Campers' dream: Flashlight/emergency whistle/raver toy

Life+Gear's little 200 Hour GlowStick serves several purposes.

The 200 Hour GlowStick sells for $6 at venues including Home Depot, Target, and the Red Cross Web site. Life+Gear

Given that I'm a city girl about to go camping for the first time in years, I couldn't help but pay attention when information on Life+Gear's 200 Hour GlowStick popped up in my in-box.

The glow-handled LED flashlight offers 200 operational hours on three replaceable AG-13 batteries (first set included). LED flashlights, of course, aren't new , but this one also functions as an emergency flasher and a signaling glow stick. And that's not all campers. The little GlowStick has a built-in high-decibel whistle, just in case you get lost or a bear shows up (wait, are bears repelled by noise or drawn to it? Help, I'm an urban girl!).

The $6 multitasking gadget promises a lifespan of 10,000 hours--probably way more camping than I'll undertake in my lifetime. It floats, is water-resistant, and uses 100 percent recyclable components. And, and as added bonus, it comes in red, blue, green, and orange. You know what that means, don't you? Rave in the woods!

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Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.


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