Nov 23, 2022, 10:24 am EST | 5 min read
While the average camping checklist may include items like a tent, sleeping pad, pillow, plates and utensils, bug spray, and toiletries, among others, they often leave out other key essentials. To help you (or the camper next door) make the most of your next camping trip, we’ve curated a list of seven must-have camping essentials.
The best part is they’re all under $100. Not only are they great for you, but they’ll also make the perfect camping gift item or “camper hamper” for others like you who love the outdoors.
Plenty Power: Anker 20,000mAh PowerbankAnker
While camping often entails retreating to some quiet and remote location, it doesn’t include being entirely cut off from your loved ones. In fact, keeping tabs (with the outside world and fellow campers) is an important safety measure while out there. That means you need your phone or radio to be always charged.
With the 20,000mAh Anker 325 powerbank, you can bank on your phone or radio to always have juice. It can literally save your life in the event of an emergency. Featuring dual USB-C and micro USB ports, Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies, it can charge up to five devices on a full charge.
More AC Outlets: POWLIGHT 5-in-1 Wall Outlet Extender With Night LightPOWLIGHT
Even if you bring along a portable power station, you may need multiple extension cables to charge all your mobile devices simultaneously. One way to cut cords, weight, cost, and still save space (at the same time) is by using a wall outlet extender like the versatile 5-in-1 POWLIGHT Wall Outlet Extender.
ETL listed, it features a three-sided design with five AC outlets, three USB-C, and one USB-A charging port. This 15 Amperes, 125 Volts, and 1, 875 Watts extender also offers three-level surge protection. Its smart night light (with Dusk-to-Dawn sensor) can also double as your night lamp and light up your tent.
Light It Up: iTonics LED Rechargeable FlashlightiToncs
Speaking of lighting, it is one of the most important things to consider when prepping for camping. When night falls, you’ll need lighting to find your way around and scan your immediate surroundings and the entire site for potential danger. You may also need it if there’s cause to run for safety or to take a leak at night.
One of the best rechargeable flashlights for camping is the iTonics LED Rechargeable Flashlight. This 1,000-Lumens super-bright pocket-size magnetic flashlight comes with T6 Adjustable Focus, is fully zoomable, IP65 waterproof, and supports low, high, COB, and strobe light modes. It can last up to 10 hours on low mode and doubles as a tactical self-defense weapon.
Light It Up
iToncs LED Rechargeable Flashlight
With low, high, COB, and strobe light modes, you've got all the light you need for any situation with the 1,000-Lumen iToncs Rechargeable Flashlight.
See Far and Wide: Bushnell Falcon 10×50 BinocularsBushnell
Depending on the location of your camping site, there are a number of fun activities you can engage in while out there. This can include surveillance, bird watching, game hunting, hiking, and mountain climbing, among others. To enjoy these, you’ll need to see far beyond your naked eyes. That’s where binoculars come in.
If you’re looking for a pair of binocs that reach far and wide in the wild, then the Bushnell Falcon 10×50 Binoculars it is. It features a 50-millimeter aperture, up to 10x magnification, 9-millimeter eye relief (with fold-down eyecups) for your glasses, 25 feet close focusing distance and 1,000 yards (300 feet) field of view. It also comes with coated lenses and Porro prisms.
See Far and Wide
Enjoy Skygazing: Gskyer AZ70400 TelescopeGSkyer
Although most binoculars can peek into space, not all are quite equipped for stargazing or deep space exploration. If stargazing is one of the items on your camping bucket list, you’ll require a more specialized equipment; a telescope. And as you may have guessed, telescopes come in different shapes, sizes, and prices.
Frankly, for under $100, you can only get so much telescopic power. But you’ll be amazed at what the Gskyer AZ70400 Telescope is capable of. It features a wide 70-millimeter aperture, two replaceable eyepieces, one 3x Barlow lens, and a 5×24 Finderscope with a mounting bracket and cross-hair lines. It also comes with an Altazimuth mount, and a carry bag.
Gskyer AZ70400 Telescope
Explore the night sky in the wild. The cosmos beckons and the GSkyer Telescope is at your service.
Keep It Hot: Burnout 16 Oz Temperature Regulating Smart MugBurnout
The temperature can drop really fast when you’re out camping in the wild. When it does, you better have warm clothing or a fireplace nearby. And while these may help to keep you warm and cozy, a warm or hot cup of coffee can do wonders for your body. If you love your cup of cappuccino as much as you love camping, then you’re in luck.
The Burnout 16 Oz Temperature Regulating Smart Mug is a great option to help you navigate those bone-chilling cold nights. While you may like your coffee hot, you definitely don’t want it scalding hot. Developed by aerospace thermal engineers, the Burnout travel mug uses DrinkNow and Heatzorb technologies to make your coffee drinkable in minutes for hours. You can also bring your heated coffee mugs along.
Keep It Hot
Start a Party: JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerJBL
Speaking of the weather, another cool way to beat the cold and burn some fat out in the wild is to dance. And who better to play your favorite jams than a portable Bluetooth speaker? If you’re in the mood for some music and movements, then the JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker can be your DJ. To add to the fun, you can also throw in some LEGO for grown-ups.
With an IPX7 waterproof rating, the JBL Flip 5 won’t flip on you even if it rains. This 20-Watts Bluetooth banger weighs only 1.2 pounds but is a heavyweight in the sound department. Its stereo-pairing feature allows you to pair two or more PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers to create stereo sound. It lasts for up to 12 hours and has a built-in microphone.
Start a Party
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