Camping isn’t quite what it used to be. For many people, it was a way to return to nature and spend some time away from the newest and most ubiquitous technologies. However, with each year, more people are bringing their gadgets and devices with them to the campsite. This is changing the way many people think about camping as well as the types of things they can do while they’re at the campsite.
Technology’s Spreading to the Campgrounds
According to recent studies, this new tendency to bring technology with you when you go camping is not specific to any age group. More than 85% of campers under 25 now bring their cell phones with them, and more than 75% of people older than 25 bring their phones too. In addition, about 30% of campers over 25 bring laptops with them, and about 20% of younger campers do the same. It’s no longer out of the ordinary to see someone spending one minute building a fire and the next minute posting about it on Facebook or checking their email. Campers from only 20 years ago would likely find this behaviour very strange.
With all that being said, there’s nothing wrong with bringing gadgets with you when you go camping. If it helps get more young people outdoors, then it’s a win. In addition, technology not only makes camping more convenient, it can also make it more fun, and most importantly, much safer. With phones and the Internet, campers can contact others for emergency help, find out about changing weather patterns, and even navigate after they’ve gotten lost. With that in mind, here are a few other gadgets that are making camping a lot more enjoyable and helping all generations have more fun at the campsite.
This is a very affordable lantern that is charged by solar energy. It can provide up to 80 lumens over a 15 square foot area. Like other solar powered gadgets, it is bringing new convenience to the campsite without hurting the environment.
Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
This is definitely something that your parents wish they had when they used to go camping. The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower is a stack that you can fill with water. Leaving it in an unshaded area will slowly heat it up; then you can use the foot pump to create air pressure for a high pressure hot shower—just like in your home.
Petzl NAO Headlamp
This is a sophisticated headlamp that uses a light sensor to determine how much light you need. You can also manually adjust it to give you more or less light or to widen or focus the beam. Headlamps can be tremendously useful tools when camping, especially when you have to go to the bathroom or make your way back to the camp later at night.
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme
The Powermonkey is one of the most popular new gadgets for campers and hikers. It’s a rugged and lightweight solar panel that you can strap to your backpack. After a full day of hiking, it’ll have enough power to recharge your phone and other devices.
Victorinox Expedition Kit
Just like camping’s changed, Swiss army knives have evolved as well. This modern toolkit has over 40 different functions including a digital alarm clock, thermometer, barometer, altimeter, and flashlight.
Many campers are loving the new Biolite Campstove. This is a small and easy to use stove that makes it much easier to start a fire. You’ll still have to collect kindling, but the stove will help you start the fire and contain it. It comes with a portable grill so that you can cook your lunch or dinner, and it can even convert some of the heat into electricity, so that you can recharge a phone or appliance.
Sony Digital Recording Binoculars
If your favourite part of camping is spotting wildlife, you’ll get a lot of use out of these binoculars. They have 25x magnification and can also record full HD video with image stabilization, so you can show off your adventure to your friends back home.
Coleman Portable Propane Coffeemaker
Though some people may like the opportunity to camp out for a few days and lay off the coffee, many more would be able to enjoy their time a lot more if they could wake up to fresh coffee every morning. The Coleman coffeemaker uses propane, so that you can brew coffee no matter where you are. In 20 minutes, you’ll have as many as 10 cups of coffee for all your family and friends.
Lifesaver Water Filtration Bottle
Before you set off for the campsite, it’s very important that you pack lots of drinkable water or you know you’ll have source of water available where you’ll be camping. In any case, it’s always a good idea to pack some water filters just in case, so that everyone will be able to stay hydrated throughout the trip. The Lifesaver Water Filtration Bottle has the latest filtration technology, so it can clean and purify groundwater in one minute.
Firestar Fire Piston
The Firestar is a very useful tool that helps you start a fire in no time at all. It uses a piston create the friction necessary to spark a fire, so that you’ll soon be able to huddle around the fire and make s’mores.
LifeProof Braven BRV-1 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
For some people, a vacation never feels quite the same if they can’t listen to all of their favourite tunes. This rugged speaker will work in any environment, and you won’t have to worry about it getting wet. This way you and your friends will be able to have your own private dance party whether you’re by the lake or in the middle of the woods.
Technology has definitely changed the way people are camping. Though some may think things have changed a little too much, gadgets have definitely made camping a lot more interesting and much safer for everyone involved. When packing for your own camping trip, remember to pack as light as possible, but don’t be afraid to include a few gadgets that will make your time outdoors even more fun.