Are you one of those who would rather spend their free time camping or hiking than just sitting around the house doing nothing?
Spending a lot of time traveling in the great outdoors requires an investment on high-quality outdoor gear.
They can be your key to survival in the great outdoors, because good outdoor gear will protect you and help you have successful adventures while shielding you from the elements and caring for your body.
How to choose the proper outdoor gear?
- Your feet will probably be taking the brunt of all your outdoor activity, given the amount of walking and hiking you will be doing. Invest in a good pair of boots that will withstand terrain and weather, won’t slide, and will keep your feet dry. Purchase boots only from noteworthy outdoor shops and steer clear from high fashion boots that won’t give you protection or the comfort you’ll need for the outdoors. Some tips when shopping for outdoor gear:
- Feet expand, so make sure that you go shopping in the afternoon.
- Take the time to research on the proper outdoor gear; ask experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts on what brands and types of boots you will need.
- Wear your walking socks while fitting for boots.
- A high-quality waterproof jacket is one of the most important things you should have with the rest of your outdoor gear. A good jacket should have pockets which you’ll need for maps and snacks, as well as a hood that will protect your head from downpour. There’s a wide variety of waterproof jackets on the market to suit your taste and budget, so you should take the time to shop and look out for one that fits you perfectly.
- As much as 40% of body heat can be lost in your head, so it’s also essential to have good coverage for your head especially if you are hiking during the winter or wet season. When shopping for outdoor gear, look for a hat that will keep your head warm.
- Don’t forget the sun block and a light hat as these will keep your skin, face, and head from getting burnt. Even if you are hiking in cold conditions, the skin exposed can still get burnt, so make sure to add these to your list of outdoor gear.
- Choose a high-quality backpack which will store the rest of your outdoor gear and keep your hands free for other important tasks. Today’s models have many styles and weights to choose from to suit your outdoor needs; there are also models available with ventilation so can avoid a sweaty back. If you are going on a long camping holiday, choose a backpack which can carry 55-75 liters; 30-55 liters for shorter holidays, and about 20 liters for daytrips.
Your outdoor gear will not be complete without these other necessities:
- Water bottle
- Navigation equipment such as a map and compass
- Extra clothing
- First aid kit and medicines for any emergencies