Flashlights for Camping

Flashlights cannot be relied upon solely for nighttime illumination but are a great source of supplemental lighting for camping. They're reliable and easy for children to use, making them a safe alternative to fuel burning lanterns. Convenience aside, anyone hiking or backpacking out in the wilderness should carry one when sunset nears.

So what's the best flashlight to buy? There are a wide range of brands, shapes and sizes available and you need to buy quality ones for a camping trip, lest you be left in the dark in backwoods country -- very unnerving indeed. It's best to decide first what features you need and buy one for every member of your family or group. It's always a good idea to pack a couple of spare flashlights and you can probably get away with buying some cheap, lightweight ones for this purpose.

Your flashlights should be weather resistant and waterproof so they can withstand weather changes when in use or left out at night. Depending on how extravagant you want to be, you can find flashlights with an adjustable beam or specialized headlamps, ideal for hiking or keeping your hands free while setting up camp.

Every kid should have their own flashlight because they love to read in their sleeping bags and play with them. Theirs should be a lightweight type that's simple to turn off and on with their little fingers. Small flashlights are easier for them to carry around when taking a late-night trip to potty.

Quick Tips

Flashlights are generally easy to use, but it's best to familiarize yourself with the switch and battery compartment before use. Make sure you purchase one that secures tightly on both ends so you don't have batteries falling out when you need it the most. You should always pack spare batteries. Avoid the cheap brands that don't last long. Don't mix batteries such as non-alkaline and alkaline as this could damage your flashlight and ruin the batteries. When you're not using your flashlights for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid corrosion.

“Come forth into the light things, let nature be your teacher.” - William Wordsworth