Something that most people would not even consider a piece of camping equipment is a computer, but to me I wouldn't leave home without it.
A while back I mentioned that the little 13 inch Sony laptop that I carry in the truck will no longer run a lot of modern software's. I think it's about eight years old or so, and I tried to install a software on it and it wouldn't even install so I figured that the little Sony had finally outlived its usefulness.
Since I like having a computer with me at all times, to work on the blog and my pictures, I was left with the decision of having to either take my big heavy 17 inch Asus laptop, whose battery lasts about an hour if I'm lucky. Or buy a new small lightweight laptop to replace the little Sony. This wasn't a complicated decision even for me...I needed a new laptop.
Even though there's a bunch of small laptops to choose from, due to my personal preferences and experiences, I was able to narrow it down pretty quick. I've had great luck with Asus computers, having owned three of their laptops, and the last desktop I built had a lot of Asus parts I put in it. So I knew what brand I was going to get.
The size was just as easy to figure out because it needed to be small, light, have a battery that lasted almost forever, and be able to recharge in the truck. Which my 17 inch Asus can't do. So I ended up with an Asus 13 inch Zenbook which has a lot of bells and whistles, and best of all a battery thats supposed to last for 12 hours.
I've now got almost all of the big things that I need to take a mini vacation. I think the only big thing left is a sleeping bag and everything else is just odds and ends. The surprising thing is with all the stuff I'm getting rid of while I'm here in Denver I'm actually going to have room in the Arctic Fox to put all of the camping gear that I'm rapidly accumulating.