Being able to be with yourself, alone in the wilderness, is a gift that not everyone will experience.
And we strongly feel that being loaded with luggage or struck down by dysentery from contaminated water might prevent this great gift from being received in the right spirit.
Here, we’ve included a few gadgets that will help campers who want to travel light, travel safe and, most importantly, to travel alone.
1. Flying Tent
An incredible all-weather hammock with built-in mosquito net that’s more than a hammock.
It’s also a waterproof floating tent. And a bivvy tent. And a rain poncho. Oh, and also a 15 X 13 inch backpack weighing less than 3 pounds. It comes in four different colours and includes carabiners, tent pegs, tree belts and whoopie slings. You can set it up in seconds over wet grounds, river beds and steep terrain.
2. Bison Rolling Grill
When you need a grill, it’s a grill. And when you don’t, it’s a tube.
There are some incredible portable grill designs out there but none of them are quite as portable as the Bison Rolling Grill – which rolls into a compact bundle, light to carry and easy to store.
How easy? The size of a can of Pringles easy. And, unlike most grills, it has hollow grates that let air pass through, preventing burn marks from occurring. Its other features include neat aluminium construction (with non-stick Teflon coating), dishwasher-friendly design and a carry sack it can be bundled into.
It would be a multitool if multitools took steroids.
This amazing device includes a hammer, axe, spade, survival knife and folding storage, as well as magazine storage space. You can use it to pound in your tent pegs and wooden stakes. Split and chop wood. Cut meat. And, incongruously, to carry that magazine with all those tips about surviving alone in the wild.
It’s a straw that makes other straws look bad because none of them can save your life.
If you’re out in the wild on your own, you’re going to need a device that helps filter water. The creators of Lifestraw describe it (surprisingly accurately) as the original, award-winning ultralight personal “straw” filter for outdoor survival. Durable and super light, Lifestraw weighs in at only 2 ounces (0.10 lbs). It removes bacteria, parasites and microplastics from water. So you can see why it’s a better option than a dozen water containers. And it lasts. Really lasts. It has a capacity to filter 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters). That’s five years worth of drinking water for one person. In addition, buying this product provides one school child with a year of clean water.
Not bad for a straw.
2. VSSL Supplies Survival Flashlight
The flashlight that makes a life-saving straw look kind of like a wuss.
It’s a great flashlight. Military-grade anodized aluminum. Abrasion resistant ceramic coating. LED flood beam lantern (with a static and SOS mode). But it’s more than a flashlight: it’s also a survival tool. Some of its features include a glow-in-the-dark compass, a can opener, a wire saw, razor blade, whistle, first aid kit, 25’ of 250 lb marine-grade rope, water purification tablets and 30 reflective trail markers. Oh yeah, and a candle that burns for about 6 hours. It also includes fishing gear and the fishing gear, in turn, includes fire starters and waterproof matches to cook the fish we hope you manage catching.
3. Thermacell’s MR450 Armored Portable Mosquito Repeller
Because even people who can wrestle a snake just can’t deal with a mosquito.
This incredible repeller is a small and tough device that you can carry with you hassle-free. It also gives you a 15-foot zone of protection from mosquitoes. Features include rubber armor, ZoneCheck (which gives you a visual indication of the ‘safe’ zone), a belt clip and an accessory-mounting system. It also has the important advantage of lacking disadvantages: you won’t have to deal with any spray, smell, mess, or smoke.