5 Cool Camping Inventions and Accessories

At the very heart of it, camping doesn’t require anything more than a body and the Earth. That being said, if a person can gather as much comfort and enjoyment out of the experience as possible it only further solidifies their relationship with nature.


On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve probably seen some people whose idea of ‘living off the land’ involves barely unplugging from the real world and might feature some mixture of an RV equipped with a hot tub or a tent with a king size bed.

We like to experience with a happy medium when it comes to our camping getaways. You can enjoy everything that being outdoors has to offer, but you don’t have to sleep on a dirt bed. Here are some cool camping inventions and accessories that help bridge that gap:

Tag Along Bicycle Camper

Biking and camping are two great examples of living off the land and becoming one with the Earth. Admittedly though, it can be kind of hard to carry all of your camping gear on your two-wheeler. The compromise most people come up with is to pack light to enjoy your cycling experience at the risk of your camping comfort. This tag along bicycle camper solves both problems. It is a pop-up tent with plenty of storage and an aluminum frame to make towing a breeze-ish.

VSSL Flask Light

We’ve all had the urge to grab a stiff drink during the middle of the night on our camp trips. It can be hard to hold the flashlight and pour the booze (or even find the booze) which is why VSSL put the flask into the flashlight. Killing two birds with one Keystone, so to speak.

Cooler Built Into a Chair

This little product is great for the campsite but also the beach or at a 4th of July celebration, or a concert, or just sitting in your backyard. It’s a handy fold-up chair but one that also features a cooler underneath. You’ll free up your hands for the walk to the campsite and you’ll have a birds eye view of your cooler so your pesky neighbor Carl doesn’t steal all your beers again.

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower

Everybody likes to feel fresh in the morning whether you’re camping or not. The pocket shower holds enough water for a 7-minute splash and the black color absorbs heat to make for a comfy cleanse.

GOBQ Grill

A foldable grill that is portable and functional. This item is great for tailgating, camping, bicycling or any other place you need to enjoy some hot grub. The fabric grill is very lightweight and the easy storage allows the device to fit neatly in a drawer when you’re not out in the wild.

The best thing is that many of these gadgets have uses for events other than just camping. They improve your fun level at festivals, family reunions, or just in the back yard.

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Mental and Physical Benefits of Hiking

Many people get into the habit of regular exercise for the obvious physical benefits. We all would like a little extra definition while dropping those excess pounds that have slowly (or quickly) accumulated over the years. Of course there are bountiful mental health benefits associated with physical activity as well such as the release of feel-good endorphins that boost your mood and as well as improved sleep.

The best exercises however stress your physical abilities which in turn boosts your mental clarity. Bicycling is a great example of this but perhaps the activity with the best combination of physical and mental rewards is hiking. Going for a hike not only challenges your body, but being in touch with nature and enjoying some breathtaking views has only positive benefits for your mental well-being.

Here is why you should take up hiking immediately:

Less Crowded Fitness

We all strive to be healthy and in shape but let’s face it, gyms can be intimidating. Even the trails in your city might be polluted with people, pets, and bicycles. Hiking on the other hand is still a relatively unchartered activity. There is a certain amount of solitude and peacefulness on a hike that you simply can’t find anywhere else. Will you occasionally run into other hikers? Of course, but you can learn from their adventures and pick their brains for the best route.

Improve Depression

Hiking makes you happier (mood boosting endorphins) and makes you more creative, able to sleep better, and staves off many illnesses. There are a multitude of benefits to all of these but perhaps most importantly hiking can help reduce your depression. People who are physically fit and active, especially outdoors tend to feel better about their lives and reap a number of rewards basically for free.

Makes Every Other Activity Easier

If you can hike, you can bike…and run…and walk…and just about every other fitness activity. A good hike is peaceful, but also very demanding. Once you’ve mastered the hills the gym, the local track, the trails, or the roadway should be no problem. Many people feel you should work your way up to hiking and it is very important to start slow. That being said, conquering hiking allows you to hit the gym or the local exercise joints without embarrassment.

Feel Rewards From Head to Toe, Inside and Out

Your head gets clearer, your cardiovascular system improves, you expand your heart health, and you build up your legs and core as just a fraction of the benefits you get from hiking. Once the initial bouts of soreness from using muscles that have been dormant for years wears off, your physical prowess will start to expand and accordingly so will your mental strength.


Hiking is great, even in small doses. It’s also addicting so you’ll find that these small doses no longer cures your adrenaline rush – which is a good thing as it’s on to bigger and better hiking adventures!

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