3 Great Ways to Light up Camp

Lightweight, efficient, and bright solutions for illuminating your surroundings on your next overnight in the outdoors

There are few things in camp more disheartening than discovering that your light source is dying and realizing it’s going to be a long, cold, and very dark night. It’s best to always have redundant lighting, even if your backup is just a glow stick or a candle. Beyond that, there are many great options for keeping the lights on in camp.

Camp Lanterns

Odoland Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
Odoland Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling FanOdoland

Lanterns have gotten smaller and smarter since the days of the gas-fired mantle contraptions. Now there are lanterns that will keep mosquitos away, cool you with a built-in fan, or run off solar power while also charging your cell phone. The future looks bright indeed!

Headlamps

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Black Diamond Storm HeadlampBlack Diamond

If you only have one light source, make it a headlamp. In addition to multiple beam strengths, some models offer a red-light mode for sneaking into your tree stand, a blinking mode for signaling, and all the advantages of a standard flashlight with hands-free operation. They range from just a hundred or so lumens for emergency use to thousands of lumens suitable for everything from blood trailing to spelunking.

Tactical Flashlights

Anker Super Bright Tactical Flashlight
Anker Super Bright Tactical FlashlightAnker

The traditional handheld flashlight has gotten so powerful that the performance once found only in cumbersome plug-in beams and metal batons requiring a stack of D-cell batteries now comes in a package about the size of a candy bar. Whether you choose battery operated or rechargeable, brightness is still mostly about the lumens. All other things being equal, opt for the highest "candle power."