It’s time for your annual trek to the woods with your family. Or maybe you’re heading for a weekend camping trip with your buddies. Either way, you’ll bring along your smartphone or tablet. But how do you protect these devices and get the most out of them when you’ve traded in your coiled mattress for a sleeping bag?
Outfitting yourself with the right accessories for your camping trips can make roughing it go a lot smoother. Unless you’re a purist who eschews all creature comforts, these mobile tech accessories should top your list of camping essentials.
OtterBox® Protective Cases
OtterBox cases are available for a wide assortment of smartphones, providing necessary protection against the rugged surfaces that could scratch, ding and scuff your phone during a camping trip. Many offer several layers of protection, and they also come in a variety of colors to match your style.
Some popular options include the Defender Series, Commuter Series and Symmetry Series.
The Defender Series® offers the most safeguards of any OtterBox case. It’s the only one with three layers of protection: a polycarbonate inner layer, a silicone outer layer and a sturdy, swiveling belt clip holster. A built-in screen protector guards against scratches, while the port covers keep out dust and debris, good for when you’re exploring the outdoors.
Another option, the Commuter Series®, still offers robust safeguards against life’s mishaps, buto features a slimmer look. A silicone interior and polycarbonate exterior guard against drops, bumps and shock.
If you’d like a case that protects your phone and looks fashionable while doing so, then check out the Symmetry Series®. The ultra-thin, one-piece design withstands drops and features raised edges to help keep your touchscreen safe. The Symmetry case comes in several bright, stylish colors, so you’re sure to find one that fits your personality, and your camping attire.
mophie powerstation 3x external battery
It’s unlikely you’ll convince the family to leave their smartphones at home on that camping trip. And since power is likely to be scarce in the woods, you’re going to need something portable to charge those devices. One suggestion is the ultra-thin mophie powerstation 3x external battery. This super-lightweight battery pack is compact enough to fit in a pocket. Equipped with two charging ports, the 6,000 mAh battery makes it possible to charge two power-hungry devices at once -- even away from the elusive outlet. Plus, the mophie powerstation 3x is compatible with just about any USB-charged device.
LG 360 CAM
It’s always great capturing memories around the campfire. Now imagine what it would be like capturing those same memories in a full 360 degrees. The amazingly compact LG 360 CAMmakes capturing 360-degree images as easy as clicking a button. Designed as a stand-alone camera or a companion to a device such as the LG G5 (sold separately), the LG 360 CAM has two 13 MP wide-angle cameras and three 5.1-channel surround-sound microphones. And the compact size makes the LG 360 CAM a great travel companion.
JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth® Speaker
Camping is more fun when your favorite music accompanies you, and the JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker is made for just this type of outdoor excursion. Aside from the fact that the Xtreme’s booming sound and powerful bass turn any adventure into a party, this speaker is built to travel and to weather the great outdoors. The easy-carry strap makes Xtreme truly portable. And because Xtreme is splashproof*, you won’t have to worry about a rain shower or some lakeside splatters harming the speaker. Connect up to three smartphones or tablets at once for multiple music sources. And the JBL Xtreme speaker also doubles as a portable battery pack...because outlets are pretty scarce in the woods.
Ultimate Ears ROLL Wireless Speaker
You’ll easily make room in or on your backpack for the Ultimate Ears ROLL Wireless Speaker. UE ROLL is a powerful, pint-sized, portable, wireless speaker that delivers 360-degree sound with deep, heart-pounding bass. A marine-grade bungee cord allows easy attachment to various outdoor gear. Your camping party can access tunes from services like Pandora and iHeartRadio by pairing UE ROLL with their smart devices, then use the speaker to blast sound in every direction. The disc-shaped speaker is IPX7-rated waterproof for up to 30 minutes at a depth of up to one meter, so a little rain won’t hurt it.
Belkin Road Rockstar 4-Port Passenger Car Charger
Now more than just front-seat campers can have access to power on the way to the campsite. The Belkin Road Rockstar 4-Port Passenger Car Charger lets you charge four devices at once, and it doesn't discriminate between those in the front and back. Designed with a six-foot cable and four USB ports, the Road Rockstar gives front seat passengers access to two USB ports to charge two smartphones or tablets. It also has an extendable hub with two additional USB ports on a cable long enough to reach passengers in the back seat.
Moto 360 Sport
Planning on taking hikes while on your camping trip? Keep track of your distance and pace with built-in GPS technology found on the Moto 360 Sport watch by Motorola. Moto 360 Sport is great for outdoor activities. Constructed of resilient silicone, it doesn’t absorb sweat and it resists fading or staining. Side ventilation channels help you stay cool on your hiking excursion. Motorola’s new AnyLight hybrid display is easy to read in bright sunlight. Moto 360 Sport also monitors your steps, calories burned and heart rate. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, the Moto 360 Sport watch wirelessly syncs with your compatible smartphone, so you can retrieve your messages even in the woods.
Roughing it in the woods doesn’t have to be so rough anymore…not when you have tech from Verizon by your side.
*Speaker can be splashed, but not submerged.