Day trips and extended camping adventures are great ways to enjoy the outdoors and there are plenty of accessories to enhance the experience. Whether it’s a backcountry camping excursion, a strenuous hike, or a plush glamping setup, there are plenty of tech gadgets and essential items to tow along. From an all-in-one water purification system to solar panels and 500-lumen flashlights, here are nine outdoor gift ideas for adventures and explorers. Be sure to check out all of TechRepublic’s holiday gift guides.

CampStove 2 bundle

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The CampStove 2 bundle is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy extended adventures. The bundle includes the KettlePot to boil water and a grilling accessory with a pair of foldable legs to increase stability during campsite cooking. The stove features a series of internal fans to feed fresh air to the fire and a built-in battery allows adventurers to keep their devices up to charge between outlets. Thermoelectric capabilities transform heat generated by the fire into electricity for device refreshes. The stove also comes with an adjustable FlexLight attachment to help add some extra light to meal prep as needed.


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On extended outdoor adventures, explorers must either tow all of their water or boil water from local sources. Unfortunately, building a fire and boiling water can be both time- and labor-intensive. The GEOPRESS water purifier uses purifying media and activated carbon to filter chemicals, pathogens, and more from drinking water.

BioLite FirePit

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A campfire is virtually synonymous with an evening in the great outdoors. However, not all camping sites provide a dedicated fire pit for cooking or warmth on cooler nights. The BioLite FirePit is a highly portable solution with a total weight of just 19.8 pounds.

The mesh exterior allows the heat and light to escape from the front and back providing warmth and illumination around the campsite. A device attached to the side controls the airflow and campers can remotely control this Bluetooth-enabled device via the BioLite Energy App.

Tiki Torch Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers

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A Bluetooth speaker is a popular accessory for weekend outings. This Tiki torch-inspired pair from Sharper Image add a little light while playing one’s latest favorite mixtape. The dual-sync feature allows a single phone to connect to both speakers concurrently. The unit recharges via USB and the manufacturer estimates the unit is capable of six hours of play per charge.

The SEVENTY2 Survival System

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An unforeseen accident can strike on the trail, at the campsite, or en route to that next adventure. This backpack functions as an all-in-one survival kit packaged in a waterproof outer shell. Inside, the unit stows a number of emergency accessories including first aid essentials, a water filtration system, 3-in-1 radio, a fire starter kit, a space blanket, and more.

Goal Zero Torch 500 Multi-Use Light

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The Goal Zero Torch 500 flashlight functions as a backcountry multitool. As its name suggests, the Torch is capable of dishing out up to 500 lumens of light. A lighting array along the bottom enables the Torch 500 to double as a floodlight. Aside from the internal battery, the unit also touts a solar panel to keep the unit charged between outlets. The device is also capable of recharging smart devices via the built-in USB-A port. With an IP67 waterproof rating, the Torch 500 is designed to weather the outdoor elements including downpours and even a shallow submersion in a stream.


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Setting up camp or finishing a hike after sunset can present a host of challenges. A light source is virtually a must on most overnight outdoor trips. Opposed to traditional flashlights, headlamps enable hands-free operation, allowing campers to pitch a tent, cook a meal, and more without the need to physically hold a light source or keep a lantern nearby.

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

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The camping hammock is a relaxing campsite accessory for those seeking a little leisure on a weekend outing. The unit comes with all straps and carabiners needed for setup and the package also includes a travel bag for all-in-one transport. This Wise Owl Outfitters hammock is available in a one-person or two-person model.