It’s my favorite time of year. We are headed out to the annual camping trip. We do little trips throughout the year as well but this is our big trip I have decided it is time for some near gear (most of my stuff is hand me downs or leftovers from childhood). Share with me your coolest camp gear. The most useful, and even the not so useful.
Our trip is going to be a two parter. We are driving into some property in Sierra Nevada’s leased by my boyfriend’s family from the government where we can drive straight to the site. We will camp there for a couple of days and then we are going to go backpacking for a couple of days. I need recommendations for stuff!
Specifically I need a new pack (I’m 5’2 and a woman if that will help in suggestions), a one person tent for the backpacking part of the trip, and a warm sleeping bag (we will be in the mountains and I am a cold wuss), and a lightweight sleeping mat. I am also open to all suggestions of anything else I might need. I love cool camping gear, so even if it is not a necessity, but is just plain neat, I want to hear about it (though it will probably be left behind on the backpacking portion of the trip). Since we will be able to leave some stuff behind in a locked storage shed during the backpacking portion of the trip not everything need to be small and compact, but any cool backpacking gear you know of would be awesome as well. We will also be fishing (stream and lake) so any cool gear you can suggest there would be great.
I am a pretty seasoned camper (pretty much the only vacations we took as a child) and we will be strictly tent camping for both portions (we have a larger tent for the easy camp portion), though others might appreciate cool stuff for people who use campers and what not.
I also thought it might be fun to share any tricks, tips for camping, recipes, nice camp spots, cool camping gear, etc. that people have come across though the years whether a strictly RV, state park camper, or a deep woods hike (or kayak) in camper.
I love this time of year!