Going camping? Are you one of the ‘Ray Mears’ survivalist type of campers that aren’t happy until you are holed up in a tarp covering made yourself with the aid of rocks and twigs, eating only the things you caught and filleted with your own bare hands? No? You’re quite happy with employing the use of technology and devices to make your camping experience easier and more comfortable?
Then you might want to read on, and discover our list of revolutionary camping gadgets!
Vango Airbeam Flux 200
Tents can be hard work can’t they? All those poles to figure out, and when you get it wrong they have a nasty tendency of falling down and hitting you in the head as punishment. Not so with the Airbeam. This two man tent only needs from you some pegs, guylines and an air pump, none of which should cause a concussion. The frame is held rigid by air pressure; comfortable and convenient.
Helio Pressure Shower
We all recognise those hanging bag and hose affairs that normally pass as camping showers, but the Helio Pressure Shower takes camp cleanliness much more seriously. The bag sits on the floor next to you, attack the foot pump and the internal pressure builds to give you some power behind the shower. It’s also handy for making light work of all your other camp cleaning duties.
Water is essential for life. But boiling up all your water to ensure it is safe for consumption when you are trekking through the wilderness is at best inconvenient and at worse uses all your energy. Purification tablets can be used, of course, but this bottle is ultra portable for those that don’t like to stay still that long. Simply scoop up some river or pond water and drink through the straw, the internal filter will get rid of 99.9% of waterborne nasties.
Brought to you by the Swedish Ministry of Defence, the Firesteel 2.0 is a completely weather and waterproof way of striking a flame. Comprising of a steel and striker plate that rub together to produce sparks easily, for up to 12,000 uses. This inexpensive piece of kit will light your fire!
It’s the 21st century. We’ve got smartphones, tablets, laptops, so why not use them? With almost all of these devices capable of holding maps of some kind even when offline, and most using GPS to tell you where you are when you get lost, this is much easier than unfolding a massive piece of paper in the rain. Just make sure you don’t run out of battery!
And while we are on the subject of running out battery, you may want to pick up one of these Biolite Campstoves. The clever gadget converts some of the heat produced by the fire to electricity, allowing you to charge your tech via USB as you cook your food.
As our online communities will tell you, there is nothing quite like relaxing in the evening out in nature. And a good way to do that is with a nice glass of wine. This little gadget easily slips into a pack, doesn’t weigh much and requires no power to do its job! Cheers!
Are you inspired by the new wave of camping technology and survival gadgets to make your stay in the wilderness that little bit simpler? Will you be picking up any of these gadgets to help you enjoy your next camping trip? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know by leaving us a comment below, or catching up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest