Compact Spring Camping Gear

Compact Camping Gear

Compact Camping Gear to Help You Pack Small and Live Big

We all have our tried-and-true camping gear that no trip is possible without: a reliable tent, durable boots, backpack water bottle, etc. But there’s many pieces of compact camping gear  and accessories that can make your excursions a lot more enjoyable, and in some cases, a lot safer too. Here’s some of our favorite compact hiking gear you might want to considering bringing on your next trip.

Gerber Folding Shovel

Gerber Folding Shovel
Having a packable shovel can come in handy while camping. Shovels can make tasks like campfire tending, clearing brush, digging a rain trench around your tent, and especially latrine digging a lot easier. Gerber’s Gorge folding shovel features a glass-filled nylon handle perfect for hammering in tent stakes and packs away into a small nylon bag.

 Hand-powered Portable Espresso Machine

Handpresso Portable Coffee/Espresso MachineThe Handpresso has a hand pump to build the 16 bar of pressure needed to brew a delicious, crema-topped shot of espresso. Pump it up, add hot water, fill with either your choice of grounds or coffee pod, and you’ve got some surprising good espresso. Weighing in at around 1lb and small enough to pack, this is must-have piece of gear for caffeine-addicted campers.

Helinox Super Small Fold-up Hiking Chairs

Helinox lightweight chair
We’ve said it before when we first spotted this at the OR Show, and we’ll say it again: after a long day of hiking, having a comfortable seat can be really, really nice. While not a completely essential piece of camping gear, the Helinox is a great little luxury to bring if you have room in your pack. And weighing in at 836 grams (less than a liter of water), this chair is worth the small amount of weight for how comfortable it is.

Patagonia’s Pack-away Pullover

Patagonia Men's Torrentshell PulloverWhen it comes to Springtime camping, it’s important to have gear to keep you dry in case of April showers. The Patagonia Torrentshell Pullover is made to keep water out when it’s raining, and packs away inside its own kangaroo stash pouch.

Patagonia Men’s Torrentshell Pullover |

LuminAID Inflatable Lantern

LuminAIDOriginally made for emergency situations, the LuminAID really shines as a compact, rechargeable camping lantern. The LuminAID provides 6 hours of light on its extra bright settings, and up to 12 hours on the lowest setting with a recharge time of 7 hours in direct sunlight. The lantern inflates in seconds, floats in water, and compacts down to a flat 4″ x 4″ for easy storage.

LiminAID PackLite 12 |

Burnie Self-burning Grill

Burnie Self-burning Grill

Think about all the steps in creating a fire to cook over. Gathering good wood, find dry tinder, lighting the fire and keeping it going are all steps you have to take before anything is ready to start cooking. With the Burnie, all you need is a single match and you’re ready to get cooking. The Burnie is a self-contained, all-wood grill that’s ready to cook with an hour and a half of sustained heat. There’s no chemicals and no cleanup; the Burnie burns itself out with nothing left but a bit of ash. Weighing in at around three pounds, this is a super convenient cooking solution for short camping trips.

Burnie Self-burning Grill |

Emergency Supply Puck

Compact camping gear - Survival puck

Despite all the great compact camping gear you’ll use every time you go camping, it’s important to have supplies to help you in a pinch. The Survival Puck is a small case with survival essentials like compass, duct tape, lighter, 72 inches of paracord and more. The 3 ¼ inch diameter case is waterproof and comes in a variety of different themes: First Aid, Fire, Light, Water and Essentials.