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The point of camping is to take a break from the luxuries of civilization, to rough it for a while and “re-wild” for the weekend. Regardless of the season, camping provides a primal form of recreation for people of all ages.
Since camping is meant to be adventurous, it’s important to carry basic survival gear to make your trip as safe as it is fulfilling. Spending a night or two under the stars sure sounds romantic, but venturing into the elements always means some risk.
But if you’re looking for a camping trip just on the border of your comfort zone, modern technology has made “glamping” all the rage. Advances in food storage, easy water purification, communication, and navigation has broadened the horizon for campers, not only allowing them to venture deeper into nature, but to enjoy it in greater comfort. The following accessories can help make your camping trip feel more like an outdoor resort.
Unless you know where you’re going, it’s foolish to continue your trek away from town. Moreover, getting lost can waste time you could be spending enjoying new surroundings. Handheld GPS, satellite maps, or smartphones (if you plan to stay in range of a network) are great tools for keeping you on the trail you mean to blaze.
Wide Angle Lens for Your Smartphone Camera
Mobile cameras are pretty good for close ups and indoor shots, but it’s hard to get great pics of natural landscapes through a standard mobile lens. improper to give a clear and distinct image of the things. With the use of wide angle lens attachments, mobile photography got a huge upgrade. Forget your bulky, heavy camera; your phone can capture your trip with nearly the same precision.
There’s never been a bad setting for a little music. Portable speakers and hand-crank powered chargers for your mp3 player can add some tunes to get the camp rolling.
Solar Footpath Lights
Brighten the party in the serenity of the outdoors. Keep everyone moving safely around the camp with the stylish footpath lights charged by the sun.
What’s a vacation without good food? A folding grill designed to fit over the campfire can offer a much wider variety of cuisine to satisfy hungry hikers when they get back to camp.
To explore more during the darkness, a wearable headlamp comes in handy. A good quality LED headlamp is lightweight, has a long battery life, is water resistant and emits a strong, focused beam.
Ergonomic backpacks better distribute the weight in the pack so you can carry more without feeling weighed down. Such backpacks aren’t just better on your back, but also ensure a better prepared camping experience.
Engulf yourself in a Hammock
Looking for the best experience sleeping under the stars? Nothing beats a hammock. Compact folding hammocks need only a couple trees to hang, and can keep you comfortable and safe from the crawlers on the ground while you sleep.
Compact lawn chairs
Who wouldn’t enjoy sitting by the fire in a comfy arm chair? The old folding chair has given way to the compact canvas lawn chair for its comfort and easy handling.
Portable Coffee Press
Caffeine addicts have nothing to worry going camping. The portable coffee press allows you to brew your favorite blend right inside the thermos.
Potable water is a basic necessity. At times, it’s impossible to bring enough purified water, so campers must rely on natural sources. There are a couple great options. First, there are gravity filters fed from a suspended bag. These are light, easy to carry, and remove both particulates and harmful microbes in water. For visibly clean water where microbes are the only real concern, there are UV wands designed to penetrate the water with ultraviolet light, killing any harmful germs.
If you really want to live it up in the wild, a clean, quiet gasoline generator can be used to power lights, a small refrigerator or even a TV set. But leave the microwave; this is supposed to be camping, remember?