Just because you're roughing it outdoors doesn't mean you need to make things any rougher. The next time you're out camping, feel free to assert your status as a tool-using biped - and boy, do we have the best tools. Here are eight pieces of essential gear for survival or camping use.
The adjustable handle and sliding cover can quickly turn this light from a lantern to a flashlight or a powerful spotlight in a jiffy. That's great in any emergency, but the additional "flickering flame" setting makes this particularly good for campouts. Pick up the Slide-N-Glo 3-in-1 Lantern for $17.95, more than 25% off the original price.
No trees? No problem. This portable hammock weighs in at just over 20 pounds and comes with its own sturdy aluminum frame for easy assembly. Right now, the Stalwart Portable Hammock With Frame Stand & Carrying Bag is available for $65, a full 40% off the MSRP.
All on its own, a good length of paracord can be a lifesaver in the wild - just ask any Navy Seal. This bracelet not only gives you a 9' length of the stuff but incorporates a compass, whistle, thermometer, and multi-tool too. The 1TAC Paracord Survival Bracelet is on sale now for $16.99, 14% off the original price of $19.95.
This portable snorkel's full face design makes it easy to breathe through your nose or mouth while enjoying a 180 degree field of vision. What's more, you can capture the best moments on camera thanks to the built-in GoPro mount. Get the Full Face Snorkel and Diving Mask now for $39.99, a full 59% off the list price.
A true outdoorsman's best friend, this 440 stainless steel knife features a sharpener on the sheath as well as a firestarter. Pick up the Surviv-All Outdoor Knife for $32.99, more than 26% off the list price.
Forget the bulk of a traditional water bottle. This backpack carries the most important nutrient on any hike and it carries it efficiently, with room for 1.5 liters of water in a BPA-free bladder. There's room for other essentials as well in the side pockets, plus an emergency whistle. The Hydro-Pro Hydration Backpack is on sale now for $15.99, down 68% from the list price of $49.99.
When you're carrying lots of gear, it's always good to have a small, efficient light source. They don't come any smaller or more efficient than this gadget, which clips onto the end of any 9-volt battery and turns it into a flashlight with high beam and flashing modes. The Blocklite 9-Volt Battery Magnetic LED Flashlight is $17.99 today, a 9% discount off the original price.
At the size of a credit card, you can take this essential piece of gear wherever you take your wallet. The 1TAC incorporates a screwdriver, 4-position wrench, saw blade and much more into a compact stainless steel package. The 1TAC Wallet Multi-Tool is now $12.50, more than 15% off the MSRP.