For urban dwellers who crave respite from bright screens, email notifications, and the unrelenting temptation of new Snapchat filters, camping is the quintessential way to enjoy a weekend of true simplicity and leisure. That said, leaving the smartphone at home doesn’t necessarily have to equate to caveman mode.
Keep reading for our rundown of gadgets and gear–which promise to boost your capabilities and upgrade your comfort on your next camping trip.
A Suspended Tree Tent
If your main qualm with camping is having to share the bumpy earth beneath your tent floor with various critters and creepy crawlies, you might want to check out the Tentsile Tree Tent. In addition to being lightweight, portable, affordable, and secure, this portable treehouse promises to, quite literally, elevate your camping–or glamping–experience.
A No-Pump Inflatable Mattress
Inflatable mattresses are ideal for camping 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 uses Speed Valve Technology to inflate an entire mattress 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 can be compacted to the diminutive size of a cutting board and features two cup holders, two bottle openers, and two footman loops for your sunglasses.
A Wood-Powered Cooking and Charging Station
The days of propane and charcoal could be behind you, if you’re willing to invest in the BioLite BaseCamp. Pricey, yes, but we argue it’s well worth the price tag. Here’s how it works: BoLite technology turns twigs, branches, and firewood into electricity power, which can then be used to fuel your camping stove and charge your devices with.
A Portable Water Purification Device
For obvious reasons, water is a must whether you are camping, backpacking, or day hiking. Unfortunately, water tends to be just as heavy as it is essential. Enter: the Camelbak All Clear water bottle, which uses an ultra-violet bulb, built right into the bottle’s lid, to purify the water in the mere span of a minute. This product is can purify more than 80 bottles in one charging cycle, and the UV bulb is good for up to 10,000 cycles.