Going on a hiking holiday is a brilliant way to get close to nature and see some of the most amazing places in the world. A lot of people are put off camping. They think it’s all freezing cold nights, cold beans and leaking tents. But if you prepare yourself properly, with all of the right equipment, you can have a luxurious camping experience. If you don’t want to spend a week shivering in a damp tent, these are the things that you simply must have for you camping trip.
Getting lost out in the wilderness can be very dangerous, and is a surefire way to ruin any good camping trip. If you’re not an experienced camper, then make sure you stick to walks that have clearly marked footpaths. If you think that you’re ready to go out on your own, make sure that you have proper navigation tools. A topographic map and a good compass will help you find your way out of any situation. A lot of people are switching to fancy GPS systems instead these days, but they aren’t always the best option. They do make navigation easier, but they are a lot heavier than a simple compass, and they rely on batteries. If you run out of power, then you’re stuck without anything to help you find your way. If you are hiking on a mountain trail, an altimeter can help you determine your height, making it easier to find your location on your map.
Good sun protection is vital to your health if you’re spending long periods outside. A good quality pair of sunglasses will stop your eyes from getting damaged by the sun. This is an even bigger issue at high altitude, and too much exposure can increase the risk of cataracts. Sunscreen is another obvious addition to your rucksack, make sure that you get a high factor. You might not get as much of a tan but it’s better than ending up with sunburn. You should also consider clothing with built in UV protection, as you can still get burned through fabric in extremely hot climates.
Tent and Sleeping Bag
If you are camping in harsh climates, a good tent and sleeping bag is a must. If you invest wisely in a tent that you get the most of, use in the world, and at home, it will last you for years to come. Make sure that you check to see the levels that it will stay waterproof in. It is also worth seeing how easy it is to put up and take down, because you don’t want to be caught in a storm, struggling to get your tent up before you get soaked. A good quality, insulated sleeping bag is also important because, even if your tent stays dry, you’ll still be freezing cold if you are using a cheap one.
Taking some matches and firelighters is always a good idea too. A good fire is a source of heat and light, as well as a cooking tool, so you’ll be stuck without it. When you are making a fire, you need to make sure that you have a big enough space, especially if you are in a wooded area.