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Essential Gadgets for the Great Outdoors

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Essential Gadgets for Great Outdoors

Many enjoy the simple pleasures of being one with nature and spending time in the great outdoors. It is an opportunity to take time off from our busy work schedule and every day pressures. However, that does not mean that we have to abandon all life’s pleasures. We have curated a list of essential gadgets that we think will give the outdoor enthusiasts a little connection to the pleasures of life without taking away the beauty of nature.

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower

Living in the great outdoors should not deprive you of a hot shower. The Sea to Summit Pocket Shower holds enough water for eight and a half minutes of shower. Just fill up the pocket shower at the beginning of the day and let it hang outside for the sun to heat up the water inside. Get a nice warm shower at the end of the day. Best of all, when not in use, the Sea to Summit Pocket Shower folds up in a super compact pouch that literally fits in your pocket.  (Read more)

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Coleman All-in-One Portable Sink

You may not be able to bring everything with you when you go for a camping trip but you can certainly bring along the kitchen sink. Using a battery operated pump, the Coleman All-in-One portable sink pumps water from a 2.5 gallon water reservoir. Comes with 2 sinks for washing and rinsing as well as a drying rack. All parts are nestled together in a single compact package for easy transport.  (Read more)

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SteriPen Adventurer Opti Water Purifier

Safe drinking water is one of the biggest problem for hikers and campers. Boiling water requires fuel and produces hot water that requires time to cool down. Using chemical sterilizers often produces an unpleasant after taste. The SteriPen Adventurer Opti Water Purifier sterilizes water by using just UV light. All it takes is 90 seconds to zap all the micro-organisms to produce 1 liter of drinking water. No heating required and leaves no after taste. (Read more)

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Switch V2 Modular Pocket Knife

Pocket knives and multi-tools are essential gadgets for the great outdoors. They are highly portable and yet multi-functional. However, a single pocket knife cannot cover all your needs for different situations. Not unless it is the Switch V2 Modular Pocket Knife that is fully customizable.  The Switch V2 Modular Pocket Knife comes with 12 different attachments providing a total of 16 different functions. Pick and choose only the attachments that you need. (Read more)

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MPOWERD Luci Solar Lantern

Next to drinking water, the next most important requirement when you are off the grid is probably light. The MPOWERD Luci Solar Lantern is a inflatable, solar powered, waterproof lantern. All making it the best light source for a camping trip. Being inflatable means that it can collapse into a super compact package and weighs only 4 ounces. A full day of charging gives up to 12 hours of lighting. Being waterproof means you can leave it hanging outside in all weather conditions.  (Read more)

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

The  LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a life saving device that is used by millions of people around the world. A single LifeStraw weighing just 2 ounces can filter up to 1000 liters of water. That is enough drinking water for a big group of people to last for weeks. The LifeStraw uses no chemicals and leaves no after taste in the water. It requires no batteries and has no moving parts. (Read more)

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DeLorme inReach Two-Way Satellite Communicator for Smartphones

While you may want to avoid all phone calls while on a camping or hiking trip, the ability to communicate using a phone can be a matter of life or death in an emergency situation. A cell phone is useless when it is out of range of cellular towers. The DeLorme inReach communicator makes use of the worldwide Iridium satellite network to send out messages and GPS tracking points as well as receiving confirmation and messages. In fact, when paired with a smart phone, it can be used to send text messages. Being able to compose and send text messages means that you can describe the nature and location of your distress in detail, so the proper resources can be deployed. (Read more)

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Timberland Men’s Radler Trail Camper Flat

Packing an additional pair of shoes usually takes up too much precious space but the Timberland Men’s Radler Trail Camper Flat can be folded in half and zipped up into a tiny compact package. The shoes are made from water repellent nylon and are designed as an alternative to sandals or flip-flops. However, they are much more durable and can replace a pair of hiking boots in an emergency. (Read more)

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BioLite Wood Burning Campstove

The BioLite Wood Burning Campstove is a compact and light weight wood burning campstove that uses wood as fuel. The reason this campstove is in this list is because it doubles up as a USB charger for your phone and other devices. The Biolite Campstove has a build-in rechargeable battery that is charged by the heat when the stove is in use. The battery is mainly used for powering a fan for stoking the fire but any additional charge generated can be used for charging your other electronic devices. (Read more)

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Wagan Solar ePower Cube 1500

The Wagan Solar ePower Cube 1500 may not be a compact and easy to carry device like the rest of the gadgets in this list. In fact it is the size of a carry-on piece of luggage complete with wheels and a collapsible handle. We have to admit that it is not really essential but it is an ideal replacement for a power generator. The ePower Cube has batteries that can be recharged using AC, DC and solar power. It has two 115V outlets, two 12V DC outlets and two USB power ports, taking care of all your electrical needs. If you absolutely need AC power on your camping trip, the Wagan Solar ePower Cube 1500 is the greenest way to go. (Read more)

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