With summer almost gone, many among us plan their last escape to the countryside or to a sunny country abroad and camping is one of the most popular choices. Let’s face it; half the fun of camping is getting to break out all those neat gadgets. Today, camping can be almost luxurious; with all kinds of new technology and tools to pack, a weekend outdoors isn’t the same as it used to be. But these gadgets can help you be a little more comfortable while still enjoying the great outdoors and can even help you stay safe and enjoy the trip more.
So if you are planning a camp out, don’t stop at tents and sleeping bags. Here are some of the best gadgets to take with you to help you make the most of the trip.
There are all kinds of solar chargers available that let you keep your cell phone, tablet and any other device you have with you fully charged. Of course, this is convenient, but it’s also nice to know you can make an emergency call if you need to.
If your trip involves a lot of hiking, you can find a model that attaches to your hiking pack so that you can charge your device with solar power as you hike all day, and then have a fully charged phone by the time you set up camp at night!
Even when you’re camping and roughing, it it’s nice to be able to take a nice shower at the end of a day full of adventures. Portable showers come in all shapes and sizes, but most are designed to hang from a tree. There are even some that heat water, so you will not only enjoy the luxury of clean running water while outside but a hot shower too!
Gone are the days of flashlights with a small, weak beam of light. With a LED lantern you can get enough bright light to light up your entire tent or even campsite. These lights don’t get as hot as some old-school models, so they are also safer to use.
There are also light weight and flat LED lighting gadgets that can be hung from the top of your tent, making it possible to light up the entire tent at once. On the other hand, if you’re not a sworn camper and this is only your first camping experience, you could also hire the lighting equipment that suits your needs!
Who doesn’t enjoy a good breakfast while camping? With an outdoor stove you don’t have to settle for granola bars or burnt campfire food. There are lots of options when it comes to outdoor stoves; some are gas powered and some require the use of charcoal. Either way, this neat gadget will make it possible to wake up to pancakes, eggs and bacon in the morning, even when you’re in the woods.
A GPS system can come in handy while camping and can even keep you safe should you get lost. There are lots of smartphone apps you can use or you can purchase a system that is meant to be used outside and withstand the elements. These systems are made of very tough materials and are very well protected, so you don’t have to be worried about packing this gadget around the mountainside.
Portable Water Filter
A portable water filter is a must-have camping gadget. Again, these come in all shapes and sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your trip. You can purchase a larger filter that is meant to be set up at your campsite for the whole family to use, or you can buy a smaller, water-bottle sized filter that you can carry around in your pack as you explore.
Clean water isn’t just a benefit; it’s a safety requirement. Drinking water outdoors isn’t safe, since you don’t know what is in it and it could be contaminated. Use a water filter and don’t let sickness ruin your trip.
Waterproof Electronics Bag
Keep all your electronics safe with a waterproof bag. These small bags are perfect for protecting your cell phone, MP3 player, camera and any other tech gadget you don’t want to ruin. The bags are small enough that you can fill them with your devices and then pack them inside your hiking pack, protecting your gadgets from unexpected rain or fall into the lake.
Air Mattress with Built in Speakers
An air mattress takes camping to a whole new level. With this favourite gadget you don’t have to try to get a good night’s sleep on the hard ground or wake up with a sore back. Be sure to get an air mattress with a battery-powered air pump so you won’t have to spend the whole trip blowing your mattress up!
Music fans can get excited because air mattresses with built in speakers are hitting the market. These high-tech beds allow you to plug your MP3 player in and party it up or enjoy some soothing tunes before you fall asleep under the stars.
Portable Mosquito Repellent Device
Gone are the days of smelly, sticky bug spray. You can now buy mosquito repellent devices that you can wear around your wrist or set up at your campsite. These neat gadgets let you enjoy the cool night air without getting eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes. There are even all-natural models available, so you don’t have to worry about harming the environment when you use them.
Yes, braving the elements is part of the camping experience, but if you’re the type that likes to be able to relax after a day of hiking and exploring, a portable heating solution is for you. A portable heater can make chilly afternoons and evenings a little more enjoyable, no matter where you’re camping.
Camping is one of those summer activities that allow us to leave everyday responsibilities behind, enjoy nature, explore new places and marvel at beautiful scenery. With these camping gadgets, you can camp in style but also stay safe and comfortable, whether you are hiking in the mountains or enjoying a quiet night under the stars.
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