Winter is out and warm weather is in. Every time spring rolls around, I like to take stock of my camping and hiking gear to see if anything needs to be replaced or if there are any major upgrades on hand. Of course, there always is. This year, there’s some hot tech I’m looking at, and I’ve been looking for a new light jacket (think I found one) as well.
I also found a few luxury goods that might make their way into my bag. I love “roughing” it and all. But does it have to be so, well, rough? Not in this day and age.
I pulled all of these products from Gadget Flow, mostly because I’ve come to trust their editor review system and curated content. So let’s dig into some camping gear that every camper should consider picking up.
Fogo Smart Multi-Purpose Flashlight
Three hundred bucks for a flashlight might sound a bit extreme. However, with the Fogo Smart Multi-Purpose Flashlight, you’re not getting just a flashlight or even a smart flashlight. The Fogo Smart Flashlight is more of an all-purpose safety device than a simple light. A Swiss-Army knife, you could say, but in flashlight form.
Among other things, the Fogo smart flashlight can act as a power bank while on the go, capable of charging your smartphone and other devices. It also features walkie-talkie capabilities, allowing you to communicate with fellow travelers even when you lack cellular service. The Fogo Bot software can also warn people nearby if you’ve suffered a hard fall or other accident, sending out a distress call with GPS coordinates.
Basic navigation, such as GPS and a compass, are also on board. Of course, if illumination is your need, the Fogo has you covered. It sports a powerful 1200-lumen light. The Fogo smart flashlight is packed in a rugged, waterproof design and can operate in both freezing and scorching temperatures.
BAUBAX 2.0 25-Feature Travel Jacket
Never leave home without a jacket. Even if you’re planning a summer camping or hiking excursion in a warm area, you should pack a jacket in case temperatures drop more than expected. You don’t want to be in the wilderness without the proper insulation. The BAUBAX 2.0 25-Feature Travel Jacket is one of the best jackets you can buy.
Why? It’s designed specifically for travel. The BAUBAX 2.0 25-Feature Travel Jacket features a built-in neck pillow and eye mask, helping you get to sleep on planes, trains, and in automobiles. There’s a built-in pair of gloves, and you can even convert the jacket quickly into an effective blanket. You can also blow the jacket up into a footrest.
Further, there are 12 different utility pockets scattered throughout the BAUBAX 2.0 25-Feature Travel Jacket. Some of them are quite hidden, perfect if you want to store something valuable, say a passport. There are plenty of other useful odds and ends, including a built-in whistle, microfiber cloth, and bottle opener.
Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Manual Espresso Machine
Is survival even worth it if you don’t have a good cup of coffee? Probably, but why risk it? Teenage me would have been happy with some over the fire percolated coffee. Problem is, you have to drag along a lot of equipment and the coffee is rarely anything more than drinkable.
With the Wacaco Nanopresso Portable Manual Espresso Machine, you can be assured of a good cup of joe, anytime, anywhere. A patented pumping system allows for 18 bars of steady pressure. If you’re into espresso then you already know that pressure is vital for a good brew. Fortunately, the Wacaco Nanopresso features more pressure than many full-size home machines.
Of course, the Wacaco Nanopresso is built for life on the go. A hard travel case keeps it protected. The hand-held sized device fits easily into even tight spaces and weighing only 336 grams, you’re likely to forget it’s even there. At least, until you need a great dose of espresso.
Braven Ready Elite Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
If you’ve got all of the above camping gear, you’re safe, you’re warm, and you’ve got a great cup of coffee in hand. Perhaps it’s time to get the party started? The Braven Ready Elite Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is one of the best speakers for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
The Bluetooth speaker market is crowded, so it’s going to take a special speaker to reach the top of the hill. What makes the Braven Ready Elite special is that it’s built specifically for life on the road. The Braven Ready Elite is IP68 rated, meaning it’s dust, water, and debris proof. It’s also compact, Bluetooth capable, and built with sturdy, durable materials.
Of course, the Braven Ready Elite delivers great sound as well. The bass is especially deep and rich for such a small device, but it won’t overpower the tweeters and range drivers. Further, a single charge will deliver 12 hours of playtime.