Camping in Comfort: 5 Tools to Add to Your Adventure Arsenal
The great outdoors can be an amazing escape from reality, but it can also be hot, dangerous, uncomfortable and difficult to navigate at times. If you’re the type of person who likes to get out every weekend and spend time in the woods, whether it’s hiking, camping, fishing or hunting, there are a few things you might want to invest in to make your adventure trips a little more comfortable.
Summertime in the outdoors can get hot. When you’re camping out in a tent and you’re sweaty and warm and can’t even take a shower, flies are buzzing around your food and there’s a mosquito that keeps landing on your ankle… Trust us, we get it. Sometimes, fanning yourself with a newspaper just doesn’t cut it. That’s when investing in a portable air conditioner like the Zero Breeze Mark 2 Canada is going to change your world and cool you down for your summer adventures.
A Sleeping Pad
When your sleeping bag is about as thick and warm as a brown paper bag, you’re likely going to be lying on the floor with rocks jabbing into your spine for 8 hours, rather than actually sleeping. Investing in a really good quality sleeping pad or at least a roll-up mattress for your camping trips will ease your sleep by quite a margin. Bring along your most comfortable pillows to remind you of home, and you should have a good night’s rest easy peasy.
If the thought of your phone going flat a few hours into your trip gives you anxiety, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Bringing along a power bank for your phone, or better yet, a solar generator will allow you to stay on the grid and also power a few other useful devices (like GPS, cooking equipment or a heater for colder months). However, try to embrace some time away from technology when you’re out adventuring to make sure you reap the benefits of the great outdoors.
Good Quality Shoes
We all love a bargain, but your adventure shoes aren’t something you want to be skimping on. Hiking, climbing or even just walking around on the forest floor can be tough on your feet and hard on your trainers if they aren’t designed for the job. A good quality pair of trail shoes should give you good grip and keep your feet dry and protected from whatever rocks and gravel you might be walking on – no need to book a foot massage post-hike.
If the thought of living off granola bars and canned food for a week is off-putting to you, nobody blames you. Many people sacrifice the luxury of good food for the sake of a trip, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Packing a cooler full of good, delicious food is an easy, no-brainer swap. Whether you bring along pre-made meals or some meat and veggies to cook up over the fire, a few simple pieces of equipment will help you satisfy your inner foodie without much hassle.