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Essential Camping Tools

Make sure you include these tools on your outdoor excursions.

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  • Make sure you bring a compass. Many types of compasses are available, each made for specific purposes. Some of them have a magnifying glasses for reading maps.

  • Space-saving multipurpose tools provide blades, bottle openers, screwdrivers, pliers and other useful gadgets in a central location.

  • Special camping flashlights can double as floor lanterns.

  • Wire saws are useful when backpacking because they weigh only a few ounces. They're good for cutting small pieces of wood.