The hottest camping gear out there

Posted by Anita Froneman on 5 March 2020

Camping is a great adventure and having the right gear (and nifty accessories) will make your experience even better. Now, we’re not saying you need all these things, but we can absolutely guarantee they’ll make your life easier while bundu bashing. Or just make you look cool. Win-win.

Here are our top picks for the ultra-camper:

The HybridLight PUC 150 expandable lantern and charger

Lightweight, easy to pack and good for the environment. What more do you want? It uses solar power to charge your electronics and also doubles as a nightlight!

Find it at: Outdoor Warehouse

Price: From R399

Outdoor Camping Grill SH-392

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It’s so light (4,4kg) and dinky (39 x 25 x 19,6cm) that this Japanese grill can be placed on any surface to braai in the traditional way with wood or charcoal.

Find it at:

Price: R1,900

K-Way Traverse Cowl Sleeping Bag

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While this sleeping bag ticks off the basic requirements for summer camping – a comfort rating of 10°C, a polycotton inner that wicks moisture away from the body, plus a durable Ripstop Nylon outer – its best feature (apart from the decent price) is that there are two zips your feet can stick out of while still wrapped in the sleeping bag, so hopping to the fire and being warmed twice is a real possibility.

Find it at: Cape Union Mart

Price: R499

LifeStraw self-filtering water bottle

This smart-looking bottle is perfect for hikers who may come across questionable water. It filters the water, removing bacteria so you can sip assured.

Find it at: Outdoor Warehouse

Price: From R695

Smith’s Be Ready Pack Pal

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This handy survival tool, complete with carabiner clip, covers the bases your Leatherman doesn’t – it has a knife sharpener, whistle and fire starter. The Pack Pal fits in the palm of your hand, and weighs just 25g!

Find it at:

Price: R225

Bushnell Equinox Z2 Night Vision Monocular

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With outstanding image and video quality regardless of lighting conditions, the Bushnell Equinox Z2 is the perfect companion to see what goes bump in the day or night. With a fully developed app to control the Z2 through your phone, you can snap photos, record or stream live video and activate the infra-red illuminator all conveniently through your mobile device.

Find it at: Cape Union Mart

Price: From R6  999

Camp Master Grand Mega Chair

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One to arm-wrestle over… Designed for maximum comfort and efficiency, this seat is padded for support and quick to erect. You won’t want to get up out of it, and with a built-in wine glass holder and armrest cooler bag, you won’t need to.

Find it at:

Price: R999

Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal

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A truly handy gadget for the amateur filmmaker, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 turns almost any smartphone into a sophisticated piece of filmmaking equipment, allowing you to shoot smooth, jitter-free video. For a gimbal novice, a few YouTube tutorials would not go amiss, and a comprehensive manual can be found on the Zhiyun Play app.

Find it on: Takealot

Price: R1,995

Wondering where to go for your next camping adventure? Here are some of the best camping sites on Afristay

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