There's something special, a sense of freedom, about being in the great outdoors. You can disconnect from daily life and reconnect with yourself and your beautiful surroundings. But that doesn't mean you need to leave home with just the essentials.
A decent pair of hiking boots, a quality tent and rain jacket are a must-have for any adventure, but what could you take to make your trip a bit more comfortable or memorable From capturing beautiful views on camera, navigating and tracking data, or simply lighting the fire the first time, here's a list of top tech to take with you. Make your next adventure under the stars one to remember.
Forget roughing it on your next camping trip. If you're worried about lugging heavy airbeds around with you, you think a foam mat just won't cut it and you're not keen to sleep directly on ground, this could be the camping mat you need. The Sea to Summit mat self-inflates saving you a lot of time and helping you to retain heat whilst sleeping. Simply open the valve and leave the bed to do its thing.
Adventuring brings special moments, incredible views and unique experiences - what better way to capture these than with an action camera. GoPro's are renowned for their high-quality camera footage, being easy to use and are great at capturing video footage underwater and in cold snowy conditions. You can attach them to many holsters and straps to wear on your chest, head or attach to a pole to create different angles and shots.
If you're keen on multi-day hikes and want a one-stop-shop for accurate navigation, elevation, weather forecast, fitness tracker and so much more, the Garmin Fenix 7 is a must-have gadget. The watch can charge on the go thanks to its solar capabilities, but even without this feature, the watch is rated for its extremely long-life battery. It's great for those taking on other activities too such as cycling, running and is waterproof for those who enjoy a bit of wild swimming on their outdoor adventures.
This obviously isn't a gadget, but it certainly does keep your tech safe from rain or sweat. This dhb waterproof pocket can easily be easily tucked into bags and coats on hikes, runs and rides.
There's something peaceful about going back to basics and cooking round a campfire, but that doesn't mean you can't bring a little bit of civilization with you. Outdoor chefs will be able to stir, scoop, sauté and serve with durable and lightweight versions of the tools we rely on in our home kitchens. A salt and pepper shaker plus two soft condiment packs ensure your food will be anything but bland and a compact towel and scrubber make cleaning up afterwards quick and easy.
Do you ever feel that mosquitos only have eyes for you? Protect yourself from bites in your camp with this portable mosquito killer. The gadget works by slowly propelling an odourless scent that is harmless to humans, but extremely effective against biting insects. Simply pop it next to where you are sitting and let it work its magic.
Love to cook over a campfire? This SoloStove is lightweight (1 pound) and small enough to pop in a backpack. It uses twigs, sticks and other woodland goodies such as pine cones as fuel meaning you don't have to carry any extra bits with you. It has been designed to boil water in less than 10 minutes meaning you can heat up a hot meal quickly on the go! Compared to other camping stoves which weigh a lot more and take up more room, this is the perfect companion for a camping trip.
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