by Dakota Murphey
Camping and prepping are cool and fun, especially when you have the right kit. Don’t think you’ll have to forego all your mod cons while you’re exploring the Great Outdoors. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), technology is developing at such a rapid pace that going camping has never been more a more connected experience.
Here, Mike James compiled 7 of the coolest gadgets to take your camping trip to a whole new level, together with Best VPN.
Consisting of a camping stove, a kettle and a grill, you can cook your meals, charge your gadgets and reduce your carbon footprint all at the same time. Collect twigs, pine cones, dried leaves etc to make a fire in the stove, while a litre of water boils in less than 5 minutes. Connect your devices via USB and the stove’s thermoelectric generator will charge them up for you as fast as any wall outlet. Add the portable grill for burgers and sausages cooking at low, medium or high heat. What more could you possibly need?
- Coffee for the connoisseur
For the ultimate in breakfast luxury surrounded by Mother Nature, take a portable coffee grinder and make the perfect cuppa. The Voltaire Grinder has high quality ceramic conical burrs and a rechargeable battery that can power through 3 lbs of espresso fine grinding. There’s an LED based timer know with memory, and a built-in sensory platform that collects precise information of the type, quality and condition of the beans. WiFi connected to your smartphone app, the data can be displayed in graphs and charts, while coffee can be reordered from selected suppliers.
- Portable Ovens
If you’d rather bake or roast your food in the traditional way, there’s always the Roccbox Barbecue – which blazes at an incredible 500C and can bake a tasty 12 inch pizza in 90 seconds! Fuelled by wood or gas, it uses a small bag of kindling per hour, but you can also use propane gas or patio gas bottles. At 20kg, it’s not designed to be carried in a backpack, but if you’re taking a vehicle on your camping trip, this could be a useful piece of kit to have on board.
Weighing in at a mere 3.6kg, the GoSun solar stove is definitely portable. Harnessing the power of the sun and nothing else, you can grill, bake, boil or fry anywhere anytime, thanks to the durable borosilicate evacuated glass tube cooking chamber, 2 foldable parabolic reflectors made of industry grade anodizes aluminum and a stainless steel cooking tray.
- Smart Sun Shade
Speaking of the sun, you might think that sun shades haven’t changed much in over 3,500 years but you’d be wrong. Take a look at the Leaf for life, an innovative solar umbrella that comes with a 16-watt mobile solar panel that can be used to charge your mobile devices. Launched this summer, the quirky gadget comes in a range of vibrant colors and is perfect for the beach, picnic in the country or a camping holiday.
- Music On The Go
The Eton Rugged Rukus is a solar-powered all-terrain sound system and Bluetooth speaker will keep you entertained throughout the day, while 8 hours of lithium battery powered music are available during the night. It can be connected wirelessly to any Bluetooth enabled device (including smartphones, tablets and computers), and the speaker charges your smartphone via USB for non-stop entertainment and the ultimate in convenience.
- Lights, camera, action
To get the party going around the campfire, you need the world’s most advanced camping lantern: the Brunton Lightwave Amp portable lantern. It has a 700-lumen multi-coloured light show output producing full spectrum RGB lighting, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker and a powerful smart device USB charger. Use its app driven light and sound control to create captivating integrated music and light shows for 12.5 hours – aka all night long!
- Mobile movies
The battery powered Dashbon Flicks Cordless Boombox Projector is a mobile party powerhouse that combines an LED HD projector showing images directly from an HDMI source. Enjoy 720p HD streamed content straight from your smartphone, tablet or media devices and project a 3-meter image onto any surface. For movie nights outdoors with up to 4 hours of video playback in richcolorr and high contrast imagery, along with integrated 3-way speakers producing quality sound, you can’t get better!