Once upon a time, roughing it in the great outdoors meant just that, roughing it. A tent, sleeping bag and a pan to cook with over the fire was all you really needed to go camping. And while keeping it simple is still a good idea when packing for your next camping trip, it doesn’t hurt to bring along some of these modern gadgets to make the trip more convenient and enjoyable.
One of the most off-putting concepts about camping is lack of bathing options. Problem solved with the Pocket Shower, which provides an eight-minute shower wherever you are (includes 20-foot cord for hanging and adjustable water flow). The waterproof fabric attracts heat, which creates warm water. $25
Bring the warmth and coziness of your sleeping bag outside of the tent, and anywhere you please, in a sleeping bag suit! The Selk’bag is perfect for a variety of adventures. It’s used by outdoor enthusiasts the world over for camping in a tent, under the stars, at the lake, at the beach or even in the cabin. $99
With the Biolite Basecamp, you can cook your food and simultaneously charge your devices, all while being eco-friendly. Using only fallen branches or small pieces of firewood, it’s a smart alternative to fossil-fueled stoves, creating an elevated cooking fire that burns smarter than any campfire you’re used to. $299.95
A toolbox for your pocket, the 3.5-inch SwissChamp packs an impressive 33 implements, but is still compact enough to fit in your pocket or purse and can be used anywhere from the great outdoors to anywhere in the home. $102
The Kitchen Sink from Sea to Summit is great for collection and carrying of water for purification, cooking, washing dishes or personal bathing. Available in three sizes, five, 10 or 20 Liters. $19.95-$29.95
Play it safe with the Nightlighter Flashlight, which lights the way and the path at your feet using four ultra-bright LEDs. $19.95
The compact design of the Bugaboo Camper is fully equipped for the gourmet needs of campers, and is reconfigurable for everything from two-person backpacking to four-person car camping. Rugged stuff sack holds set and doubles as a sink or wash basin. $99.95
Creek Company Hanging Camp Cupboard
Keep food off the ground and away from animals, with the Creek Company Hanging Camp Cupboard. Extends to 30 inches, yet collapses to less than 2 inches high for easy packing. Lightweight, water-resistant 400-denier nylon shell features three 22 inches by 10 inches shelves for food, camp equipment or other gear. Six divided outer pockets provide quick access to utensils or other necessities. $69.99
Heimplanet Inflatable Tent
If you’re tired of messing around with poles, the three sizes of inflatable tents by Heimplanet are the perfect timesaving solution. Just unpack and inflate. Starting at $580
Need to start a fire? Just add sun. Point the Solar Fire Starter at the sun and it lights in seconds; no fuel required. $14.95
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Hotel Chicago West Loop is Chicago’s first hotel to bring street art inside, and to every guestroom. The dual-purpose property doubles as an art gallery, and launched its “Annex Murals” exhibit in 2018 with 15 hand-painted rooms boasting the work of some of Chicago’s most celebrated urban artists, including Asend, JC Rivera and Eloo. Today, all 116 rooms at the hotel have been painted with street murals, becoming some of the most distinctive lodging spaces in the city.
Zürich changes shape as the holiday approaches, becoming a winter wonderland full of busy markets, fondue chalets, candle dipping at Bürklipatz and light installations. For the first time ever, Zürich will also feature a pop-up hotel experience Nov. 26–Dec. 26.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.