8 Must-Have Camping Gadgets for Your Next Trip

According to a study done by the Outdoor Foundation, not as many Americans are going camping like they used to.

There could be any number of reasons for this, but one likely scenario is that camping simply isn't for everyone. Without the proper equipment and amenities, it can be uncomfortable and even a little smelly depending upon the length of your trip.

But with the right camping gadgets, you can really enjoy an outdoor excursion. Here are eight cool camping products to try that may have you getting a taste of the outdoors more often.

1. Wacaco Portable Espresso Maker

Throughout the years, those roughing it had to invent all kinds of ways of perfecting a drinkable cup of coffee while camping. One of the most popular methods, called cowboy coffee, involves adding just the right amount of coffee grounds to hot water and then straining the brew.

But all that has been made obsolete with the Wacaco portable espresso machine. Just add hot water and your favorite finely ground espresso to this mini coffee brewer and within seconds you'll be enjoying a shot of caffeinated goodness.

It's also lightweight, easy to clean, and comes in a variety of sizes and colors to suit everyone's brewing style. This is one gadget you'll want to use at home and in the office, not just on the trails.

2. Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower

When the campground doesn't come with bathhouses, a warm shower can truly seem like a luxury. By toting along the Coleman five gallon solar shower, however, you can enjoy heated water within hours.

The reservoir features a handle for easy toting and hanging, and a shut-off shower head valve to save water when not in use.

It only takes two hours in sunlight to heat all five gallons. The solar soaking PVC material is so powerful that water can reach 101 degrees Fahrenheit, so be careful to test it before stripping down.

3. Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller

Nothing can ruin sleep or mealtime on a camping trip more than pesky, noisy mosquitoes. But switching on the Thermacell portable mosquito repeller will send any of the bloodsucking insects within 15 feet scrambling.

The secret is the gadget's fuel cartridge which throws heat and eliminates the need to use sprays, candles, and other traditional repellents. Each unit comes with enough cartridges for 12 hours of mosquito-free camping.

Not just for camping, this gadget is also a lifesaver at home BBQs and picnics.

4. LifeStraw

There are times during camping or hiking when you run out of hydration and that clear looking, cold natural spring looks tempting to drink from. Unfortunately, unfiltered water can contain waterborne bacteria and parasites that can make you very sick.

That's why LifeStraw created its personal water filter so anyone can enjoy sips of water without fear of ingesting contaminants. Even E-Coli can't get past its filtration system. Amazingly, this lightweight drinking device filters up to 1,000 gallons of water before you need to replace it, which means it will last you through numerous camping trips.

It's also a great item to keep at home in case of emergency or survival situations.

5. X-Plore Gear Emergency Paracord Bracelets

Now here is a camping gadget that even MacGyver would envy. Each X-Plore gear emergency paracord bracelet conceals a flint fire starter, fire scraper, whistle, and compass, providing you with survival tools at your fingertips for just under $10.

The durable paracord rope is made of the same material U.S. paratroopers had in their parachutes during WWII. Best of all, these bracelets are sold in pairs so you can provide your BFF with one during your outdoor adventures.

6. BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove

Boil water or make meals and charge your mobile device at the same time with the BioLite CampStove 2. This portable stove runs on twigs, sticks, and even wood pellets to generate a fire that is 95% smokeless.

This powerful little stove contains its own internal fire starter (so there's no need for matches or lighters) and a fan that kicks in to gently feed the flames for steady burning. It also generates three watts of electricity that will charge your devices.

The 2600 mAh rechargeable battery holds onto extra power so you can use the charger even if you're not burning a fire.

7. Core Equipment 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent

In less than a minute this 14' X 9' Core Equipment instant cabin tent is your home away from home complete with a room divider, zippered doors and windows, and even storage pockets.

The generous size will comfortably sleep up to nine people in sleeping bags. Wind and rainproof, the material's seams have been heat sealed to prevent water from entering. There's no struggling with poles, as they're pre-attached to the fabric.

Want a view of the stars? The roof's rain fly can be removed for enjoying panoramic nighttime views. This tent does double duty nicely at the beach as well as the campground.

8. Lunatec Aquabot Sport Water Bottle

Don't let its appearance fool you; this is not your usual water bottle. The Lunatec Aquabot sport water bottle can be used for spraying off cooking gear, dishware, and even yourself.

The bottle's pressurized mister provides a steady stream or mist of water when you need it. Use it to extinguish a campfire, spray sand or dirt off yourself, clean your gear, and more.

This bottle will also become your new BFF during the hottest months of the year. Take it with you on beach and day trips and walks with your dog. It even works upside down.

Of course, you can simply drink from it, too.

Hit the Trails With These Cool Camping Gadgets

Your next adventure awaits. Now that you know about eight of the coolest must-have camping gadgets for your next trip, it's time to get out there and explore nature.

If you enjoyed this list, be sure to read our other outdoor posts for more camping tips!

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