Six of the best camping gadgets
Thursday 4th July 2013, 10:51AM BST.
Purse strings may be tight thanks to the current economic mess, and the kids might be about to make the break for that seemingly never-ending school holidays – but don’t despair. Head to the nearest campsite and make the most of life under canvas. Even if this spell of decent (ish) weather doesn’t hold out, these nifty gadgets will still make it worth your while.
Bright and beautiful
Martley Tent – £279.99 from www.olproshop.com
Just because you are in the middle of a field, away from the crowds, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stand out. These light, bright and bold tents hit the perfect pitch for families of any size.
Biolite camping stove – £149.99 from www.firebox.com
A clever combination of power sources here; just load up with any twigs you find lying about and create a great heat for cooking dinner or, of course, toasting the obligatory marshmallows. An internal fan creates a near perfect environment for the fire to be ultra-efficient while a power module creates electricity that can be used to charge smaller USB powered gadgets.
True Utility SporKnife – £10.99 from www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk
Packing away a load of cutlery for your trip is just plain inconvenient, but tucking into that classic fry-up with your digits is plain wrong (and messy). These 3-in-1 solutions give you an oversized spoon, fork prongs and that all important serrated edge for cutting dad’s slightly overdone sausages.
The Dog House tent – £49.95 from www.red5.co.uk
You want to take your beloved pooch on your camping adventure, but there’s a problem: you don’t want him to sleep outside in the cold, but then you don’t want him in your already too-cosy tent either. Your solution is The Dog House tent, complete with its very own dog bowl and two-berth capacity.
Lumaspot Rhythm – £52.36 from www.amazon.co.uk
Forget stumbling around in darkness, desperately holding a torch in your mouth to illuminate your game of cards; just pack one of these great gadgets. A regular light setting for intimate dinners, a spotlight function for late-night excursions and a multi-coloured LED lightshow for an outdoor disco feel. It’s not a camping party without one!
Food for thought
Kelty Coolers – from £33.83 from www.amazon.co.uk
Keeping food and drink chilled outdoors is a tricky business, and since we’ve yet to find a fridge practical for an outdoor adventure (unless you’re in a motorhome), cooler bags are the only option. It’s not a bad option though, if you go for the best. Kelty Coolers fold flat for easy transport and in open form are almost rigid- they even have drinks holders in the lids, so cheers to that!
App of the week
Meerkat Me – free on iTunes
The Meerkat phenomenon shows no signs of abating, and this app finally proves we are a nation obsessed with these charmingly eccentric creatures. This app lets you upload an image into a baby, fat or regular Meerkat and accompany the image with sound effects and over fifty phrases. Endless, silly fun.