Whether you’re new to the trails or an avid and experienced outdoors person, having the right tools in your pack can make the experience a lot more enjoyable and set you up for success during your adventure. From preparing for minor outdoor emergencies to entertainment, to navigation, we’ve set up a list of our favourite gadgets that every adventurer should equip themselves with before hitting the trail.
Gadgets every outdoor adventurer needs
Solar power bank
An absolute must-have is the solar power bank, which ensures that all of your important devices stay charged through your hike or camping trip. No electricity required, the solar bank keeps charged via the sun so you can have peace of mind without having to worry about whether or not your devices have enough juice to last. Many solar power banks also come with a built-in flashlight, which comes in handy.
Lifestraw water filter
The ultimate survivor gadget is the Lifestraw water filter is a game changer for those who may not want to lug around giant water bottles during their hikes. One straw can filter 99.99% of pathogens, parasites, and harmful bacteria from 1,000 gallons of water. You can even stick the straw directly into the water source and enjoy perfectly safe drinking water.
Water purifying bottle
If you’re not much for sipping your water directly from the stream, then a purifying water bottle may be just the gadget you need to ensure access to purified drinking water from any freshwater source. The water bottle and filter packed into one makes it easy to pack and carry.
Keeping a multi-tool/pocket knife handy is vital while out in nature to ensure that you are ready for whatever may be thrown your way. Many tactical multi-tools come equipped with pliers, screwdrivers, scissors, a knife, hatchet, hammers and more. These come in handy for hiking, fishing, setting up camp, and more, and save you space when packing.
Solar inflatable lantern
Lanterns can be bulky to pack but are necessary on night hikes or camping trips. Inflatable lanterns collapse, making them easy to stow away and are either rechargeable or rely on a solar charge to keep them powered. These little lanterns are the ideal alternative to classic lanterns which come with the risk of an open flame.
Handheld GPS unit
Depending on where you plan to traverse, you may need a more powerful GPS unit, but anyone can really benefit from having a GPS with them, especially during off-trail explorations, climbs, or backcountry adventurers. GPS’ can pinpoint your location and re-orient yourself on the map should you lose your way. Many GPS units also come equipped for severe weather conditions like heavy rain, fog, and snow. A trusty GPS is far more reliable than a phone and can save the day if you’ve wandered adrift.
When settling into the campsite after a long day of fishing or hiking, some soft tunes can really set the mood and set you up for relaxation. Small portable speakers are great to bring on hikes or camping trips so that you can enjoy some music on your adventure. Just be sure to be respectful of nature and others around you who may be looking for a little silent solitude. Keep your volume low so that your group can enjoy it without disturbing others.
Thermacell bug repeller
Nothing quite ruins the party like uninvited guests. That’s why bug repellent is a must when it comes to hiking and camping, especially if you are anywhere near water. But with the Thermacell bug repeller, you can skip the sticky, smelly sprays and simply flip the switch of this lightweight gadget, which repels bugs with a 15-foot radius.
These super compact and lightweight boxes offer sturdy protection for your valuables while hiking or camping. It’s the perfect size for a phone, ID cards, keys or other small items. Trekking through the stream or hiking through a little rain is no match for these gadgets.
You never know what you may come across during your travels, but it is always best to be prepared!
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