Whether you’re venturing out for a day hike or tackling a multi-night backpacking trip, take a tip from the Boy Scouts: Be prepared.
This round-up of gadgets for your Tahoe adventure ranges from the necessary to the “extra” (ahem, Portable Espresso Machine), but what they all have in common is quality craftsmanship and the potential to elevate your experience while out in the wilderness.
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1. Portable Espresso Machine
Be your own barista in the backcountry with the Wacaco Minipresso Portable Espresso Machine. Simply add ground coffee to the filter basket, apply pressure to level the grind, add hot water to the tank, then pump to pressurize and extract the perfect espresso. REI.com / $64.95
2. Inflatable Solar Lantern
Lightweight, waterproof and completely solar-powered, the Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern is a must-have in your camping arsenal. It charges fully in 7 hours of direct sunlight while clipped to your backpack and lasts up to 24 hours. mpowerd.com / $19.95
3. BioLite CampStove 2
Using just sticks, the portable BioLite CampStove 2 creates a fire that can cook meals and boil water all while turning the heat into electricity to charge electronics through a USB output. bioliteenergy.com / $129.95
4. Matador Pocket Blanket
The Matador Pocket Blanket folds out from its palm-sized packaging into a waterproof and puncture-resistant blanket for two to four adults. Weighted corners and pockets that can be filled with sand help secure the blanket on windy days. matadorup.com / $29.99
5. LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle
This BPA-free water bottle filters out bacteria, parasites, microplastics, chlorine, pesticides and herbicides. Fill up from any lake, stream or brook you might encounter on the trail for five years of safe drinking. lifestraw.com / $44.95
6. Stormproof Torch & Bottle Opener
The Stormproof Torch & Bottle Opener by Uco Gear utilizes powerful triple-jet technology that can start a fire in difficult wet conditions. The refillable butane lighter is snug inside the waterproof case, which also doubles as a bottle opener. ucogear.com / $12.99
7. Stainless Steel Folding Knife
Whether you need to cut a morel from the forest floor or whittle at your campsite, Opinel’s Stainless Steel Knife with a beechwood handle is a great multi-purpose tool to have in your pack. opinel-usa.com / $15
8. Tool a Long Multi-Tool
The dog-shaped Tool a Long Multi Tool by Ultimate Survival Technologies fits in your pocket, but can be used as a ruler, flathead screwdriver, bottle opener, file and hex wrench. ustbrands.com / $6.99
9. Portable Speaker
Attach the JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker to your pack and enjoy some tunes in the great outdoors. The waterproof speaker will give you 10 hours of audio on full charge. jbl.com / $59.95
10. Garmin Forerunner 235
The Garmin Forerunner 235 tracks your heart rate, steps, calories, distance and route through GPS. You can download workouts and training plans, as well as see texts, calls or emails from compatible smartphones. garmin.com / $249.99