Camping has come a long way since the days when you rolled out a sleeping bag in the backyard and slept under the stars. Today’s campers run the gamut from rugged survivalists who hit the trail with just a knife and their wits to luxury glampers who want all the comforts of home in a wilderness home base. We’ve gathered the coolest camping gadgets to suit just about everyone’s taste and help turn your Labor Day camping trip into one of the best you’ve ever had.
Emergency 10-in-1 Survival Kit
Emergencies happen, and this nifty survival kit has just about everything you’ll need when they do. The case is about the size of a small paperback book (remember those?), but it holds the tools for starting a fire, opening bottles, sawing wood and attracting the attention of rescuers in a real pinch. It even holds a lightweight blanket and a flashlight.
Parachute Swinging Bed
Never sleep on the lumpy ground again. This deluxe camping hammock is the ultimate in comfort and ease for bedding down at night. Made of lightweight parachute material, it packs into its own bag that takes up next to no space in your backpack, but unfolds into a generously sized swinging bed that hangs between two trees. It includes everything you need to set it up, along with mosquito netting to keep the thirsty little bloodsuckers away.
Coolest Camping Stove Ever
Forget bulky grills and propane stoves. This little camping gadget is the perfect cooking solution for one or two people on a wilderness hike or a romantic picnic. It includes two pots that are just the right size to hold a fuel canister, and the burner can heat 20 ounces of liquid to boiling in just about 2 minutes. Break it out before you start setting up camp and enjoy a cup of coffee to fuel your energy. At less than $30, it has the features of portable camp stoves that are triple the price.
Add a mess kit to expand your cooking repertoire, and don’t forget the marshmallow forks — telescoping for safety, and colored for fun. Finish off dinner with a portable espresso maker for the perfect cup of coffee.
Light Up the Night with A Solar/Hand-Powered Lantern
Never run out of power to light up the night with this versatile camping lantern. It comes with a lithium battery that can be charged three different ways: solar, via a USB port or — in a real pinch — with a hand crank. The LED lights boast 80,000 hours of life. The battery can be recharged up to 800 times, making it a wonderfully efficient little camping gadget.
Zap Those Pesky Pests
Why share your tent with a whiny mosquito when you can zap it? This multifunction lantern has three modes — bug zapper, lantern and emergency flashlight — in a collapsible design that will fit neatly into only a little bit of backpack space. It’s equipped with a USB for recharging the included battery. This can also be replaced with three AAA batteries if you’re off the grid for a while. Battery life is up to 10 hours, depending on the lantern mode.
If you’re planning a camping or hiking trip for your vacation, or if you know a camper who loves gadgets, these camping products will make it more interesting and fun. You won’t just survive the outdoors — you’ll thrive!
Shop the gadgets:
- Survival kit
- Camping hammock
- Camping stove
- Mess kit
- Marshmallow forks
- Portable espresso maker
- Camping lantern
- Multifunction lantern
Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
Deb Powers is a freelance writer who specializes in home, education, and lifestyle topics. She draws on her experiences as a teacher, mother, grandmother, and all-around creative spirit to help others achieve their own goals.