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Essential camping gear and tips (part 1)

Essential camping gear and tips (part 1)

Spring may not be here just yet, but it’s more or less just around the corner, and at least for some of us this means that camping opportunities open up, so let’s take a quick look at some essential camping gear and supplies, for those who might be looking for a refresher course or who are interested into getting some camping or hiking done.


This is one of the major must-haves for any true camper, and they vary in accordance with the varied demand for them. They vary in size, shapes and of course prices. Taking a tent with you will depend highly on the type of trip you have in mind, there are those who will just want to set it up in a camping spot and use it as a head-quarters of sorts. On the other hand there are those who want to travel light and will go for a more compact option of a bivi sack. Those who travel in wet jungle terrain – there are hikers who do this – will usually do well to get a waterproof travel hammock, so as to keep off the ground where most of the creepy-crawlies are – mosquito nets might also be a good idea in such a case as well as for those planning to hike or camp in a damp region.

Sleeping bag

Even with a tent, you’ll still need a sleeping bag, but it’s not as simple as you might think. You need to pack the right type of bag to suit the climate that you’ll be camping in. you should also bring a sleeping mat because it will not only allow you to sleep more comfortably but will also act as insulation from the cold ground.

Clothing and packing

One of the most important things to remember is to keep your clothes dry – especially your socks and underwear, also don’t overpack, take only what you need for your day’s hike.

As for the clothing, light and quick dry fabrics such as Goretex are ideal – it depends on the type of trip you’re planning, but you might want to take a microfiber towel with you because it’s compact, absorbs a lot of moisture and dries quickly.