great way to stay warm and see where you are going around the campsite. We also LOVE that it comes in 19 cool colors and patterns!
It's unisex, one size fits all, so buy a few for gifts while you are shopping for your own. What a unique gift idea!
15. Lighter or Matches (Fire Starter)
You’ll need some form of fire starter to light your stove or build a campfire. Lighters and matches are both great options. Just be sure to pack them in a waterproof container so they don’t get wet if it rains.
We've chosen the Green Vivid Waterproof Flameless Electric Lighter-USB Rechargeable-Windproof-No Butane-Ideal Lighter for you.
It comes in its own waterproof container. It's also rechargeable via USB which is better than a rechargeable battery. It also has an emergency whistle and lanyard so you can carry it with you.
It's available in 8 different colors. Check it out!
16. Camping Gear Multi-Tool
A multi-tool is an essential piece of gear for any camper because it can be used for so many different things. From opening cans to fixing broken gear, a multi-tool will come in handy more times than you can count on your next camping trip.
We selected this specific multi-tool for you because it is much more than a pocket knife-type multi-tool. This is a 16-in-1 survivor-style multi-tool with a hammer, glass breaker, belt cutter, screwdrivers, bottle openers, pliers, and more. The only thing this survivor-style multi-tool doesn't have is an axe.
If you are looking for a camping multi-tool with an axe specifically, we like the Multipurpose Axe, with Hammer, and Knife Tool. It's a 14-in-1 Portable Camping and Emergency Survival Lightweight Folding Hatchet by Wakeman Outdoors (see it here)
Check it out today! It's another unique gift idea, so you may want to buy more than one.
17. Privacy Pop Up Pod
Are you a camping enthusiast looking for some extra privacy while camping outdoors? Someplace you can go for a quick change, or to sponge bath/shower, or to go to the bathroom discreetly?
Look no further than the Portable Pop-Up Pod by Wakeman Outdoors! This collapsible tent provides instant privacy for bathrooms or changing, with an easy set-up and convenient carry bag for transportation.
You simply carry the pop-up pod to a suitable spot, whether visiting private campgrounds or national parks. Some conservation areas and national parks offer pit toilets. If full bathrooms with showers are available these may not be necessary, but if you are in a less equipped camping area, you will be happy to have the privacy these pop-up pods provide and it doesn't take much room to carry one with you just in case.
The durable material is water resistant, making it the perfect camping essential for women in need of privacy during those rainy camping trips. It stands 75" tall. And when you're finished using it, simply collapse the tent and store it away until your next camping adventure.
So ditch those awkward moments searching for a secluded spot in the woods and invest in this Portable Pop Up Pod for all of your camping privacy needs.
18. Female Urination Device
Are you tired of having to find a bathroom or squat in the woods every time nature calls? When it comes to camping essentials for women we would be remiss if we didn't discuss urination devices.
Look no further than the VENUS TO MARS urination device!
This portable VENUS TO MARS urination device is a reusable funnel made from silicone so it's easy to clean and collapses for easy storage.
Its angled design allows you to comfortably pee standing up without making a mess so it's perfect for a day out backpacking away from camp.
No more uncomfortable camping trips - with this handy device, you can finally go about your camping adventures with ease and convenience.
So why wait? Pick up your VENUS TO MARS funnel today and take your camping trips to the next level.
19. Sanitary Cleansing Wipes
It's always important to stay clean and refreshed while camping, but traditional wet wipes can be heavy and harmful to the environment.
Combat Wipes ACTIVE Outdoor Wet Wipes are the perfect solution to stay clean, and even use as toilet paper, making them a priority when it comes to camping essentials for women.
These extra thick, super absorbent ultralight wipes are biodegradable and tough enough for both body and hand cleansing. And with natural ingredients like aloe vera and green tea, they leave you feeling refreshed after a long day of camping.
You can use these sanitary wipes in place of hand sanitizer, body wash and toilet paper.
So next time you're getting ready for a camping trip, don't forget to add Combat Wipes ACTIVE Outdoor Wet Wipes to your packing list other members joining you will appreciate them as well. They're essential for staying clean and eco-friendly on your camping adventures.
20. Camping Backpack for Women
Whether you're camping for a weekend or taking a longer wilderness excursion, having the right backpack can make all the difference.
That's why we were excited to discover the G4Free camping backpacks for women. Yes, a 2-Pack!
The 10L daypack is perfect for those quick trips from camp to town, while the 15L hiking backpack option offers water resistance, an emergency whistle, RFID signal blocking to protect your identification (passports, credit cards) and it offers just a little extra room for packing in some extra essentials, like a water bottle, dry shampoo, dry toothpaste for a day trip or overnight hike.
Both backpacks are lightweight and easily packable, making them convenient options to pack for any camping trip.
Plus, with their versatile design and stylish colors, they'll be sure to complement any outdoor adventure. So if you're in search of the perfect camping backpack for women, look no further than this G4Free two-pack of backpacks.
21. Hammock Camping Chair
Are you a camping enthusiast looking for the perfect chair to make your trip more comfortable? A hammock camping chair to relax in has quickly become one of the fav camping essentials for women.
Look no further than a hammock camping chair! Not only does this provide a spacious and comfortable seat, but it's also easily adjustable to suit your preferred lounging position.
And with a sturdy construction and high weight capacity (up to 400lbs), you don't have to worry about it collapsing on you or your camping buddy trying to sneak in a seat.
Trust me, once you've sat in one of these chairs, it will quickly become a camping essential for all of your outdoor adventures.
So grab yours today (consider getting a pair) and get ready for the ultimate camping enjoyment.
Last but not least ...
A Camping Wagon to Get all of Your Gear to Camp
22. Folding Camping Wagon
Are you tired of lugging all your camping essentials around in multiple bags?
Look no further than the Navatiee Collapsible Folding Wagon!
This heavy-duty wagon has removable double ball bearing wheels for easy rolling and can hold up to 220lbs - perfect for a camping trip with friends.
Its foldable design also makes it a convenient option for transporting groceries or supplies to outdoor events.
And don't let its rugged structure fool you - this wagon is not just for camping trips, it's also a stylish and functional addition to any backyard or park day.
So leave those multiple bags behind and upgrade your camping experience with the Navatiee Collapsible Folding Wagon.
(Bonus: it also makes an excellent gift for busy moms or camping enthusiasts!)
Phew, That's Quite a List!
So That's a Few of the Essential Items Every Woman Should Consider Taking On Her Next Camping Trip.
Now that you know what essentials to bring on your next trip, all that’s left is planning where you want to go! So grab your gear and hit the trails—just don’t forget your map!
With these items, you'll be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way.
Happy shopping and Happy camping!
Your FavReviews Team
PS - Why not share this Essential Camping List with your friends! It's a great checklist and an easy way to pick up whatever you are missing from your camping gear. Enjoy!