Headlamps for camping, walking the dog, or reading under the covers

Use them for any after-dark adventure.

woman staring into sky with headlamp
Watch where you're going.Vincent Guth via Unsplash

These handy lights strap-on across your forehead, meaning you won’t need to struggle to hold a flashlight, which is key for if you're walking a few dogs or peeing in the woods. Savvy travelers know that they’re ideal for camping trips, long bike rides, or any adventure that lasts past sunset (even if the adventure is just finding something in your dark basement). The best headlamps illuminate brightly with long-lasting battery life. Here are a few favorites.

Foxelli Headlamp Flashlight
A waterproof light for any occasion.Amazon

The Foxelli headlamp is lightweight and comfortable. At its maximum brightness of 165 lumens, you’ll be able to see up to 50 meters, though it also has other brightness modes, including a red light mode to avoid disturbing others. It’s waterproof up to a point (it can withstand splashing or spraying water, but don’t submerge it completely), and with batteries, weighs just 3.2 ounces, meaning it won’t weigh you down on a late-night run. Three AAA batteries come included and provide up to 45 hours of run time. The light pivots up to 45 degrees.

Ikama 6000 Lumen LED Headlight
Adjust to fit your head. Amazon

Having three separate light bulbs on this heavy-duty headlamp means you can really choose the mode you need, from a focused beam to a wide, diffuse light to an emergency strobe. The light head swivels 90 degrees and shines in any direction. It’s waterproof and recharges quickly via USB. It can provide up to eight hours of bright light.

GearLight LED Headlamp
Basic, but quality.Amazon

This headlamp will give you up to 45 hours of runtime on the low-light setting. At three ounces, it’s comfortable to wear and great for runners and hikers. It’s weather- and shock-resistant, with a 45-degree pivoting head, and comes in a budget-friendly set of two. Keep one in your tool shed and one in your backpack, or bring a backup pair on your next hike to lend to a friend.