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The Top 15 Best Camping Stoves to Make You an Outdoor Chef

Best Camping Stoves of 2021 Quicklist

We know your time is valuable so here is the list of camping stoves we have chosen. Each of them is reviewed below but we understand if you just want to see the product.

  1. Outland Portable Camping Stove - Best Car Camping Stove
  2. BioLite Campstove 2 - Best Backpacking Stove
  3. Coleman Classic Propane Stove - Best Budget Camping Stove
  4. Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Modular Cooking Stove
  5. Camp Chef Deluxe Barbecue Grill Box
  6. FIREDISC Overland Bundle
  7. Blackstone Tabletop Grill
  8. Country Smokers 2-Burner Portable Gas Griddle
  9. Coleman Fyre Captain Propane 2-Burner Stove
  10. GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove with Carrying Case
  11. GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove
  12. Jetboil Genesis Base Camp Stove
  13. Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System
  14. Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner
  15. CANWAY Camping Wood Stove

You gotta eat.

Even when you are in the back country or the woods and far away from your home kitchen. You could gather firewood and build a fire, but then you need to figure out how your going to cook on an open flame.

While there are camp systems that allow for this such as a folding camp grill that make this process easy, you still need to spend time properly preparing your fire site.

This means you need to make sure the area is flat, far enough from combustible timber as not to start a forest fire, and then you need to spend time gathering the right kind of wood.

Have you ever tried to start a fire with wet or damp wood? Good luck.

The advantage of a camping stove is the fire is ready when you (and your family) are ready to cook. You get to spend more time enjoying your time in the great outdoors and less time working in the great outdoors.

This list was constructed as a buying guide and the products chosen for this list were picked to suit as many camping styles as possible. You will find large basecamp cooking stations to individual stove for the weekender and backpacker.

Best Camping Stoves of 2021 Reviews

1. Outland Portable Camping Stove - Best Car Camping Stove

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

The Outland Portable Camping Stove is the perfect basecamp stove for car campers. 3 individual 30,000 BTU propane burners in a easily portable form factor. You will be hard pressed to find a better camp stove.

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

We love how this stove offsets its weight by incorporating wheels. This means that there is minimal lifting and and as long as the terrain is not too un even you can drag the Outland Portable Stove to your desired location with minimal effort.

Set up is easy. The legs fold out and are locked in place with pins. The tray table fold out and lock in place for extra food prep area. Then put the wind screens up connect your propane tank and you are ready to go.

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

This camping stove is large enough to be a full sized backyard grill and at the same time portable enough to go where you want to go.

The cooking area is massive. You have a 568 sq inch grill area that measures 36.9 inches by 15.4 inches. The foldable prep stations are 18 by 15 inches each and support up to 60lbs.

Specs

Burners: 3x 30,000 BTU Aluminum with Dial Control and Auto-Ignition
Weight: 57.8 lbs
Cooking Area: 568 sq inch grill area L 36.9" x W 15.4"
Food Prep Area: 2x L 18" x W 15" prep surfaces that hold up to 60 lbs each.
Accessories: Supports various 14" grill top accessories

Pros:

  • Controlable 30k BTU burners
  • Ultra portable for its weight
  • Massive cooking surface
  • Fits standard propane tanks 

Cons:

  • Heavy

2. BioLite Campstove 2 - Best Backpacking Stove

BioLite CampStove Campstove 2 Wood Burning USB Charging Bundle

A backpack portable stove that doubles as a biofuel generator. The BioLite Campstove 2 is one of the best solo camper stoves you should consider if you are looking for something that doesn't require you to carry gas.

You will however, have to gather firewood or carry wood pellets to use this stove, but the ability to save space normally reserved for propane canister is fantastic for backpackers.

The main draw of this system over other wood burning camp stoves is that this stove also works as a thermoelectric generator. As you are burning wood the BioLite is using that heat to charge a 2600 mAh battery.

This power can be used to charge your phone or GPS devices at night. This is especially helpful as a backup power source to a solar power pack.

BioLite CampStove Campstove 2 Wood Burning USB Charging Bundle

The entire stove system fits into the kettle pot and the cooking surface comes with a cover and takes up very little room in a backpack.

This is a wood burning stove, and a small one at that. You will need to baby sit the fire and make sure to keep it well fed. There is an LED indicator that lets you know what your fire is starting to lose its flame.

With this stove you need to be sure not to over feed the fire, it relied on fan driven circulation to keep the fire hot and concentrated and if the canister is over stuffed the fire might not be able to breath and a fire starved of air is soon no longer a fire.

If you are looking for the best possible wood burning backpacking stove, this might be the stove for you. 

Specs

Burners: Single wood burner, powered by a 4 speed fan for air circulation.
Weight: 1.02 lbs
Cooking Area: Fits up to 4 burgers or 6 hot dogs
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Comes with a kettle, Portable Grill, and a USB LED Light

Pros:

  • Doubles a portable biofuel generator
  • Hot concentrated fires from wood
  • Very small backpack footprint 
  • No need to carry fuel tanks 

Cons:

  • Babysitting a small fire
  • Not cheap

3. Coleman Classic Propane Stove - Best Budget Camping Stove

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner

The classics. You probably remember your grandfather using one of these. The Coleman Classic Propane Stove is a tried and true design. It is ultra portable, and uses a small screw in propane tank. 

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner

The lid pops up the sides fold out and you have instant wind screening for your 2 10,000 BTU burners. In order to ignite the burners you should probably have a long lighter or match. This stove is not self igniting. A 16.4 ounce propane tank will last 1 hour if the adjustable burners are on high.

The cooking surface is large enough for 2 large pans so you will easily be able to cook up some breakfast for camp. This stove offers the best in terms of reliability and features for its price.

If you are new to camping and are looking for your first camping stove, we could not recommend this stove enough. This was my first camping stove, it was also the one my grandfather kept at deer camp.

Coleman still produces and sells this model and that is a testament to the quality of this basic camping stove.

Specs

Burners: 2x 10,000 BTU adjustable burners
Weight: 9.8 lbs
Cooking Area: Fits a 12-in. and 10-in. pan at the same time
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Cooks your food 
  • Built in windscreen
  • Easy to store
  • Fires up nostalgia 
  • Best price for performance in a small stove. 

Cons:

  • Lack of featuires and accessories 
  • Not free standing
  • No autoignite

4. Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Modular Cooking Stove

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 is designed to be the base of a great outdoor cooking experience. This stove allows you to customize how you want to cook. You can even put a Pizza Oven on this thing.

The Explorer 2 turns up the heat with two 30,000 BTU burners. Each burner is independently adjustable. You have a total of 464 sq. inches of cooking space and its two burners can accommodate pans, griddle surfaces, and other cooking stove options from Camp Chef that are 14 and 16 inches.

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 weighs 31 pounds. However, the stove comes apart easily and can be stored in a carry bag. You can purchase the stove without the bag, but you should really get the bag.

This would have been our pick for the best car camping stove, but it lost out to the outland portable stove because of its lack of portability options. If you don't mind a little extra hassle then this stove is an amazing choice for the campsite.

Specs

Burners: 2x 30,000 BTU adjustable burners.
Weight: 31 lbs
Cooking Area: 14" x 32" for a total of 464 sq. in.
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Everything from grills to pizza ovens.

Pros:

  • Designed to be modular 
  • Lots of available attachments
  • High power independant burners

Cons:

  • Cooking surfaces sold separately 
  • Heavy 

5. Camp Chef Deluxe Barbecue Grill Box

Camp Chef Professional Grill Box 30

The Camp Chef Deluxe BBQ Box is not a full camp stove. We wanted to cover this accessory for the above mentioned Explorer 2 Stove. This box turns your camp stove into a BBQ pit and a pellet smoker. 

A problem with camp stoves is that many of them are propane and the flavor of your food lacks that smoky essence that many people associate with campfire food.

You cook on gas at home, many of you have a propane grill. But with this BBQ box you can grill up burgers and hotdogs and have that wood grilled taste.

Camp Chef Professional Grill Box 30

The BBQ box accomplishes this by using wood pellets. After the box is heated you throw in the pellets then put the meat on the grill close the box and smoke away. The box defuses the heat and smoke evenly and the box is shut and locked for cooking.

The best thing about this box is its use during hunting season. Imagine you get a deer. You field dress and take out the backstraps. The next day you start your Explorer 2 and slow smoke the meat all day.

You could have brought a full on smoker for this but that's extra equipment you would have to manage that requires it's own fuel source. Instead, you simply put this smoker box on your stove and you are good to go.

If you are thinking about getting a Camp Chef Explorer 2, this is one of the best accessories you can add to it.

Specs

Burners: None
Weight: 22.5 lbs
Cooking Area: 14" x 16" cooking surface (224 square inches)
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Is an accessory

Pros:

  • Wood flavor on a propane stove  
  • Easy to add a BBQ/Smoker without having a separate cooker.

Cons:

  • No drip tray 

6. FIREDISC Overland Bundle

FIREDISC Overland & 4X4 Bundle | Original 24

The FIREDISC is a fantastic camp cooking solution. It is essentially a giant skillet that is attached to a propane burner. This is probably one of the most versatile cookers on this list. It will allow you to cook any sort of meal you want.

Fry eggs and bacon in the morning. Burgers for lunch. And stir fry for dinner. This thing will season like a cast iron skillet and when you are done cooking you just need a rag and some water for clean up.

One of the best aspects of the fire disk is how it cooks. The center is your high heat, and then the gradient shifts to lower heat as you get closet to the edges. The disc itself has a 22 inch diameter gives you a surprising amount of room to cook. It can hold up to 5 gallons of liquid.

This allows you to cook multiple foods at once that require different amounts of heat. All from a single burner stove. As the stove is heating up you will be able to visually see the heat gradient in the form of FIREDISC rings.

The FIREDISC system is designed to run off of either a 16.4 oz propane tank or a standard 20 lb tank with a 4ft adapter LP hose. This cooker is powder coated so you do not have to worry about rust. However it is heavy, the skillet is section is engineered for heat distribution.

Think of it as a literal giant cast iron skillet and you will understand. Thankfully the rubberized handles make for nice and easy carrying.

If you are looking for a giant ass skillet that will cook anything and is easy to set up and take down then the FIREDISC is the camping cooker for you

Specs

Burners: Single 40,000 BTU burner.
Weight: 58 lbs
Cooking Area: 22 inch diameter cooking surface
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Lots, This bundle includes a hood to protect against the wind.

Pros:

  • Multiple heating areas
  • Cook anything from burgers to stews 
  • Works with multiple propane tanks
  • Easy setup and cleaning 
  • Powder coated 

Cons:

  • Heavy 

7. Blackstone Tabletop Grill

Blackstone Tabletop Grill - 22 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - 2 Adjustable Burners - Rear Grease Trap - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking - Black

The Blackstone Tabletop Griddle is an amazing option for a camping stove. This table top griddle runs on a propane tank and grants you ultimate control over your food temps.

Griddles avoid flare ups and this Blackstone griddle also allows for easy grease management. The cooking space is massive at 330 sq. inches and allows you to cook a full meal and not have to set up a full grill. Simply put this on a picnic table or other sturdy surface and you can grill away.

Another thing we love about griddle cooking is no flare ups and even heating. The Blackstone has a large variety cooking temps and is probably the closest you will get to cooking on your home stove while cooking outside.

If you are looking for a simple to set up, high quality cooker then you can never go wrong with a Blackstone.

Specs

Burners: 24,000 BTU from 2 burners.
Weight: 32 lbs
Cooking Area: 330 sq. inches
Food Prep Area: No extra food prep area
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Easy Setup 
  • Complete cooking control
  • Large cooking space

Cons:

  • Requires a flat surface for setup 

8. Country Smokers 2-Burner Portable Gas Griddle

Country Smokers CSGDL0370 Horizon Series, Plains 2-Burner Portable Gas Griddle, Black

Country Smokers Horizon Portable Gas Griddle is a cheaper alternative to the Blackstone above. Just because it is cheaper does not mean it is worse. Infact, we love this griddle.

This griddle can be set up anywhere as it comes as a foldable grill. This griddle has a massive 373 sq. inch cooking surface. and has a grease trap. This griddle is very portable. It does not require a picnic table or other sturdy surface. As long as the ground is relatively flat this griddle is ready to go.

You will need a full size propane tank with this griddle.

Specs

Burners: 22,000 BTUs from two burners.
Weight: 31.9
Cooking Area: 373 Square Inches
Food Prep Area: No extra cooking area
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Massive cooking area 
  • Griddle cooking anywhere
  • Easy setup without the need for extra surfaces

Cons:

  • Requires a full size tank

9. Coleman Fyre Captain Propane 2-Burner Stove

Coleman, Stove Propane Fyre Captain 2-Burner

The Coleman Fyre Captain Propane 2-Burner Stove is almost the perfect small camping stove. Boasting Coleman's 3 year warranty this is a reliable and easy to set up cooking option.

What makes this stove great is its telescopic legs. They are independently adjustable which means you can set this stove up on almost any terrain. This also means the stove is height adjustable.

Coleman, Stove Propane Fyre Captain 2-Burner

With this Coleman stove you have access to two 11,000 BTU burners that utilize their HyperFlame technology. These burners are designed to withstand up to 35 mph winds. You also have access to auto ignition so no more manually lighting the burners.

This stove allows for a 12 inch and a 10 in pan at the same time. This allows you to prepare a woodland feast for you and your family in no time at all. And when you are done, the stove collapses down for easy storage with the legs storing neatly under the stove.

Coleman, Stove Propane Fyre Captain 2-Burner

If you are looking for a full featured small camping stove. This could be the stove for you. Think of this item as the modern take on a proven classic.

Specs

Burners: 2x 11,000 BTU adjustable burners
Cooking Area: Fits a 12-in. and 10-in. pan at the same time
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Telescopic legs
  • Independant burners
  • Wind resistant burners
  • Folds down for easy storage 

Cons:

  • Flame Regulation can be touchy

10. GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove with Carrying Case

GAS ONE GS-3800DF Brass Head Burner with Dual Spiral Flame 11,000 BTU Portable Gas Stove with Heavy Duty Clear Carrying Case, CSA Listed

The Gas One GS-3800DF is a great single person stove or something to add to a bugout bag. Set up is easy, simply insert the Butane Fuel canister and you are ready to cook.

This stove has a single 11,000 BTU burner. One can of fuel will last 4-6 meals or more and the fuel is cheap and usually sold in 3 packs. The burner has a wind guard to prevent flame outs.

The flame is adjustable and the stove itself is easy to ignite with an auto starter. If you are looking for an affordable little one person stove that is perfect for camping or bug out bags then this is a stove you should consider.

Specs

Burners: Single 11,000 BTU adjustable burner
Weight: 3.8 lbs
Cooking Area: 1 Burner fits up to a 12 inch pan
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: None

Pros:

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Cons:

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11. GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove

GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove - GoSun Go Camp Stove Solar Cooker | Camping Cookware & Survival Gear | Outdoor Oven & Solar Powered Camping Grill | Camping Stove & Sun Oven For Backpacking & Hiking

If only all camping stoves could be so grossly incandescent. Are you ready to praise the sun? Because the GOSUN Portable Solar Stove lets you do just that. This stove is great for backpackers or emergency kits and requires no fuel. Just a clear view of the sun.

The GOSUN uses parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight and can reach temperatures of 500 degrees fahrenheit. You can cook most meals in about 20 minutes. The stove also allows you to boil water for dry food pouches. All using solar radiation.

GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove - GoSun Go Camp Stove Solar Cooker | Camping Cookware & Survival Gear | Outdoor Oven & Solar Powered Camping Grill | Camping Stove & Sun Oven For Backpacking & Hiking

The entire stove zipes into a hardshell case that can be easily stored in your ruck or strapped to the outside of it.

GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove - GoSun Go Camp Stove Solar Cooker | Camping Cookware & Survival Gear | Outdoor Oven & Solar Powered Camping Grill | Camping Stove & Sun Oven For Backpacking & Hiking

The obvious downsides here are its lack of cooking space. You will not be feeding a family with the under 1 pound of food cooking capacity. Much of your food will need to be pre measured and cut in order to fit inside the cooking tube. Hope you like eggs because this thing is great for cooking eggs.

Ideally you would carry this and some MRE or Mountain House food pouches and use it to boil water either for cooking or drinking. It is a great survivalist or backpacker stove, but if you need more cooking capacity there are far better options.

Specs

Burners: 1 Giant Fusion Reactor sitting about 93 million miles away.
Weight: 2 lbs
Cooking Area: Will cook 13.5 oz of food
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: Trays and cleaning brushes

Pros:

  • Cook with the power of the Sun
  • Easy Storage
  • Boils Water with no fuel
  • Cooks with no fuel 

Cons:

  • Doesn't cook much, good for one meal for one person. 
  • Hardshell case can be difficult to clean
  • Can take up alot of space in a backpack

12. Jetboil Genesis Base Camp System Stove

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Backpacking and Camping Stove Cooking System with Camping Cookware

Camp kitchen in a bag. The Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System is exactly what it says it is. This is a portable 2 burner stove system that comes with frying pan and pot with a strainer. All of which collapses into compact travel bag.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Backpacking and Camping Stove Cooking System with Camping Cookware

The two 10,000 BTU burners are completely independent and have separate ignition triggers. They also each have an adjustable flame control. The entire system can even be expanded to run additional burners off the the same 16.4 oz propane tank.

The Genesis comes with a 10 inch frying pan to cook whatever you need. It also includes a 5 liter cooking pot. You can boil water, make coffee, cook stew in this thing. Both pot and pan are enameled and non stick for easy cleaning.

This system is what I would consider the upper limit in terms of bulk for a backpacker. This stove is perfect for someone that is cooking for more than one person such as a small group of backpackers. 

When this system is stowed the bag dimensions are 8.5 inches wide and 10.75 inches tall. This is going to take up some room in your pack. The entire system also weighs 9.1 lbs. You will also have to carry propane tanks with you. This stove is also well suited for Survival camping as it literally comes with everything you need to cook and boil water.

Specs

Burners: 2x 10,000 BTU adjustable burners
Weight: 9.1 lbs
Cooking Area: Includes a 10 inch frying pan and a 5 liter cooking pot.
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: Fits other Jetboil ecosystem items.

Pros:

  • All in one quality cooking station 
  • Non Stick cookware included
  • Independant Burners
  • Is modular and can extend out to more burners. 

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Little Large for Backpacking

13. Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System

Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon

This is was almost our pick for the best backpackers stove. The Jetboil Flash Backpacking Stove is amazing and many backpackers swear by this powerful little cooker.

This stove comes with the heating ring and can, as well as the fuel container. However there are extra accessories that you can purchase such as a skillet and cooking pot that are manufactured to work with this system.

Using a Jetboil is easy. Everything locks in place and once you start the Jetboil with the push button starter you just sit and wait for your water to boil. This system is ideal for heating foods that require hot water.

The system doesn't take up much room and weighs just 13 ounces. Fuel Cans are available in 100 grams, 230 grams, and 450 grams. One 100 gram fuel can will give you about 24 boils.  So if you are eating Mountain House, or other similar food, on the trail one can will last 24 meals.

The initial system is not cheap, but if you want a reliable way to boil water ultra fast on the trail you will not find a better backpacker stove than a Jetboil Flash.

Specs

Burners: 1 Jetboil Burner that Boils Water in 100 seconds
Weight: 13.9 ounces
Cooking Area: 1-liter Jet Boil Can
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: Skillet, FluxRing Cooking Pot, Coffee Press, and Utensils

Pros:

  • Fastest trail water boil 
  • Ultralight weight
  • Many accessories
  • Autoignition 

Cons:

  • Premium backpacker stove, premium price 
  • Official fuel cans are more expensive than similar fuel cans.

14. Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner

Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner, Coleman Green - 2000020931

Simple, affordable, and gets the job done. The Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove is the OG minimalist camping stove. You get a single burner with a flame adjust knob. This burner runs uses propane and needs to be hand lit.

The burner can fit a 12 inch pan and will let you boil water on it. The 7,500 BTU burner is the weakest on this list but this stove can usually be found for under 40 dollars.

One 16.4 ounce propane cylinder will last 3 hours if the burner is left on high. Typically one propane cylinder will last a few camping trips but it is always a good idea to pack at least 2. 

This makes the PowerPack a great stove for someone that is considering solo camping or backpacking but is not ready to spend the money on more expensive cookers.

Some issues with this stove. No wind guard to speak of so you will need to make sure you set this stove up someplace where you can block the wind. Flameouts are not fun while you are waiting for your food to cook or your water to boil.

Other than the lack of a windguard this is a solid little backpacking stove that won't cook your wallet.

Specs

Burners: Single 7,500 BTU Burner
Cooking Area: Fits a 12-in. Pan
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Simple in design, light and cook 
  • Fits full size cookware
  • Adjustable flame in a backpacker stove
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • No wind protection 

15. CANWAY Camping Wood Burning Backpacking Stove

CANWAY Camping Stove, Wood Stove/Backpacking Stove,Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove with Nylon Carry Bag for Outdoor Backpacking Hiking Traveling Picnic BBQ

This is a stove that any ultralight camper should look at. The CANWAY Camping Stove weighs a litter over a pound and doesn't require you to carry fuel canisters with you. When you are not using it, the stove store into a form that can fit in the palm of your hand.

The stove itself is large enough to fit a 10 inch pan. All you need to do it put some wood in it and light it. Granted since this is a wood burning stove you will need to keep the fire going.

CANWAY Camping Stove, Wood Stove/Backpacking Stove,Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove with Nylon Carry Bag for Outdoor Backpacking Hiking Traveling Picnic BBQ

What makes this backpackers stove adaptable is you can also configure the stove to burn solidified alcohol. This means you can carry fuel pellets with you that are not bulky like propane or other fuel tank based stoves.

Another great thing about this stove is the cost. You can usually find these for under 25 bucks. They are cheap, effective, and great for campers that don't mind a little extra work to keep a fire going. Unless you opt for the solidified alcohol, then its simply light and cook.

This might be the best backpacker stove for you. Especially if you are new and do not wish to spend a lot of money to cook your food on the trail.

Specs

Burners: Single Wood or Solidified Alcohol Burner
Weight: 1.25 lbs
Cooking Area: Fits a 10 inch pan
Food Prep Area: None, Be sure to setup on level ground
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Cheap and easy backpacker stove 
  • Supports a full size pan
  • No need to carry bulky fuel sources

Cons:

  • Stability issues on uneven ground
  • Does not boil water as fast as gas powered options

Camping Stove Accessories

Camping Stove Buying Guide 2021

A camping stove is essential. You need to eat, and many people like to eat hot meals. A campfire can be a hassle and you can spend a good chunk of your day gathering wood and trying to start a fire.

What if it rained the day before? Starting a campfire with damp wood is frustrating at best and impossible at worse.

We gave you our suggestions, but maybe you want to look beyond this list. So we want to provide you with a method to analyse and chose the best camping stove for you.

Freestanding Vs. Tabletop Camping Stoves

Tabletop Camping Stoves

A vast majority of camping stoves are built for ultimate portability. This means they tend to sacrifice the ability to be freestanding. As long as you have a level surface at your campsite this you should be fine.

Coleman Camp Propane Grill/Stove

* a tabletop camping stove.

You are essentially trading a little convenience to save weight and set up time.

Freestanding Camping Stoves

The flipside to tabletop grills are free standing grills. These are more heavy and bulkier and really only suitable for car campers. You are basically bringing a portable version of a backyard grill with you.

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

* a freestanding camping stove.

The benefits are larger free standing stoves are comfort, and cooking space. You can cook as if you were in your backyard even if you are hundreds of miles from home.

Amount of Burners

Multiple burners allow you to heat your food and boil water at the same time. Simple math, the more burners the more things you can cook in a shorter time frame. 

You need to ask yourself, how many burners do you need? Are you camping with your family? You might not want to cook everything on a single burner stove. Backpacking by yourself or a partner? You can probably get by with a Jetboil Flash and Mountain House Food Pouches

What's a BTU

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. This unit of heat measurement is a way to describe how powerful a flame is when it comes to cooking equipment. A BTU is how much energy it take to heat one pound of water by 1 degree celsius. 

So the more BTU's your stove can output, the hotter its flame and the faster it can boil water. You can checkout wikipedia for more information on BTU's.

A good camping stove should output at least 10,000 BTU's for efficient outdoor cooking.

Fuel Type

This is where you have to consider how you want to cook. If you are using gas driven stoves, you will have to make sure you have enough fuel tanks to last your trip.

When purchasing a camping stove that runs on gas, you should ask things like how long does a typical fuel canister last? Are the canisters one time use or multi use?

Some fuel comes in the form of tablets that are single use. Others stoves actually use wood that you are either expected to bring with you or find around your camp site.

When considering a camping stove, you need to analyse what type of camping you're doing. Backpackers, for example, probably dont want to lug a full size propane tank with them and will often opt for smaller more portable stoves. 

In contrast, car campers just have to transport the fuel in their vehicle and larger cooking systems become more viable, yet they do not want the family huddled around a single burner backpackers stove waiting for food one meal at a time.

Camp Stove Controls

Cooking has a great deal to do with flame temperature. Just because you can cook on high doesn't mean you should. Ideally you want to find camping stoves with adjustable flame controls. 

Cooking foods at lower temperatures allows for more even cooking and less fuel used per cook. But, at the same time, if you want to boil water you are going to want that high and hot flame.

Some camping stoves have simple flame controls, while others have controls just like an outdoor grill. A key aspect to look for here is how well do these controls work. Is the stove perciese or is the control really for low and volcano?

Windy Weather

Flameout can ruin camp cooking real fast. When evaluating a camping stove you probably want to look for stoves that have wind guards in place to prevent a strong gust from blowing the flame out.

A good rule of thumb is to look for cooking systems that can withstand a 35 MPH gust. If the winds are stronger than that, you probably shouldn't be cooking and seeking shelter is now the priority.

If you are looking at stoves that do not have wind guards, look at their burners. Some burners are designed to be wind resistant. Otherwise, setting up your stove will require placement in an area where the wind can't kill your flame.

Cooking Space

Cooking space is definitely an area that is sacrificed in cooking stoves. Many stoves will require placement on level surfaces which means you will not have access to food prep areas attached to the stove itself.

There are models that do over some prep space, but largely you will need to pre prep your food prior to embarking on your camping trip. There are portable kitchen you can purchase such as the one highlighted above.

Ignition Type

Auto ignition stoves are great. Turn the gas on, push a button and you are ready to go. They are also safer to use. When looking for a stove, auto ignition is a feature you should always consider.

As you get into the realm of smaller backpacking stoves, this is a feature that is often lacking. This does not mean these are bad products, only that they are optimised for weight and not convince.

If you are considering a cooker without auto ignition, you will need long matches or a BBQ lighter which can be lost or misplaced. Matches can also get wet. Unless you are living that ultralight life. It is always better to have auto ignition.

Grates, Grills, and Griddles

How many cooking surfaces can your stove accommodate? This is not a priority question, but one of comfort. Camping is supposed to be enjoyable. One of the best part of it is getting up at the crack of dawn and cooking some breakfast for yourself and others.

Some stoves come with griddles, others are simply burners that you put a pan on. Other cooking units are only griddles. When you are looking for your perfect camping stove, you need to ask yourself how you want to cook outside. Look for stoves that offer accessories that accommodate this.

Some stoves even have attachments that allow you to have a pizza oven at your campsite.

Weight and Packing Size

You don't want a stove that is back breaking to transport. Even with free standing models you want to look for cooking systems that are easy to transport over land. Just because you are car camping and your vehicle is on site with you doesn't mean you will want to cook right next to it.

Packing and unpacking your stove should be a concern as well. You want to be able to set up and take down your stove quickly and simply. How it packs down is important as well. You only have so much space and a bulky cooker means you will have to sacrifice bringing other camping equipment.

Camping vs. Backpacking Stoves

Camping and Backpacking are basically the same thing. When most people talk about camping they think about setting up tents, gathering around a fire and telling ghost stories.

Backpacking is hiking in the wilderness and camping overnight, sometimes for multiple days.

These different types of camping have different types of cooking needs. Camping, or car camping, usually means you will have access to your vehicle. This allows you to bring heavier equipment, because you have transportation.

Backpackers are carrying all of their equipment on them. Every piece of equipment adds to the weight they must ruck on their trip.

In terms of camping stoves, a car camper can afford a full size cooking solution. If you are backpacking, however, you want to keep your cooker simple and light. More often then not you are cooking easy meals that only require hot water.

Wrap Up

We hope this article has helped you in deciding the best camping stove for you. If it did please comment, like, and share! If it did not, please tell us how we can improve our article in the comments below.

50 Campground Games for Kids, Toddlers,Teens, Adults, and Seniors

Ready to head out into the great outdoors? Getting away from the hustle and bustle of modern life is something to look forward to.

Everyone needs to destress and taking a weekend camping trip is one of the best ways to let it all go for a bit and escape back to simpler times and build memories. You have your tent and outdoor stove all situated. But what are you going to do during your weekend retreat?

Camping is fun whether you are solo camping or taking your family into the woods for some fun and excitement. However, there is only so much that the woods can offer in terms of excitement. Fishing and hiking are fantastic. Don't get us wrong. Mudruckr is built on the enjoyment of hiking and rucking.

We have put together this list of activities that you can enjoy while camping. We looked back to our favorite memories from when we were camping and wanted to create an article to revive some of these great times and add a few activities we thought would be fun.

Our hope is by the end of this article you can make a list of your own and get out there and create some memories you and your children will cherish.

50 Camp Games

50 Campground Games and Activities

Giant Yard Games

Games are fun, but giant games are bigger fun. Bringing along a giant sized game is an exciting way to create some campground memories. These games are made to be played outdoors and are perfect for that weekend getaway.

Giant Yard Pong

Its giant beer pong! Yard pong or bucketball is a fantastic game to bring to the campsite. A great thing about playing giant beer pong is you don't have to worry about the small cups blowing away in the wind or setting a table up on uneven ground.

This game doesn't have to involve alcohol in fact there are actual rules to bucketball that you can look at. This is a fun activity for adult and kids. 

Giant Tic Tac Toe

A giant take on a classic game. Giant tic tac toe boards are available on Amazon or you can easily make your own by following this guide we found.

Giant Checkers

Giant checkers were always fun to play when we were kids. Roll out a giant boards and set up a game. There is something more fun to a game when you are not sitting inside the tent and playing. Afterall, you didn't go camping to sit inside a tent did you?

This is also a great way to teach children the game.

Giant Jenga Blocks

Yup, giant jenga. Games can be huge and nerve racking. You ever play a game where the tower is stacked up almost as high as you are tall? This is another classic game gigantified and perfect for the campground.

You can play this yourself, but it is always better with more people. This game is great as a family activity.

However, if you are all adults why not add a little more fun of the Jello Shot variety? Checkout Tipsy Topple for an adult twist on a classic game.

Giant Connect Four

Do you remember those Connect 4 commercials. Who would have thought it would be a great camp game.

Camp Games For Children And Toddlers

Giant Bubble Wands

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Bubbles are always a hit with kids and toddlers. Think about how mesmerized you were if you can. Bubbles are simple fun that is easy to do. You can find a Giant Bubble Wand online at Amazon or in any brick and mortar toy store.

But if you want to have the biggest and best bubbles you are going to want to add the best bubble soap to your list of things to make.

Flying Kites

Lets go fly a kite! You are going to be outdoors, maybe your chosen campground has a nice open field. When I was a child I loved flying a kites. Sure it was frustrating to get it up there, a lot of mine crashed.

But, man, once I got one flying I was nothing but smiles.

Kite flying is old. Like BCE old. People have been flying kites for recreation and even military use since the the Han dynasty in China in 206 BCE (source).

If you are feeling adventurous you could even stage a kite fight. The participants get their kites in the air and try and bring everyone else's down by running their kite into theirs. Last kite flying wins.

Red Light, Green Light

This classic playground game is great at the campsite as well. Red light, green light's rules are simple. The players are lined up and then one person is the traffic cop. They stand some distance away from the lined up participants.

The traffic cop's job is to yell green light and red light. On green light the participants run toward the traffic cop and when he says red light they have to stop.

If anyone is still moving after red light is called they have to go back to the starting line. The winner is the first person to make it to the traffic cop. Easy fun for a bunch of young kids.

Simon Says

Another great game to play is Simon says. We all know simon says. Everyone has to do what simon says or they are out. However, Simon says has a number of cognitive benefits for small children.

Simon says is great for helping to develop motor skills, teaches children how to listen to direction, and many other benefits. Here is an article on the benefits of playing Simon Says with your kids that you might find interesting if you want to know more.

Wobbly Worm

I didn't want to mention ring toss and Wobbly Worm as seperate games. They are both the same game only Wobbly Worm here adds a new measure of difficulty and fun for children.

Set this game up and the worm wobbles around while the participants try and toss rings over it. This version of ring toss will keep your kids interested and who knows maybe you as well.

Paddle Catch

Paddle catch is perfect for smaller children. This game teaches them hand eye coordination and I always thought of it as the first steps to learning proper catch. This game can be played with as many people as you have mitts for.

The premise is simple. The ball is covered in velcro and so is the paddle. You toss the ball back and forth and catch it on the paddle. 

This is a great camp game because its best played outside and all it requires is an open space. So if your campsite is set up in a clearing then you have all you need to play catch.

Duck Duck Goose

Another classic playground game that is great for camp. Duck Duck Goose requires a group of children and is great for multi family camping trips or family reunions.

The participants sit in a circle and the person that is it taps everyone on the head while saying duck. Then when they touch the someone on the head and yell goose that person has to get up and chase the the person.

The object of the game is to tag them before they go all the way around the circle and sit in the person's spot. If they fail, they are now is and the game begins again.

This makes a great camp game because it teaches sportsmanship and reaction skills.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are a great way to introduce your kids to nature. This does require some supervision and the children should be old enough to understand what plants they can and can't touch.

Nothing will ruin a camping trip faster than poison ivy. We almost didn't include this activity because of it. However, a scavenger hunt is best done when it is set up ahead of time.

This might take some pre planning on yourself. Each child is given a list of things to find. A stick with leaves, stick without leaves, certain rocks, etc.

The list is up to you, but things that should be avoided are insects and mushrooms. Some insects can sting, and certain mushrooms are poisonous. 

When planning a scavenger part, you should walk the area you plan on having it and check for hazards.

Why No Hiding Games?

We do not think hiding games are the best fit for campground activities. The problem is, there are too many places to hide. Unfamiliar terrain can be easy to get lost in.

Think about how many crime drama episodes start with someone being lost in the woods.

We obviously can't stop you from playing hide and seek in the woods, so if you do it do it safe. Have a plan and a game over word to let everyone know to stop hiding.

Tag And Related Games

Freeze Tag

Freeze tag's rules are simple. Most of your reading this probably already know that. A group of people run around and try and avoid who is IT. If the persont hat is it tags a person they are now frozen.

Once the person that is IT freezes everyone the game is over and the last person frozen is now IT. This can be played with as little as 4 people but this game is best played with larger groups.

Shadow Tag

Freeze tag with a special rule set. IT can now also tag the persons shadow to freeze them. This adds a new dimension to the game.

TV or Movie Tag

This is freeze tag with a new rule. If a person is about to be tagged they can shout out a movie or tv show and the person who is it has to stop for 5 or 10 seconds to let the person get away.

The trick here is if a movie or show title is used it can be used again that game. Not only is this a fun twist on freeze tag but it also helps develop memory skills.

Capture the Flag

This version of tag requires some prep work. You will need two flags and two places to act as a fort. The participants are divided up into teams and the object is to capture the other teams flag without getting tagged by the opposite team.

If a person is a tagged they are now captured and considered out. The winning team is the first team to bring the enemy flag back to their base.

This game is going to need a lot of space, and adults ashould always walk through the play area to make sure there aren't any hazards that could injure someone.

We will discuss things like Laser Tag later in this article, but we will say that capture the flag doesn't only need to be a tag game. It is a classic game mode for airsoft, and other games that involve shooting. You could arm everyone with Nerf Guns and go nuts.

Races

Relay Race

You know what is great about camping? Many people camp within state or federal parks. Do you know what those have? Trails. This is a fun way to introduce people trail running. This works great for kids. 

We would recommend setting up your trail relay race on the smoothest possible trail. Many parks have their trails ranked by difficulty, chose the lowest one.

Egg and Spoon Race

This is classic race that not only rewards speed but coordination. The Egg and Spoon race is a simple race. You set up a starting line and a finish line. The twist in this race is the win condition.

To win this race not only do you have to cross the finish line first, but you have to do so with your egg still intact. The race participants balance an egg on the end of a spoon and then try to make it to the finish line before others.

Run to fast and your egg will fall. This activity teaches kids the importance of balance and a steady pace. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins this race.

Paper Race

A paper race is a standard race. However, to win you need to cross the line with a sheet of paper.

This sheet of paper is held to the participants chest and then when they sprint they have to let go of the paper and use their speed to hold the paper to their chest.

Potato Sack Race

The classic potato sack race. Everyone hops into a potato sack then hop their way to the finish line.

This is a great race idea for adults and children alike. 

Three legged race

This is a race that focuses on cooperation. Two participants have their legs tied together and have to work together to defeat the other racers.

Games With Frisbees

Frisbees are a must for a camping trip. Hell, a frisbee is great for every outdoor occasion. This simple flying disc has spawned everything from a simple catch game, to ultimate frisbee and even frisbee golf.

Frisbee

Frisbee the game is named after the disc you play the game with. This is the simple joy of tossing the frisbee back and forth with a friend, spouse, or child.

This is essentially playing catch.

Disc Golf

Also known as frisbee golf is played exactly how it sounds. You have your frisbee and then buckets that are the holes. The object is to complete the course in as few tries as possible.

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Disc golf is a popular past time and many parks you can camp at will have a disc golf course. You will just need to bring your own Disc Golf Discs. For camp sites that do not have a disc golf course there is the option to bring your own targets and set up your own courses.

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These targets can be easily set up and moved around and allow you to make a custom course in and around your camping area. An added bonus of purchasing your targets is you can practice at home as well as at the campsite. Who knows, you might find yourself a new favorite hobby.

Ultimate Frisbee

Take the sport of soccer and mix it with basketball. Instead of a ball you have a frisbee disc. That's the short version of how to play Ultimate Frisbee. The field is divided much like a soccer field and the object is to move the frisbee from one end zone to the other.

Ultimate field

The trick is once you have the frisbee you can no long run. You must keep one foot planted at all times and throw the disc to another member of your team. This is a great family activity but it really shines with large groups of people and a large open field.

Kan Jam Ultimate Disc

Kan Jam is an amazing party game. We have a lot of fun with this. Teams of two toss the disc at each other. One person throws the frisbee the other tries to deflect it into the can for points.

The goal is to be the first team to reach 21 points. However, if you can throw the disk into the slot of the target you instantly win the game.

This is a great camp game, due to the amount of open space you have available you can set this game up quick and easy, and its relatively easy to transport.

There are off brand versions of this game that feature collapsable targets such as Disc Slam. These would be easy to store and not take up much room if you are concerned about space. My only concern is a moderate wind interfering with play.

Ball Games

Ball games are some of the simplest campground games that you can play. A large amount of campgrounds have fields that are perfect. Some even have dedicated spaces for these activities.

Baseball

Also called the American pastime, baseball is easily played while camping. You do not even need a baseball field. Just grab some mits, a bat and some baseballs. Use something to mark of the bases (this can even be a bottle) and you are good to go.

Wiffle Ball

The problem with baseball is that if you hammer the ball you will have to go find it. On a ball field that is not normally a problem. However, what if you are at the campsite. Uncle Rodger nails the ball and it goes sailing off into the woods.

This is usually not as much of a problem with wiffleball. This variant on baseball is played with a plastic bat and ball. This becomes a much more manageable game. In fact its fun just to go outside and smash around a wiffle ball for a bit.

Football

Football can be played so many ways. Full contact, two hand touch, and flag football are some of the common types of playing methods. You can follow the basic rules of football or modify them for the campsite.

Two hand touch is a popular variant of football. Essentially the game is played as normal however if a person is touched with both hands then they are down as if they were tackled. This is the cheapest way to play as you only need a football and a field.

Flag football is another popular way to play this game. Each player has flags attached to them and are considered down if one of their flags are snatached.

Soccer

The most popular game in the world. All you need is a soccer ball and some goals. The rules for soccer are very simple and can even be played with just two people each trying to score on the other.

Campgrounds have large fields that would be perfect for this activity.

Kickball

Does your campground have a baseball diamond? Then you can play kickball with your family and friends. The rules are basically the same as baseball and this is a popular activity during PE in many schools.

All you need is a field and a kickball and you are good to go. Players are tagged out if they are touched with the ball just like in baseball. This is a fun family friendly variant on America's summer pastime.

Spikeball

Spikeball is perhaps the best portable ball game you have never heard of. This game is played casually and at a competitive level. The rules are simple. Each team starts on one side of the net.

After the ball is served off the net then the opposite team can hit the ball in the air a maximum of three times before they have to spike it on the net to the other team. The object being to spike the ball in a manner that causes the other team to miss.

Here is the catch. After the ball is served then there are no boundaries around the net and the game is played in a 360 degree format. This is a wildly fun game that can set up at smaller camp ground and just requires a moderately large play space.

Throwing Games

Throwing games have been a staple of campground games since I can remember. One of the activities my father always took part in during our family camping trips was playing horseshoes. Since then there are tons of throwing games that are perfect for your camping trip.

Cornhole

No camping trip (or tailgate) seems complete without the game of cornhole. This game is simple to set up and easy to play. Simply toss the bean bags at the opposing board. If the bag goes through the hole you get three points. If the it lands on the board you get one point.

He is a full explanation on how to play cornhole.

Cornhole boards can either be made yourself or purchased. Check out Home Depot's guide on making a custom board. If you want to see some nice custom cornhole boards we recommend Tailgating Pros. They make high quality boards as well as other games perfect for the campsite.

Ramp Shot

Rampshot is inspired by cornhole and adds an exciting factor onto the game. In Rampshot you have more teamwork incentives then in cornhole. In order to score you either have to make it into the net for 3 points or if you miss the net your teammate has to catch the ball and place it in the net for 1 point.

However, the opposing team can also try and steal the shot if it hits the ramp and bounces back. A successful steal means the opposite team gets an extra shot during their turn. The round ends when all 4 balls are in the net. First team to exactly 15 wins the game.

This video from Rampshot explains the game in full detail.

Bulzi Bucket

Take hacky sack and mix it with corn hole and you have Bulzi Bucket. This game is easy to transport and quick to learn. It makes a great campsite game. This game can be played like any toss game.

You land your hacky sack into the bucket to score points. Bottom bucket is 1, second bucket is 2, and third is 3 points. The players continue playing until the first team reaches at least 21 points while winning by 2 or more points.

There are also multiple ways to play. Standard as above, assists and hack it. Assist means that your partner can hack the sack into the bucket if you miss. They just cant use their hands. With hack it, you toss the bag to your partner and they have to hack it at least 2 times before trying to get it into the bucket.

I like this game because of its portability. You can literally set up and take down anywhere and within minutes.

Horseshoes

Horseshoes is another classic game practically made for the campground. This was a popular game at our family reunions and is a game that always makes for a fun casual game best played with some buddies and some beer.

Most people simply use the Official Pro League Rules Set, but it's your campground, feel free to modify them or make your own.

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is a simple game to set up It is literally just the bocce balls and the jack. It can be played anywhere you have enough space and is fun for up to 4 players. This is a fun family game that can be played in the backyard or campsite. 

The only requirement is a open play area. The rules for bocce ball are simple and easy to learn. This is one of the number one backyard games for a reason and would make a great edition to a campsite as well.

Shooting Games

Shooting games are some of the most fun that I had growing up. Shooting games teach children hand eye coordination and teamwork. 

Laser Tag

Laser tag lends itself to all sorts of fun games. You can play team on team, free for all, and other games. Laser tag is fun for adults and children and teaches hand eye coordination. 

Here is a fun idea. Play Capture the flag as we discussed before, but now use laser tag or the below nerf blasters instead of tagging.

Nerf Guns

Nerf guns are a viable alternative to laser tag and is included on this list for all of the reasons we think lazer tag is a great camp ground game. Nerf guns also have the added benefit that they do not need to belong to a set to function.

All you need are the right darts. Families can also build up a nerf gun collection over time. 

Archery

Archery is a classic camp site activity. Many campers are also hunters and we think passing on those archery skills not only can help teach accuracy but can also can be a bonding experience between parents and their children.

Casual/ Non-Competitive Games

Golf With Net

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Setting up a Personal Driving Range while on the campsite is a great way to enjoy your weekend getaway and still improve on that handicap. When looking for a golf net we would recommend that you look for a net that is easy to take down and set up.

Glow in Dark Sword fighting

Glow Battle is a great way to end a day on the campsite. This is not just glow in the dark foam swords. Glow battle is a full featured game that is fun for the entire family. 

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Simply set up your "Dojo's" and battle it out for camp ground supremacy. This game is great for team building.

Glow games go great at camp sites. The lack of city lights really lends to the glow battle experience and this is why we think this could be a great and cost effective camp game.

Slacklining

You are probably wondering WTF is slacklining. Slacklining is like tight rope walking but much lower to the ground and with a wider line. This is a great activity to work on balance.

Slackline kits typically come with the line and ratchet straps. This makes it very easy to set up. All you would need is a couple of strong trees. If you are camping out in the woods then you would have plenty of trees to choose from.

Slacklining is a learned skill, and you should be careful when starting out. Start out with your line at about knee hight and don't use trees that are too far apart. It is probably a good idea to take down your slack line at night as well so no one trips over it.

Water  Games

Before we discuss water games to play while camping we would like to make a special statement. Please DO NOT bring water balloons with you while camping. It is virtually impossible to pick up every piece of rubber left when they pop.

Wild animals do not know what it is and may try and eat water balloon scraps. This could kill them, just like it could kill your family pet. Please keep nature beautiful.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo is hide and seek in the water. The person that is it shouts Marco and the rest shout polo. The trick is the person that is it has their eyes closed. So they then have to tag the other players out. The last person tagged out becomes it for the next round.

Squirt Gun Fight

Squirt Guns were always a camp staple for me during the summer. It is just good clean fun. We would recommend bringing filtered water. Don't use lake water that is full of bacteria and and microorganisms. It is a recipe for pink eye.

Other Great Camp Games

Croquet

Lacrosse

Tug of War

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The Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents You Can Stuff in a Ruck

Our TL: DR List of the Best Backpacking Tents

  1. TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent - The Best Tent
  2. Naturehike Cloud-Up Lightweight Backpacking Tent - The Premium Pick
  3. BISINNA 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent - Best Budget Tent
  4. Kelty Late Start Backpacking Tent
  5. Naturehike VIK Ultralight 4 Season Backpacking Tent
  6. Hyke & Byke Zion Backpacking Tent
  7. Forceatt Backpacking Tent
  8. GEERTOP Portable Lightweight Bivy Tent
  9. Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent
  10. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

What is a Backpacking Tent

What to Consider When Looking for the Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents

To get the best tent available out there, there are a few features to consider. They’ll either make or break the tent. Check them out below. Be sure to check out our article on the Best Waterproof Tents for further research. Might also want  to consider a camping stove solution as well if you haven't. You got to eat right?

Packaged Weight and Trail Weight

It is pretty important to pay attention to the packaged and trail weight when evaluating a backpacking tent. If you go by what is on the box when you purchase your tent you may be giving yourself the wrong information.

Packaged weight of a tent refers to the total weight of the tent as it is packaged. This means with every accessory the ten comes with. Your trail weight is how much the tent should weigh when it is in your pack.

When packing your ruck for an ultralight or lightweight camping trip, there are just certain things you don't need that may come in the tent. For example, your tent may come with metal tent stakes. However, you have purchased lighter weight tent stakes.

Wall Construction

Backpacking tents are either single-walled or double-walled. A single-walled one will typically be lighter and more compact. However, it won’t stand against harsh weather conditions. Meanwhile, a double-wall consists of a mesh lining and a rainfly. It ensures that the tent stays dry throughout the winter, and the mesh provides enough breathability for hot weather.

If you don’t hike in extreme conditions, a single-waller will be enough for you. On the other hand, a double-waller will be much more convenient for winter.

Bathtub Floor

Some backpacking tents are available with bathtub floors. That doesn’t mean they’re made of ceramic or porcelain; it’s just an expression that implies how much protection the floor offers.

A bathtub floor is lined by a waterproof fabric that stands a few inches above the ground to offer protection. That way, the water won’t get inside the tent, even under heavy rain.

You won’t have to worry about the breathability. If the tent has mesh walls, they’ll ensure optimal airflow.

Livability

A tent’s livability measures the quality of living inside. You can assess the livability by a lot of features. For example, a cramped tent isn’t ideal, nor are sloped walls and small floors. Meanwhile, an extended headspace and floor room mean better livability.

Here are a few features that determine a tent’s livability.

Floor Plan

The floor area or dimensions aren’t enough to tell you how comfortable you’ll be inside. You’ll want to look at the floor plan and its shape. Tents rarely have perfectly rectangular floors, but you’ll want to make sure the corners are conveniently placed.

A tent with a triangular floor wouldn’t be ideal because it’ll feel cramped and tight. Plus, make sure to take a look at how space is laid out so you know how you’re going to place your bivy sack.

Footprint

A tents footprint is essentially how much space it is going to take up after it is completely set up. When you are looking to purchase a backpacking tent usually you will want to stick to the smaller footprints.

Larger tents take longer to set up. Sometimes when you are outside you will fins that you need to set up a shelter fast. For example the clouds look like its going to rain, or you have lost track of time and it's almost dark by the time you find an appropriate camping site.

You are going to want to set that tent up quick. Sure you could have a pop up tent. But many pop-up tents have an air compressor which adds weight to what you have to carry.

Height

Standing up and bumping your head against the tent’s pole isn’t the best scenario on your trip. You’ll want to make sure the tent’s height goes with your own height. Take care that most tents only list the peak height. While this may trick you, remember that it only measures the height in one spot.

Wall Shape

Wall shape is one of the most significant contributors to a tent’s livability. Vertical walls are the best option because they maximize interior space. Steeply sloped walls are good for their lightweight, but they don’t offer a large interior space, and they give a feeling of tightness.

Freestanding Design

Most backpacking tents will be labeled freestanding. The design means that the tent is able to stand alone without the need for stakes. This allows for a more straightforward setup without affecting the tent’s stability against the ground.

Freestanding designs can sometimes be heavier than non-freestanding ones because the pole needs to be extra sturdy for stability.

Storage Room

If you’re traveling with a company, you’ll need enough storage room for your luggage. A tent with external vestibules would be ideal, in this case. What’s more, two doors would be more convenient than one. Having two exits will allow each of you to get out without the need to climb over a sleeping person.

You should also consider a tent that comes with a gear loft since it offers an easy-to-reach space for your items.

Season Rating

A session rating is how many seasons tent is constructed for. At the bare minimum you want to select a tent that is a three season tent. This will mean that your tent will be functional in the spring fall and summer months. But you should avoid using it during the winter.

Protection

Your backpacking tent should protect you from the elements. You need a secure rain fly, guylines, etc. Make sure whatever tent you purchase is good in the rain and high winds.

Setup

Setup of a backpacking tent is a concern for many backpackers. As mentioned before, set up needs to be fast. It is not uncommon for backpacker to be solo camping and so your tent needs to be solo camper friendly.

A setup time of under 10 minutes is usually a good indicator of whether a tent is solo friendly or not.

Price

This is very much personal preference. If you are new to backpacking then you should start with a more budget friendly tent. What if you don't like it? Then you have this awesome 200 dollar ultra light tent that you will never use.

Weight

When it comes to the weight of your tent there is an important rule to remember when you are backpacking. You have to carry everything. When looking for a good backpacking tent you want one that is as durable and and as light as possible.

The Top 10 Picks for Ultralight Backpacking Tents

Here’s a review list of my top ten picks for ultralight backpacking tents. They’re the best options on the market in terms of durability, affordability, and variety of features. Scroll through them to meet your match.

1. TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent - The Best Tent

TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent; 1 Person Backpacking Dome Tent for Camping; Grey (2005GY)

My top pick of the list is the Teton Mountain Ultra Tent. It’s easy to set up, well-ventilated, and full of storage pockets. It comes with a waterproof rainfly that offers a 360-ventilation system, thereby circulating the airflow for a cool ambiance.

The Teton is easy to install and takedown. It features a hassle-free setup system that’ll let you put it up in an instant. Additionally, the rainfly clips easily to the tent through a quick attachment.

The tent comes with a lot of inner storage pockets for your items. Besides, it comes bearing a gear loft for easy-access luggage.

Despite all that, it has a moderate price.

Pros:

  • 360-degree ventilation
  • Hassle-free takedown
  • Large gear loft included

Cons:

  • Not durable enough for long trips 

2. Naturehike Cloud-Up Double Layer Lightweight Backpacking Tent - The Premium Pick

Naturehike Cloud-Up 2 and 3 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent with Footprint with Snowskirt - 4 Season Free Standing Tent Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Camping Tent (2P - Gray (Upgrade))

If you’re going on a luxury trip, the Naturehike Cloud-Up Lightweight Backpacking Tent would be an excellent option to consider. It’s costly, but it deserves every dollar you’ll pay for it. It features a freestanding design that sets up in an instant. 

You won’t spend more than five minutes installing it. On top of that, it folds down to a compact size that’ll fit easily in rucks.

The Naturehike is one of the lightest tents on the market, weighing under five pounds. Despite that, it’s double-layered for winter, and it’s proof of wind and water. In the summer, you can use the inner layer only for better airflow.

Pros:

  • Extended vestibule included for storage
  • Proof to water and wind
  • Window available for ventilation 

Cons:

  • Small interiors 

3. BISINNA 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent - Best Budget Tent

BISINNA 2 Person Camping Tent Lightweight Backpacking Tent Waterproof Windproof Two Doors Easy Setup Double Layer Outdoor Tent for Camping Beach Hunting Hiking Mountaineering Travel

If I were looking for a budget option, I’d go for this one. The BISINNA 2 Person Camping Tent Lightweight Backpacking Tent has a mesh inner layer that’s made of durable polyester. Additionally, it comes with a water-resistant rainfly for rainy conditions. The poles are lightweight enough to carry in your ruck, and they’re made of sturdy aluminum.

The Bisinna is highly breathable, thanks to the mesh lining and dual-zippered door. Despite that, it stands robustly against the wind, courtesy of its stable poles and wind ropes.

You won’t spend much time setting the tent; it features a freestanding design that takes under 10 minutes to install.

Pros:

  • Spacious interior
  • Stable on the ground
  • Highly breathable 

Cons:

  • Water gets in through the rainfly.

4. Kelty Late Start Backpacking Tent

Kelty Late Start Backpacking Tent - 2 Person (2019 Model)

The Kelty Late Start Backpacking Tent provides an ideal balance of durability, lightweight, and high performance. It’s a nice choice for lone hikers because it doesn’t offer much space. However, it provides excellent ventilation, and it’s highly reliable.

The tent comes bearing pre-pent poles to give you extra interior room. Its setup technology is called Quick-Corners, courtesy of the corner pockets that ensure the rods stay stable.

The walls are made of mesh to allow air in. As for the floor, it’s made of tough denier that’s water-resistant. There’s also a storage pocket on the ceiling for items you want to access quickly.

The Kelty Late tent may be high-priced for some people, but it offers excellent value for money.

Pros:

  • Great value for money
  • Quick-Corner technology
  • Waterproof rainfly included 

Cons:

  • Bulky when folded 

5. Naturehike VIK Ultralight 4 Season Backpacking Tent

Naturehike VIK Series 1 Person Tent (White)

The Naturehike VIK is one of the best tents on the market for rainy conditions. It features a seam-taped rainfly and a silicone floor; both won’t allow water in, even under heavy rain. Plus, you’ll receive a free footprint upon purchasing, which offers further protection against water.

The Naturehike comes with a foyer that’s easy to set up. Additionally, it features two air convection skylights that allow efficient ventilation and minimal condensation inside.

One of the features I love the most about this tent is the magnets alongside the door. They account for easy opening and closing; I’ve always loved innovative features!

Pros:

  • Storage bag included
  • Easy assembly
  • Enough ventilation for summer 

Cons:

  • Users reported that the waterproofing isn’t as efficient as expected. 

6. Hyke & Byke Zion Backpacking Tent

2 Person Backpacking Tent with Footprint - Lightweight Zion Two Man 3 Season Ultralight, Waterproof, Ultra Compact 2p Freestanding Backpack Tents for Camping and Hiking by Hyke & Byke (Lime Green)

When it comes to convenience, the Hyke & Byke Zion Backpacking Tent is hard to match. It comes with one pole that attaches by a clip for ease of setup. Plus, it features a freestanding design that you can take down in an instant. Not only that, but it also includes a tension-lock cord adjustment, along with a proprietary stake presser.

The purchase includes a footprint and a gear loft without extra cost, which is one more reason to love the tent. The walls are waterproof, and the floor is seam-taped to prevent water from getting in.

Pros:

  • Highly breathable
  • Lifetime warranty included
  • Durable aluminum frame 

Cons:

  • The door zippers constantly slide open on their own

7. Forceatt Backpacking Tent

Forceatt Tent 3 Person Camping Tent, Waterproof and Windproof 3-4 Seasons Ultralight Backpack Tent, can be Installed Immediately, Suitable for Hiking, Camping, Outdoor

The Forceatt Backpacking Tent comes at a pretty affordable price, although it’s a high-quality tent. It’s made of top-tier polyester, and the pole is made of windproof aluminum that’s highly stable against the ground. Not only that, but the tent is also waterproof for rainy conditions.

The Forceatt is designed to allow optimal airflow. The mesh lining along with the double doors ensure that there’s enough breathability inside. This compensates for the relatively small interior space. It’d be ideal for one person, but two persons may not be comfortable inside it.

The company offers free replacement in the case of any problem, which is a nice option to have.

Pros:

  • Well ventilated
  • High-quality waterproofing
  • Free replacement available

Cons:

  • The inside may be small for some people. 

8. GEERTOP Portable Lightweight Bivy Tent

GEERTOP 1 Person Bivy Tent Ultralight Backpacking Tent for 1 Man Double Layer Waterproof Camouflage Camp Tent for Outdoor Camping Hiking Travel - Easy to Set Up

If you’re hiking alone, the Geertop Bivy Tent would be an ideal choice to consider. Despite its lightweight of four pounds, it’s pretty spacious for one person. Plus, it folds down into a compact size that you can easily carry in a ruck.

The tent is double-layered for rough weather conditions. Moreover, it comes with a flysheet that keeps water from getting in while raining. Not to mention that the walls are seam-taped to offer efficient waterproofing.

The tent is made of reflective materials that can easily be spotted in the dark, which gives a sense of safety. It comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s worth it.

Pros:

  • Highly breathable
  • Fast setup
  • External vestibule for storage 

Cons:

  • The fabric is a bit delicate 

9. Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent

Featherstone Outdoor UL Granite 2 Person Backpacking Tent Lightweight 3-Season Freestanding for Camping Hiking and Expeditions

If you’re looking for a convenient tent for a couple, this Featherstone Backpacking Tent may be the one you’re looking for. The manufacturers put couples in mind while designing the tent; they added two vestibules for luggage, so there will be enough space for two persons.

The convenience doesn’t stop here; the Featherstone has two doors to provide enough ventilation. On top of that, it’s made of tear-resistant waterproof fabric that’ll keep you dry inside. The tent also features a seam-taped build that offers heavy protection against the rain.

In spite of the various useful features, the Featherstone is moderately priced.

Pros:

  • Highly durable
  • Tear-resistant fabric
  • Large storage room available 

Cons:

  • The sharp pole end keeps poking against the rainfly.

10. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent, Gray/Navy

The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent is one of the easiest tents to deal with. It features a two-pole freestanding design that’s hassle-free. Besides, it comes with a flysheet that’s water-resistant, and it protects against UV damage. There’s also a bonus vestibule that comes with it for storage.

The Lynx tent comes with a gear loft and a bunch of storage pockets. You’ll have more than enough room to keep your items on the trip.

Furthermore, the walls are made of breathable mesh to ensure ventilation in the summer. The tent is one of the company’s bestsellers, and it’s easy to see why.

Pros:

  • Easy setup lot of storage room available
  • Highly breathable 

Cons:

  • Not durable 

The Final Verdict

My top choice for this roundup is the TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent. It has everything you may need in a backpacking tent, including good ventilation, storage pockets, and ease of setup. Not to mention that it comes with a large storage room for your items, including a gear loft, which I’ve talked about its importance.

The 360-degree ventilation system offers exceptional airflow for hot days, making the tent an ideal choice for the summer months.

The Teton also comes at a moderate price, considering it’s packed with useful features. However, if it’s out of your budget, you can take a look at the BISINNA 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent. It offers a large interior space, and it’s stable against the ground.

The Best Waterproof Tents for Camping

Don’t Get Rained On: 10 of the Best Waterproof Tents for Camping

Before we begin, we know how precious your time is. Here is the TL: DR shortlist of the best waterproof tents for camping.

Best Waterproof Tents

  1. The North Face Wawona 4 Tent - Top Pick
  2. Eureka! Copper Canyon LX, 3 Season Camping Tent - Premium Pick
  3. Coleman Sundome Tent - Budget Pick
  4. TETON Sports Mountain Ultra 1 Person Tent
  5. Forceatt Camping Tent 2 Person Tent
  6. KAZOO Outdoor 4 Person Camping Tent
  7. Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Screened Tent
  8. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
  9. Browning Camping Big Horn Tent
  10. TETON Sports Sierra Canvas Tent

Camping is one of the best ways to experience the great outdoors. This is a fun and exciting activity for you and your family. Camping can be a great adventure.

However, picture this. It's 3am you hear the soft tapping of rain droplets on your tent canvas. A crack of thunder and a rainstorm starts. No problem! you are inside your tent.

Then you feel it, a cold droplet falling on your sleeping bag. By now it is too late. You have the tent you have and it is not as waterproof as you thought!

This can make a camping trip miserable. Now you have to scramble to find something to put under the leak. You probably have to rearrange the position of the sleeping bags to accommodate the unexpected need for a rain collector in your tent.

Not a great way to spend a weekend getaway. Why not prevent this from happening and ensure the tent you have chosen is one of the best waterproof tents on the market?

Check out our list below for your choices for the best waterproof tent.

Our Top 10 Choices for Waterproof Tents

Here are the reviews for our choices for best waterproof tents. We selected the top three based on price for what you get, what tent has the best features, and lastly the best possible tent for the least amount of money.

The rest of this list was chosen for specialty camping styles or needs. For example, best waterproof ultra light tent or best teepee style tent. We  tried to pick tents that fit the camping styles for as many people as possible.

1. The North Face Wawona 4 Tent Top Pick

The North Face Wawona 4, Golden Oak/Saffron Yellow, OS

Overall Rating

Quality

Ease of Setup

Cost

The North Face Wawona 4 Tent is just about the best waterproof tent you could own. This large yellow tent sleeps 4 people comfortably. This tent is designed from a single-wall design. It is all one piece and is constructed to be waterproof.

The North Face Wawona 4, Golden Oak/Saffron Yellow, OS

One of the best things we liked about this tent was its functionality and breathability. This tent will keep you dry but it will also breathe. One of the downsides about fully waterproof tents is the air can get stale.

The Wawona features roof vents that can be left open during a rain storm. If it is a windy rain storm we still recommend closing the vents because the wind can blow the rain inside. But other then that you can sit inside your tent and enjoy the rain. 

The front flap can be extended to form a vestibule and has multiple configurations. Just check out the video below. You also have multiple pockets on the interior of the tent to hold phones, tablets, or whatever.

Set up with tent is better than average. You will need to correctly place the tent poles and this is at least a two person job. Thankfully the polls are color matched. Just remember yellow to yellow and black to black and you are golden.

This tent is easy to transport and everything fits into a provided duffle bag. Really the only drawback for us was the cost.  This tent is a couple hundred dollars but worth the price.

Especially if you plan on camping more than once a year. Your tent is your shelter, it is probably a good idea to have a good quality one.

PROs

  • Single Wall Design
  • Sleeps 4 Adults Comfortably
  • Keeps You Dry Even With Roof Vents Open.

CONs

  • 2 person Setup
  • Cost

2. Eureka! Copper Canyon LX, 3 Season Camping Tent Premium Pick

Eureka! Copper Canyon LX, 3 Season, 12 Person Camping Tent

Overall Rating

Quality

Ease of Setup

Cost

The Eureka! Copper Canyon LX, 3 Season Camping Tent is basically a 2 room cabin in a bag. This review covers the LX 8 and 12. The smaller sized are single room tents.

With this tent, you get a large interior that can be divided into 2 sections. Each section has its storage areas and large mesh windows with waterproof rain flaps.

This tent has a section that allows you to run a cord inside to power electronics if you are so inclined.

Eureka! Copper Canyon LX, 3 Season, 12 Person Camping Tent
Eureka! Copper Canyon LX, 3 Season, 12 Person Camping Tent

This tent can be made fully waterproof by zipping up the windows and with the addition of an external rain covering you can leave your windows open during light rains.

Set up with this tent is average and can be done with 1 person. However, we recommend a helping hand to expedite the setup.

If you are looking for the best possible feature-rich tent, this is what we recommend. It's great, and perfect for weekend family adventures.

A cool hack you can do with this tent is using the room divider as a surface for a projector. You can have a family movie night in the woods or backyard.

This tent is expensive. For an 8 to 12 person port-a-cabin, you can expect to pay north of 500 dollars. But it is a premium tent that will provide years of memories.

The bottom of the tent can have some durability issues, this is normal but the Eureka seems to be more prone than other cabin tents. Consider setting this tent up on a footprint.

Granted, we think you should always use a footprint to extend tent durability. Even if you have to custom cut a tarp.

PROs

  • Portable Cabin with Plenty of Room
  • Fully Waterproof
  • 2 Rooms

CONs

  • Cost
  • Consider a Second Footprint Under the Tent

3. Coleman Sundome Tent Budget Pick

Coleman Camping Tent | 4 Person Sundome Dome Tent, Green

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Quality

Ease of Setup

Cost

You can not go wrong with the classics. And the Coleman Sundome Tent is the classic camping tent. This was the first tent I had. It is also one of the most waterproof tents on the market. And you can usually find them for under 100 dollars.

These tents come in a variety of sized from 2 person all the way to 6 person sleeping arrangements.

The Sundome is a classic tent design. You have a single wall construction tent that is as basic as it gets. Or is it?

Electrical cord port? Check. Storage Mesh? Check. Sturdy and waterproof? Check. While this tent does look basic it has features that more expensive tents brag about. Sometimes the classics are the best.

Coleman Camping Tent | 4 Person Sundome Dome Tent, Green
Coleman Camping Tent | 4 Person Sundome Dome Tent, Green

Coleman tests their tents in rain chambers and this tent will keep you dry and will withstand winds up to 35 mph. 

In order to make this tent waterproof you do have to put a rain hood on that will cut down on ventilation. However, the rain hood does extend out over the side windows and you can leave the windows open in a light rain.

Setup is slightly easier then usual and is accomplished easily by a single person.

PROs

  • Arguably the Best Tent on This List
  • Welded and Inverted Stitching Keeps the Rain Out
  • Can Withstand Some Pretty Fierce Wind.

CONs

  • Lacks some features of more expensive tents

4. TETON Sports Mountain Ultra 1 Person Tent

TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent; 1 Person Backpacking Dome Tent for Camping; Grey (2005GY)

Overall Rating

Quality

Ease of Setup

Cost

The TETON Sports Mountain Ultra might be the perfect tent for you solo campers. This is one of the easiest tents to set up. The TETON Mountain Ultra tent pole is one piece. 

You have a long central pole that branches off to Y structures at each end. Simply attach the Y ends and then clip the roof of the tent along the central support. Done! Litteral 5 minute Setup.

The waterproof fly covers the entire tent. It contains a vent on each side, but the main ventilation comes from the base which extends out over the tent itself.

TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent; 1 Person Backpacking Dome Tent for Camping; Grey (2005GY)

The deep bathtub style base of the tent prevents splashing from getting into your tent and you will stay dry and well ventilation overnight. No waking up with fog in the tent. 

The real magic of this tent is when you don't need the rain fly. The entire tent is mesh. You can set up get in and get a full view of the Milky Way without having to worry about bugs interrupting your gaze.

The inside of the tent has plenty of room for one person and your gear. However, you only have one storage hammock above you. It can fit a tablet and your essentials just fine. The rest of your gear will have to fit around you as yo