Let’s face it:
While all our advancement as, like, a species has propelled us into territories our ancestor’s finger painting in caves could never imagine, it’s also had a detrimental effect. It’s made us maladapted to the natural world.
But that makes sense. After all, practically every morsel of our collective progress has been inspired by our desire to remove ourselves from nature and control what was once uncontrollable. But, still, we always find ourselves venturing back out into the unpredictable, unknown and mercurial realm of Mother Nature.
And, while we might feel invincible in our air-conditioned and perfectly lit environs, with food literally delivered to our doorstep, that doesn’t mean we are. And, for those unafraid of excursions into nature, that means you just have to be more precautious—prepared—equipped. That’s exactly when tools and gadgets come in handy.
So, without further ado, here are 7 super weird but useful (and admittedly cool) gadgets to use outdoors so you can go toe-to-toe with Mother Nature. Or just so you can turn the world into your living room.
List of 7 Super Weird but Useful Gadgets to Use Outdoors
We take a lot of things for granted. We can traverse a continent in hours. We can have food delivered to our doorstep (and soon probably to our couches so we don’t have to, like, move at all). And all our water is drinkable. And water is the elixir of life.
But, should you find yourself out in the wild, you have to purify water yourself. You can’t just drink out of any spring or river or stream like they were naturally created water fountains. This can wreak havoc on your health.
But we’re creatures of convenience these days, and that’s what makes this LifeStraw so great. It requires no batteries, so it’s perfect in emergency situations. Its microfiltration membrane can filter up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water so that it’s safe to drink.
Survival and convenience have never been synthesized quite like this. And we’re here for it. You don’t have to light any fires and wait for water to boil. Like everything worth having or doing these days, this is instantaneous.
In a world dominated by stovetops, ovens, and—I hate to say—microwaves, starting a fire is nothing if not a lost art. We rarely have to start one—especially without a lighter or other implements, and especially for our survival.
But, out in the wild, you can’t rely on Bic lighters and balled-up newspaper to get things going. And, if you’re unable to start a fire without any of the aforementioned materials, don’t worry. We’ve got an ace up our sleeve.
Featured on Season 9 of ABC’s Shark Tank, this portable campfire is easy to light and easier to transport. And, best of all, it’s infused with all-natural Eucalyptus oil so it emits a soothing scent. Which might help with nerves when exchanging campfire stories.
Reusable and reliable, this contraption provides over 3 hours of burn time. It’s easy to light, and even easier to extinguish and clean up. Survival’s never been this simple (and it’s never smelled this good).
Maybe this isn’t exactly critical to survival. But not everything has to be life and death. Stop being so dramatic—I’m kidding, of course. But still—this ComfyCup is the kind of tool that’ll come in handy in a different kind of wilderness.
And I’m talking about one made of concrete, asphalt, and steel beams.
I’m talking about when you’re out and about in a city, riding the bus or taking the train—or maybe even when you’re on your bike. Easy to clamp on to any cylindrical shaped thing (i.e. poles), this holder will make commuting unfathomably comfortable.
You’ll be able to put your coffee (or beer if it’s been a long day) in the holder to free up your hands so you can read, or maybe even get some work done. Sacrificing comfort is practically blasphemy these days. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing.
And that’s exactly what this goes to show!
4. Umbrella Hat
We should probably preface this with a disclaimer: survival isn’t supposed to be pretty. So, if that’s a concern, maybe you should stay inside where the sunlight is supplanted by the pallid light emissions from those screens besieging you.
But, if you understand functionality comes before all else—especially when you’re enduring the elements—this Umbrella Hat is perfect for you! Whether you’re camping, hiking, on the beach, or hunting, it’s sure to come in handy.
23 inches in circumference, this waterproof hat is so much more. Its Oxford cloth top prevents heat retention and absorption, and the anti-UV properties keep you cooler and keep the sun off your head.
As easy to open and close as any standard umbrella, this Umbrella Hat may not be the most fashionable, especially with the chin strap (though the way fashion’s going, it’s totally possible it’ll be fashionable in a few years’ time)—but, dammit, it’ll keep the sun from scorching you and rain from drenching you. And that’s all that really matters.
It’s arguable that a sizable portion of the dread that accompanies leaving your house (or, more specifically, your couch) is that you’ll be on your feet. Whether that means hiking or running errands, it can feel like a literal crime against humanity. But, before you petition the UN to intervene on your behalf, maybe this SitGo portable seat will help.
Whether you’re getting a coffee, out in the wild, or even at an amusement, when you need to take a load off, this bad boy is there for you. There’s nothing more modern than turning everywhere into your living room. And that’s what this basically does.
Collapsible and easy to transport, you can even adjust the length of the stand so it’s the perfect height. Quick and easy to expand and retract, the cushioned silicon non-slip sitting surface and rubber non-slip foot will keep you stable and secure.
So standing and waiting will finally be a thing of the past. And, if we’re being honest, it’s about time we made some meaningful change.
Now’s a good time to reiterate that, sometimes, fashion should be secondary. In fact, this is probably something more people should accept and adopt because, at some point, vanity becomes a liability. Especially when you’re out in the wild.
Anyone who’s been bitten half-to-death by swarms of mosquitos will appreciate these ultra-fine, transparent Coghlan’s Bug Pants with drawstrings and cuffs. The perfect armor against mosquitos, bees, and ticks, these pants extend down the length of your legs.
And, let’s be honest, this could very well be a matter of life and death. Because ticks don’t mess around. Lightweight, breathable, and polyester—anyone venturing out into the thick of the wild needs a pair of these.
And if you’re worried about looking silly and being laughed at, just know you’ll get the last laugh when you’re not the one with legs dotted by mosquito bites. Or, worst yet, Lyme disease. Don’t let your pride be your downfall.
Now, imagine you didn’t heed our advice and get those rad pants. Imagine you were a veritable buffet for all those mosquitos to feast on, and you have irritating bites that you can’t help scratching. Maybe you think there’s no recourse. But it’s not too late.
You don’t have to just suffer through those bites and irritation with this one-click mosquito bite relief device. This is nothing short of alchemy. Basically, using the same technology as an igniter in a gas grill, this apparatus produces a spark, which destroys the proteins from the mosquito venom.
It’s worth mentioning that this works for all kinds of bites and not just from mosquitos. So it has universal compatibility, I suppose. And you don’t need batteries. You don’t need chemicals. This is bare-bones relief like you’ve never known.
Do yourself a favor and get one of these next time you’re out in the wild. You’re probably irritable enough without air conditioning and UberEats. And those mosquito bites aren’t helping matters at all.
So there you have it! The weirdest, coolest, all-around greatest gadgets and tools to bring some of the modern convenience you’ve grown so fond of in the civilized world with you into the wild. Now the ball’s in your court, Mother Nature. But I think we have this one in the bag. I guess the only thing left to say is: checkmate.