Best Camping Gadgets
Camping may be a time get away from the computer or television and get back in touch with nature but you don’t have to be uncomfortable doing it! Thanks to camping gadgets, you can enjoy all the beauty the great outdoors has to offer without the torture of sleeping on the hard ground or skipping showers for a week. Get the most out of your next camping experience with these top picks for best camping gadgets.
Gadgets to Make the Great Outdoors Home Sweet Home
Every camper needs a tent but no one wants to lug around a heavy tent with all the other gear needed for camping. The MSR Carbon Reflex 2 two-person freestanding tent solves this dilemma with super lightweight carbon poles. Weighing in at only 1 lb. 13 oz., this tent won’t add a lot of bulk or weight on your next camping trip.
Get a good night’s rest with the Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad. This inflatable camp pad doesn’t require a pump, making it easy to pack and even easier to use. Both self-inflating and deflating, this camp pad measures a comfortable 76” by 25” by 2.5” and holds up to 300 pounds. It’s also weather-resistant and has an attached pillow to keep you warm, dry, and well-rested.
Some people love the complete freedom of life in the great outdoors down to, um, feeling the breeze on their behinds. If this type of freedom is a bit much for you, then Reliance’s Hassock Portable Lightweight Self-Contained Toilet will let you get the job done in comfort and privacy. This portable toilet is lightweight, allows for easy waste disposal, has a toilet paper holder, and a contoured seat.
Keep Things Running with Solar Power
Solar power is big in the camping gadget world right now, available on radios, portable showers, and even backpacks. The Baltoro 75 GZ backpack provides tons of storage space, comfortable straps, and a solar panel to allow you to harness the power of the sun to recharge your gadgets on the go.
If you already have a backpack but like the idea of solar charging your devices, Solar Paper might be right for you. Solar Paper is one of the thinnest, lightweight solar chargers available, weighing only 4 oz and measuring 3.5” by 7.5” and can fully charge an iPhone 6+ in 2.5 hours.
You can enjoy “roughing it” while also getting a warm shower thanks to the Seattle Sports Solar Camp Shower. Made of durable PVC, this portable shower captures the warmth of the sun to keep up to 5 gallons of water perfectly heated.
It’s never a bad idea to bring a radio on a camping trip and the Eton Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio is one of the bests. This solar powered radio features both AM and FM radio, provides weather band alerts, has an LED flashlight, and can even charge your smartphone.
Cooking Gadgets to Make Camp Life Easier
Building a campfire can be a lot of fun but it’s also a lot of work and can be difficult to cook over. Save yourself the trouble with the Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System. The Flash combines a burning and cooking vessel in one, making it lightweight and compact. Those looking for a little more cooking space in a compact package should try the Primus Onja Briefcase Camp Stove. This stove folds open to reveal two burners and even includes an oak lid for use as a cutting board.
Finally, make sure you have plenty of drinkable water with the Sawyer Mini Water Purifier. This water purifying system packs a major punch in a tiny package. Wearing only 2 oz, the Sawyer Mini will filter up to 100,000 gallons of water.
Part of the fun of camping is getting the right gear and these gadgets are sure to set you on track for a truly memorable camping experience. Which camping gadgets are your favorite?
– By Layla Sundstrom, Contributor @layla_sundstrom