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The best camping gadgets and accessories reviewed

This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

Camping usually involves forgoing some of the usual creature comforts – Netflix and plumbing, for example – but it needn't mean turning your back on everything tech-related. Instead of going full caveman for your camping trip, here are three gadgets that should make the great outdoors that little bit more hospitable. 

In the middle of nowhere and in the pitch black, the Nao was sensational, illuminating at least 100m ahead. It's comfortable, easily adjustable and boasts 575 lumens on full beam. A forward-facing light-sensor adjusts the brightness automatically to suit ambient light levels. This works perfectly when hiking, but inside the tent it flicked annoyingly from one brightness level to another. £145

For truly super-powered sight, the waterproof Ricoh NV-10A binoculars combine 13.2x magnification and infrared twilight-vision with digital wizardry. This reduces visual interference from fog, smog, rain and snow, while also preventing movement blur. Moments of interest, from a lesser-spotted woodpecker sighting to a midnight bank heist, can be recorded on to a secure digital card and geotagged for future reference. £3,960

Dunk it in a muddy puddle and the Katadyn Vario micro-filter pump will create two litres of potable water per minute. For fast-flowing water there's a carbon filter, which removes waterborne bacteria and protozoan cysts. And for really filthy water sources, switch to the ceramic-plate filter, which removes larger particles. Hugely practical, potentially life-saving and totally essential kit. £115

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