Whether you’re white water rafting through Colorado’s Roaring Fork River or backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, there is technology available that will make your trip safer, easier and most importantly, more epic. Below are 8 tech gadgets every outdoor adventurer needs before their next big trip.
Iridium Satellite Phone
If your adventure is taking you off the grid, an iridium satellite phone is a must. Most adventures involve some amount of risk, but a satellite phone keeps you connected with the ability to send/receive text messages, make/receive phone calls and send out an SOS emergency call. Satellite phones are a big investment, so consider renting one for your adventure.
What’s an adventure if you don’t have photos and videos documenting all the epic things you did? Everyone already knows the hottest action camera, the GoPro. And with its full-HD resolution, and ability to withstand impact, weather and much more, the GoPro is a solid choice. However, if it’s a little out of your price range, the ASX ActionPro HD sports camera or LivePro HD action camera are also great options.
Every true outdoor enthusiast owns at least one headlamp, but what you really need is a smart headlamp. The USB rechargeable Petzl NAO headlamps are equipped with a light sensor that provides you the optimal amount of light, depending on your activity and the time of the day, ultimately saving your headlamps’ battery power and keeping you powered outdoors for an extended period of time.
Water Filtration System
Water purifiers come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your adventure needs. Sawyer’s squeeze water filtration system instructs you to fill the bag with water and squeeze it out through the filtration device for clean, safe drinking water. LIFESAVER’s water bottle filters the water as you pour it back out, filtering more than 99 percent of bacteria and viruses. If you’re looking for something even more personal and compact, the LifeStraw personal water filter is a straw you place directly into water, which is then filtered as you drink it.
There are multi-tools and then there is the Victorinox expedition multi-tool kit. Not only does it have all the useful knives and tools of an average multi-tool, but it’s also equipped with an alarm clock, altimeter, barometer, digital clock, thermometer and timer.
Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet
This multi-faceted, Android-powered survival tablet is great for adventures that take you to remote places. With its map, GPS, compass, radio receiver, two-way communication and more, Earl will keep you safe so you can focus on enjoying yourself.
Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
Have you ever listened to a song and thought, “This needs to be the soundtrack to my next epic adventure?” With portable waterproof Bluetooth speakers, your favorite jams will be playing as you mountain bike down the side of a mountain, then rock climb back up like the true outdoor adventurer you are.
Solar Powered External Charger
Now, to keep all your tech gadgets charged throughout your adventure: The PowertravellerPowermonkey Extreme is a portable, waterproof solar charger with a USB port to charge all your electronics on the go. For those cloudy days, there is even a 9000mAh back-up battery, ensuring your electronics are all charged juiced up during your adventure.