Backpacking Must Haves
By Gin James
A little forethought and organization will payoff in a great memorable
adventure for that next outdoors excursion you may have planned.
When you go camping you will need a camping lantern , camping stove
and a camping cot as well as a flash light.
Then you have the glorious Sunset and after that why not get together
with your neighboring campers for a story telling session and singsong
round the campfire. If you thought a Camping Vacation would be
'roughing it' and 'hard work' then think again, yes it will take some
planning but that's half the fun and it won't be that much work. Most
campsite have a fire pit with a steel grill to set the pots on. If there is a
campfire ban in place you can use a portable barbecue. Take the utensils
from the kitchen if you have bbq tools take them.
Severe weather can occur anytime of year and often with little warning.
According to NOAA, lightning is one of the most underrated severe
weather hazards because it usually claims one or two victims at a time and
does not cause mass destruction.
Horseback riding might be a fun and exciting option while visiting a
national park. Several parks offer gravel roads for horseback riding, certain
parks also have horse rentals and guided excursions available. A large van
called an RV in employed by many campers, or more commonly in the UK
a caravan is attached to a car. Both of these serve as basic mobile homes,
with beds, gas and sometimes electricity.
So, if you haven't experienced one of life treats, try it. You will enjoy
yourself more than you might think. Go with the right people though.
Had it with the "rat race"? Got time off but not much cash to spend?
Losing touch with your family? Sounds like an old-fashioned campout is
just what you need.
Backpacking Must Haves
The cheap thrill from a backpacking adventure could really become one
awesome experience. However, no one would like to encounter too
unmanageable situations such as those of ¡°Hostel¡±, that horrifying human
trafficking movie, right?
No, there¡¯s remedy for stupidity and overly trusting habits such as those
boys in the movie. But a little common sense and carrying the right gear
and other backpacking "must haves" should be of really great help if you
would like to avoid any extreme conditions. So here are the perfect
1. Lightweight Sleeping Mat
Maybe you¡¯d say that it¡¯s not your idea of a great adventure to take
anything that resembles anything as cozy as your home. But after finding
out just how many germs and bed bugs inhabit those local apartelles
you¡¯re planning to stay in, you will thank yourself so much for taking your
own sleeping mat.
2. Portable Condiments
It really is a money-saving technique to keep your extra packets of
mustard, ketchups, chilli sauces and just about any condiment that fast
food restaurants give when you order take out food or even when you
dine-in. When you have not enough resources or when you forget to
bring some of the ingredients that make your food more edible, these
small packets of condiments can be handy. You don¡¯t want shards of
bottles cutting your skin or gooey ketchup messing up your other
backpack stuff, right?
Whether you have a tight budget or believe sky¡¯s the limit, you will find
many camping supplies that range from as little as $20.00 all the way up
to the hundreds.
Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to get ourselves
involved with nature. National Parks can provide an excellent backdrop for
some of your outdoor activities. Therefore in order to make sure that you
have a pleasant camping adventure, make sure that you are fully clothed
against all odds.
Place at least two in the bottom of you ice box then place the frozen
meats, milk, juice into the box. You should place vegetables on top if
there is room place a third frozen milk jug at the top of the box.
The next time you are planning on a great camping experience, don't let
the hassle of choosing a campsite get you down. Visit one of these great
websites. With the thousands of campgrounds from which to choose,
there is bound to be a place that is perfect for you and your family. More
on Camping Outdoor Guide.
The thought of camping alone can be very intimidating, especially if you¡¯re
a woman. Ideally, it is not something recommended to women new to
camping. If you are using a gas lantern in the rain you have to be careful
because the glass globe can break if a lot of water gets on it. A single
mantle in a lantern gives off about 300 watts of light.
Both sports demand having the proper equipment and knowledge for
safety reasons. Many National Parks offer established climbing routes that
will have a wide range of difficulty levels; usually no permits are needed,
unless an overnight stay in backcountry is involved. It is important to
check weather conditions beforehand and use caution, never climb alone.
The point is to treat your family to an unforgettable outdoor adventure,
so it doesn't matter how you plan to camp or where you intend to go.
3. First comes first with a first aid kit.
No one can be too brave going anywhere he or she is not familiar with
without taking a first aid kit. Unless you¡¯re a cyborg, you will have to bring
gauze, iodine solution, milk of magnesia, antibiotics, antipyretics, and even
mosquito repellent lotion.
4. Useful Get-ups
Dress for success! That should be the motto of any corporate slave. But
for you, yours should be ¡°Dress to Survive¡±, don¡¯t you think so? Comfy
clothes that won¡¯t restrict your movements are the norm. If you go
trekking, sturdy but comfy boots can be your best friend. A bandana can
be very versatile, too. It can prevent sweat from blurring your vision and
can also be a part of your first aid kit.
5. Backpack gizmos.
You¡¯re not the king of the world. You will need a good compass and a
reliable map. If you don¡¯t how to use these, forget about your
backpacking adventure. More backpacking "must-haves" such as a
flashlight, a firestarter, and a Swiss knife are necessary too. But again,
common sense should dictate to you what else you need to take. Stay
If you're bringing tins of beans, remember a manual can opener or pack
your Swiss army knife. If you're not sure what to bring, ask an associate
at your local sporting store to help you choose your camping needs. Call
on friends who like to camp, and ask them for advice.
Apart from being submerged in wilderness, an important component of
camping is the interaction with the localities, villagers and natives. These
native guides know the unexplored places, the less traveled paths, the
unknown facts, myths and stories about the locations.
Always be prepared for the weather when hiking. Carry a daypack with
some water, a rain/wind jacket, a fleece/wool jacket or sweater, a first aid
kit and some food. Good hiking boots are essential. On some of your hikes
it is quite likely you will come across wildlife such as moose, black bears
and grizzly bears, big horn sheep and deer. Many of the activities you
might be interested in will be available in the towns near the parks.
Various outfitters and companies outside some of the popular National
Parks will offer excursions that go into the parks.
Plan on eating about as much while you¡¯re camping as you eat when
you¡¯re at home. If you¡¯re car camping and you have the extra space, it
might not hurt to take a little extra food; but if you¡¯re packing it in, every
ounce counts, especially on long hikes. Be sure not to under pack your
camping food ¨C the only thing longer than a 20-miler is a 20-miler when
you¡¯re hungry. Starving your body while doing rigorous exercise, like
hiking, could have adverse affects on your health. With the hectic life
many of us lead it would certainly be great to just "get away" from
civilization and have fun in the wild outdoors. How many of us really know
what to do when we get there or what to take with us in the "survival
pack"? Camping can be a really refreshing lift to life, but roughing it may
not come without some sort of price. Adequate preparation is a must and
may prevent your trip into the wilds from becoming a disaster.
As I rounded a bend blasted through granite, just wide enough to
accommodate a horse-drawn wagon, I braked suddenly and gasped. Make
your van into something that's useable for you, especially if it's going to
be your residence for days or weeks at a time.
Instead of going up to other campers and saying, ¡°Hi, I¡¯m Kerry and I¡¯m
here by myself¡± ask questions like ¡°How can I contact you if I experience
a problem¡± or ¡°is this campground regularly patrolled?¡±Don¡¯t advertise you
are by yourself by finding campsites away from walking trails
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