The Hacker Pack’s Guide to Really Useful Tech

Fall is here so grab your camping gear! What, you don’t have the travel essentials to go exploring? Here’s a camping packing list with the really useful technology that really saves time (and headaches!).

Camping for beginners? If you’re someone who loves hotels and is intimidated by something wilder than glamping, then this list of camping essentials has the gadgets to make your first time in a tent super comfortable.

Solar powered phone charger with string lights

Our favorite camping gadgets are the multifunction ones because after your first trip you really learn to pack less.

Still, who said camping couldn’t be glamorous?

We love this solar charger! It doubles as a string light installation that creates a romantic atmosphere (and helps those who are afraid of the dark).

This charger can give you mood lighting all night long and has a generous 18-foot cord.

You can find it here.

USB lighter: take your Zippo to the next level

Plus, did you know that even a Zippo can be charged via USB these days? Amaze even your old school friends with this great twist on the classic that lets you use it on windy days.

This Zippo lighter insert starts more than fires. Thanks to its dual cool plasma arc beam, we’ve found it to spark a lot of conversations too.

Although it doesn’t last as long as the traditional one, a full battery charge gives you up to 300 uses and honestly hope you have a better time than that!

Check it here.

Emergency beacon Personal locator

This next item is pricey but worth it even if you don’t stray very far from camp. The Bivy Stick Personal Emergency Beacon Locator gives you and your loved ones peace of mind

This next item is pricey but worth it in case you want to venture far. The Bivy Stick Personal Emergency Beacon Locator gives you and your loved ones peace of mind as it includes tri-network coverage on cellular, satellite or WiFi.

You can send and receive satellite messages, get offline maps, share your GPS location with loved ones or authorities. The best part? It has a real record button, so you can let your friends and family know you’re safe.

The Bivy Stick is also compatible with all GoPro mounts, so you can have it handy wherever you go.

Check it here.

Adventure Flask Kit with Flashlight

The best camping gadgets are those that are multi-functional, because nobody likes toting around their whole house just to get cozy in the moonlight.

One of the must-haves on this camping packing list is the Adventure Flask Kit.

This flask includes two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses and a bottle opener for fun times, plus an LED flashlight and compass to find your way back to camp.

It’s a bit pricey but it’s a sturdy camping gadget, an investment like a Leatherman knife.

Buy it here.

BioLite USB Charging Camping Stove

Oh yes, and speaking of “I can’t believe this has USB”, there is such a thing as a camping stove with USB.

Discover the BioLite wood stove which literally transforms fire into electricity.

The BioLite (we talk more about that here) has a 3,200mAh battery that charges when you burn wood for cooking, meaning you can power an essential device like your phone while cooking dinner.

The BioLite CampStove 2+ is a pretty impressive feat of engineering, with a portable grill, light and even a kettle that boils 1 liter of water in under 5 minutes.

Overall, the BioLite can cut your camping packing list in half, especially if you’re traveling alone.

You can buy it here.

Rechargeable camp shower

The pressure of the shower like in a hotel, even when camping? It’s doable, really. Just grab a big bucket and put on this rechargeable camping shower and you’ll enjoy the greatest conveniences of modern life, anywhere in the wilderness. It even has three spray functions, so it’s perfect for those with long hair.

This rechargeable camp shower has a 5000 mAh battery that you can connect to a solar charger, for example. The pump goes in a bucket and the handle even has an attachment to attach it to your motorhome or car, for example, if overhead showers are what you crave when camping.

Find it here.

A huge power bank

For the true outgoing geek, a massive power bank is essential camping tech.

From everything we’ve seen, this is one of the biggest power banks available to buy, offering 36,000mAh and even fast charging and wireless charging.

Usually when you go for a great power bank you sacrifice speed for capacity, but this one can charge a phone in an hour and a half. If you’re not in a rush, you can also connect up to six devices to charge.

By cable, this huge external battery charges in about 8 hours, but remember to keep it in the sun when camping, because the solar panel will also help you a lot.

See here.


Since you should always avoid hot, standing water (Legionnaires’ disease is no joke!), most portable filters are capable of handling the usual type of water you’ll encounter on a camping trip. regular.

We have the LifeStraw Personal which is a great addition to any backpacking trip or bug out bag, but it is somewhat difficult for the elderly or children to use as you have to really suck it hard to get it to work.

If we were to buy a LifeStraw again, we would definitely opt for the super versatile LifeStraw Flex. Since it works with most water bottles and filters up to 2000 liters of water, it would also be useful in everyday life, not just when packing for camping.

This purchase is also a good deed, because for every LifeStraw you buy, the company helps secure access to safe drinking water for a school child in need.

You can buy it here.

Portable suitcase grid

Best hacker pack trick? While the technology is always there to streamline things, you should always have a backup in case electricity or the sun to generate it isn’t a given.

We actually use a similar portable suitcase grill as our primary camping grill on most trips because it’s not only super useful, but a real conversation starter with anyone.

You might think it’s just a quirky camping gadget, but it’s not just a gadget. This little suitcase does the job and has quickly become one of our camping essentials as you can also use it as storage for other camping tools like cooking utensils, tinder and small gadgets, transforming it into a complete campfire cooking kit.

suitcase grid
We managed to feed 4 not so hungry people with this suitcase grill

Best of all, it leaves no trace of your activities. After all, there’s no point in finding the perfect wild camping spot and leaving charcoal or trash behind to spoil it for future adventurers!

The only downside is that the fire is small, so it will go out quickly, so you should only light it once you’re ready to cook (no atmospheric campfire here!).

You can find it here.

Camping kit

As for sitting down to enjoy a meal, the best camping cookware is the one that’s the lightest, has the most features and, of course, is the easiest to clean. While there are plenty of plastic camping kits out there and they look sturdy enough, we find that plastic is easily marred by things like tomato sauce.

We always choose stainless steel because it is light, robust and fire resistant. Unlike aluminum mess kits, it doesn’t stain as easily and corrosion isn’t something that will affect it. Surprisingly, while we love new and shiny camping gadgets, we don’t believe in innovation for innovation’s sake.

That’s why, in terms of the kitchen, we’re kicking things old school with a WWII design.

This military mess works as a pot, a plate and, if you have leftovers, a sturdy little bento box. It’s made from food-grade 304 stainless steel, has a bendable wooden handle, and comes with a decent-sized spoon that can work as a spatula.

Find it here.

Yeti Tundra cooler

Cold beer for the whole weekend, without electricity? This is not only possible but very doable with a Yeti Tundra Cooler.

At this point, Yet is a cult brand when it comes to camping coolers and it’s easy to see why. Thanks to approximately three inches of insulation and super-sturdy construction with military-grade handles, it’s a waterproof, virtually indestructible cooler that can handle intense heat. Just add an ice pack and it will last for at least three days, regardless of the outside temperature.

Find it here.

This is our list at the moment, but we will probably update it after each trip, because camping gadgets are the first thing we always look for. And you, what is your number 1 item on your camping packing list?

Share your tips below!

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Camping Packing List: The Pack Hacker’s Guide to Really Useful Tech

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