Reason You Need Camping Lights and Lanterns When You Go Camping

Updated on December 6, 2021

On your outdoor activities, you’ll need a camping light for a variety of reasons. They may appear unnecessary extravagance, especially when headlamps and flashlights are already part of any adventurer’s pack.

They should, however, be on every camping checklist because of their 360-degree lighting and ability to generate a continuous, stationary light source.

Following are a few reasons you should bring camping lights with you the next time you go camping.

Improve the ambiance

Flashlights and headlamps are excellent tools for navigating in the dark to and around your campsite. Their intense, penetrating glare, however, can substantially detract from the mood of your environment once they’ve arrived. 

On the other hand, camping lights and lanterns create a soft, pleasant, discreet glow that is significantly easier on the eyes and provides a far homier feel, whether artificial (LED) or natural (propane, butane, or oil).

Many versions also include a red light setting that allows you to find your belongings or keep your camp illuminated without obliterating your night vision.

Dazzle prevention

Death and taxes are the two huge unavoidable that every human must face during their lifetime on this planet. A third occurrence is unavoidable for those who choose to spend time under canvas: being blinded by the dazzling glare of the camping colleagues’ headlamps inside or around the tents.

On the other hand, the modest camping lantern provides a solution that allows people to save their headlamps for wayfinding while also allowing the camping companions to locate their midnight snacks, teddy bears, or TP roll cache without straining the eyes.

360-degree illumination

You can distinguish camping lanterns by their broad glow instead of the tight, strobe-like lighting generated by your headlamp or flashlight.

Suppose a headlamp or flashlight slung from a branch, ridgeline, or aimed across your campsite from a rock or camping table. 

In that case, it will likely illuminate a 20- to a 30-foot patch of terrain in the direction it is pointing; a good camping lantern will illuminate every square foot of area surrounding it for up to 20 feet in all orders.


Oil and gas-powered camping lanterns of the past did little more than giving a consistent source of illumination, emit an (unpleasant) odor, and occasionally start an unintended conflagration when pushed over by stray limbs.

On the other hand, modern incarnations offer a little more, with some models also serving as a torch or a power bank. Some variants include hanging loops or S-hooks and tripod-style legs on the floor.

Furthermore, LEDs emit no odor and offer no fire risk because they have many uses in different areas.


Because camping lanterns are such an essential part of the camping experience, you should not wait until an emergency or an awkward scenario to realize you’ve chosen the wrong one. Battery powered lantern are often helpful to have on hand for camping trips and around the house. To avoid running out of battery power, always check how long your camping lantern can last.

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