Camping now is not the same as it once was – it got more amazing. There are now products, gadgets, and tools that everyone can use to make the experience more interesting and, more importantly, safer. Here are a few of them that should find their way onto your wishlist.
Picture this: you come across a creak and a very thirsty. There is no way to determine whether the water in question is fit for drinking, but you don’t have much of a choice. That’s when you reach into your backpack and pull out your special water bottle that will prevent the questionable micro-organisms from reaching your body.
Several different manufacturers have come up with the idea of a compact blanket that can be held in a person’s pocket and unfolded within seconds. It’s the stuff of dreams for camping and impromptu picnics. It even comes with corner stakes, so the wind is not likely to blow it away. Whether you don’t want to sit on the ground or you just need an extra layer at night, consider getting a pocket blanket.
Portable Bunk Beds
They are more like easy-to-set-up cots that can be turned into a bunk bed or a bench. This contraption is comfortable and no tools are required when you want to pack or unpack it. You can find it for $330 on Amazon and, for an extra hundred or so, you can even get a storage cabinet.
First Aid Flashlight
VSSL is a company that came up with a way to pack the necessary first-aid items inside a flashlight. It holds various bandages and wet wipes, as well as an antibiotic ointment and a few tablets of aspirin and ibuprofen, to name just a few things. In other words, this is a pretty basic first-aid kit with disinfectants, painkillers, and medical tape packed neatly in a water-resistant and impact-resistant flashlight that can work for 40 hours straight. The price of this kit is, at the time of writing, $125.
Like multi-tools, there are many different varieties, but many survival bracelets have at least the Paracord and the whistle. Some come equipped with a compass, a fire starter, and a knife. These bracelets are simply a must on hiking and camping trips, as the cord can be used for climbing up or down an area, securing an item, or even to stop bleeding.
So, a single tool can hold a small hatchet, a hammer, a saw, and a seatbelt-cutter? Sign us up. We’ve written about multi-tools before and suffice it to say that they are a camper’s best friend in certain situations. The variety of tools depends on the manufacturer and the clunkiness of the product.
There are times when you have to buckle down and bite the bullet. You have to wait for the storm to pass before you can start a fire. Or do you? There are matches that burn even in the heavy rain and snow. They are a must in moist environments.