Add some flash to your campsite with a flashing disco light or octagon camping light. Both run on AA batteries and feature a number of ultra-bright LED bulbs. The disco light, officially known as the Spin Camping Light, has 60 LEDs with the option of either a spinning or flashing light show. The octagon camping light has 57 LEDs arranged in a star pattern on an octagon base.
Solar lights are a fun way to illuminate a campsite, especially if they come in funky designs. One eye-catching model is a lantern decked in camoflauge paint, or you can also choose a simple solid color. The only caveat with solar lights is that they usually require a sizable solar panel to recharge them. This is not an issue for campers who will be staying in one spot for some time, but may be annoying for those who are hiking and moving around a lot. Many models come with a backup recharging handle in case the weather does not cooperate and provide enough sun.
If you want to get really crazy---and crazily convenient---you could go with a headlamp. These lightweight, powerful lights feature a small flashlight-type device attached to the front of a headband. The band usually attaches around the sides and sometimes across the top of your head for a secure fit. Sure, it may look like you are going mining, but you will be able to light the way for whatever you need to do on the campsite at night. Some have different brightness and lighting features. Headlamps can contain one to three or more LED bulbs and either take standard batteries or offer a rechargeable battery pack.
Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.