10 Cool Camping Gadgets You Need This Summer
Before you set out on your next outdoor adventure, check out these cool camping gadgets that will make your experience more fun.
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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Rather than carrying a clunky water bottle around your campsite or on the trail, give the LifeStraw personal water filter a sip. It filters 99.999999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.999 percent of waterborne parasites out of water, according to the manufacturer, so you can drink securely from any water source. Plus, it slips neatly into even the tightest backpacks.
Measuring just over six inches, this portable espresso maker packs all the necessary components to make an exceptional hot beverage into a compact package. The internal pump can reach up to 261 pounds per square inch (psi) with little effort from the user. All parts can be easily cleaned and stowed when you’re done enjoying your amazing espresso.
Wearable Sleeping Bag
This wearable sleeping bag is perfect for campers who love to keep busy while wrapped up in warmth. The arm holes let you hold a book or scroll on a tablet, then zipper up when it’s time for bed. The lightweight cotton stuffing will keep you toasty in temperatures as low as 20 F.
Made with two-inch refrigeration-grade insulating foam, this Otterbox Venture cooler promises to hold ice for up to 14 days. It comes in 25-, 45- or 65-quart options and three color combinations.
It can be customized with modular additions, including a bottle opener, storage tray, cup holder, side table and more. Plus, its exterior is rugged enough to withstand boats, truck beds, campsites and other tough environments.
The North Face Wawona 4
Large enough to sleep four campers and tall enough to walk inside upright, this tent features many comforts without going over the top. It features two large doors in the front vestibule, a door in the back vestibule, large windows and vents, interior storage pockets and dry lines. Everything collapses down into a small bag for easy transport.
ENO Hammock Stand
No trees, no problem! You can still set up your hammock with the Eagles Nest Outfitters Nomad Hammock Stand. It sets up quickly anywhere, creating two perfect supports for hanging your hammock. It also disassembles easily into a handy carrying case.
Sixty-Day Duro Lantern
This durable, long-lasting lantern from ust is a must-have for your off-the-grid excursions. It features impact- and water-resistant rubberized housing. According to the manufacturer, it provides 60 days of continuous use on its low setting and 41 hours straight on high. The Duro Lantern even has an SOS setting for emergencies.
BioLite CampStove 2
This portable stove is not only useful for cooking food and boiling water, but turns fire into electricity for charging devices anywhere. The energy created by the BioLite’s smokeless fire can also be stored in its internal battery for later use. Turn twigs into electricity on the spot!
Here’s how to make a DIY lint fire starter log.
TekFire Fuel-Free Lighter
The electronic ust TekFire Fuel-Free Lighter is flameless, windproof and doesn’t require fuel. Instead, its lithium-ion battery can be easily recharged with the included cord and any USB port.
This pocket-size multitool features all the tools you could need while camping — 19, in fact! Needlenose pliers, wire cutters, knife, saw, hammer, can opener, bit driver, safety whistle and more are strategically tucked into this compact, useful multitool. Keeping a multitool on hand is one of the camping hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.