If any pursuit is worthy of a gadget, then it has to be camping and motorcaravanning. We’re constantly on the lookout for the best camping gadget and the latest releases on the market – the products that will really enhance any trip.

Nowadays, there are camping gadgets for all aspects of the experience – from electric power packs to portable coffee makers. Not only that, but those special pieces of kit are built for an audience of passionate enthusiasts, who are keen to try out the latest space-saving or performance-enhancing item.

There are a wide range of options on the market, so to help you find the best camping gadgets for you, we’re sharing our top picks, products that we think will make a real difference to your expeditions.

If you’re on the lookout for other accessories that will enhance your experience too, be sure to check out our best camping chair and best camping table guides as well.

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The best camping gadgets are:

BLUETTI Portable Power Station EB3A
Nanopresso portable espresso machine
Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Knife
Suunto 5 Peak Sports watch
Biolite CampStove 2+
Outwell Collaps Kettle
Timber Ridge folding trolley cart
Anyoo Outdoor Hammock
Petzl Head Torch

The best camping gadget:

BLUETTI Portable Power Station EB3A
BLUETTI Portable Power Station EB3A – image: Amazon

BLUETTI Portable Power Station EB3A

  • Dimensions: 255 x 180 x 183mm
  • Weight: 4.6kg
  • AC Outlets: 1 x 220V-240V/2.6A outlets, 600W in total
  • Inverter Type: Pure Sine Wave
  • Surge Power: 1,200W
  • USB-C Port: 1 x 100W max
  • USB-A Port: 2 x 5V/3A USB-A
  • DC Outlets: 1 x 12V/10A (car outlet)
  • 2 x 12V/10A DC: 5521 (5.5mm outlets)
  • Wireless Charging Pad: 1 x 15W max.

Reason to buy:

  • Versatile power unit that looks good

Reason to avoid:

  • Not suited to powering larger items

Portable power banks or stations can be costly items and depending on how much juice you require, you could soon find yourself shelling out thousands of pounds. For outdoor camping and shorter trips, the EB3A is both portable and relatively lightweight at 4.6kg. More importantly, it is rated for up to 600W and a 1200W surge wattage, enough to power devices such as laptops, phones, mini-fridges, cameras, slow-cookers.

Performance wise you can expect it to power a 10W light for 22 hours, a 60W car fridge for four hours and an 80W TV for three hours straight. On a full charge, it will power a 60Wh laptop for four hours. If you’re off grid for a while, it’s not going to power larger items but it’s certainly a worthy addition to our best camping gadget guide, acting as a useful tool and beautifully packaged with a smart display.

Nanopresso portable espresso machine
Nanopresso portable espresso machine – image: Amazon

Nanopresso portable espresso machine

  • Dimensions: 156 x 71 x 62mm
  • Weight: 336g
  • Max pressure: 18 bar

Reason to buy

  • Compact and great taste

Reason to avoid:

  • Small capacity

A decent cup of coffee can be the difference between a miserable and great start to the day. And, camping should not exclude you from your daily shot of high-quality espresso. Hand-powered and with a pressure of 18 bar, this supremely portable espresso machine is easy to use and provides a top-quality caffeine experience.

Fill the coffee filter basket, tamp down, screw together, add boiling water, pump the piston and pour. The result? A delicious shot of espresso complete with golden-brown crema on top.

Check the latest price on Amazon.

Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Pocket Knife
Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Pocket Knife – image: Amazon

Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Knife

  • Dimensions: 91 x 26 x 21mm
  • Weight: 97g

Reason to buy:

  • Full of tools

Reason to avoid:

  • Fiddly for larger fingers

A Swiss Army knife is surely up there when you’re looking for the best camping gadget – useful for everything from picking your fingernails to rewiring a plug. There’s a wide range to choose from some of which have an abundance of tools. The Wenger Giant, for example, is thought to be the largest Swiss Army knife ever made with some 87 tools.

But for something altogether more practical (and let’s face it you don’t really need a Shortix laboratory key as included on the Giant), this Huntsman model has 14 different tools (see below), more than enough to see you through a touring holiday.

Tools included are:

  • Reamer, punch and sewing awl
  • Key ring
  • Multipurpose hook
  • Blade, small
  • Toothpick
  • Can opener
  • Screwdriver 3mm
  • Corkscrew
  • Tweezers
  • Bottle opener
  • Screwdriver 6mm
  • Wire stripper
  • Scissors
  • Blade, large
  • Wood saw
SUUNTO 5 Peak – image: Amazon

Suunto 5 Peak Sports watch

Reason to buy:

  • Packed with functions and looks good

Reason to avoid:

  • Some might prefer fewer functions

Finnish based sports watch manufacturer Suunto has a reputation for creating fantastic products for the adventure sports and outdoors markets – everything from dive computers to hiking watches. The 5 peak is created with the active camper in mind, featuring an extended battery life of 20 hours (up 100 hours in tour mode), inbuilt GPS and turn by turn route navigation.

It also helps track your fitness level, sleep, stress, recovery, steps, calories and body resources. The robust unit has more than 80 sports modes, a heart rate tracker and is water-resistant to 30 metres.

Key features:

  • Intelligent battery modes
  • 80 sports modes
  • Sleep and activity tracking
  • Music controls
  • GPS navigation
  • 30m water resistant
BioLite Campstove
BioLite Campstove – image: Amazon

Biolite CampStove 2+

  • Dimensions 12.7 x 12.7 x 35.6cm
  • Energy output 3000 watts
  • Boil time: 4.5 minutes for one litre

Reason to buy:

  • Compact, easy to use and innovative

Reason to avoid:

  • Only powers smaller items

This nifty camping gadget combines the best of a traditional camping experience with the most modern of technical wizardry allowing you to turn fire into electricity. You can use it as a stove for cooking (using sticks for fuel) and as a power source for smaller tech.

The LED dashboard indicates fire strength, power output and fan speed, and thermoelectrics create electricity from the fire so you can charge your phone, lights or camera via the USB connector. Internal fans help circulate the air for improved combustion. All in all, a great choice for those looking to camp off-grid.

Outwell Collaps Kettle
Outwell Collaps Kettle – image: Amazon

Outwell Collaps Kettle

  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 14.5 x 16.5 cm
  • Weight: 500g
  • Capacity: ‎2.5 litres

Reason to buy:

  • Superbly designed product

Reason to avoid:

  • Can’t be used on induction hob

This collapsible kettle from Outwell continues to impress, having made its way into our best motorhome kettle guide.

It collapses completely flat when not in use and is break resistant, easy to clean and opens and folds in seconds. Even more impressive is that it can be placed on direct heat. So it’s just the thing for those looking for a versatile and portable kettle.

Timber Ridge Folding Trolley Cart
Timber Ridge Folding Trolley Cart – image: Amazon

Timber Ridge folding trolley cart

  • Dimensions: 95D x 55W x 110H centimetres
  • Load capacity: 100kg
  • Material: PVC

Reason to buy:

Robust with large capacity

Reason to avoid:

Relatively space-consuming even when packed down

There are times when you’re camping that a trolley to help move heavier items is going to come in handy. At festivals or if you are transferring items to the beach or for a picnic, this folding trolley cart really comes into its own.

The trolley is collapsible for easy packing and has an adjustable handle for steering and strong large wheels. The open cart is spacious and can take 100kg so you can fill it with larger items such as chairs and tables. Cup holders and zipped side pockets accommodate smaller items.

Anyoo Outdoor Cotton Hammock
Anyoo Outdoor Cotton Hammock – image: Amazon

Anyoo Outdoor Hammock

  • Dimensions: 270cm (L) x 150cm (W), Bed Size: 210cm (L) x 150cm (W)
  • Load capacity: 200kg
  • Material: Cotton

Reason to buy:

  • Easy to assemble and looks good

Reason to avoid:

  • You’ll need to find something to hang it from

There’s something about swinging in a hammock on a balmy summer’s day that makes everything in the world seem right. You’ll need to find suitably positioned trees (or a hammock stand) to put up this outdoor hammock from Anyoo, but once you do, you’ll find it easy to assemble.

The cotton hammock comes in a colourful storage bag and has two carabiners and two wide straps with steel rings for easy attachment. The load capacity is a generous 200kg and it comes in a wide range of colours. Relax!

Petzl Head Torch
Petzl Head Torch – image: Amazon

Petzl Head Torch

  • Dimensions: 13 (D) x 12 (W) x 5cm (H)
  • Light source: LED
  • Weight: 100g

Reason to buy:

  • Super bright

Reason to avoid:

  • Reactive, lighting function not suited to every situation

A head torch can be invaluable on a camping trip – great for keeping your hands free while illuminating what you’re looking at, whether that’s setting up camp late at night, enjoying an evening run or hike, or dealing with a vehicle problem.

This excellent example from Petzl provides super bright illumination, while remaining lightweight and delivering up to 100 hours of burn time on a six-hour charge (depending on what setting you use). The battery is charged via a micro USB and a single control button is intuitive to use. It also comes with a Reactive Lighting function, which measures surrounding brightness and automatically adjusts the luminosity to the requirements of the user.

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