Must-Have Glamping Gadgets
No law states that you must be uncomfortable when you’re exploring the great outdoors. There are so many items that can make your trip anything from more comfortable to ridiculously more fun.
Here are 25 glamping gadgets that can add some pizzazz to any outing.
Ever looked at a regular camping bag and thought, “Man, that thing needs a facelift.” Well, the aptly named Adjustable Bag is attractive enough to show its face downtown, as well as sturdy enough to follow you into the woods.
For a minimalist, it’s one bag that does it all. For a camper, it’s a bag that shrinks as they use up their supplies. It grows and contracts to 3 sizes with 3 different configurations for each size (duffle, sling, backpack), not including its ability to fold into a small bun for easy storage.
The bag is very weather-resistant with PU treated nylon fabric and waterproof hardware.
It doesn’t matter that you should be distressing and reconnecting with nature. In fact, no one should be allowed to force you to even acknowledge your surroundings before your third morning coffee.
And if your brew of choice is espresso, the only way to get it on the go is with one of the Handpresso espresso makers. Just a little bigger than the portafilter on a classic machine, yet they are still able to achieve 16 bars of pressure. And, you can either use ground coffee or make things easier for yourself by stocking up on a few ESE pods.
Yeah, the LifeStraw is good, but this is better. And easier on the eyes.
The LARQ water bottle is the first self-cleaning reusable bottle in the world. It uses UV light to kill up to 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses in one minute. But, it won’t do much for physical pollutants – you will need to use a regular filter for that.
It’s also insulated and will keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours.
And it comes in five attractive colors so you can match it with the rest of your gear.
4 – VSSL Flask
Now for a different kind of beverage. The VSSL flask houses two shot glasses and can hold up to 10 ounces of your poison of choice.
And if you need to give people a more legitimate reason to have it on you, how about a compass and a military-grade LED flashlight? It can also be set to the SOS pattern so people can find you when you can’t find yourself anymore.
But if hard liquor is not your thing, how about a martini on the rocks? The rocks will have to be those boulders by the river.
The set includes a shaker, strainer, jigger, and citrus rimmer, with two 7-once glasses. All nested in a lovely stainless steel BPA-free bundle.
We’ve already established that roughing it is not the theme of the day. This camping chair can heat up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and offers three declining options. It hoops up to any battery pack that can safely sit in a zippered pouch.
The chair folds and packs away into an 8″ by 37.5″ bag, and is fairly light at 11 pounds.
Though western companies are doing a fairly good job with heating your camping chair, we have to go to Japan to pick up one with a cooling fan.
At first glance, this chair doesn’t look a lot different than many similar chairs you can pick up in big box stores, but then you notice the fan. It hooks up to any regular battery and will provide 10 hours of cooling with a single charge.
The seat is a bit on the wide side and it can handle up to 265 pounds of weight.
When you think camping, you think pizza straight away, right? Well, at least you can now with this top of the line gas-powered pizza oven from Ooni.
This guy heats up to the blazing 932 degrees Fahrenheit and can cook a 16-inch pizza in 60 seconds. It will need 20 minutes to preheat, though.
If you don’t like this model, it has a few siblings that are also campsite friendly.
There are camp stoves, and then there are camp stoves that turn wood fire into energy that can charge your phone.
No lumberjacking skills necessary since this guy feeds on branches and small pieces of wood. And it will take under 5 minutes to boil a quart of water.
But what happens if you start craving muffins or roast dinner in the middle of nowhere? You preheat your oven, of course.
The Camp Chef’s outdoor oven is everything you are used to with your home over, just in almost toy-like dimensions. But make no mistake, this is not a toy in any way, shape, or form. It’s fully functional, gas-powered, and also has two matchless igniter burners for your other culinary adventures.
There is no need to suffer through the heat just because you couldn’t bring your trusted AC with you. The Zero Breeze can bring a breath of fresh air both inside and outside of your tent and can reduce the temperature in a closed space by 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 5 minutes.
Just like everything else these days, it also doubles up as a charging station for your phone and other small devices.
But if you’re not too keen o unitaskers, there’s Ryobi. Not as heavy-duty as the Zero Breeze, but still cool in its own way.
This one also has a portable air conditioning unit hidden in a lid of a 50-quart cooler. On a single charge, you can look forward to 4 hours of operational time, though you can upgrade the battery for better performance.
It also features additional storage space for additional batteries or personal items.
13 – Torch Coat Heater
Not all glamping gadgets have to be super flashy. The Torch Coat Heater is a simple heating device that attaches to the lining of your coat or jacket. It features 3 heating elements and has 3 temperature settings.
It’s powered by a simple USB rechargeable battery and can give you up to 4 hours of heat with a single charge.
The device is washable, as long as you remember to remove the battery first.
Now, I could show you a cute little solar panel setup that you can use to generate energy when exploring the great outdoors. Or I can show you a device that you can mount over your campfire that harnesses the power of the (dragon) flame.
FlameStower is a portable thermoelectric generator than can charge small devices, and hopefully keep your phone alive long enough to get that perfect Gram shot.
15 – WaterLily Turbine
If you’re glamping, you’re probably traveling with a whole host of devices that need recharging. Solar panels are good, WatreLily is better.
WaterLily is a turbine that can harvest electricity from both water and wind. It will charge most portable devices and it can generate up to 360W of power every single day. And if you need your phone to go from 0 to 100% battery, that can happen in about 30 minutes.
I know there’s all this romance in finding a secluded body of water and taking a dip, and maybe meeting a wood nymph, or… But this is way more comfortable.
This hammock is made our of special waterproof canvas that allows you to either collect rainwater or take a bath, as well as sleep in it. But if you want that water to be warm, you will have to get an optional water heater system.
And if you’re willing to share, the hammock fits two adults easily.
When you’re tired of sunset and stargazing, why not pop in your favorite movie or TV show? Or maybe hook a video game console and play some classic Camping Manager 2012?
The screen comes in 84-inch and 92-inch sizes, in 16:9 format. Assembles in seconds and packs away into a 32-inch diameter carrying case. No projector included – you’ll have to figure that one on your own.
18 – DISH Tailgater
And if you need an idea of what to hook up to your portable cinema screen, there’s a 10-pound portable satellite system from DISH Network. It gives you access to the same HDTV programming you can enjoy at home.
Though, you have to sign up for a monthly plan and will have to provide a power source.
19 – Pod Tents
The coolest thing about modular products is that you can truly take them to special levels of ridiculousness. For example, why not get a tent to replace each room in your house, or maybe even go as far as to build a complicated maze tent city?
Well, if you want to do so, check out the Pod Tents, a collection of tents, and connecting tunnels that will allow you to customize your accommodations as much as you want.
No, we are not on Mars, yet these space-age looking tents are designed to resist almost anything Mother Nature can throw at you. It’s completely waterproof, and the diamond shapes dome can resist winds up to 100 miles per hour.
Both setting up and packing are easy because the tent inflates and deflates super easily. Plus, it’s just put together in a way that things just fall back into place and you don’t have to sit there and figure out what you’re supposed to do next. Perfect for those who want to experience camping, without actually experiencing camping.
If you’re claustrophobic or simply not used to cramped spaces, regular camping tents will not meet the cut. Cabela’s got your back with this 13′ by 27′ setup that can comfortably host 12 adults. Or one very active sleeper.
Surprisingly, this tent packs rather light. The setup is composed out of ten sturdy poles and very durable and weather-proof rugged polyester cloth. And the floor is fully lined.
There’s also a chimney opening if you want to set up a stove inside for either cooking or warmth.
22 – Sealander
If you’ve avoided pod trailers because you can’t store a boat on their roof, allow me to introduce you to the Sealander, a boat that pretends to be a pod camper. It converts from a trailer into a boat in a jiffy, and inside, the sleeping area converts into a regular lounge with a table just as easily.
And don’t worry, if you end up stranded at sea, the Sealander comes with a fully operational cooking area and a cooler, so you will have time to learn if you don’t know how to fish.
This trailer is the most luxurious you can get when going off-grid. It comes with a complete electrical system that can be powered by the Sun, as well as multiple little creature comforts.
The interior is fully adaptable and you can design it to suit your taste, but the promo shots show a setup that is very comfortable and beautifully arranged. Puppy not included.
It may look a bit like a first-year design school project, but this self-sufficient caravan will be the most advanced once it hits the market.
Folded, it’s the sizes of a classic large camping trailer, but it triples its floorspace when unfolded. It comes with a kitchen, bathroom, sleep areas, and a patio, and it’s set on a circular pod that allows it to rotate full 360 degrees. You can use this feature to follow the wind or the Sun and collect more energy.
25 – Romotow Camper
No, this is not one of the props for a live-action Jetsons movie, but a camper that will soon be available for purchase.
This is how it works – once you’ve chosen a spot where you want to “glamp”, you deploy a set of legs to secure the trailer. Once it’s secured, the inside part rotates and opens up the patio section, giving you 70% more glamping real estate.
But beyond the gimmick, there’s also a 290-square-foot interior with a bedroom, bathroom, and a kitchen with, what they promise will be, state of the art fixtures.