Gadgets maketh the getaway, or something like that.
I’m a self-confessed hotel snob, so the idea of camping fills me with dread. However, Mrs FSD has won the battle so we’re venturing very much out of my own comfort zone and will soon be off to explore our wild sides.
While I’m happy to accept I won’t be getting the usual Sofitel experience, I’ll be preparing by picking up my own top five camping and caravanning gadgets from the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, ensuring that I’ll make it back alive.
After a day foraging for food (or popping off to a store to buy some supplies) I’ll need to cook the wildlife that sacrificed itself for me. The BioLite CampStove creates a smokeless campfire hot enough to cook food thoroughly or boil water quickly, which is handy. However, it also generates electricity so can be used to charge LED lights or phones through its built-in USB port, ensuring I can make a call to Domino’s once I’ve cremated all my food.
Stuff That’s Too Hot
Being in charge of a small fire means there’s a greater than zero chance that I’ll unintentionally create a much bigger fire. FirePal’s FP50 will come in handy then, as it’s the world’s smallest fire extinguisher. Non toxic, it’s suitable for all fires so there’s not even any need to ensure you’re matching the right extinguisher to the right fire. Brilliant.
Should I feel the urge to get in touch with civilisation, or perhaps there’s an evening of Netflix and chill ahead, then the catchily named iBoost Pro D8 will be my saviour. This device delivers 4G signal thanks to a roof-mounted aerial, using that to create a secure wi-fi network, allowing smartphones, tablets and laptops to wirelessly connect to the outside world.
As a motoring journalist, reversing a caravan in to its pitch shouldn’t present too much of an issue, but ensuring it’s level is something that sounds complicated and time-consuming to me. Instead of spending hours making ever smaller adjustments until my OCD accepts it’s level enough, time that could be better spent setting fire to meat, I’ll just let E+P Hydrualics’ Compact Levelsystem do the tricky part for me.
While a modern car will probably manage to accommodate my usual travel needs, camping opens up new possibilities, so having a roof box to swallow my scuba gear, snowboard, mountain climbing kit and volleyball net would be a handy addition. However, should I feel the need to take to a lake, I’ll need the BoatBox,a clever gadget that functions as both.
The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show runs from 23 until 28 of February 2016 at the Birmingham NEC. Advance tickets cost £8.00 for adults, with car parking included, while entry is £10.00 at the door.