Camping accessories can make a trip fun and convenient.
Casual as well as more experienced campers are all familiar enough with the basics: a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, Coleman stove, lantern, a couple of chairs and propane--lots of propane. But there are all sorts of twists and new avenues in the ever-changing world of camping gear and accessories that can make your next camping trip more comfortable, enjoyable and fun.
Cool Camping Gear
An online camping portal with the appropriate name of Cool Camping Gear (see References, below) offers the Kamp-Rite Tent Cot. It's an elevated, reclining cot wrapped in a personal-size tent, complete with mesh windows and doors. It's a great way to sleep out under the stars without worrying about bugs. And thanks to an aluminum frame, you're nearly a foot off the ground, so there are no concerns about mice or other creeping critters crawling into your sleeping bag, either.
Cool Camping Gear also recommends the GSI Deluxe Gourmet Camp Kitchen, a foldable "kitchen" complete with a double sink, cutting boards, drying racks, and cooking and storage shelves. There's even an optional pressurized fresh- and waste-water system.
Coleman, one of the most prevalent names in the camping gear and accessories industry, has two nifty gadgets idea for those campers who would like at least some of the comforts of home.
The Hot Water on Demand water heater promises your first batch of hot water in just 5 seconds. The device heats 40 gallons of water with one compact 16.4-oz. propane cylinder and has a wealth of accessories, including a carrying case, a hose adapter and even a spray adapter for those long, hot morning showers.
Coleman also makes a drip coffee maker specifically made for camping; instead of plugging it into an electrical outlet, you heat it over a camp stove. It's like a Mr. Coffee on steroids--and it sure beats that old percolator.
Night Time is the Right Time
If you have kids, take advantage of the clear night sky with a pair of night-vision goggles. You can see clearly in the dark through a greenish haze just like the military or police do, and goggles are great for night-time rounds of hide-and-seek, tag or I Spy.
Thomas K. Arnold is the publisher and editorial director of "Home Media Magazine" and a regular entertainment contributor to various publications including "USA Today," "The Hollywood Reporter" and "San Diego Magazine." He has written travel stories for "San Diego Magazine," the "San Diego Union" and the Copley News Service. Arnold attended San Diego State University.
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