9 Hiking and Camping Gadgets to Enhance Your Outdoor Experience

July 19, 2017

1:30 pm

What’s better than going out into the great outdoors, unplugging from the world, and becoming one with nature? By throwing in a bunch of tech of course! Before you wag that finger, it’s not all drones, 360 cameras, and flamethrowers, there is plenty of tech available on the market designed to keep you safe, healthy, or just generally in a more comfortable state.

The key to a good hiking trip is packing light, yet still having all your essential gear. From cutting back on water weight, to being able to shower out in the wilderness, these are the devices and gadgets to add a bit more normalness to your adventure.

LifeStraw Go

Long hiking trips typically mean you need to pack only the essentials, because weight will hold you back. Unless you feel like carrying a few gallon jugs of water with you, an alternative would be using the LifeStraw Go to filter water on the go. The Lifestraw Go bottle costs $50.

Solar Camp Shower

solar camp shower

Just because you’re away from civilization doesn’t mean you can’t remain a bit civilized. With the Solar Camp shower you simply fill the bag with up to five gallons, let the sun warm it, and take a shower. The shower bag is priced at $17.

goTenna Mesh

goTenna Mesh

Out in the middle of the nowhere you’re likely going to run out of cell coverage, and that means your smartphone will essentially become a brick. By downloading a special app and using the goTenna Mesh devices, you can stay connected with each other by creating your own private network. While you may not be able to ping the outside world, at least you can stay in touch and continue using the tech you have. The goTenna Mesh comes in a pair and starts at $150.

Portable Grill2Go X200

Portable Grill2Go X200

It may not be designed for hiking, but if you’re camping and have no interest in cooking on a fire pit, Char-Broil’s Grill2Go will get the job done. With a push-button start, gas powered burner, and even a thermometer built in, you’ll be grilling up burgers in no time. The grill is priced at $115.

Pulse Camera Remote

pulse camera remote

While most of us no longer need to invest in expensive DSLR cameras due to our smartphones, there are still plenty of reasons to use them in the outdoors. While camping, one of the best parts is being able to sleep under the stars, and that’s due to the lack of light pollution. By adding a Pulse remote to your DSLR, not only will you be able to easily take long-exposure shots and monitor it from your phone, you can take time lapse and standard remote shots (yes, even selfies on that mountain top). The Pulse remote costs $110.

TomTom Adventurer GPS Watch

tomtom adventurer

On a trail or off the beaten path, the TomTom Adventurer is specifically designed to keep you going in the right direction. With their GPX upload feature you can easily create your own trail and path, and if you get lost it’ll help you get back to your campsite or base station. The Adventure starts at $265, comes with bluetooth earbuds, and got a big thumbs up from us.

JBL Clip 2

jbl clip 2

At TechCo we’re pretty fond of the speakers coming out of JBL’s portable lineup, and the JBL Clip 2 is their latest tech on small portable speaker designed for hiking and camping (or really just being on the go). This little waterproofed speaker will keep you pumping music for up to 8 hours, and only costs $50.

Treepod Hanging Tent


Not a fan of sleeping on the ground or maybe you prefer a hammock experience? Then the Treepod may do the trick for you. Unlike most tents, the Treepod hangs from a tree and is strapped down much like a hammock. While this likely just puts you at eye level with bears, at the minimum you’re likely going to get less creepy crawlies getting into bed with you. The Treepod starts at $300.

DJI Spark Drone

dji spark

Ok, we may have lied about the drone part. Bringing a big ole Phantom may be out of the question, but DJI’s latest spark drone will get the job down. At about $500 this mini, palm sized drone packs a ton of tech that are commonly seen in DJI’s lineup. Not only is the drone highly portable, it also features gesture controls so that it will take photos of you or even follow your movements.

If you don’t have a Swiss army knife, fire starter, and a regular compass, add those to your list. And maybe a friend who knows how to use them, too.

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world and is often digging into emerging technology and data. When not writing, he's likely either running or training for a triathlon. You can contact him by email at elliot(@) or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.