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Three of my All-time Favorite Camping Accessories

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Have You Discovered These Great Camping Accessories Yet?

Over time, we all come up with a few items we really like to have on our camping trips. Fay and I originally started camping when our son was young back in the 90s. Two of these accessories we discovered back then and continue to use today. As our son got older, we stopped camping for many years. We purchased our little trailer and got back to it when I retired in 2014. That's when we discovered the third item.

Anyway, other than the standard items that we all need, these are three of my favorite camping accessories. Check them out and see if any of them are things that might interest you.

Single Burner Camp Stove

This is one of my all time favorites! For me, it's probably the handiest item that stays on our picnic table or work table at the campsite. It gets much hotter, and heats things up way faster than our standard camp stove. And, it's just plain quick and easy. To set it up, you simply twist it on top of a propane bottle. You then turn the nob, light it, and you're ready to cook.

This single burner stove is really handy as an extra burner when cooking dinner, or a way to keep something warm. My favorite use though, is using it with the next item.

Stove Top Coffee Percolator
I just love to percolate coffee first thing in the morning when we are camping. This is an old-fashioned stove-top percolator, much like what my mom had when I was a kid. It certainly takes me back to simpler times. There's just something about smelling the aroma of the coffee while it brews, and watching the bubbles in the glass bulb on top. To use it, I simply put water in the bottom, coffee in the basket that sits above the water, close the top, and set it on the single burner stove above. Fay likes flavored coffee and drinks more of it each morning than I do. This one is perfect for me because it makes just a few cups. Of course, there's also a bigger size if that better fits your needs.
Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer

If you pull a travel trailer, you really should check your wheel bearing temperatures at each stop to be sure they are not overheating. (See the explanation under Things to Keep in Mind Throughout the Day on the Towing a Small Travel Trailer page in my Beginner's Guide.) It's a rare, but huge potential problem that can leave you stranded. The most common way to check them is to put your hand on each hub to see if it's excessively hot. This works, but usually gets your hand dirty. Should you ever find you have a bearing overheating, you'll also likely burn your hand finding out!

This digital laser thermometer is a much better solution. You simply aim the laser gun at your wheel hub and pull the trigger. You'll see the red laser beam wherever you aim it, and get an immediate digital reading of temperature. Best of all, no dirty hands.

As a bonus, it's also just a cool gadget. If you happen to be like me, you'll find all kinds of things to point it at...just because you can!

Other Camping Accessories Fay and I Like and Use
If you're just getting started, or looking for new ideas, checkout my webpage on Products We Like. Everything listed there is something we use and like. There is a photo, descriptive info, and a link to Amazon or other source for each item.
Denny Johnson

Denny Johnson

Denny loves traveling with his wife Fay in their Small Travel Trailer. In addition to all his blog articles, he's developed an entire website about Small Travel Trailers, including a free Beginner's Guide to help those just getting started. Please Subscribe to my Emails so you don't miss any future articles.
Denny's Product Review
What it is
Single Burner Table Top Stove
Why I like it
  • It gets much hotter than our standard camp stove
  • It's quick and easy to both setup and put away. There's no real cleanup to do.
  • It takes up no significant room when traveling and storing
Denny's Product Review
What it is
Stove top coffee percolator.
Why I like it
I just love the whole experience...
  • Waiting for the first bubble to show up in the glass bulb on top
  • Watching the bubbles go slowly from clear water to brown coffee
  • Smelling the aroma of coffee brewing
  • It makes great coffee the old-school way. Reminds me of when I was a kid and this was how my mom did it!
It goes well with the whole concept of camping...not being in a big rush, and "taking time to smell the roses" (in this case, the coffee)
Denny's Product Review
What it is
Digital Laser Infrarer Thermometer
Why I like it
  • Keeps my hands clean when checking the trailer wheel bearings for overheating when traveling
  • Prevents the chance of burning my hand if there ever were a problem
  • Fun gadget to play with
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3 thoughts on “Three of my All-time Favorite Camping Accessories

  1. Thanks for the memories. I backpacked a lot in my younger days and used a single burner multi-fuel stove. They are a great asset to have and take up very little room. We also have a laser thermometer (HFT brand) that sits in the pocket of my door. Every time we stop, we check the hubs. That’s a really great suggestion.

    1. That’s great Charlie. I hope you still enjoy sitting outside in the morning and using the stove for your morning coffee!

  2. I agree with all three! Coffee is a MUST in the mornings, and I get up earlier than my wife, so I’m set up outside for my early morning need. I had a digital laser thermometer in the shop, that I rarely used, more of a novelty than anything, but when I bought our tiny trailer, it went in my glove compartment for just that purpose!

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