By DONALD ANTHONY. Hiking And Camping. Published at Friday, February 09th, 2018 - 01:06:11 AM.
The smart move when hiking and camping is to be safe in all things. Additional comfort items you might consider are insect repellent whistle for summoning help cell phone or some other communication device is a great addition for safety`s sake and last but not least a big bag of common sense. With these basics you will be prepared for the unexpected while on your camping trip and they could potentially save your life.Now that you don`t have to worry about being prepared for the unexpected you can pause and enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has for you.
It is extremely important to choose the correct gear. For example a choice exists between daypacks which can either be internal or external-frame packs. External backpacks work best for new hikers and are much cooler than the internal ones. Similarly one can choose between sleeping bags of goose down or synthetic fabric. While goose down is warmer synthetic is less expensive and requires less maintenance than goose down.
Before setting out on a camping or hiking trip do your homework. Know the area you intend to travel to become familiar with area maps and if possible learn to use a compass. Plan your trip thoroughly let others know where you are going and when you plan to return. Never travel alone there is safety in numbers travel with companions.
Get comfortable using all of your safety and survival equipment and practice using it the correct way. It is not the time to start learning how to navigate with a compass and map after you are already lost. It`s not the time to learn how to start a fire with a 6 year old flare you`ve been carrying forever in your pack. It`s not time to learn about safe rafting and best survival practices after you`re in danger. Put aside some time to learn about all the features of your camping gear before you head out to your favorite campground. You might be surprised to learn how incredible your GPS really is once you understand how to use the backtrack feature. You will also be mighty thankful when you learn the proper weight distribution for your backpack. Take time to learn about your camping gear - practice around your home before you venture into the great outdoors.
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