Whether you’re going on a trek halfway around the world, or your own backyard, here is a basic guide to help you get all your gear in order. Camping is great fun, exploring the outdoors with friends and family, is always a memorable experience. Getting the right gear, however, can really make or break or break your trip. Having bad equipment, like walking boots that rub or a tent that isn’t suited to the climate, can potentially damage you, or be a huge inconvenience on your trip.
The Right Boots
If your camping, chances are you’re going to be doing a bit of walking too. Finding the right boots, is probably the most important thing for your trip. If your going on a vacation, or won’t be doing much walking, trainers might be fine for you. If you are planning to blaze some trials and really cover some ground, you have to find the right boots that fit you.
Getting something waterproof but breathable, is probably the most difficult task that people face. You don’t necessarily have to buy the most expensive boots either, if your not planning on using them an awful lot, then there’s no need to spend too much. Getting ankle support is usually a good option for many people, especially when walking over uneven ground. There are boots without ankle support as well though, if you prefer to have more flexibility when you walk, and a little less weight. Trying them on in the store, or being to send the back if they don’t fit online, is the best way to go. You will never know unless you try them on, and go for a walk about, even if it’s just round the shop.
Your tent will really depend on how many people you plan on camping with. A tent is an investment, so if you don’t normally camp with 4 people, there’s no need to get an 8 person tent. If you like a bit of space, or have equipment to store, you will need to buy a bigger tent. There are also loads of one person tents for solo trips too.
Getting a tent that is durable, and made of materials that is suited to the climate, is what your will need to look out for. Most people will want tents for summer camping trips, not expeditions to the arctic. Many stores have them already made, so take a look. There are also online stores too, like TentsAndCampGear.com where you can ask questions. Is it easy to put up and take down? Does it look durable? Asking questions like this is a great start.
Even if it’s warm out, it will still get really cold at night. Bring warmer clothes, layers, and warm fleeces. Being in high places means the wind will make it feel so much colder, so wrap up warm.
Camping is great fun, no matter where you are going around the world, or who your going with. Remember to get the right equipment, and prepare for all eventualities.