“Roughing it” outdoors isn’t quite as uncomfortable as it used to be, thanks to these seemingly simple, yet state-of-the-art gadgets for hikers, hunters, and preppers. Whether you’re packing for your next big getaway on the trail, or are still putting the final touches on your go bag, here are a few items that you certainly don’t want to miss out on!
Turn Any Plastic Bottle into a Shower
Why purchase an entire portable shower system when you can recycle your water or soda bottle into one on your own? The Simple Shower screws onto most PET bottles. Just fill up your bottle, screw it into place, and the built in airtime allows you to gently spray water once you flip the bottle upside-down.
Check out the YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/Ve4VdhtkXyY
Solar Powered Backpack
If you’re on the go, you don’t necessarily have time to sit around and let your solar chargers sit on a flat surface to top off the power in your phone. With the Baltoro 75 GZ, you can charge your phone or other gadgets while you’re on the move. The built in panels at the top of the pack make it easy to get solar coverage during your hike.
Image Source: https://gearjunkie.com/outdoor-retailer-summer-market-2015
Sea to Summit Sink
Hikers, campers, and preppers know how vital it is to have a reliable way to gather or store rain water. When it comes to needing a portable sink to clean up, do laundry, or wash the dishes, the Sea to Summit Sink is durable and compact. It collapses during storage, but once it’s filled with water it will sit securely in place. It could be your most essential camping tool!
Image source: https://faveable.com/
Spray Free Mosquito Protection
Another great product by Sea to Summit is their wearable “Bugwear” Jacket and Mitts set. When you wear it, you can safely protect yourself from disease-laden mosquitos without worrying about the chemicals inside of bug repellant. If you’re in a wooded area or nearby a body of water, this is especially important. Bug spray runs out and can leave a gross residue, but this jacket runs for under $40 and fits comfortably over any clothing for complete bug protection.
Image source: http://www.llbean.com
Solar Powered Cooker
Scramble your eggs, cook wild hog, or heat up your hotdogs with the GoSun cooking chamber. The 2-foot long tube uses heat from the sun to warm up the food inside. You can essentially cook up to three pounds of food at a time, which is adequate to feed dinner to a family of four. It works faster than you might expect, thanks to its ability to retain up to 90% of the heat it absorbs. And at just under two-and-a-half inches in diameter, it’s easily portable for wherever life takes you.
Image source: http://www.coolthings.com/gosun-solar-stove/
Transform Your Hiking Pole into a Slingshot/Spear/Saw…
A bit on the pricey side, the Zubin Axe takes trekking and hiking poles to an entirely new level. It is described as a “multi tool survival staff” and allows you to attach various different tools to the end, including an axe, saw, slingshot and fishing spear. Hike during the day, hunt at night, and you’re set to go.
Image Source: http://www.coolthings.com/zubin-axe-hiking-pole/
If you love the outdoors, these handy gadgets can make your stay even simpler than you thought. They’ll also likely make someone happy if you happen to slip them into their holiday gift list once Christmas gets a bit closer.