We all look forward with much anticipation to our next vacation, our next break, but often we have no idea yet of what to do or where to go. If you have not made your mind up yet about what you would like to do for your next trip, why not think about going hiking and camping. Each on their own are great activities, but combined, they make the perfect combination, regardless whether you want to go it on your own, with family or friends, or with your romantic partner.
Of all the various reasons why camping and hiking go so well together, the main one is that you can go camping where the trail is and you more often than not can go hiking where you pitch your tent. Hiking trails in the United States, for example, are commonly found in areas referred to as hiking parks, which often have their own onsite campgrounds.
Both hiking and camping are suitable for individuals of all ages, so if you are looking to do something with your family, this is the perfect combination. Hiking trails vary in difficulty levels, with trails for beginners, which would be ideal for children and the not so young, all the way up to trails for the seasoned and adrenaline seeking hiker. This is the case all around the world, but note, hiking trails are not marked, or even recognised, for their difficulty level everywhere. It is therefore very important, even potentially lifesaving that you check out thoroughly (online, on a map, from a guide) any trail you want to hike before you actually decide where to go. But do yourself and any of your hiking partners a favour: do not overestimate your and their abilities.
Although the initial outlay for getting kitted out properly for the type of hiking and camping you want to do can be high, once you have the right gear for your hiking and camping exploits, they are very affordable activities to be enjoyed over and over again.
Hiking and camping are popular activities everywhere and if you decide this is the perfect combination for you, your family and friends, you may want to make arrangements in advance. Depending on the time of the year you intend to take your trip, you may have to make reservations to pitch your tent on established camping grounds or in hiking parks. If you decide to go abroad for your hiking and camping trip, make sure you make yourself familiar with different standards and regulations.
Hiking And Camping Gear – The Basics
There are endless varieties available, where hiking and camping gear is concerned. However, it does not make much sense to buy expensive gear worth thousands of dollars when you just start off with these activities. While buying hiking and camping gear, one has to first keep in mind the location or the place they will be camping at and the facilities provided for you at the campsite. Thus, you need to scour out locations that can become your potential campsites. This way, you will then be able to buy your gear keeping the conditions there in mind.
If camping is not just a one-off thing for you and you plan to go camping regularly, buying some basic gear would definitely be advisable. This will ensure your safety while making your camping trip extremely comfortable.
As we mentioned earlier, the place you are going to and the time of the year you are going, are the major determining factors when you decide what kind of hiking and camping gear is right for you. With this information clear, it will be much easier for you to decide about the most important things included in this gear- the sleeping bags and the attire. It is quite obvious that the clothes that you wear in warm weather will be no match for the chill and the cold winds of winter. However, the common thing in the attire for any season is that it should be durable and such that it is easily washable and can be dried quickly when you are on the move. It is advised that you layer your clothing as, irrespective of the weather conditions, this adds to your comfort.
If the picture of sleeping bags that you have in your mind is of the one you had when you were a child, you are in for a huge surprise. You are literally going to be bedazzled by the extensive variety and the features of sleeping bags these days which range from the option of a one or two person bags, to the ones specifically keeping the warm or the coldest weather conditions in mind, to the ones that can be folded to fit into the pocket of your backpack, with the materials ranging from allergy-free synthetics to soft and cozy goose down bags. You can also save yourself from the bad back that used to be n inevitable result of sleeping on the hard uneven ground, as now there are pads available that can be placed under your sleeping bag to make the ground less lumpy and uncomfortable and also drier and warmer.
There are many more hiking and camping equipment available, however buying those would depend on your individual needs as well as on the fact that whether all the facilities are available or not, at the place you are going to. If you feel that the water at the campsite is not suitable for drinking, it is imperative that you carry your water filters with you.
For the sake of convenience and also to protect the environment, it is always better to carry a washable mess kit. You need to make sure that you are carrying all the essential safety gear like flashlights, first-aid kits and definitely a radio so that you can be well informed in advance about the weather conditions. You can choose from this and more to ensure that you have all the equipment you need in order to make your trip truly enjoyable and safe.
Hiking and Camping – Two Great Outdoor Activities
Hiking and camping though are different but majority of their characteristics are similar. You can enjoy these fun filled activities with your friends, family, partner etc. In fact, many people tend to mix hiking with camping. Majority of the hiking parks that you will find today have their very own site camping grounds.
Another distinctive characteristic of both these activities is that these outdoor activities are suitable for people of almost all the ages. This is of much importance, if you are looking for an activity that allows you to spend quality time with your friends and family.
The costs of these activities are also very less in comparison to the satisfaction you will get. Both of them are affordable activities in which you can participate. If at all you are interested in going for camping and hiking together, then you should ensure that you have made your arrangements well in advance. Camping as well as hiking is extremely popular in US and other European countries. You will face countless choices when it comes down to these activities and thus, you can handpick the camping spot that you like.
Since by now you must have understood the dependence and linkage between these two activities, you should definitely plan them in order to a have a fun and adventurous time. Hiking in thick forest or over mountains may seem extremely tough to you. However, it just takes some basic equipment, sound understanding of some basic concepts and a good fitness level.
Equipping yourself properly and anticipating weather conditions are must before you go for these outdoor activities. Ideally, you should pack clothing and equipment for any outcome. Good footwear is equally important as you have to walk a lot, no matter whether you are going for camping or hiking.
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