Camping adventure is very different from what it used to be just a few years ago, some would argue that the true spirit of camping was in the old days, when all you had was your shoes and yourself. Today, camping sites have everything from hot running water, internet, to a pantry full of tinned goods.
It’s something you can do all year round, if you have the heart for it, and it’s certainly something you can do in any area if you are feeling adventurous. However, some modern amenities make camping not only easier but more entertaining rather than just going out to spend a night in the bush. Here are four things that can help you get a variety of tasks done at your campsite, and would make it so much more entertaining than you would want to spend an extra few nights out there, with the right tools to make that possible.
Even though your real accommodation is the great nature when you camp, you still need a tent to give you some shelter at night, and a place to store supplies during the day. A base camp isn’t complete without a fire, some marshmallows, and a tent. In case you run into some unexpected weather, having a tent can save you and your supplies, and also it doesn’t really feel like camping without a tent. You can find all kinds of tents, made from different materials to suit the climate you are in, and in various sizes and formations that can house just one person or a crew of several people.
Knives are definitely one of the top 3 pieces of camping gear you can invest in. More than just being a means to cut and slice your food, depending on the knife you get, you could start a fire with it, cut down a tree, or it could be a serious fashion statement. There are so many types and styles at such varied price points that it can be overwhelming to choose one. This is why it is recommended to choose more than one, each for a different purpose. Besides, it is important to keep a check on and know when your pocket knife needs an upgrade, as it may probably be great at slicing fruits and vegetables, but you certainly don’t want to risk it on rock, wood, and game.
Other than being an expensive bit of jewelry, it probably doesn’t have the right build quality, size, or metal that is functional outdoors. You want to stick to something that is 8 inches in length, in a sheath rather than being a folding knife, made of carbon steel and constructed in a full tang architecture.
3. Water Filters and Water Purifiers
Yes, there is a difference. As the name suggests, water filters filter the water of contaminants like dirt, debris, and even bacteria. Generally, the ones that filter bacteria do tend to be slightly more expensive, whereas very basic (cheaper) water filters only filter foul smells and are designed for tap water. The area you are camping in will determine the kind of water treatment system you should use, and more specifically, the quality of water available to you for filtration. For areas where you have no idea about the water quality, or it just doesn’t look very safe, or you just want to be extra sure, water purifiers are the way to go. Of course, purifiers are more expensive, but naturally, they offer more protection.
Purifiers are required specifically when you are trying to remove viruses from the water. At a microscopic level, viruses are much smaller than bacteria, which is why it is harder to filter them out.
4. Fire Starter
Fire is essential to survival, and even more important out in the wild. You could use anything from a box of matches to a lighter to a proper ferrocerium fire starter. Each has its advantages as well as disadvantages, but whatever you choose, the most important thing is to know how to properly use it to make a fire. It also helps to have more than one in case one gets lost or wet. It’s easy to find fuel for fire out in the bush but finding a source of energy to start the fire is a challenge.
Finding your way in the jungle isn’t that difficult if you have the right knowledge and the right tools to get you by. Some people are put off by the idea of camping because it sounds like too much investment in gear, but these basics won’t cost you too much and they offer a lot of utility. Be prepared to have fun!