We may live in a digital world, but for many folks, that makes getting away from it all especially appealing. In fact, nearly six out of 10 households recently reported that one of their residents has gone camping. Spending time outside in nature provides a chance to detach from the gadgets on which we constantly depend.
But if you don’t want to completely give up your ties to modern civilization, there are some technological advancements for wilderness adventurers that make camping easier and even more enjoyable.
Don’t much like the thought of having to sleep on the cold, hard ground? If you’d rather be rocked gently to sleep without worry of bugs or other creatures making their way into your tent, the TreePod Camper will help you hang in there — literally. This two-person tent gets suspended from a tree via a rope (a precarious-sounding premise, but it’s safer than you’d think), with extra framework that helps to balance it out. Some have applauded it as an alternative to the labor-intensive backyard treehouse while still providing an option for actual camping trips. Reviews have shown that it may not be the easiest thing to assemble, but it might be a good choice for your kids’ first camping experience.
For the gadget-lovers, you can buy a portable “shower” for washing dishes, camping gear, or your hair and body. Nemo Helio makes an 11-liter tank and accompanying 7-foot hose to make it easier for hikers to access the water they need along the way. You can also find many more of these portable showers for sale, including sun-powered contraptions that make hot showers on camping trips a reality. There are also several straws and water bottles on the market that make water filtration a breeze.
When you go camping, mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance; they can potentially expose you to serious illnesses. There are a lot of sprays, creams, and even wearable fans on the market meant to repel these pests, but they’re often smelly, noisy, or just plain ineffective. Invisaband makes a bracelet that will keep mosquitoes away for 120 hours using natural ingredients. It’s comfortable and you don’t have to remember to reapply, so it’s especially good for families, large camping parties, or even outdoor events.
And if you get lost on a camping trip (or at a music festival) without WiFi access, there’s a chic-looking alternative to a conventional compass. Lynq uses pieces of data to orient your location in comparison to others in your party who are also carrying this device. It shows your proximity in distance and direction to other Lynq users you’ve identified, which makes reuniting easy. You’ll just need to sync up these smart compasses before you set off. There’s even a “safe zone” function that allows parents to set boundaries for their children to make sure they don’t wander too far.
In today’s world, it can be hard to disconnect completely. But with these advancements, there may actually be a benefit to bringing tech along on your next camping trip.