Camping Activity Equipment
Camping Equipment: In a Nutshell
If you’ve ever been a sportsperson, you would know the significance of your equipment while playing.
Whether it is a table tennis bat or a badminton racket or soccer spikes, the quality of the equipment matters a lot and helps you maximize your performance.
Similarly, the quality of your camping equipment should be considered before you set out in the wilderness. A number of camping activities require various kinds of equipment.
Here, in a nutshell, is the kind of equipment required for various outdoor camping activities:
You don’t need a lot of equipment for kayaking, but you need to focus on getting the simple things right. Ensure that you buy the right kayak, paddle, helmet, spray skirt and life jacket for your particular needs.
When it comes to purchasing the paddle, you should take into consideration its blade shape, the material with which it is made and the size (in terms of length, width and weight).
If you are a novice, you should keep your options confined to aluminium shaft paddles. You can switch to carbon fibre or wood or fibreglass blades once you become an expert.
It is illegal to not be wearing a life jacket while Kayaking in most parts of North America. Also known as personal floatation device, life jackets are important to ensure the safety of the boater as well. Type III PFDs are highly recommended.
Similarly, kayaking helmets should be high quality in order to withstand any unforeseeable bumps and bashes.
Spray skirts come with a grab loop and this helps the kayaker to break the seal with maximum ease in situations of emergency. Whitewater spray skirts are made of neoprene and are widely used by kayakers around the globe.
On the other hand, if you are not a regular kayaker, you could look into recreational spray skirts that are made of nylon. Waistbands, adjustable suspenders and cords for boat attachment are the key features of a spray skirt. The size of spray skirt that you choose will depend on the size of your waist.
Just to be on the cautious side, you should ensure that you bring your shades with you, since the sun is much stronger when it is reflected off the water. Make sure you bring and apply a lot of sun block as well.
Being lost in the wilderness could be exciting for some but for most it can be a scary thought. In order to keep the scares and bears at bay, you should ensure that you are well equipped to deal with such challenges.
The hiking gear you need will depend on the kind of hike you’d like to go on. If you’re planning to go hiking, the first bit of kit to get right is your footwear. Your hiking shoes should be suitable to take on different kinds of terrains. You can find special hiking footwear in stores and over the internet. These shoes offer you a lot of cushioning and are designed to suit long walks and hikes. Similarly, you can also find special hiking socks in these stores as well.
A map and compass are a treasure-hunting pirate’s favourite, but they are equally important for a hiker as well. Carrying an extra one of each would not hurt as they could mean the difference between life and death if you are lost in the wilderness with no idea of where to go . You can find a map and a compass at the ranger station just before setting out for your hike.
Staying hydrated is the key to a successful hike and long hikes require a hiker to drink at least a gallon of water in 24 hours.
The food that you carry should be rich in calories, minerals and proteins. You would require a sturdy bag to carry these supplies and therefore you should ensure that you carry a high quality bag or rucksack with you.
For shorter hikes that do not last more than a day, you would want to get a small day pack that you can fit all your supplies into. On the other hand, for longer hikes, you would need a proper backpack that has enough compartments and enough room for all your supplies.
Injuries, while hiking, unfortunately occur from time to time. It is very important to carry a first aid kit with you if such an injury occurs. For extreme conditions it is highly recommended that you carry insect repellents, lip balms and sunscreen lotion with you.
You should also carry your rain gear along with you if the weather is on the wetter side. Some extra clothes will also be helpful if you’re setting out in a place known for unpredictable weather conditions.
Flashlights and whistles are travel accessories that people often forget to take with them on hikes. When you make a list of equipment to take with you, ensure that you put flashlights and whistles right at the top.
A dangerous but exciting outdoor camping activity, rock climbing requires you to carry a range of equipment on your person. First up is the harness. Harnesses come in various types, but when using them, it is essential to keep your torso upright and give the ropes a point to attach.
Difficult routes often cause problems to climbers who do not have special rock climbing shoes. Rock climbing shoes are important camping equipments since they help you grip the little foot-holds on rocks.
You will also need a small chalk bag to keep your hands dry while climbing rocks. Keeping safety in mind, a dynamic climbing rope is also essential while rock climbing. These ropes help absorb shock in case of a fall. On similar lines, a belay device helps you stop a climber from falling with excessive friction.
You would constantly be using slings mostly for setting protection while climbing. Slings are made of either dyneema or nylon.
Additionally, you will also need to wear a helmet while climbing, until you reach your destination and back. A good quality helmet would be very handy in absorbing shocks from falling rocks, or absorbing any impact of a potential fall.
Quickdraws form a major part of rock climbing travel accessories. These are simply pre-rigged carabiners that help you to clip your rope while climbing. You should also check for nuts or hexes that are simply protective pieces that you have to manually set into the rock while climbing.
With the proper rock climbing equipment, you eliminate the risks to a large extent.
If you have the flair and skills for fishing, you should be aware of the kind of addiction it could develop into (I may be speaking from experience). Fishing requires you to stock up on a range of equipment:
The rod allows the angler to feel the fish biting. Either fibreglass or graphite is used for making the blank of the rod. Your choice of rod depends on the kind of fish you want to catch. Similarly, some other things to consider would be the length of the handle and the material of the blank.
When you set out to choose a hook, you would need to take into consideration the weight and the size of fish you want to catch. Hooks help the angler to use the bait and help the bait stay for a lot more time to help the angler to catch fish with maximum ease. The most popular kinds of hooks are Octopus Hook, Southern and Tuna Hook, Long Shark Hook and Ganging Hook.
There was a time when braided lines were used while fishing in saltwater but these lines have now evolved into monofilament lines, also known as super lines. The two kinds of monofilaments are ‘limp’ and ‘abrasion resistant’.
Reels have also evolved over time and come in various types, namely, closed face spinning reel (the simplest one – operated with a push button), open face spinning reel, bait-casting reel (come equipped with a braking system) and the fly reel, which helps in keeping the line from tangling.
Bobbers come in various sizes with varying levels of buoyancy. Used for both fresh-water and salt water, bobbers help in inserting the bait at a specific depth under water.
A sinker helps in gripping the bait at a certain depth beneath the water surface. There are various kinds of sinkers available in the stores – ball, bean, split, snapper, shot, star, spoon and tear drop.
Lure is your good old colourful pieces of artificial plastic that lures fish by simulating the movement of their natural prey. Depending on the ease of fishing, you can choose lures from various shapes, sizes and colors.
When you’re looking to go camping, carrying high quality camping equipment is very important along with your other travelling accessories. Your camping trip would be safer and much more fun with the right kind of camping equipment.