There's nothing quite like getting away from it all – getting out into nature, putting up a tent and enjoying the fresh air. But wouldn't just a little bit of tech make camping EVEN better?! We think so. So we've rounded up a range of products – from battery-powered camp stoves, solar gadgets and wind or water-powered devices that could make your camping trip a little more comfortable and convenient!
Battery charging for camping
Biolite Camp Stove 2
The latest version of Biolite's award-winning CampStove boasts 50% more power, an integrated battery and upgraded LED dashboard for improved controllability. It's a wood-burning stove that converts its heat into electricity to charge devices while you're cooking dinner. Smart? We think so.
With a patented Intivation SunBoost chip giving its solar panel ultra efficiency, the Waka Waka+ will charge your smartphone with ease or deliver up to 200 hours of light. If that's not enough, the Waka Waka+ also acts as an emergency SOS beacon. Handy or what?
WaterLily USB Turbine
The WaterLily USB charger harnesses the power of running water or wind to power your smartphone, charge up your power bank, run your camp lights speakers and more. With a maximum output of 15W, it's a useful energy source for days when the sun hasn't got his hat on.
Useful camping devices
This lightweight device pairs with your smartphone to keep your group connected when there's no cell or wifi coverage. Download the goTenna app to your smartphone and communicate with your group at a point-to-point range of up to four miles with full end-to-end encryption.
Billed as 'the world's smartest pop-up' tent, the Cinch range is designed as much for festivals as for wilderness weekends. Even the basic two person model comes with phone-controlled lighting. Add a solar power pack climate control and more interlocking Cinch tents and you can turn your campsite into something truly smart.
This little device won't connect to Amazon Echo or help you manage your energy bill, but it might save your life. LifeStraw enables you to drink directly from ponds, rivers, and streams, removing bacteria, parasites, microplastics and other contaminants. Not only that, for every product sold, LifeStraw's global Give Back Programme guarantees a child in need safe water for a whole school year.
And that makes us happy campers.