Sleeping under the stars can be a thrill. However, if you lack the proper equipment it can be a nightmare. Before you trek into the wilderness make sure you have these 10 must-have gadgets for your next camping trip. You may be surprised how things have changed.
The Earl Tablet
This is a low energy E-Ink screen device powered into the Android 4.1 operating system that fuels a precise direction, location and elevation GPS; predicts upcoming weather patterns; transmits by voice or text; plays radio and includes a built in anemometer for wind speed measurement. About $300.
SteriPen Water Purifier
You are in pretty good shape when your water is 99.9% clean. The SteriPen gets there using UV rays to clean up water instead of foul tasting iodine pills. $90
BioLite Camp Stove
$130 gets you a stove that cooks solely using twigs (no gas!) and from burning these twigs generates enough electricity to charge your device via USB.
A satchel-like pouch that hangs from a tree warming 2.6 gallons of water in the sun and turning it into a shower that slowly sprinkles out of the balloon knot end. $30
Solarmonkey Solar Charger
It is a rugged (water and shock resistant) clamshell solar panel with the ability to charge any device. It has an internal battery for multiple charging and can be opened and mounted on a backpack for constant sunlight access while hiking. About $130.
Sol Origin Survival Tool
This is a compact life saving gadget with a 100 decibel whistle that can be heard a mile away, one handed fire starter, 20 mile rescue flash and steel blade all in a waterproof box. $30
Japanese Pill Towels
Technically not a gadget but definitely ‘gadget-esque’, Japanese Pill Towels are tiny pill shapes that when held underwater blossom into a full size hand towel for all sorts of uses. $8
Yup, that’s what it is. High strength, heat treated steel, with 124 bi-directional teeth that can cut through a 3” tree trunk in 10 seconds. Weighs 5 oz. and comes coiled in its own carrying can. $30
NiteCore TM26 “Tiny Monster” 3500 Lumen Flashlight
Smallest 3500 lumen LED portable aircraft aluminum flashlight. It runs on 4 rechargeable batteries (charged in the device) and holds a max of 1000 hours of energy. It is waterproof, has thermal protection and an OLED screen displaying hours left, battery strength, device temperature and brightness setting. $55-$400
FireStar Fire Piston
This is a handheld piston that uses air to create combustion. Place a pinch of tinder into the small cap of the piston, pop it into the chamber with one swift push and out comes a glowing ember. Drop the ember into a micro-bundle of dry brush and it fires up in no time. $65
These 10 must-have gadgets for your next camping trip will keep you safe, warm and on the radar. Plus, you’ll be looked at as a little cooler than before.