The COVID-19 crisis has been a thorn in the flesh for many people who love the great outdoors. Many camping trips have been canceled, and many national parks and hiking trails have remained closed since the pandemic started.
But as 2020 came to a close and vaccines started rolling out across the globe, many national parks started opening their doors again, albeit with many safety and health reminders. If you’re ready to get back out into the wild or if you’re already planning and dreaming about your next camping trip, here are some cool tech tools and gadgets to bring with you to ensure your convenience and safety.
Instant cabin-style tent
There is nothing more frustrating and tiring than having to set up a traditional tent after spending an entire day hiking. At the same time, traditional tents are not the most comfortable and cozy places to sleep after a tiring hike. Thankfully, instant cabin tents are now on the market. They are exactly as they sound—they have pre-attached poles which users can set up in a minute. They also have a room divider feature, zippered windows, and doors for efficient privacy and quality ventilation. The rain fly is also removable, so campers can enjoy sleeping under the stars.
Another much-needed tool these days is a portable satellite internet for camping, allowing campers to stay connected with their loved ones even when they’re off the grid. This device has enough speed to allow users to browse the internet, get on Facebook, and send emails even when they’re in the middle of nowhere. This device is perfect for areas where cellular and 3G networks are no longer accessible. It’s also a great last resort when you need to contact people in the middle of nowhere.
First aid flashlight
A first aid kit is also essential when going on a trip outdoors and in remote areas, and there is now a sleekly-designed LED flashlight that’s also packed with first aid basics like antiseptic wipes, painkillers, nitrile gloves, and tweezers. The flashlight also comes with an emergency whistle and a compass, as well as a 9-inch indestructible military-grade aluminum tube that you can bring with you anywhere.
Any outdoorsman knows that laundry is one of the most annoying parts of camping. Thankfully, the creators of the world’s smallest washing machine came up with a backpack that not only allows campers to carry their things around; this backpack is also a portable washing machine, portable shower, and compression dry bag rolled into one. The bag is equipped with an internal washboard that allows users to do their laundry anywhere and anytime. Simultaneously, a multifunctional valve was also incorporated to help shift the backpack into a compression bag or camp shower.
Modular survival shovel
The pocket knife has been a favorite for campers for many decades and probably even centuries and millenniums, but it’s not always a complete survival tool. So when the EST Shovel was first launched, many campers found themselves getting their hands on one.
The modular survival shovel has 18 capabilities that can work for a wide array of outdoor emergencies and scenarios and be created from military-grade aluminum and carbon steel. Surprisingly, it’s still very light and only weighs 2.5 pounds, considering its multifunctional features.
Here the shovel’s capabilities:
- Rope cutter
- Bottle opener
- Nail puller
- Hex wrench set
Portable coffee maker
A coffee-maker may not seem like an essential thing, but not for campers who are still working remotely. For hikers who can’t get enough of their caffeine fix, a portable espresso maker was created using a semi-automatic piston to allow users to brew their own high-quality espresso anywhere in the world. The handheld machine is light, small, and incredibly versatile. The best part is that it requires no electricity, cartridges, and compressed air—just coffee beans and water are enough.
Solar camp shower
For the hygiene-conscious camper, a solar camp shower can be an incredible convenience. Created using PVC and equipped with a sturdy handle, the portable shower has a power switch valve connected to the showerhead. It also uses solar energy to warm up or heat the water, which is also enough for multiple people who want to take a shower.
There are plenty of state-of-the-art gadgets and tools on the market to make your next camping trip feel lighter and easier. So list down your bucket list parks and trails to visit as well as your gear wish list, and let your mind run wild about your next camping trip. You deserve it after a terrible year.