Anyone who’s ever camped knows that the experience is all about innovating: from figuring out where to hang your torch so you and your partner can read simultaneously, to finding a secret enough spot to relieve yourself (and getting creative with a lack of toilet paper).
If this weekend is set to be a getaway of this calibre, you might want to take the creative pressure off and get your hands on one of these genius ideas that do the hard work for you.
If you’re a big camper, you’ll appreciate these clever cats coming up with tech that solves those niggling outdoor issues. If you’re not the camping type, maybe you will be after discovering these items.
Here are our favourite things to squeeze in the camping kit:
Does the thought of something with several more legs than you crawling onto your face put you off camping altogether? This start-up has the answer: the Treepod camper is a tent that can be suspended above ground, avoiding potential contact with insects (or bigger animals). It can sleep two, so don’t worry about having to go it alone – it’s like being in a tent and a hammock at the same time.
A campfire is all good and well, but because it’s pretty much illegal in any national park, we’d go with BioLite’s second stove offering. Not only does it use the heat from the wood-burning stove to create energy (and charge your phone, to boot), the cooktop is also small enough to pack, efficient enough to cook your food, and clean – it creates smokeless fire.
Buying into BioLite also means you’ll be helping communities that need energy too – proceeds from BioLite products go back into their energy outreach program, which has so far seen over 51 million hours of electricity generated around the world in rural communities.
The only enduring problem with a hammock is the envy it induces when someone else is hogging it. Start-up Bear Butt has solved this problem with its insanely small and affordable “Double Hammie”, which is essential for any lazy camping trip with your S/O.
We’d take this camping just for its retro-styled exterior, but the Coolest eski is actually much more than appearances. It’s actually more of a portable kitchen. There’s a blender in the side of the lid, a Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger, an LED light for late-night bevvies, a secret compartment for keys and the like, as well as a built-in bottle opener and rubber wheels that can take on sand. Sorted.
You heard about Paqsule – which isn’t a bad idea for camping either – now get to know Dolfi: the “next gen” clothes washing device that can do even delicates justice (just in case you’re taking a new flame camping). This little piece of tech is smaller than a smartphone, so won’t take up any precious packing space, but it’s most exciting feature is its ability to clean your clothes with ultrasonic technology. No washing powder and no more scrubbing over a campsite sink. Just chuck your garments in a bucket of water, turn on your Dolfi and let it do its thing.
Camping doesn’t have to be all serious and khaki-hued. UK-based Field Candy is hell bent on making the activity fun, so why not get a piece of the action and rest your head on this adorable pillow that looks like a wedge of cheese?