The 10 Best Camping Gadgets in 2020

Summer is coming up, and you likely have a camping trip in the works. After how hard of the year 2020 has been, you can use a break. Get outside and have a little reset. We guarantee it will improve your mental health.  

Though some like to disconnect completely, using only the most primitive tools, people into gear like me will bring out a few gadgets. From solar chargers to headlamps, take a look at some of the coolest camping gadgets on the market.  

Hiluckey Outdoor Portable Power Bank

I am obsessed with this solar charger. Its rugged water and dustproof construction make it perfect for comfortable camping or a rough 30-mile backpacking trip. Unlike other solar chargers, the Hiluckckey includes an internal battery that can charge your phone up to ten times and a tablet up to four times. Check out the Hiluckey Outdoor Power Bank on Amazon.com.

Eton Portable Radio and Flashlight

This multi-purpose device is a must-have for serious campers and hikers. The AM, FM, and NOAA weather bands will make sure you’re never surprised by an adverse weather event. In addition to that, it doubles as a flashlight or can charge your phone. Its rugged, compact design can easily fit in your backpack or on a carabiner at your waist. Get the Eton Portable Radio and Flashlight on Amazon.com for $39.

Therm-a-Rest BlockerLite Pump Sack

The Therm-a-Rest BlockerLite isn’t a necessity, but it will certainly make your life easier. I know I’m not alone in that my back can’t quite handle sleeping on the hard ground. At the same time, blowing up a mattress is a pain. This device makes blowing up a mattress a breeze. It also doubles as dry sack, ensuring you’re not sacrificing anything else to bring this.  You can get it on Amazon.com.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

A way to drink water is a must for any camping or hiking trip. The LifeStraw is a fantastic alternative to iodine tablets or a bulky water purifier. One can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water, which could filter 17 years of water for the average person. The filter removes 99.99% of bacteria and pollutants, actually surpassing EPA guidelines. All this for only $20.  Check it out on Amazon.com.

Thermacell Armored Portable Mosquito Repeller

Depending on where you live, mosquitos can be a pain. For some, they can even seriously affect your health and spread horrible diseases like West Nile Virus or Zyka Virus. This device is an excellent alternative to bug repellant, which isn’t always practical. Just activate it, and it will provide relief 15′ in every direction, warding off mosquitos and other bugs for up to 12 hours. The best part? It doesn’t smell like other alternatives on the market. Get the Thermacell Armored Portable Mosquito Repeller on Amazon.com.

Biolite Campstove 2

Cooking over a campfire certainly has limitations. The simple elegance of a s’more or a hotdog can be great, but sometimes you want to cook something better. The Biolite Campstove 2 is the answer. It offers you control over the flame and heat and protects your eyes from smoke. How it works is it uses wood as fuel, concentrating the flame until it is smokeless. The heat also generates power through a USB, allowing you to charge your electronics. The elevated, contained design makes your fires less of an environmental hazard as well.   Check out the Biolite Campstove 2 here.

Handpresso Outdoor Espresso Kit

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the finer things in life. You don’t have to drink burnt coffee from a tin pot either. The Handspress Outdoor Espresso Kit contains everything you need to make espresso, all in a compact kit. The only downside is that it is pod-based, but that’s better than nothing. It uses ESE pods like Gaggia, Lavazza, and Starbucks. If you love quality coffee as much as me, don’t miss out on this.  Check out the Handpress here.

Soto Pocket Torch

Starting and keeping a fire going is an essential skill for any outdoorsy person. You know you can start it with a flint or matches, but you have nothing to prove. The Soto Pocket Torch makes starting a fire a breeze. You connect it to a lighter, and it will extend the life of the lighter by 60% and actually create a hotter flame. I guarantee that once you try this piece of gear out, you will never go back.  Get the Soto Pocket Torch at Amazon.com

RoverTac Multitool Camping Tool

This tool is the perfect tool for camping and backpacking. It has fourteen tools covering everything from an ax to a bottle opener to a fish descaler. It isn’t flimsy like many other multi-tools on the market. The device is fully stainless steel and strong enough to saw wood or even open a fire hydrant. This perfect tool for an adventure is on Amazon.com.

VSSL First Aid Kit

Though not as fun as some of these other gadgets, a first aid kit is a must for any outdoor adventure. The VSSL contains everything you’d need for minor wounds, as well as some other bonus items. It includes a compass and 4-LED light. It is designed to be extremely strong, waterproof, and compact, making it a perfect choice for the outdoors. Hurry up and orders your VSSL First Aid Kit from Amazon.com.

Alan Behrens
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