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No matter which of the best Jeep Gladiator campers or conversion kits you have, your setup won’t be complete without the right camping accessories. Lucky for you, this collection includes camping gear, overland equipment, recommendations to help with gear storage, and much more.
Disclaimer: all of these accessories may not be compatible for all truck bed setups. Be sure to check fit and compatibility with your Jeep Gladiator camper to make sure a specific accessory will work for you.
Let’s get right to it!
While there are many retractable awnings out there these days, a 270-degree awning provides the most coverage possible around your vehicle when shade is high priority. Overland awnings are relatively easy to set up and they can mount to your vehicle on the roof rack crossbars as long as you have the proper mounting tools and hardware.
This overlanding awning from Smittybilt boasts a total of five legs that provide support along with your vehicle essentially being the sixth leg. It provides a total of 120 square feet of shade protection and there are nine tie-down points to provide extra security if its gets windy.
Still, you'll need to be careful to pitch all roof-mounted awnings properly so that they shed water if it rains. Don't make the same mistake I did! As long as you don't set it up wrong, a 270-degree awning is one of the best suggestions for camping gear for your Jeep Gladiator or Rubicon.
Overland travelers often struggle with keeping perishable food from spoiling. Of course, you could go with a cheaper option like an RTIC Cooler, but long-distance overlanding is going to require a powered cooler for food storage in your vehicle.
One major benefit of a powered cooler is not having to constantly search for ice while you're on the road. Obviously, that means you won't have to spend money on ice regularly and plan your next turn based on stopping to restock your cooler every other day.
This Dometic Powered Cooler even includes its own ice maker so you can still enjoy ice in your favorite camping cocktails once you're in camp and ready to relax. It has a generous 53-liter capacity and can be powered by AC, DC, or DC solar power.
As things stand currently, fire bans are a reality of overlanding in many parts of the US. In our opinion, having a fire in a contained pit is a camping best practice regardless of the larger environmental dangers that come with having a fire in a high risk area.
On a simpler note, overland camping in your Gladiator often means seeking places to visit that may not have established rings available. So why not opt to bring your own portable fire pit along with you so you can have a safe fire at any location you make camp?
This stainless steel smokeless fire pit from Rough Country comes with its own contained carry bag so you don't have to worry about campfire remnants spilling in your truck bed. It can handle logs up to 17.25 inches in length and features a pull-out ash tray for easy cleaning after each use.
Carrying water is sort of vital to any overland camping trip in your Jeep Gladiator. While you can keep it in a collapsible container, it really helps to have something that can be equipped with a spray nozzle for easier dishwashing, feet cleaning, and rinsing of your other sport equipment.
This WaterPORT tank is specifically designed for Jeep Gladiator Rubicon models and others as well. It boasts an eight-foot hose and a high-pressure spray nozzle so you can rinse camping gear as needed.
Even if you don't use it for dishwashing, this tank is a great choice for overlanders that are into the sport of surfing. You'll be able to rinse your wetsuit, surfboard, and yourself so you're comfortable and salt-free when you stash everything back in your vehicle.
Including details on an accessory specifically made by Jeep may not seem like it fits with the other brands on this list, but having a first aid kit in case of emergency is sort of essential to smart overland camping.
And why not go with a kit made specifically for your Jeep Gladiator? This Jeep first aid kit includes all of the basic first aid supplies you'll need if an emergency arises. And it integrated with the cargo management system on most Jeeps, so it'll stay harmlessly tucked out of the way until you need it.
As someone who's spent a lot of time truck camping, I'll say you can't always rely on having a picnic table at your site or using your tailgate as a camping table. A quality folding table is a great thing to add to your camping gear for your Jeep Gladiator.
This ARB folding style may not be big on style, but it's all about functionality. The table itself is lightweight, but it can hold up to 66 pounds when assembled. When assembled, the table measures 34" L x 27.5" W. It's folded dimensions also measure just 34.5" L x 8.25" W x 5" H to make is easy to fit alongside the rest of your overland gear.
Subsisting on solely dehydrated meals is poor form if you can help it. Just because you might be taking your overland vehicle off-grid doesn't mean you have to consent to eating terribly. But you'll only be able to cook well for yourself if you have the right cooking items at your disposal.
While you'll also need things like utensils, spices, and pots and pans, getting a compact cooking system will help you prepare delicious meals on the road. While some brands make elevated stoves, I'm a big fan of keeping things compact so it can all fit in your Gladiator.
That's why I've chosen this two-burner model from Camp Chef. It has wind screens on both sides to minimize heat loss in windy conditions runs on standard one-pound propane cylinders so you don't have to search far and wide for some obscure fuel source.
There are a lot of storage solutions for overland camping, but a high-quality waterproof duffel is a great choice for storing clothing, recreation gear, or really any items that can't get wet if you encounter an unexpected storm.
Whether you store it in the back seat or the bed of your Jeep Gladiator, this Rockagator duffel provides 90-liters of storage space. The roll-top closure keep its contents protected from the elements and a side zipper pouch offers easy access to smaller items.
This waterproof duffel also features four D-ring attachment points on the straps on both sides to make it easier to secure down if needed. Plus, there are additional daisy chain connection points along the zipper if you want to attach additional accessories or a luggage tag for identification purposes.
If you don't have one of the best rooftop tents, it's a sign you're either sleeping in a tent on the ground or in the back of your Jeep Gladiator. In those cases, you're going to want some kind of comfortable surface to support your body so you can get a quality night's sleep.
While rooftop tents usually come with foam mattresses, bringing a foam mattress for a tent or for sleeping in your vehicle will take up a lot of space that you might need for your other overlanding gear.
If you're tight on space, that's your sign to check out this truck bed air mattress from Rightline Gear. It measures 76" L x 44" W x 7" H and fits all short and long-bed mid-size trucks. But it can also be used inside a tent with a larger footprint than those above dimensions.
Experienced overland campers know how important it is to relax at the end of the day. While it might take up a little more space in your vehicle, a quality camping chair is definitely worth adding to your gear cart.
This one in particular will make it tough to get back up once your behind makes contact with the seat. It comes with a table that mounts to one arm and a cooler mounted to the other. The table can support a max of 15 pounds and the cooler can hold up to 20 pounds.
It boasts a 300-pound overall capacity and includes extra padding in the armrests, seat back, and seat base. Non-skid feet will keep you firmly in contact with the dirt and an integrated coffee cup holder will keep your hot beverage secure as you turn the page on the morning paper!
We hope you’ve enjoyed these recommendations and have found some good options to add to the camping setup for your Gladiator. Begin your search here, but you might also like the items on our collection of the best truck camper accesories for life on the road.
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