The days of rubbing two sticks together to start a fire as you pitch a simple tent in the dense forest are – for most of us – happily over. These days, thanks to quickly evolving technology, most of the creature comforts of home can be enjoyed in most campsites. Whether you’re trying to cool off, warm up, catch some Zzzz’s or just enjoy a tasty glass of water, these camping accessories are meant for you.
OPOLAR Rechargeable Battery Operated Clip-on Fan
The retail world is full of battery- and USB-powered fans, but this model from OPOLAR is the only one we’d recommend for keeping you cool in the great outdoors. It delivers an impressive burst of air equal to any similarly sized electric model and can be quickly recharged. Powered by USB cable, USB-C or batteries, it’s the perfect size for a picnic site, camper or tent. You’ll run out of uses for it before it runs out of power.
Sleepingo Camping Sleeping Pad
Whoever invented the term “roughing it” surely didn’t know about this sleeping pad from Sleepingo. This inflatable pad forms a super comfortable 2-inch thick sleeping surface that’s designed for side and back sleepers.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Stop using chlorine or iodine to decontaminate your drinking water and enjoy a safe glass of liquid refreshment on your next camping trip. These filters from LifeStraw require no batteries and feature no moving parts. Each filter comes in a sealed bag and weighs just 2 ounces. When used properly, the filter can remove 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria and parasites, surpassing EPA filter standards.
WEKAPO Inflatable Lounger
Call it what you like – a “lazy lounge” or “air sofa” – we just love the idea of a comfortable place to sit for a few hours. WEAKAPO’s lounge also comes with a packing bag, a stake to keep it from blowing away and even a bottle opener. (The manufacturer boasts it even works in a swimming pool, but we think it’s perfect for camping.)
Saferell Rechargeable Hand Warmers
Even in Florida, we get some chilly winter weather. These rechargeable hand warmers have two temperature settings with smart chip control. Indicator lights help you adjust to your preferred level of warmth. Special bonus: When you’re not using them to heat your hands, these also work as a backup battery for your cell phone.