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What do you need to go hiking?

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Fri - 07 Aug 2009 - 08:32 PM

Your hiking gear list will vary substantially depending on many factors: length of hike, time of year, type of terrain, among many others. For example, a one or two night summer hike in moderate terrain would look like the following.

 You will need a mid-size backpack, bigger than a day pack, but not expedition size. This should be large enough for all your gear, and if it is not, you probably are bringing along too much and will regret all the weight.

 A lightweight 40 degree bag should be sufficient for summer camping, and you can probably find one that is reasonably priced. Don’t choose a bag with a temperature rating higher than 40, or you may find yourself struggling to stay warm on those crisp summer nights. Don’t forget a sleeping pad. There are very reasonably priced closed cell pads which are sufficient.

 Plan to bring a small camp stove to cook with. You can make a campfire in some areas, but don’t rely on that for cooking. There are two major types of camp stoves available: white gas stoves and IsoPro canister stoves. IsoPro canister stoves are great in the summer, and there are some extremely lightweight options available. Pack a small liter pot to cook with, aluminum or titanium.

 Pack about 2 pounds of food per day. Plan to cook only meals requiring boiling water, as this will keep the cooking and cleaning process very simple. There are some great just-add-water meals available at camping supply stores.

 Pack an extra set of clothes, including some warm clothing, to help you in an emergency or of your first set gets wet.

 Pack a small tent even if you plan to sleep in a lean-to shelter. You may not make it to the shelter, or you may find that the shelter is full.

 There are many other small items you will need, but the ones above should be the bulkiest and most expensive. As you are packing, go through all of your activities in your head and make a list of everything you will need. Knowledge from proper preparation can save you time, money, and hassles. In worst cases, preparation can save your life, or the lives of your loved ones, in an emergency. A good way to be prepared for various life-threatening situations, and more is to check out The Ultimate Collection of Survival and Security eBooks.

What do you need to go hiking?

What do you need to go hiking?

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What kind of food is good for camping?

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Fri - 07 Aug 2009 - 08:13 PM

There are a few things to consider when you are trying to decide what kinds of food to bring camping. Assuming you are not camping by the side of the road, anything you eat will have to be carried on your back, along with the cooking and cleaning gear, and the plate and utensils, etc.

For backpacking camping, plan to have one hot meal per day, usually dinner. You can survive without heat meals, but it is very psychologically beneficial to have one. There are many prepackaged just-add-water type backpacking meals available in your local camping store. These are great for dinners, and the choices vary from spaghetti and meatballs to beef stroganoff. These really taste excellent when you are in the woods after a day of hiking. Anything you make from scratch is either going to be very difficult to prepare in the woods, or is going to very simple and bland. Also, consider the cleanup. The prepackaged meals are the best for a hot meal.

For breakfast, lunch and snacks, choose foods that have a high calorie to weight ratio and don’t need any preparation. Examples are peanut butter, nuts, cheese, and dried meats. These contain a lot of energy for the amount they weigh. Avoid foods that have a lot of water as it is unnecessary weight that doesn’t add energy. Examples of this are fresh fruit, pre made soup, and pre made stew. These foods don’t make a lot of sense to include when backpacking. Don’t worry about getting a balanced diet, unless you will be camping for an extended period of time, just focus on adequate caloric intake. And save time, space, and money with these 580 easy camping recipes.

What kind of food is good for camping

What kind of food is good for camping

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