12 Game-Changing Gadgets for Outdoor Enthusiasts

This might pique your interest for those of you who love to get outside and explore the great outdoors. Some of the coolest gadgets for camping, hiking, or hanging out at the park watching your kid’s soccer game have come out in the past year. These are some of the gadgets I’m most excited to get my hands on this season.

1. BioLite CampStove 2

BioLite CampStove 2
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This compact stove can be a game-changer on your next camping trip. A quick collection of small twigs and sticks will have this stove spark up a fire in no time. That’s not all, though. The stove does more than cook a quick meal or boil water. The device uses fire to store electricity and charge all of your electronic devices. Now, you can charge your phone while heating your morning coffee.

2. Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool

Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
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This multi-tool could arguably be one of the most essential and versatile tools to add to your backpack. The tool combines 19 tools to help you out of whatever jam you find yourself in. The all-in-one device combines a knife, saw, pliers, can opener, whistle, screwdriver, hammer, and flint fire starter. For just over $100, you can have a mini toolbox in your pocket.

3. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
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Every outdoor enthusiast knows that fresh water is the most important resource when you are off the grid. This handy water filtration device allows you to drink from most water sources. It filters out 99.999% of waterborne parasites and bacteria based on the company’s standards. It can fit nicely in a backpack and save you from thirst when you run out of fresh water.

4. TRUE’s Flameless Plasma Lighter XR

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Any camper will tell you how frustrating it can be to start a fire or a camp grill with a flimsy gas station-bought lighter. This rugged plasma lighter will handle everything you throw at it. It has the power of 300 matches, is waterproof, and will light up in winds up to 80 miles per hour every time you light it up. Plus, it runs off a USB charge, so you don’t have to worry about batteries or re-filling fuel.

5. Slyde King Flashlight

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Whether you are backpacking out in the woods or working on your car in a dark garage, this handy flashlight is here to save the day. The light will put out 2,000 lumens and stay bright for as long as 24 hours on a full charge. Quickly switch from work light to spotlight to keep you aware of your surroundings wherever you may be. It has a durable rubber grip and aluminum body that will handle all the elements the outdoors will throw at it; this flashlight is a must for exploring the great outdoors.

6. Ignik Backside Heated Seat Pad

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Camping can be a bit chilly at night. If that campfire isn’t keeping you warm, this heated seat pad will surely keep you cozy as you relax before bedtime. It can also fold out and be put in a sleeping bag or give your dog a nice heat source to keep them nice and warm throughout the night.

7. nCamp Wood Burning Camping Stove

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This ultra-lightweight camping stove keeps you warm and feeds you on your next adventure. It is only 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches when folded up, making it easily stowable in a backpack. It can handle a tea kettle or cast iron skillet when in use. The versatile stove can run off wood and solid and liquid fuels. Use it as a cooking device or a fire pit for warmth on your next camping trip or tailgating party.

8. EcoFlow Wave Portable Air Conditioner

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This powerful little A/C unit is capable of keeping you cool, even on the hottest days of the year. It can cool down a small room into a refrigerator in under 10 minutes by churning out 4,000 BTUs. It is perfect for tents, small rooms, RVs, or those living the nomadic van life. It can be easily charged and lasts for as long as 12 hours. Designed to leave zero drips or condensation, you won’t have to deal with a puddle of water after each use.

9. Anker 757 Powerhouse

Anker 757 Powerhouse
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You will never have to worry about being unable to charge your devices with this all-in-one power source. The source has six standard outlets and four USB ports and can reach 80% charge in just over three hours. It comes with a 5-year warranty and a 50,000-hour charge guarantee to give you the peace of mind you will always be connected.

10. Muzen Wild Mini Outdoor Speaker

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Take your music everywhere you go because the speaker comes with a clip for you to attach to your backpack. This Bluetooth speaker will survive all the elements, even in the most rugged conditions. Waterproof and temperature-proof, this speaker puts out optimal sound to keep you and your party entertained.

11. Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Charger

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Turn those solar rays into an electric charge. That’s right! Strap this panel to your backpack or leave it on the hood of your car, and it will turn the sun’s natural rays into power for your electronics. It’s as simple as that. No more expensive or bulky power sources are needed for a quick hike or day trip.

12. Suunto Traverse GPS Watch

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There are a lot of smartwatches on the market, but I love this one for anyone who is an avid hiker or backpacker. It provides a GPS tracker, altimeter, barometer, compass, and calorie counter. It also looks super sleek and extremely durable.


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