Essential Camping Gear and Equipment in Kenya

Camping is one of the purest and fun of all outdoor experiences. While is for everyone, those who dare to venture out get a rewarding experience.

While venturing out has many benefits; Nature’s beauty, fresh air, mountain ranges, and freedom, it requires preparations and careful planning.

You need to figure out what you’ll need, organize it, and pack it correctly. Whether it is a solo trip or a family outing, it is important to bring the essentials only. These are the things you need most such as food, shelter, clothing, and survival items.

If you are ready to hit the off the beaten path, whether alone or with family, read on.

In this article, you will find the essential equipment that will make your camping fun and enjoyable.


When planning your trip, there is a need to look for a backpack/rucksack to fit in your camping gear. Backpacks come in different sizes, brands, and quality and a 65L one is usually enough for most trips. However, it should be durable and have basic features like strong straps, belts, rain cover, pockets, and reflective piping.

In addition to a Rucksack, you might need a daypack for hiking trips. This is usually a 35L backpack or a hydration pack.

Camping Tent

Camping experiences in Kenya are different depending on the destination. However, no matter the place – whether camping at Eliye springs along Lake Turkana or on Mt. Kenya – you need a tent that is both comfortable and weatherproof.

A good camping tent is an essential investment for a camper which, chosen wisely, lasts many years.

There are many types of camping tents on sale in Kenya with each having its purpose. However, they all should have basic features including; a net to protect you from mosquitos and to watch the stars at night, and a flysheet cover in case of unexpected rains.

Sleeping Bag

Just like a camping tent, a sleeping bag should be carefully chosen depending on the destination. Cold places (like Mt. Kenya) require a warm bag (Usually with a zero rating value). On the other hand, a standard sleeping bag is enough for warm camping areas like the savage wilderness in Sagana.

Camping Mattress

A camping mattress is one of the most important parts of any outdoor camping experience. Besides a sleeping bag, a mat can make or ruin your adventure. Therefore, it is advisable to go for a comfortable sleeping mattress that supports your back while you sleep. A good sleeping mattress should be light, well-padded, durable, and easy to inflate.

Lighting: Headlamp & Flashlight

If you are into mountain climbing and primitive camping, you will be in the wilderness most of the time. This means you are in remote locations where amenities like cell phone networks and electricity are not available. In that case, you need to have all the basic camping essentials with you. One of the most important of those essentials is a headlamp. A good camping headlamp gives you the necessary lighting at night or in dark places while hiking or exploring caves.

Besides the headlamp, a portable camping flashlight comes in hardy.

Camping Lantern

A camping lantern will help you provide a light source and help you navigate outside while in the wilderness.


When you’re out hiking or camping, a dependable backpacking multitool can make your life a whole lot easier. A lightweight multitool is a very essential tool that can be useful in many different situations. For instance, you might need a knife to cut ropes or sharpen sticks.

A dependable camping multitool should have a knife, saw, can opener, pliers, wire crimping tool, and a screwdriver.

Pocket Knife

Ask any camper or hiker and they will tell you that a high-quality knife is one of the most essential survival tools. It helps you prepare food, cut ropes, clear light bushes, and more.

While a multitool has a knife, it is recommended that you bring a separate pocket knife.

If you are looking to buy a camping knife, carefully examine the blade and handle for quality, strength, and durability.

Other essential camping equipment

There are other things you might need while going outdoors on a camping trip. These may include, food supplies, cooking wares, first aid kit, hiking gear, and navigation tools. Plan your trip in advance and make sure you have everything you need before venturing out.

Now that you have all the essentials, go out and explore. Remember the campers rule – “Leave No Trace”.