I love gadgets and people can be so originative, you’re probably already using hiking gadgets but here is my favorite list of ten hiking gadgets for day hikes in no particular order.
What is hiking gadgets?
Hiking gadgets are something that can make your hiking much more fun and safe. It can include electronics but also general equipment and gear.
My list includes some essentials to take on your trip that was discussed in my post Day hiking for Beginners – Skills & Techniques.
Most of the gadgets can be bought at Outdoor stores as well as Amazon. I have specified if the item is only available at a specific store. Please also take into consideration that the prices might differ when you visit these stores.
10 Hiking Gadgets for Day Hikers
- Lifestraw Water Purifier
- SURVIVA Solar Powerbank
- goTenna mesh
- Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet
- TPU Mobile Phone Waterproof Bag
- Chill Mate Instant Cooling Towel
- Anti Mosquito Wrist Bands
- UST 5-in-1 Survival Tool
- Female Urination Device
- True Utility FIXR 20 tools in 1
1. Lifestraw Water Purifier
The Lifestraw Water Purifier filters a minimum of 1000 liters per unit. It removes 99% of waterborne bacteria and waterborne viruses. It removes particles down to 0.2 microns.
No electrical, batteries or spare parts required.
2. SURVIVA Solar Powerbank
The Surviva Solar Power Bank is a portable solar eco-friendly power bank that is great for everyday use as well as survival situations.
The durable shockproof casing allows you to carry it in all terrains without the worry of damaging the item. It is water and shock resistant and can be recharged by USB or solar power.
It has a dual USB output and can, therefore, charge two devices simultaneously and have a LED battery status indicator.
- Integrated cigarette lighter/ignition coil.
- 12000 mA/h High capacity Lithium-ion polymer battery. Micro USB cord included.
- 60-month warranty
3. goTenna Mesh
Use your smartphone, text, share locations without cell coverage or WiFi.
Meet the sleek, lightweight device that pairs with your smartphone, and keeps your group connected when venturing off-grid.
Works with any iOS or Android smartphone and has a 12 months warranty.
This can be bought from goTenna Mess
4. Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet
Atomic Bear Paracord adjustable 5 in 1 bracelet is perfect for Hiking, camping, and fishing.
It has a Fire Starter, a compass, Loud Whistle, Emergency Knife, and 12 feet of military-grade paracord.
This item can be bought from Amazon
5. TPU Mobile Phone Waterproof Bag
Naturehike Africa’s TPU Mobile Phone Waterproof Bag provides you with a dependable way to keep your phone, or other small valuables, dry while you are out on the water or getting through some flash rain.
The case’s clear window allows for full functionality so you can still text or take a call without having to remove your phone.
- Dual locking system and
- Lanyard so you won’t need to worry about your phone while having fun.
This can be bought from Naturehike
6. Chill Mate Instant Cooling Towel
Fresh up instantly when it’s sizzling hot with this instant cooling towel.
Perfect for those hot, on-the-go moments whether that’s at the gym, beach, work or stuffy rooms with no air-con, these super cool towels will turn your temp down in moments.
Simply wet the towel, give it a shake and it will become refreshingly icy cool, lasting for hours. Dab your skin or wrap around your neck for an instant cool down.
This can be bought from Perfectdealz
7. Anti Mosquito Wristbands
Repel Parasitic Insects And Prevent The Unpleasant Effects Of Mosquito Bites. Each Band Repels For Up To 2 Weeks.
Fully Adjustable And Can Be Used On Wrist Or Ankle.
Dry, Non Irritating & Safe.
8. UST 5-in-1 Survival Tool
In the event of a worst-case scenario, the UST 5-in-1 Survival Tool will stand you in very good stead.
- Liquid-filled compass
- Emergency whistle
- Waterproof matchbox (matches not included)
- Flint fire starter and signal mirror
It contains all the bare essentials you need to survive in the wilderness.
All-in-one pocket-sized hard plastic case with a breakaway lanyard for hanging around your n
9. Female Urination Device
Shewee is a urinating device that allows women to urinate without removing clothes whilst standing or sitting. Squatting in a field is now a thing of the past!
- NATO approved
- Ideal for Hiking, Camping, Trail Running, Cycling/Mountain Biking
10. True Utility FIXR 20 tools in 1
A utility tool with twenty different tools all in one.
- Quick Release Clip
- Bottle Opener
- Nail Cleaner
- Large Flat Screwdriver
- Medium Flat Screwdriver
- Small Flat Eyeglass Screwdriver
- Medium Phillips Screwdriver
- Small Phillips Screwdriver
- 14mm Spanner/Wrench
- 12mm Spanner/Wrench
- 10mm Spanner/Wrench
- 8mm Spanner/Wrench
- 6mm Spanner/Wrench
- Bicycle Spoke Wrench
- Razor Sharp Cutting Blade
- Wire Stripper
- Measuring Ruler
- Box Opener
- Pry Bar
I have the Surviva Solar power bank and it works wonderfully, I can charge more than one electronic device and can put the power bank outside my backpack and it charges through the solar panel, or I can charge it with a USB.
I am definitely thinking of buying the goTenna mesh, to share text and GPS locations without cellphone coverage or WiFi sounds unbelievable. Hiking in the mountains can sometimes be very challenging especially if you have an emergency and have to get help.
Happy gadget hunting.
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Let’s go hiking.