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Two of the most important things to accomplish for a camping trip is to pick the right camping equipment and to pack the right things. In this e-book you will read some tips to help you experience the ...

Two of the most important things to accomplish for a camping trip is to pick the right camping equipment and to pack the right things. In this e-book you will read some tips to help you experience the best camping trip.

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    • CAMPING GEAR How to Choose It and Tips to Enjoy Any Camping Trip
    • Table of Contents Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1 Camping checklist…………………………………………………………………………………………….2 Campsite preparing………………………………………………………………………………………...3 Choosing a tent …………………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Pick sleeping bags……………………………………………………………………………………………..7 About air mattresses………………………………………………………………………………………..8 First aid kits ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….9 Cooking outside……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 10 Eating tips…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 11 Types of lanterns……………………………………………………………………………………………... 13 Guide for backpacking………………………………………………………………………………… 14 Backpacking for kids……………………………………………………………………………………..15 Tips for backpacking……………………………………………………………………………………..17 Safety tips………………………………………..…………………………………………...18
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR It's definitely like no other feeling in the world when you're in the peaceful haven of nature, listening to the calming sounds of trees swaying while the wonderful warmth of the sun gloriously shines on your skin. It's no wonder why many people are crazy about go- ing on camping trips. After being stuck in the chaotic metropolis where your sights are usually limited to buildings and car traffic jams, a camping trip is literally and figuratively a breath of fresh air. However, it's impor- tant to note that for a camping trip to be successful one, careful planning and preparation should be practiced. Two of the most important things to accomplish for a camping trip is to pick the right camping equipment and to pack the right things. In this e-book you will read some tips to help you experi- ence the best camping trip. A camping trip is never complete without the gears and equip- ment. It is cool to have all the things that you need so that you won't have a hard time adjusting and enjoying the outdoor life. Sometimes it is hard though to get all the stuff that you need. There is a lot of gear that is needed during camping trips and listed below are some of them. 1
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Don’t forget about the camping check- list: Camping Checklist ● Tent ● Sleeping bag ● Air mattress ● First aid kit Your checklist of camping equipment should include: ● Food & drinks ● Portable stove 1. A durable shelter device like a tent. ● Lanterns & flash- lights 2. A comfortable sleeping bag for a good night's sleep. ● Ropes & cords ● Matches 3. An inflatable air mattress or sleeping pad. ● Garbage bags ● Clothes ● Camera 4. First aid kit and medications you take. ● Batteries 5. Sufficient food and drinks. 6. Portable stove, pots and pans and eating utensils. 7. Lanterns and flashlights to light your way. 8. Ropes and cords which you'll find useful for a variety of purposes. 9. Matches or other fire starters. 10. Garbage bags 11. Sufficient clothing. 12. Camera and film. 2
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Important tips for preparing a camp- site: Campsite preparing ● Pick a relatively high and level ground place ● Look for a water source nearby ● Look for a safe animal area Now, when it comes to picking and preparing a campsite, it's ● Don’t cook inside good that you know how important this is to ensure not only the tent an enjoyable trip but also a safe one. 1. Look for a relatively high and level ground to pitch your tent. 2. Never stake your tent on a slope unless you want to liter- ally roll the night away in your sleeping bag. 3. Check for a clean and safe water source. This is extremely important when picking a campsite. Because there's a possi- bility that you may run out of drinking water, it's good to have an alternative safe water source nearby to keep yourself and your family from getting dehydrated. 4. If you plan to cook, be sure there's a spacious area that is far from leaves, twigs or branches that may catch fire. Never cook inside your tent. Pick a campsite with shade. This is especially true for sum- mer camping and camping in hot weather. 3
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Factors for choosing a tent: Weather-resistant Choosing a tent ● fabric ● Protected seams ● Waterproof floors ● Leak-resistant seams The best way to enjoy any camping trip ● Zipper protection is to have the perfect gear for the occa- ● Wind strong frame sion. One vital camping gear that a camper need is the camping tent. This serves as the camper's resting place after a day of exploring the great outdoors. In addition, the camping tent will be the one to shelter you from the cold air and mosquito bites when you sleep at night, or when a heavy rain suddenly falls. Thus, it is important for the camper to choose the ap- propriate camping tent before he/she embarks on a camping trip. In choosing the perfect camping tent, one should consider the following factors: weather-resistant fabric, protected seams, waterproof floors, leak-resistant seams, zipper pro- tection, and wind strong frame. Weather-resistant fabrics are achieved by combining polyester coated fabric with anti- wicking thread, webbing, and zippers, while water-proof floors are by welding technology. Wind strong frames are made from redesigned poles and guy-out triangles while cuffs are added to the zippers to ensure zipper protection. These factors can be found in one brand of camping gears: Coleman. 4
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Coleman is an outdoor company that manufacture different types of equipments and gears intended for outdoor activities like hunt- ing, camping, fishing, and mountaineering. One their products are camping tents. Coleman tents are generally divided into eight categories: 3 sea- son and 4 season tents, cabin tents, lightweight backpacking tents, dome tents, canvas tents, family camping tents and kids tents. Tents for camping are generally classified based on three factors: the weather they can with stand, physical appearance, and their size. Some of the tents are: three-season tents, four-season tents, warm weather tents, convertible tents, and bivy tents. Three-season tents are lightweight and are advisable to use only during spring, summer and fall, because it is not made to last during harsh weather conditions. On the other hand, four-season tents are made with more support, usually heavier, and can with stand harsh weather conditions like hard or heavy snow. Convertible tents as the name says can be converted from three- season to four-season tents. Bivy tents are more of a "sleeping tubes" since it only occupies one person, and they are also fre- quently used by mountaineers. The kid's tent should not be left behind. It may be designed for little kids but it has eve- rything any camping kid need to stay dry and comfortable while camping in the woods. 5
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Tents for camping are generally classified based on three fac- tors: the weather they can with stand, physical appearance, Types of tents: and their size. ● Convertible tents ● Bivy tents Convertible tents as the name says can be converted from ● A-frame tents three-season to four-season tents. ● Dome tents ● Cabin tents Bivy tents are more of a "sleeping tubes" since it only occu- ● Geodesic tents pies one person, and they are also frequently used by moun- taineers. With regards to their appearance, the most common types of tents are: A-frame, dome, cabin, and geodesic tents. An A-frame tent can occupy two persons and is easy to build. It normally consists of two poles on both sides that fit to- gether to form a triangle while a pole across the top holds the middle of the tent up. The dome tent is becoming the most popular in the industry today because it comes in various sizes, and is usually easy to move. It can occupy from two people, to five, and sometimes even more. On the downside, it is more complicated to build than the A-frame tent. Cabin tent is a large, very durable tent design for camping with a car. Your car can even fit inside it. It can be used when you are having a party. The last type of tent is the geodesic tent. It is similar to the dome tent but can withstand rain and snow. It is also a lot complicated to build because it has poles in many directions. 7
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Types of sleeping bags ● Mummy sleeping bags Pick sleeping bags ● Classic rectangu- lar sleeping bag ● Kids sleeping bags People come in all shapes and sizes so camping gear manufacturers produce camping sleeping bags of all shapes and sizes and temperature ratings in an attempt to have a bag that will fit just about anybody who loves to spend time in the outdoors. Mummy sleeping bags are for those who do not mind the tighter fit of a sleeping bag that will weigh less for the backpacker and provide plenty of warmth due to less lose of heat from excess space. As with most styles the mummy sleeping bag is available in synthetic fill or down filled for your personal preference for materials. The classic rectangular sleeping bag is for those who want a roomier bag to move around in during the night for a more open feeling. These bags tend to be heavier and are not as valued by the backpacker but the cost savings make them popular with the car c a m p e r. Of course kids need a bag that fits them in order to get the best possible warmth on colder nights so a kids sleeping bag is ideal for the smaller camper who is not afraid to spend the night out no matter what the weather. 7
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Need a bed quick? About air mattresses ● Camping air mat- tresses make a great guest bed and come in king and queen sizes ● When you are uncomfortable A good quality camping air mattress trying to sleep it can make the difference between enjoy- can ruin a whole day and maybe ing your camping trip and wishing you even the whole could just head on home. trip When you are uncomfortable trying to sleep whether due to the hardness of the surface or do to the chill of the ground beneath you it can ruin a whole day and maybe even the whole trip. Find the full line of Coleman air mattresses and most air mattresses are always in stock. Inflatable air mattresses easily inflate with a Coleman air pump so not only are they comfortable, but easy to use as well. Need a guest bed quick? Camping air mattresses make a great guest bed and come in king and queen sizes. Twin and double size air mattresses for when space is tight. Whether you are camping or using them as a additional bed for guests these air mattresses are simple to use, easy to store, and a true lifesaver when in need of a comfortable place to sleep. 8
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR First aid kits We often watch movies with plots in which people get stranded on an island or get lost in the middle of the woods. And while these movies are fiction and you may think this could never happen to you, you should always remember that anything is possible. If you love to go camping and hiking, it is very important that you learn basic wilderness sur- vival skills. Some of the things you need to bring for the hike are your camping first aid kits, fire start- ers like lighters and matches that are placed in waterproof film canisters, knife, magnesium stone, cord, compass, whis- tle, map, pot, Swiss Army knife, and your most important sur- vival tool, a clear and relaxed mind. 9
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Cooking outside Eating is truly one of the greatest pleasures in life. For most campers, great food is largely contributory to the success of a camping trip. Why wouldn't it? Can you imagine enjoy- ing a camping vacation when come mealtime, you would have to force utterly terrible food down your throat? It is hard to imagine. And since food and drinks are not only for pleasure but more significantly are vital in our everyday lives, this makes it doubly important that you are able to make sure that great food is included in your camping trip. Unfortunately, creating sumptuous dishes is not as easy as we would want to. Unless of course if you're an iron chef or some kind of a food expert which only very few of us are. 10
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Eating tips 1. Plan your meals and create a menu. A menu is very helpful as it will give you an overview on what ingredients and types of cookware you'll need. 2. Choose delicious but easy-to-cook meals for your camping trip. Remember, you have a lot of camping activities ahead of you so spending the whole day cooking is not practical. There are many 30-minute (or less) recipes available online and on recipe books that you may want to try. 3. To save time and energy, it's a good idea to pre-cook some of the major ingredients like chicken or meat at home. It's also best to measure other ingredients and put them in sealable plas- tic bags so that cooking is easier and more convenient. 4. When planning for meals, it's recommended to check on the people you're going camping with if they have any food aller- gies or aversions. 11
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR 5. Consider the climate. If you're camping in cold weather, it's a good idea to include a lot of hot food in your menu. 6. Bring reliable cooking equipment. It's best that you use only high quality cookware to ensure you of food that are of excellent quality. For example if you're planning to have a barbecue feast, don't forget that a Coleman grill is the way to go. 7. Be sure that you have safe drinking water with you. If there is an accessible source of water in your campground but you're in doubt, a purification method like putting iodine tables can make it safe for drinking. 8. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. This will ensure that no food gets spoiled. 9. Cover pots, pans and plates all the time to keep food clean and free from germs and bacteria. 10. Carry lightweight and convenient food for backup. Canned and instant foods are great to have during camping since they are light and very easy to cook. 11. Bring crackers instead of bread because the latter are not that easy to carry about and can spoil easily. 12. Don't forget to bring along healthy snacks. Energy bars, trail mixes, raisins, nuts, chips, dried fruit are great when you need some energy boost for your hiking adventure or fishing activity. With these helpful food tips, you're bound to have a delicious camp- ing experience. 12
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Types of lanters: ● Gas lanterns T ypes of lanterns ● ● Electric lanterns Battery lanterns 1. Gas Lantern – This kind of lantern is very practical to use because it is easy on the pocket. Gas is a very affordable fuel compared to others. It is very efficient in the sense that you can use the same type of fuel in operating other camping equipment. 2. Electric Lantern – This is a wonderful Coleman lantern to use. Why? It is because it is totally safe to use and easy to carry. Its main feature is that it utilizes LED, which means that the light produced by the lantern is safe to kids. 3. Battery Lantern – This lantern is operated by means of using the usual alkaline batteries. This lantern is ideal to use unlike the other ones for the reason that it is user-friendly and quiet. The only drawback of this tool is that it is not suit- able to use during wintry weather due to the fact that the bat- teries tend to wear out fast because of the cold climate. 13
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Guide for backpacks Ever wondered why bags are such a necessity for each indi- vidual? Aside from being color coded with the clothes that people wear and its brand, people use bags to put their stuff in. For each trip a person is about to make, there is a specific bag that he chooses to use. Just like in camping, a person chooses his bag for many reasons. Example, if a person chooses a Swiss gear backpack for his trip, it may be because of the du- rability of the bag and the size of it. Compartments can also be found in these bags to accommodate those things that need easy access during the trip. The material of it is sturdier and is mostly water resistant. With the different climates and weather conditions this bag may be exposed to then it is built for any environment it may be brought to. Choosing the size of the bag should also be well thought and consider the height of the carrier. If the person is tall, then he can go for a bigger or lengthier bag. 14
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Backpacks for kids Backpacks are the most popular school bags and camping bags for kids. Because of their popularity there are so many brands and styles of backpacks for kids. Choosing the right backpack for your child should be easy when you follow the following helpful tips on how to buy the right backpacks for kids. 15
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Right size: Consider your child's built and height when buying the backpack. The backpack should be just the right size for your kid. A bag that is too big or too small for your child may cause dis- comfort to your child. When carried, the backpack should be about two inches above the waist and should be close to the body. When the backpack sits too low on the back it causes an unneces- sary pressure on the shoulders. Most backpacks feature adjustable straps so it should be easy to find a bag that will fit your child's back. Functionality: Choose a design that is aesthetically-appealing. This should not be your priority but it's still a factor that you should consider when purchasing a backpack. The bag should be nice enough so that your child would want to carry it around school. Thankfully these days there are so many beautiful and functional backpacks in the market. Coleman backpacks success- fully combine aesthetic appeal with functionality. Made of dura- ble materials in a wide range of colors, this brand of backpacks for kids are appealing not just to parents but to kids as well. Pads and Pockets: Choose a bag with wide straps that are padded. The pads should prevent the straps from digging into your child's shoulder. The wide straps will also make it easier for your child to carry the bag around. Durability: Check the bag's durability. One way to ensure that you are getting a durable bag is to go for established brands such as Coleman backpacks. Established brands usually have good qual- ity control. When checking the product at the stores, check the stitching and the materials used in the backpack. You should also check the zipper to see if it easy to zip. 16
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Tips for backpacking 1. Backpacking demands physical energy. With this said, it is im- perative that you prepare yourself physically before you go into your backpacking quest. Exercise weeks before the trip by going jogging or biking. Biking is always the better option since you will be using the same muscles during biking as you would when hiking uphill. Exercising will build your stamina, increase your strength and make it easier for you to enjoy the trip. 2. You always have to keep yourself hydrated. During the trip, you will be perspiring a lot and it's easy to be dehydrated. Carry- ing sufficient water is important when you go backpacking. 3. Wise packing contributes largely to the success of the trip. Be sure that you load your pack in such a way that weight is evenly distributed on both sides and that the things you will con- stantly need like you bottle of water are placed in an accessible lo- cation. 4. Cheap backpacking gear can fail you in the middle of the trip. Rely only on high quality equipment such as backpacking tents , cookware and lanterns. This will ensure that they will work out fine during the trip and will last a long time with you. 5. Focus and patience are important virtues of a backpacker. 17
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR Safety tips 1. Choose a high quality tent. In order to this, you must choose a trusted camping brand that produces tents of good quality and ex- cellent durability. It is a smart idea to invest time and effort when shopping for a tent because this will serve as your shelter and your home away from home. 2. Select a safe spot to pitch your tent. Make sure that the site you choose is flat, dry, clean, and far away from stagnant waters that are breeding ground for harmful insects. Avoid pitching your tent in slopes and hills; otherwise, you may find yourself rolling down in the middle of the night. It is also good to stay away from open fields, which can put your lone tent a lightning target in case a rainstorm happens. 3. Do not put up a campfire near the tent. Fires can be a great hazard and even if you are tent is flame-resistant; it is still not safe to light up a fire near the sleeping area. 3 18
    • SUMMIT CAMPING GEAR 4. Place the camp kitchen a good distance away from the tent. And of course, never ever cook inside your tent. 5. Do not leave your tent heater on the entire night. Before you sleep, do not forget to turn your tent heater off. 6. It is not a good idea to smoke inside your tent either. 7. Use only flashlights to light up your tent. Never use lanterns or candles inside it. 8. Know the proper way of setting up your tent. Practice pitching it at home and read the manual of directions carefully. 9. Keep in mind the maximum number of occupants that the tent is designer for and do your best not to exceed it. 10. Even if it is your hobby to munch on some snacks before doz- ing off, it is not a good idea to eat inside your tent because this may leave crumbs that will attract ants and other insects. Do you night snacking outside the tent but be sure to keep away any food after you do so as not to attract any bears. HAVE A NICE TRIP! 19