For many people camping is a way to “get off the net” and separate from our always-on, technology-driven society. For this reason, it might seem seemingly contradictive to bring smart gears to your next camping trip. But hear me out.
Smart products do not necessarily have to connect to the “grid” that you are trying to escape. You can get sign out of social media and email and always use these 10 cool gadgets – many of which are designed to keep you safe and help you have more fun while you explore nature outdoors.
1. A speaker to clip to your bag
Do you want to hear music while you hiking? But do not you want to wear headphones? This portable Bluetooth speaker is perfect for your outdoor adventure as it clips to clip your pocket for a hands-free kit. And it comes with other useful features, such as a self-service and built-in light.
The APIE Portable Wireless Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker IPX6 Waterproof Dual 10W Drivers is a Best Seller on Amazon.com and price is only $39.99.
2. A backpack that lights the way
When heading off on a hike, only to realize you won’t make it back before sundown, what should you do now? With this $90 TRAKK smart backpack, you can just power up its LED light to illuminate your path and ensure you and your fellow hikers get back to camp safely.
3. A water bottle that keeps tabs on your hydration
If you have a fun day of hiking, fishing or just hanging out in the camp, you can forget to stay hydrated and that can lead to serious health concerns, especially during the summer. This sly water bottle has the back but how it measures how much you consume and can help you get on the right track to meet your hydration goals with the help of a companion app.
This $29.99 Thermos 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle may help you for this concern, it says from seller:
- Measures the intake of liquids while providing real-time temperature readings.
- The Hydration Calculator calculates your suggested hydration goal based on your personal data.
- Chart and graph daily, weekly, and monthly hydration progress.
- Up to a 12-day battery life before needing to be re-charged.
- Requires iOS7+ and works with the following Apple Devices: iPhone (4S and later), iPad (3rd generation and later), iPad mini (all generations), iPod touch (5th generation and later)
4. A sensor that monitors UV exposure
Nothing can ruin a fun holiday quite as fast as a serious sunglasses. Fortunately, this UV beam meter will monitor the UV index in your area and send reminders to your phone when you need to reapply sun protection.
5. A phone charger powered by fire
Even if you are going to the remotest location, you can still have your mobile with the BioLite Wood Burning CampStove First Generation. This innovative technology uses fire to charge your phone for 20 min. of charging with a strong fire gives you about 60 min. of talk time on most smartphones, camera, lights and more. You can also get accessories for the stove so it can be used for cooking. It has an internal starter battery helps kick-start the fire before the stove begins generating its own power.
6. Multi-purpose LED light
This Bonai Roome Portable Smart Light ($39 on Amazon)is a tool to pack with you for camping. You can use it with your phone to adjust the brightness and even for it to be a dusk to dawn light. It is very bright on the highest setting which makes it good to use in a tent, next to your chair while your fishing or if nature calls it even bright enough to help you navigate in the woods to find the perfect tree to squat/stand behind. The quality and durability of this light is 5 stars alone and then the features and brightness just adds to it. I would recommend this to any camper, hiker, fisherman and even boater.
7. A Smart Personal Safety Device ($39.33 on Amazon.com)to let your contacts know you need help
For any time when you need help fast, can’t reach your phone, can’t make a call, can’t talk, don’t know your address, or need to be discreet – just press Revolar and send for help. At just 2″ in size, Revolar is an app-enabled personal safety device made for everyday use. With 1, 2, or 3 clicks, it sends up to 5 contacts your live GPS location, a customizable message, and if you’re safe, uneasy, or in an emergency. Your contacts do not need to have the Revolar app installed; all messages are sent via text or email. Plus, because we want you to use it every day, Revolar can help locate lost items like keys and phones.
8. A smart fish finder that helps you find fish
The iBobber Wireless Bluetooth Smart Fish Finder and app that you can bring with you wherever you fish. The iBobber was designed with portability and flexibility in mind so anglers of all skill levels and types could take the latest in portable sonar fish finding technology with them on the go. Using an iPhone or Android mobile device anglers can mark fish, map depth contours and underwater structure, save water temp, weather and location, species, photos and hot spots and choose to share on social media directly if desired.
9. Multifunctional Solar Cooling Table Fans with Eye-Care LED Table Lamp
I charged it and took it camping with me the following weekend. That weekend the temps were in the 80’s at night. I won’t say the fan cooled the tent down a huge amount. it isn’t an AC unit, but with the tent windows open it did circulate some of the breezes and stop us from combusting inside. The torch works well too. We then just left the solar panel up during the day to recharge for the night time again.
The USB rechargeable battery feature allows you to take the air conditioner with you when you travel whether it is in the car or jogging down the street. It actually fits perfectly in his shirt pocket. It is a 5-star product because it is well built and works as it should. I recommend this mini air conditioner those who like to stay cool no matter where they are at or what they are doing.