In this post we will see the best outdoor gear from AliExpress. It will be a long one, with many camping-related products that I we bought and used ourselves. Product descriptions and links are below the video.
BEST-SELLING WATERPROOF TENT
This is the most-purchased one on AliExpress. I recommend it because of the silicone fabric, which is more waterproof and lightweight than the other 2. Its waterproof rating is 4000mm, and excluding pegs it weighs 1.2 kg, or a bit more than 2.5 pounds. Similar tents sell for $300 or more at our local outdoor gear stores. I like this tent because of the portability – it can easily fit inside a saddlebag on my bike, or into any camping backpack. It can fit 2 people without much gear, or 1 person with gear and some extra room for breathing. The zippers have reflective stripes on them, the top layer is removable, so you can use it as a sun shelter as well. The tent takes about 3-5 minutes to set up. The only negative thing about it is that it requires pegs to keep the proper shape. You need to use 8 of them, and there are extra 2 just in case. The pegs have acid-yellow straps on them so that it’s easier to pick them from the ground. So far, I’ve had it for 2 busy seasons, and it is just as good as new.
BUDGET TENT VERSION
If you are a casual camper, and you just want a simple tent, here is a cheaper option – this one only costs $26. The waterproof rating is 1500mm, so summer would be an optimal time to use it. It can fit 2 people with extra room. If you have Walmarts in your area, you can get one from there for a similar price, if not – the link to this one is below.
Hiking boots are pretty much a must when you hit the trails, and them being waterproof is really not a bad idea. Most people are skeptical against shoes from AliExpress, and in some cases I agree, but I actually have purchased China-made hiking shoes a few years ago, and I still use them to this date. These ones that we see here are the most bought shoes on AliExpress, with over 2,000 orders. The reviews are great, and I encourage you to check them if you are considering getting a pair for yourself – at less than $40 this is a really good deal.
HIKING PANTS AND JACKETS
If you need a pair of hiking pants or a jacket, you can search for one on AliExpress. Just make sure to organize them by orders, and check feedback section for the pictures from other buyers. Sizing can be tricky, so make sure to read the reviews and measure yourself and compare the measurements to the size chart to get the correct sizing. If the size seems borderline, I suggest to go with the bigger one.
BEST-SELLING HIKING BACKPACK
A good camping backpack is a necessity. This one is the most-purchased one on AliExpress. It has a lot of compartments, and it comes with thick straps. There are 9 color options to pick from, and it free E-Packet shipping to those in US and Canada. The adjustable chest strap indicates that it is oriented at hiking, but nothing is preventing you from utilizing it for urban use. The capacity of the said backpack is approximately 30 litres.
SMALL BACKPACK WITH A WATER BLADDER
If you are just going for a day hike, and don’t need to carry a lot of stuff, here is a small cycling backpack with a water bladder. Similar backpacks are sold for $70, this one can be bought for 38 with free shipping. The beauty of it is that the water tap can be attached to the straps, so you don’t have to take it off to rehydrate. This backpack also has straps for cycling helmets. The capacity of the backpack is 8 liters, and the water bag can fit 2 liters of liquid.
PORTABLE SLEEPING BAG
Here is a portable sleeping bag, which comes in 5 color options, and with its own compression sack, which makes it twice as small. It weighs just 700 grams, or 1.5 pounds. My buddy has one of these, and he uses it for cycling trips, because of its small size and weight. It says 4 season in the description, but really it shouldn’t be used outside of summer because it’s not very thick.
BUDGET SLEEPING PAD
Another thing is this pad. It is 190 cm, or 6 feet and 2 inches long. The bubbly surface makes this mat superior to the yoga mat for the purpose of sleeping. They give an impression of the mat being thicker than it really is. However, the mat is not hard enough to handle the weight of your body if you sleep on a gnarly surface, and have rocks underneath. The fact that it is perpendicular makes it easier to pack and store. There are two rubber bands included, although just one is enough to hold the mat. This mat comes in 4 color options. It is a good mat for casual camping, if you pitch your tent on a clean surface.
SELF-INFLATING PAD FOR SLEEPING WITH COMFORT
If you prefer more wild camping, a self-inflating mat is a better solution. It weighs about 1 kg, or 2.2 pounds. The beauty of a self-inflating mat, as you may have guessed, is the fact that it can inflate itself, and it does not require any extra effort, and you don’t need to carry an air pump. The $29 option is 185 cm long including the pillow, and if you are taller, there is a 195 cm version for around $33 with shipping, and you can save another $4 with the seller’s coupon.
PREMIUM SLEEPING PAD
This is a Rolls Royce of camping mattresses on AliExpress. Three-layer build mat with a continuous egg groove structure to ensure that the weight is distributed evenly for a more comfortable sleep. The maximum length is 190 cm / 6'3″ ft.
If you go camping in the wild (as opposed to designated campgrounds), you will want to consider getting a survival kit. This one costs $17, and it includes a firestarter, a whistle, an army-style knife with other things like a flashlight and scissors, an 11-in-1 toolkit, a cable saw, and it comes in a waterproof container. There also is a compass, but cheap ones like that never work, so I can’t really count it.
Hot coffee and warm food is amazing in the wild, and a camping stove is also a pretty great thing to have. I am not a big fan of the ones that attach directly to the gas can, because they are not very stable. This one is standalone with 3 legs, and it comes with a carrying box.
AliExpress also has a variety of hammocks. This one is sold for $14 with free e-packet shipping, and you can get extended straps for it for $8. There are hammocks for around the same price sold at Walmart, and I have one of those, but this one is bigger and wider, and thus more comfortable. It has a small pocket on the side, and this hammock comes in 24 color options.
If you prefer glamping, or glamorous camping and carry a generator around, or if you have a motorcycle or a quad, extra fuel is always a good thing to carry around. I have 2 of these fuel bottles: the longer one is for 700 ml, and the shorter stubby one fits 1 liter. They have saved me quite a few times. I usually use the orange one for extra oil, and the red one for fuel. The paint has faded from both because of constant rubbing against other stuff, but it did not make them less functionable. It is important to note that they should not be filled past the measuring line to avoid the pressure from the vapors that can deform, or even damage the bottle.
COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOTTLE
A collapsible water bottle is much better than a solid plastic one in my opinion. When it is empty it can be conveniently rolled into a small loop. You may have seen the unboxing haul number 2. The capacity of this bottle is about 700 ml, which is the size of a red solo cup. I did not have a red one on hands, just a clear one, so you can better visualize the exact capacity of the bottle. It conveniently comes with a plastic carabiner.
WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM
There are a lot of water filters on AliExpress, but that is one of the things that I wouldn’t trust buying for safety concerns. Instead, I have been using this Sawyer water filter that I got on Amazon. It comes with a soft water container, similar in size to the collapsible water bottle we saw just now, and with a cleaning syringe for back-washing the filter.
SOLAR POWER BANK
If you want to keep your gadgets running while being away from home, this solar power bank is the way to go. Despite the description, which lists 5,000 mAh, it actually holds up to 2600. There are 2 USB ports, and you can charge two devices at once. The power bank is splash-resistant, and comes with a small carabiner. There are indicator lights that show how much charge there is left, and a small flashlight on the side. The power indicator also shows whether the solar power is charging it, but do not expect too much extra charging power from the sun as it will take a few days for the power bank to charge fully from the solar panel.
WATERPROOF PHONE CASE
If you are not planning on getting your smartphone wet, get this waterproof pouch. They cost less than $1.50, which is a decent deal considering how much money you can save by using it. Of course, it is best to test it with some paper first to make sure there are no odd leaks. They can still be used with touchscreen phones.
Compression sacks are used for clothing and other soft items like pillows to reduce the amount of space that they take. To see the demo, refer to the video at the beginning of the post – they really do help, and do so quite a bit.