Six of the best: camping gadgets

Manual Program


Scrubba Washbag - £39.99 from

No need to kneel down by the river to sort out your smalls, just pack away the world's first pocket sized washing machine. It has an internal washboard, so all you need to do is load up your clothes, add some cleaning liquid and water, then set about the bag with some kneading action. Achieve impressive results in minutes - and charge fellow campers for the service.

Fire Starter

Firesteel 2.0 - £17.99 from

You've gathered up the twigs and dried grass, you've found the perfect campfire spot (away from breeze/flammable tents and so on), but... arghh, no matches. Forget rubbing two sticks together though, pack one of these spark creators and you'll have flames in no time. Standard issue in the Swedish army, enough said.

Nature Calls

Soulra Rugged Rukus - £85.15 from

Beam your music to t his solar powered music machine via Bluetooth and, by soaking up the sun, it can keep the tunes blasting for up to eight hours. The internal lithium battery stores the power so there's no need to stop the party after dark. It can also be used to charge up gadgets via the built-in USB.

Lights Out

Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern - £19.99 from

Another soaker of sun-power, this nicely portable and inflatable lamp has solar panels that take eight hours to collect enough energy for up to 12 hours of action, then opens up to give a very decent sized light for under the canvas.The company policy is to donate a lamp to a developing country for each one purchased.

Make Safe

SteriPen Ultra - £96 from

A worthy addition to any camping set-up, this UV water purifier is aimed at those finding water to drink while on a hike, but it also offers peace of mind to campers loading up on water from taps. It eliminates over 99.9% of bacteria and such like from water, with an LCD smiley face to tell you when the job is done.

Brew Up

Collapsible Pack-Away kettle - £29.99 from

The thought of no early morning cuppa is enough to deter some people from even thinking about a camping trip. But this nifty flat pack kettle will ensure your boiled water doesn't taste metallic, while the stainless steel base means it'll heat up over almost any source. Cheers to that.

App of the Week

Bookatable - free on iTunes and Google play

Scroll through a decent selection of restaurants across the UK and book a table in just a couple of taps. Whether it is a last-minute affair or something for a special occasion ahead, it takes away all the stress of planning. You can also select the option that only offers places with free tables for your selected date/time.

Top 10 Paid Apps

1. Rainbow Loom Designer

2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition

3. Tipping Point

4. Birds of Britain

5. Can you Escape - Adventure

6. The Chase

7. Let's Make Loom Bracelets

8. Montezuma Puzzle

9. Plants vs. Zombies

10. Nav for Google Maps

Top 10 Free Apps

1. Pet Rescue Saga

2. Angry Birds Epic

3. Fruit Drops Part II - Match three puzzle

4. Township

5. BBC Media Player

6. BBC iPlayer

7. Facebook

8. Angry Gran Racing

9. Candy Crush Saga

10. Watch&Save for YouTube - uTube

(Both charts courtesy of