Who says camping has to be rustic, bare-bones fun? There are plenty of high end camping tech gadgets out there! These gadgets are useful and pretty darn cool! If you’re not into roughing it, then check these out!
When you’re wandering around your campsite at night there are plenty of things hidden in the darkness. An owl is perched in a tree watching you, a porcupine forages for food, and a red-eyed tree frog silently sits and waits for his dinner. All this and more surrounds you, and for the most part, you won't see them. Shining a flashlight into the bushes where you hear a noise will only scare away whatever was there. Instead, pop a pair of night vision goggles on to bring nighttime wildlife into view without startling them. Night vision goggles can also make it much easier for you to find where you’re going in the darkened woods! There are many types of night vision gadgets that range from goggles to binoculars and everything in between.
What’s cooler than night vision? Heat vision!!! Heat vision can help you pick out different situations in the dark just based on the heat that's being giving off. For example, if you're RVing With Pets and your four-legged friend wanders away from your campsite in the dark, you can use thermal imaging to identify where he is. It will detect his body heat and help you zero in on him so you can safely bring him home. You can also use a thermal imagine device to make sure your campfire is out. During the day it can be easy to mistake a smoldering coal for an extinguished coal. If you use thermal imaging, you will be able to see if any coals still need extinguishing. A company called FLIR creates thermal vision gadgets. They offer marine-specific devices that are great for boating, and they also have an accessory that you can attach to your smart phone! With this accessory, you just use the screen on your phone to identify what you’re looking for!
Snow Lizard SLXtreme
With a lot of apps and blog posts that help to make camping even more fun and easy, we use our iPhones a lot when we go camping. We could look up how to change an RV flat tire if we had to, or how to safely tow our RV in the rain if we should happen to drive into a big rainstorm. Or we could pull up the 10 Best RVing Apps to Make Life Easier on the Road. Since it's such a valuable tool for us on the road, we protect it with a Snow Lizard SLXtreme case. This rugged case is waterproof for up to 6 1/2 feet deep, has its own extra battery in it, and it has a solar panel on it to charge it back up if the battery runs out of juice! There's no need to worry about your iPhone when it's protected by one of these!
If you’re like many, you’re attached to your mobile device. And you know the frustration of it losing its charge way too quickly. This can be an issue when you're in the middle of nowhere. But if you have a Brunton Restore, you're in luck! This is a portable device charger that has a solar panel encased in a water-resistant shell! Just plug in your phone or tablet and you're back in business!
Solar chargers are great until you park yourself in an area that is too shaded or the sun goes down. If you need to charge something but can't use the energy from the sun, all you need to do is boil some water! The BioLite KettleCharge uses the heat from boiling water to charge itself. Then you just plug in your device and charge it up.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
You went out for a hike with Bob who always knows the way ... or so he says. A few hours later you realize you’re hopelessly lost and the 20 minute water supply you brought for your hike isn’t going to last. The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System allows you to add water to the pouch from pretty much any source and turn it into clean drinking water. These little pouches take up almost no room in your backpack, so they're perfect for camping and hiking.
Handspresso Wild Hybrid
What do you mean there’s no espresso in the forest?? If you’re one of the millions that visits Starbucks on a daily basis, campfire coffee may not exactly be your thing. Fret not coffee connoisseur, you can bring your bean with you! With the Handspresso Wild Hybrid, you can create those delicious bursts of espresso you need to keep going all day long! It’s so small, it can even fit in your backpack!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could attach a super-durable camera to yourself so you can document all your adventures? With a GoPro you can! They're waterproof and you can purchase accessories that make it easy to travel with. Some are so waterproof, you can strap it to the bottom of your surfboard and take a look at what you rode over later! These cameras are great for any type of outdoor activity, have their own built in Wi-Fi to connect to devices, and are also Bluetooth enabled! So strap one on your helmet when you go Parasailing so you can share your adventure with friends later.
DJI Phantom 4 Drone
Another way to capture amazing moments is with a drone! A drone gives you a view from a vantage point you wouldn’t otherwise have. You can use your mobile device to control it. The Phantom 4 has built-in sensors that will stop it if it gets too close to something and you can create a path for it or have it follow you without having to control it! All you have to do is tap the screen. So while you’re out having a great time skiing, biking, rock climbing, or whatever, it’s going to capture every moment!
Snapzoom Universal Digiscoping Adapter
Have you ever been out hiking and come across something you've wanted to get a closer look at but your smartphone camera just didn’t cut it? The Snapzoom Universal Digiscoping Adapter turns almost any smart phone into a high-powered telescoping camera! Get great shots while you’re out exploring no matter what type of device you’re using. Take photos like a pro!
With these high-end camping tech gadgets you’ll be able to take your camping trips to the next level without leaving your campground! Grab your gadgets and head out for some great high-tech adventures!
Do you have a favorite high-tech gadget that you take along on camping trips? Let us know in the Comments below!