Camping is one of the most fulfilling outdoor recreational activities for families and individuals alike. Children and teenagers who go to camp can learn invaluable life lessons as they get to learn more about their natural surroundings and rely on the assistance of others to achieve certain goals. For families, it’s a great way to renew and strengthen family ties. The same is true for friends. For solo campers, it’s an activity that brings them much closer to understanding their essence in this world. While everyone will have different reasons for going on a camping trip, we’re absolutely certain that our listing of the 15 cool camping gadgets in 2017 will help improve the way you’ll experience this outdoor activity.
15 Seriously Cool Camping Gadgets
- 1 15 Seriously Cool Camping Gadgets
- 1.1 Single and Double Camping Hammocks by Wise Owl Outfitters
- 1.2 Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan by Image
- 1.3 Qliplet Carabiner Hanger with Rotating Folding Hook by Lulabop
- 1.4 K1 Tactical Flashlight Knife Multifunctional Self Defense Survival Knife by Kootek
- 1.5 Credit Card Tool Survival Knife Kit by Cable and Case
- 1.6 11-in-1 Multifunctional Outdoor Tool by iMustech
- 1.7 MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker by Wacacao Company
- 1.8 Set of 6 Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Sticks by Carpathen
- 1.9 Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set by GSI
- 1.10 26 Inch Camping Pocket Chainsaw by LivWild
- 1.11 Emergency Paracord Bracelets Tactical Survival Gear by X-Plore Gear
- 1.12 Personal Water Filter by LifeStraw
- 1.13 LE Headlamp LED Battery Powered Helmet Light by Lighting EVER
- 1.14 Suaoki Rechargeable Camping Lantern LED Light Flashlight by Suaoki
- 1.15 Trekology Compact Inflating Pillows by Trekology
1Single and Double Camping Hammocks by Wise Owl Outfitters
There’s a perfectly good reason why hammocks are mostly associated with absolute relaxation. The Camping Hammocks of Wise Owl Outfitters make ideal sleeping areas for those camping in the woods as the elevated nature of the platform frees you from critters and other crawlers on the forest floor. Studies also show a particular health benefit to using hammocks as people who use these gadgets eventually fall asleep faster and obtain more restful and peaceful sleep. Since hammocks conform to the contours of the body, its sleeping surfaces will never exert undue pressure on bony prominences especially on the back. This helps prevent back aches or back pains. The Wise Owl Hammock is easily one of the best gadgets to bring when going outdoors. It doesn’t take too much space during transport and it will also not add burden to your overall gear, with the single weighing in only at a measly 16 ounces and the double at 26 ounces. With its own carabiners and ropes, you’re bound to have a more restful sleep in camp with the Wise owl Hammock.
What We Like about It – The Wise Owl Hammock is an excellent gadget to have to ensure a more restful and peaceful sleep in the woods or anywhere else you will be setting camp.
2Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan by Image
It’s one thing to sleep under a star-filled night further illuminated by the moon. Unfortunately, as soon as you draw the canvas of your tent close, it can be particularly dark. You can always bring with you your torch light but a more effective solution is to get the Image Portable LED Camping Lantern. This gadget comes with 18 pieces of ultra-bright LED lights to give you superb illumination whether you’re inside your tent or outdoors. The angle of the illumination can also be adjusted a full 360 degrees so you can focus on certain areas that need lighting or you can flood entire spaces with its bright light. The good part of the Image Portable LED Lantern is that it comes with a built-in fan. It may not be that much but it sure is better than nothing at all. Now, you’ll have more comfortable nights at the camp as you get excellent illumination as well as air cooling effects.
What We Like about It – The Image Portable LED Lantern is just what you need for a more convenient and comfortable camping experience.
3Qliplet Carabiner Hanger with Rotating Folding Hook by Lulabop
It’s a clip, a hanger, and a hook. That’s what the Lulabop Qliplet Carabiner is all about. It may look like an ordinary carabiner but its versatility doesn’t end whenever you leave the great outdoors and head back for home. The Qliplet features a fully rubberized hook that easily opens and rotates. This makes it ideal for use as a luggage, door, or even a rail handle. As long as the item to be held doesn’t exceed its weight capacity of 50 pounds, the Qliplet should do a fantastic job. While the Qliplet is made of anodized aircraft grade aluminum, it is not designed for mountain climbing as it lacks some of the security and safety features of mountain climbing carabiners. Regardless, every camper should have one of these as the Qliplet is a truly ingenious solution to handle many of your camping gears.
What We Like about It – The versatility of the Qliplet is amazing. Even when you’re already home, you can still use it for a variety of other purposes.
4K1 Tactical Flashlight Knife Multifunctional Self Defense Survival Knife by Kootek
Whether we care to admit it or not, some of us are just afraid to go camping by ourselves because of the inherent dangers of living alone in the wild where there may be creatures ready to pounce on us at our weakest. Here’s a solution: the Kootek K1 Tactical Flashlight Multifunctional Self Defense Survival Knife. As the name implies, it’s technically a flashlight with survival knife attachments and two components that make it a very excellent defensive weapon. It features an attack head which is perfect for bashing would-be predators. On the other end of the K1 is an attack hammer which is great for smashing through glass. Within the body of the K1 is an all-purpose utility knife that is designed to cut tree branches, prepare your food, and even cut down some bushes. It also houses an 18,650 mAh battery which is ideal for charging your USB enabled devices. The torch light can also be zoomed and switched into three different modes so you’ll get the most appropriate illumination for all of your needs, emergency or otherwise. With the Kootek K1, you’ll feel more confident setting up camp virtually anywhere.
What We Like about It – The 3-in-1 assembly of the Kootek K1 makes up its unique survival features. No longer will you need to worry about staying at any camp.
5Credit Card Tool Survival Knife Kit by Cable and Case
It may look like a very ordinary and super thin rectangular block but the Cable and Case Credit Card Tool Survival Knife Kit packs a lot of useful features that are guaranteed to make camp life easier. It comes fully packed with a serrated knife, a bottle opener, two screwdrivers, a compass, a magnifying glass, tweezers, a ruler, toothpick, and a position wrench. It’s like having the Swiss Army knife but in one super compact credit card-sized package. With the C&C Credit Card Tool Kit, you’ll be living more like the boy scouts and girl scouts of childhood. Since it’s super slim, it can easily fit into your pocket or even right inside your wallet.
What We Like about It – The Credit Card Tool Survival Knife Kit has a very slim profile that help with concealment as well as ease of carrying. The multifunctionality of its 10-in-1 tools
611-in-1 Multifunctional Outdoor Tool by iMustech
Going on a camping trip requires that you be ready with almost anything. And while you can bring individual tools for specific tasks, a much more convenient and more practical approach is to use a multifunction tool such as the iMustech 11-in-1 Outdoor Tool. The iMustech boasts of a super compact design that is constructed of surgical grade stainless steel and finished with a non-stick black coating. The iMustech features a carabiner which you can use to hold a lot of attachments to your gear, a bit holder for tightening loose bolts and nuts, 2 rulers, a combination of spoon and fork, metric and imperial wrenches, a bottle opener, a nail puller, and a flat-tip screwdriver. This should come in real handy during one of your camping trips.
What We Like about It – The iMustech has a very compact and utilitarian design that is great for today’s camper.
7MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker by Wacacao Company
Waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee high up in the mountains or even right in the middle of the woods is a dream of many modern campers. Unfortunately, it would simply be so tedious to bring your own espresso maker as there’s no electricity in most camps. Furthermore, these machines are just way too bulky and heavy. With the MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker, you can now make your very own brew anytime, anywhere. There really is no need for an electrical outlet for you to use the MiniPresso. There are no batteries either. It only relies on old fashioned hand power. With a semi-automatic piston providing the grinding mechanism to extract the best flavors of your coffee beans, the MiniPresso can crank delicious espresso cup after cup. Understand that this is a one-shot deal. You’d have to make another one if you have another company. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to wake up to a cup of your favorite beverage.
What We Like about It – The MiniPresso offers a very unique solution to coffee lovers everywhere. Unfortunately, it can only make a single shot every time. You’d have to repeat the process if you want another cup.
8Set of 6 Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Sticks by Carpathen
What’s camping without the traditional bonfire at night? Children love hearing stories while teens prefer urban legends, all while grilling marshmallows and hotdogs on the fire until the sweet aroma of the marshmallows and the meatylicious goodness of the hotdogs permeate the air around the camp site. Instead of using cut tree branches or twigs to skewer these delicacies, we honestly believe the Carpathen Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Stick is a much better option. The set comes with 6 sticks, each one dutifully covered with tip protectors so they will not inadvertently injure your kids. The great thing about the Carpathen is that the sticks are not your ordinary fixed-length sticks. These are fully extendable like the antenna in many of our devices. The 10-inch long Carpathen can be extended up to 34 inches so your kids will be farther away from the bonfire, enabling them to enjoy their hotdogs and marshmallows a lot better and safer, too. Bonfires will never be the same again with these gadgets.
What We Like about It – The Carpathen is a really great way to enjoy one of the most classic activities of camping. It’s safe, fully extendable, and is super easy to clean.
9Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set by GSI
Some campers prefer to bring canned foods to the camp while others prefer sourcing their food right from the immediate surroundings of the campsite. They can fish, hunt rabbit or even deer, or even scavenge for mushrooms, herbs, and other edibles. While the Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set doesn’t include pots and pans with which to cook your food, it does provide you with 24 different items that are often used in modern kitchens. You get spoons forks, condiment shakers, a cutting board, a knife, a wire whisk, spatula, and even a cheese grater, as well as a few others including a wash cloth and a dish scrubbing pad. The point is that the Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set effectively turns Mother Nature into your own kitchen. However, we do have to remind you to respect nature not to leave any waste behind upon leaving the campsite.
What We Like about It – The Outdoors Destination Kitchen Set is perfect for individuals who would like to prepare their own food. You’ll need improvised pots and pans, however.
1026 Inch Camping Pocket Chainsaw by LivWild
Part and parcel of camping is clearing an area where you will be setting up camp. And if you’re the kind of person who is a survivalist and would like to use readily available resources at the site, you will need to build your own shelter. In such cases, you’ll need the raw cutting efficiency of the LivWild Camping Pocket Chainsaw. As we’re in the jungle, you don’t need gasoline or fuel to run the LivWild. What you need is a pair of strong arms to saw any wood in a back and forth motion. With a chain length of 26 inches and with links that contain razor sharp cutting blades, the LivWild can cut any wood up to 3 times faster than other similar models. The teeth on the pocket chainsaw are self-cleaning so there’s no worry about having to individually pick debris off its bladed teeth. The saw is made of industrial grade steel that has been heat-treated for optimum durability. The handles are made of nylon in bright orange color to allow for ease of visualization. It’s perfect for cutting branches and other similar structures.
What We Like about It – The LivWild may not be powered by a motor but it can do the job exceptionally well.
11Emergency Paracord Bracelets Tactical Survival Gear by X-Plore Gear
If you want a mini survival kit that’s also fashionable as it is functional, then the X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets Tactical Survival Gear is just for you. The Paracord Bracelets don’t actually look like any of the survival kits that are commonplace in the market today. Perhaps, this is part of its appeal. And since it’s actually worn like any other bracelet, the X-Plore Gear can really fool the untrained eye. The Paracord Bracelets feature a flint fire starter, a scraper, a whistle, and a compass all of which are needed by many of today’s survivalists. We know that these may not seem like much but the ability to start a fire can be a huge advantage in the great outdoors. This is especially true if you are not familiar with the more traditional method of using two sticks to start a fire. The X-Plore Gear features a 7-strand military grade, super strong 550 paracord which simply extends its tactical advantages by leaps and bounds. Whether it is for camping, trekking, fishing, or any other outdoor activity, the Paracord Bracelet is an absolute must.
What We Like about It – The Paracord Bracelet provides a more fashionable solution to the need for a basic survival kit.
12Personal Water Filter by LifeStraw
We can live for a few weeks without food, but without water, we can only last for so long. Regrettably, safe potable water doesn’t come easily if you’re camping as there really is no way we can ensure the safety of the water we’re drinking. LifeStraw found a solution with the Personal Water Filter. This simple-looking device is used by millions all over the world and is the most trusted personal water filtration system distributed by leading humanitarian organizations. LifeStraw works by moving water through its 0.2 micron hollow fiber membrane to remove even the smallest of microorganisms to render water as safe for drinking. The EPA has certified LifeStraw’s compliance on the strict requirements for E. coli, cryptosporidium, and Giardia. Extensive tests show that LifeStraw can remove more than 99 percent of bacteria and protozoa without the need for adding chemicals. The LifeStraw has a lifespan of 1,000 liters which should give roughly 2 years of everyday use. The LifeStraw is not only perfect for camping, it’s also great for disasters and international travels.
What We Like about It – With a technology that is used by global humanitarian aid missions, there’s no mistaking the usefulness and uniqueness of the LifeStraw.
13LE Headlamp LED Battery Powered Helmet Light by Lighting EVER
If you happen to set up camp in the dark, you know that it’s quite difficult if you’ll only rely on lunar illumination. The same is true if you’re trekking at night. You need to free your hands from holding a flashlight or a torch. Instead, you need the LE Headlamp to provide 4 different modes of illumination including 3 levels of bright white light. The LE Headlamp is designed to be fully weatherproof so it should be handy even during storms.
What We Like about It – The LE Headlamp is perfect for individuals who require excellent illumination of their paths but without having to hold a flashlight or any other source of illumination.
14Suaoki Rechargeable Camping Lantern LED Light Flashlight by Suaoki
Don’t you just hate packing a lantern that depends on battery power? What if your battery is already drained? What then? The Suaoki Rechargeable Camping Lantern is a great solution, this camping lantern and flashlight don’t require any batteries to run. You only need to crank the lever by hand and it should charge already the Suaoki. As an added bonus, you can also use the power generated by the hand-cranked Suaoki to recharge your USB enabled devices like smartphones and tablets. Now, how cool is that?
What We Like about It – The Suaoki is an innovative solution to the constant need for battery-free illumination in the woods. It should also be a great form of exercise.
15Trekology Compact Inflating Pillows by Trekology
While some individuals can sleep without pillows, most of us require these sleep implements to help us sleep a lot better and feeling more rested by supporting the different structures in our head and neck. Unfortunately, bringing a full-sized pillow to the campsite is simply not an option. With the Trekology Compact Inflating Pillow however, you now can bring the comfort of home pillows wherever you may be. The size of a soda can when deflated, the Trekology can expand into a medium-sized pillow measuring 16x12x4 inches. Made of water-resistant, strong, and durable TPU fabric, the Trekology can be easily inflated by blowing air into its double-decked air valve. Deflating is as easy as opening the valve and rolling the Trekology towards its valve opening.
What We Like about It – The Trekology brings the comfort of home pillows right to the great outdoors. Now, sleeping on the bosom of Mother Nature has never been this comfortable.
How We Chose the Cool Camping Gadgets in Our List
Coming up with a very comprehensive and very representative collection of really cool camping gadgets has been frustratingly difficult. This is partly because of the fact that different people will have different ideas about what constitutes a “cool” gadget. Nevertheless, since camping requires utilization of readily available resources, we thought that by focusing on the usefulness or the functional features of such products, we will be able to enumerate a more definitive listing of the coolest and most amazing gizmos and items that will help you enjoy your camping trip a lot better.
Concomitant with the functionality of our chosen items is their design integrity. We had to make sure that these were sturdy enough as you will essentially be using them outdoors where you’ll be at the mercy of the elements. Weather protection such as waterproofing, dust proofing, and even snow proofing, as well as other protective systems from the elements were critical to the use of these devices or items. In the construction of such gadgets, it was important for us to make sure that only the safest materials were used. As much as possible, we wanted the materials to be as green and ecologically friendly as possible, in keeping with the very essence of camping.
The overall trustworthiness of these products was also determined through a series of checks that included a systematic review of consumer sentiments and the prevailing consumer satisfaction rating for the said product. It was clear that those that have excellent ratings to go with sufficient numbers of positive reviewers simply meant that they deserved a slot in our final listing. Of course, we had to do this with all of our shortlisted products to come up with a more comprehensive listing of the 15 cool camping gadgets in 2017.
Understanding the Many Benefits of Camping
We said in the beginning of this article that there are plenty of benefits of going camping. Every individual will often have his or her own reason for packing their bags and taking on a long trip to some wilderness and try their luck becoming the next hero or heroine of Alone. You may have your reasons why camping is good for you. Regardless, here are just some of the many benefits of going camping.
- Improved tissue oxygenation.
In the jungle or in the wilderness, the air is still relatively free from pollutants. Inhaling this fresh air is like reviving every cell and tissue inside our body. It literally breathes life into these structures.
- Enhanced social relationships.
Unless we are solo campers, sharing a camp with others can greatly improve our social interaction skills. We learn to cooperate and work as a team. We even learn how to use diplomacy to resolve certain issues.
- Reduces the effects of stress.
Being one with nature can produce many positive feelings which, in turn, can help mitigate the effects of stress. That’s why a lot of campers naturally look happier after several days at camp.
- Great source of exercise.
You may use gadgets in camping but you’d practically be on your own. You will also need to walk a few miles from the road to the camp site. And this can be a great way to exercise.
- Gain an understanding of oneself.
The increase in tissue oxygenation can help improve blood flow to the brain. This can help us make more meaningful reflections of our lives so we can come up with a more realistic description of who we truly are.
The Bottom Line
Camping may not be for everyone but for those who enjoy going and living outdoors even for just a few days, the benefits are simply overwhelming. This can be made even more meaningful if you include any of our 15 cool camping gadgets in 2017. For more great product like this, make sure you check out our cool outdoor category here.