If you go camping regularly there’s no doubt that you’ve got all the basics under your belt.
Camping stove? Check.
But do you ever think “I wish this whole experience was a bit more like home and a bit less like camping”?
Well, we have rounded up 10 great gadgets and pieces of gear that will make your life that much easier.
Read on and keep your wallet nearby.
If you’re over trying to wash a family’s worth of dishes in one narrow bucket of water, treat yourself to a pop-up wash basin.
This Coleman PVC model features two 10-by-10 inch basins – one for washing and the other for rinsing.
Rigid rod supports make sure the sides stay upright and keep the water where it’s meant to be and easy handles make transporting it around campsite hassle-free.
Once folded down, the compact size means it is easy enough to stow away in your bag without sacrificing too much room and there’s no need to bend it to fit it in.
Head torches are incredibly useful contraptions but their spotlight beams leave a bit to be desired.
When you’re hanging out around camp or lying in bed reading a book, a lantern is just what you need.
This LE lantern ticks all the boxes with a dimmer option, as well as daylight, warm white and flashing modes.
The bulb offers brightness of up to 1000 lumens (equal to 75W halogen bulbs), meaning that one or two of these will be enough to light up your camp environment.
The batteries will see you through multiple evenings, it can be hung from either end and is even water resistant (IPX4 rating).
Forget the bulky cafetière and treat yourself to a lightweight brewing basket that sits inside virtually every mug.
If there’s anything worth getting out of bed for, it’s a fresh cup of coffee by the camp fire.
Made from stainless-steel micro-mesh in a heat-tolerant BPA-free, these filters are durable and dishwasher-safe.
The hat of the filter helps to prevent heat loss and doubles as drip-off tray.
The basket and lid combined weigh in at just 28 grams, perfect for traveling light on the trail.
Drinking loose tea or ground coffee is also better for the environment. Once you’ve finished
your cuppa just tip the contents (water, leaves and grounds) out into the plants as a bit of natural fertiliser.
Want to step things up a notch? Splash out on this compact, portable espresso maker by Wacaco.
It uses a semi-automatic piston to brew rich, high-quality espresso and doesn’t rely on compressed air, cartridges or electricity.
Just add water and enjoy!
Though you’ve probably already got a good pair of walking boots or trail runners, lots of hikers overlook the importance of a decent set of camp shoes.
These Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals are a new take on the old classic.
They follow the design of the infamous two-strap Birkenstock sandal, with a supportive and contoured footbed producing a great fit.
However, this version is made in a lightweight and waterproof EVA, so you can wear them around camp, in the shower and anywhere else you can think of.
The buckled straps are still fully adjustable and they even float.
The flexible EVA sole gently cushions every step – ideal after a long day of hiking.
Because they’re also fashion-aware, they’ll perform just as well in a camp kitchen as they well wandering around town.
The shoes are available in several colours, narrow or standard fit and are unisex.
After a few days on the trail, the idea of super noodles for yet another dinner is not appealing.
These new Ration-X food parcels are made up of three complete, ready-to-eat, self-contained meals, put together in a light-weight, water-proof pack.
The three meals in this collection are an all-day breakfast with snacks, a chilli con carne and a vegetarian curry.
All the menus are tasty enough with very little waste leftover and a few extra treats (think biscuits, sweets, coffee powder, fruit drink powder, and chewing gum) are the cherry on top.
Not to mention the lack of dishes involved.
All of the components are pre-cooked and ready to eat, hot or cold, with each meal providing over 1200 calories to top up depleted energy reserves.
Sometimes you just can’t put a price on hot food out in the wilderness.
The self-heating main meals only require 60 millilitres of water to start the self-heating reaction and leave your food steaming hot.
Getting to sleep when camping out can be hard enough as it is, let alone when it’s stiflingly hot inside the tent.
Here’s where your tent fan comes in.
Because a freestanding fan would be impractical (and potentially dangerous), this tent fan features a sturdy and stable tripod that wraps around any bar or pole.
When on speeds one or two you can enjoy a full 12 hours of power without any reduction of output.
If you’re only away for a couple of nights the battery will last long enough to keep you cool, otherwise just bring a power bank to recharge or plug the USB into the car.
It is powered by a 2600mAh battery that can be fast-charged in a few hours, but you can just as easily plug it into your computer once home and use it as a desk fan.
There are three speeds available and the brushless motor reduces noise – perfect for light sleepers.
The built-in light is a bonus and lasts over 100 hours but can be switched off once you’re ready to sleep.
The fan supports 360-degree rotation in vertical and horizontal directions so the breeze never drops out and the durable ABS material means you can rest easy letting little kids use it too.
The RISEPRO portable shower head is the perfect camping companion.
It is lightweight – at just 680 grams – and easy to set up, with no fiddly parts or need for taps.
The flow rate is around two litres per minute, meaning that a 10-litre bucket will give you a five-minute shower.
Just be sure to leave the bucket out in the sun for as long as possible or add some boiling water beforehand to get a warm shower.
The powerful shower spray means that you can afford to use soap or shampoo and be able to clean off every last sud.
The head comes with a hook, holder and suction cup, so that you can suspend it from a roof rack or tent pole, or stick it to a car window for easy use.
If you’re looking to combine the shower head and bag then RISEPRO also make this shower bag option.
Popup privacy tents offer a space for showering, changing or going to the toilet when you’re camping in the wilderness.
Even if you don’t need a shower space, getting ready whilst doubled over in a tent can be a tedious task.
This WolfWise model comfortably fits someone of up to 190 centimetres without touching your head.
The mesh top design and zipper window make entering quick and easy and deliver 360-degree ventilation for better dissipation of body heat and odor.
It pops up and folds down in seconds, with no assembly or fiddly pieces required.
The tent features a side bag to store your phone, tablet, or other handy items and a small clothesline for hanging wet clothes or towels.
Matador’s Pocket Blanket is so compact that it slots into your trouser pocket but can fit two people lying down or up to four people seated.
It unfolds from its carrying case to provide a dry place to relax and is perfect for use around camp or out on the trails when it’s time for lunch.
The 100% Polyester construction is tough and water-repellant, so you can park yourself anywhere outside without worrying about damp ground.
Corner weights pull out and turn into ground stakes – ideal for windy days.
Just push into the grass or ground and you’re ready to relax.
Alternatively, all four corners have pockets for weighing the blanket down with sand or stones.
The easypack pattern is sewn onto the mat for easy refolding.
Just continue to fold along the coloured seams and then flip the pouch inside out to store away once more.
Weighing in at just over 100 grams, you can’t go wrong with this handy little piece of kit.
This fuel-powered Thermacell technology uses heat activated repellent to create an invisible, scent-free, zone of protection from mosquitoes.
The active ingredient (d-cis/trans allethrin) poses very little risk to adults, children and pets.
The fact that there is no open flame or smoke makes it a great option for use around tents, hammocks and other camping equipment.
The device itself is lightweight, portable and easy to use.
The protection zone is four to five metres (around 15 feet) and it can be used for 30 minutes or an entire evening with the same effectiveness.
The main downside is that the cartridge refills can be a little pricey, so don’t forget to switch it off after use.
A small light tells you when it’s on and working and can serve as a reminder to power it down at the end of the night.
Ok, so we know we promised the top 10 things you needed for your next camping trip, but this bonus item simply couldn’t be missed off.
If you’re a hardy camper who ventures out in early spring or late autumn, you may find yourself suffering cold evenings during these cooler seasons.
So treat yourself to a rechargeable hand warmer like these ones from OCOOPA.
The rechargeable hand warmers offer instantaneous double-sided heat performance and three different heat settings.
With a quick flick of the button, they heat up fast and thaw out your extremities.
An ergonomic design guarantees that heat reaches all parts of the hands, fingers and thumbs and its slim build means you can even slide it down inside your glove.
For those who are safety-conscious, these hand warmers offer short-circuit and overloading protection.
And if it turns out not to be that cold during your trip, all is not wasted, as these hand warmers double as USB power banks that you can use with your phone or camera.
Charlotte walks anywhere and everywhere she can. Although she hasn’t ticked off as many official routes as she’d like, she has walked her way around large parts of Latin America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
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