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Outdoor Gear For Cold Weather Camping

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Most people go camping during the summer months, choosing to enjoy the warm sunshine and fresh air. Other people, however, choose to go a slightly different route by camping in the winter. Until you have been on a winter camping trip, you can’t appreciate what the experience is like. Snowfields, unmarred by footprints, glitter in the sunlight, creating a dazzling display. The snow also acts as an insulator, dampening sounds and creating a stillness that is hard to find anywhere in today’s fast-paced world.

Of course, the one major drawback to wintertime camping is that you have to deal with cold weather. Having the right outdoor gear is more than a luxury when you are camping in cool temperatures – it can help save your life.

Staying warm is one of the top priorities when you are dealing with cold temperatures. Typically, this is best accomplished by layering your clothing. Start with a base layer of long underwear followed by your regular clothing. Top it off with a synthetic jacket that will dry out quickly if it gets wet. Don’t forget gloves, a scarf, a winter hat, and warm socks. Pack plenty of dry clothing along with you. Wet clothing and cold temperatures are a recipe for hypothermia, which can be life-threatening.

Regarding your sleeping arrangements your best option is to go with a windproof tent. Bring along a thick sleeping pad to raise your body up off of the cold ground.

Choose a sleeping bag that is rated for the temperatures that you will experience on your trip. This should be relatively easy since the bags are usually clearly marked when you are shopping.

Consider bringing along a warm camping blanket, hand warmers and foot warmers. If you can keep your extremities warm, often the rest of your body will feel much warmer as well.

Speaking of feet, it is also important to keep your feet warm. Along with thick socks, invest in a high-quality pair of boots that have plenty of insulation to keep cold air out and warm air in.

Finding dry firewood can sometimes be a challenge in cold weather. You may want to consider bringing along your kindling and firewood on your trip. Otherwise, your best option is probably to use dead branches from the lower parts of the surrounding trees. To ensure that you can easily remove these branches, bring along a handsaw or hatchet. Of course, check with local regulations to make sure that you are permitted to gather firewood in the area where you will be staying.

It goes without saying that you need other basic camping gear as well such as a fire starter, a knife or multi-tool, cooking equipment, and food and water. The more prepared you are for your trip, the more comfortable and enjoyable it will be. Investing in high-quality outdoor gear for cold weather camping can help make all of your adventures go much more smoothly. When you have the right gear, you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature in relative comfort and warmth.…

Essential Outdoor Gear For Backpackers

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If you are planning a backpacking trip, having the right gear can make a world of difference in your comfort level and your safety. The following list of essential outdoor gear for backpackers should help you make sure that you have everything that you need:

1. Navigational equipment. The most common backpacking-related tragedies often involve hikers getting lost. The best way to avoid this is by bringing navigational tools along with you. This includes a topographic map of the area where you will be hiking as well as a compass so you know which direction you are going. A solar powered GPS device may also be useful.

2. Sturdy shoes. Ask anyone who hikes regularly and they will tell you that a good pair of shoes can make the difference between an enjoyable hike and a pain-filled experience. Look for a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots that keep your foot stable. Additionally, make sure that the shoes fit properly before you head out on the trail. Break them in ahead of time so that you don’t develop blisters while you are hiking.

3. A backpack. It goes without saying that you need a high-quality backpack if you plan on hiking for any distance. The vast majority of today’s backpacks are designed with an internal frame structure. Additionally, they have a belt at the bottom that fits around your hips. This belt supports the majority of the weight in the pack, helping to ease the amount of weight on your shoulders.

Try on the backpack in the store to see how it fits. Consider loading it up to add some weight so that you can make sure that the weight sits comfortably on your hips and that the pack doesn’t put undue pressure on your shoulders. Finally, make sure that it is large enough to carry all of the gear that you want to take with you.

4. A tent or hammock. A lightweight backpacking hammock can be a good investment if you plan on hiking in areas where you will be exposed to a lot of inclement weather. Otherwise, you may want to consider going with a hammock. Hammocks are extremely lightweight and often incorporate features such as rain flies or bug screens to provide a more comfortable sleeping experience. Of course, a hammock will only work if you are hiking in an area with trees.

If you go with a tent instead, be sure to look for a compact, lightweight model that is specifically designed for backpacking. Be prepared to spend a little bit of money since lightweight tents can be on the expensive side.

5. A sleeping bag. Regardless of whether you will be sleeping in a tent or in a hammock, a high-quality sleeping bag is a must. Again, look for a lightweight model that won’t weigh your pack down but still provides plenty of warmth.

This list of outdoor gear covers the most essential basics that you will need for backpacking. You may also need to bring a multi-tool, flashlight or headlamp, sunglasses, first aid kit, fire starter, extra food, and extra water.…