Sure you need a tent, sleeping bag and camp stove, but there are a few overlooked camping tools that you can add to your pack to take your experience to the next level. Campers today have a huge selection of gear, supplies and toys they can pack with them on their adventures.
In this article we look at five cool gadgets that may have flown under your radar, but that can be great for making sure your next trip to the great outdoors is a major success!
1. Next Gen GPS Camping is a ton of fun…getting lost in the forest is not. Technology today allows better options for navigating and communicating even when you are completely off the grid. Next-generation GPS tools like the Garmin GPSMAP 66i allow campers to find where they are going. This unit includes global GPS capability, offline maps and even the ability for two-way communication or SOS messaging via satellite.
2. Compact First Aid Kit It’s inevitable: When you are living it up in the wild, someone is bound to scrape a knee, get a cut, fall prey to a sneaky sliver or worse. Luckily, the bulky first-aid kits of old have been upgraded for the 21st century.
A futuristic kit like the VSSL allows outdoor adventurers the ability to combine the convenience of an LED flashlight with a first-aid essentials kit in a tiny package perfect for packing. The 9-inch compact LED flashlight, with a 40-hour battery life, is packed with everything from antiseptic wipes and medical tape to gloves, safety pins, painkillers and bandages.
3. Digital Meat Thermometer Meat just tastes better cooked over an open flame — but how do you make sure it’s safe to eat and fully cooked when you’re out in the woods? With new tools like a compact digital meat thermometer from AcuRite, you can make sure your tinfoil dinner is safe to devour without the risk of being impaled by a traditional meat thermometer.
4. Double-Duty Stove While most people go camping to get away, the truth is that many people cannot live without their phones. Most people will have their phone on hand even when camping, if not because they can’t stay away from social media then because they want it in case of emergencies. Whatever it’s for, it’s got to stay charged. One cool gadget for that is the Biolite CampStove 2, which not only uses wood to cook food over a smokeless flame but also uses the heat from the fire to fill a battery that can then charge your electronics. It can also charge up any of the gadgets on this list, meaning you don’t have to worry about packing portable chargers or extra battery packs.
5. Portable Weather Devices Any time you are planning on being outside for an extended period of time, it’s best to keep a close eye on the weather to make sure you keep you and your friends or family safe. Be sure and invest in devices like portable anemometers to check the wind and lightning sensors to notify you of dangerous lightning strikes up to 25 miles away, to make sure you have time to head for cover.
Technology today has changed the way we interact with and experience the world. Camping is no different. Having some of these gadgets in your pack the next time you set out into the woods will help you get where you are going, stay safe, eat well, keep connected and avoid dangerous weather.