It wasn’t so long ago that a camping trip meant leaving electronics and creature comforts behind. Times have changed, and with them the needs and wants of the modern camper. Many aspects of camping life have remained consistent over the years, while others didn’t even exist a generation ago. Take advantage of some of the exciting modern innovations.
flashlight: Coming in a myriad of shapes and sizes, a flashlight is a universal camping tool. This season, consider any one of the modern flashlights that need no batteries. Whether pumps, magnets, or cranks, many flashlights now run on kinetic or solar power. Some models have clips that keep them from wandering off in the dark. This can be useful for younger campers. Flashlights are the kind of thing one just can’t have enough of. Most campers will usually have one or two spares in the box. Consider shining a little light on the holiday season with this home run gift idea.
lantern: All campsites need at least one lantern and if there is only one, it will likely be shared. Every site can use another lantern for tents and kitchens and every camper can use a spare. Lanterns can be battery or gas powered with some modern styles being rechargeable.
solar recharger: Nothing illustrates how different modern camping has become than the emergence of portable electronics. From phones that utilize Doppler radar for weather information or GPS for directions. These devices have become an integral part of our experience. Phones can play music, or help tune guitars and many people have come to use them as a way of keeping in touch or as a safety precaution. Help keep all necessities charged this holiday season with a solar powered charger.
laser pointer: One of the greatest tech toys for camping is always the laser pointer. You can spend as much or as little as you wish on a pointer but the sky is the limit in terms of quality and expense. Pointers are a great tool for watching the night sky and pointing out constellations, planets and other celestial wonders and they can also be used to create an impromptu light show.
Take a kid camping! It’s cheap, easy and fun and they will not forget the experience. Check out nailtravels.com for more ideas on easy arts and crafts that will keep everyone interested and entertained. With the right equipment and preparation, there is no reason your camping season can’t last all year.