It can be difficult to strike a balance when it comes to camping. On one hand, you want to truly get back to nature, and so it can be tempting to live in the wild, building your own shelter out of leaves and sticks, catching animals with your bare hands and cooking them on an open fire. There are also those of us who want to experience the great outdoors without giving up any of our creature comforts, so we jump in the RV and head into nature driving what is suspiciously just like our living room at home, because sometimes a plasma TV is necessary to enjoy camping.
Let’s face it- human beings have become indoor creatures, and we’re no longer attuned to living outdoors without a little help. And it’s always a great idea to bring a little modern help with you when you go camping; it makes the experience more enjoyable, as well as safer for you and your family. So what are some gadgets and tools that shouldn’t be left at home when you venture into the great outdoors?
It might seem like you’re defeating the purpose of getting away from it all if you need to take your smartphone with you, and yet a smartphone can be very handy when it comes to camping. You might not get much of a signal, depending on where you pitch your tent, but you can still dial emergency services and even use GPS to ensure you stay on track. In order to keep your battery charged, you might want to invest in a solar powered USB charger, or even a Camping Stove USB Charger that keeps you warm.
When camping in cooler parts of the year, it can be a struggle to pull yourself out of your sleeping bag and enjoy the scenery. But now you can enjoy the scenery, even move around and explore things, all without getting out of your sleeping bag. The Sleeping Bag Suit means that your sleeping bag is wearable, and if you like to actually sleep under open skies, you can basically fall asleep in your clothes.
Stay in the Light
Flashlights are mandatory camping gear, but they can often be slightly neglected- we all know that we need one, and so when the time comes to go camping, we pull that old flashlight out of the garage, thinking it will do the job, only to find that the batteries are dead or the bulb has burnt out. Invest in a good quality flashlight that contains a LED bulb- the energy efficient bulb will last much longer and uses far less battery power, giving you some insurance in case you forget to change them.
It’s kind of sad to admit, but no matter if we’re at home, at the office, or camping in the middle of nowhere, we simply can’t get started in the morning without having a cup or coffee or five. While Starbucks seem to be sprouting like weeds, you’re unlikely to find one in the great outdoors, so why not bring a portable handheld espresso machine, or if espresso isn’t your thing, you can also invest in a propane powered portable coffee maker.
It’s really an individual decision about just how much you want to rough it when you go camping, but there really are some gadgets that need to be brought along simply for safety purposes. You might even consider a portable coffee machine to be a safety gadget- especially if you get really cranky without your morning coffee.