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8 Gadgets That Making Camping Easy
One of the joys of camping is experiencing the great outdoors and living a more minimalist day-to-day life without the luxuries we usually take for granted. However, vacations are meant to make us feel relaxed and recharged. By taking a few essential gadgets, you can make a world of difference to the overall experience.
When packing for your trip, think about where you’re heading, the weather and what essentials you need. Focus on being comfortable, safe and protected from the elements, as well as being able to prepare food easily and having access to drinking water and light.
One of the key ingredients to a successful holiday is rest, but if you can’t get comfortable, you could be heading for an entire trip made up of broken sleep, which will end up making everyone grouchy. Investing in a good-quality camping mat means you can get a good night’s sleep wherever you are - even if you choose to sleep under the stars. The Lightweight Lyman Luxury Camping Mat offers great support and can be inflated and deflated in a matter of seconds. When packed away, it is easy to store and could end up being one of the best camping accessories you buy.
One of the joys of camping is eating dinner by candlelight and listening to the kids play cards in the tent with a flashlight, but camping with a flashlight that is constantly burning batteries is inconvenient at best. With a Streamlight Protac USB recharge Lumen Tactical Light, running out of batteries won’t be an issue. If you are wondering where the power comes from for recharging, you can use your car, battery pack or any other power device. The flashlight is also waterproof, so it won’t let you down when left out in the rain.
If you want to light up your campsite with something a bit more substantial, the AA LED Streamlight Siege Lantern or the even larger version, the Yellow 200 Lumens Magnetic Base Streamlight Siege Lantern, offer the ideal way to light up a large space. However, the lanterns do require AA batteries, so make sure you pack enough spares. When batteries need to be replaced, they conveniently let you know by flashing red.
Drinking water can be like gold dust on a camping holiday, especially if opting for a remote site, but the Universal Purifier Rapidpure Bottle Adapter has the answer. This clever gadget turns your bottle into a water filter and purifier, providing you with great-tasting water whenever you need it.
Camping means campfires, which - unless you are planning on rubbing two rocks together - also requires a flame. The UST Blastmatch Firestarter can be used with one hand and will light a number of different cinders.
For anyone heading off for the summer, you will want to prepare and cook a range of meals but may often find yourself a long way away from even the nearest grocery store. The Kamp-Rite EZ Prep Table with Insulated Bag makes cooking easy. It has an insulated storage cabinet and is conveniently built to match counter height, so you have a pop-up kitchen with food storage in minutes.
If you are planning on traveling to the lakes, you may be happy washing in the natural waters, but there’s nothing nicer after a day lazing in the summer sun than taking a shower. The Kamp-rite Privacy Shelter and Shower is a genius product that offers you your very own private space. The steel frame is easy to set up and the 5-gallon shower unit is included.
The weather can be unpredictable, and even at the height of summer, a storm could interrupt your dinner plans. But the Universal Hammock Pahaque Rainfly is perfect for eating, keeping your belongings dry or even for sleeping under.
Camping involves exploring and setting off on adventures. But when hiking, it is easy to lose your bearings and become disorientated. The Mc-2G USGS Suunto Mirror Compass offers precision navigation and comes with a range of features, including a mirror for signaling and sighting bearings.
Camping is one of the best experiences you can have and is perfect for families, friends, couples or even doing solo. Taking time out to rejuvenate and be with those you love in natural surroundings will give you memories to last a lifetime, and the better prepared you are, the more enjoyable and relaxed your trip will be.