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13 camping gadgets you'll love to have with you

13 camping gadgets you'll love to have with you
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Summer is almost over. If you're planning an outdoor adventure before the weather turns, camping is the way to go.

But, just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to "rough" it. Whether you're camping by the lake, in the forest, or just in your backyard, there are some essential things you should take with you.

Here are the hottest gadgets that will make your next camping trip awesome.

Solar-powered everything

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One downside of being outdoors is not having electricity. But, these aren't the "olden days" anymore. With solar-powered gadgets, just because you're out in the middle of nowhere doesn't mean you have to be left in the dark.

Add these key gadgets to your camping gear, and we promise you won't be disappointed.

1. Solar Sun Power Outdoor Cooling Fan

This handy little fan clips onto tables, visors, tents and more, so that cool air is always within reach. Just be sure to clip it in a place that gets sunlight, then enjoy the nice, cool breeze. (Amazon.com, $6)

2. Portable Solar Charger with Stowaway Cords

Disconnecting from phone calls and emails is one of the many perks of camping in the wilderness. But, that doesn't mean you want to be completely disconnected from all of the fun books and movies you have stored on them. Use this compact solar charger to make sure your phone and tablet don't run out of juice when you're in the middle of nowhere. (Komando Shop, $50)

3. Solar Outdoor Companion Lantern

When the sun goes down, being out in the dark can be a little scary. You'll need a lantern that can keep things bright, and the Solar Outdoor Companion is perfect. It uses solar energy to charge during the day, so that you'll never have to worry about running out of battery power. The charge lasts up to seven hours, and it even has a USB port to charge your devices. (Komando Shop, $60)

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