It’s true that one of the best parts of camping is unplugging and getting away from our tech-heavy lives.
But a few gadgets — ones that bring more fun, safety and lasting memories — can make the trip that much sweeter. Here are a few gizmos worth adding to your camp kit.
VSSL Supplies Suunto Edition ($143 at vsslgear.com). The Sumas, Washington-based company’s clever emergency kit gets another element of safety with the addition of a best-in-class Suunto compass cap. It also includes an LED flashlight and aluminum cylinder stocked with emergency gear such as a first-aid kit, rope, fishing gear, waterproof matches and much more.
Heyday Small Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Loop ($20 at Target). Target’s new electronics line includes this 3-inch-square speaker that provides a little entertainment — without blowing out your neighbors’ eardrums. It’s waterproof up to 1 meter and has a handy loop for hanging from a tree or inside a tent.
Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent ($50 at thermacell.com). This new launch creates a huge 110-square-foot mosquito-free zone around your campsite by dispersing a synthetic form of the bug repellent found in chrysanthemum plants. Scent-free and DEET-free, the included insert provides up to 12 hours of protection, and the rechargeable battery lasts about six hours.
GoPro Hero ($200 at gopro.com). If you want to take more action photos and video, but don’t need top-of-the-line 4K, check out this new, more simplified (and less expensive) GoPro. It takes 10MP photos and captures 1080p60 video — which is plenty for most people. It’s waterproof, has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and many more fun features.
BioLite SunLight ($25 at bioliteenergy.com). Illuminate your campsite or provide a soft nightlight in the tent with this petite, solar-powered, dimmable lantern. An integrated solar panel can charge it during the day for up to 50 hours of run time at night.