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The 50 Coolest Camping & Campervan Gadgets

There’s nothing quite like packing up and getting away from it all on a camping or caravanning holiday, but not to say that you need to face the great outdoors armed with nothing more than a tin of beans, a compass and some kindling – there are any number of cool caravan gadgets and camping gadgets to make any trip a real home-from-home.

The top 50 motorhome, caravan and camping gadgets

 

Here, in no particular order, are the 50 caravan and motorhome gadgets you need to take your camping trips to the next level.

 

Cool caravan gadgets for cooking

 

  1. Portable wood burning camp stove

 

Forget lugging around those propane canisters, the BioLite CampStove 2 burn wood to cook food and heat water. It also converts this heat into electricity so you can charge smartphones, LED lights and any other gadgets.

 

  1. Camp stove toaster

 

Great toast is hard to come by when camping, but this ingenious four-toast rack sits on the top of your stove for perfect toast, every time.

camping toaster 4 slice

  1. Campfire griddle grill

 

Toast alone isn’t enough when you’re camping and caravanning, so Bison’s Rolling BBQ Grill makes perfect bacon and sausages, is coated with non-stick Teflon and can roll up into a compact, portable cylinder weighing less than 1.2 pounds.

 

  1. Portable espresso maker

 

Now breakfast is sorted, you’ll want perfect coffee to accompany it. The Wacaco portable espresso is the “smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine”, and the best bit is you only need to add water to your coffee beans – no need to batteries, gas or electricity.

 

  1. Kelly kettle kit

 

Sometimes only a cup of tea will do, and a Kelly kettle makes it easy to boil water in minutes with reduced moisture and heat loss. It also features a grill and frying pan all in one simple assembly.

 

  1. Karabiner camping mug

 

You’ll want a good, solid camping mug to consume that cuppa from, and a metal karabiner mug offers just that and can be clipped to your kit and carried everywhere.

 

  1. Personal water purifier

 

The tiny LifeStraw LSPHF017 Water Filter is the ultimate outdoor survival gadget as it purifies water from almost any source, making it safe to drink. No need to carry any more cumbersome bottles of water.

LifeStraw LSPHF017 

 

  1. Multi-purpose cooking utensil

 

Why carry around a load of utensils around when just one will do? The Hikuibu Stainless Steel Lightweight 5-in-1 Utensil packs a fork, spoon, knife, can opener and bottle opener into one pocket-sized piece.

 

  1. Campfire popcorn popper

 

A neat popcorn popping pan is a must-have gadget for anyone travelling with kids. Simply pop the kernels in and set it over the campfire for perfect popcorn every time.

 

  1. Campfire fishing pole

 

Toast marshmallows and cook sausages without risking ember burns on your clothes with this fishing pole campfire roaster.

fishing pole campfire roaster

  1. Firestarter key chain

 

Fire lighting is essential for any camping trip, and this Firestarter keychain can start a fire with some kindling and a flick of the finger.

 

  1. Leakproof and waterproof soft cooler bag

 

The Tourit 30 Cans Soft Pack Cooler Bag is fully lined with a leak-proof antimicrobial material to prevent any build-up of mold and can keep food and drink cool for up to three hours.

 

  1. Cast-iron sandwich maker

 

Everyone loves toasted sandwiches, and a cast-iron sandwich maker means you can make perfect toasties on the road, without having to pack miles of extension cord.

 

  1. Rolling picnic table

 

Part-table and chairs, part coolbox, a rolling picnic table is the perfect two-in-one accessory for meals on the move.

 

  1. Folding knife sharpener

 

The Joseph + Joseph Rota has coarse and fine sharpening blades, a non-slip base and folds in on itself for the perfect portable camping kit.

joseph joseph rota

  1. Multipurpose silicone mesh

 

Whether boiling spuds or eggs, Lekue’s silicon mesh bag allows you to keep multiple items separate in the boiling pan, so you can cook multiple things at once. It can even be used as a strainer and packs away flat.

LeKue silicone mesh bag

Cool motorhome gadgets for lighting and heating

 

  1. First aid flashlight

 

If there’s one thing that’s worse than picking up a camping injury, it’s picking up a camping injury in the dark and not being able to find the first aid kit, but this handy gadget solves all of these problems in one go. A total of 17 first aid essentials, including painkillers and antiseptic wipes are packed into a sleek, indestructible 9-inch tube that also houses a dual mode LED flashlight and a handy oil-filled compass.

 

  1. Petit pocket blanket

 

Blankets are another thing you can never have too many of, especially if they can fold back into a neat wallet-sized package. The Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0 does just that and opens out into a water and puncture resistant blanket big enough for up to four adults.

Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0

  1. Mosquito Repellent Device

 

You can never pack too many mosquito repellents, so in addition to the usual sprays and nets, the Thermacell MR150 Portable Mosquito Repeller is cordless, pocket-sized and can keep bugs away to a radius of up to 15 feet.

 

  1. Lumi-Mosquito Camping Light

 

A rain-proof, USB-charged LED lantern complete with three brightness settings is great to have on any camping trip, one that doubles up as an ultra-violet mosquito killer is an absolute must. The ideal contingency for any bugs that get past the cordless repeller.

 

  1. Solar camp shower

 

There’s nothing quite like a hot shower when you’re camping (made all the more welcome because they’re so hard to come by) – the Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower uses solar energy to heat the water and stores enough for multiple showers.

Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower

  1. Inflatable solar lantern

 

A reliable and sturdy lantern is a must when camping, and the PackLite Nova USB ticks all the boxes – it’s compact, durable, waterproof, shatterproof, floats on water and provides over 75 lumens of bright LED light on Turbo mode and can run for up to 24 hours on its lowest setting.

 

  1. Stormproof matches

 

There are few things more annoying than going to light your stove or gas lamps and finding your matches are soaked through. The UCO Stormproof Match Kit includes 3 strikers and 25 windproof and waterproof matches that light up even in driving rain, heavy winds, and snow. All packed in a waterproof case that can float.

 

  1. Incandescent tent pegs

 

Never trip over a guide rope again – these LED tent pegs each feature a white LED light to keep your tent pegs and guy ropes illuminated at night.

 

  1. 30-day Survival Lantern

 

A near-indestructible lantern that can shine for 30-days straight without the need to change oil or batteries? This is a must whether you’re negotiating the wild or a poorly-lit campsite..

 

  1. Flashlight shoes

 

Attaching lights to your shoes is probably not something you’ve ever considered, but once you’ve strapped a set to your feet, you not look back.

 

Camping gadgets for sleeping and relaxing

 

  1. Wearable sleeping bags

 

Perfect for those nights when you need to get up and move around but you’re too cold to leave your sleeping bag.

 

  1. Outdoor reclining seats

 

Steel framework and foam cushioning that folds from flat into a comfy reclining chair that’s ideal for the beach, park, or anywhere you need to take a break.

 

  1. Stingray Tree Tent

 

Love camping but hate the creepy-crawlies that always find their way into your tent? The Tensile Stingray Tree Tent has a triple-hammock interior that can be suspended off-ground.

tentsile stingray tree tent

  1. Double hammock

 

If you’re not quite on board with tree-bound tents, a double hammock is the next best thing. The Songmics Double Hammock has enough room for two and can be safely suspended above the ground.

 

  1. Sleeping bag hammock

 

Ideal for those nights when you want to sleep underneath the stars without being bothered by ground-dwelling bugs.

 

  1. Nemo Forte 35 Sleeping Bag

 

If you’re a side-sleeper, you’ll no doubt have no end of trouble trying to get to sleep in a standard sleeping bag. This spoon-shaped sleeping bag is designed for side sleepers, with generous room at elbows and knees, and allows for maximum temperature regulation with Nemo’s award-winning Thermo Gills feature.

 

  1. Foldable camping chair and table

 

Whether you’re relaxing by the lake or stuck at the roadside waiting for your campervan breakdown recovery service, this Regatta folding camping chair with table is perfect for keeping a cool drink or phone to hand when you need it.

rce244 regatta directors chair

  1. Family-sized sleeping bag

 

Kids love camping, but things can get tricky at bedtime if they aren’t keen on sleeping alone. A family-sized sleeping bag will make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep (or the kids will at least).

 

  1. Portable camping bunk bed sofa

 

If a family-sized sleeping bag isn’t your thing, the Discobeds Kid-O-Bunk Kids Camping Bunk Bed gives the kids the security of sleeping together and also collapses into a comfy sofa, ideal for relaxing.

 

The top caravan gadgets you need for every trip

 

  1. The Moisture Muncher

 

Condensation can be a real problem in motorhomes, caravans and tents – the Moisture Muncher absorbs moisture out of the atmosphere and can be simply recharged in your microwave.

 

  1. Rear In-Vehicle Video Journey Recorder

 

Dashcams are becoming a must-have for all road users, but they only record what’s in front of you. The Streetwise Journey Recorder can be mounted to your rear view mirror and allows you to record your journeys from behind.

 

  1. Quest Performance Windshield Pro Windbreak

 

A good quality windbreak is essential when camping and caravanning, and this one is one of the strongest around. Free from guide ropes, its adjustable pole system means it can be securely erected on uneven ground, and it can even connect directly to your caravan or motorhome.

 

  1. All-Seasons E-Compact G2 Electric Bike

 

Once you’ve parked up your motorhome, you don’t want to be using it to drive to shops or nearby attractions. The All-Seasons E-Compact G2 Electric Bike means you can get about as you would on a standard bicycle, with the added bonus of an electric battery to help you up the harder hills. The battery gives up 40 miles on a single charge.

All-Seasons E-Compact G2 Electric Bike

  1. Kampa Grace Cupboard

 

Storage space is at a premium in most caravans and motorhomes, even   on a camping trip, but the Kampa Grace Cupboard is a portable storage solution that has four internal shelves and rear mesh for ventilation, making it suitable as either a cupboard or larder.

 

  1. Milenco external thermal blind

 

Cut down condensation, avoid a hot steering wheel or just get some extra privacy with the Milenco external thermal blind. It also has a unique zip-down panel to allow you to see out or add a little light into your cab.

 

  1. 3-in-1 Military Folding Camping Shovel

 

This durable folding spade is ideal for trenching out a fire pit or digging your caravan out of the mud and collapses for easy storage. It also converts into a pick and a saw, to help you out of all manner of sticky outdoor situations.

 

  1. Military Lensatic Sighting Compass

 

Never get lost again with a Huntington MG1 Military Bearing / Lensatic Compass – it’s the gadget you never knew you needed until you used it.

 

  1. Portable solar phone charger

 

If you want to get away from it all, but not quite away from it all, then you’ll need to keep your gadgets fully charged. The PLPOCHY 24000mAh Portable Phone Charger Solar Power Bank allows you to charge multiple devices at once without having to worry about an electric hook up.

PLPOCHY 24000mAh Portable Phone Charger Solar Power Bank

  1. Allocacoc PowerCube

 

The Allocacoc PowerCube is an extension socket that can charge from all of its four three-pin plug sockets as well as its two USB ports, meaning you can charge everything from your caravan’s electric hook up. It even comes with a 1.5-metre extension lead.

 

  1. Campervan solar panels

 

If you’re going to be running a whole host of gadgets while on the road, such as satnavs, phones, tablets and even TVs, you’ll need extra power to keep them all fully charged. So, instead of running off the power of your motorhome, you can harness the power of the sun to keep your gadgets juiced.

 

  1. Inflatable outdoor movie screen

 

Don’t want to miss the latest episode of your favourite box set? Got an important football matched being played while you’re away? Then you need to take an inflatable movie screen along with you. These things are light enough to pack away and inflate in about one minute.

 

  1. Mosquito repellent wristbands

 

Remember we said you can’t have enough mosquito repellent? We weren’t messing. If the critters manage to evade your force-field repellents and sprays, these one-size-fits-all bracelets will act as a final layer of protection.

 

  1. Portable wireless Bluetooth speaker

 

There’s nothing quite like relaxing under the stars to the sounds of your favourite tunes. The Neocore WAVE A1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker can pair with any Bluetooth device within 20 metres, is waterproof and has a 20-hour battery life.

 

  1. Kleen Kanteen Straws

 

If you’re into camping and caravanning, you’ll be well aware of how we need to look after the environment – banish plastic straws forever with these Kleen Kanteen reusable stainless steel straws, complete with silicone tips and a handy cleaner.

 

Is your motorhome fully insured?

 

Remember, any additional gadgets and accessories will not only add to the value of your motorhome but will also make it more desirable to thieves, so make you’re fully covered by your campervan insurance policy.

 

If you’re unsure how much cover you’ll need, give our insurance experts a call on 0800 0304 206 – our unrivalled choice of policies is what makes 98.8% of Comfort Insurance’s customers say they’re happy with our service and would recommend us to a friend*.

 

*April 2014

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