Category: Camping Guides

Camping Essentials: Cool gadgets for camping in wilderness

Camping in the wilderness might be a little bit more demanding than you thought. It is nothing like your everyday trip to a nearby city, village or park. Be prepared that you are going to need all sorts of different tools and gadgets to help you spending the night in the wilderness.

If this is your first time packing for a camping excursion, then you might want to stick around and get some useful tips.

Survival Kits

This one is one of the most essential things you will need while camping. Apart from a standard First Aid Kit you might want to pack up some other things. Leave nothing to chance and bring all the little tools and gadgets from your survival kit. This includes matches, ropes, scissors, pocket knife, compass and all all the other things you might need while you are out there in wilderness.

Instant Tent

If you are a fan of building a tent then you should do it the traditional way. However, if you don’t think that you can handle a task such as this one, get one of those instant tents that need less than a minute to build up a real tent. Or, if you are lucky enough, you can go camping in your own camper trailer and avoid all the challenging situations.

Solar Battery Charger

It is always good to tell someone that you are going camping and give them the exact location. But if you want to be prudent and not paranoid you should make sure that you are carrying a good power bank with you or a solar battery charger that is good enough to recharge your cell phone battery. Considering all the unfortunate events that could happen, this might be your priority when camping.

Lightsource

Keep in mind that you are probably going to spend a night or two on your camping site. You won’t have problems if you picked a camping site which is filled with people or well arranged. However, if you are camping in the wilderness you would want to have some sort of a headlamp or even get night vision binoculars. If you want to be able to see what surrounds you in the wilderness and feel a bit nervous of the wildlife, then these are the gadgets you might want to acquire.

It might seem that camping is somewhat too complicated and requiring, but if you like nature and you would like to get away from all the hustle and bustle of big cities, then packing won’t be a problem. Think it through, pack all you might need and embark on a journey that will relax your mind and soul.

Choosing the perfect lightweight camping tent

Many people get confused and overwhelmed by the variety of lightweight camping tents that are available today, and rightly so. For an inexperienced camper or hiker, the choices and styles may seem endless. Some walk into an outdoors store to buy a tent only to find themselves amazed at the huge selection of tents that are staring back at them. The first thing to do is decide what you are looking for in a lightweight camping tent.

A lightweight camping tent is generally described as a tent that is about 3 pounds or less. This makes it the ideal lightweight hiking tent to carry on the back while hiking, or to simply carry to your camping spot. There are a few types of tents that are classified within the lightweights of camping tents. These are the Traditional 3-season tent, the Bivy, the Tarp tent and the Hammock tent.

The 3-season tent is the most traditional tent that can be bought. They give a party a lot of coverage and also protection against insects and the elements. They are one of the most popular choices for tents. Their one downside is that they weigh more than a lot of options out there. In addition, if you’re not that inclines to hike long, grueling distances and altitudes, and would rather just go camp and relax in nature’s beauty then it’s a bit easier to choose the best 4-season tent. The Bivy is a type of camping shelter that is not truly classified as a tent. Instead, it is a lightweight, emergency shelter. Many campers and hikers use this if they are alone, and want to carry something that can be used in case of mild weather conditions.

The tarp tent is one that is very light, but may not be suitable for first time campers. Due to its lightweight, the tarp tent is also an ideal lightweight hiking tent. It can be difficult to put together, and may take practice to learn how to pitch it very well. Many experts recommend practicing pitching a tarp tent before the actual camping trip. However, once learned, the tarp tent is one of the lightest tents available. The hammock tent is a great lightweight camping tent option for protection against the elements. No matter if you are caught in the rain or snow, this tent will have you covered.

When buying a tent, there are a few major points to remember. The first is how big you want the tent to be. Many people aim for a size that fits one more than what they plan to use it for. For example, a family of three may be more comfortable in a tent made for four individuals, because of the extra room. Also look for a tent that is weatherproof, so that if
you are caught in the rain, you can stay cozy and dry inside. Another excellent option for a tent is to find one that can be folded up into a backpack. This option is great because it can then be carried as a backpack, freeing up the hands for more important issues, such as hiking.

It is important to do your research before deciding on what tent to buy. Talk to friends and family to see if there is a tent that they have used and would recommend. After that, take the time to examine all of your options – after all, a tent is one of the most important items of a camping trip or a hike.

Our Beginner’s Guide to Selecting and Outfitting a Camping Tent

No camping trip is complete without a camping tent. Purchasing your first camping tent for your next fishing or camping trip, can be a confusing experience, especially if you haven’t ever been camping before. So many novice campers think that they can simply walk into their local outdoor store and purchase the first camping tent they see. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! This helpful camping tent guide will help you figure out which type of camping tent is right for your camping needs!

1. If you think you will be camping throughout the year, you will want to purchase a camping tent that works well in multiple seasons and not a single season tent. Look for a four season tent because these camping tents are built for warmth. They won’t cook you in the summer months but they will certainly help keep the cold out during the winter months! If you do not think that you will be doing much cold-weather-camping, a three-season tent should work just fine. These are typically thinner because they do not need to provide the insulation that a four season tent provides.

2. Look for camping tents that have water-resistant coatings. There are plenty of different methods campers can use to keep moisture off of their tents, but these methods involve carrying extra equipment to a campsite and they rarely provide any moisture resistance to the moisture that accumulates on the ground. If your camping tent is not moisture resistant you will risk mildew taking hold and ruining your tent before you get to use it very often.

3. This is one of the most helpful hints contained in this camping tent guide: Make sure that the set up of your camping tent is within your means. If you are someone who enjoys camping solo, you do not want to purchase a camping tent that is difficult to set up. Likewise, if you are camping with a large group of people, you do not want a camping tent with a setup that is too complicated and that prevents people from working together. Look for something within the range of your skill set. You will be glad for this when you actually get out into the wilderness and do not have to struggle for hours to make sure that your camping tent stays intact.

4. There’s no shame in making the most of your camping experience by adding one or two luxuries, be it a portable shower from Kahuna, great quality outdoor speakers or even a nifty outdoor cooker from CampChef. Many of the well-known tent manufacturers now add extra pockets, poles and storage compartments to their tents specifically for these types of extras. The luxury-items-at-a-campsite thumb rule is; it must never take away from the experience of others, so keep your speakers down to a very low volume or pop it in your backpack and take it to a deserted spot far away from other campers.

5. Make sure your camping tent has adequate ventilation. You want a camping tent that allows air to pass freely through the tent. Many camping tents come with mesh screens that can be put up on the sides to allow the air to flow freely through the camping tent while still keeping out bugs and other creatures. This is especially important during the summer months when the heat will be too much to take if your tent does not have adequate ventilation.

Keep these handy camping tent guide hints in mind when you head to the outdoor store. Don’t let anyone talk you into purchasing a camping tent that you do not want or that is not right for your needs!

Top 7 items to pack when you are going for a Hike

Seeing as we are all outdoor enthusiasts I thought I would touch on the subject of hiking. Who doesn’t love that fresh crisp morning air? It is hard to believe that there are people out there that do not want to climb a mountain early morning to experience natural in all its glory. I suppose this is beneficial to us that do enjoy it as there are less people on our tracks.

While hiking is an amazing past time, it is important to remember that it can be a dangerous one. You can indeed trip and fall or slip or for whatever reason, get stuck on the mountain.

Below are our top 7 items to pack when hiking

1. Water

You would think that this is common sense but there have been cases when people have gone hiking and not taken sufficient water. You should take at least 2l of water with you and then have a backup means of filling an additional bottle. You can easily purchase those collapsible silicone bottles which fold up and can be put in your emergency kit.

2 . Something Warm

 

The temperature on a mountain tends to be quite volatile. While it might seem like a sunny and hot day things can change in an instance. Clouds can pull over or the wind can come up. When nightfall comes the temperature plummets. Be sure to take a warm jacket with. You never know what might happen.

3. Hiking shoes

 

I know this seems like a silly thing to put on the list but people often go hiking in normal trainers. It isn’t an issue to use trainers if you go once in a blue moon but if you plan on hiking religiously then we suggest you invest in hiking boots. Not only have these got better grip for hiking but they are usually waterproof and keep your feet extra warm. If you were to get stranded or stuck on a mountain – you definitely want something that offers more warmth than breathable trainers.

4. Comfortable pants

Although Jeans or denims are durable, they do not make great hiking pants. They definitely protect you against scratches and the sun but they can be hot, make you sweat and cause chaffing. You can pick up decent pants that wont set you back an arm and a leg and that still offer you the same sort of protection but with more comfort.

5. Something to eat

This is NB –  Pack something to keep your energy levels up and your tummy comfortable. Once you reach the top of your route ( or even when you have a mid way break) it is nice to have something to snack on. If you were to get stuck – At least you will have some snacks to keep you going .

6.  A small medical kit

Don’t underestimate the importance of a small medical kit. You can easily clip it onto your belt loop or put it into your backpack. Inside this medical kit should be a something to stabilize a broken limb, something to stop bleeding, gauze, plasters and then something to cut plasters or gauze with. A great item to add is a survival knife as not only can it cut your items but it can be used as added protection against unwanted encounters on the mountain.  Thankfully there is no need for extreme survival gear such as night vision goggles or binoculars.

7.  A comfortable Backpack

Your backpack will carry all the items that you cannot carry in your hands/do not want to. It holds your food, water, jacket and medical kit. This is one of the most important items to your kit as without it you couldn’t carry many things. Your backpack should fit well and should have a waist and chest strap. The chest strap prevents the backpack from slipping off of your shoulders.  

There you have our top 7 items. We sincerely hope this helps! Happy Hiking everyone.