Just in time for summer! Cheaper Than Dirt! has all the latest and greatest outdoor gear for camping, hiking and backpacking. Whether it be a compact mini light, water purifier or a pop-up tent, car- and primitive campers alike will find something useful to add to their camping list. Even if you aren’t a huge camping or hiking fan, most camping and outdoor equipment serve double duty as emergency preparedness supplies. You may not need to replace your tent quite yet, but some of the newest camping gadgets are just too cool to pass up.
Sawyer Products PointONE All in One Water Filter System, $63.18
For the fastest in flow rate times, turn to Sawyer Products’ PointOne water filter. Stuff that makes you sick like Salmonella, cholera, E.coli, giardia and cryptosporidium is 99.99999 percent removed with the PointOne water filter system. This 0.1-micron filtration system uses a hollow fiber membrane instead of ceramic that traps bad bacteria and protozoa. This type of filter lasts longer, filters faster and requires less cleaning. The all-in-one water filter system transforms from an individual water filter system fitting over your water bottle to a 5-gallon bucket system and will even fit over your home’s kitchen faucet. You can drink directly from the filter and it only takes about 20 seconds to get enough pure, clean drinking water to fill a 32-ounce Nalgene water bottle. The PointONE water filter system will filter up to 540 gallons a day if necessary. It includes the Sawyer PointONE filter, 32-ounce squeeze pouch, two pop-up drinking spouts, a bucket adapter kit, faucet adapter, filter cleaner, filter hanger, and instructions. It comes with a lifetime warranty and is made in the U.S.A.
CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier, $78.75
UV light stops bacteria, viruses and protozoa from reproducing, rendering them harmless when you ingest them. This new water purifier from CamelBak is easy to use and purifies water in 60 seconds. This quick sterilizer screws onto the included BPA-free water bottle and will purify 16 gallons of water on one charge. The UV light charges from a mini USB port. The CamelBak All Clear is intended for use only with clear water. Cloudy water should be filtered first.
Coleman 2-for-1 All-day Dome 2-Person Tent, $192.14
Perfect for a car-camping couple, this Coleman 2-for-1 all-day dome tent goes from a day shelter to covered tent with ease. You can use the shelter and tent together or separately. Together, the shelter works as a rain fly and covers the door to the tent protecting the inside from rain. Separately, the shelter provides a 10×10 shaded area. The tent will fit one queen-sized air mattress and features room enough to stand (7’2” tall) in the center. Setting up in just about 15 minutes, the Coleman 2-for-1 dome tent comes with attachment clips and strong shock-corded poles. The floor is welded and the seams are inverted to prevent leaking. Pair down this camping season with this twofer and eliminate the need for extra tarps, ropes and bulky pop-ups.
UST 30-Day LED Flashlight, $28.81
Perfect for emergencies, power outages, natural disasters, or when you are away from electricity. The Ultimate Survival Technologies LED flashlight promises to work on low for 30 continuous days on one set of three D-cell alkaline batteries. When on high, it provides 300 lumens of bright white light. Running the flashlight on high will give you 16 hours of light. The 30-day flashlight is made of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum with a glow-in-the-dark non-slip silicone rubberized sleeve for a sure grip and easy identification. (If anything, the kids will love the glow-in-the-dark feature!) For emergencies, you have the option of using the light in SOS flashing mode. It weighs 30 ounces with batteries and is 12 inches long and two inches wide.
UST Micro Survival Kit, $29.97
If lost, get found. If cold, get warm. In the dark? Shed some light! With Ultimate Survival Technologies micro survival kit, you get all the basic necessities for survival in the wilderness. This lightweight, portable kit includes a 4 x 5-inch LOKSAK waterproof bag, compass, folding saw, Pico LED flashlight, JetScream micro signal whistle, StarFlash micro signal mirror, SparkForce fire starter, and two WetFire fire tinder cubes. To buy all of UST’s best sellers separately will cost more—save over $10 when you buy the kit.
CRKT Paracord bottle opener, $6.94
When it’s time for a cold one, there is nothing worse than not having a bottle opener. Tom Stokes, designing for Columbia River Knife & Tool solves this issue for campers and hikers with the paracord bottle opener. Six feet of seven-strand 550 paracord interweaves a 6061-T6 aluminum nonweight-bearing carabiner and compact bottle opener. The CRKT paracord bottle opener works in tandem with the company’s other paracord accessories, such as the compass, light and fire starter paracord survival tools. Overall, the paracord bottle opener and carabiner is 5.8 inches long and weighs only eight ounces. Attach it to your backpack or belt loop or use it as a key ring.
Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Whitetail First Aid Kit, $39.99
For short camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing and hunting trips; you need a basic first aid kit. The Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Whitetail kit has everything one or two people need to cover minor accidents. It includes various-sized bandages, wound treatment supplies, tweezers to remove ticks and splinters, Moleskin to prevent blisters, after bite wipes, pain reliever and two antihistamine pills. It weighs only one pound and fits easily into a backpack or duffle bag. Inside the kit you will find individually labeled zippered pouches and a through how-to pocket guide called Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine that is worth the cost alone.
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