Camping offers an easy and affordable escape from the rat race of everyday city life; an escape from people, cars, electronics, work, responsibilities, etc. However, camping today is nothing like the camping your grandfather did when he was young. The collection of outdoor camping equipment you can buy today gives a whole new meaning to the term “roughing it.”
There are new camping items pouring into shops every season that allow individuals and families the convenience and efficiency of almost feeling as if they are still at home, of course, minus the lengthy list above. Almost any type of equipment you can think of some manufacturer has already created, and all of the camping items you will ever need can be found in catalogs, camping outlets and online.
You will find more stuff than you thought ever existed. In fact, you may find that you never thought you would need some items until you come across them while shopping. A word of caution though: use your common sense when shopping. It is easy to go overboard and by items you don’t need and will never use.
The type of equipment needed for camping varies from one individual or family to the next, but in general, you will find that the first thing you need is a tent; though some choose to forgo this method and seek the extreme extravagance of a pop-up camper or recreational vehicle. The majority though, prefer to keep it simple and a little more wild and earthy. Nothing lets you commune with nature better than taking technology out of the equation. You will also need items such as a cooking stove, sleeping bags, ice chest, and you may even consider a nice air mattress. Camping should be about simplicity, but not at the expense of your back.
In addition to the normal camping necessities you will need, you’ll also want to consider what activities you plan on doing while on your outdoor adventure. If you intend to hike, bike, backpack, kayak, climb or fish, which tend to be the most popular recreational activities, then make sure you get everything you need in order to have a good time doing them. Any sports recreation store should easily be able to outfit you and prepare you for your outdoor expedition.
By being well prepared you will be better able to relax and enjoy yourself, rather than struggling with old antiquated camping gear. Make sure you update any old camping equipment in addition to buying any extra items. Some stores are great places to do this, and even allow you to shop online. So what are you waiting for? Gather up the pets and the rest of the family, get stocked up on the gear you need (and don’t forget the S’mores) and get out of the city. Go be one with nature—go camping!