10 Backpacking Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed


In 2018 technology is everywhere. New innovative items are invented every day and outdoor gear is no exception. Team Lightning wants to let you in on our secrets to a modern hike with these 10 hiking gadgets you didn’t know you needed.

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Biolite Basecamp: Cook your dinner and charge your phone using power created from firewood. As you use this camp stove, the device will harvest energy from the heat of the fire to create electricity allowing you to charge devices using a USB port on the stove. (For a more compact option consider the Campstove 2)

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Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite Mattress: Sleep comfortably at night without weighing yourself down during the day. This inflatable mattress weighs only 12oz and is the size of a one-liter water bottle when deflated. It’s designed to not compromise warmth or slip around during then night.

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Minipresso: This handheld espresso machine will allow you to get your morning joe, even on an extended backpacking trip. Its compact design allows it to fit right in with the rest of your gear.

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Bracelet Multitool: Keep this multitool handy by wearing it on your wrist. Never have to dig through your backpack to find what you need with the convenience of this tool. (You can also get one in black stainless steel)

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First Aid Flashlight: Proper safety equipment is a must, so add this compact first aid kit flashlight to your list. It includes an LED light, compass, bandages, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, safety pins, ibuprofen, medical tape, gloves, and more.

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Solar Shower: This 5-gallon portable shower is a great way to keep clean in the woods. It’s heated using solar power, so you have nice warm water to bathe in. The pack is good for multiple showers and has a convenient on/off valve.

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LuminAID PackLite 12: This LED lantern is both compact and solar powered; the best of both worlds! It can recharge with 7 hours of sunlight and collapse into an easy twist-to-close design to save space making it a backpacking essential.

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Kimbo’s: These gender-neutral shorts are the perfect alternative to stripping down any time you need a bathroom break. They feature a zipper going the full length from front to back and a pocket to hold toilet paper, feminine products, or anything else you may need. The shorts are made of a comfortable nylon/spandex mix with gripper elastic on the inside of the leg openings to stop them from riding up.

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Glow In The Dark Rope: No more tripping over your tent in the dark! This 25ft spool of glow in the dark rope will help keep you safe from late night twisted ankles by allowing you to see exactly where you’ve staked your tent. For added trip-hazard safety pair with these light up stakes!

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Packable Kayak: This one might be a bit pricier, but it will be worth it if your travels involve downstream water travel. This compact foldable kayak will be a great addition to your gear.