It is summertime, and that means barbeques, beaches, and camping. Whether you love the great outdoors, want to kick back in a park, or head to an outdoor festival, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the right equipment to make your experience as easy, practical and comfortable as possible. We teamed up with Rickey Manbahal to bring you a list of this year’s camping must haves. Rickey Manbahal is the Finance Director of his local government, but is also a major camping enthusiast, and has brought us nothing but this season’s best products.
Camping is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, but while the idea of sleeping under the stars might be the ideal, the reality can be much more stressful. From maintaining the comforts of everyday life to ensuring you have all of the right equipment to stay safe, it can become quite an ordeal if you’re not adequately prepared. Luckily, with some technological products and practical equipment, you have no reason to worry!
BioLite Wood Burning Campstove
When you picture camping, you likely imagine cooking over a big, open, wood fire – but with the BioLite Wood Burning Campstove, you are able to turn that fire into electricity. This award-winning stove safely burns wood so you can expend your energy hunting for natural fuel and enjoying hot food and warmth. The best part? This stove has a thermoelectric generator, which will charge almost any USB device. Rickey Manbahal explains that while the original was released in 2017, this updated version of the original CampStove comes with 50% more power, a removable 2600mAh battery, and a smart LED dashboard showing current battery status and fan speed settings. However, since it weighs 2 pounds, it’s better suited for car camping than backpacking.
When you are thinking about bringing the convenience of your electronics with you on a camping trip, in case of emergency, to play music, or just to stay connected, there are only so many charged devices you can bring with you. Luckily, with the AnkerPowerport Solar, you never have to worry about being underpowered. Rickey Manbahal explains that this affordable solar panel will charge your devices using the sun’s rays and is comprised of four flat panels that can be folded up into a lightweight carrier.
No matter where you’re going, Rickey Manbahal knows you never want to run out of clean water, and that’s where the Lifesaver comes in. LifeSaver was created in a response to Hurricane Katrina, where clean drinking water was scarce. Whether you are by a stream, river, or lake, all you need to do is fill the bottle, pump, and drink it. This portable water filtration device is a capable of providing a sustainable source of safe drinking water no matter where you are, removing the smallest known waterborne viruses. This is a great product to have in your car, and a few extra in your home, in case of an emergency.
VSSL Medical Set
If you brief any ‘must-bring’ camping lists, you are sure to find first-aid kits. But the first-aid kit we are suggesting is a new innovative solution by VSSL. Designed for daily adventures, this ultra-packable medical set by VSSL is actually a flashlight packed with everything you could possibly need in case of an emergency, which includes band aids, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, tweezers. The best part is that this flashlight first-aid kit is contained into a practically indestructible 9” flashlight that is easily carried with you wherever you go.
Thermacell MR 150 Portable Mosquito Repeller
One of the biggest reasons that people claim to hate camping is the bugs. They are inescapable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourself from them. Rickey Manbahal explains that you can protect your skin from bites in the wilderness with the Thermacell MR 150 Portable Mosquito Repeller. This compact and lightweight outdoor device keeps insects at bay by creating a 15-foot protection zone around it. This product is powered by a Thermacell fuel cartridge that warms a disposable mat infused with Allethrin, a synthetic of the natural repellant found in Chrysanthemum flowers.
Scrubba Wash Bag
Another big reason people don’t like camping, is dirty clothes. Luckily, the Scrubba Wash Bag has created one of the simplest solutions to washing in the woods. The Scrubba is the world’s smallest washing machine and the ultimate travel and camping essential. This convenient, pocket-sized companion helps you save money, time and water. And the best part? It is twice as effective as hand washing and a lot more hygienic than a river.
Helop LX Pressure Shower
If staying clean is a concern, the Helio LX pressure Shower has you covered. All you need to do is fill this contraption with water, pump up the pressure and enjoy from seven to 10 minutes of cleanliness. This product is also lightweight, coming in at 820 grams without the carrying bag.