The best camping gadgets

The best fireside gadgets that'll add to the camping experience.

GPS Use At Camp

by William Lobley |

Creature comforts are thin on the ground when camping. There’s no doubt that stripping things back to the bare necessities is part of the immense draw and charm of the camping experience. However, there are a few items out there that can be slipped into your backpack without sacrificing the simplicity you seek.

Whether you’re setting yourself up at an established campsite, heading to your favourite wild camping loch, or seeing where the trails take you on a new thru-hike, there’s going to be a gadget for you. So, to help, we’ve rounded up some of the best camping gadgets available.

Some of our picks, like the Survivor Filter Pro, Garmin eTrex 10, or the what3words app, are, in our minds, essentials. They offer high functionality that cannot be missed, and a simplicity of execution that makes them an absolute pleasure to use.

Some products, like the Biolite CampStove 2, truly embody the spirit of the “gadget” by bringing together traditional functions with cutting edge and exciting technologies. Others, like the WACACO Minipresso or Helinox Chair One, can be considered luxury options – they are not required items by any stretch of the imagination, but they always succeed in making us smile at the end of a long day.

So, that's the gadgets sorted, but what about the essentials?

Gadgets are grand, but they're amongst the last things you need to be buying ahead of a camping trip. To help you get the best kit available, we've also rounded up the best 30-35 litre packs, the best three-season walking boots, and the best camping stoves and camping beds. Make sure that you check them out maximise your tent-based life.

William Lobley is a Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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