Great Camping Gadgets | T+L Family

Great Camping Gadgets | T+L Family

Haul of the Wild

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;, 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;

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

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

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

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

  • This is one smart sleeping bag for kids ($79; 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;; $8.

Ice Cream Ball

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

Weatherproof Fudge

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

Gourmet Grub

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

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