Everything you’ve heard about a knife being an essential for any avid outdoorsman is absolutely true. There’s a good chance you won’t need to use the knife on your camping trip, but it’s still important to carry one just in case. It’s a versatile tool that will allow you to do things like create a makeshift shelter in case you forgot to pack the tent, collect firewood, and catch and prepare food, among other things. When choosing a knife, keep it simple. A small pocketknife will suffice. Just make sure it’s sharp. A multi-tool is a solid alternative.