29 Insanely Clever Products That Will Make You Want To Go Camping
Even if you’re not outdoorsy at all.
A portable hot tub.
Yeah, they’re right beside a lake…but that lake isn’t heated! Soak in comfort wherever you happen to be with the Nomad collapsible tub—it’ll make the great outdoors even greater.
A device that lets you send a text even if you don’t have cell phone service.
“Go off-grid but don’t get lost” using goTenna. Did you wander too far off the path while following a raccoon to get a look at its adorable little hand-paws? Text your camping buddy to figure out how to get back to the waterfall you’re supposed to be chilling at.
Price: $149.99 for two devices
A lantern that repels mosquitos.
“Get outta here! Find your dinner someplace else!” = what this lantern tells mosquitos (so you don’t have to wear bug spray).
A cooler that’s also an air conditioner.
Buy one of these to cool you and your beverages down with an “icy breeze.”
A pair of shoelaces that can start a fire.
Baby, let me light your fire…with my laces
These rubber-tipped tying devices hide tiny little rods with a lot of power: strike one to produce a spark “robust” enough to start a fire.
An inflatable tent.
Putting together a tent can be as difficult as putting together furniture from IKEA—why not just inflate one?
Price: This product is currently being crowd-funded.
A tent that you can set up in seconds.
Not quite as fun as the inflatable tent, but so convenient!
A collapsable kayak.
Why buy a kayak you have to strap to the roof of your vehicle when you could just buy one that folds up into an easily transportable package? This model is great for both novice and expert paddlers.
A flask that doubles as a flashlight.
It also includes a compass (but let’s be real, you’re more interested in using it to drink some booze).
The world’s smallest hydropower plant.
Blue Freedom = a water wheel that fits in your backpack. You could be 100 miles away from the nearest power outlet, but as long as you have some running water, your phone will not die.
Price: This product is currently being crowd-funded.
A pot that charges electronic devices.
Maybe you prefer thermal power over hydropower? Check out this pot that will charge devices while you use it to cook dinner.
A picnic blanket that fits in your pocket.
You’ll look so suave when you pull the Matador out of your pocket and fan it out like a—well, like a matador. Just watch out for stray bulls.
A pack of tent stakes that glow.
If you hold down your tent with these guys you won’t accidentally trip over a skunk on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
An incredibly precise weather tracker.
WEZR is a wearable weather-sensing device that lets you choose “the right place and the right time for your outdoor activity” using real-time data. How will the weather evolve as you hike from Camping Site A to Camping Site B? Just program those locations into the app and you’ll be able to figure it out—to the minute.
A light for your cooler.
Your fridge has a light, doesn’t your cooler deserve one too? Of course it does.
A fish-finding sonar device.
A wireless sonar device that will keep you from going home from a fishing trip empty handed. It reveals the location of those sneaky fish, will work in depths from 1.5 feet to around 130 feet, and gives you a detailed view of the terrain of the bottom of the body of water you’re fishing in.
A crank that charges your iPhone.
Charger cables? Who needs ‘em! The CrankCase lets you charge your phone using manpower.
A water-resistant speaker.
Listen to music on the beach (or when there’s the possibility of rain) without worrying about ruining your speakers. The battery in this Turtle Shell speaker will give you “16 hours of party time” and will also help you out by charging other electronic devices.
A portable espresso maker.
Just because you want to get back to nature doesn’t mean you want to get away from caffeine: the Minipresso helps you get a jolt of energy right at your camp site.
A tent with built-in twinkle lights.
Just a little mood lighting for those nights when it’s too overcast to see the stars.
A solar-powered stove.
Don’t want to start a fire? Can’t start a fire? Don’t be ashamed! Just use a Gosun and let that big ball o’ fire in the sky heat up your dinner for you.
A collapsible cooking pot.
Cookware that will tuck right into your backpack, leaving you with more space for other necessities (like snacks: lots and lots of snacks).
A shower that you transport on the roof of your car.
You can take a shower wherever you want! Of course, you probably shouldn’t (unless you want to be arrested for indecent exposure), but when you’re out in the woods: go for it!
A collapsible solar-powered lantern.
This is the perfect light source for a backpacker: it won’t take up any room in your pack—just hang it from a strap during the daylight hours and expand it (fully charged from a day in the sun) at night.
A combination tent and hammock.
Why sleep on the ground when you could swing from the trees? There’s even a pocket to hold your beer!
An inflatable pillow.
You don’t want to go without a pillow, but they take up so much room—rest your head on one that inflates!
A picnic blanket with a speaker.
A picnic is even better when you have an accompanying soundtrack.
A waterproof lighter.
The Exotac will protect your lighter from water even if you get caught in a downpour or swept away in a river (let’s hope that neither of those things happen, but at least you’d be able to light a campfire if they did).
A camper you can use as a boat.
Ditch your apartment, sell your house, and spend the rest of your life in one of these things. Done.
Price: Email Sealander for a quote.