Get Your Camping Gear

You've planned the perfect camping trip, now it's time to make sure your bags are properly packed for an outdoor adventure.

By Adrienne Donica

Oct 2018

backpack and boots on a hiking trail
Photo by Jeff RoseHaving the appropriate gear can make or break a trip in the outdoors.

Nothing can ruin a camping trip quite like coming to the realization that you've forgotten to pack a very important item (a tent, maybe?). If you're staying somewhere a little farther away and more remote than your backyard, preparedness is crucial. Although we can't claim to know every single item you will need for the specific trip you're taking, we can offer some helpful tips and advice to ensure that you pack the most important gear. Download our packing list, visit a local retailer, pick and choose what you need and get yourself outside!


Local Outfitters

Bass Pro Shops
Outfit your camp kitchen, prep your survival pack and get gear for many outdoor activities at this one-stop shop, with locations in Springfield and Branson.

This trendy, eco-conscious clothing and accessories brand out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, began in 2009. Shop it locally at 5 Pound Apparel, Zenith Climbing Center or Gearhead Outfitters Inc.

Gearhead Outfitters Inc.
This Arkansas-based brand began in 1997 as an online retailer of outdoor apparel, footwear and gear. It has since expanded to brick-and-mortar stores, including in Springfield.

Happy Trails RV Center
Not ready to commit to your own trailer? Rent (or buy) a motor home, pop-up camper or trailer from this Phillipsburg business that boasts the largest rental fleet in the state.

Ozark Adventures
Find clothing, shoes and camping supplies from brands including Osprey, Mountain Hardwear and The North Face at this 39-year-old Springfield retailer.

Wheelen RV Center
There’s no better place than this authorized Winnebago and Lance dealer in Joplin to find (or fix!) the camper of your dreams. 

Plan Your Trip
Pick a camping destination and keep planning out the details. Use each of the stories below to prep yourself for a great trip.

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12 Great Places to Camp in the Ozarks
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outdoor adventure group

Find an Outdoor Adventure Group
Plug into one of these outdoorsy groups that regularly camp and otherwise explore the Ozarks.

cooking over the campfire

Cooking Over the Campfire
Cooking outside has its challenges, but with creative planning and some preparation, you can enjoy a gourmet al fresco meal.

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