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Great Gadgets For When You Visit The Great Outdoors

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It can be difficult to strike a balance when it comes to camping. On one hand, you want to truly get back to nature, and so it can be tempting to live in the wild, building your own shelter out of leaves and sticks, catching animals with your bare hands and cooking them on an open fire. There are also those of us who want to experience the great outdoors without giving up any of our creature comforts, so we jump in the RV and head into nature driving what is suspiciously just like our living room at home, because sometimes a plasma TV is necessary to enjoy camping. Let’s face it- human beings have become indoor creatures, and we’re no longer attuned to living outdoors without a little help. And it’s always a great idea to bring a little modern help with you when you go camping; it makes the experience more enjoyable, as well as safer for you and your family. So what are some gadgets and tools that shouldn’t be left at home when you venture into the great outdoors?

Great Gadgets For When You Visit The Great Outdoors

Stay Charged

It might seem like you’re defeating the purpose of getting away from it all if you need to take your smartphone with you, and yet a smartphone can be very handy when it comes to camping. You might not get much of a signal, depending on where you pitch your tent, but you can still dial emergency services and even use GPS to ensure you stay on track. In order to keep your battery charged, you might want to invest in a solar powered USB charger, or even a Camping Stove USB Charger that keeps you warm.

Stay Warm

When camping in cooler parts of the year, it can be a struggle to pull yourself out of your sleeping bag and enjoy the scenery. But now you can enjoy the scenery, even move around and explore things, all without getting out of your sleeping bag. The Sleeping Bag Suit means that your sleeping bag is wearable, and if you like to actually sleep under open skies, you can basically fall asleep in your clothes.

Stay in the Light

Flashlights are mandatory camping gear, but they can often be slightly neglected- we all know that we need one, and so when the time comes to go camping, we pull that old flashlight out of the garage, thinking it will do the job, only to find that the batteries are dead or the bulb has burnt out. Invest in a good quality flashlight that contains a LED bulb- the energy efficient bulb will last much longer and uses far less battery power, giving you some insurance in case you forget to change them.

Stay Awake

It’s kind of sad to admit, but no matter if we’re at home, at the office, or camping in the middle of nowhere, we simply can’t get started in the morning without having a cup or coffee or five. While Starbucks seem to be sprouting like weeds, you’re unlikely to find one in the great outdoors, so why not bring a portable handheld espresso machine, or if espresso isn’t your thing, you can also invest in a propane powered portable coffee maker.

It’s really an individual decision about just how much you want to rough it when you go camping, but there really are some gadgets that need to be brought along simply for safety purposes. You might even consider a portable coffee machine to be a safety gadget- especially if you get really cranky without your morning coffee.

Why It Pays To Have A Semi-Smartphone

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For those who really only want a simple communications device, the modern smartphone that costs hundreds of dollars seems really excessive. As a result, it can be really tempting to always go for the basic ‘just calls and text’ type phone, especially since there are often either free or really cheap. But the thing is, by spending only a few extra dollars for a semi-smart phone you will often save a ton of money in the long term when it comes to your phone plan.

Creative Ways to Save

It might seem counter-intuitive that a more expensive phone can save you money. But this is because of the way the Internet is growing. See, there are a large number of free options for communicating with other people now. For example, even something as simple as Facebook will allow you to give simple messages to other people. Just about everyone has Facebook these days, so you don’t need to spend any money on sending a text when you can just send a message that way for free. Facebook also even has the option to record short voice messages these days.

Free Voice

If you want to get a regular voice option that’s free, you really need a semi-smart phone. It doesn’t have to be the ones that cost hundreds of dollars. You can get a low cost smart-phone that just has basic app capabilities. That way, you can fun apps like Skype, Whatsapp, or Viber. Alternatively, you can check out government funded free phone programs too.

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The app Whatsapp looks pretty much exactly like the standard texting program and it has all of the same capabilities. It works on just about any phone including Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Phone and even Symbian.  This app will make you forget that you aren’t just using your regular texting on your phone, except when it comes to the bill at the end of the month of course. Then you’ll notice since the app is totally free to use and you can really cut down on your bill this way if you do a large amount of texting. Even if you have unlimited texting with your phone provider, this feature usually costs a lot of money. You can get a semi-smart phone, kill your unlimited plan, and use texting through a data plan or just at WiFi hotspots instead.

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Another approach is to use an app like Viber. This app does everything a basic phone can do, except it does it all for free. You can talk as long as you want with other Viber users, text as many times as you like, transfer photos and even some extra like giving people your current location. All you need for this to work is a 3G or WiFi connection. Many providers will allow you to take a data only plan instead of a traditional phone plan. And data only is often way cheaper as well. And you can always just use it in free WiFi spots and get all of your calls for free!

It costs usually just a few extra dollars to get a semi-smart phone, and you suddenly have access to a world of free and cheaper options.