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Great Camping Gadgets | T+L Family

Twenty-first-century camping is all about ease, the essentials ingeniously updated for comfort and efficiency. Here, gear to outfit your expedition—to the backyard and beyond.

  • The pocket-size Juice Cs4 ($76; leatherman.com), a 16-tool version of a Swiss army knife, has a corkscrew for emergency picnics.

  • Twist the valve, and the cushy Trail Lite air mattress inflates itself (small, $40; thermarest.com).

  • For nighttime worm hunts and bath-house forays, try a hands-free LED headlamp ($35; petzl.com).

  • The classic lantern is now rechargeable, with a fluorescent bulb and a night-light ($60; coleman.com).

  • Bang that mug—it’s chip-proof, with a heart of steel ($2.50; gsioutdoors.com).

  • A single person can pitch the luxuriously large, six-man Twister tent ($450; eurekatent.com).

  • This is one smart sleeping bag for kids ($79; sierradesigns.com): the stuff sack is attached, the pillow is sewn in, and an interior pocket keeps tomorrow’s clothes toasty.

Campire Frills

Unbreakable Wine Glass

In stainless steel. 866/478-0439; gsioutdoors.com; $8.

Ice Cream Ball

Shake it to make it. 800/441-5713; llbean.com; $30.

Weatherproof Fudge

Wax-coated Backpacker’s Chocolate. 800/426-4840; rei.com; $10 for 4 ounces.

Gourmet Grub

S’moradillas, anyone?800/722-6657; quirkbooks.com; $16.

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