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Good Lights for Inside a Tent?

Q: What is a good light source for inside a tent?
— Samuel, Acworth, Georgia

A: In a pinch, wrap your headlamp’s straps around a full, clear water bottle with the lamp facing toward the bottle. Turn on the headlamp, and the light should diffuse through the water.

For something more versatile and powerful, shop for small lanterns or dual-light flashlights, like the Coast G23 penlight ($30, coastportland.com). The G23 features two lights, including a LED side light.

Take advantage of any loops or mesh pockets inside your tent to set up your lighting. The Black Diamond Volt Lantern ($55, blackdiamondequipment.com) has a small hook so you can easily hang it. Another nice feature on the Volt: It can act as a battery to charge other devices.

The Klymit Everglow Light Tube ($20-$40, klymit.com) is an LED strip inside an inflatable tube. Using its loop, you can attach a carabiner to rig it inside your tent.

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