Camping & Hiking Starter Pack
Camping & Hiking-Watching all those scenes of camping around the fire in movies and cartoons made all of us want to experience the warmth of the bonfire. Although, the process looks simple enough: you gather some friends and head out to a hilly area and the night arrives and you take out the marshmallows. But when it comes to *actually* planning the trip, everything gets confusing suddenly.
If you are a newbie in camping or hiking and are searching for a guide on how to start on, your journey ends here.
Here is a list of all the essentials you’ll be needing for your trip –
1. Tents, Poles, Ropes, and Stakes
The tent is a priority when it comes to camping because of the obvious reason – you’ll need something to sleep in, or the bear will attack. Tents come in different varieties for different uses. If you are hiking, you’ll be on foot most of the time so you’ll need an ultralight tent to carry with you. Whereas, in camping, you’ll be most probably traveling in a car so you can carry a luxurious spacious tent if you want to.
2. Sleeping Bags and Pads
Similar to the tents, sleeping bags come in different varieties, too. Different sleeping bags can handle different temperatures so you’ll need to do some research about the place you are planning to visit and find the best suitable sleeping bag. Along with the bag, there are sleeping pads available, too. These air-filled pads come between the sleeping bag and the ground to make sleeping in forests a bit comfortable.
Now, if you are camping, you won’t be needing a backpack necessarily because you have got your car. But if you are backpacking, it is an essential. The backpacks come in three varieties – day packs, overnight and long haul. The choice of your bag depends on your choice of your trip.
4. Headlights and Flashlights
The headlights are useful for navigating your way back to your tent at night when you are camping but, as they are quite bulky, they are not suitable for backpacking. Keep some flashlights and batteries with you when you are hiking, for they are lightweight and easier to carry.
5. Water Filtration Systems
Water filtration systems won’t be that necessary when you are camping as you can store a number of water bottles in your car. However, carrying these many bottles won’t be possible when you are hiking. Therefore, the filtration system becomes an essential. You can carry some Treatment Tablets, too, for the same purpose.
6. Hiking Footwear
Choose your footwear according to the place you are going. While the normal sneakers work in most of the cases, you’ll need special hiking boots and shoes. They offer more comfort, support, stability and padding when crossing rough paths. If you want shoes with strong grip, you can go for Boots. If you are going to jump around, you’ll want to choose the lightweight Trail Runners. Hiking Shoes are hybrids of the previous two types – they are lightweight and have a good traction. For climbing, you can go for Approach Shoes.
7. Paper Maps
If you are going for camping or backpacking, you’ll need a paper map. Even if you have a GPS system, it will be safer to have a printed map as there are good chances of having a bad cellular network on your trip.
8. First-Aid Kit
Last but not the least, First-aid kit is a must-have essential in your camping kit. It is possible that you get a cut or bruise while trekking or even an allergy roaming in the wild. Make sure to carry the basics -some aspirin, bandages, bug sprays, Aloe Vera for burns and pain-relief sprays for sprains, etc.
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