20 Insanely Useful Camping Gadgets

By Jack Mash

Going on a primitive camping adventure and roughing it with only basic survival gear is fine when you’re a growing boy, and you probably still like getting down and dirty in the brush from time to time.

But most men appreciate some camping creature comforts and camping chairs when they grow up a little bit (not that we’d ever accuse you of doing that).

In fact, for many adult boys, getting a camping list of cool new camping gadgets and gear can almost be as fun and exciting as camping itself!

You’d be amazed at the outdoor gear they create to afford convenience in the wilderness these days. A hot shower, fresh espresso, electricity, and a comfy bed…

And who doesn’t want a bed that hangs from the trees?

With these top 20 camping gadgets, you can now enjoy the outdoors and still hold onto your iPhone and other modern luxuries. But, be forewarned: these top 20 camping gadgets and outdoor equipment might make calling an end to your trip impossible.

The 30 Day Lantern

30-Day Heritage LED Camp Lantern

The 30 day lantern from eGear does exactly what it’s name implies. It provides up to 30 days of reliable light on a single set of batteries which make it great for extended stays in the wilderness.

This lantern uses three 1.4 watt LEDs that use a fraction of the energy that traditional bulbs use. All you need are 3 D batteries and you’re good to go. The bright 300 lumen light can be seen from over 75′ away. You don’t have to worry about dropping the lantern while moving about since it’s encased with impact

30-Day Heritage LED Camp Lantern

Eton Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio

Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio

This all-terrain unit is solar powered, crank powered and is a flashlight, a radio, a USB cell phone charger and possibly your new best friend.

This multi-function radio can charge smartphones.  It also features a flashlight, weather alerts, crank and solar back-up power options, carabiner and flashlight.  It’s a must-have to take camping, use around the house and keep in your ‘go-bag’.

  • Digital AM/FM radio
  • NOAA weather band alerts you to bad weather heading your way
  • Bright LED flashlight to light your way
  • Solar panel charges the internal battery
  • Crank charging – charges the internal battery or your smartphone
Eton Scorpion Multi-Purpose Solar Powered Digital Weather Radio

Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger

Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger

This eco-friendly portable solar charger utilized advanced solar technology to charge even in low-light or cloudy conditions, making sure that you will never be without much needed power.

The price given is for this model in black.  If you can manage accent colors, then you can get it cheaper.  It features:

  • Fully waterproof and ruggedly built solar powered charger
  • Charge an iPhone or smartphone up to 6 times (using sync/charge cable supplied by Apple)
  • Standard USB and 12V DC port output built in
  • Simultaneously charge 5V and 12V devices
  • Lightweight and compact for portability
Powertraveller Power Monkey Extreme Solar Charger

High Sierra Wave 70 2L Reservoir & Bladder Camping/Hiking Hydration Bag Pack

Camping/hiking Hydration Bag Pack

You never want to run out of water. It’s as simple as that.

  • 100% Polyester
  • 1 exterior pocket
  • Holds 2 liters 

This is one nifty water carrier. It’s basic, but that also means it’s about as light as it’s going to get. And, it will keep that water cool for a long time in the sun. Now that’s handy.

What Reviewers Say:

  • As an occasional raver and a more frequent hiker/runner, this hydration pack is perfect for quality and value!
  • It is a great buy! The water flows well and it stays cool for a good 2-3 hours in the hot sun.
  • I sing in a band, and I’ve found this to be waaaaaaaaay more convenient than reaching for a bottle of water on stage.I especially love that it doesn’t get knocked over by our drummer, haha.It’s got a nice, slim profile, and while it’s not the *most* comfortable hydration pack I’ve ever worn, the low-profile keeps it from bouncing around too much on stage when I jump around.
High Sierra  Hydration Bag Pack

The Cooler That’s Built Into A Chair

CAMPORT Folding Camping Chair Stool Backpack

Combine the convenience of a insulated cooler with a folding chair and you have a portable folding chair cooler.  This affordable and versatile chair is a great gift item for everyone!

Its comfortable seat holds up to 250 lbs with an insulated cooler below. A must-have item for ball games, fishing, camping, parades, and all your outdoor activities. Don’t miss out on this unique, patented piece!. Imprint: Back or front of chair rest approx. 8″W x 3″H. Embroidery: Back or front of chair rest approx. 5″W x 2 1/2″H (Bulky). Color: Black. Dimensions: 11.5″ L x 11″ H x 14.5″ W.

CAMPORT Folding Camping Chair Stool Backpack

Inflatable Car and Camping Mattress

Inflatable Car and Camping Mattress

We know the problem, you’ve planned on a camping trip and then it starts to storm.  Or, you’re headed out on an impromptu road trip and the last motel you looked at made your car look like the Ritz.  And when that happens, you’re going to want this car mattress.  It’ll transform the backseat of your car into a bed.  How nice is that?

Unlike clunky, slow-to-inflate air mattress, this one folds easily.  More importantly, it inflates quickly with your car’s power supply and works with over 90% of cars.  Make sure you get this before summer – you know you’ll use it.

Inflatable Car and Camping Mattress

Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink

Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink

Convenient and portable solution to having a sink during your outdoor and camping trips. This unique design won’t collapse or tip while in use, and easily stores into a compact case.

  • Unique design with stainless steel stiffening ring that prevents the sink from collapsing when full
  • Base is broader than top so it won’t tip over in use
  • Fully taped seams. Fine to use with hot water and detergent
  • Wide webbing carry handles. Comes with its own handy storage pouch
  • 5 Liter / 1.3 Gallon: 3.0 oz; 10 Liter / 2.6 Gallon: 4.4 oz; 20 Liter / 5.2 Gallon: 6.4 oz

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower

The pocket shower zips into a 3″ x 6″ pouch and only weighs 4.25 ounces. 

You can get about an 8 minute shower from the pocket shower when you have the shower head open on full. Adjust the pressure by twisting the shower head. The best part of this shower is that you don’t have to use it as a shower all the time. You can also use it as a sack to carry your dirty clothes in when you’re heading back home. 


Avoid tripping over your tent ropes at night by having them be easier to see. 

Don’t be that guy that ruins someones hard work of putting up their tent by tripping over their ropes. Get this reflective rope pack to make sure everyone can see your tent ropes. Also an excellent way to spot your camp from afar. 

Exped MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad

Gone are the days of restless nights during your camping trip – MegaMat 10 Sleeping Pad keeps your comfortable when you sleep, with adjustable firmness. Simple to set up with a quick-filling, self-inflating foam.

Fatures of the Exped Mega Mat 10 3-D construction with vertical sidewalls for wall-to-wall comfort Air cored foam insulation provides self-inflating convenience Exped Mini Pump included for lung-free topping up Velvety soft tricot top surface for next-to-skin comfort Sold with coupler strap for connecting two MegaMats. Specifications of the Exped Mega Mat: 10 R-Value: 9.5 Thickness: 4.0″ / 10.0 cm Pump Status: Included Dimension: 77.5 x 30″ / 197 x 77 cm Average Weight: 90.8 oz / 2575 g

BioLite KettleCharge

The BioLite KettleCharge uses the water you boil to create electricity. You can boil water and charge your devices all in one simple step. This is perfect for camping if you need to keep your phone charged to take pictures etc. The BioLite KettleCharge will charge your devices as fast as a wall outlet.

Columbia River Knife and Tool – Eat N’ Tool

This multi-tool combines a spoon, fork, and bottle opener into one.

  • Multiple tools in one: spoon, fork, bottle opener
  • Includes three hex wrenches
  • Equipped with a carabiner for convenient transport
  • Large central hole for finger gripping and keeps tool weight down
  • Finished with a silver non-stick coating

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