Impromptu plans for traveling are one of the best things one can do to themselves and their family and friends. But impromptu plans could somehow turn into a nightmare if, by any chance, you’re caught up in a whirlwind of a natural disaster, or having yourself lost in the middle of nowhere.
Although, if you’re a city dweller and the maximum sprint of traveling you do is to the countryside and beaches around, then you need not plan much. But if you’re someone who gets the kick only when the adrenaline is pumping, and the conditions around are harsh for you to take up a challenge, then buddy, you ought to be taking the following survival gadgets mentioned here on a high priority.
So for the outdoorsy traveler, whose head and heart have nothing else thinking other than an expedition into the unknown realms of nature, or somewhere no one has ever been to, here is a list of 10 useful outdoor tech gadgets 2018 has for you. Make notes!
Water is life and based on this fact, our very first gadget on the list has created quite a few ripples in the tech gadget and outdoor travel gadgets market. Recognized by the traveler communities and gadget critics as the most important outdoor gadget, the Lifestraw Steel Personal Water Filter is really one life savior. With this amazing thing, you need not worry about quenching your thirst anytime, anywhere you’re near a source of water.
The water filter, as the name suggests is adept to filter out 99% of parasitic elements from any source of water, making it portable enough for you, and if you happen to have kids along, then what could be better than this. So even if you have to stay out without food for a long duration, you won’t have to be without a useful supply of water at least.
Now no more carrying a bundle of heavy water bottles, for Lifestraw is a one-man army providing a safe drinking water solution anywhere and everywhere you go. Trust the adventurists for their word, for more and more of them are depending on Lifestraw for their thirsts during odd times and odd environments.
The fad for drones and selfie sticks hadn’t even faded completely that we now have something even more convenient, mobile, and of course hi-tech. If you read this device’s name carefully, you might have comprehended the intent and purpose of this gadget.
For those with a passion for photography and are tired of carrying their selfie sticks and heavy drones around, it’s time you move to this smart, little version of your drone that also doubles as a mobile phone case.
So every time you’re out with a group of friends or family, that much-demanded group selfie need not wait for someone with long arms or perfect angle to get the right shot. Also, think about making your own little travel documentary. Not for any dire situations, but for the sake of emergency selfies, right?
JBL is a pro when it comes to handsfree mobile accessories. With its much popular Bluetooth speakers that come in a variety of colors and variants, JBL is one name that every music lover and traveler swears by. Providing a playtime of up to 10 hours straight, and weighing less than a pound, the JBL Flip 3 can be your ideal friend in need during those lonely hours when you miss a company.
With its ergonomic design, and improved audio bits (better than the earlier version), you can be sure of listening to your pumped up, high beat and electronic music seamlessly on the go, while even attending your calls.
Fit it in your hip pocket or put it right around you during your solo firelit dinners, the JBL Flip 3 will give you the perfect environment, with the music you choose to play via Bluetooth from your phone. Did we just imagine merrymaking in the woods?
If your exciting adventure jaunt takes a 360-degree flip, and you’re caught in the middle of nothing, then all you can think of that moment is for someone even at the moon distance to spot you and come for rescue. Well, there have been a lot of instances where we have read about travelers, or researchers in the most unheard of expenses getting lost or stranded without any help, and succumb to their conditions.
This one though, although must always be taken into account while heading for an adventurous expedition, ever you land into one, you must always be ready with the right weapons for defense and escape. It acts as a satellite messenger that triggers an SOS alarm on command, helping you to talk and make a call for rescue to their anytime, everytime rescue centers.
Moreover, all thanks to the Iridium satellite network, in times of crisis you can send and receive a 160 character text from anyone in the world. So basically, the Delorme Inreach SE will keep you alive. Short and simple.
In this new age of travel, there are numerous gadgets out there that are making traveling and related experiences easier and a lot more exciting. Not to forget, even safer. When out in the wild, what might come next to you is probably a bit unpredictable, so being ahead of the game is a necessity.
But how many and how much of such things of need can one carry in their limited spaced backpacks? Enter VSSL. Basically, an LED light to look at the least, the VSSL is one gadget that will make space for a lot of other useful things in your backpack. Built with an LED light atop a steel tube, this flashlight replaces the heavy, old-school batteries with medium sized capsules full of useful stuff on the go.
So in one steel tube, which is nominally priced, you are also carrying a first-aid kit, a compass, water purification tabs, a razor blade, a wire saw, waterproof matches, a fishing gear, emergency whistle, an LED, of course, and a lot more. All of these things filled in the tube come really handy in times of need.
Carrying this one gadget with you, you can say that you’re almost insured for any emergency hassles en route or during your camping duration. We’d say, it’s not just a smart gadget, but also is a lifesaving device.
One of the first in survival gadget category, the 30-day lantern has practical batteries that will stay put for 30 days. That’s more than enough time you will be out and about, hopefully! The beams of the lantern are bright enough to be spotted at a distance of 75’ from the spot.
It uses three 1.4 Watt LEDs that uses almost a fraction of the energy of what our otherwise daddy bulbs use. The light globe is removable and comes with a recessed handle that will turn it into a downlight that you can hang on the head of your bed or outside your sleeping premises at night.
On a single set of batteries, you get 30 days of light in the dark, uninterrupted and without keeping you on the edge of suspicion about the lantern’s life; this is exactly what adventure seekers should have in their bags the first thing they start to plan and pack for the trip.
Remember how we learned in our primary years the method cavemen used to kindle fire for everyday life? If nothing else, then our very own Bear Grylls must have demonstrated a number of methods and natural resources that can be used to light a fire. But we are no Bear Grylls, neither are we anymore in the stone age, and that is why today we have the very innovative and practical Biolite Wood Burning Campstove.
Think it through, two things can mess up your situation greatly when you are out in the open- a dearth of fire kindling equipment to make food, and your smartphone’s battery running out. This adept gadget is one solution for both of these potential outdoor camping problems. But how does it do that?
Well, the smart camp stove harnesses its own energy from the fire and uses it to charge any electronic device via USB. On charging your phone for about 30 minutes you get up to 5 hours of talk time off the battery. That is enough to save you in a situation of hunger and SOS. Who would have thought that a mere camp stove could also be your rescue buddy to get a top up in your phone’s life!
In this age of smartphones, when more than half of our everyday tasks are solved in a matter of a few clicks on the mobile screen, running out of this very source of communication and solutions could mean a big deal. But with the advancing technology, mankind has also learned how to harness the natural energy and use it to run our day to day life.
The biggest example here is Solar Energy. Be it cars, houses, garden lamps, calculators, etc., almost everything today is slowly depending on the solar energy to work. In such a time, how can our very dear mobile chargers stay behind?
You can now recharge your mobile battery anywhere without the hassle of looking for a potential socket to plug it in. The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger does exactly that, with more efficiency and high order. Each of these devices has a micro USB tip and a solar-ready recharging tip to make it convenient and time-saving for you to charge two devices at once.
You may even share it with someone in need at the same time. It is waterproof, so you need not even worry if it falls in a stream or water puddle or even if it’s kept out in the rain. This is seriously getting amazing!
What could possibly be better than having the privilege of having a hot water shower in the middle of the woods, or somewhere there is no scope for such a godsent arrangement? This Solar Camp Shower can hold up to 5 gallons of water at once and is made from PVC-free materials.
You can fill this shower sack, hang it at a suitable spot, and enjoy the pleasures of a hot water bath in the open. After all, staying neat and tidy adds a ton of energy and motivation, and this camp shower does that best. So no more dirty camping!
If a fire is kindled, or if something catches fire, then in no more than a matter of a few minutes it gets wild and blaring. But what is it’s the opposite case? However many strikes you take, whatever you try and do, kindling a fire isn’t an easy task especially in odd situations like humid or extreme cold, and of course rain.
The Exotac Nanostriker Firestarter is like the Bear Grylls (okay, we are huge fans!) of the fire burning mechanism. It’s sleek, handy, and is made of 6061 aluminum. This stick has a collapsible and portable self-contained mechanism that will give you up to 3000 kindling strikes per piece.
Well, if you apply some math here, then you’d know how efficient is it to provide for at least a week’s worth of fire to boil water or cook food or any time you need some warmth. It also has a Ferrocerium rod which is replaceable and will help to kindle the fire even when it’s a little wet or damp.
These are some of the most versatile, agile and technically sound cool survival gadgets the year opened with. The technology and the minds that work on such products are ever evolving, so you can expect a lot more mavericks and marvels in the coming future.
If you’re a travel junkie, then you must keep an eye out for such smart gadgets and systems. You can’t take control of nature, but you definitely can work according to it by being prepared for its wrath at any given point in time. Goodluck for your travels, and be safe!