Gone are the days of needing propane for your Coleman lantern and lots and lots of batteries. Solar power can keep you going for hours on end.

Camping is wonderful in part because of all that night sky you can see. But when it’s time to make your way around the site and the campground, sketchy darkness is no laughing matter.

Flashlights do their part at keeping things illuminated, but if you don’t want to fuss with all those expensive, clunky batteries that tend to wear out when you most need your light, you might wish to consider something different.

Solar powered lamps and lights are a great add-on to an unbelievable camping experience. L.L. Bean’s solar flashlight can be charged by the sun or using the micro USB port. It provides 14 hours of light on a full charge, and can hold a charge for a miraculous 7 years.

Maverick also offers consumers solar options with its waterproof LED flashlight.

If you’re looking for a solar camping lantern, Whetstone, Nebo Weatherite and others offer some great products to suit your needs.

And as far as solar camping lights, the luminAID Packlite is a winner . It takes 10 hours of sunlight to charge it and once it’s ready, it will last for 24 hours. It can also be charged with a USB cable in 1 to 2 hours.

Purchase one here and contribute to Light Up Tanzania, a campaign being run by the non-profit lalafofofo.org that is seeking to provide those living in poverty in Tanzania with lights for their homes.

Happy camping!

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