I never go into the wild without a couple things and a reliable, all-weather method of fire starting is one of them. This is a high quality fire starter with cool additional features such as a whistle and compass. You can never have too many compasses. Also, gear that serves multiple purposes is vital.
Camp Chef truly is the leading manufacturer of camp cooking equipment in the camping industry. You know that when you purchase Camp Chef gear that you're getting quality stuff. We have a stove just like this Camp Chef Explorer Two Burner Stove in our deer camp and the thing is reliable, fast, and durable. Seriously check out their site, they just might have what you've been looking for!
This thing has been getting all kinds of attention and awards evidently. Basically it's a durable, go anywhere, insulated French press for coffee and tea. If you're sick of sub-par coffee while camping or traveling then this is the coffee press for you! My buddy brought a glass French press camping a couple years ago and naturally it got broken in the back of my Jeep. This bad boy isn't going to break like that. So treat your self to some better coffee while adventuring!
Nothing can ruin a trip like not being able to sleep at night. So to me it's vital to have a quality sleeping pad. And you can say that you're tough and don't need it or you can get by with a cheap one. But most would agree that the place to get quality gear is with your sleeping equipment. I camped for years with a cheap pad and then years ago I got this particular pad and it's been worth it. It's a fraction of the size and weight and it insulates very well.
My good buddy and I were getting into backpacking a couple years back and were shopping around for tents. While I love my Alps one person tent I have to give it up to the MSR Elixir tent that he ended up getting! Not only are their tents very light they are great quality and they are stand-alone, which my Alps tent is not. This model is spacious enough for a couple or two buddies who don't care about personal space. Anyway check out MSR and this tent in particular is a great backpacking option!
Several years ago I bought one of these microfiber camp towels before heading out on a backpacking trip and honestly they're fantastic. I've used one single mid sized camping towel like these for an entire trip using it many times and once to dry off after bathing. This set comes with 3 of different sizes... I mean it practically seems like excess! But seriously, they're small, light, and incredibly absorbant and durable.