More Cool Camping Stuff

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BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE USB CHARGER

This is easily the most praised outdoor gadget on the market today allowing you the ability to not only cook dinner, but also charge electronics anywhere. The stove operates completely off the grid, producing heat with a combustion chamber and insulated chimney method, all off the power of sticks gathered from the floor.

SOL ORIGIN: THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL TOOL KIT

We’ve sifted through the web in search of the best survival tool kits (an essential to any outdoor adventure) and the Sol Origin is among the top dogs. The tool comes with a handful of features from a one hand operable waterproof Fire Lite firestarter to a 100dB whistle that can be heard up to a mile away. It also comes with 60 survival techniques, just in case.

NITECORE TINY MONSTER 3500 LUMEN LED FLASHLIGHT

The name says it all for this little gadget. Flashlights are a must, and seeing that this thing boasts the title of the smallest 3500 lumen LED flashlight in the world, you can rest assured that no one does it better. The aircraft aluminum alloy construction can take a beating, and it’s also waterproof.

COLEMAN PORTABLE PROPANE COFFEEMAKER

Although many of us hate to admit it, not having our morning cup of coffee can really throw the day off. This drip coffeemaker can make up to 10 cups in 20 minutes powered by nothing more than a 16.4 ounce propane cylinder.

SOLARMONKEY ADVENTURER SOLAR CHARGER

Strap this bad boy on your backpack, let it soak up the rays, and within 12 hours the two solar panels will have enough juice to power up any of your mobile devices.

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CAMP CHEF OUTDOOR CAMP OVEN STOVE

You gotta eat right? Forget the junk food, let’s cook up a nice hearty breakfast while enjoying the great outdoors with this portable oven stove combination. With just a single propane can you can cook for up to 5 hours.

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TIMBERLAND RADLER TRAIL CAMPER FLAT

Saving space is the name of the game when you are preparing for your camping trip, and these Timberland shoes fit the bill perfectly. Outfitted with a 42 percent recycled rubber sole and lightweight yet durable construction, these completely fold-able flats are perfect for hiking.

PowerPot

POWERPOT

We absolutely love solar power, and in a perfect world it would always be sunny during our camping trips. Problem is we don’t live in a perfect world, and this thermoelectric generator is perfect for those situations. The PowerPot converts heat generated from boiling water into power to charge your USB devices.

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SEA TO SUMMIT KITCHEN SINK

Pots can be a pain due to the fact that they are extremely bulky, but Sea to Summit has solved that problem once and for all. Equipped with a stainless steel stiffening ring and a broad base, this thing won’t collapse or tip over under use. The waterproof container can hold anywhere from 5 to 20 liters of hot, soapy water. When you’re done using the portable sink, just fold it right back up to its pouch form.

 

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Eight Reasons to Go RV Camping in the Fall

By Jessica Sanders

With the hot days of summer behind us, camping takes on a new life. Chilly mornings, perfect hiking weather and warm comfort food all come together to make fall camping a must-do for any outdoors enthusiast. If you’re not convinced, here are seven very good reasons to keep your tent out just a little bit longer.

1. The Scenery

In almost all areas of the country beautiful colors reign supreme during the fall season, which makes it a picturesque time to go camping. Though New England is known for its array of seasonal hues, there are a number of places to go for a charming autumn trip.

2. The Weather

Through tired eyes you watch the sun crest in the east as you clutch your warm mug, steam rising into the fresh morning air. Coffee or hot chocolate never tasted so good as on a crisp autumn morning. With the right clothes and gear, these temperatures make fall camping more comfortable than in the hot humidity of summer.

3. Affordable Rates

After Labor Day many campgrounds drop their rates, stop taking reservations, and become first come first serve. With peak season behind you, now’s the time to get the most affordable rates.

4. Less Bugs

Chilly fall temperatures chase the usual overflow of bugs to a warmer climate. This makes forested campsites, which are often flooded with mosquitos and nagging insects, more comfortable. Still, you should always keep bug spray packed, just in case.

5. Fall Camping Food

Cool weather makes comfort food a campsite staple. Warm up your evenings at camp with one of these cold-weather approved meals:

6. A Good Night’s Sleep

Sharing a small sleeping space in the summer months can make your hot tent even more unbearable. However, sleeping is more comfortable on cool fall nights. Snuggle up with your little ones or significant other for a long, restful sleep under the stars.

7. Different Activities

The fall season is prime time for an array of different camp activities. AccessCamping.com reports, “Autumn used to be a quiet, slow period in the country’s parks, but things have changed, notes Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC. He says that although fewer campers are traveling, park operators have discovered they can sometimes fill their campsites and cabins to capacity if they provide enough activities.” When you go camping in the fall, try:

  • Apple picking
  • Pumpkin picking and carving
  • Local harvest festivals like Oktoberfest
  • Halloween events
  • Fall fishing derbies

8. Fewer Crowds

Meeting new people is a great benefit of camping. Still, busy campgrounds can be overwhelming. With less people inclined to camp during the school year, you can enjoy having fewer neighbors and less crowded hiking trails.

 

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Beef Jerky Stew

Beef Jerky Stew

Here’s an easy, hearty meal for those fall camp-outs!

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
3 cups beef broth
2 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
3 parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
1 leek, chopped
4 3 oz. packages beef jerky (in whatever flavor you prefer)
2 teaspoons dried sage
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions: 

Heat the butter in a large pan. Add the onions and celery and sauté until they begin to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and mix well. Cook for a minute or two. Transfer the celery and onions to the slow cooker.

Add the beef broth, carrots, parsnips, leeks, beef jerky and spices to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. When done, add more  salt to taste. If you want, sprinkle with fresh parsley to serve.