Surprising ways you can use alternative power sources outdoors

Being outdoors is a great way of how people spend their time relaxing or doing their hobbies, but making these trips enjoyable, fun and stress free is now a thing of ease. The times and our technology has changed drastically over the years, and the benefits of being able to enjoy the precious time you have available are more readily at hand with the gadgets and gizmos you can purchase to make your life easier.

Alternative power sources are becoming very useful not just in the home, and garden, but things that can help you when on the move. Being involved in outdoor activities regularly has made some of these items available priceless in more ways than one. Things that have only come about in recent years not only help in the safety aspects of your trips but also in how much equipment you need to carry along the way.

One of the examples of an alternative power source that is used outdoors widely and regularly by many people is solar power. The uses of which solar power can come in generally is amazing from appliances to lighting many homes are equipped with solar power on many levels now. So it is not a surprise that items are becoming a must have for when you are outdoors, things such as solar chargers for your phone are something that many people can no longer be without.

Camping/hunting trips for the whole family

Hunting and camping have made a big comeback in recent years with people opting to spend time doing activities as a family. These activities are special, having the ultimate bonding time with your family. Having fun is a great way to enjoy each other’s company, have new experiences, and learn new life skills.

Going away and camping can be as luxurious as you want it to be, or as basic as you want but there is something that no one compromises on and that is safety. Solar power is a safe way to add power to your camping ground, with teenagers or young children around, having the correct safety where accidents can happen in a split second is vital. The equipment you choose may be something that actually helps in an emergency.

When going on a hunting trip and are going to camp, think of things like how far your toilet is from the sleeping area? And the available light you have? How much cooking will you be doing? and how will you manage in bad weather? If you can’t make a fire how are you going to keep everyone warm and avoid dreaded tantrums? The truth is some equipment is worth its weight in gold and if you are an avid camper is it worth paying for renewable energy equipment and having a nice time? or struggling to keep everyone happy because you can’t keep them dry, fed, and comfortable.

Essential equipment

There are some pieces of equipment that you can not be without here is a small list that you will need to get started, safety is a must when it comes to hunting especially when taking the whole family

  • A tent of good quality big enough for how many people are attending
  • Sleeping bags
  • Good quality and appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Food and water
  • Backpacks ( preferably solar)
  • Portable solar charger
  • Solar-powered torches
  • Knife ( hunting, multipurpose)
  • Riffle/ fishing rod
  • Utensils and cutlery (mugs, plates, spoons, etc)
  • lighter/matches
  • Waterproof bags
  • Camping stove
  • Compass
  • Maps
  • Pens
  • Whistles
  • Headlamps (solar-powered)

These are some of the things that are essential when packing for your destination, opting for alternative equipment that can be powered in other ways. When looking to go hunting there should be recommendations online to help when deciding on your equipment especially when it comes to items that you must have in your packs.

Having things like solar headlamps is a brilliant way to keep an eye on your children, by supplying them with one of these, not only will they be able to see where they are going in the dark, you will be able to keep a headcount (literally). When a toilet area is not directly near the sleeping area, this can cause a few problems especially when a child wants to be that little bit more independent, so allowing your child to have one of these will enable them to do this task by themselves.

Charging your equipment

Being able to charge your equipment without an electric mains supply used to be impossible. Now however that can be done easily, being able to charge your phones, and music players can be life saving for two different reasons.

Charging phones: the reason that having a charge on your phone is that if an emergency arises, some form of emergency service will be able to find you. This may also give you a better chance to get back to the site if you have lost your bearings, and can not acquire the information you need on your map.

Charging tablets, laptops, music players: so when taking children on a trip, no matter where in the world it is or what it is doing. All children get bored, tired, and irritated, even on holiday. Every person who has children, especially children under a certain age, knows it is a test of patience when it comes to a holiday. Taking the whole family away, will of course have its problems, so being armed with something to keep the little ones amused while you are enjoying your fishing in peace, is always going to be a win from your child’s point of view and yours.

Other appliances that you can access using alternative power sources

  • Cooking or having access to a bbq
  • Heating water
  • Lights
  • Phones
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Watches
  • Electric Bikes
  • Umbrellas
  • Backpack chargers
  • Generators

Although some of these will not be needed on a hunting or camping trip, these are all things that you can have access to in the great outdoors. With renewable energy becoming the more efficient way of obtaining power for your appliances and an eco-friendly way of doing so, these are becoming more popular by choice.

The choices made by the human population are now being steered into a more sustainable way of life, these decisions that are being presented to us are more of a lifestyle choice rather than a fad way of living. The days are gone, where people only look at recycling as a way to help the environment, as social awareness is being raised in every aspect of the life that you want to live and hopefully the next generation will want to continue with these choices.

The awareness surrounding hunting is also becoming a learning curve for many. Having internet access to discover the rate at which cattle farming is destroying the lands and overfishing in the oceans is now becoming a realization that we should only hunt what is going to be consumed.


Making use of reusable equipment is not only beneficial for the ecosystem but will also save you money in the long run. Not having to purchase things like batteries or paying for electricity supplied by the mains is great in maintaining the use of appliances and equipment.

Robert Dwayne

Robert Dwayne

To say that I am an outdoors enthusiast is probably an understatement. I am hyper passionate about everything outdoors: hiking, survival, hunting. On this website I am sharing my stories and experiences, and I hope you'll find inspiration to take up your own adventures!