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It’s not difficult to marvel at how technology has changed every facet of our lives. How we work, study, interact and play. And, as it turns out, how we camp.

Camping equipment has moved on from the traditional tent, esky and sleeping bag. A new generation of high-tech camping gear is making things more comfortable. More connected. More fun.

Here are our top 5 of the cool new camping gear that’ll make you the envy of all your camping buddies.

1. But first, coffee

If you’re anything like us, a decent cup of coffee in the morning is no longer a nice-to-have. It’s an essential. And why should holidays be any different?

If you’re tired of settling for instant coffee (or blearily throwing on some clothes to get to the nearest cafe), you’ll love the Wacaco Minipresso GR. Trust us, this gadget is a game-changer.

This lightweight, compact portable device is billed as the “smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine”. No need for special cartridges or even electricity. All you need is water and your favourite coffee beans and wallah! A rich, delicious cup of coffee you can enjoy anywhere.

2. Stay connected

Can’t imagine camping without your gadgets? You can go ‘bush’ on an unpowered site but still stay connected with the Venture 70 Power Bank. This portable solar charger is by Goal Zero, the largest solar company in the world. They are all about ‘powering your adventures’. A worthy mission to us!

The Venture 70 Power Bank is a lightweight, portable solar charger that does what it says on the tin. Expose it to the sun during the day (you can even strap it to your backpack while you go on a hike) and use it to charge your phones, lanterns, tablets or cameras. All the camping essentials.

3. The stove for quick camp cooking

If you’ve got an old camp stove that’s seen better days, may we introduce you to the Biolite Camp Stove 2. A more versatile and efficient version of the original Biolite Camp Stove, this tiny backpacking stove will take your camping culinary skills to the next level.

Using only sticks and twigs, this high-powered unit can boil a litre of water in four and a half minutes. But wait … that’s not all. It can convert heat into electricity and charge your phone and other devices.

It also comes with some nifty add-ons. This includes the KettlePot (which doubles as a carrying case for the stove) and Portable Grill. Need your coffee with a side of bacon and eggs, and quickly? Biolite Energy has got you covered.

4. The relationship-saving tent

Imagine a camping trip without the putting-up-the-tent drama. The missing poles. The sand that wasn’t swept out from the last trip. The arguments. Well, those days are over.

Introducing The Cave. This is a 3-person tent inflates in less than 60 seconds. And it’s not one of those flimsy numbers either. This tent is strong and durable … like your relationship now your tent-struggling days are over. Just don’t forget the pump.

Sure it looks a little odd. But it’s seriously weatherproof, with its unique features designed to keep you nice and cosy even if it’s blowing a gale outside.

And did we mention it inflates in less than a minute? That’s a winner in our books.

5. Let there be light

Ok, it’s another solar gadget. But if you want to be the envy of all the other folk in the holiday park, you need to make an effort. Dress up your campsite. Add a touch of whimsy. And for that, there’s the Luci Lux Lantern.

This solar-powered, collapsible and lightweight lantern is just the thing for stringing up outside your tent or caravan. Hang them from nearby trees or create an illuminated pathway. And no need to worry if it looks like rain; these lights are waterproof, so they can stay on all night long.

And speaking of all night long, the Luci Lux Lantern lasts up to 24 hours on a single charge on the lowest setting. It takes seven hours to charge in direct sunlight, and there are also medium, high and flashing modes.

 

High tech gear can take your camping game to the next level. Book your next holiday at a Reflections Holiday Park and have fun trying out your new toys.

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