It’s been a long time since I’ve been camping, but if I ever went in such a manner as to need getup like this, I’d be phone only—my husband would likely bring an iPad. And a MacBook. I’m seriously not sure if he could tolerate separation from them for longer than a day or so.
I take a gerber micro, AA flashlight + extra set of batteries, and a lighter. I have a MSR Miniworks EX, but usually just take tablets for water unless I’ve got others with me. I don’t mind the taste - new campers get to use the filter if they’ll carry it. Used to take a compact ruggedized digital camera (pentax WG1, but it died last year, yet to have replaced, suggestions?). Usually have a lightweight backpacking stove with a fresh canister of fuel. A good whistle, compass (I use a Silva Ranger), and area map on waterproof paper. Usually take a pencil and a rite in the rain notebook. Small personal first aid and trauma kit, I’ve added a SAM splint and a CAT tourniquet in recent years. The phone, eh, it’s too fragile and usually doesn’t get signal in places I want to visit - and though it takes great pictures, I’d rather not break a $1000 device in the woods. Though I’ve contemplated buying a cheap flip phone for emergencies, or a spot locator if something goes horribly wrong.
My phone, my tablet, my laptop, full entertainment system
One of the last times we went camping we stayed in a campground were almost every table had a 65" + widescreen set up to watch the Alabama game… kind of ruins the mood. Normally we backpack and now I remember why,
Camping like most things is what you make of it! I bring a phone for emergencies, as well as internet access. My tablet for reading stories and its GPS and topographic maps, my laptop for writing since some of my best work is done out in the wilderness!