While some go camping to seek refuge from our technology driven lives, others enjoy the experience without giving up what could be considered as essentials. Technology has provided adventurous individuals convenience and peace of mind while roughing it. Before your next camping trip check out these five gadgets for the avid camper.
Soto Pocket Torch
The Soto Pocket Torch is a very handy little tool. Too often a standard lighter can fall victim to high winds. This lighter attachment acts as a wind resistant burner that reaches a temperature up to 1000 degrees Celsius. The pocket torch works with just about any lighter on the market and uses a practical electron ignition. This handy tool can be utilised for anything from lighting stoves to melting snow. It will become your best friend when the weather isn’t.
DeLorme inReach SE
This little gem is your backup plan in case something turns wrong while you’re out in the wilderness. The DeLorme inReach SE will act as a satellite messenger. The inReach software triggers and SOS command, meaning you can be in communication 24/7 with a search a rescue centre. Users can send and receive texts to from anywhere in the world. The Iridium satellite network allows texts up to 160 characters per text.
BioLite Wood Burning Campstove
The BioLite Campstove is a real testament to the creativity of humans. The camp stove uses its energy created from the fire to charge just about any USB-chargeable device, including smartphones. Twenty minutes with the fire on will give campers around one hour of talk time on a phone. The stove weighs around two pounds and can boil one litre of water in four and half minutes. This gadget can do it all.
Invisaband Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
You don’t want to think about mosquitos annoying you. If you do get plagued by these pests, you are probably sick of smelling like a citronella candle. The Invisaband Mosquito Repellent Bracelet is your solution. No longer do you have to spray yourself with repellent. Each Invisaband is 100 percent guaranteed to stop mosquitos from breaching your personal space. The unique porous microfiber design slowly releases the active natural ingredient, geraniol over the 120-hour lifespan. Each pack includes five bands, perfect for a group of friends or family.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
No longer will you have to take litres of clean water with you camping. No longer will you have the reality that you can’t drink any of the water surrounding you. The award-winning LifeStraw allows you to fill your water bottle and remove 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria in the process. Over 5 million users can filter up to 1000 litres of water each. This gizmo meets and surpasses EPA standards for water filters.
Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
Instead of jumping in the river, take a legitimate shower that packs enough psi to wash your hair. The dirt and grime that comes with camping is no longer an issue. The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower offers an 11-litre water tank and a 7-foot neoprene hose. Even if you think a shower is a little unnecessary, this gadget is pressurised enough to wash dishes or clean off any other camping gear.
Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent
Tents, the essential camping item. Why hasn’t somebody improved tents like this before? The Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent won the 2015 Backpacker magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award due to its built-in LED lighting. This technology means you won’t ever be in the dark. The tent can withstand three seasons with its two doors and two vestibules with storm flaps on the vestibule zippers. For more tents and specialised camping products, head to Outbaxcamping.
Mr Heater Portable Radiant Heater
If the camp fire can’t provide enough heat or you need to quickly dry some wet clothes, Mr Heater is for you. A whopping 200 square feet of space can be nicely heated. However, it’s the various safety features that impress. If the heater senses low oxygen, the pilot light goes out, or it tips over, it will shut itself off. This heater is also safe to be used inside, perfect!
Now you can happily enjoy the great outdoors without worry of being in darkness or drinking dirty water. These items can be the difference between an uncomfortable time and an enjoyable experience.
By Nicole Anderson