Pictures: High-tech gadgets for the great outdoors
If sleeping in a trailer and going sans television for 48 hours is your idea of roughing it, then consider this your packing list for your next camping trip. No one has to leave behind the comforts of home thanks to all of the high-tech gear and gadgets available. Even tent camping is no longer just about nature, not when you have tents wired for power. Here are a few of our favorite camping trappings, some convenient, others truly outlandish:
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Icon Rogue 2 flashlight (PICTURED)
Billed as an almost indestructible flashlight, the Rogue 2 has an aluminum body with open grooves that provide a good grip while keeping it light weight (only 3.8 ounces). The 6.5-inch flashlight survived being tossed around in a metal toolbox and dropped into a puddle. It delivers a powerful beam of LED light, even in the lowest of two modes, and runs on two AA batteries.
Available: $43.19 at www.Amazon.com
More flexible and aerodynamic than a roof box, this cargo container straps to the back of your car, truck, van or SUV so it reduces drag. Created by Saratoga-based AeroPack, it mounts onto a vehicle quickly with no racks or rails needed, is storm proof and folds up after use. The three available sizes includes one small enough to fit a Toyota Camry. Best of all, it leaves room in the trunk for your favorite tech toys.
Available: $169-$209 at www.aeropackusa.com.
Sure, any pair of sandals will do, but I prefer these nylon mesh slippers. They are perfect for campground showers (who knows what is on the floor), wet decks and boating. They come in five sizes each for men and women.
Available: $10.85 at www.magellans.com.