Must-have tech gear for your camping adventures
Whether you’re camping in a tent, RV, or van, there are certain things that just about everyone will find useful while spending time outdoors. When I was a kid, my family and I camped out in Northern California for a whitewater rafting trip. Interestingly, I can’t tell you much about my life during that period of time. But I vividly remember that week: climbing huge boulders, grilling corn in foil over a flame, putting on a wetsuit for the first time, filling a notebook with nature poetry, immensely appreciating an eight-minute hot shower. Camping is a beautiful roller coaster. These are my favorite tech-geek products to make your next camping adventure just as memorable.
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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker ($79.99–$99.99)
Music is important for, well, any occasion. But for camping, I prefer something waterproof and small, that also has really good sound. That’s why I’m very impressed with the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker. The Wonderboom is dustproof and has a waterproof rating of IP67, which means you can submerge it in over 3 feet of water for up to half an hour. It offers 360-degree sound and keeps playing even when you walk up to 100 feet away with your phone, thanks to its strong Bluetooth connection. I tried it myself and it’s not a joke. The speaker offers ten hours of battery life; Size-wise, it’s about the same height as a coffee cup and about an inch or two wider. But my favorite part is that the sound stays clear even when I max out the volume, which gets really loud.
AquaVault 100% Waterproof Floating Case ($24.93)
There are many waterproof iPhone cases on the market, but do they float? Whether you’re in the lake, ocean, or any other body of water, dropping your phone is all it takes to make it disappear. Nobody wants that. That’s why I wanted to try the AquaVault 100% Waterproof Floating Case. This case is more like a bag, except you still have full access to your screen and camera. It is water resistant to 33 feet. Yes; 33 feet! Plus, it’s universal, so it will fit any phone under 5.7 inches diagonally. I had no problem fitting my iPhone X into the bag, even with an Otterbox Defender case and a PopSocket on the back. But how did it float? Fantastically; even when I dropped it from a few feet above the water, it rose to the top.
Tenna Mesh (From $179)
The mesh is a device for communication outside the network. It allows you to send messages and GPS locations to other Mesh users without a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. So if you’re camping in a remote area with no cell phone reception, you can use your Tenna Mesh to text and find each other. From device to device, you’ll travel up to four miles in open environments (plains, desert, beach, etc.) and up to half a mile in dense areas like mountains and cities. However, the network gets stronger as more people use the devices, as they work together to essentially ping the signal from one device to another until it reaches you. Battery lasts approximately 24 hours when in use; and will hold a charge for a year. For camping or international travel purposes where you may not have cell service, this is a great device to have. You can go in separate directions with no signal and still be able to communicate if needed.
Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Ultra Portable Charger ($69.95)
I remember being in the middle of nowhere, outside of Taos, New Mexico, in a small earthship (which is a type of solar-powered passive house) while traveling with a friend. The sunrise in the morning was the most beautiful I have ever seen, but all the devices we had were completely exhausted, so we needed to get our butts to a cafe so we could work remotely. We would have been able to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings for a few more hours if we had had the Kodiak Plus. This 12,800mAh power bank is impressively light for the amount of power it packs. And it’s ready to go camping with you, it’s shockproof and has an iPX7 waterproof rating. It has a built-in flashlight so it can double as a flashlight, and it has two USB ports so you can charge multiple devices. This is a must-have item for anyone taking extended camping trips.
Bontend Flexible Tripod ($17.99)
If you’re going to take your iPhone on a camping trip, you’ll probably be taking photos and videos too. But have you ever used a flexible tripod? He hadn’t, and doing so was an immediate game changer. The Bontend Flexible Tripod is a universal tripod; includes an adapter for both action cameras (such as GoPro) and smartphones. Plus, it has a mounting ***** to attach any other traditional camera weighing less than five pounds. It has three legs, each with multiple joints that allow it to bend and stand at almost any angle on any flat surface or uneven ground. It’s lightweight and compact, making it perfect for throwing in your backpack. I will be using this on many, many trips to come.
Hydrate Spark 3.0 Water Bottle ($54.99)
Hydration is incredibly important, even more so on walks and during physical activity. That’s why Hydrate Spark 3.0 is the perfect companion on camping trips to make sure you continue to have a fun and safe time. If you’ve set your hydration goal to the recommended daily amount, that goal will adjust based on the temperature, humidity, and elevation of your current location. You can also integrate the app with your fitness tracker; so if you have taken many steps, your goal will also increase. The bottle holds 20 ounces, which is a good amount. I hate bottles that are pretty and fancy but hold less liquid than my cup of coffee. On your next camping trip, consider Hydrate Spark 3.0 to stay hydrated and enjoy your time in nature.
BioLite 2 Camp Stove ($129.95)
BioLite’s mission is and has always been to bring a non-toxic, sustainable fuel stove to developing countries, where lack of electricity means expensive kerosene lamps and standard open-fire cooking causes four million deaths each year. When you buy CampStove 2 for his adventures, you’re helping this company bring off-grid power everywhere. Powered by the twigs and sticks he’ll find in any camp; the smokeless flame can boil a liter of water in less than five minutes. The generated heat is also converted into electricity, allowing you to charge your iPhone with the built-in 2600mAh battery. You can buy compatible KettlePot and PortableGrill or just use cookware you already have.
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