Camping is truly a timeless activity. We use it as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. For many of us, camping can mean many things.
For some, itâ€™s the idea of â€œroughin itâ€ in the back woods. Going out with just a tent, some basic sleeping items, a few other miscellaneous supplies, just enough food, and an exploratory attitude.
Hmmmmmm. Iâ€™ll think about it.
As for the rest of us, camping looks a little different. Weâ€™d like to experience the outdoors, but not at the risk of major discomfort.
We all share a preference for a glamorous form of camping. Some might even call it â€œglampingâ€.
There are many forms of glamping, but one the most common traits is the idea of having similar amenities to what you would find in your home.
A well-cooked meal, a comfortable place to rest your butt, and a power source for your iPhone. I mean, weâ€™re not Bear Grylls here. Weâ€™re civilized folk.
Well, guess what? Weâ€™re in luck.
Thanks to the diligent work of some ingenious inventors, who just so happen to be looking out for your glamorous lifestyle needs. Most of our first world problems can be solved with simple items. And are often extremely portable.
Hereâ€™s our list of must-have essentials for your modern camping trip:
Let’s Go on an Adventure
So for this list, I want to put you in a scenario. Itâ€™s a long weekend, right in the heat of summer. You and a few friends hear about a scenic campground a few hours out of town.
So you pack up the SUV and hit the road. After one pit stop and couple wrong turns, you arrive at your destination.
The spot is amazing. Lustrous trees ring around your campsite and the lake is just stoneâ€™s throw away. Everyone is unpacking and getting settled in. Itâ€™s all tying together quite nicely.
Dinner time rolls around and everyone is ready for the first meal. Luckily youâ€™re a master chef and know how to make a mean stew. Hereâ€™s where our first item comes into play:
1. Â Portable Cookware
Dragging around pots, plates, pans, and cups can be a huge chore. That’s why you brought the MSR Flex 4 System.
This extremely portable cooking system is perfect for aÂ group of 4. It includes a 5.3L pot, and 3.2L non-stick pan, strainer, 4 plates, and 4 stainless steel mugs. With the footprint the size of just one large pot, this high capacity culinary system is perfect for cooking every single meal, all while using limited real estate.
2. Â Portable Camping Stove
So youâ€™ve got the pots and pans covered, but what about the stove top. Make sure you bring theÂ Etekcity Ultralight Portable Camping Stove.Â With this little guy, you once again get a product that is absurdly portableÂ and made with an ultra-light aluminum alloy body that you can take with you virtually anywhere. Itâ€™s so small you can fit it in your pocket.
3. Â Portable Lights/Power Bank
Alright. Youâ€™re stuffed from dinner and the sun is fading. You get a fire started, which lights the rest of the evening. However, itâ€™s time to hit the hay and get some shut eyeâ€¦
Only one problem.
Your phone is almost dead.
Oh, and you canâ€™t see anything because itâ€™s dark out. But thatâ€™s hardly a priority. With the BioLite NanoGrid, you get not only a powerful 250-lumen torch and two overhead 150-lumen sight lights. But you also have a charging grid for your phone. You can now sleep at peace with the comfort of knowing your phone will be charged for the next day.
If you are looking for a little extra juice throughout the day, pick up the Sport Solar Charger USB Port Portable Power Bank. Charge all your USB electronics at night and recharge the power bank during the daylight.
4. Â Coffee Maker
Itâ€™s the next day, and youâ€™re feeling refreshed after a night under the stars. But like most days, you need your coffee fix.
Good thing you packed the AeroPress Coffee Maker. This little guy makes the perfect cup of coffee every single time but takes up next to next to no space at all. You can make regular coffee, espressos, lattes, or even cappuccinos. Who would have thought so much could come from something so small?
5. Â Bluetooth Speaker
The day is heating up and that lake is starting to look rather refreshing. Itâ€™s time to take a dip. You fill up your air mattresses, dinghies, and float on out. But something is missing. Music.
Unfortunately, electronics and water donâ€™t exactly mix. Luckily, those nifty little inventors seem to have thought of everything. The FUGOO portable speaker is just what you need. Itâ€™s shock-proof, mud-proof, snow-proof, and above all, water-proof. Take this portable, durable, reliable speaker with you no matter where you go. And in this case, take it with you out on the lake.
6. Â Cast Iron Square Pie Iron
Itâ€™s close to lunchtime. Or so you think. Itâ€™s hard to say, youâ€™re a little delirious from spending the whole morning in the sun. Either way, you are famished.
Since you are camping, it only seems fitting to start up a campfire. But you need something thatâ€™s quick, easy, and foolproof. Now bear in mind, this is no new concept. But itâ€™s one that few have ever discovered. And itâ€™s a life changer. Try making some delicious sandwiches with a Square Pie Iron.
With this little gadget, you can toss in pretty much whatever you want. Maybe an assortment of different cheeses, some sliced meat, a few veggies, chocolate (results may vary), and then lay it over the fire. After about 5 minutes, you will have a beautifully toasted sandwich that will leave you craving another.
7. Â Multi-Person Tree Hammock
After that filling meal, you and your friends are feeling a little worn-out. Youâ€™re on vacation, so itâ€™s time for a quick siesta. But youâ€™re not some run of the mill kind of individual. You look for the coolest ways and innovative strategies. Thatâ€™s why you brought along the Trillium 3 Person Tree Hammock. Since youâ€™re located in that beautiful lustrous forest, finding 3 trees was no problem at all.
Hang it up and take a quick snooze.
8. Â Portable Furniture
Now I realize itâ€™s late in the story, but thereâ€™s an important item I have yet to mention. In this amazing camping adventure, what have you been sitting on? The fool might say they sat on a rock or maybe a well-positioned log. But you donâ€™t consider yourself as such a primitive thinker. No, you came prepared with a chair. In fact, if I recall correctly, it was the Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair.
Itâ€™s designed for portability, created with comfort in mind, and ideal for any remote travel. With its compact storage size and a weight of just 1.7 pounds, you can take this chair pretty much anywhere.
Of course, a chair is not complete without a table. Thatâ€™s why we suggest you throw in the HelinoxÂ Camp Table. At just over 1 pound in weight, this compactable table is as portable as everything else on this list. Keep it in the storage case and it hardly takes up the space of foot long sandwich.
Need a blanket? Check out this little guyÂ Click Me
9. Â Portable Laundry System Wash Bag
So youâ€™ve been â€œroughin itâ€ for almostÂ a full day now and while you were hiking, your clothes got pretty dirty. And, well. Silly you only brought one t-shirt. Good thing you brought worldâ€™s most portable washing machine. The Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag.
A modern take on the good old-fashioned washboard; made with hundreds of â€œScrubbaâ€ nodules on the inner lining, it can efficiently clean clothes in minutes. Next time maybe plan ahead and bring a few more shirts. But for now, youâ€™re in luck. Itâ€™s also ideal for longer camping and backpacking trips. FYI.
Glamping has never been so convenient
So there you have it. 9 amazing items that will make your next camping trip even better.
The best part.
All these items would talk up a quarter of your trunk space. Plenty of room left over for food, tents, and everything else in between. Talk about portability.
Before You Hit the Road
#1 Â Always plan ahead:Â If you’re heading to a remote location, give someone else your location and expected return date.
#2 Appreciate where you are: Sure we crack jokes about always being on our phones and the insatiable desire to be connected. But please, try and use your phone sparingly. Enjoy the time spent with those around you and the beauty of nature.