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When you’re going on a multi-day camping trip, you may be thinking that you want to pack as few “gadgets” as possible. And you’re right. You don’t need your laptop or tablet, but you might find a few gadgets that serve multiple purposes. We’ve tracked down some of the coolest camping gadgets that will make your trip that much more enjoyable.
Do you see one that we missed? Leave it below in the comments!
1. The pot that charges your electronics
Power Practical makes all sorts of useful gadgets, but it’s their PowerPot 5 that brought them an appearance on Shark Tank. While it may look like your standard camping pot, the lightweight product uses any heat source to charge items via USB. This might include your phone or GPS device.
You can use it with a camping stove you already have or even with an open flame like a campfire. They also make larger and smaller versions, depending on your needs. The PowerPot makes it easy to do two important things at once: cooking dinner and adding juice to your devices. $99 USD.
>> Check out the PowerPot5 on Amazon.
2. Wood burning stove to take anywhere
One of the problems with traveling with a camping stove is the fuel. You won’t be able to carry it on and it might be expensive to purchase it when you arrive, depending on where you’re going camping. Solo Stove solves this problem, and pairs perfectly with the PowerPot, by using wood as the burning material. It cooks the same way standard camping stoves do and keeps you from needing to pack or find fuel. It comes in three sizes, personal, medium and campfire, best for groups and larger duty. $99-149 USD.
Check out the Solo Stove on Amazon:
3. The flashlight with extras
Have you ever wished your flashlight could do more than light the path to the bathhouse at night? VSSL created a line of flashlights (or “torches” for you Aussies!) that have extra features.
The VSSL Supplies has cartridges of first aid essentials and wilderness supplies. The VSSL First Aid has only first aid supplies, while VSSL Shelter has an emergency tent with rope. If you’re not worried about survival, opt for the VSSL Flask, which has two collapsible shot glasses, a bottle opener and a compass. The interior unscrews to hold your beverage of choice. $60-100 USD
Check out the VSSL products on Amazon:
4. The flashlight that becomes a rope light
The NanoGrid by BioLite is one item to add to your camping packing list. It seemingly appears as a winding powered flashlight with an extra pod, but the flashlight has a USB port to plug in your electronics and another slot to hook up a portable nesting light strand. It’s ideal for playing tunes at your campsite and adding extra light to your tent so you don’t trip over anything.
The PowerLight lantern alone can be lit for 72 hours with its dimmer settings and can be used with other BioLite products. Best of all, the entire bundle weighs less than 8 ounces, an important factor when you’re lugging your essentials on your back. $99 USD
5. A sleeping pad that almost self-inflates
In another “as seen on Shark Tank” product, the Windcatcher Airpad 2 is the best camping sleep pad you could ask for. Rather than using all your energy blowing on a nozzle to inflate a sleeping pad, the Windcatcher uses unique technology that allows you to do little more than breathe into the tube. You don’t even need a pump, which takes up valuable space in your bag.
Built-in straps allow you to use it as a seat as well as a mat. It folds up small, about the size of a large water bottle, and deflates as quickly as it inflates– in seconds! It weighs a little over 1 pound and comes with its own attached carrying case. $99 USD
6. A mixer for cocktails on the go
While not specific to camping, Stanley makes the Adventure Happy Hour set, a nesting cocktail set. The company has long been the creator of vacuum bottles, flasks and other gear for the outward bound, this set includes two glasses, a reamer, a strainer and a mixer with a jigger lid.
It’s the size of a standard water bottle and allows you to make yourself a delicious cocktail to treat yourself after a long day on the trail. Made of stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about it rusting. Throw it in some water to clean or load it in the dishwasher when you get home. $35 USD
7. The easy-to-use water filter
As recommended in our #HPLWorld Facebook group (which you should join!), the Sawyer Squeeze filter system is only 3.5 ounces, the ideal weight for a backpacking trip. You can bring it camping or to countries without clean water as it’s easy to use. Simply fill up the flat bottle with water from a source, screw on the filter lid and squeeze it into your water bottle, ready to drink.
You can also drink straight from the flat bottle with the filter lid if you don’t have a separate water bottle. The collapsible pouches are BPA free and take up very little room. This may just be the best water filter option for camping and overseas trips! $49 USD
8. Fresh coffee on the go
Regularly regarded as the best coffee tool for travelers and backpackers, the AeroPress Aerobie is a small system that creates a high quality cup of joe. The plastic system requires a special type of filter, but creates espresso with crema so you don’t have to settle for instant coffee anymore.
The press itself is under 8 ounces, but you may have added weight for the ground coffee and spoon. It comes in a small carrying case that is easy to travel with. Each press makes one to three cups of coffee. Best of all, this is a budget-friendly option for coffee lovers on the go. $32 USD
>> Check out the Aerobie AeroPress on Amazon.