When you’re off on a camping trip, most of your entertainment and amusement is built into the experience. You get to hang out with friends and/or family; you get to enjoy the outdoors and take in new sights; you even get some exercise, and challenge yourself to get by with limited supplies and luxuries. Even with all of this to enjoy though, there is some downtime associated with camping. Once … [Read More...]
Everyone has dreamed of having an outdoor adventure. Some would love to visit a Caribbean island, while others would prefer to camp in a European forest. But regardless, whether you are traveling in nature or simply taking the occasional weekend hike for exercise, the following pieces of equipment will enhance the experience.
The wilderness can feel surprisingly hostile at times, especially if your tent is not designed to withstand wind and water. Choosing the right tent ultimately requires thinking about what kind of camping or hiking you’re going to do, and what specific needs you’ll have. But it’s important to go through the process rather than just rely on… some old tent you have in your garage.
The floor can be extremely cold, and irregular, and you don’t want to wake up the next day only to realize you will have to continue your trip (or make your way home) with severe aches and pains. You can prevent this kind of issue by getting a camping mat, an inflatable mattress that will provide additional isolation and cushioning between the ground and your sleeping bag. But rest assured, the tent itself matters most!
Fire Starter Kit
If you don’t have too much experience camping, you may be surprised by how cold the weather can get at night, even in areas where it’s warm during the day. Most inexperienced campers think that keeping warm is as easy as finding some dry wood and leaves and bringing a lighter –– but the reality can be quite different.
An experienced camper knows that a ferro rod fire starter kit is essential, as it will come with everything you need to get the flames going. Basically, every kit should provide you with a ferro rod and a striker, designed to produce sparks even after thousands of tries. Additionally, some kits may come with well-packed wick rope to provide fuel for the initial flame. Trust us: This sort of kit is a lot more reliable than dry leaves and matches.
When we think of an outdoor adventure, we tend to remember the beautiful pictures we have found online. Sadly, many experienced travelers will tell you that the pictures you end up with don’t tend to match up (even if they may have great sentimental value to you!).
This is partly due to the fact that the average traveler today simply doesn’t use high-quality equipment. Many of us have gotten used to using our phones as our primary cameras, and for day-to-day use that’s just fine. By contrast though, DSLR cameras still offer a range of perks (not to mention general picture-taking quality) that outdoor adventurers might appreciate. They allow travelers to use powerful lenses and sensors that take images of incredible quality. The most advanced models also provide digital enhancements that will allow anyone to take professional-looking pictures much more like those stunning travel photos you find online.
Even experienced hikers and campers can underestimate how easy it is to get lost. It doesn’t take much to get caught up in the experience and lose your way. And in these types of situations, it’s always important to have basic survival equipment on hand. But that doesn’t just mean provisions, the fire starter kit, and other ways to keep warm. It also means a good offline GPS that can help you get out of trouble in a pinch.
Modern devices in this category are highly capable, but their features may change depending on price and model. You may not need every single perk, but make sure your GPS can use maps you find online without actually being connected. It’s also important to be able to use its geolocation features offline, and send S.O.S. signals through a satellite if necessary.
Taking a trip into the wilderness can be a life-changing (and really life-affirming) experience. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert though, having the right equipment is an extremely important part of the experience. The examples above will help you to stay safe, stay warm, and make memories you’ll always cherish.