backpack-main.jpgCanada is an amazing place for camping, but you can only see so much when you’re parked at a campsite or a lake. Backpacking is the ultimate way to wind your way through forest paths and spend some of your life outdoors, and there are so many great spots to go backpacking in Canada that you could be busy every weekend for the rest of the summer.

Unless you plan on going for a weeklong hike, you don’t have to gear up and weigh yourself down like a hardcore backpacker. For a weekend away, all you need is some well-chosen gear that’s lightweight and easy to carry and you’re ready to head out for a fun overnight backpack excursion.



A camp stove that’s the same weight as a 1 litre water bottle

Just because you want to backpack light doesn’t mean you have to skip eating real food. You can take along a camp stove without weighing yourself down with the BioLite CampStove 10,000 BTU Bundle. The stove seriously weighs only 2lbs, and it does everything from boil water to charge your smartphone.

All you have to do to use it is fuel it with twigs and sticks. It will produce smoke-free flames to boil your water or grill your food with the included grill, and the heat will convert to electricity to charge the internal battery. That powers a fan to increase the fire, and it gives you the juice to power your phone or rechargeable batteries.

If you don’t need a full stove with grill, you can choose the BioLite CampStove with one burner. It runs on sticks and twigs just like the BioLite CampStove bundle, and charges your smartphone, head lamps, or anything else you have that needs a power boost. Plus, it only weighs only 2lbs so it’s light and easy to carry.


Solar power to charge your devices

Going off the grid and into the backcountry can be a lot of fun, but to stay safe you need to keep your devices charged and ready in case of an emergency. That’s where the Secur Solar Power Bank 4000 comes in. It’s a solar panel that can charge a smartphone 4 times on a single charge. It also has built in cables so you don’t have to worry about packing extras to give your devices a boost.



Tune in to your favourite music

There’s nothing better than being in a remote location, setting up camp, and spending a few hours doing nothing but listening to music and watching the world go by. Thanks to the Eton Rugged Rukus all-terrain solar powered sound system, you can share your music with your hiking buddies. It’s no batteries, no problem because it can power up through sunlight, and it connects via Bluetooth to your phone, tablet, or laptop so you can stream and share your music wirelessly.



An all-in-one-tool that’s perfect for weekend backpacking

You’ll never say, “I wish I had…” when you have the Secur Dynamo LED Fire Starter and Flashlight. It’s a 5-in-1 tool that gives you a flashlight, whistle, compass, phone charger, and fire igniter. You can easily tuck it into your pocket and take it with you everywhere, and it will be one of your favourite gadgets.


It’s looking like its going to be another great Canadian summer. If you’re ready to get outside take a look at all of the cool gear to go camping or hiking and check out everything Best Buy has to live life to the fullest outdoors.

Top image: Backpacking image by Matthius Ripp used under Creative Commons Licence


Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag