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Outdoor recreation and camping shopping guide

Who doesn’t have fond memories of camping as a kid? Who does have fond memories of camping as a kid?

Camping and generally hitting the great outdoors isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. But, adults who hated camping as kids might find they love it now. Anything is possible.

Of course, you need the usual camping accouterments: tents, sleeping bags, portable cooking items, bug repellent, etc. So we’ve put together this shopping guide of items you may not realize you need to keep you safe and connected. Get ready, some of them may be on sale soon on Amazon Prime Day.

Stay connected with everyone in your group

These are definitely not the walkie talkies you and your friends used to keep in touch with during the pre-smartphone age. If hiking remote trails, or even easy ones with your kids, these will give you high-tech peace of mind. These off network, two-way radio walkies allow smartphone users to operate and create a mesh network via satellite — even if there’s no signal, no internet or Wi-Fi.

All you have to do is download the Power Talkie Smart App, connect the device to your smartphone through Bluetooth and your phone will be transformed into a powerful real-time, voice and SMS text message system like a satellite phone.

The walkies receive real-time voice messages without having to open the app. You can text message directly through the app, even when there’s no cell service available.

If someone in your party strays too far away from the group, it also supports group chat, as well as location sharing and GPS. And if you get lost, the Emergency SOS feature will send your location as an SOS message to all power talkie users near your location. You can also charge your phones with its portable power bank function.

Keep your gadgets charged when you’re nowhere near an outlet

This solar charger is compatible with your iPhone, Samsung, HTC, Nexus, Go-pro Camera, tablets and other USB gadgets. It can charge two devices at a time. Just connect your gadgets to the solar power bank and it will automatically detect the charging requirements from your devices.

The charger is equipped with a compact solar panel, which can recharge the battery itself under sunlight. Also, you can use the USB cable that comes with it to get a full seven- to 11-hour charge from your car or a battery. Remember, the solar charging function depends on sunlight intensity and conversion rate.

The charger also has a compass and its two LED lights are bright enough to use as a flashlight.


Related: 10 tech gadgets for your next road trip, camping trip or outdoor adventure


Don’t get lost in the dark again

Equipped with 30 LEDs lights, this compact lantern cuts through 360 degrees of darkness even on the stormiest nights. And it has a battery life of more than 30 hours.

You can reduce or increase the light as you collapse or expand the lantern. When fully collapsed, it’s as small as your phone.

Constructed with aircraft-grade materials this lantern is supposed to survive a 10-foot drop, being temporarily submerged under water and even tossed about by toddlers.

Zoom in tight for the perfect smartphone pictures

How often have you used binoculars and witnessed a beautiful sight the was just too far away to get a photo? Problem solved. With the Gosky Titan monocular you can see 12 times closer with its 50mm objective wide lens.

It also comes with a smartphone holder that allows you to capture those beautiful up-close images. The quick alignment smartphone holder is compatible with almost all smartphones on the market.

The large BAK-4 Prism inside strengthens the key function of the monocular to make your view brighter, clearer and able to catch crisp images.


Related: Amazon rolls out more free delivery perks for Prime members


Juice up your devices on the go

This high-capacity generator comes with a rechargeable lithium power pack. You can charge it through an AC-outlet, USB outputs, and solar panels. It can be used to charge smartphones 18 times and laptops four times.

This also comes in handy if your power goes out during a storm. The generator is very portable, weighing almost seven pounds, and has an easy-carry handle. It also generates zero emissions, so neither you, your family nor nature is harmed.

It can be recharged in around 10 hours with the 50W solar panel (sold separately) in full sun while living outdoors.

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