At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

Like the sun, outdoor lantern lighting should come from above. 

A Better Way to Brighten Your Campsite

Picture a campsite, illuminated by a campfire, and a family of four trying to play Crazy 8’s. But the sun has set, and their tabletop outdoor lantern just can’t push light up and over the cards. So they go to bed early, even though it was the first time Timmy has ever been in the lead. With the telescoping lantern from UCO, Timmy can claim his well-deserved victory.

It begs the question: why do we set our lanterns on tables instead of hanging them from trees? For too long, we’ve been casting shadows across our campsites, and not wondering if there might be a better way! UCO Gear said “No more! Let the light shine above us!” And so, the telescoping Stika Lantern was created.

UCO Gear Sitka Lantern

When we caught up with Craig from Industrial Revolution (UCO’s manufacturer), we learned a little more about an exciting new outdoor lantern.

outdoor lantern

Some of the coolest aspects of the Sitka lantern are its USB charge in/charge out ports, its 500 lumens (when extended), and, my personal favorite, the Northern Lights mode, which will set the mood for any campsite. The bottom portion of the outdoor lantern is magnetic and detaches to make it easier than ever to hang from trees.

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We also loved their line of candle burning lanterns, which burn for 9 hours on one candle. Plus, we think they’re the quintessential item for your campground experience.

hanging outdoor lantern

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  • Megan Walsh

    Megan Walsh

    Megan dreams of one day being a professional recreationalist, and welcomes any and all tips on how to get there. When she isn’t climbing, skiing, or enjoying shavasana, she’s drinking coffee and furiously typing away at her computer––or watching Netflix. Her work has been featured in Climbing Magazine, Utah Adventure Journal, and on Moja Gear.