The year is about to end. Sooner or later, you’ll be reading bombarded with year-end lists featuring the best of this and the best of that in the past year. Brace yourself as we jump the gun on everybody and bring you the best and coolest camping gear of 2018 that you really wish you’d get for Christmas.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Perhaps one of the most popular camping and survival gear making the rounds this past year is this personal water filter from LifeStraw. As its name implies, it works like a straw. You just have to dip one end in water and sip through the other.
The dirty water passes through a microfiltration membrane, which removes waterborne bacteria and parasites, such as E.coli, salmonella, giarda and cryptosporidium. It also blocks microplastics and reduces the water’s turbidity. The LifeStraw will also last you a long time. It can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water as long as you use and maintain it properly.
BioLite Campstve 2
After a long hike through a treacherous trail, wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice hot meal while checking your Facebook or Instagram account? Ah yes… the magic of nature and technology.
The BioLite Campstove 2 not only provides you with the means to cook your meal or boil water for a much-needed cup of coffee, it also charges your smartphone. The portable stove can generate up to 3 watts of electricity which can be used to charge a USB device. It sports a rechargeable 2,600 mAh battery.
The Muncher Titanium Multi-Tool Utensil
You need something to eat your hot meal with. Don’t just use your hands or even old-fashioned spoons and forks. You need something cooler like this luxurious version of the oft-maligned spork. Yes folks! The most badmouthed utensil ever is now cooler than your great grandma’s old set of china.
The Muncher Titanium Multi-Tool Utensil is 100% titanium so it’s pretty durable yet very light at only 0.7 ounces. What’s even more amazing is that it’s not just a spork. The multi-tool also features a can opener, bottle opener, serrated knife, peeler, screwdriver, cord cutter, box cutter, pry-bar, and a fire flint. It also comes with a Hypaton Sheath and a carabiner so t’s even easier to carry. Take that plastic spork!
Wacaco Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine
An espresso maker in your backpack? You may feel incredulous at first but once you find out about the Wacaco Minpresso Portable Espresso Machine, you’d be heaping praises at them.
The “smallest, lightest, and most versatile handheld espresso machine” is an outdoorsy coffee lover’s dream come true. This sleek hand-operated thingamajig utilizes a semi-automatic piston to inject water into the coffee adapter. Once you get to a certain point, which is actually just a few pushes, the portable espresso machine reaches its optimal extraction pressure, which results to the perfect espresso.
TOURIT 30 Cans Leak-Proof Soft Pack Cooler Bag
If you want the coolest camping gear of 2018 for Christmas, look no further than this cooler bag from TOURIT. Camping with your will definitely be more fun and riotous when you have 30 cold cans of your favorite beverage, which we’re assuming to be beer.
If you’re going with the spouse and the kids, however, you may want to tone down the beer and riot parts a little. Nevertheless, you will definitely appreciate bringing the TOURIT Soft Pack Cooler Bag along, especially when it gets a little too hot in the middle of the day. It utilizes three layers of insulation to help keep your drinks cold for up to three days. It’s also leak-proof, waterproof and impact resistant.
Marlboro & Kane Claw Multi-Tool
Great things come in small packages. In this case, one of the coolest camping gear of 2018 happens to be a multi-tool almost the size of a penny. The Claw by Marlboro & Kane, which boldly claims it’s the world’s smallest multi-tool, is a can and bottle opener, staple remover, screwdriver, box cutter, and flint striker in one tiny package.
The Claw is made of Grade 5 Aerospace titanium, which makes it pretty strong. In fact, it’s so strong that it comes with a 100 year warranty. You know it’s a great deal when it’s bound to outlive you by years.
Gerber Bear Grylls Survival AO Knife
No list of coolest camping gear is complete without a badass knife. It’s a good thing then that Gerber and celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls worked together to come up with the Survival AO Knife, named after the popular TV host.
The three-inch serrated blade of this spring-assisted pocket knife is made of 7Cr17MoV steel, which basically means it’s pretty sturdy. It utilizes FAST 2.0 technology for its plunge and safety locks. You can easily carry it using its removable pocket clip or the lanyard hole.
Tenstile Trillium 3-Person Heavy Duty Tensioned Triple Hammock
As mouthy as its name may be, this candidate for coolest camping gear of 2018 is simply a trio of hammocks that lets you rest in style. The Triple Hammock from Tensile Trillium can carry up to 880 pounds thanks to its innovative industrial webbing and sturdy ratchet straps.
This is perfect for a group of three adult campers or a family of two adults and two children. The triple hammock is water-resistant and UV-resistant, which keeps you from worrying about the rain and the heat.
Listed here are just 8 of the coolest camping gear for the past year. Of course, there is lots of other amazing stuff out there. If you know of one, go ahead and share them in the comments section below. It’s always nice to have more options to choose from. You can also go to The Gentleman Pirate to see more camping gear. Who knows? You may finally find the one you want for Christmas.
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