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From Kinetic Flashlights to Backpack Canoes

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: Aug 8, 2009   Updated: Apr 14 2011
Camping is a year-round activity, but it's an activity that's certainly more comfortable during warmer months.

These innovative camping must-haves include kinetic flashlights, hybrid kayak shelters, inflatable canoes, and outdoor cooking gadgets.

Implications - The economic recession and subsequent credit crunch caused many consumers to eschew lavish international family vacations in favor of staycations and camping trips in places closer to home. Savvy designers responded by creating innovative camping products to help make inexperienced campers' experiences more comfortable. Companies can take advantage of this growing opportunity by infusing nostalgic elements of camping -- such as rafts, tents, hiking gear and campfires -- into consumer products, ad campaigns and publicity stunts.