4 camp lighting options you can repurpose for emergency situations

With all of the natural disasters that have occurred in the last few weeks, we got to thinking: How can we repurpose the camping gear we already own into emergency preparedness kits?

Repurpose camping gear you already own into an emergency supply kit. Photo: Matthew Brodeur/Unsplash

Advances in battery life, size and durability in the last decade have made camping gear the perfect solution for when an emergency strikes. From coolers that can keep food from spoiling for weeks, to lighting options that run off solar power, there are plenty of crossover items that can be used when unexpected disaster strikes.

In the event of emergency, make sure that all gear is properly stored and charged. Ease of access and battery life are key when time is of the essence.

Here are a few lighting options for when power goes out.

BioLite BaseLantern XL: Lighting and power ($130)

The Biolite BaseLantern XL weighs in just under 1.5 pounds, making it easy to transport when needed. Photo: Courtesy of Biolite

The world’s first flat-pack lantern, the Biolite BaseLantern XL fits just about anywhere, making it a key component of emergency packing when you need convenience and speed.

The BaseLantern charges other devices and provides real-time battery feedback, which helps determine which device is using which portion of the power and helps users get the most of their off-grid energy.

Barebones Beacon ($35)

A convenient battery-life indicator means you’ll know when it’s about to be lights out. Photo: Courtesy of Barebones

String a few of these up and you’ll be good to go. Barebones prides itself on superior design, and with a battery life of 200-plus uninterrupted hours on a low setting, the beacon boasts superior performance as well.

The Barebones Beacon also comes with a built-in battery-life indicator, meaning you’ll know exactly when it’s time to recharge.

Ledlenser MH10 headlamp ($80)

Lightweight and durable, the Ledlenser MH10 is key for an emergency. Photo: Courtesy of Ledlenser

What sets Ledlenser apart from other headlamps is the adjustable lens that allows the wearer to focus their light source as needed. And at $80, you can’t beat the price point for this quality product.

Ledlenser’s headlamp also features a Temperature Control System, which cools the LED for consistent lumen output.

Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern ($80)

Charge your devices and light the way, all at the same time. Photo: Courtesy of Goal Zero

If you’re looking for a reliable lantern that can do it all, this is your best bet. Goal Zero’s brightest lantern yet features adjustable light up to 400 lumens, can be recharged either through a Goal Zero solar panel, USB or hand crank and weighs only 2.2 pounds.

The Lighthouse 400 Lantern also recharges your phone and can last up to 48 hours.

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