We had an editorial meeting and thought it would be a good idea to write up some gift guides.
‘We should do a camping gift guide,’ said someone. ‘That’s a great idea,’ said someone else, and then they suggested asking filmmaker Beren Hall to list some good ideas for camping gifts. I emailed him. ‘Hey Knackerbags,’ I began, ‘I was told you might be a good dude to hit up for Holiday Camping Gear ideas?’ A few hours Beren replied, ‘Hey mate, do you need to set up a car or just a tent/swag and cooking gear etc? Where are you heading?’ ‘Oh no,’ I said, ‘this is for an online ‘Camping Present Guide.’ Beren laughed. ‘Okay gotcha,’ he said. ‘I thought you were heading off on an adventure and wanted some tips.’ He then listed seven cool gift ideas for campers and I fell into a funk (not Bootsy Collins funk, the other one, the sad one) because—sigh—it’s been so long since I went on an adventure… No excuses now, though, thanks to Berren’s list:
‘Ok, off the top of my head here’s some camping gift ideas that I highly recommend.’
Daytona Rechargeable Work Light: These things are so handy. Magnetic handheld light for cooking etc. Stick it to the side of your car, roof rack or hang it from an awning or tree and then recharge on the road via USB. Small and easy to pack too.
OZtrail Sun Lounge Brampton Chair: I just tried out Harry Bryant’s camping chair when we were shooting a piece for you guys the other day and it blew my mind. I honestly went and bought one as soon as I got home. Most comfortable camping chair on the planet.
AeroPress Go Coffee Maker: If you’re a fan of coffee and don’t want to slum it with instant when you’re out and about, then this guy is for you.
SouthernAlps™ Compact Pressurised Camp Shower: Unless you ‘camp’ in caravan parks, there’s a good chance you won’t have access to a shower. This is the closest you’ll get and they do a damn good job.
Sea to Summit 3 Piece X-Series Tableware Set: If you’re hiking to your campsite or just want to save on space these things are pretty amazing.
Garth Gas Safety Gauge: Never know if you have enough gas left in the bottle to get you through a weekend away? Drove all the way to the campsite, set everything up, went to cook dinner but ran out of gas while the sausages are half cooked? Meet your new best friend.
Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool: You might not need this thing every time you go camping but you’ll be glad you have it when you do. Think cutting up food on a hike, opening cans when you forgot the can opener, trimming your nails, opening a beer… the list goes on.