Indiana Jones was only human. Granted he had some fancy skills with his whip and fists but he would also need those creature comforts when in the field. The following list of some of the best outdoor adventure tech would have been a dream come true to Indiana Jones back in his day.
1. Quick drying towel
We'll kick off our list of best outdoor adventure tech with a towel. Brought to you courtesy of REI Co-Op, the Multitowel lite is a great little outdoor adventure accessory worthy of any adventurer. This quick-drying, lightweight towel is ideal for camping and traveling in general.
It'll be one of the best outdoor investments you're likely to make in a long time. There is nothing worse than the inevitability of getting soaked 'in the field'. Thankfully this little number will sort you out. Indiana Jones himself would likely give his right arm to have had this in the jungle.
2. Swiss Army Knife
You can't argue with vintage, tried and tested outdoors accessories like the Swiss Army Knife. The Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster Pocket Knife is a must-have for any outdoor adventurer.
This is the ultimate camping tool that will save you a lot of packing space. You won't be needing that can opener or that saw. This item will come in handy whether you’re backpacking, car camping, or even just be getting work done around the house.
3. Biolite Campstove
Oh, now you're talking. This brilliant little biomass stove has won the hearts of many a techie outdoorsman ever since its completed Kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago.
This camp stove uses nothing other than twigs or bits of wood for fuel. It can even boil a pot of water in under 3 minutes. Any waste heat is used to create power to charge anything via the USB.
It can also have a grill attachment added to help you cook too.
4. All weather matches
With all this talk of fire, you'll be needing some method of making it. There would be nothing worse than getting stuck in the middle of nowhere and find your lighter is empty.
Some ingenious experienced campers at UCO decided to save your bacon with the line of stormproof matches. At more than 4 inches long, these are the biggest, badass matches you’re likely to find.
They are water resistant and more or less windproof too. Each box supplies about 25 with a pair of spare strikers. If you get the kit, you get 12 matches in a waterproof floating carry case with three strikers, and both are $10.
5. Water purification system
Let's face it, you can go a little while without food but a matter of days without water. This is where this handy little unit comes into its own.
You can't always guarantee finding a fresh, safe water source.
If you need a way to kill off waterborne pathogens you can't go wrong with this lightweight water purification system. It uses high-intensity UV light to murder microorganisms in your water.
Apparently, the light kills 99.99 percent of all viruses, bacteria, and parasites in just a few seconds.
6. Portable shower
It simply doesn't matter who you are, Indiana Jones or Billy from next door, you'll want to have a shower once in a while. 'Cleanliness is close to godliness' as they used to say.
In the 'wild' bathing in a lake, river or stream can be lovely for change but can come with complication. Perhaps that’s why solar showers are so desirable.
Solar showers tend to be unwieldy and leaky. This is not the case with NEMO's Helio. This foot-pump solar shower comes with a spray wand so the solar heated water inside only sprays when and where you want it.
What now? Something to cook in and charge your phone at the same time? Well, I never. Indiana Jones would be very pleased with this example of best outdoor adventure tech.
Electricity, as you can imagine, is few and far between out in the sticks. Especially if you want to charge up your phone or other electronic devices 'in the field'. You tend to have a couple of options. Extra power packs, solar chargers or thermoelectric chargers.
PowerPot is one of the latter. This clever little cooking pot feeds off the heat created by your campfire and converts it into usable energy you can use to juice up any USB-powered device.
8. Reflective Rope
Even Indiana Jones needs to answer the call of nature. And there is nothing worse than having to make up in the night and pee. After finding the tent zipper before your bladder explodes you don't want to be tripping over a guyline do you?
That'll certainly ruin your 'street-cred'.
So, with that in mind, save yourself the embarrassment with this super-reflective rope from Nitelze. We’re not sure what it’s woven with, but the stuff is reflective enough to light up and become visible with just a tiny bit of moonlight.
9. Bugs away clothes
Last but by no means least on our list of best outdoor adventure tech is this beauty. Bug nets and sprays are, frankly, either impractical or just plain smelly. This is where Exofficio comes to the rescue. These chaps have been around since the late 1980's and this is an oldie but goodie. There are very few brands that are designed and treated to keep bugs away. ExOfficio, however, is one of them. Their collection keeps away more than just mosquitoes too. Forget chiggers, flies, ticks, ants and no-see-ums (or midges).
The clothes' Permethrin treatment on their duds should last 70 trips through the washer.
So there you go! 9 awesome examples of some of the best outdoor adventure tech available to date. Have we missed anything? Feel free to comment below.