There are few better ways to reconnect with nature than going on a camping trip. After all, who doesn't enjoy hiking a scenic trail, sitting around a campfire, and getting a good night's sleep in a tent? But in the 21st century going on a camping trip doesn't mean you have to skimp on the luxuries. Quite the contrary in fact, as modern gear allows us to escape to the backcountry without compromising on the creature comforts.
Here are six such items that will make your next camp outing even better.
Think it's impossible to get good pizza in the backcountry? Think again! BioLite's PizzaDome ($70) makes it easier than ever to cook pizza, flat breads, and other baked goods right at your campsite.
The PizzaDome is an add-on accessory to the company's BaseCamp Stove ($300), which uses fallen branches and small pieces of firewood to generate heat and power. Not only can you cook on the stove, but the heat created also generates energy that can be used to recharge your smartphone and tablet as well.
Pizza and keeping your gadgets charged? What more could you ask for?
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO Tent
Tents have come a long way in recent years, getting lighter, stronger, and more comfortable than ever before. Big Agnes has been at the forefront of that evolution, offering a line of tents that have LED lights integrated right in the design. This provides a nice level of illumination both inside and out, creating ambiance and convenience at the same time.
The Copper Spur HV UL2 mtnGLO ($500) is a two-person shelter that includes this technology, allowing campers to sort gear, read books, and play cards without the need for bright headlamps. It also has two doors, two vestibules, a rain fly, and plenty of interior space to keep you comfortable even on extended trips.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Just because you're spending some time outdoors doesn't mean you have to leave the entertainment at home. Lightweight, compact, and durable Bluetooth speakers make it easier than ever to take your tunes, podcasts, and audio books with you into the backcountry. Take for example the Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears. Priced at just $100, this small speaker packs a big punch in terms of crispy, clear playback. It is also waterproof, offers ten hours of battery life, and offers 360-degree sound to create a great mood at the campsite or just the backyard.
Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket
While a warm, comfortable sleeping bag is a good option in cooler weather, during the summer you can get away with something lighter. That's where the Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket ($200) comes in handy. Wrapping up in this oversized blanket is a bit like snuggling up in a warm down jacket. These cozy covers are filled with water-resistant down and feature 20D ripstop nylon with a DWR coating. The Down Puffy also packs down to the size of a cantaloupe, which makes it easy to take with you just about anywhere. Best of all, it is large enough for two so you can snuggle up with someone special while after a long day on the trail.
Therm-a-Rest DreamTime Sleeping Pad
Getting a good night sleep in the backcountry is now easier than ever, thanks to the DreamTime sleeping pad ($200) from Therm-a-Rest. At 2.5 inches thick, this sleeping pad provides plush comfort for any camping excursion. It comes with a soft microfiber cover, complete with a built-in pillow topper, and fills up a two-person tent nicely. That means neither you, nor your tent mate, have to worry about separate sleeping pads, making this versatile choice, even for extended camp outings. The DreamTim is easily one of the most comfortable camp mattresses on the market, allowing you to sleep well, even while away from home.
Eureka High-Back Recliner Chair
Sitting around the campfire is a lot more comfortable with a good camp chair, and they don't come much better than the H Eureka Highback Relciner ($85). This chair offers enhanced support for the neck and shoulders, with enough padding for extended sitting sessions. It also comes equipped with a hideaway beverage holder, EVA cork armrests, and a durable steel frame. Best of all, the chair offers three levels of reclining comfort and it folds down to a compact size for transporting.
There is nothing quite like settling into a relaxing chair after a long day on the trail, making this a welcome option to any campsite.
Jackery Honda 290 Portable Power Station
Keeping your gadgets charged at the campsite is an important thing to consider these days, but the Jackery Honda 290 Portable Power Station makes it a breeze. The battery pack features two USB ports, an AC wall outlet, and a 12-volt DC port, for charging everything from smartphones and tablets to laptops and cameras. It can also power small refrigerators, camp lights, an LCD TV, and other gadgets that can change your camping trip into a glamping excursion that feels like being back home. Add a solar panel to the mix and you'll have power to last you for days.