Saturday, January 19, 2013


There’s nothing more fun or invigorating than taking a camping trip. You get to try your hand at roughing it in the great outdoors and to take in the true beauty and serenity that nature has to offer. Of course, this is the 21st century, so you can’t be expected to leave all of your favorite gadgets at home. While it might be a good time to leave behind the smartphone and tablet, or at least to turn them off, there are some great pieces of camping gear and camping accessories that can really come in handy and enhance your next camping trip!





Even Though You’re Eating Outside, You Can Still Eat Well!
PC Mag’s recent list of great new camping gear includes the BioLite Camp Stove. Not only will this trendy and surprisingly affordable little stove allow you to cook hot dogs and hamburgers with ease, but it can also provide power for USB-reliant gadgets, like cell phones or e-readers.  The multi-functionality of this item is perhaps the best thing about it. You can cook your food and charge your gear all in one-go, and owning one of these highly portable little stoves means you can greatly reduce the amount of junk you carry with you (extra batteries, portable charging stations, etc.) on your trip.


Stay Tuned In
Pop Sci highly recommends the Eton FRX3 Hand Turbine AM/FM Weather Alert Radio. Yes, that’s a long and difficult-to-say-name, but the device itself is actually quite simple to use. Simply crank the handle to generate your own miniature power supply. With the power you create, you can make a brief cell phone call, listen to the radio, or enjoy a few minutes of light. If your hand gets tired, rely on power from the sun, an electrical source, or batteries. This cute radio, which retails for only around $60, is a wonderful way to still feel like you’re “roughing it” while still having the help you need in case of an emergency. Of course, it can also come in handy when you need to hear the score of that can’t-miss ball game.


So-Cool Solar Panel
Amazon is a great place to go for camping gear and just about anything else too. One item that you can find there is the Brunton Solar Panel. This item is best left for the more serious and frequent campers out there. However, this thin and very easy-to-transport solar panel can provide you with energy even when the sun is barely visible through the clouds! Use it to charge electronics or even your car’s battery. When you’re done with it, simply use the folding panels for neat and easy storage. Like all Brunton products, the solar panel is designed to stand up to even the harshest of conditions and is also fully water-proof, so you can truly use it anywhere and everywhere.


Enjoy a Beverage
Leave it to WallStreet Journal to recommend a super-fun and super-simple item to campers. The incredibly durable titanium flask, offered by Snowpeak.com, is a must have for anyone who loves an adult beverage or two. Easy to hide and great at regulating the temperature of your favorite drink, you’ll also find that the titanium model holds a whole lot more of the good stuff than the average flask.


Author Bio:
When Sandra Evans isn't roughing it in the woods, she spends relaxing vacations at a Cabo Villas Beach Resort.

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