Trip Safer

Outdoor Gadgets and Gizmos to Make Your Next Trip Safer

In many cases, people go camping or hiking to escape the world of technology for a little while. However, that does not necessarily mean that you should avoid taking a few of these gadgets along for your next outdoor excursion. You may even find that they make your trip quite a bit safer.

Squeeze Water Filter System

Have you ever considered what you would do in the event that you got lost on your trail? If you could not get help for a few days, having clean water would be essential to hydration and survival. A squeeze water filter system is very simple to operate and it is a lot more lightweight and compact than a pan to boil your water. You simply fill the bag with water and squeeze to send it through the water filtration device to produce drinkable water without the need for boiling

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Solar-Charging Device

Even if you do not want to be bothered by your cell phone in the outdoors, it is still a good idea to keep it on hand. This is especially true in the event that you get lost (if you can get a signal). A solar-charging device uses energy from the sun to charge your electronic devices so that you never have to worry about a dead battery. Some also come with a built-in rechargeable battery, which comes in very handy in the event that you get stuck in a cloudy area.

BioLite CampStove

This device provides natural heat while also giving you the option of charging your various gadgets. It functions as a grill and a stove and also takes the heat from the stove and uses it to transfer an electric charge to devices that are connected with a USB port. Simply gather wood pellets, pine cones, or a pile of twigs and place it into the fuel chamber. This is a device you should really not be caught without- especially if you get caught in a storm where you cannot build a fire.

Spot Gen3 GPS Messenger

If you were to get lost somewhere you do not have a signal, this is definitely the device you want to have on hand. You can map your route beforehand and regularly check your progress.

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Additionally, it allows you to send check-in messages with your GPS coordinates to your friends and family as you go about your camping or hiking excursion. Perhaps the most useful function of this is the included Help and SOS buttons. These send messages directly to rescue personnel or your family if you were to get lost.

LED Headlamp

An LED headlamp is something that any hiker or camper should have in their arsenal. If you need to go out at night, you can see hands-free. This can also be beneficial if you need to move branches out of the way, protect yourself from a wild animal, or catch yourself if you were to fall. Consider the model that you choose carefully. Some of the things that you should consider before choosing a headlamp is the number of functions (some flash, provide steady light, or have other modes), the level of brightness that is provided (some are adjustable), how long the batteries and bulbs will last, and how the LED headlamp will charge.

When it comes to the great outdoors, technology is not always a bad thing. You can still eliminate technological buzz by leaving your music off and turning your phone on airplane mode. You may find comfort, however, knowing that these gadgets can help make your next hiking or camping trip a lot safer. Most of these devices can fit nicely into a waterproof bag, such as the ones that can be found at adventurelion.com, for easy carrying.

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