Camping is all about getting away from the fast pace of our day-to-day lives to slow things down for a while and enjoy the simple things. For many of us, technology plays a large part in speeding up our lives and making them easier so that we can do more. Being in a world where we are always connected can get exhausting, and its nice to have a break from it all and turn off for a while. That being said there are many pieces of technology that have been created to improved our time spent in the woods without taking away the authentic experience.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
This is a tool that many of us take for granted in our everyday lives, but on more difficult and remote trips, is a tool you cannot go without.
SPOT (Satellite Messenger)
A company called spot has come up with a Satellite tracking system that allows you to notify friends and family of your GPS position and status, mark waypoints, track your progress on Google Maps, or notify rescue officials in an emergency no matter where you are.
Cell Phones (Without Service)
I know when I write cell phones everyone is thinking, wait he just said that this was to be less connected, I'm confused? There are many different uses for cell phones and I am going to mention the uses for your phone that do not require service and still add to the unconnected experience.
- Taking Pictures - Cameras on phones now are amazing and save you bringing a camera
- GPS - Many phones while out of service still have some GPS functionality and when you are truly lost, can provide a reference point for where you are by triangulating your position. Although I will emphasize, just a reference point, as it is not nearly as accurate as a true GPS
- Music - While I personally enjoy the silence and sound of a good campfire, many people enjoy being able to play some music from time to time. Even if its to avoid having to listen to another one of your friends terrible stories that was likely a "you had to be there" type situation
Video or Picture Camera's
For those who do not have a cell phone or prefer to take higher quality images, you may want to bring a better camera. GoPro's and other portable cameras are also becoming more popular and make it very easy to capture your trip to reflect on and show others upon your return
Battery Power Banks
When you are already bringing other technology on your trip, you might want to have a way to charge your devices when the battery dies. Many companies now create power banks that will allow you to charge any device that will plug into a USB port and some hold multiple charges per bank
Solar Charging Panels
Another solution that allows you to charge your devices via USB would be Solar Charging Panels. These collect sunlight during the day and allow you to charge your device while on the go. Only downside would be if you do not have very good sunlight you might be out of luck, which might not be a bad thing