Camping and hiking regularly are good for both the physical and mental health. With the proper camping and hiking gear, you can easily unwind from the stress of the repetitive daily schedule. It also helps your body re-sync with nature. It’s generally a good thing because it allows your body to reset. When your body resets, your sleep cycle normalizes, along with other cycles that are involved in how your body functions. This, in turn, creates a healthier you.
How does the body do that?
With minimal artificial light sources, you have the timing of the sun, moon, and stars to guide you in your activities while camping. These light sources serve as the trigger for your brain when to sleep or when to wake up. Naturally, when your body is stripped of other external controlling factors like cell phones and alarm clocks, it has no choice but to rely on its natural design. Don’t underestimate your natural instincts, your body knows what it’s supposed to do and when to do it.
But camping is no joke and without years of experience or training, it can be tough for average people without the proper equipment. To help avoid needless hassle for the new camper, some knowledge and equipment are required. Of course, the more you actually experience camping the easier it will be, just like any other activity.
Here are some techniques and equipment to get you going with your dream of camping or whatever outdoor activity you fancy.
A Good Quality, Durable, and Waterproof Tent
Practice setting up your tent before going out camping. This is a must. That way you know what to do when you’re out there and an emergency happens. For example, if it started raining and you have to set up your tent immediately.
Make sure that your tent is strong, most tents are enough but the higher quality the better. Another thing to make sure is if your tent is waterproof. Before you head out, test your tent. Try sprinkling some water onto it to mimic rain and check the interior.
Here is a selection of tents to get you started with:
Portable Lamps and Flashlights
Even though artificial light sources should be avoided when camping, it’s still needed and won’t hurt your retreat to nature. But make sure to use it sparingly. Grab one that goes with your tent’s design.
Etekcity 2 Pack Portable LED Camping Lantern Flashlights with 6 AA Batteries - Survival Kit for Emergency, Hurricane, Outage (Black, Collapsible) (CL10)
Etekcity 4 Pack Portable LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries - Survival Kit for Emergency, Hurricane, Power Outage (Black, Collapsible) (CL10)
LE Portable LED Camping Lantern, 1000lm, Dimmable, 4 Lighting Modes, Battery Powered Tent Light for Home, Garden, Outdoor, Hiking, Fishing, Emergency and more
HeroBeam 2 x LED Lantern V2.0 with Flashlight - Latest COB Technology emits 300 LUMENS! - Collapsible Camp Lamp - Great Light for Camping, Car, Shop, Attic, Garage - 5 Year Warranty
Internova 1000 LED Camping Lantern - Massive Brightness Fully Adjustable 360 Arc Lighting - Emergency - Backpacking - Construction - Hiking - Auto - Home - College (Cadmium Orange)
Etekcity 2 Pack Portable LED Camping Lantern Flashlights with 6 AA Batteries, Upgraded Magnetic Base and Dimmer Button - Survival Kit for Emergency, Hurricane, Outage (Black, Collapsible)
LED Camping Light [4 Pack] Doukey Portable LED Tent Lantern 4 Modes for Backpacking Camping Hiking Fishing Emergency Light Battery Powered Lamp for Outdoor and Indoor (Green)
Streamlight 44931 Siege Compact, Rugged 7.25" Hand Lantern 540 Lumen Uses 3D Cell Alkaline Batteries - 540 Lumens
Etekcity Portable LED Camping Lantern Flashlight with AA Batteries, Upgraded Magnetic Base and Dimmer Button - Survival Kit for Emergency, Hurricane, Outage (Black, Collapsible)
A First-Aid Kit and Basic Knowledge on How to Use It
Take care of your health, avoid injuries and when they do happen, be prepared and know what to do in advance. Learn basic first aid, most of the time there are no doctors in the woods. When choosing your first-aid kit, consider the space it will take in your travel bag. The more you have in your kit, the better but it’s not a hard rule.
To find more first-aid kits that might suit your travel needs, check out First-Aid Kits For Traveling – DIY Kits and Ideas to Fit Your Needs.
First Aid Only 298 Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case
Be Smart Get Prepared 100 Piece First Aid Kit, Clean, Treat and Protect most injuries with the kit that is great for any home, office, vehicle, camping and sports. 0.71 Pound
Be Smart Get Prepared 100 Piece First Aid Kit, Exceeds OSHA ANSI Standards for 10 People - Office, Home, Car, School, Emergency, Survival, Camping, Hunting, and Sports
Mini Camping and Hiking Gear – Shovel and Utility Knife
When it comes to outdoor activities, especially when dealing with survival situations, the most important camping and hiking gear must be survival knives. Having tools like a shovel and a survival pocket knife when camping is very convenient. Most of the time you will need to dig or cut something.
You’ll have to find the balance here, though, each item you add to your list to carry will add to the total weight. Typically smaller means lighter but smaller means it smaller performance too. You might also want to try full-tang outdoor knives to withstand the most rugged of uses.
This isn’t always the case as there are some situations that smaller means better. The thing to focus on instead is choosing high-quality products as they perform better and are more durable per dollar.
Bedding – Sleeping Bags or Mats, Pillows, and Blankets
Abco Tech Sleeping Bag – Envelope Lightweight Portable, Waterproof, Comfort with Compression Sack - Great for 4 Season Traveling, Camping, Hiking, Outdoor Activities & Boys. (Single) (Blue)
Coleman Brazos Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag for Backpacking, Camping, Or Hiking. Queen Size XL! Cold Weather 2 Person Waterproof Sleeping Bag for Adults Or Teens. Truck, Tent, Or Sleeping Pad, Lightweight
REDCAMP Outdoors Cotton Flannel Sleeping Bag for Camping Hiking Climbing Backpacking, 3-Season Trip Warm S Envelope Sleeping Bags 75 by 33 Inches (Navy Blue with 2lbs Filling)
Gwei Sleeping Bags - ECO Friendly Materials - Water resistant & Machine washable - Two bags can be zipped together - 35℉ Available - Perfect for camping,hiking - Comes with a complimentary gift (blue)
Portable Camping Ovens and Cooking Knowledge
What is camping without camping food? Camping and hiking gear for cooking like sandwich makers are fun. Teach your kids how to cook their own food. Then experience the fun yourself.
As for cooking, cookers and stoves that use fuel are very convenient but with a little knowledge making your own fire from wood would also do.
HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven, Black
Hot Logic 9x13 Family Size Portable Oven
BLACK+DECKER TO3250XSB 8-Slice Extra Wide Convection Countertop Toaster Oven, Includes Bake Pan, Broil Rack & Toasting Rack, Stainless Steel/Black
RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove, Black
Hamilton Beach 31103A Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie
NESCO 481825PR, Roaster Oven with Porcelain Cookwell, Stainless Steel, 18 quart, 1425 watts
BLACK+DECKER Countertop Convection Toaster Oven, Silver, CTO6335S
Nutrichef Upgraded Multi-Function Rotisserie Oven - Vertical Countertop Oven with Bake, Turkey Thanksgiving, Broil Roasting Kebab Rack with Adjustable Settings, 2 Shelves 1500 Watt - PKRT97
Food Containers and Food Preservation
Vremi Silicone Food Storage Containers with BPA Free Airtight Plastic Lids - Set of 4 Small and Large Collapsible Meal Prep Container for Kitchen or Kids Lunch Boxes - Microwave and Freezer Safe
5/10 Litres Collapsible Water Container, Freezable, BPA Free Plastic Water Carrier Tank, Outdoor Folding Water Bag for Sport Camping Riding Mountaineer, Food Grade (5L Water Bag+10L Water Bag)
Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Round Container, 8 Oz
Collapsible Kitchen Storage Containers Freezer and Microwave Safe, Dishwasher Safe Tupperware Storage Containers for Food，Silicone 4 Set Containers Travel Food Storage, Silicone Lunch Containers
TANSUNG Silicone Collapsible Food Storage Containers - Set of 4 Bento Lunchboxes, BPA Free, Microwave, Dishwasher and Freezer Safe (Small 12oz to Extra large 42oz)
Camping Washing Tub and Cleaning Equipment
Portable Camping and Hiking Gear – Fold-up Tables and Chairs
Hiking Boots and Other Camping Gear
And finally when you’re out camping, always take a hike. A real walk in the wilderness but be safe and protect yourself from nature with the following equipment.
Mystical Fire Flame Colorant Vibrant Long-Lasting Pulsating Flame Color Changer for Indoor or Outdoor Use 0.882 oz Packets 12 Pack
WEKAPO Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Hammock-Portable,Water Proof& Anti-Air Leaking Design-Ideal Couch for Backyard Lakeside Beach Traveling Camping Picnics & Music Festivals
Camp Kitchen Utensil Organizer Travel Set - Portable 8 Piece BBQ Camping Cookware Utensils Travel Kit with Water Resistant Case|Cutting Board|Rice Paddle|Tongs|Scissors|Knife and Bottle Opener
Vont 2 Pack LED Camping Lantern, Portable, Great Addition to: Survival Kits Hurricane, Emergency, Storm, Outages, Outdoor Portable Lantern, Black, Collapsible, Battery Powered
HAITRAL 2-in-1 LED Tent Light Fan Portable Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan
Coghlan's Deluxe Pop-Up Trash Can
Marshmallow Roasting Sticks kit-Telescoping Stainless Steel Cookware Set Forks for Smores & Best Camping Accessories for Kids over campfire & Hot Dog Fire Pit Cooking - BONUS Bag & 10 Bamboo skewers