Advances in technology mean comfortable camping

Advances in product technology have eliminated many of the stresses associated with camping. Tents can be set up in minutes...

Camping has evolved from a rustic, roughing-it experience to the perfect opportunity for adults and kids to turn off the TV, tablet, video games and cellphones for a few days. With a never-ending landscape of provincial parks and camping areas, Canada provides the perfect environment for families to embrace the great outdoors.

Advances in product technology have eliminated many of the stresses associated with camping. Tents can be set up in minutes, coolers are lighter and more efficient than ever before and many other advances allow you to take the comforts of your home with you, like this:

• Tents – With all the pegs and poles, tents used to take 20 minutes to set-up, and if the weather didn’t hold out, rain was likely to leak through, leaving campers with wet supplies. Advances in tent structure have reduced set-up time to 60 seconds or less. Larger cabin styles ensure the whole family can sleep in one tent, and with thicker fabric, as well as taped seams, tents are much more water resistant than in the past.

• Coolers – Required to keep food and beverages at a safe temperature, coolers were traditionally heavy, took up a lot of space and needed to be re-stocked with ice multiple times. Current models are offered in a variety of designs with wheels, foldable structures and are insulated to keep ice frozen for up to three days.

• Cooking Appliances – You can easily elevate your meals from hot dogs and hamburgers to healthy alternatives using updated cooking appliances that can help replicate what you would make at home. Multi-purpose cooking appliances and accessories are key to the camping experience. Look for products that include various cooking surfaces.

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