Whether you’re Climbing Mt. Rainier or just going for a weekend trip in the Colorado Rockies, it’s important to be prepared. But what is essential? What items will really enhance your experience in meaningful ways? Here are some nifty gadgets and equipment to make your camping trips and backing adventures better.
While hiking up a snow field or just along a trail, a comfortable backpack is well worth it. From ultra-light packs to minimalist styles it’s important to get a backpack that works for you. If you’re looking to travel as light as possible ULA Equipment has a variety of of lightweight backpacks that making climbing that mountain or exploring national forests a piece of cake. If you’re going out for a weekend at a glacial lake the Black Diamond Element 60 is your comfortable ticket. With frictionless cables that run through the shoulder straps this pack moves with you instead of against. With a detachable top for smaller missions, this pack is a good option for those seeking comfort.
It’s important to be safe while on the trail or mountain. While out in the wilderness you’re not always going to have cell phone reception, so preparedness in case of emergencies is essential. In cases when your smartphone is out of service it’s a good idea to carry a satellite phone with you. The Iridium Extreme is water resistant, shockproof and has GPS and data tethering. Not to mention it’s Iridium’s smallest and lightest phone. The IsatPhone Pro is another option. It is rugged and durable, as well as affordable. It’s a good idea to do some product research pre-purchase.
There are a lot of slick gadgets out there these days that make the camping experience more modern, for better or for worse. Whether you just can’t live without your music, or enjoy a good soundtrack while on the trail, consider a waterproof headset. Now you can listen to music anywhere you go, and while some people might find this defeats the point of getting out of the hustle and bustle of the city life, others know some good jams greatly enhance the camping experience.
If you’re going to be bringing electronics with you, it’s probably a good idea to bring something that can charge them. The Powermonkey Extreme from Powertraveller is a handy waterproof and shock resistant solar panel that can charge iPads, smartphones, and whatever else you have that is USB compatible.
If you’re spending time in the forest, the BioLite stove tops are a great option for low impact campers. With a variety of options all of BioLite stoves use wood and a small fan to create a renewable source of fuel. The BioLite BaseCamp even has a grill on the top, so you can toss some, sausage or burgers on it while out in the wilderness. It also makes cooking the fish you’ve just caught from that glacial lake a piece of cake.
There are a lot of cool gadgets out there for camping, so take a look at what else is out there.