If you are new to camping, there are some things that you need to familiarize yourself with. To make your camping trip safe and enjoyable, you should learn more about the gear that you will need. You can go with a seasoned camper and learn everything from him. But if that isn’t your option, then below you can find some useful tips.
What is the most important gear? First of all, you will need shelter and other gear for comfortable sleep, such as sleeping bags and pads. Other essentials include water, food, cooking utensils and safety gear, such as first-aid-kit, mosquito repellent and other. If you are backpacking, you will need a backpack. For car campers, there’s more possibility of taking a bigger load of gear that could provide more comfort during your camping. For example, you can take a bigger tent with an air mattress for more comfortable nights, a cooler for keeping the food, table and chairs, lantern and other equipment that would not be suitable for a backpacker.
Choosing a tent, make sure that you pick an appropriate one for the type of camping you will be doing. If it’s car camping, then you can choose of the size you want. For a backpacker, the weight of the tent would be one of the most important factors when choosing. Think of how many people you need to accommodate in one tent and find one that will have the appropriate size. The other factor to consider is the weather. Tents are designed for different seasons. So you can find a lightweight summer tent or a 4 season more protected tent that you can use in winter and for mountaineering. The tent protects you against bad weather and unfriendly outdoor pests.
To keep you comfortable during the night in the outdoors, you will also need some type of bedding. Again, depending on the type of camping, the bedding can also differ. Going to your campsite by car, you have more options to make the sleep more comfortable. For instance, while camping you will need something to cushion you from the hard ground and going by car you can take an air mattress, but backpacking you can only take a sleeping pad. However, there are many sleeping pads that will also provide sufficient cushioning and insulation. Some of the good options among sleeping pads are the inflatable models. Whenever you are setting up your bedding, you can have it ready in seconds.
It’s also important to include in your camping gear a good sleeping bag. It should be warm enough for the weather you’ll be camping out in. If backpacking, just like with the rest of the gear, look for the sleeping bag the weight of which you would feel comfortable carrying.
Next thing on the list should be a pack to carry all your gear. For a backpacker, the lighter the bag the better. It should also be roomy enough to fit all your essentials. So depending on if it’s just a weekend trip or a week trip, you might need a bigger or smaller pack. Choosing the bag, check its features. Make sure that is has a quality built design that’s made of durable materials to withstand heavy use.
Additionally, to the four items mentioned above, you will need food and water, as well some utensils to cook in. Also, bring appropriate clothing, a GPS to keep you on the track, chairs and table, portable toilet, fire starter, and other gear that you think is necessary.
Preparing your gear for camping trip, make a checklist. This way you will make sure that no items are forgotten. You can make the list once and use it later every time you go camping.
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