Top 20 Cool Camping Gadgets for the Great Outdoors
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Ah, the feeling of embracing nature in all it’s beauty and fury. There is nothing like the satisfaction of setting up camp, building a fire, cooking, and taking it all in. Getting back to nature is an excellent way to unwind, relax, and let go of the stress of the modern world. Getting back to natures doesn’t mean you have to abandon technology and live like a caveman. No it’s about getting away from the tech and gadgets that stress you out. Embracing technology can help make the best of the nature around you. This is a rundown of some cool camping gadgets to make your next camping experience something to remember.
This is the kind of technology that needs to go camping. Like millions, I love my morning coffee. Add some ground coffee to the adapter and hot water to the resevoir and manually pump the coffer through the ground. This little device requires zero batteries and is completely dependent on hand power. This lightweight device is similar in size to a Mag Lite and fits conveniently in any backpack. The Handspresso may not make the same cup of coffee a home espresso machine can make, but it’s much better than any instant coffee I’ve ever had.
This cool camping gadget is as important as it is convenient. This is a combination emergency radio and flashlight. The Eton scorpion is a rugged, water resistant, shock proof design. The radio can reach the traditional AM/FM bands as well as NOAA weather bands that provide emergency weather updates. The Eton Scorpion requires no batteries and can be charged by manual hand crank or solar panel. The Scorpion also features a small port that will users to charge their smartphone via USB cable. You never know when you need to call for help, and the Eton Scorpion is a great piece of gear to have.
A truly ingenious gadget. First of all this small Biolite Camp stove is a stove that does not require the user to pack fuel. This is a major advantage when it comes to backpacking where ounces equals pounds and pounds equals pain. The Biolite Stove uses small sticks and twigs for fuel. The stove is small, roughly the size of a nalgene bottle, and weighs only about 2 pounds. Of course the stove can cook your food, but it has one more trick up it’s sleeve. The Biolite converts the heat from the fire into usable energy to charge small electronic devices. The Biolite Wood Burning Camp stove is a brilliant invention and perfect for high tech, eco friendly camper.
I’m not a big fan of batteries or relying on power while in the wilderness. Sometimes it’s handy and necessary but I avoid it when I can. The Nebo eco light a is solar powered lantern. The Nebo Eco Lantern is powered mainly by solar, but there is a hand crank for those just in case scenarios. The Eco Lantern is surprisingly bright and powerful for a solar powered lantern. THe Nebo is slick looking and a modern take of the old school lantern design. Nebo doesn’t print an expected life after a full charge, but users report 6 hours and more as the run time.
The Travel Chair Slacker is a low tech answer to an age old first world problem, where am I going to sit? The Travel Chair Slacker is small folding chair made from canvas and aluminum. The Travel Chair was a personal favorite in my other life as a Marine. I would keep one strapped to my pack and bring it to training ops in the field. These little chairs fold up the be teeny and tiny, and weigh hardly anything. Please your butt will stay dry, and at the end of the day isn’t that what we all strive for?
This is an awesome piece of gear. Water is a critical resource for survival. Water is the number one priority in any survival situation. The Grayl filtration cup is an excellent survival tool, and a pretty good piece of kit. The Grayl works like a French Press. It filters out everything from chemicals, metals, bacteria, virus and Protozoa. Protozoa = Girdia, and Girdia is the most painful stomach condition you’ll ever have. The Grayl can filter 40 gallons per replaceable filter and is a battery free manually operated device.
The Garmin Fenix 2 is a watch brought to you by a company that revolutionized GPS technology. In fact the Garmin Fenix 2 is a GPS and a watch. The Fenix 2 is designed to be beat down and dragged out screaming. The Fenix 2’s small GPS is capable of leading you home, displaying your coordinates or Military grid reference system information. The Fenix 2 is designed to keep track of calories burnt, run analytics, as well as swimming and skiing analytics as well. The Fenix 2 features a high sensitive GPS and a 3 AXIS compass. The Fenix 2 is built like a tank and can travel the world once or twice with you.
Have you ever had your feet go numb inside your boots because of the cold? If you’re one of us outdoors folk I’m sure it’s happened a time or two. Also that terrible feeling when you strap on your boots for the first time in the morning and they are freezing inside. Well Thermacell has produced a pair of heated insoles that run off rechargeable batteries. These insoles feel amazing when putting on your boots, and even better throughout the day. The Insoles are surprisingly tough and while they may not bake your feet they certainly make a cold day much more enjoyable.
These days cameras have sort of become a specialist affair. Since 99% of people are armed with cell phone cameras 24 hrs a day the traditional camera has become a lot less popular. There are numerous things a camera can do that a phone can’t, like zooming efficiently. The olloclip is a 4 in 1 lense system that includes a fisheye lense, wide angle, and two macro lenses for increased zoom capability. The zoom is extended to either 10x or 15x, and the olloclip allows you to take high quality photos instead of the grainy unfocused mess most camera phones create. Perfect for those great outdoors nature shots.
While we may never get to go Daryl Dixon on some zombies this kit does contain a wide variety of sharp and pointy things perfect as camp tools. The kit includes the Gator and Parange machetes, the DMF folder, EPic, the LMF II Infantry knife, and the single hand camp axe. Gerber has made outstanding outdoors equipment for decades and this equipment is no different. The tools are top notch in quality and durability. The kit comes with a canvas bag to roll everything up in for convenient and safe storage. These kind of tools can essential for the basic camp chores and it’s hard to find a better brand that Gerber.
So the biggest killer of dexterity is the cold. anywho who has camped in Northern Virginia in the middle of January will know the effects the winter has on your hands. So the methods of keeping them warm if often layers of gloves, but even these don’t always work well. We’ve all seen the cheap hand warmers and they are a joke. The Celestron Firecell is an electronic handheld hand warmer. the Firecell has twelve different settings. The Firecell turned to the highest setting is actually uncomfortable to touch, and is made to use with gloves. The Firecell is rechargeable and doubles as a flashlight and emergency cell phone charger. The Firecell is a tiny little device that packs a lot of potential.
12.Kamp Rite Tent Cot
No one will disagree that a tent with a cot is much better than sleeping on the ground. The Trouble is for one person to carry a tent and cot into the great outdoors is hassle. The Kamp Rite tent cot is, if you can’t tell, a combination tent and cot. The tent opens over the cot and covers the entire cot. This is an excellent single person set up, and the cot can be set up in few different ways, including a lounge, and chair configuration. The Kamp Rite has a major advantage when it rains, since you are already off the ground. The Kamp Rite will keep you both warm and dry no matter what.
13.Zippo Emergency Fire Starter
This isn’t your Grandpa’s Zippo. This Zippo is distinguished by it’s blaze orange color and super sturdy feel. There isn’t any play in the lighter, nothing in it is loose and nothing wiggles. The Zippo Emergency Fire Starter is not a traditional lighter, but a sparking flint and a container of 4 highly flammable tinder sticks. The sparking flint ignites the tinder sticks quick and within the first or second try. This is an interesting little kit that is more stable and more reliable than a traditional lighter and a dedicated O ring keeps the entire kit waterproof.
14.Thermacell Personal Pest Control Appliance
The Thermacell Pest Control Appliance is probably the greatest thing to happen to the pesky and painful mosquitoes. The Thermacell Personal Pest Control is a mess, no fuss repellent device that emits a scentless repellant that keeps the pest and mosquitoes away. The Thermacell can be hung up anywhere and is potent enough to protect a campsite, or a deck, or any small gathering. Multiple Thermacells can be used together to provide a big bug barricade as well.
The Coleman Zephyr is an excellent idea for an underappreciated idea. Camping in the summer can be done without at a tent at the mercy of being eaten alive by bugs or risking the random summertime rains. The problem is that tents tend to get a bit stuffy, even at night. The Zephyr is a battery powered fan and LED lamp combination. The Zephyr can run for 24 hours on high and 48 hours on low. The Zephyr mounts by either magnets or a carabiner. The Zephyr is an excellent idea to make any night in the tent more comfortable.
16.Basecamp Mr. Heater Tent Fan
Doing a complete 180 the Mr Heater by Basecamp is a small tent mounted fan that is designed to heat the tent. The Mr Heater is a powerful little heater designed to keep those cold nights in the tent and bay and deliver a comfortable temperature all night long. The Mr Heater is equipped with a series of LED lights as well to light up the tent and prevent scrambling and searching for this or that. The Mr Heater is another excellent option for those winter campers.
17.SkullCandy LINK Hydration Pack
The Skullcandy LINK Hydration pack is one of the most technology inclined packs out there. For the lightweight hiker the Skullcandy pack is amazing. The Skullcandy pack comes with a hydration bladder and has the capability of running the drinking tube through the straps. The other useful little feature is the built in amplifying speakers that run off a single double A battery. These speakers are placed in the straps of the backpack. The design allows for hands free music and phone capability. The Skullcandy pack is a superb Day pack option for the hunter, hiker, or camper.
18.Mace Pepper Spray Gun
Now there is a fact of life and nature, bad things can happen anywhere. In the great outdoors you may come face to face with a variety of unfriendly critters, including bear, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, the list is extensive. The best medicine is usually live and let live, avoid and get each other space. Unfortunately this isn’t always possible. So having a non lethal way to protect yourself is a must. The Mace Pepper Spray gun is a an option with 25 feet of range, and can be loaded with a variety of different mace cartridges. The set does come with a practice water cartridge too, and utilizes CO2 cannisters.
19.Tribe Provisions Adventure Hammock
The Tribe Provisions Hammock is the ultimate hammock for the hardcore backpacker. If you are the type that goes into the woods with nothing more than what you can carry on your back this kind of hammock is perfect. The Adventure hammock is exceptionally small and lightweight, and can be folded down into a small package. The entire package including hammock, rope carabiners, weighs a total of 17 ounces. Throw the hammock in your pack and that’s it.
20.SOG EOD multi tool
The SOG EOD multi tool is an all in one toolbox that be carried on the belt or in the pocket. The EOD multi tool comes packed with 22 tools and is rock solid. The EOD is a favorite of the military and has been issued in small numbers to special engineer units in Afghanistan. The SOG EOD is an excellent multi tool that can do the job of an entire tool box.
Hope you enjoy our extensive list of cool camping gadgets.