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For some, camping is a way to get away from the bright screens, the email notifications and the ever-present temptation of new Snapchat filters, and enjoy a weekend of simplicity and true leisure. But leaving the smartphone at home doesn’t necessarily mean going into caveman mode. Camping technology has come a long way from the days of travel barbecues and thermal sleeping bags, meaning that retailers and manufacturers not only aim to boost practicality with their products, but also comfort and capability.


A suspended tree tent

If your main qualm with camping is having to share the bumpy earth beneath your tent floor with critters and creepy crawlies, you might want to check out the Tentsile Tree Tent. Lightweight, portable, afordable and secure, this portable treehouse promises to enhance your camping (or glamping) experience, by allowing you to enjoy the outdoors without the company of critters that roam the ground.


A no-pump-needed inflatable mattress

A common solution to the age-old camping problem, and the reason for my poor mom’s back pain, (sleeping on the tent floor), is bringing your own mattress with you. Inflatable mattresses are ideal for camping, of course, because they can be deflated, folded up and packed without much hassle – if only the same could be said for the bulky pumps that tend to accompany them. Luckily, not all camping mattresses are created equal. The Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Camper SV utilizes Speed Valve technology, meaning that the entire mattress can be inflated within two to seven breaths.


A portable beach table 

Portable beach chairs are yesterday’s news; 2016 is all about the portable beach table. The SandStand beach table folds up to the size of a cutting board and includes two cup holders, two bottle openers, and two footman loops for your sunglasses.


Wood powered cooking and charging

The days of propane and charcoal could be behind you, if you’re willing to invest in the BioLite BaseCamp. Pricey but worth it, considering that BoLite technology turns twigs, branches and firewood into electricity power you can cook and charge your phone with.


A portable water purification device 

Water is a must-bring whether you are camping, backpacking or day hiking; unfortunately, it’s just as heavy as it is essential. The Camelbak All Clear water bottle uses an ultra-violet bulb, which is built right into the bottle’s lid, to purify the water in a mere minute. It’s able to purify more than 80 bottles before needing to recharge and the UV bulb is good for up to 10,000 cycles.

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto.

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