Camping is one of my favorite summertime adventures. With all the noise of daily life, this is the 1 thing you can do in which you get together with friends and family to get back and forth to the fundamentals. I started off as a complete newbie and needed to borrow gear from my pals but within the past few decades, I have gathered more and more to make camping easier, more comfortable, and more fun.
I discovered very early on that sleeping directly on the ground isn’t a pleasant experience. 1) The ground is tough (duh) and rocky and 2) The floor gets cold and possibly wet during the night. Getting good sleep while out in the wild is absolutely crucial to getting a great time. A groggy and sore back version of you isn’t one you want to unleash as you are on holiday. That is the reason why a proper sleeping pad is a must.
The simple sleeping mat is one which is a foam mat that is slightly thicker than the run-of-the-mill yoga mat. These supply decent cushioning but they just take up a lot of room. Additionally, there are air inflatable mats that are the next step up and I discover that these are much comfier but they are equally bulky, if not more.
My present sleeping pad is your Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite which is probably the most streamlined and comfortable sleeping pad available on the market. The foil used inside cubes in glowing heat so the chilly ground doesn’t reach you, the ridges and inner arrangement provide a lot of support and just weighs 0.77 pounds.
This is more of a luxury item as I generally will only pack together some clothes to make a make-shift pillow when I am portaging but if you’ve got the space, I would recommend bringing in a Therm-A-Rest Compressible Pillow. It rolls up into a decently small package but when opening as a full pillow, the little foam chunks inside extend. I have never had a bad night’s sleep with this man.
A theme should be appearing here which I love packable and compressible gear that has a small footprint when not used however expand into something highly useful. Versatile is the word I am considering.
Whether for camping or not, acquiring a solid daypack to your adventuring is essential. What I like about this ultralight packable day package is the fact that it has it’s own built-in fabric sofa that turns the tote into something only slightly bigger than your own hand.
As much as I like the feel of a newspaper and flipping pages, I despise being wasteful with space and lugging a bulky book about. I like being in the calm of the wilderness and only pulling out the Kindle from my day pack and catching up in my most recent book if it is studying The Dance of Dragons of performing just small learning with Made To Stick.
The best thing about this particular Kindle is that it’s back-lit so that I will be ready at night in the tent when I want. If I am under the blaring sun, I really don’t have some issues reading either.
Guilty. I keep my phone with me. Phones are famished beasts and require energy.
As a result, I’m sure I always pack with me the small Anker Astro E1power bank so I can keep my telephone fully charged in case I need it (you would never check emails right?) And any other devices I’ve to enjoy the Kindle.
I’ve written about the Keen Newport H2’s earlier but I need to re-iterate that these are my favorite summertime footwear to deliver on any outdoor excursion.
I love them because they are not afraid to get wet, your toes don’t get hot, the clasp on them makes them trekking worthy, and they’re comfy as hell.
Thing is, I could not afford the super high-tech sleeping bags out there which cost hundreds so I perused around Amazon and found this sleeping bag which has lasted me 10 years now.
Sure, the construction might be better but considering that it is a sleeping bag that’s capable of having 0 degrees C temperatures and compresses down to 12 x 7 x 7 inches where I can easily throw it into my 50L backpack, I call this one a winner.
I kind of geeked out on tents once I had been looking to finally get one of my very own. While I could’ve gotten one of the bigger tents on the market, I was trying to find an ultralight I could take to the backcountry and use for The Narrows in Utah.
After researching to the n-th degree and creating numerous trips to my local MEC, I ended up choosing the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2. The big seller for me personally was that it had been among the lightest tents available on the market at just over 2 lbs and one kilo. When packaged together, it’s nearly as mild as my sleeping pad that’s ridiculous. It defies logic how light it is.
Now, even though I may not require ultralight in all scenarios especially if it’s a weekend camping trip, I love using this tent since I can have it set up in a portion of time as anyone else and I’ve never had difficulties with condensation in the morning or managing heavy rain.
My only knock on this scooter is the fact that while it’s definitely big enough for 2 (UL2 model), there is in fact not a great deal of space for whatever else. I’ll typically wind up putting my backpack out beneath the rainfly and when there are just two guys in the tent, you’ll be a shoulder to shoulder.
This one’s easy to forget but it’s always good to have one of these to navigate at night. It might be as straightforward as making your way from your campsite to the comfort station or perhaps you’re paddling into your island past sundown, or you are literally just trying to get things arranged at camp in the dark before you call it a night.
Why headlamp above a lamp or flashlight? With the LED technology that is out there now, you get a very nice spread of light if you need it or you’ll be able to change to a very pointed beam of light if you are taking a look at something far away.
Look it is a bear…play dead!
As odd as this might seem, the Life Straw is a personal water filter that allows you to drink straight from any water source you find when you are out in the middle of nowhere. You may not have to use it but if you ever did, you’d have the confidence of ingesting from an unknown source and be protected from bacteria and waterborne protozoan parasites.
Though this is much more of something that I use when I’m portaging or hiking through the backcountry, it is nevertheless a critical part of my kit because water is life and I can’t always afford to carry sufficient water to last a full trip.