If you think there are too many coffee gadgets available to us caffeine-loving, shaky-handed, hot-drink enthusiasts, I hate to break it to you, but you’re wrong. There are never enough coffee gadgets (wink, wink). And if you are one of those folks who like to brew coffee on the go, then say hello to the GoSun Brew. It’s an all-in-one French press and water heater that aims to make your brewing process more streamlined with one simple unit that does it all.
GoSun | $99
The LARQ bottle is a self-cleaning, double-walled (insulated), stainless steel water bottle that uses UV-C LED technology to destroy bacteria and viruses. The built-in UV-C light and battery are cleverly hidden in the cap of the bottle and activate automatically every two hours, making sure that your personal water supply stays fresh tasting and odor free (by preventing bacterial growth). In adventure mode, the LARQ bottle can destroy up to 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria and viruses, rendering “raw” water safe to drink. The battery recharges via USB can provide enough power for a month of use (not in adventure mode, though).
LARQ | $95
Kong 20 Cooler
Kong coolers are made and assembled in the United States by a team that has been creating commercial-grade, double-walled insulated containers for over 30 years. The KONG 20, one of their newest offerings, is lighter, making it the most portable cooler in their collection. The included nylon strap lets you carry the cooler over your shoulder or in your hand, and the interior is tall enough to accommodate a bottle of wine as well as any shorter items that you want to keep on ice for a picnic or a road trip.
Kong | $169
Clip & Carry Kydex Multitool Sheaths
While some multitools have integrated pocket clips, not all of them provide the security you want on your belt when trekking through the woods or hopping in and out of your vehicle. But a Kydex multi-tool sheath from Clip & Carry will change that, providing a safe and secure spot on your hip for your favorite multi-tool (for select models of Leatherman, Gerber, and Victorinox). Sheaths are available in multiple colors and are made from either durable Kydex or carbon fiber.
Clip & Carry | $16.99+
Joolca HotTap v2 Portable Hot Water Nomad Kit
The Joolca HotTap v2 makes adding portable, on-demand hot water to your overlanding or car camping setup extremely simple and convenient. The kit includes a portable sink with a faucet, hot water heater, and water pump. All you need to do is add a bottle of propane, a water source, and you are ready to go. All of the hoses are color coded which makes setup straightforward, with no plumbing knowledge required.
Joolca | $399
Lochby Field Journal
For those of you who still prefer to keep your notes in analog, aka write them down by hand, the Lochby field journal is a waxed canvas case that can act as a planner, journal, or sketchbook. The journal will hold up to six refills (of 68-gsm, fountain-pen-friendly paper), has an elastic loop to secure your writing implement, and has an aircraft-grade aluminum hook to secure the cover of the journal when you are not writing.
Lochby | $49
Überleben Tindår Wick + Bellow
Even though we live in the modern age, the need to build fire is still every bit as crucial when you head into the backcountry. Sure, we have a lot of modern conveniences that aim to take the difficulty and chance out of making fire, but that’s no reason to not be prepared. The Tindår wick and bellow is an incredibly simple yet smart backup to carry with you into the field. Simply expose a bit of the paraffin-wax-infused wick and strike a fire steel onto it, and voila, fire! The metal bellow lets you use the flaming wick like a match (helping you avoid burning your fingers). And once you’ve lit the tinder in your main fire, you can quickly extinguish the wick and pull it out of the bellow which can then be used to blow oxygen into your fire, helping ensure its success.
Überleben | $12
Hema Maps Travel Planning Pack
There are plenty of online resources available for trip planning, but the Hema Maps travel planning pack still retains its value for your next Australian overlanding endeavor. This kit includes both the Where to Camp Guidebook as well as a large map of the Australian continent. Both will be right at home on your dash when you need them. Bonus: neither requires cell phone reception to work in the bush.
Hema Maps | $49