Ron Goetsch

Innovative Camping Gear and Accessories You Should Really Have

Great ideas that will make your next trip that much more awesome

1. Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle

The Nomader is an awesomely utilitarian water bottle. It's collapsible (great for saving space while traveling), sturdy (it's thick enough that it can hold its shape without water and is virtually puncture proof), and safe to use at temperatures anywhere from -4° F to 248° F. It also happens to be the top rated water bottle on Amazon right now. Can't go wrong with this one.

2. Anker 15W Dual USB Solar Charger

While a solar powered USB charger isn't for everyone, if you are planning a trip longer than a couple of days away from power sources, the Anker solar charger is a must have. It can power phones to full charge as fast as a wall outlet, and weighs in at only 12oz. One day of sunlight is enough to charge most phones twice.

A good idea for your next backpacking trip!

3. Seattle Sports Camp Shower

The premise here is simple: put water in the bag, put bag in sun, wait, have hot shower! If you're camping somewhere cold, or somewhere where most of the available water comes from snowmelt, you'll be really glad you have this with you. Good for about an 8 minute shower!

4. MiniPresso Espresso Maker

There are few things better than a cup of coffee after waking up from a cold night in a tent. Unfortunately for the espresso addicts out there, it's tough to make a quality of espresso on the go (after all, it takes 50lbs, $2000 machines to do this at home). However, the MiniPresso does a great job in a pinch. Under 7" long, this espresso maker is handoperated and capable of generating 116psi for quick frothy espresso.

5. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

This is the simplest water filtration system, hands down. Just stick one end into a water source and suck the other end. It works extremely well even in some of the most contaminated water supplies. Excellent for those traveling light.

6. Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag

The Scrubba wash bag is a genius idea: it's a water proof bag, lined with scrubbing nubs (or, as they call it, an internal felxible washboard). When your clothes need a good wash, through them in the bag with some soap and water, seal, and use your hands to mush the back all around and give 'em a good scrubba. Since the Scrubba can be used a normal bag as well, you don't need to worry about taking up extra space.

7. GoToob Travel Bottles

Though not marketed for camping or backpacking, GoToob travel tubes are awesome for any time you're traveling with small amounts of liquids or gels. Made out of flexible silicon, they'll compact as they empty and allow you to squeeze out every last bit of whatever you put in them -- no more wasted space or shampoo!
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