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10 Geeky Camping Gadgets to Bring on Your Next Outdoor Adventure

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You don’t usually find the words “nerds” and “camping” put together in a sentence. Camping can quickly turn into a nightmare for a nerd—there’s no Wi-Fi, running water, lights, or the entertainment of PC games.

Fortunately, you don’t have to give up all of your technology on your next camping trip. With these nerdy camping supplies, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors while indulging in some 21st-century amenities.

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1. Beartwo Portable Solar Charger

Your phone won’t run out of juice when you have this portable solar charger handy. It’s one of the smallest solar powered chargers out there, and that means it’s lightweight and easy to stuff in your backpack.

Not only does this device have waterproof qualities, but it also comes with a built-in flashlight. Simultaneously charge you and your camping buddy’s USB devices while enjoying the fresh air. It takes about four to five hours to get your phone fully charged, so you’ll have to wait a bit to get back to playing Candy Crush.

2. Advanced Elements Summer Solar Shower

A camping trip is not an excuse to go without showering—you still need to keep up on your personal hygiene, even in the wilderness. Since skinnydipping in a smelly pond is not an attractive option, why not bring your own shower with you?

Fill up this water pouch with three gallons of water and leave it in the sun to heat it up. This luxurious portable shower comes with an adjustable temperature nozzle, a shower head that you can turn on and off, and even a small pocket to hold toiletries.

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3. Sawyer Mini Water Filter

No, this isn’t a portable IV and syringe—it’s actually a water filtration system. This mini water filter will sift out 99.99% of all harmful bacteria and protozoa, along with 100% of microplastics.

Drinking water from a stream doesn’t have to be such a bad idea when you have this product on hand. Fill up the filter and attach it to your drinking pouch, water bottle, or just use the included filtered drinking straw to enjoy water from any questionable source.

4. Star Wars Onesie Sleeping Bag

Only a true nerd would stoop to the level of sleeping in a Star Wars onesie sleeping bag. Then again, who wouldn’t want a sleeping bag onesie? A wearable sleeping bag makes it easy to get comfortable pretty much anywhere.

Pretend you’re a Stormtrooper as you travel through an unknown patch of the forest. It’ll be hard to remain stealthy in this suit—the swishing of your onesie will alert your enemies.

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5. Everest Double Camping Hammock

Who says that bats and opossums are the only creatures that sleep hanging from trees? With this unique hammock tent, you can fulfill your dream of sleeping like a rodent.

Don’t forget to zip up the mosquito mesh to keep mosquitos and other annoying insects out before going to bed. Invite a friend to join your hammock, or enjoy the spacious interior by yourself.

6. LuminoLite Book Light

You don’t have to own a Kindle in order to read at night—indulge in your favorite Haruki Murakami book even while you’re out camping. This rechargeable book light attaches to the top of your book, allowing you to read at any time of day, at any location.

This portable lamp uses an LED that’s designed for sensitive eyes. With the light’s adjustable neck, you won’t have to keep changing the position of your book to avoid shadows.

7. Waterproof Wireless Earbuds

The thought of bringing your Apple Airpods or Samsung Galaxy Buds on a camping trip makes you quiver. What if you lose them or get them wet? Your $100 purchase would go to waste in an instant.

Instead of packing your expensive equipment, just take these waterproof wireless earbuds. Enjoy exceptional sound quality when you’re stuck in the rain or if you decide to go for a swim. Stick the buds back in their case for a quick recharge.

8. FiveJoy Military Folding Shovel Multitool

This is the Swiss army knife of shovels—it will have you overprepared for your next camping trip (or a zombie apocalypse). Use it as a plain old shovel, or fold it into an ax, serrated saw, or hammer. It even comes equipped with a whistle, firestarter, bottle opener, and knife.

Dig firepits, split logs, chop up food, or saw off a zombie’s head. This compact shovel multitool can do it all.

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9. Casio Compass Watch

If you ever wanted to look like a secret agent, just strap this watch to your wrist. It doesn’t have a built-in microphone that lets you speak to your friends, but it does come with a compass and a temperature reader.

This watch has a battery life of three years, so it’ll be hard to get lost in the woods. Its handy calendar feature will help you keep track of how many days elapsed since you left civilization.

10. MalloMe Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Making S’mores on a stick can get messy. Not to mention that a dirty old stick is poked right into your perfectly fluffy marshmallow—who knows where that stick has been?

Bring these reusable marshmallow roasting sticks on your next camping trip. These stainless steel roasters extend 34-inches over the fire, lowering your risk of clumsily burning yourself.

Let’s Go Camping!

With these supplies, you’ll be well-equipped for your next camping trip. Gather a group of friends, set up some hammock tents, and roast some marshmallows over a fire that you started with your multitool. You just can’t get better than that.

Not ready to embark on a full-blown camping adventure? Try these geeky outdoor activities before making the big leap to sleeping outside.

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