Over the past 7.5 years, we have tried and tested a wide variety of camping gear. This is a list of what we pack and bring on a regular basis. We believe in buying quality gear that will last for years vs cheap disposable gear. Some of this comes down to personal preference. A chair we love another person may not be comfortable in. This is what works for us.
All of our gear is well organized. 90% of it remains in our trailer making it easy to get away on a moment's notice. If you don't own a trailer having everything well organized can save time packing along with reducing the chance of forgetting items. How we have organized has changed through the years based on the different trailers we have owned. Read our storage article for mini-reviews of the product we like. The common theme has been to store items in clear tubs as much as possible and label everything else.
If you are just starting out we hope you find this list useful. Everything is a trade-off and we constantly reevaluate what we pack and how we pack. Clicking the Buy button will take you to the retailer's website or Amazon for more information. Updated on: 12/9/2020
We have added a list for all of the gear we are installing on and in our 2021 4Runner TRD Off Road Premium. Yes, we got a new vehicle recently. An article on the reason for the change along with a build thread is forthcoming.
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If you are tired of your other brand trash bag falling apart upgrade to this monster bag from Blue Ridge Overland Gear. Easy to take on and off of your vehicle, built to last, made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. As of December 2020 this bag is still going strong! Great addition. We just need to figure out how to make it work with the 4Runner since we no longer have a spare tire on the back of the vehicle. It may get moved to the front of our trailer for the time being.
In soft dirt and sandy conditions standard ground stakes won't do the job. When you want to secure your valuable gear we suggest the large orange screws. We own a mix of the large and small styles. Pack of 2.
Our additction to finding the perfect table(s) is only second to our addiction to find the perfect flashlight. Yes we own all of these tables! Depending on the type of trip a few get rotated in and out.
We love these rocker style chairs. Only con is the chair tends to keep you in a reclined position which might make it harder for some to eat. While we love the chairs you should always test a chair before purchasing one.
69 Liters = 72.9 Quarts. Note: some manufacturers list the fridge capacities as quarts and some as liters. We have replaced our Dometic fridge with the Truma after purchasing our new 4Runner. The Dometic was too deep for our new setup in the back of the 4Runner. Truma's are made in Germany. The app which connects to the fridge via Bluetooth works very well. Each zone has its own temperature control. You can also remove the divider to create a single large area. Truma does not offer a fridge slide currently but we have ordered a potential solution. If that goes well we will add a link. To see all the models visit the Truma store page on Amazon, https://amzn.to/370U0AG
75 liters - 79.2 Quarts Note: some manufacturers list the fridge capacities as quarts and some as liters. One of the largest fridges available that will still fit inside of our FJ Cruiser. This dual zone fridge allows us to carry frozen goods in either sections if we want to. We have the previous generation model. This new model has better power consumption information in the app (Yes, the fridge has an app) and can even make ice cubes for you. Regardless of model and most brands a fridge will greatly enhance your camping experience. We even did a fridge shootout review in 2017. No more soggy bread!
For when we don't bring our fridge or when we want to dedicate the fridge to food and have cold beverages the Canyon Coolers are excellent. We own two different sizes. Also great for trips to the store in the hot summer months.
If you miss baking on the trail the Omnia oven is a great solution. We have baked bread, biscuits, stuff chicken, and more in our Omnia Oven. We recommend getting the silicone liners it makes cleanup very easy!
You could say we are addicted to solar. Our vehicle has a 100 watt panel mounted to the roof rack. Our trailer has a 50 watt panel and we have a 100 watt solar suitcase as well. Regardless of what batteries you have or how many at some point they need to be recharged. Renogy products have worked well for us. We accidently left our portable panel in its case on our roof rack. It fell of the roof at over 50mph and survived with only minor damage. Price listed is for the 100 watt panel we own.
This amazing firepit is compact and portable. Set up your fire where you want! Add the optional grilltop and you have a great cooking surface. Fires burn completely out with easy cleanup when you are done.
Garmin offers several different models including the InReach mini. This model is most similar to what we own. We have had ours for 4 years and it works great. The ability to communicate anywhere without cell service is a great safety tool.
GOOLOO 800A Peak 18000mAh SuperSafe Car Jump Starter
We own a different model but when all else fails a jumpbox like this can be a lifesaver and get you back on the road. We have never had to use our personally but have helped others when their battery failed.
Govee Wireless Thermometer Hygrometer, Mini Bluetooth Humidity and Temperature Sensor
We use this inside of our shower box to monitor the temperature. You can set temperature alarms. For example notify me when the temp goes below freezing. Great device. You can easily export data from the free app to a spreadsheet.
Take a quick shower, wash your hands, cool off, rinse dishes and more! If we were on an island as they say we would want the Aquabot. So many uses. The two best are for showing and rinsing dishes. Increase your campsite water efficiiency.
When camping in an area where digging a hole for your waste is acceptable this toilet makes doing your business a comfortable process. The manufacturer states bags can be used but we have not found them to be too convenient. Packing out your TP to avoid future "white flowers" near your campsite is encouraged. When done this folds nice and flat for compact storage.
High Pressure 6 Setting Handheld Shower Head with ON/OFF Switch and Spa Spray Mode
The default showheads that come with most hot water heaters are not very good. We found our factory one hard to turn on and off. This direct placement works great. No need to swap the water line. All you have to do is replace the head. Make sure you use Teflon tape to seal the threads.
We needed a more flexible solution to mount our iPad. This mount from Tackform was the winner. All metal design on the arm for strength. Very flexible in terms of position placement. We are very happy with this purchase and plan to add more products from Tackform. If you shop through us we do receive a small affiliate fee.
Just like in our FJ we went with a Group 27 X2 Battery. This battery provides 90ah of power and has a 5 year replacement warranty! There is a $30 rebate until the end of the year. Check the Batteries Plus website for details.
Cllena Quick Charge 3.0 Dual USB Port Charger Socket for Toyota
This is a nice dual power port that fits into any blank stock switchplate. Some have taken these apart to remove the blue led lights but if you keep your cords plugged in they are hidden. I would expect minimal power savings by removing them.