The whole point of a camping trip is to leave most of your creature comforts at home and be one with nature. It’s only when you experience what the wild has to offer that you can sharpen your thoughts and have a blast. Still, you need to be careful not to overdo it, i.e. you don’t have to rough it. Luckily, we’re living in a world full of useful gadgets that can make your camping holiday much more enjoyable and easier.
There are now products that you couldn’t have imagined a few years (let alone decades) ago, which can boost your experience in the great outdoors. On top of all that, a great majority of them are quite affordable, lightweight, and durable, which means you won’t have to break the bank to get them and they are quite easy to carry around. So, what are some of the most desirable camping gadgets you might want to get in 2021?
Compressible travel pillow
The quality of sleep you get in the tent has a great impact on your overall experience and readiness to embrace everything such a trip can throw at you. That’s why you might want to consider getting one of the compressible travel pillows, which won’t take up a lot of space, but which is cozy and fluffy.
Let there be light
It goes without saying that you need proper and reliable lights for your camping trip. However, you can combine practicality and decoration with products such as Luminoodle. This is a battery-powered string of lights that can be hung so that you don’t need to fumble with a flashlight in the dead of the night. Also, you can pack it in the included nylon bag and have a convenient and practical lantern.
Coolers can really make a difference when it comes to spending time outdoors and you should definitely invest in one. For instance, Polar Bear Backpack Cooler is a comfortable and ergonomic backpack-style cooler that keeps up to 18 cans ice-cold for more than 24 hours. If you really want to max out its carrying capacity, the bag also has a front mesh pocket, a zippered pocket, and two side slots for water bottles. That means you shouldn’t worry about your water bottles and cans of your favorite beverage getting warm quickly.
Personal water filter
Speaking of water, camping trips can be quite challenging when it comes to having enough drinking water. It’s impossible to carry all the water you need with you, which means you have to look for alternatives. One of the best gadgets that can help you with this problem is Lifestraw, which can filter up to 1,000 liters of water without any chemicals or iodine.
A sturdy and reliable knife
Needless to say, you can go on a camping trip without a reliable, sturdy knife that is used for cutting smaller branches, making a shelter, or opening canned food. We strongly recommend you get one of the top-quality otf knives, which are not only sleek but really useful and long-lasting. They are also lightweight and can be carried around in a pocket.
Portable mosquito repellent
Once you venture beyond the comfort of urban life, you can expect to meet all sorts of bugs and insects, the most annoying of which are definitely mosquitos. Consider getting a cool gadget, such as Thermacell, which emits a DEET-free, scent-free insect repellent that covers an impressive 15-foot zone for up to 12 hours and you’ll be able to protect yourself from those nasty bites.
You also need some kind of stove to prepare food, especially if you’re staying for a few days and can’t rely on cold and solid food alone. We recommend BioLite, a small portable stove that creates smokeless flames that can cook any campfire fare. It also features a smart LED screen for monitoring fire strength, power output, and fan speed setting. Believe it or not, there is also an included USB port to charge your devices. Now, that’s really killing two birds with one stone!
Portable wash bag
If you’re planning to spend several days camping and don’t want to carry a lot of clean clothes, you should think about getting a portable wash bag, such as Scrubba. Its flexible washboard can remove both smells and stains. Of course, it can’t replace a washing machine, but it really does a great job when it comes to having your clothes cleaned on the go.
Another gadget that could be very handy is a heavily insulated, leak-proof bottle, which keeps cool drinks ice cold or warm drinks piping hot for almost a whole day. You can use the lid as a cup for even more convenience and you’ll surely appreciate making this investment.
There is an app for that
As you might have guessed, there are many apps designed for camping enthusiasts. Some will tell you what options you have when it comes to camping grounds, national parks, or where you can park your RV, while others will help you make the most of the experience. That’s why you should check out some of the most popular apps for campers and download those you find interesting and useful.
Portable outdoor shower
While many people believe there is no reason to shower while camping, we beg to differ. Not only do you need to maintain hygiene for health reasons, but you also want to do something that’ll make you feel better. So, invest in a portable outdoor shower, such as Ivation, which transforms any water source into a mini on-the-go shower. Use the S-shaped hook to hand the head from a tree branch (but make sure the branch is strong enough) for the most comfortable experience.
These are just some of the most popular and useful gadgets campers from all over the world are raving about. We’ll probably see some new additions this year, too, since the camping industry is becoming increasingly strong due to both its appeal and the restrictions imposed because of the current pandemic. Luckily, with the gadgets presented here (as well as many others that didn’t make the list), your experience should be better than ever, and you’ll never look back once you start using them.