Dehydrated food has become an art over the years. It now goes long past freeze-dried eggs that practically make you ill or tough-as-nails beef jerky. You can get rich beef stews, pudding, and even vegetables that practically taste fresh-picked with just the addition of a little water.
Match, lighter, or spark-creating ferro-rod? The question of the best fire-starting device for outdoors use is complex and rife with personal opinion. We put a bunch of fire starters head to head to find the strengths and weaknesses of each. We tested several readily-available matches, lighters, and fire strikers.
First aid kits come in all shapes and sizes, and are built from a variety of materials. While some people use their backpacks/totebags or cardboard boxes as first-aid kits, for camping you will need a waterproof container that seals shut. Go for materials like plastic, metal, and tin. Remember, size matters.
Everyday Essentials Mac & Cheese ($0.89 per cup) This is the cheapest instant macaroni and cheese you can buy from Jewel, and hey, you get what you pay for. While the noodles are tender, there's a slight aftertaste of the container and the watery sauce tastes like a dusty memory of long lost cheese.
Shelter is a new component in the updated Ten Essentials, one that seems targeted at day trippers. (Most overnight wilderness travelers already carry a tent or tarp.) The thinking is, if getting lost or injured leaves you stranded in the backcountry, something is better than nothing if you have to deal with wind or rain.
Set your compass on the map so that the straight side of the baseplate lines up between your current position (1a) and the map location for a destination like a campsite (1b). Make sure the direction of travel arrow is pointing in the general direction of that campsite (in other words, it's not upside down).
One of the Ten Essentials for an overnight trip, in fact, is a supply of extra food. A reasonable goal is 1.5 to 2.5 lbs. of food (or 2,500 to 4,500 calories) per person per day depending on your size, weight and exertion level. On the other hand, don't overdo it. A common blunder is to pack too much food, forcing you to lug unwanted bulk and weight.
Repair Kits: If your pad goes flat out in the field, a repair kit can be well worth its light weight and small size. Many manufacturers of inflatable sleeping pads (like Therm-A-Rest, Big Agnes, Pacific Outdoor Equipment, and REI) sell repair kits, as does McNett.
A fond camping memory I have from my Girl Scout days was making "sit upon" sandwiches. And yes, you did read that correctly. You make your sandwich with meat, cheese, and any other condiments you want, then you wrap it in clear plastic wrap and sit on it.
Some campers, women in particular, recommend going 20–30 minutes before bed, and then again immediately before getting into their sleeping bag. This can help prevent midnight trips. Prepare for midnight restroom trips. Just in case, before you bunk down, place a pair of sandals or camp shoes near your tent door.
Some sleeping bag liners are specifically designed with extremely lightweight materials that allow your body to breathe and stay cool during the night. Materials used: Silk, Ripstop Silk, Silk-cotton, Cotton (Traditional, Egyptian, Organic), Flannel, Fleece, Microfleece, Microfiber and more.
Whether you’re car camping, backpacking or just looking for a pad which can handle any outdoors sleeping duty in absolute comfort, your best option is the $130 Nemo Astro Insulated Lite 20R. The three-inch-thick pad incorporates a thick-enough layer of quality Primaloft insulation to keep you warm on nights down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sleeping pads play two very important roles for getting a solid night's sleep in the great outdoors: cushioning and insulation. While it might seem like having a comfortable surface to sleep on is a pad's most useful function, its ability to keep you warm throughout the night is often more important.
UPF is the rating system used for apparel. It’s similar to SPF (Sun Protection Factor), the rating system used for sunscreen products. SPF pertains only to a sunscreen's effectiveness against UVB rays, considered to be the more damaging type of light. UPF, though, gauges a fabric's effectiveness against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) light.
Especially necessary in windy environments, guylines will add a lot of strength to your tent frame. This extra tent support is a must with the weight of snow or heavy rain. 2. Ventilation. Assuming you are camping in a double walled tent (mesh tent insert wall plus the rain fly makes two walls), guylines will help ensure the two walls stay separated.
Tent footprints are used as ground cloths under camping tents to prevent the wear and tear of your tent against the ground. For example, let’s say you camp on desert sand or on a sandy beach. The bottom of your tent will probably experience some minor wear and tear as a result of scratching against the ground.
Trail mix is my go-to snack for camping and hiking. I even bring a small bag with me to the movies so I’m not so tempted to chow down on buttery popcorn and gummy candies. However, I rarely buy the store-bought trail mix because those processed bags have a knack for sneaking extra sugar and Trans fats into an otherwise healthy treat.