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24 Essential Camping Gadgets & Gear

No matter what kind of outdoor adventure you prefer, there are certain essentials you will undoubtedly need, like the means to start a fire, keep warm, and somewhere to sleep where you won’t get wet. This collection of essential camping gadgets and gear will see you equipped with everything you need while also allowing you to travel light, knowing that you’re kitted out for any situation.

Thermacell Mosquito Repeller

Thermacell Mosquito Repeller

Perfect for home and away, this mosquito repellent will keep mozzies at bay without the need for DEET or other nasty chemicals. Providing a 15ft mosquito-free zone for up to 12 hours, it eliminates the need for sprays, lotions, or other unpleasant products.

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Portable Camping Cookware Kit

Portable Camping Cookware Kit

Cooking on a campfire is one of the joys of sleeping under the stars, but having the right cooking equipment can mean a bulky backpack. This cook set includes a lidded aluminum pot, pan, bowls, cutlery, spatula, and cleaning sponge but packs neatly away into one easy-to-carry bag.

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Bivy Stick

Bivy Stick

No matter how remote your location, as long as you can see the sky you will be able to communicate. Weighing around half the weight of a mobile phone, this device allows you to send messages and emails without a signal, and even ‘check-in’ so loved ones know you are safe.

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Lunatec Aquabot Pressurized Bottle

Lunatec Aquabot Pressurized Bottle

This bottle is pretty nifty and will make an invaluable addition to any camping trip. Pressurized through hand pumping, this bottle can deliver water with a mist, a squirt, or a spray, making it perfect for washing dishes, having a drink, cooling down, or even taking an outside shower.

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Thule Ruggedized Truck Tent

Thule Ruggedized Truck Tent

You can turn almost any 4 x 4 into cozy sleeping quarters for 3 with the Thule Tepui Ruggedized Autana 3 Tent. The extended canopy entrance houses a removable annex, while the tent itself features an anti-condensation mat and two sky panels for unhindered star gazing.

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Seventy2 Survival System

Seventy2 Survival System

It can take around 72 hours for emergency services to reach you following a situation such as an avalanche, earthquake, or extreme weather disaster. This kit has everything needed to keep you alive for 3 days, including warm clothes, thermal supply tent, food, tools, water filter, and many other must-haves.

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Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

Nanopresso Portable Espresso Maker

If good coffee is the one thing you can’t do without, take a look at this cool gadget. Small enough to fit in the hand, the Nanopresso is a portable espresso maker that can produce delicious hits of caffeine with a dense crema layer, no matter where you are.

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Ultra-Lite Traveler Guitar

Ultra-Lite Traveler Guitar

Hotdogs and S’mores are all part of the experience, but what about a good old campfire singalong? It might not be practical to take along a full-size guitar, but this travel version is 31% shorter and 43% lighter than a standard electric guitar, and can be plugged into any amp.

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BioLite Portable SolarPanel

BioLite Portable SolarPanel

Once you have the Solar Panel 10+ you’ll never have to take batteries on the road again. Suitable for charging tablets, phones, and other electronic devices, this handy portable solar panel can be set up on any terrain and the power harnessed can be used straightaway or saved for later.

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Portable Bunk Beds

Portable Bunk Beds

If sleeping on the floor is the worst part of camping for you, try packing the Disc-O-Bed. Use it as a couch, two single beds, or even bunk beds; this portable sleeper also includes side organizers to keep gadgets close at hand, and is comfy enough for a good night’s sleep.

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BioLite Solar FirePit

BioLite Solar FirePit

This fire pit will provide all the warmth and atmosphere of a campfire, but without the choking smoke. Using wood and patented airflow technology, this burner can also use charcoal to turn it into a hibachi style grill. Controllable via Bluetooth, this amazing fire pit can burn for up to 24H.

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LARQ Self-cleaning Water Bottle

LARQ Self-cleaning Water Bottle

It’s not always easy to keep a supply of fresh drinking water when you’re camping, which is why a LARQ bottle will be invaluable. Eradicating up to 99.9999% of germs and bacteria, this bottle uses UV-C light to automatically clean both water and bottle every two hours.

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Somewear Global Hotspot

Somewear Global Hotspot

In almost every disaster movie there’s no way for the hero or heroine to call for help because there’s no mobile signal. This handy (and potentially life-saving) Global Hotspot enables WiFi, Cellular and Satellite connectivity no matter how remote you are, and includes GPS interval tracking so rescuers can find your location.

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Kogalla Ra Adventure Light

Kogalla Ra Adventure Light

Hiking at night or answering a call of nature in the early hours can be a bit hair-raising when you can’t see what’s around you. Clip this Ra light to your clothes, backpack straps, or belt and you will have an incredible 120˚ of even light so you can see your whole surroundings.

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Pocket Blanket

Pocket Blanket

Beach parties, picnics, or just a stroll in the woods will become a lot more comfy with this Pocket Blanket. Tiny enough to fit in the pocket, this waterproof blanket spreads out to enable 4 people to sit without getting dirty, and even comes with stakes to combat windy days.

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Pull Start Fire Pull-String Fire Starter

Pull Start Fire Pull-String Fire Starter

Starting a fire isn’t always easy, especially when the weather isn’t on your side. With Pull-String Firestarters, however, it’s as simple as pulling a cord. Built to withstand even the most extreme of conditions, these firestarters will sustain a fire for 30 minutes, even when the logs are wet.

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CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

There’ll be no struggling with putting up tents with the amazing CORE Instant Cabin. Set up in just 60 seconds, this tent has mesh panels in the roof for star-gazing, and can sleep 9 people at a time, with rain-proof seams and wall storage pockets to keep the interior tidy.

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Uber-comfy Sleeping Bag

Uber-comfy Sleeping Bag

Roomy enough even for side sleepers, this NEMO Disco 30 Sleeping Bag will see any man through many a chilly night under canvas. With a waterproof and breathable footbox for warm, dry feet and a blanket fold collar for a snug tucked-in feeling, this outstanding sleeping bag is a must-have.

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YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

Forget sitting on a cold floor after a day in the wilderness – this Trailhead Camp Chair will provide you with a comfortable place to sit. Lightweight and easy-to-carry, this folding chair with left or right cup rest relieves pressure, conforms to fit curvature, and can withstand up to 500lbs of weight.

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Outdoor Popcorn Popper

Outdoor Popcorn Popper

Bags of popcorn are convenient, but they don’t really offer that delicious fresh-popped taste. Now you can have that even out in the wilds with this handy outdoor popcorn popper. Delivering 3 quarts of popcorn in around 5 minutes, this cool camping gadget works perfectly over a crackling campfire.

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VSSL Camp Supplies Kit

VSSL Camp Supplies Kit

One of the downsides to camping is having to carry all the gear, but there are some things you just can’t do without. This clever kit contains an incredible 70 pieces of essential equipment including first aid, firestarters, and fishing kits inside a powerful waterproof flashlight that weights under 1lb.

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LuminAID Solar Lantern

LuminAID Solar Lantern

There’s no need to pack batteries when you have the LuminAID in your backpack. Charged using solar power, this cool gadget actually folds flat when it’s being charged, and unfolds into a comforting cube that comes with 5 modes of illumination for 12-24 hours. It even floats on water!

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UCO Stormproof Match Kit

UCO Stormproof Match Kit

Matches are lightweight, small, and extremely handy to take on any adventure, but if the weather has other ideas they can be impossible to light. This storm-proof match set includes 25 waterproof and windproof matches, three strikers, and a waterproof case that even floats should it get knocked into water.

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Reusable & Portable Eco-Friendly Grill

Reusable & Portable Eco-Friendly Grill

Forget gas bottles the next time you go an adventure, and pack one of these awesome portable grills instead. Weighing around 10lbs, this ceramic grill uses eco-friendly, plant-based charcoal pods which leave literally no mess behind, and includes a bamboo cutting board and spatula, thermometer, and an attractive carry case.

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