Useful Gadgets for Camping and Backpacking

Freedom camping on the Routeburn track.

Are you ready for camping season? Here are some great things to bring along on your next camping adventure.

Espresso Pot for the Campfire

Now you can bring your own version of Starbucks right to your campsite, check out this new, portable espresso maker you can use on a stove or atop a campfire. GSI Outdoors - Moka Espresso Pot. $49.95

And for fun after breakfast, the GSI Outdoors Outside Inside Freestyle Ring Toss will bring the fun with you.  Along with the traditional game of corn hole, here's a new take that is a lot easier to carry.

When you camping and don't want to take up a lot of space in your backpack, pack the This sleek water bottle is perfect for those who have limited room in their bags but want to make sure they stay hydrated.

The Hydaway is small in general, but it can compact down into a small disk when you're finished drinking. When completely folded down, it is one inch tall and weighs a mere six ounces, and it can be clipped to the outside of your bag.

The watertight bottle holds 21 ounces of liquid, and they also have kids sizes. Coming in eight colors, the bottle is 100% BPA-free and dishwasher safe. HYDAWAY Collapsible Pocket-sized Travel Water Bottle - 21 oz - Bluebird.

Bike Helmet and Shades

Bolle Bike Helmet and paired sunglasses. You know by now you have to wear a helmet, so you might as well wear one that's comfortable and provides the best safety edge. This is a high-quality racer's bike helmet and the sunglasses make you look like Lance Armstrong!  This stands out as one of the easiest to wear and comfy helmets I've ever used.  It even comes with a 'shades garage' to keep your sunglasses all tucked in while not in use.

Bolle The One Premium Blue Red White 58-62cm 31579 Cycling Helmet  $152

Reusable Water Bottles from GSI Outdoors

We all know now that plastic water bottles and bags are BAD NEWS for our environment.  So why not use a reusable bottle like these well-made containers from GSI Outdoors?

These two stainless steel bottles are different, the orange one has a drinking spout that flips up, and the slightly larger blue bottle has a traditional screw neck. Both provide cold drinks without the guilt!

GSI Outdoors MicroLite 720 Flip, Vacuum Bottle, Orange,

Light an Instant Fire!

With Insta-fire, you get a pack of 18 firestarters that can even light wet wood, and also burn over snow and ice! The pack doesn't flare up, it's a gradual fire and will last from 10-15 minutes, plenty of time to get your wood lit. It's also easy to pack and leaves just natural ash after it burns.

Instafire Granulated Fire Starter, All Natural, Eco-Friendly,18 Pk $19.50

A Power Pack Extraordinaire!

This new heavy duty power pack exceeds any we've ever tested....you can actually power a light, plug in a camera charger, or even use this for a fan or a TV while camping!  The Novoo 60 watt AC Portable charger is a game changer,  a hefty cylinder with a standard three-prong Western plug, plus a USB to charger smaller devices like phones.

If you've ever had power packs that run out of juice, this hefty bad boy might be a better choice.

AC Power Bank, NOVOO 20100mAh AC Outlet Laptop Portable Battery Pack Travel Charger $84

 Your Own Personal Silk Travel Sheet

So we used to be able to count on the airlines to provide us with blankets, but that's not a given any more. Voila!  Here is a great answer, your own personal sleep sheet, as long as a single bed sheet but not as wide. It's made of pure silk and packs up in to a tiny little bag. Sure it's not a cheap item at nearly $80, but think of how rich the experience of sleeping on silk will be, either in your tent or in your seat!

Brave Era Naturally Hypoallergenic 100% Mulberry Silk Travel Sheet For Adventurous Travelers (Sharkskin Gray)  $79.99

Max Hartshorne

Max Hartshorne has been the editor and publisher of GoNOMAD Travel in South Deerfield Mass since 2002. He worked for newspapers and other sales positions for 23 years until he finally got what he wanted, and became the editor at GoNOMAD. He travels regularly, enjoys publishing new writers, and watching his grandchildren grow up.