Seeing your campsite is important. Whether it’s kids, clothes or the way to the “bathroom”, a light at your campsite can ensure you don’t end up with a broken face from the gnarly root waiting to assist you in learning about gravity. In this post, you’ll learn all about the best lights for camping.
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Before we get into turning your campsite into a high school football field on Friday night, let’s talk about some things to keep in mind while searching for this little light of yours.
Weight and Size
Size does matter.
So does weight.
No one wants to carry a heavy flashlight or lantern while camping. This is especially true for long-term camping, where every ounce matters. Be sure to get a light that is small and lightweight while not light on light.
There is nothing worse that packing a light source and getting it out later just to realize it needs batteries or a viable USB outlet. Pick a light that will give days (or nights) of light without needing a 48 count package of AAs.
Amount of Light Produced
Light brightness is measured in lumans. Each lumen has about as much brightness as a single candle. You can typically read a book at about 20 lumens.
When purchasing a light source for camping, you want to make sure it will be bright enough that you can see. Most camping experts recommend 1000 or more lumens in your light source, especially if it’s a latern or flashlight. Head lights can be less than 100, depending on what you need it for.
Some of you may or may not use a headlight for reading after the sun goes down. Keeps that in mind as well.
It’s me. I’m some of you.
Materials of Your Headlamp or Flashlight
If your camping trip involves the backyard or throwing a tent up at a campsite beside your car, a plastic flashlight should do just find.
If you’re going to be hiking to your campsite or you’ll be in rough or rocky terrain, you may want to opt for an aluminum or other metal light. While slightly heavier, a metal flashlight will be able to withstand the elements better than plastic.
Because that root we talked about earlier?
It’s gonna try and teach you about gravity. If it does, you’ll drop your light and break it, increasing the odds of a second gravity lesson.
The Best Camping Flashlight- Small Version
The GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight is the perfect little light for getting to illumination job done.
It has the ability to narrow and widen the light beam, giving you the ability to see the path directly in front of you or the bear 1000 feet away. Helpful. It also comes with 5 different light settings, including low, medium, high, I need help (SOS) and I’m at a rave (strobe).
It’s made of aluminum and comes with a wrist lanyard. This means that even if you treat in like a Wii remote, when you inevitably drop it, it will hold it’s own. This tiny light stick can even survive a 10 foot fall or an accidental submersion (It’s better with gravity than you are.)
Lastly, it comes with a super fancy carrying holster AND you can buy them as a set of two so you have a backup for your car. Or to give to a friend. Like me.
Best Camping Flashlight- Big Version
The LE Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern might look big, but looks are deceiving. It weighs less than 30 ounces (less than 2 pounds, for those of you who have no idea what 30 ounces feels like). Despite it’s light weight, it can put out a remarkable 1000 lumens of brightness.
This little light ball is also several different lights in one. It has a front spotlight (like a flashlight), a side white light (like a lantern) and a side red flashing light (like a side red flashing light, because I have no other way to describe that).
The rechargeable battery and 3600mAh power bank are the icing on top of the camping flashlight cake. This high powered light bright has a bunch of bells and whistles, making the 2 year warranty that comes with it almost unneeded.
Best Camping Headlamp
I have had this headlight for over 2 years, and it works just as well now as it did when I bought it.
The Princeton Tec Byte Tactical Headlamp is a tiny piece of equipment that packs a punch. Although it is mall and light, it shines with 100 lumen of light, which is perfect for seeing those nightly trails to the bathree (it’s bathroom and tree. It’s funny.) It has both a red and white light that
With a 58 hour burn time, you won’t need to change the batteries for a while. But it takes 2 AAA when you finally do need to.
Lastily, it’s very comfortable when worn. It’s easily adjustable and doesn’t slip down or ride up.
Best Light for Tiny Humans
Tiny humans destroy EVERYTHING.
They also get lost really easily. Especially at night.
What’s better than a lightbulb that you can clip to to them?!
AT 150 lumen, you’ll have ample light to see your little groin goblins running amuck in the early hours of night (which is their best time, because they are demons.
It runs on 3 AAA batteries and comes with some sturdy clips that easily attach to your kid’s bag, pant loop or a lanyard you make them wear around the campsite at night.
But there ya go. There are the best lights I’ve used for camping. They provide light and are light.
Do you have a light that you love for camping? Let me know what it is and why you love it in the comments.