For most, 2020 has become the year of the staycation and camping is the perfect way to get away from the stresses of modern life to unwind and relax. However, if you’re going away camping, especially for the first time, you should make sure you have all of the essentials you will need.
Just because you’re heading out into the wilderness, it doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your luxuries. There are some great camping tools that can make your life easier as well as providing you with some of the comforts of home.
From music speakers to lighting to multi-tools, we’ve included the essentials you’ll need when you go camping, as well as some extras to make your stay even more relaxing.
Native Lighting Reverse Lamp
It is easy to forget to bring a proper light when you go camping. However, a quality camping light can make a massive difference to your experience. It’s the difference between you stumbling around your tent in the dark and being able to see the people you’re sat next to when the sun goes down.
The Native Lighting Reverse Lamp is a lightweight, rechargeable lamp that can provide both cool and warm light and has a continuous dimmer to control the brightness. It also has a handle that allows the user to hang the lamp wherever it is needed.
The battery lasts up to 48 hours and is recharged using a USB cable which can be plugged into a power bank for on the go charging. This lamp also weighs just 300g so it’s perfect for portable lighting.
Stahlwille Rubber Mallet
A rubber mallet is a camping essential for everyone taking their own tent. This tool will come in handy when securing your guide ropes and give you faith that they will not come loose from the ground.
This Stahlwille rubber mallet is lightweight and delivers the right level of force when you need it most. The strong ash handle gives the user a comfortable grip and the rubber head means there will be no impact marking on objects.
Unilite Beanie Hat with Rechargeable LED
Hands-free lighting is extremely helpful when camping as you may often be completing tasks in the dark. It is perfect for venturing from your camp to the toilet block in the dark, setting up camp once the sun has gone down, and for preparing dinner or cleaning up when it has gone dark. The best part about this type of hands-free lighting is that it also keeps your head warm at the same time, which can’t be said for many head torches!
The Unilite BE-02+ is an innovative beanie hat that has an integrated, rechargeable LED light. It delivers a maximum output of 150 lumens and a beam range of up to 13 metres. You also needn’t worry about the rain as it is IPX4 rated which means it is water-resistant. The rechargeable light lasts up to 6.5 hours and the unit can be easily removed from the beanie in order to charge it via a USB cable, which can be plugged into a power bank for portable charging.
Bahco Laplander Foldable Saw and Knife Set
Depending on what type of camping trip you’re taking part in, you may need a tool to gather wood for your campfire. A foldable saw is a perfect tool for this job as, as the name suggests, it can fold up into your pocket for easy storage and makes breaking up tree branches an effortless job.
The Bahco Laplander Set features both a foldable saw, as well as a utility knife complete with a safety cover. This set has been specifically designed for wildlife enthusiasts and campers. The saw features XT hardpoint toothing for cutting both green and dry wood and even plastic. The blade is specially coated for rust protection and low friction making for an easier cut.
Unilite Power Bank Site Light
Power banks are extremely useful when camping or on the go in the wilderness. You can charge a variety of things from them including mobile phones, lights and more! Having a portable power bank means you won’t be caught out when something runs out of charge. What’s more, this power bank also functions as a high-quality light!
The Unilite SLR-1750 Power Bank Site Light is the perfect combination of a portable power bank and a camping light. The power bank is built-in to the torch unit and allows for effective charging of small devices. The battery is 10,400 mAh and is itself rechargeable via a USB type-C cable. It also features a 180° rotating stand, a carabiner hook, and magnets which let the user place it exactly where it is needed. The light element of this product has a powerful 1750 lumen beam that has a range of up to 50 metres. It is also IPX5 rated meaning it is water-resistant which makes it perfect for outdoor use.
Burgon & Ball Stainless Steel Hand Trowel
Hand trowels come in extremely handy when camping. They are perfect for digging a hole in the ground for allowing rain runoff and preventing rain from gathering under your tent, or for digging out a fire pit for your campfire.
The Burgon & Ball Stainless Steel Hand Trowel has a deep-dish head so that it can carry the maximum load with every scoop. Its head is also made of stainless steel which is extremely resistant to rust making it the perfect tool for outdoor use.
Bahco 18-in-1 Aluminium Mini Foldable Multi-Tool
Having a multi-tool is essentially like having a miniature toolbox right in the palm of your hand. It is something that the majority of people will use every time they go camping and can be used for a wide range of tasks. This is one tool you mustn’t forget!
The Bahco MTT121 has a robust heavy-duty aluminium body and rust-resistant stainless steel blades making it perfect for use outdoors. It has 18 versatile built-in tools, including a small knife, pliers, screwdriver and scissors to name but a few! This tool also features a keyring for portable storage on a belt, bag or more.
Unilite Tactical Flashlight
When out in the wilderness on your own, it is essential that you take precautions in case you get lost. A great asset to have in case you’re out in the dark and can’t find your way is a tactical flashlight. These provide you firstly with a source of light but also with an SOS function to help people spot you.
The Unilite PS-FL3 provides the user with 200 lumens and a beam range of up to 136 metres. It is also 1 metre impact resistant and water-resistant to the IPX4 rating, so ideal for outdoor use. The button on the base of the torch allows the user to switch to a strobe flash function which can be used in case of an emergency.
Bahco Heavy Duty Scissors
Scissors are a very handy tool to have with you whilst camping – you never know when you might need them. They can be used to cut or shorten guide ropes or cut open food packages, etc. They are a simple tool that people might often forget to take with them but can be very useful when you’re in the outdoors.
These Bahco Heavy Duty Scissors have an integral steel body within the finger rings and come with a safety cover for the blade.
Unilite Rechargeable Speaker Light
Having a portable speaker is a total camping luxury and probably not an essential. However, it can really make a difference to your camping trips. It provides you with a source of entertainment and a little creature comfort whilst you’re out in the wilderness away from home. Even better, this speaker comes built-in to a high-quality light that is perfect for camping.
The Unilite SP-750 Rechargeable Speaker Work Light has a built-in high-quality Bluetooth speaker that emits superior sound in both quality and volume. It can be linked to any Bluetooth device to play music from, including phones, tablets, and laptops. It is made from industrial strength materials which ensure that it is robust and durable making it great for use outdoors.
This speaker work light also features a 180° rotating handle which can be used as a stand, magnets which allow it to be fixed to magnetic surfaces and a hanging hook with a hinged attachment allowing the user to hook it on to various items. The light element of this work light features a COB LED which emits a maximum on 750 lumens with a beam range of up to 100 metres. It can also be easily recharged using a USB type-C charging cable making it perfect for use on the go.
Bahco Sports Utility Knife
Having a utility knife when you go camping can come in extremely handy as it can be used for lots of different applications, including cutting rope, cutting branches for your campfire, and even cutting up meat or food for your meals.
This Bahco sports utility knife features a folding design so that it is easily portable and takes up very little space. It also has a safety locking mechanism for the blade when it is not being used and an unlock button to prevent accidental shutdown.
Unilite Compact LED Headtorch
Lots of people love a good hands-free lighting option when they’re camping as it can be extremely helpful when you’re completing tasks in the dark. Head torches are perfect for use when doing things around the campsite when its dark or even exploring once the sun has gone down.
If you’re looking for something to keep your head warm whilst also providing hands-free lighting the Unilite BE-02+ is the perfect option for you. If you’re not too bothered about keeping your head warm and are looking for a quality headtorch then the Unilite PS-HDL1 is what you need.
The Unilite PS-HDL1 Compact LED Headtorch delivers a bright white light from its powerful CREE LED and has 3 different output settings ranging from 60-100 lumens with a beam range between 50-90 metres. It also offers a flood output setting option from two side SMD LEDs.
Xuron Combination Shear/Short Nose Pliers
Pliers can be useful when camping for various different tasks. They are an essential hand tool that lots of people like to take with them. They are especially helpful if you’re planning on going fishing or doing other similar activities whilst you’re away.
These Xuron combination shear/short nose pliers are a high-quality multi-purpose tool and combine a precise short nose plier with a full by-pass shear. The extra strong, high carbon steel short nose has the power and precision to grip and hold even the tiniest of elements. The shear has the capacity to cut everything from small wires up to 2mm copper wires.
Taking a padlock when you go camping gives you that extra sense of security when you leave the campsite. Padlocks are perfect for quickly and easily locking your belongings up in your tent, leaving you safe in the knowledge that no one can get to them.
This Stahlwille padlock is lightweight and comes with two keys so that if there is more than one of you camping and going off doing different things, the other will still be able to get into the tent.
Bahco Metric Hex Folding L-Key Set
For those of you who are bike enthusiasts and planning on taking your bike with you on your camping trip, Allen keys are a must! This tool can also come in handy when assembling any furniture you may bring with you when camping. It features seven different sized hexagonal tipped L-keys in one handy tool.
The dual-component soft-grip handle is resistant to impact, does not conduct heat/cold or rust. The oxidised finish surface treatment of this tool provides it with outstanding surface protection making it ideal for use in the outdoors and whilst camping.
Tronex Tapered Head Cutters
Cutters are very useful tools when camping and can be used for various different tasks. They are an essential hand tool that lots of people like to take with them. They are especially helpful if you’re planning on going fishing or doing other similar activities whilst you’re away.
The Tronex tapered head cutters have a cutting capacity of 0.2mm-1.2mm. They are manufactured using high-grade alloy steel with the cutting edges induction hardened to 63-65 Rockwell C, which gives them a superior cutting performance. The handles are also a double soft cushion grip and have a no-slip surface for ultimate usability.
Ideal-Tek General Purpose Flat Tip Tweezers
Tweezers are a good tool to have when camping and can be used for various different tasks, including to pull splinters out. They are an essential hand tool that lots of people take with them when camping.
These Ideal-Tek general purpose tweezers have serrated handles for a perfect grip and are made from stainless steel and are anti-magnetic and acid resistant – perfect for using outdoors.
Bahco Measuring Tape
A measuring tape can be a very useful tool to have with you when camping. It is perfect for measuring guide ropes, measuring out the size of your campsite or to see how much space you’ll need on the ground for your tent, for example.
This Bahco measuring tape is available in both metric and imperial measurements. It has an easy to read blade as well as a belt clip for portability. It measures up to five metres and has a positive locking button to make measuring more efficient.
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