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10 Camping Comforts You Might Want to Bring

Coffee System

Some people just can't get going without a cup of coffee. Lucky for you, there are some cool coffee-making gadgets for the outdoors.

  • Brunton Flip-n-Drip portable coffeemaker: The Flip-n-Drip looks sort of like those drive-through capsules at the bank, only with three chambers -- one to boil water, one for coffee grounds, and one that becomes your cup. Boil water in the bottom and then flip -- the hot water percolates through the grounds and into the cup. It weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces, so it's fairly lightweight but not ultralight.
  • Coleman portable propane coffeemaker: This coffeemaker uses good, old-fashioned propane to make 10 cups of coffee -- plain and simple. Since it weighs 9 pounds (0.45 kilograms), it's better for car camping than backpacking.
  • GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip: If you're headed into the backcountry, you'll want a super lightweight, compact coffeemaker like this one, which weighs just 0.4 ounces. Basically, it's a nylon filter you fill with coffee grounds and run hot water through into your cup (which you'll have to buy separately).
  • Jetboil Flash Java Kit: Two cups in two minutes -- need we say more? And the fuel canister plays well with other Jetboil stoves, allowing you to get your oatmeal on minutes after you make your coffee.