Category: Camping Guides

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.

 

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, outdoor speakers from Outer Audio 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!