Before we go on our backpacking adventures, we need the best backpacking camping gear money can buy, which will depend on the type of trip planned. We will benefit from researching before we choose backpacking gear and the best option for finding the all important items needed.
We make a few priorities before setting out on the trail, that includes choosing a suitable sleep system, cook system, tents for camping, and the important hiking and backpacking essential items. Before setting out we get this right to prevent coming home early of the trail with our tail in between our legs. We want to be heading home to tell the family what a fantastic adventure we just had, with an overwhelming desire to do it again.
Sleeping System: A quality system for sleeping requires a camping mattress or sleeping pad and suitable sleeping bags , that will provide comfort, be compact and light enough to minimize what we carry in our backpacks. A camping mattress will provide protection between a camper and the floor, and provide the comfort factor needed. The air mattress types are the most comfortable, although they can get punctured, especially if buying a cheaper option. The foam sleeping pad types are much lighter than the counterparts and can be much cheaper to buy. A sleeping bag will come in various shapes and designs, including the popular mummy style bag. They will also have different temperature ratings for various conditions people will encounter and use different materials for fill, with the better sleeping bags being made from down fill.
Backpacking cook system: The best backpacking stove, cookware and camping food we plan to eat will need to meet the needs for what we wish to pack, and the weight we are willing to carry whilst being efficient. There is a wide range of stoves available that include home made backpack stoves for the gramme counters to the Jetboil cooking system for those that want a rapid boil within 2 minutes. The conditions the camping stove will used in and the fuels suitable will determine a choice here. Backpacking camp food will need to be basic, and weigh as little as possible with the ability to stay fresh. Many will go with a basic food kit and use dried food or oatmeal to get the much needed energy restoration.
Backpacking tent: Of course a camping tent choice for backpacking and hiking should not be overlooked. This is the most important piece of gear we will be taking on the trail. A minimalist may just just a basic put together tarp shelter or bivy shelter. Others, that want more comfort and room will want a quality tent that may have a vestibule to store hiking boots or wet gear. The more money we spend here, the better the quality of tent we will get, although the midrange price tags can get a great tent, at about $ 200 to $ 300.
Preparing essential items: All the items above are of course necessary, although we have many choices from the various systems we can adapt to suit our backpacking needs. Essential items for backpacking and hiking will include a first aid kit, map, fire-lighter, compass, water purifier and maybe a GPS. Preparing a backpack list is advisable to make sure all necessary backpacking camping gear items are catered for. Some items we will need other we wont, but preparation is key.
Last Note: The gear we decide to take will depend on the conditions we will face, our budget allowance and weight we are willing to lug about. However, investing in the best backpacking equipment cash can buy is highly advisable, but research, research, and some more research.