As we welcome sunnier days and warmer nights, the prime time for awesome outdoor adventures and camping trips is here! You may already have all of your camping basics prepared but if you want the most out of your trip, gear up with some of our Top Tech Gear for Camping and the Outdoors. This isn’t about trading the serene sounds of nature for the hum of electronics. These tech tools are designed to elevate your outdoor experiences, making them safer, more convenient, and/or more fun! Whether you’re seeking a weekend escape from city life or you’re heading off for a multi-day outdoor adventure, there’s bound to be something on this list that will enhance your camping experience.
1. ECOFLOW River 2 Portable Power Station
If you’re on a multi-day camping trip and would like the convenience of electricity, a portable power station is what you need. We recommend the ECOFLOW RIVER 2 Portable Power Station; and for those who need more power, opt for the Pro or MAX. The standard RIVER 2 Power Station has a battery capacity of 256Wh which offers plenty of power for your laptop, blender, or other smaller electronics. Whether you’re lighting up a campsite after sundown or need to charge your devices on the go, this power station is up to the task.
The RIVER 2 features an AC outlet, two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and even a car power output socket, granting you the capability to simultaneously charge and power a wide range of devices. This power station also shines in efficiency, with a fast recharging time that ensures limited downtime. It is capable of going from 0-100% in just 1 hour! Plus, there’s also an option to add a solar panel such as the ECOFLOW Portable Solar Panels. To top it all, the RIVER 2 is compact, portable and light, weighing just 3.5kg. It also comes with a 5-year warranty.
2. Promate Powermine-130 Power Bank
If you don’t need all of the power that comes with a power station, a high-capacity power bank such as the Promate POWERMINE-130 Power Bank will suffice. This small yet robust device packs a powerful 38000mAh capacity, giving your smartphones, tablets, speakers, or cameras multiple charges and ensuring you stay connected even when you’re out amongst the trees. Featuring two USB-C and 1 USB-A output, it’s capable of charging up to three devices simultaneously. With 100W USB-C power delivery and 22.5W Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, it can charge them up pretty quickly too!
The POWERMINE-130 is built with safety in mind, featuring an integrated multi-protection system that shields against overcharge, overvoltage, and short circuits. For the amount of power it holds, it has a compact and lightweight design that combined with a robust exterior, makes it an ideal power companion for your outdoor trips.
3. Fenix HM60R LED Headlamp
Whether you’re hanging around the campsite, trekking, mountaineering, or trail running, you’ll benefit from the Fenix Work & Outdoor HM60R LED Headlamp. Built to illuminate the path ahead, this headlamp delivers an impressive maximum output of 1300 lumens with a beam distance up to 100 meters, ensuring excellent visibility in various conditions. Offering versatility, it includes three different lighting modes, including spot light, flood light, and red light. Red light mode is perfect for those nighttime maneuverings where you want to maintain your night vision.
With the use of frequency-sensing brightness technology, the headlamp changes its brightness to adapt to different activities. As your step frequency increases or decreases, the brightness will gradually increase or decrease accordingly, which makes it truly intelligent for high-intensity trail running. This headlamp has a 54-hour runtime and is rechargeable via USB-C. It is dustproof and waterproof to an IP68 rating, capable of taking on the toughest outdoor conditions with ease.
4. Fenix CL26R Camping Lantern
When you’re camping in the wilderness and the sun goes down, things can become pretty inconvenient and even dangerous if you don’t have any light at your campsite. Headlamps can be a bit intense so there are times where a camping lantern is a better choice. That’s why we’ve included the Fenix CL26R Camping Lantern on the list. This isn’t just a regular old camping lantern though, it's a high-performance, rechargeable lantern that'll stay with you for years. In fact, it even has a 5-year free repair warranty (1 year for the battery).
Its maximum birghtness is 400 lumens and it can run for up to 400 hours! Compact and portable, it's easy to pack with you on all types of outdoor excursions and camping trips. It will comfortably light the way for 2 to 4 people. Plus, it's sturdy and durable. It can with stand 1.2 tonnes of cars rolled over it and it has an IP66 rating, meaning it's dustproof and waterproof too. There are a few different light settings to match your needs too, such as front-directional lighting (lighting up just one side), down-directional lighting (ideal for tent lighting), and red light (can be used as a signal or warning light).
5. ECOXGEAR EXG50-4PK UHF CB Handheld Radios
First up on our adventure gear list is the ECOXGEAR EXG50 - available in a four pack, these UHF CB Handheld Radios are perfect for the family or small groups. This practical and reliable gadget offers ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio communication with a 3KM range that’s ideal for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, as well as anywhere that has limited reception. They’re also a great way to keep in touch during the driving portion of a trip if you’re driving in a convoy and split across multiple vehicles.
These walkie talkies feature 80 UHF channels (50 CTCSS codes & 104 DCS codes for uninterrupted communication). They have an operating time of up to 20 hours and are easily rechargeable using a microUSB cable or by inserting AAA Alkaline batteries. Additionally, the radio features a built-in LED torch that is easily activated with the touch of a button - perfect for if you find yourself out after dark. They’re ultra-compact and easy-to-use so even the kids will have no issues using them.
6. ECOXGEAR Sol Jam Solar Charging Speaker
If you want a rugged speaker for your adventures that doesn’t need power banks or power stations to stay charged, check out the ECOXGEAR Sol Jam Solar Charging Speaker. This speaker offers good sound quality, but more importantly, robust resilience, making it ideal for outdoor escapades. The most notable thing however, is the fact that it features built-in solar panels, harnessing solar power to keep the tunes flowing and the party going. Additionally, it’s constructed with an IP67-rated shell that's not just waterproof, but also dust and shock resistant, and it floats! It also has built-in RGB lights to add a bit of flair as you listen to music.
Best of all, the Sol Jam also doubles as a power bank with its USB charging port. So even if you don’t have a power station or power bank, just leave the Sol Jam out in the sun to charge up and you’ll have power to charge the rest of your devices too! It'll play music for about 12+ hours on a single charge, and you can connect via Bluetooth or an AUX cord. In terms of portability, you can't go wrong with its compact design that incorporates an integrated handle for easy carrying. For those rugged adventures where music is required, the Sol Jam is a great companion.
7. Suunto 5 Peak Sports Watch
If you enjoy hitting the hiking trails or taking part in other active outdoor adventures, the Suunto 5 Peak Sports Watch was made for you. The Suunto 5 Peak is a compact, lightweight sports watch that’s made for sports, outdoor adventures, exploring, and wellbeing. It features a built-in altimeter, barometer, compass and weather features, keeping you well-equipped for all sorts of outdoor activities. It also has a built-in GPS for accurate tracking and turn-by-turn navigation so you never get lost.
Heading out for a multi-day excursion? No worries - the Suunto 5 Peak has a superior battery life that’ll last up to 7 days. If you’re planning a longer trip, you can use tour mode which provides GPS tracking for up to 100 hours. This watch also offers over 80 customisable sports mode, adaptive training guidance, water proofness up to 30m, and 24/7 activity tracking, including sleep and stress monitoring.
8. Arlo Go 2 LTE Mobile Security Camera
Keep your outdoor space secure with the Arlo Go 2 LTE Mobile Security Camera. This camera will provide a clear view of your campsite and surroundings, keeping you aware and safe while you enjoy natures best. The Arlo Go 2 LTE is equipped with a 1080p FHD video camera for sharp, detailed visuals, even in low-light conditions, thanks to its night vision capability. But it doesn’t just record – it alerts. With motion and sound detection, it instantly notifies you of any activity around your campsite via the Arlo app.
It supports LTE wireless connectivity, eliminating the need for Wi-Fi, and boasts an IP65 weather-resistant design, so rain or shine, your surveillance is covered. With a rechargeable battery and integration with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, the Arlo Go 2 LTE is a versatile addition to your camping tech arsenal to ensure peace of mind while you're enjoying the outdoors. To ensure non-stop charge, you can add a Arlo Solar Panel Charger to it too!