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From a cooking set to a water-repellant blanket, 19 must-haves for summer camping

What every happy camper needs.
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Because it takes place in the great outdoors — where Mother Nature can be awfully unforgiving —there's an added pressure of packing when going on a camping trip. What you bring, or forget to bring, really does determine whether or not you'll ever want to sleep under the stars again.

For that reason, Shop TODAY rounded up some great camping gear that you'll definitely want by your side as you rough it. From a cooler that floats (and keeps your favorite drinks cold for 24 hours), to a two-second tent that comes pre-assembled and a kid-friendly collapsible lantern, here's what you should consider packing if you plan on camping this summer.

Camping gear must-haves

Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool

This TODAY-approved "venom vacuum" with a 4-star average rating from more than 46,000 reviews is an Amazon No. 1 bestseller. It works by sucking out venom and other irritants that can cause reactions like itching, redness and swelling, according to the brand. It can even be used to remove splinters. It is designed to be pain-free and easy to use.

Sawyer Permethrin Pump Spray

Sometimes, the best defense is a strong offense. So before you let yourself become a buffet for bloodthirsty mosquitos, this popular repellent designed for clothes can help. Spray it directly on your clothes (outdoors) before putting them on. It protects you from mosquitoes, mites, chiggers and disease-carrying ticks for up to six washings or six weeks, according to the brand.

Evolvetogether Mosquito Repellant Patches

If you're prone to mosquito bites but not a big fan of bug spray, these repellant patches are definitely worth a try. They contain essential oils that can repel mosquitos up to three feet for six to eight hours, and are safe to use for all, according to the brand.

Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set

Camp cooking is easy with this stainless steel cooker that comes with two 10-ounce insulated nesting tumblers. It has an impressive 4.8-star average rating from nearly 20,000 reviews and is currently ranked No. 1 on Amazon's list of Best Sellers in Camping Pots, Pans and Griddles. Use it to prepare hot chocolate, soups, chili, dehydrated meals and more. Vents on the top make it easy to strain liquids let out steam. It's lightweight — weighing less than a pound — and dishwasher safe, according to the brand.

LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle

Access to fresh and clean water is arguably the most important thing to have on any camping trip. The filter water bottle from LifeStraw is designed to protect against small particles of plastic, chlorine, sand, dirt, and more. On top of all that, it also improves the taste of the water, according to the brand.

Omnia Oven

If you can't live without baking — even when camping — the Omnia Oven comes in handy. You can use it to bake everything from cakes to potatoes to quiche. It's designed to bake on any type of burner and can even be used over a grill, according to the brand. Thanks to its unique Swedish design, the oven bakes with heat coming from both the top and bottom of the oven.

RTIC Soft Cooler

This leak-free, sweat-free cooler with a cult-like following is to camping what the mini fridge is to hotel rooms. It's guaranteed to keep food and beverages cold for up to 24 hours (with some reviewers reporting it keeps ice frozen for 48 hours). It comes in 11 colors and a range of sizes from a 12-can cooler for $90 to a 40-can cooler for $150. It even floats so you can take it with you on the river or in the lake.

LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lantern

As seen on "Shark Tank," the LuminAID Solar Inflatable Lantern is a lightweight, collapsible solar lantern that can emit light for up to 24 hours when the battery is fully charged. It's also waterproof and is designed to be shatter-proof, so you don't need to worry about having it around kids. With multiple settings, you can choose your brightness level depending the activity or time of day. You also have the choice of recharging the battery via solar or USB.

Sleepingo Camping Sleeping Pad

Rough it without really roughing it by crashing on this camping pad. Two inches of support may not seem like much, but when you're sleeping on the ground it makes a massive difference. This pad weighs less than a pound and packs down so it takes up about as much space as a water bottle. You also don't need to worry about leaks since it's made of a tear-resistant, waterproof nylon fabric.

Coleman Camping Chair

No camp experience is complete without sitting around the campfire. This chair is the perfect seat thanks to its comfortable cushioning, back support and armrests — one of which has an insulated pouch that keeps up to four cans of your favorite drinks cold for hours. The other armrest has a built-in cupholder and a convenient side pocket for stashing your phone, snacks and reading material. The Coleman Camping Chair comes in four colors and has a 4.7-star average rating from more than 46,000 reviews.

Coleman Sundome Camping Tent

If you prefer a more traditional tent design and need more room, invest in this TODAY-approved tent. Weather-wise, the bestseller comes with a waterproof rainfly and is designed for spring, summer and fall camping. The frame is built to survive winds of up to 35 miles per hour. Inside, there are storage pockets and a handy hook for hanging a lantern or flashlight. It comes in three colors and four sizes: 2-person, 3-person, 4-person and 6-person.

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

This bestselling machine-washable blanket is made for the outdoors. Thanks to its durable water repellent coating, the fabric is water resistant and stain resistant, the brand says. Simply put, spills can't soak in. Amazon users love that it has a clip so it can be worn like a cape for hands-free warmth. It comes in 90 different colors and styles including national park and NFL motifs. When packed down in its stuff sack, it easily fits in a tote bag.

Quechua Waterproof Pop Up Camping Tent

If your goal is to set up camp as soon as possible so you can fully relax or go explore, this is the perfect tent for you. It comes pre-assembled and pops up in a matter of seconds. In other words, there's no need to untangle and unfold a stack of poles. All you have to do is stake it to the ground and add the waterproof flysheet. Wind-resistant, it's able to withstand winds of up to 30 miles per hour, according to the brand. But perhaps the coolest feature is the blackout fabric allowing you to nap during the day in total darkness. It weighs a little more than nine pounds and comes with a three-year warranty.

Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet

This bracelet has five survival essentials so you can travel light without sacrificing any of your emergency supplies. It includes a compass, fire starter, emergency whistle, ferro rod striker, and 12 feet of military-grade paracord, the brand says, and comes in a set of two. It also has an adjustable fit so you don't have to worry about ordering the perfect size.

Yivandi Rechargeable Foldable Fan

Depending on what setting you use, this rechargeable fan can last anywhere from six to 24 hours. The adjustable height reaches a little over three feet, and can be completely folded away when you're done for easy storage. The front frame can also be detached for easy cleaning, the brand says, which is especially important if you're taking it on a long camping trip.

Abco Tech Pop Up Privacy Tent

It can be helpful when camping to have a dedicated private area to shower or change your clothes. This tent from Abco Tech, which reviewers have called "very handy" is designed to be extremely lightweight and requires no installation, and measures 75 inches tall.

Ivation Portable Outdoor Shower

Turn a sink or bucket of water into your own personal outdoor shower. This showerhead sticks to any flat surface, according to the brand, and can be used continuously for up to an hour. It also conveniently charges through your laptop, car adapter, or anywhere with a USB port.

Suokeni Quick Drying Slip On Water Shoes

If you're an avid hiker, these anti-slip sneakers are a must-have. They have over 4,000 five-star reviews, with many people saying how comfortable they are. The strong traction is also designed to help in bad weather conditions.

Outdoor Voices Rectrek Zip-Off Pant

When camping, the day can go from hot to cold pretty quickly — especially if you're cooling down from a hike. These unique pants from popular brand Outdoor Voices are not only functional and durable, but they zip off, allowing you to customize how much coverage and warmth you need at that time. They're also water resistant and machine washable, according to the brand.

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