Camping and Outdoor Gear: 10 Cool, Must Have Products

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Camping with Class and Style

"You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be."

-Dan Quale

Let's face it, camping isn't for the faint of heart and happy you are not always. There's bears, snakes, and bugs. But none of these trivial pests can stop you – the quintessential outdoors person - from the call of the wild. You are an adventurer who enjoys life under the stars with the howls of coyotes in the distance. But just because you're roughing it doesn't mean you have to punish yourself. You enjoy the finer things in life, and as such you make your soirée's into the wild as comfortable and elegant as possible.

Whether you enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, or just camping, you are sure to find some products here that will help you create environs that are practical and downright luxurious. Even if you're not a camper, there's something cool here for you. So pack up your tent and get going. Just remember to take along these 10 cool, must-have products.

Battery Powered LED Lantern

You gotta have light, and you want it as bright as possible. A personal camp lantern offering the efficiency of LED technology. LED lanterns light up the room with a bright, white light great for making your way through the dark and going snipe hunting.

They also burn a great deal longer than other lanterns. It's safe to hang in your tent or use in your automobile, and it's perfect to check out that grunting noise outside your tent in the middle of the night.

Brunton Striker Fire Starter

Never worry about wet matches again with the cool Brunton Striker Firestarter. With it's ignition steel (that just sounds cool, doesn't it?) it's a fool-proof way to make sure you always have fire. It's large striking stick makes it easy to use. Made of durable “Firesteel” with a stainless steel striker and non-slip handle, you'll want to carry it everywhere you go just in case. It weighs a measly 1.8oz. and can be used thousands of times.

Great for starting campfires and signal fires for when you find yourself washed ashore on a desert island. James Bond probably carries one, only his turns into a helicopter.

Coleman Mosquito Deleto

Mosquitoes. Who doesn't hate these little buggars? Not only are they pests, they can also carry disease. So get rid of them with a Coleman Mosquito Deleto. Imagine your next camping trip without those bothersome mosquitoes. Heck, get one just because it has a cool name. Just make sure you take one on your next trip, even if the trip is only as far as your patio. Heck, take two.

They even work on buzzard-sized mosquitoes that come at you like the Red Baron in a dogfight. If you go without and find yourself lying in the hospital with malaria, don't come crying to me!

Garmin Colorado Portable GPS

Reduce your chances of getting lost in the woods with this Garmin Colorado portable GPS. You think your lost in the woods? Nope. Whip out your handy Garmin and find out exactly where you need to go. It's packed with many cool features including detailed topographic maps for your hiking adventures, high-sensitivity receiver, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, SD™ card slot, color display, picture viewer and more.

As perfect for the saltwater mariner as the outdoorsman. When the going gets tough, the Garmin gets you going.

Fish Finder

Fishing can be a long, tedious sport, especially if you can't catch anything. With Fish Finder GPS, you can easily locate and catch the fish you want. Don't waste perfectly good beer drinking time by constantly looking for a hot spot. No Sirree Bob. Find the fish and spend your time doing what you do best: drinking beer and catching fish.

No more coming home empty handed. It's not cheating...it's outsmarting.  Fish aren't smarter than you, are they?  No, so why not use the gifts that science has given us?  Fresh bass cooking on the campfire tonight!

Dakota Backpacker Watch

All Dakota watches are 100 feet water resistant with solid aluminum construction, an integrated aluminum carabiner and spring clip, domed mineral glass crystal, and a flip out compass. The LED Microlight is ultra bright and the Stainless Steel caseback is acid etched. Besides, it'll make you look like you know what you're doing... like that “Man versus Wild” guy.

Suitable for everyday use. It's too cool not to have it on you at all times.  For you urban adventurers and office stair climbers, hook it on your belt loop or your briefcase.  Everyone one will know that you're a man to be reckoned with.


Portable Toilette

A bear might do it in the woods but that's no reason you should have to. Is there anything less dignified than squatting in the wild and doing your business? No, no. Listen Kings and Queens of the forest, now you can take your throne with you.

The woodland creatures will roll out the red carpet for you and your portable toilet. Most are self-contained with a convenient carrying handle, and are also perfect for boats and RVs. Reading material not included.

Portable Shower

For some people a hot shower in the morning gets 'em started, and for others a nice shower before bed helps them sleep. But whichever it is, you have to have the shower. What are you going to do on a camping trip? Take your shower with you! What's more, you can have a heated shower with a solar-heated shower set up. There are many styles available so choose the one that suits you best. There are also shower privacy tents available.

Talk about luxury and comfort! Don't forget your battery operated, water-proof karaoke system. To save water, shower with a friend.

Enamel Cookware Set

Of course, no camping trip will be complete without your gourmet cooking, so I know you already have a camping cookware set, right? No? Well it's time you got one, and it's got to be enamel. Enamel is traditional for camping cookware. It's light, durable, and distributes heat evenly.

Of course I prefer a speckled pattern, since that says “cooking in the wild” to me, but you can choose any color that suits your fancy. That's what I call Gourmet on the Go!

Kamp-Rite Tent Cot

It's a tent. It's a cot. It's a tent cot. Take your outdoor home and bed with you everywhere you go. Each one of these gems is self-contained and puts you 11” off the ground, away for the aforementioned bugs, critters and moisture. They're strong and roomy and can hold up to 300 pounds. Each has a 3/8 “sleep pad” for comfort and insulation, plus comes with a carry-bag.

Even the bears wont get you because they'll be saying things like, “Wow. Would you look at that thing, Yogi.” (This theory NOT actually tested.). It always works great for when you have to visit those darn in-laws and their lumpy mattress. And for those nights when you suddenly find yourself sleeping in the garage, you're all set.

And now, Grizzly Adams, you're set to go camping with flair and you'll be living the wild life in the style with which you are accustomed. Remember, just because you're roughing it doesn't mean it has to be rough. Happy camping!

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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Excellent list. All I need is a good supply of soft reading matter! (See Magic Childhood!) Thanks!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gypsy: Thanks for coming by. Nice to see you!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I was on your hub earlier and stopped to try to find the name of the product, couldn't find it and never made it back. I wanted to tell you about this camping cot I found that is basically a tent that zips up that sits on cot legs so that you can lie outside but be sheltered from the weather (a bit) and the insects.

Now...while writing this dang comment, I remembered it! LOL...Here's the link...they are so cool! I want one! http://www.kamprite.com/pages/home


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'll check it out. I actually cut out the #10 I had because I decided I didn't like it.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks for the tip, KCC. I added it.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Christoph - LOL I bet the portable toilet doesn't come with it's own backpack! These are great products, I've been outdoorsy for EVER.. slept in everything, out of everything, with nothing and wearing little more than nothing. Lots of fun! Tho at this point in my life I do like room service and in-room movies.. of all kinds!! :) thank you


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I'm so glad you were able to add the tentcot, Christop! I like the one made for two! My husband hates bugs and spiders and we thought this was a perfect solution!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie V: No, the toilet doesn't come with a backpack. It comes with me, who will carry it for you. As for room service, I do that too, providing you have the striker and the enamel cookware. And who can forget in-room movies. I actually act out the best scenes for you in your tent (providing we are talking about the same types of movies.)

KCC: And you LIKE bugs and spiders? Yes, the double one is cool too, and the kids one is sooooo cute. Thanks again. it IS definitely cool!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I did think about that when I was writing that Christop. No, I do not like bugs and spiders either, but he REALLY doesn't like them...LOL I would shoo them away and go back to sleep and he'd freak and sleep in the car.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ha, ha. When they were making The African Queen on location, they had to sleep with the legs of their cots in tin cans filled with kerosene to keep the ants from getting them.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I will watch any movie you choose to act out for me! Forget you carrying it, lets get Llamas to carry the stuff! Just find me a good place to play and wash up and I'm all yours!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Deal!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Excellent! Pack light!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I thought the Llama's where carrying it? Maybe we should get a couple of Sherpas too.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Well, I meant clothing style wise...lol.. let's go somewhere warm!! There is this hike here, outside of Enumclaw Wa, if I remember it's name is Summit lake. It's a long trail of switchbacks which is ugly and grueling, but you break thru the trees and turn around and Mt. Rainier looms just behind you.. It's huge! and turning back around is this crystal clear, almost not blue, lake, that's fathoms deep and ice cold.. Beyond breathtaking. Not good for skinny dipping, but the stars at night are touchable and (tho I didn't get to experience it on my trip there) sex would be 'otherworldly'.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

I double as a sherpa!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

That little cot-tent is neat. When I get my arm out of this cast, I gotta go camping again. . .


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Teresa, how is your arm? we need a hub-update when that sexy cast comes off! Christoph - do we need a sherpa? Paper Moon seems game!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

You always forget to pack something, don't you? Fortunately, I grabbed one on my way out the door! http://www.gasblender.com/ It just ain't camping, without the daiquiris!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

And a coffee grinder and a french press coffee maker and a ....


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie V: Sounds beautiful. Since you say "It's a long trail of switchbacks which is ugly and grueling," I guess we'll also need 4 egyptians and a palanquin, but that doesn't sound so hard to arrange.

Paper Moon: Should I messenger over a contract? By the way, do you know any Egyptians looking for work?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Theresa:  I think the tent cot would be perfect for you. Keep you zipped up in that baby and you won't break anything - unless of course the Egyptians drop you.

Candie:  Yes, I've already messengered Paper Moon the contract.

BT: The gas blender is definitely cool.  It looks like a blender stuck on a jet engine. I want to put it in, I just have to find the gas ice maker to go with it.  Damn, we're gonna need more Sherpa's.

Candy V: ...and a keg, um...that's all, just a keg.


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Would you believe I have never done any serious camping? the nearest I've been to it was renting a camping home in a camping club with all facilities included of course :) I think I would really like to try "real" camping now that I know that you can have your own toilet and shower. Any chance of a portable jacuzzy?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Princessa: Then you simply must go with all the comforts of home. I can't help you with the jacuzzi though. You might want to look into mother nature's jacuzzi - a hot spring. Europe is full of them, in France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxumberg, etc. Whether or not you can camp AND have access to a hot spring, I do not know. Just remember that if it's hotter than 104 degrees (40 Celsius), you can't get in it. Or you can fill a kiddie pool with water from the river, and when the sun warms it up, have a couple of your sherpas put their feet and legs in and swish like crazy! Thanks for visiting!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain

I find it interesting Chris that you publish a hub listing all the things I "should have" taken on a camping trip I just returned from a couple hours ago. Little earlier next time, eh?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Take your trip a little later next time, eh? Or, take an expert, namely, me.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

A Keg would be an excellent addition to our 'exploration'. (lol!) I'm psyched!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yes. The icing on the cake, so to speak.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Bring a laptop and web cam and we'll hub our way along.. a lovely photojournal to make the other hubbers jealous!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Most of the camping I've done has been the roughing-it kind - dig a whole to go to the loo, wash in a river (-:


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie: Yes, they would be jealous indeed.

LondonGirl: Me too. And bathing in the river.


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SoulaBee 7 years ago from United States

So, planning on doing some camping, huh? Alchohol and a washcloth are good substitutes for the portable shower. Went a whole week at a gathering and I was fresh as a spring rose the whole time. Great hub idea.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

SoulaBee: Says you. I think those around you would be the one's who would need the alchohol...and plenty of it! But seriously, thanks for coming by and the comment!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I never camped before?! Those are some really fancy names for camping equipments?! Does sleeping in the car count instead count?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

May: No..I don't think sleeping in the car counts. They call that "homeless." Thanks for the comment!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Crap Christoph, I just spit on the screen with that last comment..lolol i read her question as I was scrolling,,then... Homeless. oh my god man!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

They should bust you down to 97 for that one!! lol!!!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie V: Did you spit in disgust or because you were laughing? And why should they bust me down to 97? I worked very hard to get my score up there. I will not be busted. Let me at 'em!


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Bringing style and luxury to camping Christoph? Wow! All I remember carrying was water, just enough food and a hat. Those firestarters look neat! Is that what they call the Reilley Roughing It? :D


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Shalini:  Seriously, I don't care for most of this stuff.  I have only done real camping, and I don't plan on doing any more, toilet or no toilet.  Some people might be interested though. I mean, they make the stuff.  It must be for someone.  I could go for the watch and the striker, and maybe the mosquito thing, but other than that, meh.  Thanks for the comment!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ok, I'll let you stay at 101! You have earned it.. I spit cuz I was laughing so dang hard.. I think I left my right tonsil somewhere nearby.. I'll look for it later, anyhooo. I'll make reservations at the Mariott by the airport, call me when you get in!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Candie V: I think they heard you. I've already dropped two points. Make them put it back! Ok. I'll be checking in under the name, Mr. Green. Got it? Mr. Green.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Crap-o Christoph, you went up a point and I went down a point right before my very eyes!! What do I have to sacrifice and to whom to get my point back.. and your two points!!!! I'm VERY SORRY HUBPOWERS!!!!

Mr. Green - check I shall be Ms. Ann Nonimus.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

I'm back up a point. Ha,ha. Ok. Got it. We wouldn't want the paparazzi following us and our entourage of Llamas, Sherpas, Palandrome carrying Egyptians, keg, coffee grinder, french-press, and all that other stuff to your secret place.


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Sailaway 7 years ago from Australia

different hemisphere... different list....

An old bit of steel to cook over the fire with.

A hat.

Some beer.

Insect spray.

More beer.

A hammock.

A fork to cook over the fire with.

A huge fire to burn food, even though its 30deg C in the shade.

Some good friends.

Oh...did I mention the importance of beer???


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Sailaway - how, oh how, could I have forgotten the beer!!!

Christoph - how about U.N.Owen instead of Mr Green?? *grin*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sailaway: Yeah, the only thing I ever remember taking is the beer.

Shalini: Ok. U.N.Owen. But then, now you'll know.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I don't care that Shalini knows, heck she should come too! I adore her!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

it's cool with me!


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kea 7 years ago

I never heard of a "Mosquito Deleto" before this hub, but it sounds so cool that I may have to get one. I totally got bitten to hell the other day while in the woods.


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

I spend a lot of time in the Rockies so my list is a little different but overall many things do cross over no matter where you go camping.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

kea: Yeah, There's nothing worse than a horde of mosquitoes attacking you - well, maybe killer bees is worse - but still. Thanks for the comment!

Camping Dan: Some of these are a little over the top, but they might get that hot chick to go with you. Thanks for reading!


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

don't forget the TPaper. That is universal.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Paper Moon: Rightyo! Those big leaves that are always next to two other leaves, they're no good. I don't know what they are but oh man, talk about scratching your butt...whoo!


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland

Hi Christoph:) I love to take my girls camping but it isn't always the easiest task since they are still so young. I do have a battery powered lantern and I LOVE it! I even use it at home during storms and it lights up a whole room.

What I dont have and what I MUST get is the portable potty. I hate dangling my girls over a hole filled with...well, you know what. My littlest (3yrs) is so skinny Im always afraid I'll lose her. And no matter how many times I tell them not to touch ANYthing...they still think they need to turn around and close the toilet seat. Yuck! Its good training for at home, but not in the port-a-jon.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Ardie!!!!!!!! Where have you been? I've been looking everywhere for you. I thought you were lost. Well, glad you're here. Thanks for the visit. I can't stand port-a-potties. Soooooo disgusting. I think you're right. I'd get one of these just to avoid one those. It is sooooo good to see you. Hope you can stick around for awhile! Thanks!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Camping with class and style...definitely so you. Like your writing.

I was into camping and hiking and stuff when I was in college. You know, friends! Ahh memories!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cris A: I haven't been for ages either. We used to go on two day float trips, camping along the way. Lots of great fun. There was that one time that involved a bunch of rangers - that wasn't so much fun!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

But I was definitely NOT camping with class and style then! But if ever I'd go back into it - I know what to get me! Ha! The most stylish camper ever! GQ here I come! LOL


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cris A: But, you're really going to need a couple of sherpas to carry everything. Ha.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I know, that's why I don't go camping alone! Ha!


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Howdo, Chris! I feel like Cris A, I never camped with class and style! Bummer! Then again, as I grew older, the fact that I always thought of taking a portable toilette & shower made me realize I'd be a lot better off in a hotel than camping -- now I do it with class and style! Laugh!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Elena: My wife wouldn't go...well...maybe if I could arrange for room service! Thanks for coming by, Elena! Great to see you!


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Hmmm, all good stuff, but what about a nice gas cook stove for those enamel pots and pans? I just can't visualize anyone who requires a convenient portable shower and toilet going through the trouble of gathering wood and laying a fire. Of course if you added the stove, you'd have to change the title. Oh well. Good read as always, Christoph!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Sally:  Hello! Seems like years. Yeah, I'm assuming people already have some stuff, like a tent, but as you say, the "11 coolest things" doesn't have the same ring to it.  Glad you stopped by. Nice to see you and to read your comment.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

This was sooooo funny Christoph. I never realised how under equipped I was for camping until I read this. What wouldn't I give to have one of those loo's, as it is just so little fun squatting behind a tree having a wee, whilst trying to avoid being sting on the bum by nettles :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Misty! Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I think the "squatting in the woods" thing is the worst part of camping. I wouldn't care if my buddies laughed at me for taking it along. I surely wouldn't let them use it. It's mine...all mine! Thanks for the comment!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Uh...you missed a few of my favorite things, but I like your train of thought nonetheless. I've seriously been thinking of acquiring a portable toilet. I know it's not so much of an issue with men as any tree will do...but it would make my life a lot easier.

When I go camping...I take along my "pavilion" ...a tent solely dedicated to things such as cooking, dining and late night socializing sans mosquitoes. I have a queen sized bed that sits about 18" off the floor in its own frame with an air mattress. But even that is not comfort enough. I haul along my featherbed mattress, a couple of down pillows and a down comforter. For cooking...I have a lovely little propane stove that I place lovingly in my camp kitchen. The kitchen consists of countertops, racks, a papertowel rack and a nice mess o' hooks from which to dangle cooking utensils.

If we had time I'd tell you more...but perhaps I need my own hub for this. :)

*hugs*


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: That's just fabulous! How many Sherpas do you use? Seriously, people could follow my advice and get all this stuff, or they could just get you to come with them. Wah lah! A camp worthy of Kings and Queens! Regarding the portable toilet, men have to poop in the woods too.

Thanks! How is you day going!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

It's not going too too badly...although I'm itching to get home and back to work on the next three chapters of "Upside Down". It seems to get that way whenever I spend too much time reading other stuff on Hubpages...the urge to write becomes like an addict's craving. :)

I'm sure you can relate.

How's your day going?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte: Good. I'm anxious to see it. Day is going fine. Lately I've had so much to do, that I somehow manage not to do any of it. Other than that, can't complain (well, yes I can but I won't!)


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Chris - I was going to remark upon your noticeable preoccupation with something...but I decided that if you wanted to share you would :) It's the oddest thing...and only with you...but I get a sense of your mindset by things you don't say as much as by the things you do say and now that I've confirmed myself as a total nut job...I'm going to leave it at that and study this boring stack of documents in front of me...

*dumps them in the trash*

Or mebbe not...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Spryte:  Hmmm.  Well, I don't know what to make of that.  Tell me. I certainly don't think your a total nut job (just a half of one - kidding). Maybe you know something I don't!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey BC! Thanks for stopping in!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Dude, only YOU could make a total sell-out-to-the-man camping gear pimping for clicks hub funny.  I first saw the list of stuff and I was like, "Damn, he's actually gonna write product reviews, son of a bitch."  But I read them anyway, because you're my homie, and, LAWL. 

I was gonna play with some of the gems as I read through it thinking, man, that has potential for a gag, but then the next one was funnier.  You have done so much more with this than anyone else could have.  This will probably actually get you Google traffic and product sales, and yet, you've maintained your writerly persona.  That's just awesome.  "It's a tent. It's a cot.  It's a tent cot."   LOL  Why is that so funny to me?  Do I just need to go outside for a walk or something? 


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey man.  Well, the sole object was to try to get some G traffic and some sales and clicks, but I don't know. I didn't like writing it and it took me several days cause I could only do a couple at a time and then I'd pick it up the next day. 

I think the "tent cot" line is funny and I don't know why either. I think just because it is so sublimely stupid.  Thanks for the compliments.  Nice to know I've scored some points with something that was a throwaway.  Thanks for saying you liked it (and getting the humor of it more than some.)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Lol Christoph, I'm here like I said I would be. Now, I've just bought a pajero. What can you sell me from your extensive catalogue above? I plan on going camping in the Serengeti, and sleeping under the stars with the Masai.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

CV: Lessee. I don't have it here, but if you're going to the Serengeti, rather than the "Mosquito Deleto" you need the "Spider Hider." I'll try and get a couple for you.


Amy G 7 years ago

Christoph~  Great list.  I guess I'm just out-doorsy, since I wouldn't haul that much crap with me, but I know that not all people are willing to slap a sleeping bag next to the fire.  I do have the garmin, which is awesome - and the LED's, although they hurt my eyes...maybe it's just me.  When I was growing up, we used to carry miner's carbide around with us in the rockies.  It'll light on fire in the snow, wet, wind, whatever.  Good stuff - I'll get the ignition thingy to go with it.  ;)  Thanks for psyching me up for camping in a few weeks!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Lol I thought you weren't publishing Chris yes I know you are like me my fingers are itching and I have something on the go.

Ok now about camping. My step-father abused me for taking all my clothes camping on a coat hanger when I was 14, how did I know what was what. Also he ran over my foot with his Range Rover by accident grrrrr. I got eaten alive by sandflies too. No-where to blow-dry my hair, was not impressed. I like it now though, but have not actually been.


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nomaes 7 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

Great list... certainly a must have for camping and outdoor trips.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Amy G: Yeah, I wouldn't buy most of this stuff either, but the garmin, the watch, the striker, a good lantern - those are just cool and they are also things I would want anyway. My camping has usually been part of float trips so your bathing is done in the river. Thanks for coming by and have fun on your camping trip?

BP: I said "publish anything good," meaning something I pour my heart and soul into. I don't know what to do about you blow drying though. Say, I know! I can come with you and blow on you! Thanks for the visit, BP.

Nomaes: I appreciate your coming by and the comment. Thanks!


Greta Lieske 7 years ago

A portable shower AND toilet? That's some hardcore, fancy camping! lol. Here's a snack tip: know what makes s'mores even better than the average? Use Hershey's cookies n cream candy bars. Different, but the same and DEE-licious! :)


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Greta: That sounds great! Definitely a neccessity! for the camper who has everything! Thank you for the comment!


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h@m 7 years ago

Cool stuff CR! not sure I would even be able to catch the fish with a fish finder but it would be cool to have, at least i would look like i knew what i was doing. makes me want to write my own 10 things to bring since i plan on camping this month.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

h@m: Thanks for coming by! I agree. With the fish finder, it would be a way for me to see the fish I'm NOT catching, but I'd look cool not catching them. Have fun camping! Thanks!


PeggyE 7 years ago

Other than the portable toilet, that Coleman mosquito deleto is a must have. Nice list and some very helpful information.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

PeggyE: Well then you shall have one! Thanks for coming by and the comment.


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Pat writes: Tricia has been telling me about the new tent that she bought last week. (She's a camper;I'm not) Her grandson like the box it came in better than the tent, and I'm included to agree with him.

Anyway, when I see Tricia tomorrow I am going to give her the reference to your Hub, and then she will know that her tent is a far cry from State of the Art. I think she might want one of those mosquito killer things and maybe a portable shower.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

2patricias: Yes, the mosquito deleto is a must have, and if you like a shower in the morning, it's a pretty nice thing to have along too! Thanks for coming by and the comment.


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raiderfan 7 years ago from Arizona

Those toilets are easier than poppin' a squat and havin those rattlers come up behind ya!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Raiderfan: Yeah, those rattlers can be a real pain in the ass.


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Christoph,

Beer would be number one on the list but the other 10 items are a must 'cept maybe a watch, camping? who cares about the time?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

C.S.: You're right about the beer of course. That's a given. You have a point about the watch too, but you might want to know when you should look up to see the space shuttle or something. Thanks for the comment!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, I'll take one of everything, they all sound great! I'm not even going camping but heck, how can I do without this stuff?

Naturally, the beer is at the top of the list as you just said. I may have to stop and pick up a cooler en route....didn't see one listed. Hey! I could use the portable toilet. Fill it with ice and voila!

You did a wonderful job with your product descriptions, Chris. I admit that I was surprised when I saw your topic but of course, you pulled it off brilliantly and made it entertaining as well as informative. Like any of us had any doubt it would be otherwise! Pffftttt!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Shirley: Hey, I'm diggin' your new avatar! (whistle) Thanks so much for the kind words. The toilet as an ice chest! I never thought of that. Yes, an odd topic for me. Just biding me time until the "thing" is over. I'm so glad you stopped by to say hi! Always a highlight of any day!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks, Handsome! 

I think the "thing" must soon be over. By the way, I always check to see if you and a few others are on here the same time that I am, I just haven't been on much lately.

Seriously, I think pointing out the double duty features of your products will increase your sales conversions.  The outdoor shower could be used to hose the dog after the skunk sprays him (fill bag with tomatoe juice) or to put out the campfire.  Heck, the weekends you don't go camping, you could water your lawn or vegetable patch with it. :) 

Hope you make some bucks.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks. Me too! Can always use some more bucks to keep my doe company.


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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

I LOVE camping!! We have a 5th wheel now, but I still think tents and no porta-potties are the best way to go. Of course with our schedules as of late, the backyard is about as far as we're able to go. And dragging out the portable shower and fish finder are just wasted effort. The GPS comes in handy though when I need a 3am snack. The kitchen can be hard to find from the playhouse.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Laughing Mom: Oh, no. You need everything here, even the fish finder, for when you stock the kiddie pool with goldfish.


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Marianne G 7 years ago from Florida

Great recommendations for camping. Camping can be so much fun and best of all it is inexpensive to do. You just have to be sure to have the right gear to make your trip enjoyable.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Marianne G: Thanks for stopping in and the comment! It's appreciated.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

You had me with the Mosquito Deleto. I'm scrataching about twenty of those buggers' little gifts.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Gotta love the mosquito deleto! I think they'll make great gifts - not that I am being paid by the company that makes them (hint). Thanks for your comment, RGraf!


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JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Cool products, great hub!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

JPso138: Thanks for the comment!


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outdoorguy38 7 years ago from Brookings,Oregon

Hey Christoph, I love the striker idea, like most I am more into roughing it, so alot of these products are useless for me, I mean who wants to pack in a portable toilet??? LMAO, might be good for holding the snipe ya catch tho...


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis Author

Outdoorguy: Yeah. I think it's pretty funny too. Thanks for the comment.


luxury camping 6 years ago

Great list of equipment here. Don't forget the portaloo!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey you. There are portable toilets here. Obviously, you didn't read it but are merely placing your link. You might at least have the courtesy to read articles before you attempt to use them for your obvious self promotion.


Luxury Camping 5 years ago

Christoph, I meant no offense... I did read your article and was actually trying to be humorous which obviously got lost in the translation of words. Humor is not always compatible. Best wishes.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Luxury Camping: I stand corrected. Thanks and best of luck.


Luxury Camping 5 years ago

Thanks Christoph and all the best to you too.

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