Camping Lights

A Complete Guide to Camping Lights

There’s a quiet magic in the inky blackness of night that you only experience when camping. 

However, that magic can quickly turn into a nightmarish foray, into stubbed toes, thorny encounters, or lost camping buddies without the right equipment. Undoubtedly, camping lights top the list of essentials when packing for your next getaway.

The problem, though, is that it’s too easy to suffer from decision fatigue when determining the right lighting for your adventure. With so many options available, how do you know you’re making the right choice?

We’ve made it easy for you by shedding some light on outdoor lighting and making sure you’ve got the right camping gear.

Types of Camping Lights

We’re blessed with a huge variety of tech to keep our pathways well-lit while we’re away from home. It’s also good to know that we can use this same equipment in case of emergency at home or to keep in the car. 

Handheld Torches

Small, handy, and eternally practical, a handheld torch is a camping staple. They’re ideal for late-night ablutions, finding lost things in your tent, and working out “what was that noise?” A water-resistant option is a good choice because, well, you never know. With literally hundreds of torches, you’ll quickly find one to suit your needs and your budget.

Head Torches

A head torch comes in super handy if you need a hands-free alternative. Let’s face it, most camping activities require two hands, whether you’re putting up a tent, cooking, or lighting a fire. Head torches are also brilliant for night trails with models that allow you to narrow the beam if you need to. 

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If you have the space for it, a spotlight will no doubt prove its worth. The powerful light throws a penetrating beam into the blackness surrounding your campsite, which is perfect in an emergency when you need maximum visibility. 

Camp Lanterns

Camp lanterns are the ideal selection if you need to light up a large area. Lightweight electric or battery-powered lanterns can be hooked to the top of your tent or placed outside on a table for a bright 360-degree light source.

Liquid-fuel lanterns are your best bet if you want the absolute brightest light, although they are heavy and can be cumbersome. Propane lanterns are another option that weighs less and often cost less than liquid-fuel lanterns.

While traditional gas-powered lanterns offer a long-lasting, adjustable light source, some aren’t comfortable with a naked flame. If you’re camping with children, then an LED model may be a better choice with a safe, bright light. 

It’s important to note that gas-powered lanterns should not be used in enclosed spaces. Rather, they should be in a well-ventilated area, away from children or pets.

Tent Lights

Small and light with a gentle illumination, tent lights are easily fixed to the inside of your tent and save you from carting torches or other headgear around. Tent lights are available with various bulbs to suit your preferences, although an LED is one of the more popular, low-power options.

Let’s Go Camping

Whatever camping lights you need, it pays to find the most reliable and hard-wearing options. Searching for quality outdoor lighting is easy with sites such as to satisfy your every need, including the peripherals that you may not have remembered.

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We hope you enjoy your camping trip and encourage you to keep reading our blog for more travel and lifestyle inspiration.