Camping’s a great social activity that you can do together with family and friends. It’s a chance to connect with the great outdoors and experience a little adventure outside the comfort of your home.
But a lot of people shy away from camping because they imagine that one has to suffer while outdoors — drinking weak coffee, eating granola bars and no access to cell phone reception. Well, prepare to have your minds blown.
Camping can be fun if you have the right camping gadgets. Can’t do without your morning coffee? No problem! Bring along a mini espresso maker! Addicted to Pokemon Go? How about a portable solar charger for your smartphone and tablet? You can even make awesome home-cooked meals with an ultralight portable cooking stove.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 must-have camping gadgets that will make even the toughest camping trip sound like fun. Let’s dive in, shall we?
10 Awesome Camping Gadgets to Snag
Humans can go for more than three weeks without food (although I'd definitely rather not), but not more than three days without water.
A lot of things can happen in the great outdoors, so it always pays to be prepared. One way to do that that is making sure you have a backup water supply.
The DayOne Response Waterbag gives you and your family absolute peace of mind. It provides you with quick and easy access to safe drinking water. This is probably one of the best camping gadgets you can pack along with you.
With the DayOne, you can treat 2.5 gallons of non-salt water to World Health Organization drinking water standards. Simply collect water in the bag and watch the DayOne turn it from dirty to clean within minutes via its see-through design. It's like magic!
Its multi-treatment process uses chemical flocculent and disinfection along with pump-free filtration to purify dirty water that’s safe for consumption.
In fact, we recommend you get one of these and throw them in the trunk of your car or bug-out bag. That way you’ll have access to clean water at all times. You can never predict when the Zombie Apocalypse will happen, after all. The DayOne Response Waterbag is our top choice for the best camping tools.
Now that you've got your clean water, this is a 100% food-grade silicone mug that’s ideal for camping. In fact, you can even use this for picnics, in lunch boxes, and at sporting events.
We don’t recommend using disposable cups during camping since they harm the environment. This collapsible travel cup, on the other hand, can be reused several times. It’s BPA-free and made out of food-grade silicone so you can drink out of it without worrying.
A unique feature of this collapsible travel cup is its ability to save space by collapsing into a 1.4-inch-thick disk. You can easily fit this cup in your pocket or purse when not in use. Pretty cool!
The metal rim at the top helps the cup to maintain its form so you don’t have to worry about your cup accidentally collapsing on you while drinking.
By the way, this collapsible cup can withstand temperatures ranging from –68 degree F to 230 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s perfect for both hot and cold drinks. It even comes with an attached loop so you can hang it from your hip or backpack.
Let’s be honest, you don’t want to be caught without cell phone access in the middle of nowhere. You can bring along a spare battery, but what if you run out of those as well?
Enter the ECEEN portable solar charger. It comes in a foldable bag designed with a zipper pocket and elastic fabric pockets so you can keep your cables and accessories neatly organized.
Weighing in at only 0.26 lb., it is half the weight of other 7 watt solar chargers. Its foldable design also makes it excellent for minimizing weight and space in your camping bag.
The ECEEN portable charger comes with four carabiners, one charging cable and an instruction manual.
If you’re not the sort who enjoys sleeping on the ground or in a tent, then perhaps you might want to consider a hammock. You can also use this for an afternoon nap while outdoors at home!
This lightweight hammock is made out of sturdy and breathable nylon that’s quick-drying. It’s designed using heavy-duty triple interlocking stitching and built to withstand up to 400 lb. of weight. You can rest easy with absolute peace of mind.
Setting it up is easy — all you need to do is attach the two binding strings to the hammock and tie the strings to a sturdy tree or pole.
The hammock is mildew-resistant and can be washed in the washing machine. It’s built to last for many years.
This Yosoo hammock comes with an integrated drawstring sack that can be used to keep your camping equipment and other personal items and gadgets. The package also includes two long ropes, two heavy-duty hooks, and a storage bag. We definitely consider this a must-have camping gadget.
Dreaming about a hot cup of espresso while camping? If you enjoy coffee in the mornings, then nothing beats having a cuppa while contemplating life in the midst of nature’s beauty.
The MiniPresso is a compact espresso machine and is capable of making barista-quality drinks. The device is entirely hand-operated. No batteries or electric power is needed.
You can make amazing espresso shots that taste close to what you might get with a traditional espresso machine — and all that with very little effort.
The MiniPresso’s sleek design also includes an integrated cap that doubles as a coffee cup. If you can’t live without coffee, why not take your indulgence along with you with the portable MiniPresso?
Some of the best things we take for granted are lighting and air-conditioning. We’re not suggesting that you bring a mini air-con with you, but we’re going to recommend a cool camping gadget that’s close to that.
Enter the deluxe camping lantern and fan. This nifty device lets you enjoy the comforts of home out in the great outdoors. How does it work? All you need to do is hang the lantern in your tent, and it will double as a light and a fan.
You can also stand it on its base, and it will work just like a traditional light or a regular fan. It’s weather resistant, comes with 18 super bright LED bulbs, and runs on two D-cell batteries. The deluxe camping combo provides up to 37 hours of light, and up to 50 hours (low speed) or 30 hours (high speed) of fan use.
The Zippo hand warmer is a camping gadget that’s perfect for those cold nights or windy days and helps to keep you warm when you most need it.
Its easy-fill technology also includes a fill cup that reduces fluid spills and is designed to fit inside the smallest pockets.
The Zippo hand warmer provides a flameless, gentle warmth and provides over 2.5 times more heat than disposables. The metal construction is made to withstand even the toughest conditions.
Sometimes the best things in life come in the simplest of designs. Ever brought a cooler out with you while camping so you can enjoy a nice cold drink? How about when it turns dark at night? You probably remember having to shine a flashlight at the cooler while looking for your favorite beverage.
The Coghlan's cooler light does only one thing, but it does it very well — it attaches underneath your cooler lid. Raise the lid, and the light turns on; close the lid, and it automatically turns off.
It’s as simple as that. No more fumbling in the dark and picking out the wrong beer! It’s definitely one of the coolest camping gizmos.
Nothing beats a hot meal during camping or hiking. Even meals-ready-to-eat can be so much tastier when heated up.
The Etekcity camping stove is perfect for camping. It’s made of stainless steel and aluminum alloy and is extremely lightweight. It can even be collapsed into a handheld size, which is great for reducing equipment weight.
It’s compatible with any 7/16 thread single butane/butane-propane mixed fuel canister and has an adjustable control valve for regulating the flame intensity.
The Etekcity comes with a carrying case and weighs a mere one pound.
Here’s one of the coolest camping devices that you probably never thought of — a bear bell.
No one likes getting mauled by a bear. So protect yourself and your loved ones by getting the Coghlan's magnetic bear bell. It attaches to your backpack or clothing with a velcro strap and creates a steady ringing to warn bears and animals of your presence.
The magnet stops the bell from ringing when not in use so it doesn’t drive you crazy.
The Coghlan's bear bell is a cheap and nifty little gadget that might just end up saving your life.
Going camping doesn’t mean you have to leave the comforts of home back at home. You can make camping more fun and enjoyable with these contraptions. In fact, most of the camp gadgets actually double up as equipment that you can use anytime, especially during emergencies. So have fun but most importantly, be safe!
What's your top camping must-have? Let me know in the comments!