It's that time of year again. To enjoy the great outdoors, we're supposed to spend our precious few weeks of holidays abandoning all the luxuries we work so hard buy, then hike deep into mother nature, and rough it for a few days like our ancestors did.
It's hard to argue that fresh air and a quiet lake aren't an extremely enjoyable way to relax. But at the end of a day in the bush, do you really want to crash in a nylon tent with nothing but beef jerky and reconstituted stew in your belly? Not at all. So here's everything you need to make roughing it not so rough. You can have your s'mores and eat them, too.
There's really no better way to relax than with access to an endless supply of decadent food. Why do you think cruise ships put on those elaborate buffets? So instead of heating up dried rations over a fire, you can fix delicious five-course meals on this portable deluxe camping kitchen that packs everything-including a simple kitchen sink.
You'll have to add the propane stove yourself, but everything else a chef away from home could possibly need can be stashed in this compact kitchen's cubby holes and shelves. And the whole thing packs up into a moderately sized case, ensuring that wherever you spend the night, you'll end your day's adventures with a fantastic meal. $160
There is some charm and romanticism to spending an evening in a tent-listening to all the creatures of the night, and enjoying the fresh smell of pine trees. But who wants to lay on the cold forest floor?
These Tentsile tents are designed to hang between multiple trees like a massive hammock, serving as a comfortable way for up to eight persons to sleep without the risk of having the local wildlife breaking in. They're almost like a portable condo in the woods, minus the condo fees and guilt of never tipping the doorman.
There's nothing stopping you from having a relaxing soak or even taking a quick bath in a lake-except for the fact that the water temperature is usually cold enough to put you in shock. So when you head out into the woods be prepared for your thrice daily bathing needs with this inflatable heated spa.
With an air pump it inflates in mere minutes, and thanks to its portable heater and water pump you can climb in and enjoy the swirling currents heated up to 40°C. On top of all that, there's no risk of encountering leeches, fish, or other underwater creatures brushing past your legs. That alone is worth the price of admission. $650
Leaves? Do experienced campers and hikers really expect you to use leaves after taking care of business deep in the woods? It's bad enough you have to dig a hole to hide what you just did, but using the local foliage to clean up the scene of the crime is reprehensible. You should always travel with a roll of toilet paper, and since you'll probably be well away from streetlights and the such, this glow in the dark option is even better.
While far more expensive than your run-of-the-mill variety, this TP is highly visible even in the dark of night. So it makes it easier to find where you're going, and to keep tabs on what you're doing. And if you should get lost along the way, embalming yourself like a toilet paper mummy will make it extra easy for search parties to find you in the dark. $7
But who are we kidding. The only way you're actually going to enjoy a week-long camping trip is in a monstrous motorcoach packed with all the amenities of home. And Vario-Mobil's Perfect model has all that, and then some.
Besides the usual luxury features like air conditioning, a full bathroom, a home entertainment centre, and an elaborately equipped kitchen, the back of the aptly-named Perfect hides an actual garage with enough capacity to carry a Smart car wherever you travel. It's perfect for day trips and shorter excursions where driving your massive bus is a challenge, and when heading to a fancy restaurant for dinner would you really trust your home away from home to a valet? $1.4 million http://www.ohgizmo.com/2009/06/23/variomobil-perfect-1200-platinum-motorhome/