Camping Hacks

Camping hacks are fun! Plain and simple! Here you can learn about things to do while camping, hiking hacks, backpacking hacks and other family friendly outdoor activities. These camping tips are designed with families in mind to create last memories, because we know when you are camping with kids diy yourself ideas and activities are a must a have! Here you will find creative camping games, tricks, ghost stories, poems and much more family fun to have around the campfire

Sleeping bag

Sleeping Bag Buying Guide


What should I look for in a sleeping bag?


Understand the sleeping bag temperature rating scale

Bags which display a “lower-limit” as well as a “comfort” rating were rated according to the European Norm (EN) standard. The “lower-limit” rating corresponds to the temperature at which the average male would be comfortable and is lower than the “comfort” rating, which corresponds to the temperature at which the average female would be comfortable. Anticipate the coldest temperature you may experience when choosing your sleeping bag (note that it is also possible to increase temperature ratings by wearing layers, etc.).  

As such, men should pay attention to the “lower-limit” rating and women (of average hairlessness) should take note of the bag’s “comfort” rating.   Personal temperature preferences are not reflected in these ratings, so keep that in mind.

A WORD ON SLEEPING PADS

Your sleeping pad (or lack thereof) also affects your comfort level.  Sleeping pads insulate you and your bag from the ground.  Because the bottom of your bag will compress when occupied, sleeping pads are very effective insulators in cold-weather environments (think desert or snow).
 

Other considerations

CONSTRUCTION IS KEY

Sleeping bags insulate by trapping air against your body.  The two major types of insulation are natural down and synthetic fibers.  Down is a very efficient insulator and is used to create most lightweight sleeping bags.  On the other hand, down quickly loses insulating capacity when wet, whereas synthetic fibers are slightly more resilient.

Fill-power is simply a measurement of insulating efficiency (think temperature rating vs. weight).  The higher the number, the more insulation the fill provides for the same amount of weight.  

BAG TYPES FOR ALL

Sleeping bags designed for backpacking utilize a space-saving “mummy” design and use the lighter-weight materials noted above.  Car-camping bags are usually rectangular, often made form cotton or polyester, and make poor backpacking bags on account of their weight.

STORAGE MATTERS

Never keep a sleeping bag in its stuff sack longer than you have to, especially if it was put away wet.  To maintain your bag’s EN rating, you should store your bag in its accompanying storage bag (NOT the compression bag) or a large garbage bag. …

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Car Camping Checklist

The Ultimate Car Camping Checklist


This list is for car campers and is intentionally extremely long. There is nothing worse than forgetting something absolutely essential to enjoyable camping trip. The editors of TrailMob compiled this list to ensure, forgotten sleeping pads, memory cards for camera no longer sour an otherwise amazing trip. Yes we realize this list is long and clearly you will not bring everything on here.


Camping sleeping and general gear checklist

Air mattress (s)
Backcountry Backpack
Bikes
Daypack
Extra Blanket (s)
Firewood
Fishing Gear
Folding chairs
Hatchet
Headlamp (s)
Knife
Lantern (batteries or fuel)
Large Backpack to store everything else
Multi-tool
Pet food (with favorite bowl)
Pet tent
Pet toys (such as Chuckit!)
Pillow (s)
Sleeping bag (s)
Sleeping pad (s)
Survival / First Aid Kit
Tea Candles
Tent (with stakes and guylines)
Tent Footprint
Water filter

Camping clothing checklist

Bandanas or buffs
Boots
Clothesline with clips (Paracord and bread clips work well)
Extra Layers
Gloves
Hats
Long underwear
Long-sleeve shirts
Moisture-wicking T-shirts
Pajamas
Pants
Rain Jacket (s)
Sandals
Shorts
Socks
Sweatshirt
Swimsuit
T-Shirts
Umbrella
Underwear

Camping cooking and kitchen checklist

Bottle opener / corkscrew
Bowls, plates, mixing bowls
Cooler (s)
Cutting Board
Egg holder (Empty Water bottle works great & saves space.)
Foil
Fuel
Ice
Lighter
Matches
Mugs
Paper Towels
Paring knife
Pot scrubber
Pots & pans
Resealable storage bags
Roasting sticks
Soap
Spatula
Stove
Trash bags
Utensils
Water bottles
Whisk
Windscreen

Camping food staples checklist

Appropriate airport alcohol bottles
Bagels
Beer
Bread
Btl of Liquor
Btl of Wine
Charcoal (In Egg Carton)
Cheese
Chocolate / sweets
Cocoa
Coffee Filters
Coffee Ground
Condiments
Cookies, Oreos work great for s’mores.
Crackers or Chips
Drink Mixes (Including Coffee VIA)
Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
Energy Drinks
Freeze-dried meals
Fruit
Gallon of Water (Frozen, save money on cooler ice)
Graham Crackers
Granola
Hot Dogs
Ice
Jerky
Lunch Meat
Marshmallows
Oatmeal
Oyster Crackers
Ramen
Recipe Ideas
Soda
Some sort of Bars, Nature Valley etc.
Soup
Spice kit (Tic Tac Containers work great)
Steak / Burgers
Tea
Vegetable Oil (In small canister)

Camping electronics and paperwork checklist

Atlas
Binoculars
Camcorder
Camera
Campsite reservation confirmation
Car Charger
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Charger
Computer w/ Charger
GPS receiver
Guidebook
Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
Maps
Memory cards
Notebook
Parks passport
Pencil
Pens
Portable Charger
Radio or music player with headphones
Reading material
Sketchpad with art supplies
Solar Charger
Star chart/night-sky identifier
Two-way radios
Write in the Rain notebook

Camping personal hygiene checklist

Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
Biodegradable soap
Comb
Cosmetics
Earplugs
Female hygiene products
Floss
Hand sanitizer
Insect repellent
Lip balm
Mirror
Portable shower
Prescription medications
Quick drying towel
Sunscreen
Toilet paper
Toothbrush
Toothpaste

Campfire fun and games checklist

Board games
Bocce ball
Boomerang
Footbag
Frisbee
Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
Horseshoes
Kites
Paddle ball set
Playing cards
Puzzles
Water toys…

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