Daily life can be too much of a hustle and bustle, so it may be time to get away as soon as you can. Many people choose to go camping. Taking some time away from the stresses of civilization can help you feel rejuvenated. It is important to make sure you have the outdoor camping gear you need for your trip, which you can learn more about by reading below.
The one thing everyone always thinks about when it comes to camping is the tent. Many people only think of the regular A-frame tent, but there are many other types. Before choosing a tent, consider how many people will be on your trip, such as family or friends, where the trip will be, and the type of climate it will be in.
There are tunnel tents, which are made to withstand vigorous winds. Dome tents can provide a lot of room and even separators to create separate rooms and porches, making them ideal for large group camping trips. For areas prone to snow and rain, you may want to think about getting a hoop tent since the shape allows the rain and snow to slide right off. Tent materials vary, but some of the most common include durable but heavy canvas, sun-resistant polyester, and light nylon for calmer climates.
Backpacks are another important part of the trip because everyone needs to have something durable with many pockets to carry their personal necessities in that they can comfortably carry on their backs. Make sure to get properly fitted for a backpack at a retailer that sells them. Depending on where you are camping, try looking into backpacks with heavier linings, extra padding, paneling, ventilation, and even waterproof materials to keep your items safe and dry. Also, consider how much you need to carry so that you get a backpack to hold the right amount/weight.
There are all kinds of strap styles on these bags to help you find the one that works best for you. You can get the standard double straps like those of a school backpack. Some include extra harness straps so that they secure and distribute the weight of your items on your back properly. If you don’t plan to carry much, there are also single straps that go across the body. Hydration packs are special backpacks that are made to access liquids like water quickly by having an area open for valves and a drinking tube. There are even large duffel bags with extra space and many handles that can transform into standard outdoor backpacks with two straps.
There are many items that you should carry in these bags. Flashlights are very important, especially in areas known to get dark, and LED flashlights have the brightest lights. The solar-powered ones make it so that you don’t have to carry extra batteries and a charger. Basic hunting knives or multi-tools are good to have should you need to hunt or cut items like rope or twigs quickly.
Don’t forget proper clothing. For warmer climates, shorts, light shirts, hats, proper hiking boots, and the like are recommended. You should also have sunscreen and sunglasses for these climates. If the climate is cold, go for many layers and pieces like thick sweaters, heavily lined and waterproof coats with hoods, insulated snow boots, earmuffs, scarves, thick pants, etc.
Furniture can also be a camping necessity. Sleeping bags are crucial for sleeping outdoors. You may need one with extra padding, or that is insulated depending on where you will be. Airbeds and serac camping hammock are other options. Foldable furniture like tables and chairs are ideal for larger camping trips or where the campground is man-made.
Water and food are essential. For short trips in cooler areas, a few water bottles that keep the water cold in your backpack should be enough. For longer trips or trips with groups in warmer areas, it may be wise to bring along a cooler full of ice and water bottles. Depending on the conditions in the area you are camping in, you may need to carry a filtration or purification system, too. As for food, it may be a good idea to bring dehydrated food if you don’t plan to hunt or fish. If you do plan to hunt or fish, then you will need the proper licensing and equipment like hunting rifles and fishing poles.
Cooking gear is also a good idea. If you plan to build a fire, you should bring along some packs of regular matches or fire starters. If you don’t plan to build a fire from scratch, portable fire pits may be wise investments. Cookware like camp grills, pans, pots, and the like are also great for cooking outdoors.
As you can see, there are many things to consider for your outdoor camping trip. It is important to think about the various aspects of your trip. The items above are a good starting place for preparing the trip you always wanted.