Nothing gives stronger sense of freedom than fun and adventurous road trip. I always want things to go as smooth as possible, but for that a preparation is required. Camping survival gadgets can go a long way and make a trip much more enjoyable. Check out this road trip checklist with the essentials items that can help in many ways. Make the trip more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. Stay ready, stay sharp! For the tent buying guide check out the link here.
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✅ Traveling after dark with Sun power
Sun powered inflatable light, note – there is no batteries. Will not work without sun charging. Luci is original brand of inflatable solar light, there are many cheaper products but I love the simplicity and reliability of Luci product.
✅ Coleman 360
How about something really cool: Coleman Led lantern is also a Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable and works with batteries.
Torch and headlights
Stay sharp after sunset, light up your tent and simply have an ability to move around in the darkness. The flashlight, torch or headlights have an unmatched value as an item during road trips and other activities you might engage during your journey.
You can find the independent research of the best headlamps in the Clever Hiker blog.
It might seem like a useless item at first, but the more you will travel the more you will realize why flashlight made up this list as the camping survival gadget! Don’t use the phone flashlight – that will drain the battery. Use the phone as communication mean while in wilderness.
” While headlamps are becoming more and more popular as time goes, folks are still purchasing flashlights in almost record numbers – taking advantage of advanced LED technology to guarantee that they aren’t ever left alone in the dark.” The most popular torch review on Bright Ideas.
✅ A New Age of Wireless Speakers
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Sand Stone . Finally a portable speaker that offers balanced sound, customisable EQ and a compact enough size. The B&O offers an app which can be used to adjust the sound to your liking. Battery is not that great but decent for the size . I take the speaker everywhere I go (I travel with work a lot) and it keeps me company. It can go loud without distorting. It is loud enough to entertain a group of people in a small living room
Young or old, we simply have to take care of our skin at all times. And I’m pretty sure that chances of your road trip to be full of the sun is as high as the sun itself.
Whether you plan to climb high peaks, go sunbathing in beaches, camp under the trees or hike across countryside roads, sunscreen will come in very helpful at all situations.
✅ Power Bank
Today, our phones are just as multi-functional as those swiss army knives. They show us the way, capture the best moments, allows us to stay in touch with people and beyond. With that many aspects, comes great responsibility for your phone’s battery to keep up.
Help the battery out by packing in a portable charger, and stay in the right direction without losing the signal at the most important moments!
800 Hiluckey Solar Charger 25000mAh Portable Charger Waterproof Power Bank with 4 Solar Panels for iphone, ipad, Samsung, Smartphones and More
✅ Alternative power
How about charging phone while making a cup of tee? Burning only wood, the CampStove 2’s fan creates a smokeless fire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes while turning its heat into usable electricity. Boils 1L of water in 4.5 minutes
✅ Washing clothes
With the worlds smallest washing machine I could save €5 for each washing cycle using camping utilities, no queuing, any time, any place.
✅ Organised campsite
Avoid mess in the campsite and keep belongings organised with this simple helper. Either stretch it outside between the trees or inside the tent.
✅ Outdoors robe/jacket
Red Paddle changing coat/jacket is my most valuable investment to start and end the day when walking to the campsite communal showers. It’s great to cuddle in at the campfire. Shield yourself from the elements with the jacket, a robe designed with outdoor adventures in mind. The outline is waterproof with super soft moisture wicking fur lining – pulls water away from skin, drying you effectively and keeping you super warm . The definite thing needed for camping trip!
✅ Portable shower
If you camp in wilderness outside of civilisation and utilities are not available, take with you the portable 20 L solar powered shower bag.
✅ Privacy shelter
When you travel with tent that is not full height either pop-up tent or stingray, the privacy shelter comes very handy. You can use it to change the clothes, hang and dry the clothes, for improvised shower room or even toilet. Or just an extra storage place.
✅ For coffee lowers
I never travel without my espresso maker, mornings have a different flavor with hot coffee. Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine. Minipresso is hand operated, no battery, no electric power need
✅ Cooking gear
I do not cook, but many people do. Make sure you camp with someone who knows how to use the kit. All-in-one 24pc kitchen set includes all utensils needed for any gourmet expedition
✅ Onja Stove – Primus
Thanks to the carrying strap the stove is easy to bring along and functions just as well on the city excursion to the park as on the weekend trip with the kayak. When extended the body becomes a stable cooking unit that also protects the burners from the wind. The top is covered with an oak lid that doubles as a cutting board or as a plate to serve food on. Powered by Primus 100 g, 230 g or 450 g canister gas. There is also a Duo valve version that fits most gas cartridges with a valve on the market, perfect for those who bring the stove with them when travelling.
✅ Inflatable Lounger
Perfect invention, lightweight and easy self-inflatable with swift breeze, no pump needed. Can be used when camping, in a pool or on a beach. Happy lounging!
✅ Folding washing basin
The basin holds 8,5L and is useful when cooking or cleaning the dishes. Or for washings kids 🙂
✅ Gotenna Mesh antena
Meet the sleek, lightweight device that pairs with your smartphone, and keeps your group connected when venturing off grid.
- Send text & GPS locations without cell or wifi
- Works with any iOS or Android smartphone
- Typically up to 4 miles point-to-point range
- Mesh-networking enabled to privately relay messages
- Micro USB charging cables included
- 1-year limited warranty
✅ Mosquito repellent
Let’s face it, as much as we love nature, bugs are simply not fun and sometimes borderline annoying! Whether it is that one fly that simply refuses to abandon either your car or a tent or group of hungry mosquitos chasing you down on your hike, bug spray is that one essential you want to not forget during your road trip!
The high tech mosquito repellent is excellent choice. Thermacell uses heat to activate a proven repellent system. A tiny amount of repellent creates a 20-square-meter “Zone of Protection” area around the user. In this way, mosquitoes and midges are stopped in flight instead of on one’s skin, so Thermacell reduces both bites and the annoyance of buzzing mosquitoes and midges. Thermacell products are highly effective and have earned the respect and trust of outdoor experts around the world. More information from producer.
✅ Sunglasses with HD recorder
HD video sunglasses are perfect to capture a SnapChat moment while you are busy with driving, climbing, rowing, etc… Exporting the footage in different formats to your phone and then the Internet is available. The footage isn’t great but definitely acceptable for a tiny camera on your face.
✅ Filter Water Bottle
This item removes 99.9% of bacteria and parasites and also softens the water and removes odor. You have to use your mouth to suck the water through the filter as you drink, so you can’t fill a cup, but the bottle holds plenty of volume to fill the equivalent of a cup obviously. I am not going hiking that often but I do have my water bottle with me every day, and especially when I am Nordic Walking or Jogging.
✅ Smartphone Touchscreen Gloves
Isn’t that annoying when you have take off the gloves to operate your phone? There is solution for the outdoor hiking, biking, climbing, gardening etc glows
✅ The HEAT company Insole Foot Warmers
Self adhesive – Ideal for ski boots. 7 hours life, instant heat. I use them for spending time outdoors with children or dog walking.
Gopro and accessories
Ever wonder how people get those incredible split shots in the water? The dome port is required if you want to capture half half images above and under water plus improve your camera underwater shots with wide angle. Take your photography to the next level with this underwater Go Pro accessory. Of course you need to have Gopro Hero 7/6/5/2018 as well.
✅ Swiss Army Knife
Once you embark on the journey, be it a quick weekend affair or a summer road trip, you never know what you will encounter. And this is where one of the most essential of the essentials comes in, the unbeatable swiss army knife!
Equipped with 12 functions such as bottle opener, screwdriver and many more, it will aid you at almost any situation you can come across in on your road trip. Swiss Army Knife is simply a must!
✅ All in one pack
Tired of nitpicking essentials? The kit below has most of it, so they claim. Practical survival tools and protective equipment – only practical, personalized customized emergency survival tools, multi-function knife, emergency blanket, silver whistle, compass, keychain light, fire starter, velvet, wire saw, Tactical flashlight (without AA batteries), object buckle, Paracord Bracelet, to meet your outdoor adventure hobbies and needs.
✅ First Aid Kit
Swiss Army knife may give you the functionality and bug spray will keep you comfortable, but safety one of another camping survival gadgets function.
You have to be ready for everything because during the road trip anything can happen. And maybe it is just a little bruise after all, but to avoid infection and stay safe, first aid kit will come in handy for sure as well as for many other instances!
If you go off-trail, take the first aid kit designed for serious outdoor adventures. The Light and Dry Nano is ideal for trail running, cycling, adventure racing or even triathlon. Includes a compact and lightweight waterproof inner bag containing all the essential but basic items so you can keep going fast while remaining safe.
Back to the easy camping road trip checklist.
Can you recommend any other essential camping survival gadgets? Do not hesitate to share the links and reviews in the comments below.