Gadgets and gear have always been a big part of the outdoors experience, and with new tech it’s constantly getting better. Here’s a list of the top five.
1. GoTenna Mesh System
Getting out into nature is, for many, an ideal opportunity to escape our busy lives and all the convenience and technological trappings that go with it. When visiting areas with little to no satellite or cell coverage, though, it’s best to be on the safe side and keep in contact with civilization in case there’s ever an emergency.
The goTenna Mesh System is a small and affordable pocket-sized device that has text and GPS functionality even without towers and satellite coverage. It can transmit its own signal up to four miles, and being compatible with Android and iOS, allows one-to-one communication with paired devices.
2. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Having fresh, potable water has also always been an obvious concern for the outdoorsman, and with the invention of the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, that concern has been addressed in an ingenious, and affordable, way.
Originally designed to address a humanitarian crisis, by the Swiss-based company Vestergaard Frandsen, the LifeStraw is purportedly able to filter out up to 99.999% of every known contaminant from a given water source. Furthermore, it is small and convenient to carry, making this another essential piece of backup equipment for any outdoorsman to have.
3. Soto Pocket Torch
There are many and various ways to make a fire, and, depending on the individual, one might enjoy the challenge of it. Otherwise, though, there are times, and places, when having an easy and dependable way to start a fire can be very necessary.
The Soto Pocket Torch is, itself, not a lighter, but an attachment that fits onto an ordinary disposable lighter and converts it into a handy weather-proof blowtorch. Furthermore, it can potentially extend the life of the lighter up to 60%.
4. Sea To Summit Jet Stream Pump Sack
Like crypto thrills wins the Sea To Summit Jet Stream Pump Sack is not essential in terms of survival or emergency situations, but rather for general enjoyment when out camping. Anyone that has had to blow up an inflatable mattress, knows that it can be quite a chore, especially if there’s more than one.
The Sea To Summit Jet Stream Pump Sack, however, provides campers with a simple, practical and easy to use way to pump their mattresses, or other inflatable objects you may take on a camping trip, in a matter of minutes. It is also highly durable, and can be collapsed for simple easy storage, making this a must for the casual camper.
5 .LuminAid Packlite Lantern
There are countless LED lanterns available on the market. Some are very cheap, and of varying quality, and, as one tends to find out at the worst of times, dependability.
The Luminaid Packlite Lantern, however, is a high-quality LED lantern that is small, light, and easy to carry, and when unfolded, provides a soft 300-lumen light, perfect for illuminating your tent or camp area at night. It also boasts a compact 4,000mAh battery, a small solar panel, USB ports for charging your devices, and is waterproof and damage resistant.