Camping season is upon us. With the warm weather comes hours and hours of fun outdoor activities and possibilities. However, before you hit the trail and head out into the unknown, it is extremely important to make sure you have all the equipment you need to stay safe, have fun, respect nature, and make it back in one piece. Here is a list of the essential pieces of gear you will need to ensure you have a both safe and enjoyable camping experience:
1. Weather-Proof Backpack
Especially in the summer, the high mountains can have extremely unpredictable weather. It can be sunny and shiny one second and a thunderstorm the next. To ensure all your gear stays dry, you’re going to need a weather-proof backpack. There are lots of great outdoor brands that make durable, waterproof and dust resistant backpacks that are perfect for carrying all your gear throughout your trip.
Fenix makes some of the very best outdoor adventure lights on the market. With lanterns, headlamps, and powerful hand-held lights, there is bound to be a perfect light for whatever adventures you find yourself in. If you are a caver or mountaineer backpacker, we suggest always having at least two different light sources on you at all times, should one fail or get lost. Having light out in the wilderness is critical and not just for seeing your way at night. Should you become marooned somewhere or lost and need help, your flashlight is going to be an essential part of signaling for help.
3. Warm Sleeping Bag
Though you may be out camping in summertime, the weather up in the mountains can be a lot colder than in the city. At night, the temperatures are going to plummet. If you have any hope of getting a good night’s rest out on the trail, you are going to want a warm, cold-weather resistant sleeping bag. These can run a little pricey depending on what type of bag you are in the market for and where you are headed, but they can be a real lifesaver (literally and figuratively) should you find yourself out in some less than optimal weather.
4. Sturdy Tent
Out in the mountains, your tent is going to be your home away from home. With that being said, you do not want your home flying away in a breeze or flooding after a rain shower. A good tent, with proper maintenance, will last you years upon years of great camping experiences. If you’re going to invest in one thing, it should be that. Not only does a tent keep you dry and safe from the elements, it also ensures no creepy crawlers or wildlife disturb you in the night.
5. Camping Stove
With many places across the world in a drought, making campfires can be a dangerous and potentially disastrous decision if not done properly. Instead, bring along a small camping stove. That way, you can have a nice warm meal at the end of a long day without running the risk of potentially scorching the Earth around you.