I thought I would post about two of the things I enjoy in life: Camping and Gadgets. Now, a lot of people say that the two don’t go together, they say things like “You go camping to enjoy nature, and you can’t do that with technology” but I would have to disagree. Technology has made it much more fun for a geek like me. There are so many gadgets out there that I had no problem getting this list together. Some are pretty generic camping items, and others are the coolest camping gear that you could think of. Camping is fun when you have awesome stuff. Here is a list of some cool camping gadgets and gear for geeks that I feel are essential for any camping trip.
SOLAR CAMPING GEAR
Solar Charger Backpack – $67.95
The first gadget in the list is the solar charger backpack. This backpack features a set of solar panels that boasts the sun charging the internal 7-watt battery so that you can keep all of your devices charged. Inside you’ll be able to fit your mobile phone, laptop, and other gadgets in padded sleeves. There are some useful adapters including USB adapter, AC adapter, four rechargeable batteries, solar panel, power box and four cell phone adapters, 10,000 mAh Power Bank and 1.8L Hydration Pack. It has lots of different adapters to charge all of your equipment. Lightweight product with a lot of rooms to fit everything you need.
Solar Powered Keyboard – $45.99
This is a solar-powered keyboard suitable for Mac, iPad or iPhone. The thin keyboard features 2.4GHz wireless and gets power from indoor or outdoor lighting. Once it’s fully charged, it can work for three months.
Geeky Tech Flashlight – $39.99
I included this gadget in for all the science geeks out there. It has a built-in 4000mAh rechargeable battery and you don’t need to replace it. It is especially designed for outdoor with Weatherproof IP64 feature and the extremely lightweight build allow you to take your spotlight on and go with ease with its ultra-long illumination range of 1300ft.
Solar Powered BoomBox – $89.99
Who doesn’t love listening to music outside on long summer days? This solar powered water-resistant portable bluetooth wireless speaker system is perfect for doing just that. You can connect the speakers to your mobile devices via bluetooth or charge them through a USB connection. It also has a built-in AM/FM/NOAA Radio and a flashlight. Perfect for camping.
Solar Powered Generator – $194.42
This solar powered generator is an emergency generator in case you ever need to charge a gadget outdoors or away from an outlet. The device charges lights, laptops and mobile devices through the portable system that can be recharged through batteries, an electrical socket, car or solar charger—though the car and solar charger are sold separately.
Window Mounted Solar Power Bank – $29.88
This high-power emergency charger has a window-mounted design for quicker recharging. The power bank has a built-in 1800Ah lithium polymer rechargeable battery which, once the 0.6W solar panel is exposed to sunlight, can charge devices including smartphones and tablets.
USB Solar charger – $34.99
No electricity. No outlets. You have that call or email that you are waiting for and only one bar. Oops. Your battery is dying. This will solve your problem. Plus, it will give those pesky kids something to do while you are out enjoying nature.
OTHER CAMPING MUST HAVE'S
Geeky Tech Tent – $124.99
This tent is a large five-person tent that can provide a large living space for you and your family. The tent is relatively cheap (for a five-person tent) and not so heavy.
Geeky Tech Knife – $18.72
When you go into the woods, you need a knife that can do a lot of different things. From cutting your nails to cutting wood to cutting a cigar, this Swiss Army knife can do everything. This gadget isn’t for the frugal people, but you get what you pay. It’s packed with over ten fully functional implements.
Bottle-Opener Ring – $8.95
When people think of the camping trip, one alcoholic beverage comes to mind, beer. Now a lot of people think beer tastes better in bottles so unless you want to shop around for twist off bottle caps you need to carry a bottle opener. What’s more fashionable than a bottle opener ring! With the Ring Thing, you can have the best of two worlds: fashion and beer.
Candy Bar-Sized Charger – $19.99
This candy bar-sized portable charger with PowerIQ Technology is perfect for juicing up gadgets on the go. It means that you can plug in any type of device and its smart port will set the charging current to match the maximum charging rate your device can safely handle. The charger can be powered up via a USB and its Li-ion battery is compatible with most USB-based devices.
Portable LED lanterns – $15.88
I like camping, but don’t necessarily like the dark encroaching onto me like Freddie Kruger in a dream. What better way to fend of the light than these super bright LED lanterns. I’ve already added them to my cart for our next adventure and can’t wait to see how bright they get.
Portable Cooking Set – $22.97
One of my favorite things about camping is the food. I don’t know why, but I love a nice burger and hotdog over the fire. Sometimes I want something a little different and we just don’t have the material. This portable cooking set would be perfect for lunch on top of a mountain for a hike, or just to have around the campsite.
Portable Hammock – $15.89
If you have read any of my other articles, you have probably seen some stuff about my love for a hammock. I think it is the aloneness that comes with a hammock, and this tool is something that I desperately need. Think about it… you go for a short walk into the woods. Throw this thing up, take a nap in the complete silence of nature. Awesome right?
Rooftop Camper – $849.99
This rooftop car camping gear is super handy. I prefer the luxury of a camper over the tent, but I think I could be convinced to stay in this thing. It looks like it is pretty easy to set up, beyond convenient, and you get to stay off of the uneven ground.
Classic Airbed and Pillows – $24.88
Sleeping on the ground sucks. Ask any person who lived in the Wild West. They will tell you the same thing. The backaches suck, and we just don’t have to have them anymore. If you are going camping, you need a nice blowup mattress. It’s affordable and should fit in your brand new rooftop camper from #4
First Aid Kit – $16.40
No lie. We were on a boat, and my dad got his fishing line hung up. Pulled on it and it came flying back toward the boat. We all ducked, but it sunk two of the three hooks into the leg of my aunt. She was not a happy camper and did not want to go to the hospital. So a first aid kit, much like this one, came in handy. Get one.
Two Person Sleeping Bag – $54.99
Stay close to your loved one in this two person sleeping bag, or just give yourself some much-needed room in those claustrophobic bags. I guess if it gets cold you could invite in a partner, but I think the room may be more needed.
Fireplace Colorant – $14.99
This is something fun for the kids while you are sitting by the fire. Turn your ball of flames into a ball of colorful flames. I don’t know that I would cook over these, but they could be fun for just chilling around.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter – $18.99
This item is one of the most unique things that I have seen in a long time when it comes to camping equipment. It makes otherwise unsafe water from a lake, stream, or river drinkable and safe. It can really be a lifesaver in the right circumstance when camping.
S’more Maker – $12.34
What would camping be without an s’more or two. This handy little item makes creating the perfect s’more quite a bit easier. Plus, it makes more than one at once. I would say, get this thing out after everyone else has gone to bed and chowed down.
Portable Shower Nozzle – $39.99
One of the major complaints from the ladies about camping is that there is no shower. This allows you to turn a bucket of clean water into a shower. It may not be city water, but it gets the job done.
Pocket Chainsaw – $15.97
Sometimes there is a need to cut down a tree while you are camping. It may not come up often, but when it does, no one ever has a chainsaw. This will solve that issue for you and save the day.
Night Vision – $18.99
It has happened to a lot of us… being lost in the woods is not a good time, and maybe the flashlight battery just died. This item will get you back to camp without tripping over some of those pesky logs that you just cut down.
Inflatable Lounge Chairs – $25.62
Camping chairs are uncomfortable. I’m not telling you anything new. Bring the comfort of home to the fire with you. These inflatable lounge chairs look super cozy, and I want them for my next trip.
Credit Card Multitool – $14.90
I am a huge supporter of these credit card sized multitools. We rarely go anywhere without our wallet, and that includes camping. These tools come in handy constantly, and everyone should have one. This one includes a knife to cut some line or whatever needs it.
Locking keychains – $9.99
These things are amazingly handy and extremely sturdy. If you need to tie the boat to something and need to clasp it together, these are great. I don’t need to tell you how to use a clip like this. You know it.
Another multitool – $12.95
Again, I support these tools a lot. This is one has some hex openings for screwing things down, and we all know in the event of a storm that is one of the most important things. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to run into the rain and grab something that we forgot to tie down.
Survival Bracelet – $9.99
This bracelet is something that you should have on your wrist when you are camping all of the time. It includes a fire starter, whistle, knife, and 10.5 feet or chord. All things that are needed almost every time you go camping.
Camelback – $35.59
No matter what you are doing, staying hydrated is the single most important thing when you are in the wild. This is great for the hiker, camper, or explorer. They aren’t that expensive, and everyone should have one.
Glove and Boot Dryer – $56.19
I have wished I had this item many times. Is there anything worse than wearing gloves or boots that have gotten wet? Yes. Putting them back on. Stop that from happening on your next camping adventure with this item.
Wood burning backpack stove – $69.99
I know you are starting to wonder how you are going to carry all of this, and I may be able to help you out a little bit later on in this list, but you have to eat while you are out tracking through the woods. This item will let you contain the burn and give you a nice stove to make that much-needed lunch over.
This is a PSA item. No towels do the job that microfiber towels can do. These come in different colors, and everyone should have their own tucked into their backpack. Pick your favorite color and be amazed at how much they can do.
Hiking Backpack – $49.98
There are no backpacks that can hold as much as these. If you are going hiking and plan an overnight, this is a must have, and you won’t regret it. They may seem a little pricey for a backpack, but they will make your trip so much more enjoyable.
Crossbody Pack – $55.00
This is a little different take on a backpack, and I think it could come in handy. If you don’t like a backpack and are only going out for a little bit, this crossbow pack could be for you.
Basecamp Watch – $44.00
A watch is a must when you are out camping, and this one is beyond handy. It is not only water resistant, but it also includes a hydration timer. I’ve already told you how important that is.
Reach Penlight – $21.11
These type of lights are handy around the house and while you are camping. Dropping something in those hard to reach places can be infinitely frustrating, and sometimes a regular flashlight just doesn’t cut it.
Hiking telescope – $19.34
Whether you are just a fan of looking at the stars or using them for navigation, this is a handy tool for you to have in your arsenal. Camping is one of the best times to look at the stars since you are far away from light pollution.
Handcrank Radio – $99.95
Being set apart from the outside world is good, but sometimes you need to tune into the radio and just can’t find any other way. This handy hand cranks AM/FM radio will make that much easier. It also includes a micro-USB slot.
Rangefinder – $317.33
This is a tool that is handy for golfers and hunters, but when you are camping it can come in handy as well. Need to know how far you are from any particular item in the distance? You will be amazed at how accurate these are.
Scrubber – $5.95
Look, cleaning pots and pans while camping can be tough at times. This item is backpack ready and will make it so much easier. Leftover food on your pans is not very good for you, and this scrubber will do the work of a dishwasher, and only needs a little elbow grease.
Stick Pod – $21.00
This retractable stick pod will make taking that perfect picture on top of the mountain so much easier. The problem wit tripods are the weight and bulk. This has neither and is a must have for the photographer.
Chilly Pad – $10.67
In the event of getting overheated, these chill pads can be a lifesaver. They claim they can keep you cool for hours, and that can be the difference when trying to get up that mountain in July.
Hand Warmers – $28.70
It’s cold. You can’t make a fire right now, and your hand is freezing. These items will do way better than those cheap ones from the gas station you bought. Buy a few and keep them in easy to reach places. You never know when they would be needed.
Stormproof Match Kit – $21.95
Let’s say you don’t buy any of those emergency kits that I recommended and had some matches. Well, what if they get wet? Don’t let them. This container will keep them dry and ready to use.
Automatic Fish Scaler – $231.02
I like fishing a lot but don’t enjoy the whole cleaning process. This tool will save you the trouble of scaling the fish. It is a little pricey, but it is much better than having to use that scale rod thing that barely works.
Whether you are fishing, canoeing, or a storm is coming in, a dry bag is a must have. We once wrecked a boat and lost a lot of valuable things. Having one of these might have saved us a lot of trouble.
Washbasin – $17.00
If you need to clean an item of clothing, wash off a cut, or just need a bucket of water, this collapsible washbasin is a must have for your camping gear. I would recommend having one of these on standby for an occasion that may come up.
3 Room Tent – $336.50
If you have a large family, and you are searching for cool camping tents to accommodate them all, I know it can be a struggle. Sleeping in the same room is always weird, and this eliminates that problem entirely. It can be a little tricky to get up but with everyone’s help, you will get it in no time.
Headlamp – $28.96
Sometimes a headlamp is a better option than a flashlight, especially if fishing or hunting on your trip. This bad looking headlamp is something that I am going to add to my next trip. Plus, it’s waterproof.
Clutch – $40.00
Ladies, I know taking a purse camping is something that you probably don’t want to do. One of these clutches may be the better choice for you, and I think they look pretty nice. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Gourmet cookies – $39.99
These cookies would be great for the next camping trip. Getting good sweets while camping can be difficult and I think having a good supply of these would be a great addition.
Watermelon Slicer – $19.95
This watermelon slicer is something that I have wished for many times. I absolutely suck at cutting up watermelon, and this tool does it for you. Plus, what is a better camping snack that a nice watermelon?
Bug out Bag – $99.99
Let’s say you need a bag that is ready to go for your camping trip, and you don’t want to fill it up. This may be more your style. It had a lot of the necessities that you would need and comes in different styles and levels of need. Check it out. This high tech camping gear is just for the nerd in you.
All Natural fire starters – $12.00
These all natural fire starters are much safer for the environment than the others that are available, and they look really cool. Check them out and let me know how well they work. Maybe you can try your hand at making your own.
Men’s grooming set – $65.00
This men’s grooming set from Uncommongoods is stored in an ammo container. It not only looks cool but has some handy stuff inside for the guy who likes to keep himself clean while he camps.
Indoor outdoor bluetooth speakers – $199.99
Pump up some jams while you are camping with this bluetooth speaker that is good for indoor and outdoor use. Music makes camping even better and sounds pretty good. It’s worth the money.
Stargazer’s tent – $89.95
This is a tent for the kiddies, and it allows them to look into the sky and stargaze as they are falling asleep. Heck, I guess an adult might like it as well so why not get it for yourself. Just make sure you waterproof it.
Yummy World Seat – $45.00
Keep the Yummy World fan close to their obsession by the fire in this little seat. It isn’t a traditional camping item, but I think it is something that would be enjoyed by the fan who doesn’t have the tv around.
Mega Mat – $59.99
Treat yourself to a picnic while you are out camping and use this mat. It is personalized through this site, and a good romantic picnic is always a welcome thing by most anyone.