Questions to Ask When Camping
, by Chas Waters, 19 min reading time
, by Chas Waters, 19 min reading time
Hopefully, one of the activities planned for your camping trip is a good night’s rest. To make sure you’re well-rested for the following day of outdoor adventures, follow these three valuable tips:
To choose the appropriate tent for your road trip camping excursion, there are three important factors to consider:
The spot where you pitch your tent should ideally be flat. An area with a slight slope is okay, too — just make sure to position the tent so that your head is uphill. Also, try to avoid rocky places and instead look for softer ground with pine needles or grass. When camping in the woods, it is essential to make sure you are choosing a spot that is comfortable and safe.
Most campers choose a sleeping pad by default and rarely ever consider another viable option — a cot. While cots are typically two to three pounds heavier than sleeping pads, they are designed to be exceptionally portable — and when folded up, they take up only slightly more room than a sleeping pad.
This sleeping arrangement is the closest thing to an actual bed that you can experience on a camping trip. It features tightly stretched fabric that makes it comfortable to lie down on, which is beneficial for those who suffer from back pain. If you don’t mind carrying a few extra pounds of weight, a cot can be an excellent choice, especially if you’re planning to stay in one location for many days.
If you are looking to keep it as simple as possible a sleeping bag will always suffice as a great option for your camping bed. Sleeping bags keep you warm and cozy at night and are easy to carry. Often larger sleeping pads or cots can add to the amount of camping gear you need to lug around making a small sleeping bag a desirable option for campers who are looking to keep their camping gear light.
When camping, few things are as essential to your comfort as what you wear. Read the following tips to learn how to dress comfortably on your outdoor adventure:
When camping — especially when hiking — your body often experiences a variety of temperatures in a single day based on the weather, the elevation and your level of activity. So if you want to remain comfortable, layering is essential. The three fundamental layers are:
Regardless of whether or not you wear all the layers at the start of your trip, we recommend that you always take all three along. You can adjust and take some off as you warm up throughout the day.
What you choose for each layer, of course, will depend on the weather. Here are some examples of clothing for different types of weather:
A pair of high-quality waterproof boots are essential for your camping trip — whether you go hiking or not. There are three general categories of boots from which you can choose:
Whichever option you choose, make sure you get your boots well before your camping trip to give yourself some time to break in the pair. Otherwise, you could be hiking with blisters.
When packing for a camping trip, people often decide against bringing hats because they assume that they’ll be under the shade of the trees for most of the time. However, we strongly recommend that you always carry a hat — it hardly weighs anything, and you’ll usually be happy that you did.
Keep the following two factors in mind when choosing a hat for your adventure:
You may also want to bring a bandana. It’s versatile, lightweight and can be used to protect your neck, wipe sweat, carry items and more.
Unless you’re planning to sustain yourself on local berries, you’ll need to bring along some food items, but you can’t just take whatever happens to be in your fridge or pantry. Follow our recommendations below for a fun, healthy and convenient culinary camping experience:
The foods you bring should ideally be light and easily transportable. On the first day, you can bring cold items in a cooler, but after that, you’ll need to eat non-perishable foods. The USDA’s FoodKeeper App is a useful resource that provides information on which foods are shelf-stable and how long each food lasts.
We recommend the following foods for grilling:
Of course, you will need a camp stove grill or fire to cook these foods so you should also remember to bring this equipment along as well.
When deciding on which pot to bring, keep these factors in mind:
While lakes and streams in remote areas may appear drinkable, they can still contain harmful parasites and bacteria. Always bring along bottled water to drink. There are other options, such as boiling the water or adding purification tablets, but many campers find these options less convenient. If you do forget to bring a clean water source you can boil water to make the water found in nature safe to drink. We recommend never directly drinking from a stream or other source of water while campaign.
If you’ve gone through the effort of planning a camping trip, you probably already have a few fun activities in mind. Below, we’ll suggest a few classic camping activities and share some tips on how to maximize your safety and enjoyment.
If you’re planning to hit up some hiking trails on your camping trip, the following tips may be useful:
There are few things as closely associated with camping as a cozy, crackling campfire. Here are some tips for building a campfire properly:
Whether you’re staying in a campground or the backcountry, first make sure that your area permits fires. Even in developed campsites where fire rings, grills and fireplaces are available, fires may be prohibited during unusually dry periods of the year.
Fire rings serve to contain your fire. When choosing a site to build your circle, try to pick a spot without any low-hanging branches, which could easily ignite if conditions are dry. If you can’t find an open area, keep the fire small or forgo it altogether. If a fire ring already exists, use it. Make sure to clear any flammable materials away from the pit. Your fire’s base should ideally consist of mineral soil, gravel or sand.
Burning a successful fire requires three kinds of fuel:
When staying at a campground, get your firewood only from the campground host or a store nearby. Many campgrounds don’t allow you to bring your own firewood, as it may introduce unwanted insects to the area. When in the backcountry, only gather downed wood located far from the campsite. Don’t cut living trees or break off the branches of standing trees, even if they’re dead.
Generally, there are two types of fires you can build:
Using a lighter or match, light the tinder and then lightly blow at the fire’s base. Once it starts burning, push embers to the middle so they will burn completely.
To extinguish your fire, pour water on it, stir the ashes and then apply more water. Repeat this for as long as needed. Don’t leave the campsite until you are sure that the fire and embers are completely out.
Only burn items that the fire can fully consume. Don’t burn cans, foil or plastic. If the fire has not completely consumed something, take the remains with you.
Campsites are often located in remote areas with little light pollution, making them ideal spots for stargazing. To enjoy this activity to the fullest, we recommend:
If you come across an inviting swimming hole on a hot day, you may be inclined to take a refreshing dip. So, make sure to bring along a bathing suit in your backpack during the warmer months.
You should also take a few safety precautions when swimming in the great outdoors:
Keep in mind that, if you don’t bring lighting gear on your camping trip, you’ll likely be spending a large chunk of your adventure in the dark. Even when staying in campgrounds with hookups, extension cords and lamps won’t necessarily be able to reach everywhere. For this reason, there are various battery-powered illumination products that we recommend you bring along:
Panther Vision’s Utility Lights will do wonders in illuminating an outdoor space, and you’ll no longer wonder how to navigate in the woods. These innovative lights create spotlights for three products:
If you’d like to take a fun night walk away and are trying to figure out how to see in the woods, we have the solution for you — Panther Vision’s FLATEYE™, a long-lasting, easy-to-grip flashlight. This flashlight features a cutting-edge design which accommodates two sets of batteries to provide between 13 and 40 hours of battery life, depending on the model. Our flashlights also provide sight lines that are far superior to their traditional counterparts and range from 310 to 2,100 lumens. They’re waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about ruining them if you get caught in an unexpected downpour. The FLATEYE™ is also equipped with Hyperfin™ cooling technology, meaning that the flashlight will never feel hot.
If you’d like to walk around at night hands-free, consider Panther Vision’s POWERCAP®, a comfortable cap equipped with the best LED lights for camping. And you don’t have to sacrifice fashion, as these caps are available in over 60 colors and styles. You can also use one to read a bedtime story to your kids!
Looking for another lighting option that allows for hands-free movement? Consider adding a few BUTTON LAMP™ adhesive LEDs into your packed bag to use around your campsite. These tiny bulbs adhere to a number of surfaces, so whether you want to light up an area you’ll be using for bathroom purposes, or you want a compact night light for inside the tent, you’ll be able to see and maneuver around when the sun goes down.
Panther Vision products are all compatible with our innovative, high-performance lithium batteries, which have helped revolutionize the illumination industry. These batteries are ideal for extended camping trips where you need long-lasting, dependable batteries. They also work for watches, car remotes and many other devices.
At Panther Vision, our mission is to provide uncommon solutions for common problems, which has allowed us to become a thriving company with over 25 patents to date. But our products aren’t just innovative — they also offer high performance and value. We believe so strongly in the dependability of our products that we offer a limited lifetime warranty.
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