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Do you love the convenience of modern technology but also enjoy the solitude found in the Great Outdoors?  Does your idea of ‘roughing it’ differ than your family and friends?  If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, you very well fall into a category of modern day campers, hikers, and explorers that are online and connected throughout the course of their journeys.

Thanks to a handful of incredible inventors, you can take technology with you while you sleep under the stars.  Best of all, you can document your experience similar to the way you prefer to journal at home-digitally.  Charging your mobile devices has never been easier than it is today.  Let’s take a look at few of the must-have inventions on any digital journal keeper’s outdoor wish list.

A Tent with Solar Power

Today’s camper can enjoy fresh air and document their discoveries as they explore the wilderness thanks to the partnership between Eddie Bauer and Goal Zero.  The new Katabatic 2 tent is solar panel-friendly and one invention wilderness techies will absolutely love.

Wired to charge Goal Zero’s Sherpa 50 battery pack or the larger Yeti Solar Generator, the tent can easily keep you connected in every way imaginable while you sleep underneath the stars.  If you’re the type of person who can’t stand the idea of going without talking to your family and friends, listening to music, and updating your digital journal, your shelter can do double duty by protecting you from the elements and providing you with the power you need to say sane.

The Katabatic tent comes with a hefty price tag.  It’s $600 alone.  The Sherpa 50 battery pack will set you back another $200.  Then, there’s the price of the solar panel.  If you’re ready to spend a grand or more on a tent, rest assured that the 50Wh battery on the Sherpa will keep your electronics fully charged.  The tent is reported to hit the market in Spring 2014.

A Cell Phone Charger and Bright Lantern in One

The Waka Waka Power is more than just a funny name.  It’s a light and battery backup that is powered by the sun.  The invention raised an incredible $500,000 on Kickstarter and offers its users a way to see in the dark and charge nearly every model of smartphone and many tablets on the market.

The thin device has been compared to a small Moleskine notebook.  It’s compact and durable making it the perfect item to throw in your backpack as you head into the woods.  It full charges after 8 hours in the sun but does include a micro-USB which allows you to charge the device in a lot less time.  If you don’t have time to wait for the sun to work its magic, this might very well be the invention’s saving grace.

Imagine being in your tent recording exactly what you’re experiencing at that moment.  You don’t have to worry about draining your cell phone battery as you type away contently in your digital journal.  You can describe the smell of the campfire, the sound of the wood crackling, and even what it feels like to be so far from home yet closer than your ancestors have every been thanks to modern inventions.

The lantern portion of the Waka Waka Power when fully charged provides up to 100 hours of light on low power, 40 hours on medium, and 20 hours on high.  For added security, a SOS mode exists.  It is enabled by pushing down the button for a few seconds.  If you run into trouble while camping, it could save your life.

You don’t have to rely on traditional journaling to get you through your next camping trip.  Thanks to some ingenious thinking, inventors have brought the best of both worlds to yours.  You get the beauty and serenity of Mother Nature and the safety, security, and comfort of modern technology.  Now go out there and write your story in bold detail.  After all, you only live once but digital journaling allows you to experience life over and over again.

Edward Lakatis runs and writes for Idea Design Studio, an invention development and marketing company. He is passionate about all things related to invention, and helping other inventor’s realize their products potentials. More of Edward’s writing can be found on http://ideadesignstudio.com/.