MUST-HAVE GADGETS FOR CONNECTED CAMPERS
Camping isn’t always about unplugging from technology. In fact, campers of all ages have embraced the idea of staying connected even in the great outdoors. As a camper, it’s possible to love the outdoors but still maintain your vital connection to the rest of the world, especially if your camping trip is extended as much as a lap of Australia, or your retirement is a permanent camping adventure along with the other 20,000 odd Australians who call the roads their home at any given time.
Online stores are packed with high-tech devices designed for camping. Here are just a few must-have gadgets for connected campers, although I could go on forever.
SOLAR POWER BANK
A solar power bank is perfect for connected campers. You’ll need something to power up all the electronic devices you’re bringing along. Before your power bank runs out of juice, simply expose it to the sun to recharge. Solar-charging power banks are simply awesome; enough said.
An action camera is a must-have for connected campers who love to document their outdoor escapades. While extremely popular with connected campers whom also love taking part in adrenaline-pumping activities such as white water rafting and parachuting, an action camera, which usually comes in a waterproof case, provides for ultra HD (4k) videos and images of your camping adventures. Even if you are not the extremist, action cameras outlast the rest because they are built tough.
Apart from an action camera, a drone is also perfect for connected campers. Drones are excellent for capturing expansive views of you as you explore the great outdoors. It’s a must-have device if you’re camping in areas with vast landscapes and majestic natural attractions. Just be careful to keep your eyes on where your feet are while you pilot the drone. The news is loaded with stories of hikers and campers falling to their deaths while taking selfies.
HIGH-TECH SELFIE STICK
Connected campers capture so many memories with just their smartphones. Unlike a standard selfie stick, the high-tech upscale versions come with added features such as ergonomic grips, built-in battery, tripod functionality and auto-extend, and much more.
An outdoor smartwatch is a must-have gadget for connected campers who want to keep track of their activities and themselves. Like most wearable devices, outdoor smartwatches track your steps, monitor your heart rate, take note of sleep patterns and estimates calories burned. Outdoor smartwatches, as implied, are designed and built to withstand rough outdoor elements. They are rugged and durable, and most are waterproof or at least water resistant.
OUTDOOR BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS
Rugged and portable Bluetooth speakers are a favourite with connected campers to listen to music while out in the wilderness. These speakers have been specifically made for outdoor use and great for when you’re lounging in your campsite or sitting around a campfire.
Portable projectors provide entertainment at the end of the day as you’re winding down from all your camping activities or you are livening things up with a group chat or video call.
Just because you are getting away from it all, doesn’t mean you have to leave it all behind. And when you want, simply turn everything off.
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