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I love the new walkie talkie feature on the Apple Watch and find it fun and exciting.

However this isn’t always practical as requires both parties to have an Apple Watch and the latest versions, so we have found some practical cheaper alternatives.

There is something pretty exciting about picking up a WalkieTalkie and setting out for an adventure. Even the name- ‘Walkie Talkie’ remindsus of a time when we enjoyed them as toys but as adults they can be an integralpart of camping.

Two-way radios are great for camping or long hikes as you can stay in contact with somebody else from a long distance without the worry of your phone signal. Communication can be required during hikes and sometimesa necessity as an emergency precaution.

Motorola MR350R

  • 22 Channels with Privacy Code
  • Built-In Flashlight
  • PTT Power Boost

You may have wondered where Motorola had gone? Well- they are still going strong and are responsible for reliable technology. In this case, it is what we think is probably the best two-way radio for the price.

This innovative tool not only looks smart but it really is the part, they come in black and feature 22 channels. They can cover a radius of 35 miles and have some cool modern add-ons, each time somebody signals through to you your device will vibrate; alternatively you can set one of 20 ringtones.

It also has a very useful hands-free feature and a built-in flashlight for your late night walks or camping ventures.

Baofeng UV-8R

Baofeng UV-8R
  • 8 Watt Power
  • 128 Memory Channels
  • 30 Mile Range

This is an upgrade from the previous Baofeng, only this time they have put in some fantastic upgrades that include a durable casing, a clear connection and double the wattage. The design itself makes it a lot easier to use too.

This radio actually looks like a mobile phone throwback andthat is what appeals to us as it is simple to use with its user interface butwith that said, the actual settings can be somewhat tough if you have neverused a professional Walkie Talkie before.

The performance is well worth theinitial setup and getting used to the device. It operates on VHF, UHF and FMfrequencies, which means it is harder to use for the standard 22 channels butadvanced users will rejoice as it means advanced options, more control and morepower!

It comes complete with a 7” antenna and a charging station. This product is known for being one of the best at the price, you get a lot of technology for your money on this one. If you are serious about hiking and using safe communication then you will want to pick up one of these and learn how to utilise Walkie Talkies to your advantage.

Use the memory channels, the advanced frequencies and lightweight of these items when taking off for your next excursion.

Ansoko 6 Pack

GXT1050VP4
  • 6 Pack of Walkie Talkies
  • Easy to Use
  • 16 Channels

This isn’t the most expensive choice with irrelevant mod cons but it is a popular one as it comes as a six-pack. This six-pack comes in particularly useful for a long hike, you can give the whole team one. This will amplify the amount of fun that you were already going to have, you can now own a Walkie Talkie each and communicate from long distance.

The maximum distance is 1.2 miles although it can go down to a minimum of 0.6 depending on the area conditions. Although there is only 12 channels, they are very clear and these Walkie Talkies are easy to use. You can pass them out to each person and not have to worry about adding long-winded instructions.

Cobra CXT1045-R

CXT1045R-FLT-CAMO
  • 37 Mile Range
  • 2662 Channels
  • Rewind Feature

These are more than cool to look at but they are also perfect to use, these ‘camo’ radios have some very special features.

They have probably one of the longest reaches with the signal going as far as 37 miles and also have a NAOO receiver to notify you of any storms or emergencies. This radio has been designed with complete innovation and caters for numerous situations, if you drop it in water then you quickly retrieve it thanks to its splash proof and floating design.

In addition to the practical feature that we have mentioned, it has 2662 combined channels and also has a unique Rewind feature, that records 20 seconds of a call and allows you to playback a message once to ensure that you did not miss anything.

It has a clear connection free from interference and is one of our two favourite choices. It has plenty of buttons and is easy to use.

These are the best Walkie Talkies available on the market right now. 

When it comes to essential camping equipment, we automatically think tents, sleeping bags and backpacks, however, having the right cooking equipment is essential and can often make the difference when it comes to enjoying a complete camping experience.

Being able to cook hot, nutritional food is vital if you’re camping for several days and nights – so when pot noodles and packets of crisps just won’t do, you’ll want to have a camping frying pan that is reasonably priced, durable and effective. It’s a fairly saturated market at the moment when it comes to camping equipment, which is great news for the consumer as it means there is much more choice out there and brands are constantly going above and beyond to ensure they make the best possible product.

Here, we’ve picked out what we believe are three of the best camping frying pans that are currently on the market – and we’ve catered to those with all budgets. However, it’s not all just about price, with design, usability, size and weight all playing a part when it comes to choosing the best camping frying pan.

Sea to Summit Alpha Pan (8” & 10”)

  • 8” Pan – Weight: 245g
  • 10” Pan – Weight: 335g
  • Hard anodized
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Non-stick surface
  • Even heat distribution

Both lightweight and ergonomic in design, the Sea to Summit Alpha pan comes in eight and ten-inch variants, ensuring it can easily nestle amongst the other camping essentials in your bag.

The Alpha Pan is crafted from hard anodised materials and comes with a nonstick surface and brilliant heat distribution, ensuring your food is cooked evenly and without any sticky mess being left over when you’re done.

The specially designed, low profile handle comes fitted with a safety lock for added security when cooking and it will also fold underneath the pan when out of use which only adds to its space saving appeal.

Finally, we all know that camping stoves set on often uneven terrain can be a bit of a handful, which is where the textured base of the Alpha Pan comes in, providing added stability for safer, more efficient cooking.

In terms of cost, the 8” Alpha Pan currently retails for around £25-30, with the 10” pan likely to cost slightly more.

JetBoil Fry Pan

  • Weight: 280g (inclusive of handles and cover)
  • Dimensions: 8.1” x 2.2” (205mm x 57mm)
  • FluxRing technology
  • Base doubles as eating dish
  • Collapsible handle

Camping Frying Pan with Folding Handle

A slightly more expensive option currently on the market is the JetBoil fry pan. Retailing at around £50-60, this high-quality pan uses patented FluxRing technology to ensure even cooking throughout, but it can often be found on offer.

This helps to increase the surface area, which essentially gives you the capabilities of a larger pot, but in a much smaller product.

It is also aesthetically pleasing too, as the grey pan is sat on a vibrant orange base that also doubles as a food preparation or eating dish– which only adds to the practicality of this excellent pan. As with most pans like this, the handle can easily be folded to wrap around the side of the pan, ensuring it takes up less space in your bag, leaving you more room for your other necessities. The only downside to the JetBoil Fry pan is that is you’ll need to buy the support kit separately, which will set you back another £10-12.

Vango Hard Anodised Non-Stick Frying Pan

  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 7.4” x 1.7”
  • Compact design
  • Hard-anodised
  • Easy clean
  • Heat resistant, foldable handle

Perfect for those with a slightly smaller budget, the Vango Hard Anodised frying pan is the third and final choice on our list. Currently retailing for around £16, it really is a steal and thankfully the quality hasn’t been compromised to account for its low price point. What we love about this pan is its minimalist design and no frills approach – it does exactly what it says on the tin. Compact and practical, it has a hard-anodised design which means not only is it tough and durable, but it is also super easy to clean – because let’s face it, nobody wants to waste precious time and energy by scrubbing pots and pans when camping. Other handy features include the heat resistant foldable handle, as well as it’s ridged inner base for more effective cooking. Weighing a mere 200g, this is by far the lightest pan on our list and measures just under 7.5 inches in diameter, which means you’ll barely even notice it in your bag!

These are the three best camping frying pans we could find on the market, whether you are on a budget or want the top of the range frying pan, we have found the perfect one for you.

Now all you need to do is working out what you are going to cook on it.

Hiking is one of the best ways to keep fit and enjoy nature simultaneously. A quality pair of hiking boots is often the first part of kit that outdoor enthusiasts buy. 

A good set of hiking boots have to fit perfectly to ensure that blistering is not an issue- not only are poor footwear choices an annoyance, they can be extremely painful and may end up ruining your hiking trip. 

Hiking boots are also an expensive piece of essential that will be a worthwhile long-term investment and therefore must be chosen wisely!

They need to feel comfy and snug, supporting your feet and ankles in all the right places, but need not to restrict too much. 

If a pair fit well but feel a little tight around the ankle it is probably wise to steer clear of them as they will end up rubbing.

Quality hiking boots are very well made and are designed to be waterproof and breathable and made from either synthetic or leather materials, which make them especially ideal for winter excursions.

Best Value

The North Face Ultra 110 GTX

The North Face Ultra 110 Goretex

Comfort should not be an issue with these boots. 

Lined with waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX material makes them great for those wet and muddy winter months. 

They are quite a durable shoe and, at first glance, do not look like your average hiking boot. 

They are lightweight and consist of leather and tight mesh with a low-rise style that doesn’t fully cover the ankle. 

The soles are sturdy and provide excellent grip on a variety of terrain. 

Top comfort and great functionality make this a perfect option for many hikers.

Best Choice

Merrell Moab Polar Waterproof

Merrell Moab Polar Waterproof

A beautifully crafted design that uses suede and mesh upper with a tpu waterproof shell to ensure that water is kept outside the boot and the feet are kept dry. 

The lightweight and low bulk insulation keeps the feet warm and the sole is of high quality so that it lasts winter after winter without showing signs of wear. 

They are designed for heavy winter use, but they are lightweight and breathable enough that they can be used throughout the year.

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

This boot provides one of the most comfortable fits on the market, without compromising on its sturdiness.  

With a GORE-TEX lining, the boot guarantees dry feet yet can take a while to dry out once wet on the outside. 

Made with a mix of nubuck leather and textile materials, it is a great option for people looking for that reliable ankle support and excellent traction, thanks to the sophisticated and recently evolved lug pattern.

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof

Timberland White Ledge Men%u2019s Waterproof

Recognised as one of Timberlands best selling walking boots, the White Ledge offers a great balance of style and protection.

Timberland’s waterproofing arises out of the added waterproof impregnated properties that are added during the leather tanning process with the footwear then being seam-sealed to keep the feet dry in any weather.  

Not only do they look good and can be worn causally on a daily basis, they prove to be tough boots that can withstand any terrain for many years.  It is difficult to find the level of durability of this boot in any other brands.

Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof

Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof

The seam-sealed construction of the boot ensures full waterproof features whilst still providing a lightweight, durable hiking boot constructed from coated leather. 

This shoe certainly provides the comfort, protection and style that many hikers worldwide seek for.

Built for use on many terrains, the grippy rubber outer sole ensures that footing is not lost, however difficult the terrain may be, whilst providing your feet with supportive cushioning. 

This boot also has the option for a wide fit, for individuals with slightly wider soles.

Premium Pick

Berghaus Mens Supalite II GORE-TEX

Berghaus Mens Supalite II GORE-TEX

These hiking boots appear like the average, traditional pair yet have a range of modern features that keep them waterproof and breathable. 

The GORE-TEX lining keep the feet warm, yet sweat free, offering maximum comfort for all types of outdoor adventures.

The base uses EVA Midsole technology that enables it to remain comfortable and lightweight yet tough and reliable. 

This boot is known for its super quick “wear in” time, allowing the hiker to embark on long distance hike straight away. 

Based on the Berghaus Brasher, this version builds on the famous quality and comfort associated with Berghaus. 

If you are looking for “straight out of the box comfort” then these are your go to hiking footwear.

Whatever boot you decide to get, make sure they fit before you hit the hills, wear them around the house for a few days to make sure they fit perfectly. Check each retailers website, but most allow you to return if they don’t fit assuming they haven’t been warn outside.

If you haven’t used the brand before, consider ordering two sizes just incase the style is different.

Happy hiking.

There are three general considerations to take into account when shopping for a hiking jacket; breathability, comfort and waterproof. 

The last one is particularly important if you live in a country where rain is a common occurrence.  

Investing in a decent jacket can keep you warm and dry for years to come, alongside providing comfort for whatever weather you may be hiking in. 

There are so many hiking jackets on the market that are designed for women, so it can often be hard to choose. 

They also vary greatly in prices, however, remember that the cheaper ones often don’t have quality breathable systems built in, so you can be certain you will get hot and sweaty quite quickly, something that we all would want to avoid.

Think about where you may wear this jacket. 

Is it as a top layer for casual use or are you heading out on a camping trip and expecting extreme conditions where extra consideration needs to be taken.

You may need to think about what colour to choose as it could be an important safety factor. 

Next, take a look at the following different jackets to see which may suit you the best.

Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket

Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket
Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket pocket close up
Berghaus Women’s Ridgemaster Waterproof Jacket close up

This brilliant jacket uses Gore-Tex technology to ensure the best waterproofing possible, even in the heaviest of downpours. 

The Gore-Tex keeps water out and the jacket is fitted with a highly breathable membrane so that the sweat is wicked away before you notice it, even for people taking on intense exercise. 

This jacket is a top choice by many outdoor athletes including long distance hikers and mountain climbers. 

The pockets are handy and are of good size so that items that need to be accessed quickly can be stored in there easily. 

The fit would suit most women, however taller individuals may find that it cuts quite short on the torso.

Best Value Deals

Regatta Ladies’ Blanchet Jacket

Regatta Ladies’ Blanchet Jacket

The Regatta Blanchet jacket employs Hydrafort polyester fabric to keep its owner dry. 

Not only is it designed well to keep the wearer dry, it also has a lovely Thermo-Guard insulation to make sure it keeps you dry in colder weather. 

Therefore, this jacket is a good choice for everyday wear and on those days where there is a chill in the air or the weather appears slightly undecided.  

The hood can be adjusted at the hem to ensure a snug and wind proof fit but can also be packed away if the rain is absent. 

Thanks to its thick inner padding, there is no need to layer up underneath this jacket and with regards to length and fit, it should sit just nicely in between the hips and the thighs giving it a little extra cover.

Craghoppers Women’s Compress Lite Packaway Jacket

Craghoppers Women’s Compress Lite Packaway Jacket

This is the perfect option for hikers that live, or are visiting, a location where they do not expect much rain, yet want to have that protection if the skies do open. 

It is lightweight and can be conveniently compressed into its own bag without compromising the level of padding within the jacket upon removal. 

There are two pockets that are lined with fleece like material, an added bonus when it comes to keeping your hands warm! 

If space is limited, then this is the hiking jacket to opt for.

The North Face Women’s Inlux Insulated Jacket

The North Face Women%u2019s Inlux Insulated Jacket

The extremely attractive North Face Inlux brings style and practicality to the world of women’s hiking jackets. 

It is created with a lightweight synthetic insulation and a breathable outer fabric technology known as DryVent to ensure that all rain stays out and the warmth of the body stays in. 

There is a soft-fleece lining added to the collar and body to help retain body heat. 

It is not so fitted as other women’s hiking jackets but has a more relaxed fit with a drop tail hem and a removable, fully adjustable hood also lined with the soft fleece like material.

Craghoppers Women’s Apex Waterproof Jacket

Craghoppers Women’s Apex Waterproof Jacket

The fit of this jacket is super feminine and would suit any shape and size woman. 

The flattering jacket has three pockets each secured by a zip, one of which is an inner pocket which is extremely useful for carrying important hiking maps. 

The DWR finish on the outside of the AquaDry Membrane jacket makes sure that water simply forms beads and rolls off, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. 

Mesh lined and consisting of an adjustable hem around both the waist and the hood works to maintain warmth in a breezy environment.  

With a top-quality breathable system and lightweight material, this is a great option for hikers that are looking for a reliable and easy to transport top of the range jacket.

Sprayway Women’s Eos GORE-TEX Jacket

Sprayway Women%u2019s Eos GORE-TEX Jacket

Sprayway is a quality British brand that has been at the forefront of outdoor clothing since 1974. 

This impressive jacket not only has one GORE-TEX layer, but two which shows the confidence that Sprayway has in this technology, creating a jacket that is fully waterproof and perfectly breathable that can be trusted in any environment. 

The jacket can also pack into its own map pocket for ease of mobility and features a mesh and Taffeta combination lining and a two-way adjustable wire peaked hood.

Jack Wolfskin Women’s Troposphere Waterproof Jacket

Jack Wolfskin Women’s Troposphere Waterproof Jacket

A cleverly designed jacket consisting of an outer layer known as Texaprore O2+ which is ideal for individuals, like hikers, who are involved in more exertive outdoor activities. 

This jacket has also been created with a cable duct for headphones, an often-overlooked feature on many other jackets. 

With a mix of 70% hydrophobic duck down and 30% synthetic insulation the jacket remains lightweight yet has one of the best levels of warmth as well as waterproof and windproof protection. 

Thanks to the Texaprore O2 technology, this jacket remains highly breathable in sun, rain, wind or snow, with convenient venting zips under the arms that can be opened when activity levels are high.

When combining comfort, function and looks, the above seven jackets are some of the best priced and best quality on the market. 

For serious quality, expect to pay higher amounts, but do bear in mind that this jacket will be an investment that will serve you for many years ahead.

There is a great choice of styles and colours in this years list of the best winter jackets. 

What Speakers Are Best for Camping?

Camping can be a magical break that allows us to take a moment away from our usual routine and spend more time appreciating the basics but that is not to say that we can’t enjoy our favourite music on the move.

We are so lucky to be able to embrace high quality sound as part of our campfire ambience.

It is now easy to find a speaker that is perfect for both camping and travelling in general, we have pinpointed some of the best performers in this article, taking into consideration the price, quality and ease of using whilst camping.

Best Bluetooth Speaker for Camping

JBL Clip Mono 2

JBL Clip Mono 2

Key Features

  • Weight: 186 grams
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 4.3 x 14.2 cm
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight
  • Bluetooth
  • Clip-on
  • Rechargeable

This clip-on speaker is perfect to take around with you, not only is it lightweight and easy to attach to your trousers but it also brandishes genuine high quality sound. It comes with a carabiner to securely attach to your clothing whilst on the move. It has Bluetooth streaming and it is also possible to connect to it via an audio cable. You have the option to amplify your sound by connecting it to another speaker of it’s own kind and creating your own mini sound-system. This is one of the cheaper options and has been specifically handcrafted for travel use.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Key Features

  • Weight: 598 grams
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 11.6 x 13.4 cm
  • Durable,
  • Waterproof,
  • Bluetooth
  • Good Sound

The best gifts come in small packages and that tends to be the theme of this small travel speaker, it is a versatile system that boasts unrivalled waterproof technology, ensuring that the rain will not hurt this innovative product.

It has good sound quality for the outdoors and has been made sturdy and robust sure to last.

It also displays some easy to use function buttons giving you quick access to the volume and playing your favourite songs.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Key Features

  • Weight: 816 grams
  • Dimensions: 23.1 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm
  • Robust
  • Dynamic Sound
  • Bluetooth
  • Good Battery Life

As we sift through some of the groundbreaking travel gadgets, we finally move onto some of the more expensive, yet higher quality speakers that are easy to take camping with us.

For those that prefer longer battery life, guaranteed durability and dynamic sound you may want to enjoy JBL’s protégé.

This brand has been fast growing and has now started challenging the top dogs in the industry.

The difference with this brand is that they have been able to provide their seamless sound for less of a cost.

It is waterproof, has noise-cancelling speakerphone features and connect to several devices at once ensuring that you and the rest of the camp party can take turns selecting your favourite music.

If your friend’s also have one of these trusty speakers then choose from the different colours and link it up to their JBL speaker for a complete sound system experience.

Scosche Boom Bottle

Scosche Boom Bottle

Key Features

  • Weight: 680 grams
  • Dimensions: 21.8 x 7.2 cm
  • Durable
  • Splash Proof
  • Omnidirectional Bluetooth
  • High Quality

From the moment you set eyes on this piece of elegance you can see the quality oozing out of it’s design and after reviewing the sound for ourselves it is much the same when listening to this item.

The speaker fits in a bike bottle holder and is ideal for the outdoors it comes as a resilient design and hosts two speakers either end.

It has been created to offer immersive sound that comes from all directions.

Offers a fantastic sound, 15 hours battery life and fairly lightweight considering the design.

Bose Soundlink Color II

Bose Soundlink Color II

Key Features

  • Weight: 544 grams
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 12.7 x 13.2 cm
  • Sleek
  • Bold Sound
  • Bluetooth
  • High Quality

There is no way we could get through an entire camping speaker review without introducing a Bose speaker to the line-up and it wasn’t easy choosing just one from their unrivalled selection.

Generally, their speakers are a little more pricey but we have managed to find one that is not only great value but perfect for the outdoors.

This Soundlink has merged a modern look with a timeless classic design as it almost looks like an amp, it comes with bold sound and is available in white, black, blue and red.

The Bluetooth has a Voice Prompt that talks you through the pairing and it has up to 8 hours of battery life.

It has stylish touch sensitive buttons on the top making it simple to control your tunes.

These are the best bluetooth speakers for camping we found on the market at the moment. We regularly keep our eye out for new product launches and if we feel something new comes out that deserves a place on this list we will update the list.

Camping is a perfect way to escape reality, the built-up cities and the fast-paced lifestyle that is not uncommon for most of us. 

However, it does make sense to keep some element of contact with the real world, in terms of electronic devices, for example, a mobile phone in case of an emergency or a situation whereby you need to contact someone.  Unfortunately, it isn’t practical to completely disconnect ourselves. 

When camping in remote areas, keeping our electronics powered can sometimes be a challenge, and there have been numerous devices made that have attempted to provide the best charging possibilities over recent years and the technology has made remarkable advances.

There are, in fact, so many devices on the market that choosing one can sometimes turn into a difficult task, especially because of the array of technical jargon used. 

Here are some of the best portable, compact, easy to use and reliable solar charging devices out there.

Best Choice

RAVPower 25000mAh

A small and well-built device that boasts its dust, shock and waterproof qualities designed specifically for outdoor use. 

It even has a built-in emergency LED light that works in strong, probe and SOS modes as well as a battery pack that can save the power from the panel for use at a later time. 

The dual inputs allow for Micro USB and USB-C ports to be used simultaneously and devices can be charged multiple times from one single charge.  

It is a great option for avid campers using cameras or drones, that need a solar charger capable of providing a lot of power. 

The solar panels do take approximately 80 hours to fully charge, however that is no surprise considering the power it can hold.

Key FeaturesSpecifications
Charging Times 
iPhone 8: 9.3 times 
iPad mini 4: 3.3 times 
Samsung Galaxy S8: 5.6 times
Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 8.9 x 3 cm ; 549 g
Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
ASIN: B079L6DRYH
Pro’sCon’s
– Perfect for a weekend away camping
– Durable
– Waterproof 
– Karabiner clip is a great addition
– Needs charging before you go away
– Can take a while to recharge (especially if using solar power)

Premium Pick

Polaroid SP50 50W

This slightly large sized- device has an amazing 4 solar panels totalling to 50 watts of output power to charge any device, mobile storages or portable batteries. 

It has a DC port and comes packaged with several cables and adapters that will allow for easy connection. 

Because of its large size, it is probably best to consider how easy it will be to transport to your chosen campsite, as it is not as compact as other devices. 

However, it is still lightweight, so if the backpack is large enough, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Key FeaturesSpecifications
4 High Quality Monocrystalline Solar Panels
12.5 Watt per Panel
1x DC Power port

Product Dimensions: 29 x 2.5 x 35.5 cm ; 2 Kg
Boxed-product Weight: 15.2 Kg
Item model number: SP50
ASIN: B074H5ZKDW
Pro’sCons
Great battery life
Light weight

Not the cheapest on the market

Best Value

Anker 15W PowerPort

A fast charging solar charger that is ideal for backpacking and camping trips, and ideal for charging portable battery packs which can then be used to charge multiple devices. 

Its design allows for extremely easy transportation and can even be fitted to backpacks whilst hikers are on the move, which is great if you are walking during the midday sun as it still allows the pack to be powered.

 This lightweight powerhouse of a solar charger is a great option for the budget campers.

Key FeaturesSpecifications
Use the sun to charge your devices
Compact
High Quality

Product Dimensions: 46 x 28 x 0.4 cm ; 354 g
Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
Item model number: A2422011
ASIN: B012VK1I0C
Pro’sCons

Light weight
Chargers fast on sunny days


While it has two USB ports, it can only charge 1 device at once in good sunlight

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus

This device is probably one of the most suitable options for campers and hikers that will be spending time in locations that are prone to rain. 

It has waterproof features, it is lightweight, built with high quality materials and has a good power output. 

It features a dynamic auto-restart and can optimise the power output to suit different devices that are plugged in. 

The useful LED indicator is designed to display information regarding the strength of the solar condition that the device is placed in, allowing users to receive feedback on panel to sun placement and find an optimal place for charging. 

It is perfect for charging mobile phones directly as well as small devices and 10-30-watt rechargers. 

By using some of the highest efficiency cells on the market, Goal Zero is one of the most competitive products on the market.

Nekteck 20W

This device is constructed with a built-in smart IC chip which is able to identify each ports device and maximize its charging speed to suit, resulting in a fast charge, almost a speed which is comparable to being plugged into a wall outlet.

It contains a 21 SunPower panel with a power conversion rate that provides enough power to charge two devices at the same time.  It is compatible with all iPhones, tablets, GPS devices, cameras and pretty much any USB-supported devices. 

It has a beautifully compact and sleek design and has a well-designed mesh pocket where your phone or tablet can be placed whilst being charged that will shade it from the sun.

Whatever solar charger you decide to go for, remember that the secret to maximising its power is the positioning and aligning with the sun.  Each location, time of day and environmental conditions will be different, so have a play around and see what works best.

Camping axes are an extremely useful, and some would say necessary tool to pack for your camping trip. 

They make excellent utensils for an array of different cutting and chopping needs that may arise. 

Not only do camping axes look cool and act as a good conversation starter with your fellow campers, but they are also very handy to have around especially if you plan attempt wood collection for a fire.

Axes allow us to trim down the wood into neat and tidy pieces to enable the creation of a perfect campfire.

Here are some of the top axes recommended for camping trips based on their quality, portability and efficiency.

Best Choice

Draper Hand Axe

This is a reliable and small axe that has some weight behind it, showing the quality and power that is crafted within.

It is suitable for tasks such as splitting wood and removing branches from trees to create small firewood.  Because of the weight behind it, it gives a good and accurate swing and with the rubber grip that is well bonded to the shaft, your hands will be protected for a long time to come. 

The sheath also gives the option of attaching the axe to a belt or harness and it does come with a head sleeve, so it can be easily and safely moved from one place to another.

Great axe perfect for splitting kindling.

Key FeaturesSpecifications
Suitable for small logs
Anatomical comfortable
Product Dimensions
36 x 14 x 3.5 cm ; 785 g
Part number
DRA83978
Pro’sCon’s
Light weight but well balanceSmall Sheath

Best Value

Challenge Garden Axe

Even though this is marketed as an axe suitable for gardening, this particular axe has the perfect features to make it a great camping axe. 

The shaft is made of meaning it is extremely lightweight and comfortable to use for longer periods.

The fact that it is lightweight means that it is portable, even on the longest of camping and hiking trips. 

The specially designed soft handle has a forward tilting design to help improve grip and add to the ease of use. 

Strong and comfortable to use, this is an axe that not only performs excellently at home and in the garden, but is just as reliable as a trusty tool on camping excursions.

Key FeaturesSpecifications
Perfect for chopping small items
Comfortable for extended use
Polypropylene handle.
380 – 400cm.
Lightweight, strong and comfortable to use.
Size H2.5, W13, D39cm.
Weight 0.9kg.
Manufacturer’s 5 year guarantee.

Premium Pick

Fiskars Splitting Axe

Fiskars have developed a small range of axes varying in sizes to suit different needs. 

The X11 size measures approximately 44cm in length and the X27 reaches 96cm.

It is needless to say that the X11 will suit the majority of campers and will happily cut small logs and branches of up to 20cm in diameter.

Born out of the Finnish iron industry, Fiskars originated in 1649, making it one of the oldest western businesses on the market, and the quality of the axes shows this. 

Developed over hundreds of years this company appears to have nailed the perfect axe and takes into consideration campers that are looking for a smaller more portable one.

Pick the right size Axe for you

Key FeaturesSpecifications
– Very well made
– very effective for chopping both
newly sawn logs and logs that
have sat outside for a year
– Easy to use
Product Dimensions
76 x 21 x 3.8 cm ; 1.58 Kg
Part number
1015642
Item display height
70.9 centimetres
Item display length
3.6 centimetres
Item display width
16.5 centimetres
Item display weight
1.58 Kilograms
Material type
Steel
Pro’sCon’s
Very well made
well balanced
Not the cheapest

Other Options

Spear & Jackson Small Splitting Axe

The perfect axe for splitting wood that has already been chopped, holding this axe is almost effortless thanks to the strong but hollow handles that are made up of 30 % fibre and 70 % nylon mix. 

It has a non-slip handle that allows for quality comfort and the handle moulding even extends of and around the head of the axe so that the head is completely attached to the handle. 

The carbon steel head creates the strength and durability that this small axe has to offer and it comes with a useful blade guard for safety.

Fiskars Camping Axe XXS X5

Like the splitting axe mentioned above, the camping axe is yet another Fiskars product that is built with precision and quality.  It is small and relatively light, versatile axe that has a razor sharp head, even after a lot of use.  It is ideal for campers because of the plastic cover which makes it safe and easy to transport and carry.  There is no grip cover on the handle, but the handle is made from plastic which is comfortable and safe to hold.  Although it is quite light, thanks to the plastic handle, it is a very well-balanced axe, so can make an easy job of producing kindling and small wood pieces for camp fires.

There are numerous options on the market for camping axes and it is not surprising as one camper may have different needs to another.  

The Fiskars Splitting Axe X27 may be suited to a camper that has the resources to carry such a size axe, for example, if the camping excursion is has a vehicle for transporting resources. 

Before purchasing a camping axe or hatchet, be sure to consider your needs and preferences, as well as resources. 

One axe may suit one camper, but will be totally unsuitable for another!

There are certain pieces of camping equipment that everybody knows are essential, for example, you need to have a decent tent and a sleeping bag that will keep you warm and sheltered overnight.

A good bag and quality cooking equipment will also come in extremely useful, however, a must-have piece of kit that often gets overlooked is the camping chair.

After a long day of outdoor activity, you’ll want to sit back and relax when you get back to the campsite and the best way to do that is with a comfortable place to sit.

As well as camping, foldable chairs are also great for things such as festivals, outdoor events, fishing or even as a cheaper alternative to garden furniture. Currently, there are a huge number of camping chairs on the market, but we’ve reviewed some of the best ones here – and there’s something for all budgets.

Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger

Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger

Perhaps more suited to seasoned campers who will be using it regularly, the Outwell Acadia Signature Lounger is the most expensive on our list, currently priced at around £140.00 RRP, but this is a small price to pay for guaranteed comfort.

Crafted from aluminium, this lounger comes with a fully adjustable back and headrest, ensuring you can find a position that is perfect for you, whilst the quick drying foam padding and polyester cover help to prevent it from taking on too much water if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

The concertina design will also allow the lounger to lie flat, meaning there’s always time for a quick snooze and you can safely store your favourite beverage in the handy cup holder that is fitted just below the right hand arm.

Weighing 8.5 kilograms, this is one of the heavier chairs on the market, so you won’t want to be lugging it around for the whole day, this is very much a chair to be left on site.

Key Specifications

  • Packed size – 100 x 21 x 68cm
  • Weight: 8.5 kg
  • Frame – Aluminium
  • Features – Adjustable backrest, headrest, cup holder, quick drying foam, concertina design.

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Cropped image of man and woman sitting in chairs outside the tent. Couple camping in forest
Outwell Chino Hills Camping Chair

Outwell Chino Hills Camping Chair

Currently retailing for around £65, the Chino Hills Camping Chair is a perfect choice for mid-range budgets.

The frame is made from highly durable steel, making it extremely sturdy, whilst still being relatively light, tipping the scales at just over 5kg, but allowing to it to bear loads of up to 125kg.

With no assembly required, this excellent camping chair opens and folds in seconds and also comes with an adjustable side table that can be positioned to the side of you, or in front of you, adding to its versatility.

The table also boasts a handy cup holder and even a slot to place your phone or tablet (if you can’t bear to completely tear yourself away from your mod cons whilst camping).

In terms of materials, the Chino Hills Camping chair is made from polyester and comes in grey, with the Outwell branding in white providing a recognisable stamp of quality.

Key Specifications

  • Packed size – 85 x 14 x 52cm
  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Frame – Steel
  • Features – Adjustable table, padded arm rests, tablet and cop holders, foldable design.

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Eurohike Peak Folding Chair

Eurohike Peak Folding Chair

Definitely one for those on a budget, the Eurohike Peak Folding Chair is currently available for as little as £8.

Now, obviously a low budget chair like this one is not going to come with all the bells and whistles of some of the higher priced options, but this chair will definitely still do the job.

Available in a range of colours, it has a classic folding design and is ultra-lightweight, making it perfect for anything from ad hoc garden furniture or a spot of fishing, to a camping trip or festival.

Carrying this chair from one location to another is an absolute doddle, thanks to the handy carry bag that is included, ensuring you can have it to hand all day and take the weight off your feet in an instant. 

The mesh cup holder on the right arm offers a perfect finishing touch and an extra hint of practicality.

Key Specifications

  • Open size – 85 x 52 x 52cm
  • Features – Ultra lightweight design, cup holder, carry bag.

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As well as the three mentioned above, there are plenty of other camping chairs on the market, at a range of prices.

You’ll want a chair that is relatively lightweight, while still being durable and it helps if it can be transported with relative ease – and of course, any additional features such as tables and cup holders could be the deal maker.

Whether you enjoy roughing it or not, comfort is always going to be key when you bed down for the night while on a camping trip or expedition!  While it may be a good idea to take along your own pillows, bedding and/or sleeping bags when you first set off, there is of course the matter of there being enough space for you to take such items – and what’s more, packing up again at the end of a trip can be tricky if you have lots of unwieldy bedding to sort out!  With these things kept in mind, it’s more than a good idea to start thinking about some compact and easily transportable options for your sleeping arrangements.  Thankfully, more than plenty of stores online and on the high street will have you covered!  Here’s our pick of the best pillows available now.

The Hi Gear Luxury Camping Pillow

While it may not look to be the height of luxury if you were expecting something a little more grandiose, this easily-stored and transportable pillow is very reasonably priced and offers incredible softness and comfort in all weathers.  Perfect in accompaniment alongside sleeping bags and otherwise, this pillow generally retails at around £9, but you can expect to get it a little cheaper if you’re a member with camping outlets such as Go Outdoors.  What’s more, Hi Gear is a trusted purveyor of all manner of camping creature comforts – which means you know your head is in good hands!

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The Trekology Ultralight Inflating Travel Pillow

While the brand may sound a little sci-fi, the product here is marvellous.  Inflatable pillows are amongst the very best comforts you can purchase for sleeping on the go purely for their ease of transportation and for their divine lack of fuss.  Boasting brilliant reviews on Amazon, this immensely light and durable pillow offers fantastic lumbar support and is available currently at cut rate – it’s well worth the recommended £19.99 retail price, but you’ll likely be able to get a cut of up to 50% on this model during off-season.  Well worth looking out for!

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The Outwell Memory Pillow

For those of us who like that little bit extra in support and comfort for our sleeping arrangements while camping, the Outwell Memory Pillow should be at the very top of your shopping list.  Winfields and Amazon currently offer this intuitive and super-comfy pillow that’s light to carry and easy to pack.  Available in a neutral colour and boasting memory technology to mould to your own standards of relaxation, you can expect to pay up to £21.99 RRP – but Winfields are likely to cut this down by around 25% for you.  Shop around!

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The OEX Traverse Self-Inflating Pillow

It may not look as snazzy as some of the other pillows on the market, but OEX’s travel cushion is one which boasts incredible ease of use and light weight for packing.  The Traverse is affordable and is self-inflating – which means it packs down to a flat, minute size, taking the need away for you to stuff bulky pillows and cushions in with your camping gear from trip to trip.  Expect to pay up to £15 RRP for this model, which we think is well worth the price of admission – but Go Outdoors card holders can expect to see a cut by another £5 during off-season.  Once again, do shop around – it’s well worth keeping an eye out for.

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The Vango Self-Inflating Pillow

OEX aren’t the only brand bringing self-inflating pillows to the masses, and Vango are one such name which are perhaps a little better known in the camping scene.  Vango’s take on self-inflation is just as nifty and perhaps a little more comfortable on the bank balance, too, with Amazon currently allowing you to take advantage of a choice of colours and foam insulated interiors for a snip at £6.99 – with Prime delivery included.  If you’ve not already got your camping pillows sorted for a trip that’s coming up soon, this may well be the best option for you to take.

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Pack-a-Pillow

Last but not least, we turn to a budget option which still offers a grand deal of comfort at a snip of the cost you’d expect to pay otherwise.  The Pack-a-Pillow is no-frills, unassuming and does the job you expect it to – Millets are currently retailing the durable and easily-packable pillows for as little as £4.20 each, which means if impromptu trips are on the horizon, this might be a worthwhile ally.

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Roughing it, or so to speak, requires you to have all mod cons on the go from the comfort of your tent – and one of the most essential pieces of kit you’ll need for any camping trip is a powerful, portable cooker.  Here’s our rundown of the best camping cookers 2018 has to offer.

Best Light Weight Cookers

Portability is key– meaning that you’re going to need to look for a cooking stove that’s easy to pick up and carry.

The Campingaz Twister Plus

This cheap and compact stove from one of the most trusted brands on the market for camping cooking comes with everything you need.

  • Good Points: It’s extremely affordable at £21.99 RRP and it’ll likely last you a long time – plus it’s amazingly portable and easy to set up, too.
  • Bad Points: It’s not huge – and compared to some other models, you may find it a little awkward. Good for individuals and couples.
The Campingaz Twister Plus
The Campingaz Bistro 2

The Campingaz Bistro 2

A more traditional light weight stove from Campingaz – this is your traditional camping hob that’s built to last.  It’s a massive space-saver.

  • Good Points: It’s very affordable at £30 RRP (though likely on a cut rate online), and it’s extremely compact – and it does the job perfectly. A great choice for extended trips, too.
  • Bad Points: You’ll need to keep topped up on those gas cartridges – and again, for bigger groups, you’re going to need a bigger or more powerful option.

Best Family Cookers

For a larger group or a family trip, you’ll need a more extensive or powerful stove to heat things up.  Here’s our pick of two from the best!

The Campingaz Camping Chef Folding Compact

This great-looking, compact model does everything you want and need a portable family stove to do – twin hobs and grill come fitted as standard, and it’s built into a snazzy carry case!

  • Good Points: That carry case! Surprisingly light weight and ready to go, you can just unclip the case and start cooking.
  • Bad Points: At £80 RRP, it’s not exactly the most affordable camping buddy on the market – but you absolutely get what you pay for.
The Campingaz Camping Chef Folding Compact
The Campingaz Camping Chef Folding Compact

The Gas Double Burner

This double twist on the classic hob does everything you need it to – it’s likely to be the first choice for anyone aiming to extend their existing unit.

  • Good Points: Very affordable at £24.98 RRP from Amazon, and it does exactly what it says on the box – no frills, no hassle.
  • Bad Points: It’s a bit unwieldy – not the easiest hob to transport around and store, but it certainly does the business. Cheap and cheerful.

Best Wild Camping Stoves

If you’re really roughing it, you’re not going to want to have to muddle around – you’re going to need a simple utility that’s easy to pop out and use whenever you need it.

The Vango Folding Gas Stove

Complete with a snazzy case, this is a folding gas unit which can plug into a variety of gas bottles and supplies.

  • Good Points: Very affordable – it retails usually at £30 and it’s even an award winner. Remarkably efficient, too – no hassle here.
  • Bad Points: As with all wild stoves, you’re likely going to struggle if you’re feeding a large group.
The Vango Folding Gas Stove
WhisperLite International Camping Stove

The MSR Whisperlite International

Fancy name, fancy stove.  This model allows you to cook wherever you are in the world providing you have access to fuel – even unleaded petrol.

  • Good Points: International portability and almost universal use – again, providing you have the fuel, you’re well away.
  • Bad Points: It’s fairly expensive, at least compared to the Vango model above. Expect to pay £105 RRP for this at the absolute most.

Best Trangias

The Scandinavian Trangia cooking stove has really caught on in recent years – it’s small, neat, and very compact – and it uses alcohol to get things heated up.

The 27-8 Hardanodized Stove with Kettle

Need access to a kettle as well as a stove?  Lucky for you, everything’s right here in one unit – pop it out and you’re good to go!

  • Good Points: Comes with a kettle and pans to allow for quick, easy cooking wherever you may be.
  • Bad Points: Not ideal for larger groups – and at around £100 RRP, it’s not the cheapest option on the market!
The 27-8 Hardanodized Stove with Kettle
Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

The Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

This great-looking compact cooking solution is ideal for a handful of trekkers or campers – just plug in and brew drinks, cook freeze-dried food and more.

  • Good Points: It looks great and is super easy to set up and use on the go. Brilliant for a quick brew!
  • Bad Points: It is another model that’s a little pricey – £110 RRP – but it’ll see you right for several trips!

Best Camping Fire Pits

For big groups, you really can’t beat a good fire pit – grilling on a larger scale is always possible, and with these units, you’ll be able to get cooking for several campers at once in no time at all.

The Outwell Cazal Fire Pit

This large model of fire pit is a real stonker when it comes to cooking lots on the go at once – and what’s more, it’s surprisingly portable as it folds right down!

  • Good Points: Portable, durable, and large enough to cater to big groups looking for good old camping barbecue food.
  • Bad Points: Not many that are obvious! It retails at £84.99, but you really get what you pay for.
Outwell Cazal Fire Pit
Outwell Cazal Portable Grill

The Outwell Cazal Portable Grill

This is a different type of grill from Outwell – while avoiding the traditional circular pan style, this rectangular unit is perfect, again, for large groups – and as its name suggests, it’s also pretty portable.

  • Good Points: Amazingly portable – it flattens right down and even has a handle – and it’s expansive enough to cook for several at once. It’s also amazingly cheap at £35 RRP.
  • Bad Points: Again – hardly any! It’s perhaps not as stylish or as capable as the fire pit listed above – but it really works its little grill off.
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