Top 11 Gadgets for Hiking and Camping

Below are listed the Top 11 hiking gadgets so far this year. Some of them are useful and some of them are just toys…but still useful. As new ideas come out, the list will change. The way these appear in the Top 11 is simple. I look into the biggest online stores and find out what is selling the most and which reviews are best. I then drag it down to the Top 11. It can be difficult, but below are items that all sell and review well.


Cobra MT975 2-way Radio

Not important if you hike alone, obviously…(unless you like talking to yourself!) but if you’re in a group or one hiker is faster than the other, or you split up, or someone needs a rest, these 2-way radios are well worth the investment. The Cobra MT975 has a range of up to 12km, which is pretty impressive. Oh, you can use them as a baby monitor as well.

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Action Camera

Small enough to fit into your backpack, the GoPro HERO5 Session can record 4k stunning quality video and take great 10MP photos. How many times have you been out and about and wished you could’ve recorded that surprise waterfall, or the wildlife that’s crept up on you, or your mate trying to get out of a bog! This compact action camera has great reviews and average price. One of the best gadgets to have with you when hiking.

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Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch

Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Watch is not your standard hand-held GPS unit. It sits on your wrist like a watch and has great reviews for such an odd concept. It has a high sensitivity that can lock you in within 3 meters. The more I read about it, the more it makes sense. It has no color display, but it looks like an excellent way to get going with navigation, just don’t forget your map. Excellent gadget to have with you on a hike!

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Radio with LED Flashlight and 1000mAh Power Bank

Amazing and cheap gadget the radio that can be charged by solar or by cranking (1 minute of cranking – 20 minutes of radio or 30 minutes flashlight). Also, it has 10000Mah power bank in it which you can use for emergency smartphone charging. I think for that little price this gadget is must have because of its like 3 in 1 tool  – radio, flashlight, power bank. Ideal for hiking, fishing, and camping.

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Magnifying Glass

“Gadget?” I hear you say. Well, what else could it be? It’s a device that makes words and pictures appear bigger! It’s also great if your peepers are not what they were and you need to find a route so small, it can’t be seen with the naked eye on the map. Well worth popping into your backpack, but keep it in there until needed, we don’t want to start a forest fire, do we!

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Omron Pedometer

Always nice to see how far you’ve been! The trouble is there are a lot of poor pedometers out there, the cheap ones seem to just guess your steps. I read nothing but good reviews for the Omron range of pedometers. Take a few normal strides and the device will accurately record the average step over the period of your hike. Apparently, you want to be achieving 10,000 steps a day to stay fit.

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A Head Lamp is probably more versatile than a normal hand-held flashlight. You may find yourself stumbling around a hillside if you’ve timed you hike all wrong, so will need something to light your way. Flashlight or headlamp is the must have for any hiker or campers.

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Try to get a decent pair of compact ones with a good magnification of at least 10x. They will not only give you a close up of the local wildlife but also help you to decide which route is safest. It’s can be really helpful to see if there are a road ahead before moving down from a big hill to find out that there is no way to go.

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Well, sunglasses, are they gadgets? Hard to say, but they do deflect the brightest thing in our Galaxy into a dim far-off object, so yes, perhaps they are a gadget! Do try to get decent ones, not the cheap knockoff you see at car boot sales. Go for the lightweight wrap around style that are not easily knocked off. Sunglasses is must have because they protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation.

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Thermos King Flask

Yes, another ‘iffy’ gadget on the list! But it does keep a hot liquid at a temperature over a long period of time using a vacuum system, so yes, it’s a gadget! It’s always good to know that you have a hot drink in your backpack when out on a long cold hike. I personally use mine as a soup flask, usually filled with mulligatawny and devoured with haste. I love mulligatawny soup! You can, of course, have tea, coffee, other soups and even cold drinks. Thermos King Flask can keep the goods hot (or cold) for 24 hours.

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Just another essential camping and hiking “gadget” the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. It’s very easy to use and let you drink a water straight from the water source. For such a cheap price you can use it to filter 1000 liters of water!

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There are countless gadgets for hiking and these are just some of the more popular ones available. You could spend all day jamming your backpack with gadgets, but in the end, all you need are the basics and perhaps one or two gadgets to make the hike even more fun. (and mulligatawny soup! 🙂 )


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