Anybody who has arrived to the campsite after dark knows the value of good camping lights. Whether it’s a lantern, flashlight, headlamp, ATV headlights or just the campfire, having light to get your camp setup makes things so much easier.
The old trusty mantle lantern is what I remember lighting the campsite when I was a kid and many still use them today. Many modern camping lanterns are now battery powered LED lanterns. These LED lanterns are smaller, lighter in weight and tend to be more reliable than the mantle lanterns. All they require is batteries and the LEDs last for years.
The old liquid fuel mantle lanterns required you to have extra fuel and mantles. The pump required routine maintenance as well. The mantle lanterns also provide heat in your tent for those cold nights. Modern mantle lanterns are available in three varieties; propane, kerosene, and liquid fuel.
A good flashlight is handy and convenient when you are looking for something and many have adjustable beams for when you require more direct light for like working on your ATV or looking for something you dropped. Many flashlights also use LEDs for longer battery life and reliability. Available in many sizes and shapes the flashlight has been a dependable source of camping light for years.
A headlamp is my favorite as your hands are free to setup your tent, work on your ATV or whatever. Where ever you turn your head you have light, how great is that. Most are lightweight so they are like wearing a hat. The only problem I have with them is when I’m sitting around the campfire relaxing I forget I have the light on and just waste the batteries.
Glow sticks offer a good alternative to lighting your campsite. The light produced by a glow stick serves many purposes from emergency lighting to providing a soft night light for your kids in the tent. Glow sticks come in several colors, easy to use, require no batteries or fuel and make a great addition to your ATV camping gear and survival kit.