Equipment: All of us who love spending time outdoors understand how important it is to have the right gear to be able to enjoy what the wild has to offer. Luckily, we’re living in a world full of useful gadgets that can make your outdoor experience much more enjoyable and easier. There are now products that you couldn’t have imagined a few years (let alone decades) ago, which can boost your experience in the great outdoors.
On top of all that, a great majority of them are quite affordable, lightweight and durable, which means you won’t have to break the bank to get them. Here is a list of things you’re bound to need next time you go on an adventure.
Compressible travel pillow
The quality of sleep you get in the tent has a great impact on your overall experience and readiness to embrace everything such a trip can throw at you. That’s why you might want to consider getting one of the compressible travel pillows, which won’t take up a lot of space, but which is cozy and fluffy.
Personal water filter
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated at all times. When you venture into the wild, it can be quite challenging to have enough drinking water and it’s impossible to carry all the water you need with you, which means you have to look for alternatives. One of the best gadgets that can help you with this problem is Lifestraw, which can filter up to 1,000 liters of water without any chemicals or iodine.
Sturdy and reliable knife
Needless to say, you can go on a camping trip or some outdoor adventure without a reliable, sturdy knife that is used for cutting smaller branches, making shelter or opening canned food. We strongly recommend you get a top-quality OTF knife, which is not only sleek, but really useful and long-lasting. It’s also lightweight and can be carried around in a pocket.
Portable mosquito repellent
Once you venture beyond the comfort of urban life, you can expect to meet all sorts of bugs and insects, most annoying of which are definitely mosquitos. Consider getting a cool gadget, such as Thermacell, which emits a DEET-free, scent-free insect repellent that covers an impressive 15-foot zone for up to 12 hours and you’ll be able to protect yourself from those nasty bites. Alternatively, you can rely on some traditional repellent that you’ve used before.
You also need some kind of stove to prepare food, especially if you’re staying for a few days and can’t rely on cold and solid food alone. There are many small portable stoves which create smokeless flames that can cook any campfire fare. Some even feature a smart LED screen for monitoring fire strength, power output and fan speed setting. Believe it or not, the most advanced products also include a USB port to charge your devices. Now, that’s really killing two birds with one stone!
Portable wash bag
If you’re planning to spend several days in the wild and don’t want to carry a lot of clean clothes, you should think about getting a portable wash bag. Find one with a flexible washboard, which can remove both smells and stains. Of course, it can’t replace a washing machine, but it really does a great job when it comes to having your clothes cleaned on the go.
Another gadget that could be very handy is a heavily insulated, leak-proof bottle, which keeps cool drinks ice cold or warm drinks piping hot for almost a whole day. You can use the lid as a cup for even more convenience and you’ll surely appreciate making this investment.
There is an app for that
As you might have guessed, there are many apps designed for outdoor enthusiasts. Some will tell you what options you have when it comes to camping grounds, national parks or where you can park your RV, while others will help you make the most of the experience. That’s why you should check out some of the most popular apps for nature lovers and download those you find interesting and useful.
Portable outdoor shower
While many people believe there is no reason to shower while in nature, we beg to differ. Not only do you need to maintain hygiene for health reasons, but you also want to do something that’ll make you feel better. So, invest in a portable outdoor shower, which transforms any water source into a mini on-the-go shower. Use the S-shaped hook to hang the head from a tree branch (but make sure the branch is strong enough) for the most comfortable experience.
These are just some of the most popular and useful gadgets outdoor lovers from all over the world are raving about. We’ll probably see some new additions this year, too, since this industry is becoming increasingly strong due to both its appeal and the restrictions imposed because of the current pandemic. Luckily, with the gadgets presented here (as well as many others that didn’t make the list), your experience should be better than ever, and you’ll never look back once you start using them.
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