Camping

The Nokero bulb is the “world’s only solar light bulb”

I don’t know if this is the world’s only solar light bulb, but the Nokero Solar Light Bulb certainly looks useful for off-grid situations.  It charges its AA-sized NiMH batteries with a high-efficiency solar panel, and it can provide 6+ hours of 13.5 lumens of light from its four LEDs.  The bulb has a shatter-resistant polycarbonate globe, …

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If you own a pickup truck, you’ll have a dry, covered place to sleep in case of emergency with this Rightline Gear tent

Well, the title says it all.  This Rightline Gear tent is bottomless, so you can set it up without emptying the bed of the truck.  It’s made of gray and orange water-resistant polyester fabric with tape-sealed seams (PU 2000mm), and it has fiberglass poles.  It has two gear pockets, a lantern hanging hook, glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, …

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Be ready for zombies or the hunger games with this folding bow

Whether you’re preparing for the apocalypse, want to become the next Katniss Everdeen, rob from the rich like Robin Hood or just enjoy shooting arrows with a bow, the Compact Folding Survival Bow is a bow that takes up very little space when it’s not in use. Folded down it’s only 23″ long x 1.5 …

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Buck Knives 941 Travelmate Kit review

The next time I go camping will be never, but if you love that activity, the Buck Knives 941 Travelmate kit is a nifty addition you should consider adding to your camping kitchen gear. It packs a knife, fork and other tools in a convenient sheath that even prevents the spread of bacteria. Let’s take a …

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Stay alive and pop open a brew with SlideBelts Survival Belt

I’ve watched the TV show Survivorman enough to know that in a survival situation, sometimes having the right tool can mean the difference between life and death. The folks at SlideBelts know this too. They took their already innovative no-hole belt design and are amping it up with new survival-type features in a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. In addition to …

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Tailgate or camp with the comforts of home

It hardly seems possible, but it’s only a few weeks until my daughter leaves for college – and that means football and tailgating season isn’t far behind.  And of course, it’s still summer, so it’s still camping season.  Why should you have to rough it while participating in either outdoor activity when you can take …

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When they call this cooler The Coolest, they aren’t kidding around!

Picnic coolers are just simple insulated boxes that hold ice to keep your drinks and food cold, right?  Wrong!  This Kickstarter project for what has to be the most functional cooler ever just started on July 8, but already they have far exceeded their original goal of $50,000 by raising more than $4.5 million dollars …

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You’ll be ready for a cookout anywhere with this portable grill

Summer’s here, and it’s time for camping, tailgating, and picnicking.  If you want to cook your food at your destination, you’ll have to hope there’s some sort of grill there or that open fires are allowed.  If you take along the Cookout Crusader Portable Grill, you won’t worry about the cooking situation.  The stainless steel …

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Serious about grilling? The Airlighter will have charcoal ready in 5 mins without lighter fluid

Winter is gone and that means it’s time to get outdoors and fire up the grill for some burgers and hotdogs. I’m not sure about you, but it always makes me a little queasy when I have to squirt lighter fluid on charcoal. I know most of it burns away once the charcoal comes up …

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Charge your devices while you recharge yourself in the great outdoors

The Bang Bang Solar Tent incorporates a solar charging panel so you can keep your devices charged in the great outdoors.  After all, you don’t want to rough it too much!  The 5W solar panel charges a lithium storage battery, which can then be used to charge phones, cameras, LED lights, and other low-voltage devices. …

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A lighter for computer geeks – Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter

So you’re out in the wilderness, Les Stroud style, and you need a fire.  Stat.  You would have bought a lighter but they didn”t allow them on the plane.  Fortunately, you remembered to pack your Pilot Slider USB Rechargeable Lighter!  Available for $19.99 at ThinkGeek, $11.99 at Amazon and reportedly (from reviews) for less than …

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These camping cots let you “rack ’em and stack ’em”

This looks dangerous, but I suppose having stacking cots could save room inside a cramped tent.  The Two Person Portable Camping Bunk Bed has “sturdy steel construction bars” and a sleeping surface, made of heavy-duty, washable, mildew-resistant 600D polyester, that’s wider than most camping cots.  It says it sleeps two adults, with a weight limit of …

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The comforts of home – without breaking your back

If you like camping without roughing it too much, you probably like a stove to cook your meals.  You probably don’t want anything too heavy, because you have to carry it to the camp site.  The Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Fold N Go 2-Burner Stove gives you a spacious cooking surface in a package that folds up smaller …

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