5 useful campsite problem-solvers

Make your time outside easy and comfortable with these picks

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1. Radiate Portable Campfire ($28)

"That's right, they put an entire campfire in a small tin can that you can carry inside a backpack." The 8-inch-wide can contains a mixture of recycled soy wax and paper briquettes that will burn for three to five hours. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Bodyglide Foot Glide Anti-Blister Balm ($8)

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Before starting a hike — or even after a potential blister starts — apply this nongreasy, plant-derived balm to vulnerable spots. Foot Glide reduces friction, prevents chafing, and nourishes skin with vitamins A and C. Buy it at Amazon.

3. Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink ($30)

Doing dishes outdoors is a challenge, but not with this collapsible sink, whose bulging base and steel stiffening ring keep it upright. Sea to Summit also makes a popular biodegradable soap called Wilderness Wash. Buy it at Amazon.

4. Ultimate Survival Technologies SaberCut Saw ($16)

Great for cutting up branches both in the backyard and on camping trips, this flexible, 24-inch chain saw can chew through wood from almost any angle. The handles are ballistic nylon, and the carbon-steel blade has bidirectional teeth. Buy it at Amazon.

5. Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern ($70)

Charge up this 400-lumen lantern before a weekend outing and you'll have plenty of light, plus extra juice for recharging phones. It can also draw power from a Goal Zero solar panel or the hand crank, which turns one minute of cranking into 10 minutes of light. Buy it at Amazon.

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