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Multi-tool pens may not be quite as popular as multi-tool pocket knives or even multifunctional smartphone cases, but there is a small yet lively market of pens that can also save your hide in dicey situations. The Endure Survival Pen is one of the latest, putting a tiny flare launcher, fire starter and other emergency tools inside your shirt pocket. Read More
If you're a regular camper, you probably know what it's like to pitch a tent on a warm evening and wake up the following morning feeling like you're lying in an oven. Cold weather camping can be even more grim, and tents aren't renowned for their sound insulation either. Derek O'Sullivan reckons he's solved these issues with Thermo Tent, which his firm bills as the world's first correctly insulated tent. Read More
There are many portable tailgating grills on the market, but not many of them are compact enough to fold into a backpack or shoulder bag and carry by foot. The all-new GoBQ uses a foldable fabric construction to offer just that type of light, ultra-portable transport. You can use the grill to cook up lunch or dinner anywhere your feet can take you. Read More
Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released the newest edition in its range of luxury tents which have been created especially for glamping.The Outback Deluxe is a 5 m (16.4 ft) circular tent that represents an upgrade from its 4 m and 5 m predecessors. Read More

Back in November we reported on Denmark-based Mads Johansen's effort to manufacture a novel two person caravan that can be towed by bicycle. Johansen reports that he has finished refining his design and the Wide Path Camper is now available for pre-order. Read More

In recent years, we've seen many modular camper conversions and camper-in-a-box kits. The hardware can transform an average, everyday vehicle into an overnight recreational vehicle, then be removed when the road trip is over, leaving the base vehicle ready to drop the kids off at school and make the commute to work. Designed by German architect, carpenter and all-around garage tinkerer Gerhard Euchenhofer, the BuddyBox represents an even smaller, more flexible modular conversion option. Not only can BuddyBoxes convert your van into a full camper, they can make it a tailgating party wagon, a picnic in the park, a sports support vehicle and more. When the trip's over, remove the BuddyBoxes and you have your standard-spec van back. Read More
When someone goes to the beach, chances are great that they'll be wearing a pair of sunglasses to protect their eyes from the UV rays. It's also likely that they'll want a pair of goggles for getting a clear view under water. Sealz is a new pair of sunglasses that can actually become a pair of goggles with a button press, allowing them to be used for both purposes. Read More
Flatpack isn't just for reasonably-priced Scandinavian furniture, and we've previously reported on a bridge, hurricane-proof home, and even a truck that comes in flatpack form. The PlyFly Go-Kart is a gasoline-powered flat-pack kart that can be assembled in just a few hours, while promising speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h). Read More
Over the past few years, we've seen a barrage of tiny, ultralight camping trailers hit the market. We won't say that it's a new trend, since man has been constructing lightweight road trip shelters for nearly as long as he's had an automobile to tow them, but some interesting ideas and designs have definitely been bubbling to the surface lately. The Mogo Freedom trailer is the latest member of this rising tide, opening the walls of camping trailer design to create a super-simple, ultra-versatile shelter and toy hauler. Read More
Almost three quarters of Japan is covered by forests and mountains, meaning the mostly city-dwelling population of 126 million have both the space and the necessity to just get away from it all. Time is also in short supply for the working population, so long weekends or short vacations are the norm ... and when everyone has same vacation idea at the same time, accommodation is at a premium. This all adds up to a ready marketplace for camping vehicles. Gizmag headed along to the 2015 Camping Car show in Tokyo to check out the latest ways to tackle the great outdoors on wheels. Read More
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