Camping Tips for an Enjoyable Outdoor Adventure

Enjoying the outdoors has always been my favorite activity in life. Depending on how far you need to travel to a favorite camping area it is fairly inexpensive and when you are properly prepared, very enjoyable.

Priorities for your outdoor adventure:

Water, Water, Water is first and foremost your main concern. When you leave the comforts of civilization you will not only need water for drinking but for washing yourself, your utensils, and maybe even filling the radiator of your car or truck. Of course I’m assuming you are taking a vehicle to your camp site. If you are backpacking of traveling lite you need to do some research of the area you plan to go and see where water sources will be and map them out. You can’t depend on the water being drinkable – free from harmful bacteria. So you will need to take a supply of purification tablets or get a water pump with a purification filter.

Fire – Keeping Warm:

Check with the forest service to see what types of campfires are permissible in the area you plan to be camping. Depending on what time of year it is, some area’s do not allow any type of fire because of severe draught leading to high fire danger. Most of the time, especially in designated camping areas you will find some type of camp stove for cooking and keeping warm.

Starting your Fire:

Take plenty of matches, if possible purchase some water proof matches. Other fire starting sources are propane lighters, and survival kits with Magnesium Fire Starter and Flint Fire Starter. They are small and easy to carry and in expensive. So no reason not to have one.

Take Plenty of Food:

Food that will spoil fast, like fresh meat – steaks, chicken etc. should be eaten the first night out or take a cooler with dry ice to keep it from spoiling. Take lots of canned food and remember to store in a cool shady area. Stock up on dried fruits, nuts, jerky, energy bars, things you don’t need to worry about, are nutritious and easy to carry. Also pick up some packets of freeze dried food.

Arm Yourself:

You will most likely be miles from any emergency services so be ready to defend yourself if necessary.

You should carry a knife at all times. It has many uses and no reason not to have one with you. An axe or hatched. Very useful when gathering wood and just a great tool to have at your service. A pistol if you are comfortable with firearms and know how to use one is always nice to have. It’s a good idea to check with local authorities to make sure firearms are permissible in your area. Pepper Spray is one of the best devices for protection against bear, any animal and even humans.

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Instruments and Optics Are an Important Part of Outdoor Adventures

Now that you are planning your outdoor adventure, and no doubt have your shopping list for all of your outdoor needs, some of the items on this list are going to be your instruments and optics.

Here you are going to have a variety of items that you are going to want to purchase, and the price that you pay will depend on what budget that you have set for these. By taking your time to review all that is available to you, then you will most certainly be able to take advantage of some great deals when purchasing your instruments and optics. Be sure though that you get brands that you can count on as being reliable and well made.

Invest in a good altimeter when purchasing your instruments and optics

One of the instruments that you may be interested in is the altimeters. This is going to give you your reading of barometric pressure as well as your sea level altitudes. If you are purchasing one of these, then you want to be sure that it is going to be a good hand fit whether you are wearing gloves or not.

Binoculars are a matter of choice but are most reasonably priced

The next item on your list for instruments and optics may be a good pair of binoculars. Whether you actually need binoculars or not is going to depend on the type of outdoor adventure that you are going to be participating in. In any event it is always good to have a quality pair of binoculars with you although it may not necessarily demand the top of the line. Again remember though if you are going to be doing any type of trekking or hiking, you want something that is going to be compact in size and water proof, and its always a good idea to make sure they are fog proof as well.

A good camera is a must have on the instruments and optics list

No outdoor individual wants to go anywhere without having a good camera. There is so much of nature that can be captured on film that it is a must to take a camera with you. If you do not own any type of digital camera, or are in the market for shopping around for one, you will find that there are some excellent choices available that will fill all the requirements that you are looking for. If it’s just the basic features that you require, there are plenty to choose from and then of course there are the digital video types. No matter what the choice however, there is the necessity for them to be water proof and light weight.

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