Storing Camping Gear

Camping and hiking are very rewarding activities that necessitate having a lot of belongings that can take up entire garages. An avid hiker or camper has tons of gear and is ready for the next adventure at the drop of a hat. But since most people use these activities as hobbies and not as their jobs, it is important to have a place to keep all their gear ready to go, but not taking up the mini vans spot in the garage. A portable storage container is a great place to keep ones equipment so that it is out of the way and safe from theft or loss while the hiking enthusiast is at work. When the opportunity arises that this backpacker is able to take a few days and go on an adventure they can just grab their gear out of this storage system and run with it free in the wilderness for a few days of getting away from the grind.

Depending on the type of out doors activities a person enjoys the equipment can be anywhere from tents, to portable grills to kayaks. These pieces of equipment can be worth a lot of money and if damaged can be very upsetting. Keeping all this valuable equipment in some sort of moving storage container can reduce the risk of all kinds of unforeseen damage. It is important for the gear to stay safe and out of the way so that when the time does come to go camping, the outdoorsman doesn’t have to run to the store to buy a new tent but rather has everything safely in one place ready to be used. The annoyance of having to repurchase these expensive and useful pieces of equipment can be great and so best to store as safely as possible to avoid any damage.

Decided To Go Camping

You’re a real man and all you need is a sleeping bag and a tent. Choosing a tent for camping is the first task for any camper. What type of weather conditions are you going to experience? Always be prepared for the worst, rain, wind, and cold. There are several size and shapes of tents available. Four season tents which will stand a lot of wind, rain and snow are much heavier than three season tents. They tend to have more poles than three season tents to help them withstand the weather. A three season tent should be sufficient for most campers. The style of tent you want may depend on how much backpacking you’re going to do and where. If you’re a pack backer you know to keep your load as light as possible. A tarp tent may be the one for you, or if you’re camping in summer a lightweight warm weather tent may sufficient. If you’re the type of camper who likes to “rough it” at a drive up base camp area then the weight of a tent will not be an issue for you. You will probably be more concerned with how many people will be sharing your tent. A two man tent will most likely be uncomfortable for two large adults and all their gear. Camping experts say that you should have at least 30 to 35 (Approx 4’x 8’) square feet of floor space per person. If you’re traveling with young children you definitely want to look into a larger model of tent. You’ll want a large area inside your tent, especially as you may experience some bad weather and have the children inside the tent for long periods of time. It would be nice if they had an area to play. Your first camping gear does not have to be expensive. It is more important that it is durable and keeps you protected from all weather conditions. Bring a piece of ground cloth with you, a piece of plastic that goes under your tent. Tuck the edges neatly underneath the tent. The first thing you must consider when choosing the tent is the size the number of campers your tent is going to house. Before you spend your hard earned money on a tent go to your neighborhood camping store where you can actually see the tents set up. Walk around in it. Lie in it. Stand up straight in it. Make sure that the tent you choose will meet all your camping requirements before you get to your campsite. How much effort you put into adequately planning your camping trip will determine how successful your trip will be. Though some of these tasks may seem unnecessary, the more you plan, the more fun you will have.

Choosing a tent and sleeping bag for camping is the first task for any camper. What type of weather conditions are you going to experience? Always be prepared for the worst, rain, wind, and cold. There are several size and shapes of tents and sleeping bags available. Making the correct choice is always the main concern.

Sleeping Bag Or Making A Bedroll

Choosing a sleeping bag or making a bedroll (swag) is really the main question when you start to putting a camping trip together. Abundance of campers started and continues with a bedroll. You can make your own bedroll by taking sheets and blankets and making up a bed just like home. Add more blankets or a comforter for cooler weather. It will be best if you have some sort of mattress to make your bedroll on, like a Coleman air mattress. If you choose to go the sleeping bag, choosing the right bag is next in significance after your tent. Like your tent, your sleeping bag can be one of many types depending mostly on individual preferences and outside temperature. The shape, spaciousness and fabric feel should be tried just as you would try out a new mattress at home. Sometimes the weather will be warm and dry, so you might not even need a sleeping bag, just a light cover as you would at home. Other times, the cool night air will require a warmer bag. Unless you are backpacking where weight is the main factor, you can choose whatever shape you like. Most manufacturers offer two basic shapes, rectangular and mummy. The most common sleeping bag is the rectangular style. It is roomy and comfortable inside, and can be opened and used as a comforter on warm nights. Many rectangular bags can be opened and zipped together to make a double size sleeping bag. The mummy style sleeping bag is meant to wrap tightly around your body, so it will provide maximum warmth while using less material. If you will be camping in cold weather, say 40 degrees and below, you might want to consider the mummy sleeping bag. This efficiency will also keep the bag’s weight to a minimum, making this style the best choice if you will be backpacking. Not everyone likes the confines of the mummy sleeping bag, so you might want to try one before buying. There are several variations of the mummy sleeping bag, such as the “barrel” shape, which is a mummy with extra space in the middle. This is a good choice if you want a mummy’s warmth but need a little space for comfort. All styles of bags can be purchased in three lengths, junior, standard and extra long. The juniors are for small children. I suggest that you think about the standard length for children, because they grow so fast they may outgrow a junior size soon. The extra long size is usually advertised for those over six feet. However, the extra length might be treasured by shorter campers. It just depends on what makes you most comfortable. Temperature ratings are often advertised by manufacturers – 0 degrees, 20 degrees, 40 degrees, etc. Consider these as guidelines only. You may sleep warmer or cooler than someone else. These guidelines seem to assume that you will be wearing warm clothing too. You can probably use any bag rated for summer temperatures as you start out, since you will most likely be camping during the warmer months.

Making a choice of a sleeping bag or a bedroll is really the main question when you start to putting a camping trip together. Abundance of campers started and continues with a bedroll. You can make your own bedroll by taking sheets and blankets and making up a bed just like home. A air mattress is a great addition to the bedroll.

Camping the World

There are hundreds of campsites around the U.S. and Canada, and around Europe, Australia and many other parts of the globe. Whether you like desert areas, evergreen trees, lakes and mountains, or even swampland, there’s a campsite to match your taste. You can camp out in the hot sands of Arizona or Nevada. You can head for lush, green New Hampshire or Idaho and you can head south to the Ozarks. If you’ve seen much of the U.S. and want to expand your horizons, there are just as many campsites in Canada. Though desert and swampland will be harder to find, there is just as much or more of mountains, lakes and forests. In the west there are dry areas, similar to Eastern Washington, which offer wineries for a nice break along your trip. Farther north there’s the frozen tundra similar to the type that gives much of Alaska its stark beauty. To the east there are the amazing lands of Ontario and Quebec, where the lakes and forests rival anything to be found in Vermont or Maine. The Rocky Mountain chain in British Columbia is even larger and more impressive than it is in Colorado. The Rocky Mountains is the skiera paradise, with slopes lining a majority of the mountains. Not only is skiing greatly accessible, but if your a hiker their are trails that could entertain the average hiker for days. You may want to search even farther out by heading off to Europe. Areas of Siberia are much like Alaska, only larger than even that huge state. The Black Forest extends larger than some states and the variety of trees and wildlife is second to none anywhere. The Altay Mountains offer kayaking, horseback riding, climbing and a dozen other activities. The similarities to the U.S. allow you to apply your U.S. camping knowledge, while the differences will excite all your senses with the thrill of the new. You could head south to Greece where you’ll find sunny beaches and glorious stark, rocky hills overlooking stunning blue water. Or you can head inland 20 km and explore some of the area away from the coast. Greece is especially popular with younger campers, so you’re sure to strike up a friendship. Portugal has its own share of sunny beach campgrounds, too. Or you can take off for the mountains where the locals have been accommodating campers for generations. You can find everything from little more than bare ground to fully equipped campsites with showers, restaurants and sports activities. The Black Forest of Germany in Baden-Warttemberg is one of the world’s most renowned camping areas on the planet and for good reason. With one of the world’s largest lakes you won’t lack for entertainment near the water. Brush up on a few words of German, though. Most of the tourism is from Germany and Switzerland and you may find communication a challenge. The UK has a hundred options in a half-dozen countries. Swansea in Wales is near the sea, while Gwynedd in the far north has spectacular blue-green mountains. Scotland has two-dozen major areas, around the coast with views of wild seas of Orkney or high in the Highland mountains. Anywhere you want to go and any type of atmosphere you want to enjoy is available. Let the world be your oyster. Pick a pearl.

Tents come in all shapes today.

I have been camping for over 45 years. I have enjoyed this country from Washington to Florida and from Wisconsin to Arizona. I have found that having the right equipment for different areas is so vitally important. I started out with a canvas pup tent with tie straps. I grew up with our family camping in a very large and very heavy canvas tent. These were wonderful experiences. But now they look like prehistoric adventures compared to today’s products. All of these tent products that I’m are referring to in this article are designed to be easy to set up. Thanks to the unique design features they all possess. Today’s tents are extremely durable and so light-weight unlike the heavy canvas tents we used so long ago. With all of the features offered today, I’m sure that everyone can find just the right tent for their camping needs. These tents range from ones to fit your truck or your motorcycle. They can be perfect for over night or long term camping adventures.

Camping tents are offered by quality manufacturers like Coleman and Paha Que. Because of so many different camping needs, they strive to offer a wide variety of tent products. They make full-size multi-room wall tents, screen tents, even small, very portable tents, and shade tents. Also offered are the accessories to go with these tents, such as, custom footprints to extend the life of your tent’s floor, and rainflys. They now offer custom truck tents that fit all size SUV’s and your favorite pick up truck.

All of these tents are made with quality materials to insure a durable product which will enhance your camping experience for many years to come. Many of the tents that we are speaking about offer special features, such as, multiple windows, built in awnings and rainflys, adjustable and removable mesh “gear lofts” and multiple rooms. So, check out the fine selection available at terrific prices.

I have been enjoying camping and the outdoors for 45 years. I have camped from Florida to Washington and from Arizona to Wisconsin and across the Rocky Mountain states. I grew up in a camping family in Wisconsin. We learned to camp and adapt to very rustic and primitive conditions. In doing so, I learned a lot about the outdoors and camping over the years. I have passed that along to my family. That is what led us to move to Colorado, the sportsman’s paradise. We love the outdoors and hope that we can enhance your outdoors adventures where you live through our line of products.

What is ultralight hiking? Why should I hike light?

The answer most ultralight hikers would give is: It’s more fun. Lightweight backpackers typically say they feel free, close to nature, and enjoy not having the burden of a heavy pack.

Lightweight hiking typically is not “fast packing” or covering as many miles as possible. It’s about hiking at the pace you like and enjoying it a lot more. The simplicity of ultralight hiking allows you to spend more time on the trail seeing more of the beauties of nature. And the lighter weight means you end even high mileage days feeling stronger and more refreshed. Lighter packing weights leave your feet and legs with far less soreness and fatigue.

Many people are forced into lighter packs by age or injury, but more and more young backpackers are discovering the common sense freedom of lighter packs. Long distance hikers often start out with their old heavy packs, but are quickly converted to the joys of lightweight hiking after the first few days on the trail. Weekend hikers can recover from heavy loads, but thru hikers need to make better plans.

Weekend hikers might as well learn from the experience of others. It makes sense that you’ll have more fun on any hike when you’re carrying less. Think of the freedom you feel with a day pack. Then think of the weight you usually carry when hiking and camping for one night or longer. Wouldn’t you like to be close to that day hike weight when you’re on extended hikes?

All backpackers are concerned about comfort, safety, and cost of equipment. That doesn’t have to keep them from hiking lighter. Switching to a lighter piece of gear might seem like a tradeoff in comfort, but most changes are easy to make and don’t require giving up any comfort at all. For instance, you may be carrying a pocket knife that weighs half a kilo. A simple kilo doesn’t seem like a killer on your back, and by itself it’s not. But chances are you’re not using that knife for any really heavy tasks, so why not carry a quality knife that weighs less than one hundred grams?

With one tiny change you’re lighter with no loss in comfort, and you’re carrying less volume. And if you can reduce volume as well as weight, it helps in your final efforts to work your way down to the lightest comfortable pack for you. A smaller, frameless pack is more convenient to bring inside your tent. And a small pack makes it easier to find any item you’re looking for.

You don’t need to compromise safety to pack light. One of the first things you’ll notice with a light pack is you’re more agile. You’re less apt to roll and ankle or get off balance and fall. You can hike quickly to more protected areas if there’s threatening weather.

Some lightweight items actually cost less than their heavier counterparts. Your pack can be less expensive because it’s the smaller version of a series. Things like your knife, compass, flashlight, and stove can be smaller, cheaper, but full-functioning versions. Much of your weight savings is just planning what to leave home. A good example is your cook kit. You may be using only the kettle to heat water for your meals, so there’s no need to take the frying pan and dish. You’ve cut your weight by more than half by just leaving it home.

This all leads to planning which is at the core of lightweight backpacking. It might seem tedious to those who don’t like to make lists or get technical with details. But most of the changes you’ll make are things that you’ll only have to do once. From that time forward, you’ll enjoy the benefits of every little change. Even the box you store your gear in at home will be smaller and simpler.

Planning helps you avoid last-minute packing, too. Often those last few things you grab before you leave home, like unnecessary clothing, add extra kilos to your pack.

There will be some expense to make these changes, but you’ll enjoy the advantages forever. For some, there can be an actual savings because the first thing you should do is quit buying and carrying “cool” things you don’t really need. It’s easy to walk through a backpacking store and grab items that will have you carrying a 10 kilo pack. Resist the urge! No more impulse buying.

Most backpackers carry extra weight because they use gear that manufacturers make “bombproof.” That may sound good, because it sounds safer. But those heavy materials are usually there because the companies don’t ever want to see returns, even from hikers who are ridiculously hard on their gear. So it’s easier to make the gear from heavy materials that can never break. And some of those heavier materials are cheaper because they’re more common.

All lightweight backpackers will tell you the greatest savings can be made on your three heaviest items — your pack, tent, and sleeping bag. You often hear those who hike light talk about their “system” They use that term because it all has to work together. You can’t pack a lot of bulk into a small pack. So you’ll get the most benefit when you reduce the tent and sleeping bag weight and volume when you choose your new pack. When you choose the pack, don’t buy one that’s too big in volume. You’ll feel the need to fill it. Instead, keep feeling the need to reduce weight and volume.

Packs are an item on which individual backpackers have a wide variety of needs and likes. Try to find the light ones that have the features you want. After ordering your pack, fill it with gear and walk around to see if you have the right fit. There are packs that weigh from one to two kilo. For the lightest backpackers, you can even have a pack that’s less than a kilo.

Most hikers carry a sleeping bag that’s overkill for summer use. Since they’ve purchased for the worst possible conditions, they carry too much weight for long hikes and end up roasting in their bags on most nights. You can have a sleeping bag that is comfortable to 35 degrees and weighs only one kilo or one that’s good to 20 degrees and is just one kilo. Down sleeping bags are the lightest and can be compressed better than synthetic bags. Don’t avoid down bags because you’ve heard they don’t function when wet. All bags are miserable when wet. Just increase your expertise in keeping the bag dry. Quality down bags have extremely tight weaves that are very resistant to moisture.

There are a wide variety of tents and tarps that can reduce your shelter weight to one to two kilos. At less than 2 kilo you can have full bug and rain protection. So, your pack, tent, and sleeping bag can weigh 4 to 5 kilos. Add an ultralight stove, lightweight rain gear, and a light sleeping pad and the total weight of 6 of your most important items is still less than your old 7-kilo pack! That should be enough incentive to inspire any backpacker.

Since you lift your feet with every step, wearing lightweight running shoes can save more energy than any other item. Experiment with a pair that fit your arch well and give you good support. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need a pair of boots because you’re hiking. Lighter loads reduce your chances of severe ankle sprains. An ankle sprain in boots can give you a high ankle sprain that’s worse than a sprain in running shoes. In warm weather, you don’t need waterproof shoes. Regular running shoes breathe best and dry out quickly after stream crossings. In wet areas and cool seasons, you may want a pair of lightweight hiking shoes (not boots) that are waterproof.

Calculate the weight of your clothing, too. It’s part of what you’re carrying. Synthetic clothing is lighter and since it dries faster, it’s safer.

Water is vital when you’re hiking, but you can stay well hydrated and carry less weight by just reading your map carefully and knowing where the next water is located.

Start lightening your load by spreading the contents of your pack in front of you. Take a pad and pencil and start taking notes. What’s too heavy? What’s overkill for summer use? What can be left home? Look at the small items, too. Where can you make the quickest, easiest changes? Where can you make the quickest, inexpensive changes? You can make a big difference when you save weight on lots of small pieces of gear. Consider buying an inexpensive digital scale that weighs in 1/10 of kilo increments. Seeing the actual numbers will be an eye opener. If you’re carrying 30 kilo or more, you can cut your carrying weight by more than half! And you can do it in total comfort. That will make every outdoor adventure more fun.

Hiking light can get you back to the essence of backpacking �” light, carefree outdoor travel.

Find Better Prices on Camping Equipment

Buy Camping Gear and Equipment Through Lesser known Online Stores at Cheaper Prices Coping with all of life’s stresses like a full time job, managing the family budget and surviving traffic can get a little overwhelming. Throw in a family camping trip and you’re really in trouble, especially if you don’t have any equipment and need to buy all your camping gear. Instead of a stressful shopping trip buy your gear and equipment over the Internet.

You will find that there are much cheaper discounts and sales on all types of camping supplies online with smaller websites that have no overhead retail costs as well as no middle man to pay. This means savings to you, the consumer Get everything you need for your camping adventure while sitting at your computer sipping on your favorite beverage.

There are many camping stores online with a great selection of gear and camping equipment and everything is right at your fingertips. First and foremost make a camping checklist to prepare you before you begin shopping. Make a list of categories like cooking, meals, sleeping, housing, clothing and camp tools. Also on your list you should have backpacks, tent, sleeping bags and other camping stuff you think you’ll really need. A lot of the big outlets don’t offer one on one customer service but you can compare prices of camping gear easily enough. They can keep you waiting for a reply to your questions and deter you from even trying to buy your camping gear online.

Try some of the smaller not so well known sites and check out their “about us” page to see if they offer a friendly one on one correspondence. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find.