Full-time, part-time, or intermittent RVing can be quite an adventure, but sometimes you want to take your camping to the next level. Whether you plan a dry-camping trip in the desert, backpacking excursion into the mountains, or merely a couple of nights sleeping under the stars, having the right gear can make all the difference. Check out the following gadgets. Some are so innovative you may even want to incorporate them into your day to day use.
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The Camping Cookware Mess Kit
This 10-piece set of cookware by MalloMe includes a non-stick pot, pan, and lid, two bowls, a spoon, spork, spatula, and a loofah for cleaning, all in a handy travel bag. It’s made from non-toxic anodized aluminum and has heat-resistant handles. This fully collapsible, nesting set is perfect for carrying in a backpack or storing in small spaces, which means it’s a great addition to your bug-out bag. It’s also durable and convenient enough for daily use in your RV’s kitchen where storage space is a premium.
Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad with Attached Pillow
It seems like we’re always needing additional accommodations for overnight guests. This camp pad is an optimal option because when it’s not in use, it compresses and rolls to a size no larger than my yoga mat, making it easy to store.
It’s also easy to use. When you roll it out and open the valve, it self-inflates to a comfortable 76 x 25 x 2.5-inch mattress. In the morning, just open the valve and roll it up to deflate. Although it has a soft design, the polyester shell material means that it’s weather resistant enough for outdoor use, as well.
Eat N’ Tool
Multi-tools are great when you want to conserve space. They fit in a purse, in a glove box, in an emergency kit, and make equipping your RV a cinch.
This durable Columbia River tool combo is a must have for any bug-out bag, backpack, or tool box. It functions as a bottle opener, fork, and spoon. It also features three hex wrenches and a carabiner for easy transport.
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FKANT Solar Charger
At some point, we plan to make the move to solar, but until then, we tweak things when and where we can. That’s why a gadget like this works so well for us.
Although the lightweight, water-resistant charger takes a full day in the sun to fill the batteries, you can speed the process by plugging the USB cord into your computer. Once filled, you have between 10 and 12 hours of battery life to charge up to two devices at a time via USB port. In fact, you can reenergize your smartphone battery in under an hour, leaving plenty of juice for your other devices.
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Gerber Sport Axe II
Axes typically work more quickly than handsaws or hatchets. They’re great for splitting firewood or clearing a path when you’re hiking. Unfortunately, most are heavy making them cumbersome to carry and wield. Fortunately, this axe has a hollow handle—making it lighter than comparative options—a sharp blade—making it faster than some—and a plastic sheath—making it safe to pack.
Kepmov Solar Camping LED Lantern Flashlight
Possibly the most versatile solar-powered camping lantern available, this lightweight unit serves as a flashlight, lamp, and torch, as well as a cell phone charger. It’s collapsible, foldable, portable, and rechargeable via sun or USB port, making it a great addition to your emergency preparedness kit. Choose from three settings: low light, bright light, and emergency blinkers. This allows you to adjust it accordingly for every circumstance.
Matador Pocket Blanket
You can never have too many blankets, but you don’t always have room for them all. You can fold this full-sized blanket small enough to fit in a backpack, the pocket of your captain’s chair, or even in a corner of your glove box.
Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter
As a bag-to-bag style water filter, this system is easy to set up and use, providing liters of fresh water at a time. RVers know that even water obtained from a campground may not be drinkable. By using a water filter, you can have pure water pretty much anytime you want. Just fill one pouch with water from any source, elevate the pouch and then let gravity bring the water down, through the filter (removing over 99.99% of the bacteria) and into the other bag in around three minutes.
Yeti Flip 12 Mini Cooler
This little cooler is one of the most attractive I’ve seen. Its foam and fabric design ensure that it’s resistant to leaks, mildew, punctures, and UV damage at around 3-pounds empty. Its cubed body style makes it easy to transport and the wide opening and zipper top make it accessible and easy to fill, organize, and empty when you’re done.
Every year, innovative outdoor enthusiasts develop thousands of items to add to your camping experience. Some of them improve upon existing accessories, making them smaller, lighter, or more inclusive while others invent original objects to fill a new need. Although some of these may not fit your lifestyle, gadgets that perform multiple tasks or take up less space than your existing belongings may be worth considering. Happy shopping!
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