The Eco-Explorer: Camping Gear that Leaves No Trace
If you’re a regular outdoorsy type, you’ll be familiar with the ‘Leave No Trace’ signposts placed prominently throughout campsites and trail routes. But as the used potato chip packets wafting intrusively across the open expanse reveal, leaving no trace of you and your fellow campers can be a tougher challenge than pitching a tent in torrential rain or completing a gruelling 15 mile hike. Here at BuyMeOnce we take ‘Leave No Trace’ to the next level and aim to find products that will last so long, that their trace on this planet will be as limited as possible. Not only will you be protecting nature, you’ll also be investing in top quality gear that will last you a lifetime and see you through every camping holiday for years to come.
The Essentials from Big Agnes
At the end of a days adventuring there will seem nothing more important than crawling into a safe and comfortable sanctuary from the elements. It's no revelation, then, to say that a tent is first and foremost your most important purchase. We love the Copper Spur HV UL 2 from Big Agnes. Though lightweight, the tent has been designed with a high volume hub to maximize strength and increase living space and comes with the Big Agnes lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects. Big Agnes also offer fantastic roll mats and sleeping bags such as the Zirkel SL Sleeping Bag. Though admittedly pricey, Big Agnes gear is well worth it if you can afford the investment; anyone who has spent the night frozen or anxiously edging away from leaks knows the quality of your sleep can make or break a trip.
The Stanley Growler Thermos
Often the first thing you miss after a night sleeping off-grid is your beloved coffee machine. When you’re groggy and disoriented in the middle of the woods the last thing you want to do is start a fire, especially before your morning dose of caffeine. But the ever trusty Stanley has got you covered. This Stanley Growler, like all Stanley products, comes with a lifetime guarantee and is built to keep liquids hot for 18 hours. All you have to do is brew up your coffee before you doze off and it will remain hot and ready in the morning. Stay completely guilt and waste-free by packing a set of handy stainless steel cups that can be used for sipping on your morning coffee... or something stronger round the campfire later on.
The Indestructible Cooler from Orca
Keep your bacon cool with a durable Orca Cooler. This company offers a lifetime warranty on all of their coolers with a portion of each sale donated to charities supporting wounded warriors, conservation projects and breast cancer research. The Orca 40 Qt Heavy Duty Cooler keeps ice frozen for up to 4 days and is great for storing meat, butter and other perishables. In order to extend the cooling time of this box, pre-freeze it the night before by adding ice and a frozen drinks. These coolers are Made in America and resilient – even a determined, 700 pound grizzly bear won’t be able to crack one of these.
A Lasting Eco Lunchbox
Minimise what you leave behind by minimising what you bring. Food packaging is one of the most common items left near hiking trails and campsites and yet it is fully avoidable. To put a stop to energy bar wrappers getting caught in the wind, store your camping snacks in reusable containers such as this Stainless Steel Three-In-One set from EcoLunchbox. Durable, safe and stylish, stainless steel lunchboxes can be chucked in your backpack for small snacks or hearty lunches and will fit into almost any cooler - a great way to store your perishable campfire cuisine.
The Solar Device Charger
Escaping to the wilderness is all very well, but even off-grid you're likely going to want a decent camera and your phone for emergencies. The Solar Lite Charger from Anker is a light and eco-friendly way to keep your devices topped up on the go with BuyMeOnce approved durability. Made from solar panels sewn into weather-resistant polyester canvas, this charger has industrial-strength and is extremely durable. It can charge two devices simultaneously and runs on 15 watts, a great tool to keep you connected and safe as you travel.
Having a trusted raincoat on hand is always useful, even if you’re just hanging around the campsite. Outdoor Research has created the Helium raincoat that is lightweight and folds up into its own pocket, so it won’t take up much room in your backpack. Outdoor Research products are guaranteed for life – they will replace any product that fails to meet your needs at any time, leaving you covered whatever the weather.
For any unforeseen challenges that might get thrown at you around the campsite, this nifty multi-purpose tool from Leatherman will probably be able to help you out. It comes with an excellent 25-year warranty and includes, amongst other things: a combo Knife; a bottle opener; a can opener; a screwdriver; scissors and wire cutters. What more could you need?