With the Holiday season right around the corner, you are probably on the hunt for that perfect gift. An avid camper can be terribly hard to buy for, worse yet, is finding the right gifts for the tech loving camper or “glamper”.
Camping is such a great outdoor activity, and camping equipment has advanced so much in the past few years. Meaning that high tech (but not necessarily electronic! ) equipment can make your camping, or other outdoor activity, warmer, safer, more comfortable, and sometimes just more fun!
If you’re a someone who loves the outdoors, this list is pretty drool worthy.. but if you’re not one who enjoys the outdoors, but you’re still searching for a gift for someone who does, this list is sure to get your shopping off to a strong start!
The BioLite Wood Burning campstove combines all the great parts of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger in one .. so you can actually cook a meal while charging your gadgets! The Biolite is perfect solution for both the backcountry campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits. No fuel to buy or carry, you can use twigs you collect on the trail, or in your backyard, eliminating the need to carry multiple propane tanks. The Biolite converts heat from the fire into usable electricity, so while you cook dinner, you can be charging your phone. Great for camping, backpacking, natural disasters or power outages, you’re able to cook and keep vital electronics powered as long as you can find twigs (which is usually pretty easy). ($130 on Amazon)
Need to charge your phone or batteries for your GPS? This kit from Goal Zero is precisely what you need! This kit includes the Nomad 7 solar panel and a Guide 10 Plus power pack. Using the power of the sun, you can charge a smartphone in an hour with the Nomad 7, and you can charge the rechargeable battery pack in 3-4 (which is great to keep charged for times when the sun isn’t out and you need to top up your devices). The solar panel weighs only 1.2 lbs and folds up to around the size of a book, so its easy to keep in your camping or backpacking gear. ($120 on Amazon) Just want the Nomad 7 and not the power pack? Goal Zero Nomad 7 v2 Solar Panel ($80 on Amazon)
Is the person on your list a thrill seeker who is always taking a ton of photos? The GoPro Hero4 might be the gift for them! This new GoPro is smaller and lighter (by 20%) than some previous models, and combined with 30% longer battery life, improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates, the HERO4 Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro yet. High-resolution, high-frame rate (1080p120) video enable stunning, immersive footage, and 4K30 and 2.7Kp50 enable ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture. New Protune settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. This new model also takes 12MP stills at up to 30 fps .. perfect for fast action sequences. ($500 on Amazon)
A great sleeping pad is the foundation of a good night sleep while camping. The LuxuryMap from Thermarest is designed with comfort in mind. Soft fabrics used in this camp pad gives great, next-to-skin comfort, and the high, 6.8 R-value* means you are thoroughly insulated against the cold ground. This mattress uses advanced pressure mapping technology and innovative die-cut foams to provide comfort and support where you need it most (like your hips if you are a side sleeper). The result is a more even and supportive sleep surface, less tossing and turning with fewer pressure points, and the priceless experience of a more restful night outdoors.
*An R-value will tell you how well the pad will insulate you from the cold ground. For instance, and R-value of 3 will keep you comfortable until around 20F (-7C), and an R-value of 7 will insulate you against the cold until about -40F(-40C).
A fire is the biggest part of camping, no matter what age you are. But when fire bans or restrictions are in place.. what can you do to recreate that experience of sitting around the campfire? Propane campfires are a great option for many reasons. Often, they are usually ban-legal (look for a CSA approved appliance), they turn off and on in a snap (no more waiting to build a fire or wait for one to burn out), and there is no need to shower the kids before bed (no more campfire smell).
This propane campfire, is the Campfire In A Can. While it might be a little more than some others on the market, the reviews speak for themselves. Literally it is the hottest one on the market (at 64,000 BTU‘s), and is made with high quality materials, lots of industry-leading features, has no-hassle warranty service (100% happy camper guarantee), and is made by a small family-run company. ($229.99 on Amazon)
With over 500 5-star ratings on Amazon, the DoubleNest Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters is a great alternative to camping in a tent! Big enough for two and palatial for one, the DoubleNest still manages to stuff easily into its attached compression sack (it will never get lost!). Goes anywhere, sets up in seconds flat, this huge, 400 lb capacity hammock is amazing for camping, backpacking, or stringing up in the backyard for a nap. ($70 on Amazon)
This is the #1 best seller on Amazon for handheld GPS units, and for great reason. It may be small, at 1.3 x 4 x 2.1 inches and weighing in at only 5 ounces, but the Garmin eTrex 20 is feature packed! It has a rugged construction and long battery life (over 20 hrs on 2 AA batteries), and includes a high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver, so the eTrex 20 will locate position quickly and precisely, maintaining its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. ($159 on Amazon)
The All Clear from Camelbak is your water bottle and purification system all in one! No more having to fiddle with tablets or having extra items to remember or carry with you. Just fill the bottle from a lake, steam, or tap, then replace the UV cap, turn the the power on and agitate for 1 minute. That is all that is needed to sterilize the water. The energy efficient design allows for use up to 10,000 cycles, even with cold weather exposure. Simple to use, and easy to carry, this water filter is sure to used for many, many years. ($83 on Amazon)
This Award-winning folding camp chair is friend to anyone on the go. Packing down smaller than a newspaper and weighing only 1.9 lb, you can take your Helinox Chair One anywhere. Utilizing anodized DAC aluminum poles, Chair One is strong enough to support folks up to 320lbs. It’s both comfortable and stylish and you and all your friends will be psyched to have it around the campfire, outdoor concert venue, or even on a backpacking trip. ($100 on Amazon)
Sometimes what you really want to round out a perfect day of hiking is a good hot shower. This portable shower from Helio comes in a small (8 x 7 x 4), nested kit and provides 5-7 minutes of steady, satisfying water pressure. Unlike the typical, gravity-fed, hanging shower systems, the Helio system uses an 11 liter welded fabric water tank pressurized by a foot pump. To use , you simply fill up the water tank, let it warm up in the sun, set the tank on the ground, then step on the foot pump a few times. Pumping occasionally while showering maintains the water pressure. ($99 on Amazon)
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