There’s no arguing that a flashlight falls into the category of “must-have” equipment for any camping trip, but when it comes to which flashlight to take, the answer isn’t necessarily obvious.
There are very few (if any) flashlights we’d say are terrible for camping, but there are definitely some features you’ll want to be on the lookout for. Here are a few considerations to make when selecting a camping flashlight.
- Power Source: Without a power source, your flashlight is useless so making sure you can stay powered throughout the entire trip is vital. Some people prefer “traditional” AA or AAA batteries which can easily be found in gas stations and stores whereas others might prefer a rechargeable li-ion battery that can be paired with a solar panel and/or powerbank for extended runtimes.
- Size: Ultralight campers and backpackers are likely already paying close attention to gear weight, but even if you’re going car camping, sticking to a slimmer/more compact flashlight will make it easier to carry in your pocket/bag and increase the likelihood you’ll be ready should an emergency strike.
- User interface/mode shortcuts: Nothing is more frustrating than having to remember a complex series of button presses to get to the mode you need. Look for a flashlight that defaults to your preferred output and has easy to remember shortcuts to other popular modes and you’ll thank us.
- Secondary options: If you’re trying to maximize the utility of your gear, look for flashlights with secondary color outputs or other multi-task features. You may not always need these things, but when the situation arises, you’ll be glad you did.
With the basics covered, here are 5 flashlights we’d highly recommend to take on your next camping adventure.