Backpacking Necessities for Safety and Emergency Situations

Backpacking tipsAn emergency can arise at any time on a hike, and preparation is the key to getting out of many wilderness situations safely.

Whether it’s a scraped knee, an unexpected rainstorm, a wild animal approaching or getting lost on the trails, here are some backpacking essentials to bring along to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

Essential Orientation and Navigation Supplies

Getting lost can quickly escalate into cause for concern, making navigation and orientation tools a must for backpackers. Topographic maps, GPS systems and a compass can be a hiker’s best friends in such situations. While GPS apps may be useful, but don’t rely solely on the technology functioning properly in the wilderness. Of course, knowing how to properly use a compass and having one handy can also be a lifesaver for reading those maps and getting oriented with positioning. Read more Backpacking Necessities for Safety and Emergency Situations

4 Tips for Picking Better, More Durable Hiking Boots

Best hiking boots

All hiking boot manufacturers tend to make similar claims, so it can be difficult to decipher which ones will be best for each hiker’s chosen excursions. To make it worse, personal reviews can be time-consuming to comb through when everyone has their own preferences (and of course, foot shape.)

And just like other camping equipment consumer items, such as tents, camping cookware or backpacks, every manufacturer claims to be the best, cheapest or highest ranked. 

The good news is that shoppers don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to get the best in shoes. However, they may have to do a little research before they decide. Read more 4 Tips for Picking Better, More Durable Hiking Boots

All You Want To Know About Hiking Backpacks

Hiking backpacks

Most people know from an early age that having a quality backpack can make a difference when it comes to getting around and carrying essential camping equipment. Essential camping equipment like tents, a good camping cookware set, food and water.

A strap that’s starting to come undone at the seams can put a significant amount of stress on a person (both mentally and physically.) For serious backpackers, there’s nothing worse than realizing that a backpack is inadequate about halfway through a trip.

No matter what the store’s return policy is, it won’t help if campers are deep in the woods when their backpack falls to pieces. To avoid this type of distress, keep the following tips in mind. Read more All You Want To Know About Hiking Backpacks

What to Bring When Camping in a Tent


Tent campingThere’s nothing quite like a night in a tent – tent camping. The only thing that separates a camper from the stars is the thin sheet of canvas that hovers over them.

While staying in a tent, the sounds of the night forest will become the nighttime lullaby and the warmth of the sun will be the morning alarm. And after waking up in your tent, looking forward to starting that warm campfire and smelling that first cup of steaming coffee from your best camping coffee pot.

However, tent camping is a bit more challenging than other types of camping – or a simple day hike. In order to fully enjoy the tent camping experience, it’s imperative that campers have the right supplies on hand. Read more What to Bring When Camping in a Tent

Packing Hacks for the Ultimate Outdoor Experience While Camping

Back packing

When overnight outdoor excursions become stressful, it tends to negate the intention of most campers—to decompress and relax amid the peaceful great outdoors.

Our busy work and family life often cause our stress levels to go way up. To handle the stress, many people turn to gyms, eating out or other things in an effort to reduce their stress. But what many don’t know or need to be reminded of, camping does release stress. Few people would argue that the smell of fresh morning coffee from a campsite coffee pot doesn’t help melt the stress away. 

But why stress over what to bring camping? Follow these tips for packing right for campouts and heed these camping packing hacks. Then you will be on the right path to a much more pleasant experience. Read more Packing Hacks for the Ultimate Outdoor Experience While Camping