Camping can be a struggle – especially if you plan and forget what you need to pack everything you need ( hellllo, phone charger ). But if you prepare in advance and make a list of all the things you need to bring along, this can actually be very nice.
Fortunately, there is a lot of equipment that will make you feel comfortable and connected in the wild – or at least in your campsite. Take these elements with you so you can focus on the breathtaking view, rather than worrying about what percentage of the battery is left on your phone.
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A portable shower is a must.
I'm one of those people who do not go camping anywhere without a shower nearby. Unfortunately, some areas are a bit secluded, which limits the camping possibilities for me. Fortunately, there are portable showers that run on solar energy, so that in the background always a warm laundry is available.
A convenient and affordable option is the Advanced Elements shower (US $ 30), which holds up to 5 gallons of water and has a temperature gauge. It weighs just over 1 pound and is easy to roll up. Hang it in a private shower stall or hang it on a tree if you feel wild.
Cooking with a Portable Cooker
Who says you have to make a wood or charcoal fire for cooking? Just bring a small portable stove so you will not worry about how you will cook on rainy days. Sure, the campgrounds probably have a charcoal grill that you can use, but a portable propane stove is much faster and you do not have to wait until it's your turn to use it when sharing a space.
Most cooker options fit in a backpack, like this one-burner Coleman cooker ($ 23). Do not forget to bring along some small frying pans and cooking utensils.
Charge your electronics without damaging the car battery.
Even if you have no Internet signal at the campsite, you can use your phone or tablet for other purposes, such as: For example, take pictures, play games, read books and watch movies while relaxing. For this reason, you should maintain the charge, especially if there is an emergency (the emergency service can determine the last location where your phone has pinged).
Instead of draining the car battery and recharging the electronics, it's a good idea to buy a portable solar charger that charges during the day, so you do not have to worry about the battery becoming depleted at night.
Of course, you can also bring a large portable battery for your devices. For example, the ($ 1,100 on Amazon) Three Charges and a Galaxy S10 Plus ($ 886 on Amazon) brings in something more than two charges.($ 500) has a capacity of 116,000 mAh. This is especially handy for those who can not live without straighteners and hairdryers. However, depending on the capacity, not many loads may be repeated. You Also Can Use a Smaller, 10,000mAh Battery That Charges an iPhone XS Max
Make your tent home
Solarize your tent to make it less How you feel is in a jungle and more like you never left home. You can build your own solar tent by hanging solar lights like these Mosion Solar Lanterns (12 USD). These are especially useful when you hang them around the tent poles so you do not stumble over them at night. Make sure you bring along some that can also be run on batteries if the weather does not allow sunlight.
Solarfans like the Opolar Traveler ($ 16) can help keep your tent cool in the late afternoon or on a particularly sweaty night. Just make sure you leave them out during the day so they can soak up the sun.
It's also a good idea to pack camping lanterns like the Suaoki LED Camping Lantern (US $ 17) if you're out of your tent for a swim break or night hike. This lantern is solar powered and has a USB port for charging.
Forget the campsite. Camp in your truck or SUV
If you sleep on the ground with a sleeping bag and you own a truck, van or SUV, you can turn it into your own camper . It already has light, protection and energy, so that's less material you need to pack from the start. Consider a warmer option for cooler nights, such as the REI Koop Kingdom Insulated Sleep System 40 ($ 279) – you'll need to pump it manually.
A self-inflating air mattress is great no matter where you sleep. So you can do other things while your mattress is filling up. It's still a good idea to bring a portable battery or generator so your car battery will not do all the work.
Keep your drinks cool without ice.
If you really want to go the extra mile when camping, invest in alike the GoSun Chill (499 USD), which keeps your drinks and meat for lunch chilling without ice. It feels like you're going to grab a fridge and your hand does not freeze every time you drink something. You can also prevent melted water from getting into your food packaging. Make sure your radiator is on wheels so you do not have to carry it around with every movement.
Instead of packing plastic bottles, you can also put some reusable water cubes ($ 12) in the fridges to make sure you have filtered water in stock. These have a tap handle that makes it easy to fill the water in a bottle.