Afraid of the dark? Us, too! But don’t let that keep you from enjoying the outdoors! Pack one of these top-rated camping lanterns for your next trip to brighten up your temporary home away from home.
UCO Rhody Hang-Out Camping Lantern
We really love this light’s versatility! Choose from three options: pump out 130 lumens to light up the entire campsite, fine-tune the output with its infinity adjustment knob for inside your tent, or set the mood with the cool blue light option.
With the magnetic lanyard on the base, you can easily hang this light from a tree or branch for a broader, more diffused scope. It runs for up to 15 hours on high, and is USB-rechargeable, so you’ll never end up stuck in the dark.
BioLite Sunlight Solar-Powered Lantern
BioLite’s SunLight is lightweight, packable, and solar-powered, making it ideal for backpackers on longer journeys. It fits in the palm of your hand, can run for up to 50 hours with just 7 hours of sun (or 3 hours of USB charging), and has a clip for convenient hanging.
We use white in the tent or when winding down, but love to liven things up with Party Mode, which cycles through red, green, and blue LEDs!
Luminoodle LED Light Rope
The Luminoodle is exactly what it sounds like — a rope of LED lights that can be hung literally anywhere. It comes with universal ties so you can string it up around your campsite, in your tent, or even in your camper van.Or you can bunch it up in the included bag to create a handy lantern. Heck, you could even wrap yourself up in lights for your company’s Christmas party!
Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern
Be careful not to attract large crowds with the Lighthouse, because its 400 lumens might as well be a spotlight! This option from Goal Zero is rechargeable via a USB cord or a built-in hand crank, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of batteries. It can also charge out, so you’ll never be without your phone or bluetooth speaker. If 400 lumens are too bright for your needs, the Lighthouse is available in five other options with a variety of sizes and output levels. But for those who have trouble with darkness, this lantern will help you find your way home after a late-night trip to the outhouse.
Streamlight Siege Compact Lantern
“Mighty” is the best way to describe this little lantern. With a tough thermoplastic construction, plus a rubber base and top, it’s just begging to be dropped! There are four LEDs — three white and one red — each with multiple settings for the utmost adjustability, depending how much you want to light up your surroundings. Did we mention that it floats? Yeah, you can even take it with you next time you’re out skinny-dipping in a nearly frozen alpine lake.
MPOWERD Luci 2.0 Inflatable Solar Light
Looking for the most compressible lantern we’ve ever seen? The Luci collapses so small (down to 1 inch) that it may take a while to find in your bag! For most people, that’s a huge plus, as size and weight are important when you’re trying to save space in your backpacking bag.It’s also waterproof and solar-powered, so you can recharge it even when you’re off the grid!