Confession: I do not like camping. The stickiness, the bugs, the dust. Limited power and firepower. Little break from the heat. With such problems, I find it crazy that people actually find camping as entertaining and relaxing, especially when they are worried that their phones are dying (assuming they receive a signal in the first place).
But if the scenery is too good to deny, or you donâ € ™ t want to miss out on a family or friends outing, thereâ € ™ s plenty of equipment to make you feel comfortable and connected in the wilderness. .. or at least in your campsite.
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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 a pound and is easy to roll up. Hang it in a private shower tent 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 to cook? 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 into a backpack, like the Coleman stove ($ 23) with a burner. Do not forget to bring along some small frying pans and cooking utensils.
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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 discharging your car battery and charging your electronics, you should buy a portable solar charger that charges during the day, so you do not have to worry about getting the battery dead at night.
Of course you should bring a large portable battery for your devices, such as the EcoFlow River ($ 500) with a capacity of 116,000 mAh. This is especially handy for those who can not live without straighteners and hairdryers. However, depending on capacity, you may not get many retries. You can also use a smaller 10,000mAh battery for an iPhone XS Max ($ 1,100 on Amazon) three charges and for a Galaxy S10 Plus ($ 875 on Amazon ) a little bit over two charges.
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Make your tent home
Solarize your tent to make it feel less than You would be in a jungle and more like you never left your 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. Bring some with you, which can also be operated with batteries, if the weather does not allow sunlight.
Solar fans, such as the OPOLAR Travel Fan ($ 16), can help keep your tent cool in the late afternoon or on a particularly sweaty night. Make sure you leave them out during the day so they can enjoy the sun.
It's also a great idea to pack camping lanterns like the SUAOKI LED Camping Lantern ($ 17) if you decide to get out of your sun 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 as a deal breaker in your sleeping bag and have a truck, van or SUV, you can turn it into your personal camper. It already has light, protection and energy, so that's less material you need to pack from the start. Consider bringing a warmer option for cooler nights like the REI Coop Kingdom Insulated Sleep System 40 ($ 279).
A self-inflating air mattress is great no matter where you are. Sleep so you can do other things while your mattress is airing. It is still a good idea to bring a portable battery or generator so your car battery does not do all the work.
Keep your drinks cool without ice.
If you really want to go the extra mile when camping, invest in a solar cooler such as the GoSun Chill ($ 499), which keeps your drinks and midday meat cool, without using ice cream. 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 pack a couple of reusable water cubes ($ 12) into the coolers to ensure this is filled with filtered water. These have a tap handle that makes it easy to fill the water in a bottle.
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You can also drink and drink your coffee
Coffee snobs, you do not have to give up your daily coffee or worse – drink immediately – during your camping trip. A($ 64) does not require power, and you can drink your morning cup of Joe in no time. If you have a portable battery with the correct type of plug, you may be able to take your coffee machine with you.
Do you prefer French-pressed coffee? Get one that also serves as a thermos and can hold heat for several hours. For this type you need access to hot water.
Camping slippers are a must.
Bring close-fitting slippers, as you need to tie your shoes to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, not ideal. Closed toes are ideal for keeping dust out and preventing your toes from sticking on loose stones and branches as you navigate the darkness.
A CNET editor swears by The North Face's Thermoball Traction Booties ($ 60). These all-weather slippers are warm enough to heat up to 75 degrees without socks in a Michigan winter without burning your toes.
Other important things you do not want to forget
If you decide to take the plunge and glow, think of the basic necessities:
- insect zappers and mosquito repellents
- paper towels
- toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer and wipes
- Rain cover
- Waste bags
- Resealable plastic bags
- Warm clothing for the night
- More underwear than you actually need