Our Top 5 Camping Accessories
With our editor Andrew White reviewing outdoor kit for the Independent newspaper, we get to see a large selection of walking gear - and here are our selection of the Top 5 Camping Accessories available now.
As we get to see new kit, we'll be updating this page, so keep popping back to stay up-to-date with our selection.
Coleman TWIST+ 300 LED lantern
Lighting is always an issue when camping, especially when you're away from electric hook-ups - and up to now, battery-powered lights have been pretty wowful. Now, thanks to LED technology, battery lights are very illuminating - and this one from Coleman is one of the best.
Light output is variable, and ranges from 50 lumens on low to 300 lumens on high - and has a beam throw of up to an impressive 8 metres. On high, it'll run for 5 hours and on low a massive 300 hours.
The battery is a Lithium Ion type which is actually charged from a USB connector - meaning it charges fast and you're likely to always have a cable to charge it close to hand. Because Lithium Ion batteries doen't have a memory, you do not have to worry about completely dispelling the charge before recharging again. The clever bit is the BatteryLock technology, which physically separates the battery from the contacts inside the light when it isn't on - so the battery can never drain.
£63 - Buy Now
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Outwell Bredon Hills With Side Table Folding Chair
As well as making some excellent tents, Danish company Outwell also produce a range of well-thought out camping accessories - like the Bredon Hills folding chair.
This isn't the standard flimsy camping chair - the Bredon Hills has a sturdy frame made from a combination of steel and alloy, so it's fairly lightweight but still remarkably rigid when opened. Opening and closing is easy, and there's no further assembly required.
The fold out side table is a great addition, and the indent for Outwell's range of camping mugs is a good idea for keeping your drinks in the mug rather than on the floor.
£44 - Buy Now
Mora 106 BK Wood Carving Knife
In Sweden, there's a culture of responsible knife use for woodcarving, with children as young as 9 using knives to make fairly detailed pieces in wood - and this is called whittling.
Having been introduced to this practice on a recent trip to Sweden's Lake District, it certainly is a great match as a pasttime for camping. One of the best makers of knives for this is Mora - who have been making knives since 1891 - so they know a thing or two. In fact, it's Mora's tools that are used by wood carvers in Nusnäs, where one of Sweden’s most recognized national symbols – the Dala Horse – is carved.
This particular example - the Mora Woodcarving 106 Knife - is a very comfortable and easy to use knife, well suited for use in a wide variety of carving projects. The design of the knife makes it very easy to maintain the edge and keep it razor sharp. They handle is made of oiled birchwood, which is chunky enough to fill your hand to give you ultimate control. It comes with a plastic sheath for ease of storage and carry.
£13.95 - Buy Now
Thule Motion XL
When you've simply run out of space in the car - or the car is full of dogs - or you're towing a bike rack so you can't have a trailer - then these are the times when a car roof box comes in very handy. And Thule are pretty much the best at roof boxes.
£440 - Buy Now