A DIY Fishing Rod Holder & Storage Box For Your Fishing Kayak

If you’re the type that love to camp by the river so you can float down in your kayak and catch fish all day, then this great little do-it-yourself project is for you.  Instead of having your fishing supplies all over, in a soft pouch, or paying for an expensive brand-name storage box, you can create this one yourself. Get organized and save a few bucks at the same time!

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Popular Camp Games – These Camping Games Will Give You Hours Of Fun

Camping gamesGoing camping is a great way to relax for a few days away from your hurried life. But there’s much more to camping than just sitting around all weekend. One of the most relaxing and enjoyable things you can do outdoors is play some fun camping games with your friends and family. The popular camp games below will give you ideas for hours and hours of fun.

3 Popular Camping Games

Each of these camping games are picked out to be fun for multiple people and range from highly active to no activity. Pick a few that match everyone’s mood and you’ll be good to go.

1 Match, 1 Fire

In this camping game, the players will attempt to start a fire using only 1 match. Try to make this mimic a survival situation as close as possible. Note that fire can be dangerous, so if younger kids are playing make sure they know and respect fire.

Send each player out into the woods to find wood, twigs, tinder, and anything they think will help them start the fire. Once everyone has their firestarter, give each player a match and let them set up their tinder anyway they choose to help them win.

If no one can do it, give out another round of matches until someone gets their fire lit. If there’s not enough dry tinder in the area, give each player a piece of newspaper and a set number of small sticks or kindling. The first player to get a fire lit that stays going wins.

Capture the Flag

This camp game is a highly active one that will wear you and the whole crew out. You’ll need a good amount of people for this game, at least 6 I would say. You’ll also need a large area to play this in, the more people you  have the bigger it should be.

Start by Dividing into 2 teams and some how differentiating yourself with armbands, flags (think flag football), etc. Setup 2 “jails” on opposite sides of the playing area. The point of the game is to capture the other team’s flag, of course.

Teams will be able to defend their flag anyway they want. If a defender takes an armband or a flag of the opposing team member, that player goes to jail. They sit in jail until a member of their team comes and rescues them. Then they are given a free escort to the middle of the area to continue playing.

Game play continues until a flag is captured or you run out of time. To make it more interesting you can go best 2 out of 3, or include more teams, each with their own flag and jail area.

Psychiatrist

This is an indoor camping game that can be great to play when it’s raining outside or if you’ve just had enough sun (it can happen!). This game is best played with 4 or more people.

Have one person (the psychiatrist) leave the room. The remaining “patients” then decide on a rule to follow when the psychiatrist comes back. Things like:

  • answer all questions with a five word phrase
  • Begin all answers with a certain phrase (“I think…”)
  • Answer questions with your legs crossed
  • Use your imagination!

Try to think of rules that won’t be impossible to guess, but aren’t too obvious either.

When the psychiatrist comes back in, he/she starts asking questions to the patients. The psychiatrist has 3 guesses to figure out what the rule is. If he/she gets it, play again with someone else being the psychiatrist.

Be Creative!

These camping games are much more fun as long as everyone is free to be creative and be themselves. Think of other ways to alternate these games a little bit to make them more fun. Remember, the whole point of camp games are to enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other better, so don’t let competition become the most important thing.

Wanna Go Winter Camping? Here’s 7 Winter Camping Tips To Help

Winter Camping TipsWhether you’ve gone winter camping before or not, there are certain things you should watch out for. I would only recommend winter camping to people who have money to buy the proper equipment and are experienced summer campers. Winter camping is a lot different and much more dangerous than your average summer camp trip. Be sure to consider these winter camping tips before you head up the mountain.

Top Winter Camping Tips

Tip #1: Be  A Thorough Planner

Winter camping isn’t like summer camping where you can decide to load up and head out last minute because your weekend plans got canceled. There must be a lot of deliberate planning for a real camping trip in the snow. Don’t feel like you have to go up in the dead of winter either, the best time to winter camp is usually around February, March, or April. As long as you go up high enough there will be plenty of snow and the conditions will be a little warmer.

Tip #2: Be Prepared For Anything

If you do the kind of winter camping that we’ve done in the past, you’ll be perched on top of a mountain knee deep (or more) in snow. A blizzard could (and has) roll in at a moments notice and snow you in, making it impossible to leave for quite some time. Winter camping is not a time to pack light – you need to be prepared for anything.

Pack a lot of extra food, clothing, blankets, propane and pretty much everything on your list. If you get stranded up on the mountain, you’ll want to have everything you need to survive easily. Preparing properly can turn a near disaster into merely an extension of your camping trip.

Tip #3: Go Tent Camping

A real winter camping trip isn’t complete without a big canvas tent – No RV’s allowed! Why? You’d never get an RV into the places we go winter camping. We use trucks to wear down a path to our campsite through the deep snow. Bring an RV and you’ll be stuck on the roads off the mountain.

Setting up a big canvas tent will give you plenty of room to live in, plus keep you sheltered from the howling wind and snow that will pummel you during the trip. Bring a big propane stove to heat the tent up and you’ll be nice and cozy. Don’t forget straw to lay out on the cold ground to make the floor of your tent.

Tip #4: Set Up A Drying Station

Since you’ll be playing all day in the snow, you’re going to get wet…really wet. You better have some kind of setup where you can hang gloves, boots, snow pants and coats above the heater to dry them out. A clothesline across the top of the tent (where the heat gathers) is a great place to hang wet clothes.

Tip #5: Bring On The Bedding

There are a couple different options for bedding depending on your preference. You can sleep right on the ground if you want (you laid out the straw, right?) If you’re going to go this route lay out a big tarp, then put your sleeping pads and sleeping bags on top so they stay dry. Cover with extra blankets so you’re plenty insulated. Unless you want to burn propane all night, the tent is going to get pretty chilly at night.

Your other option is to sleep on a camping cot. This will keep you off the ground and away from mice and other critters that take kindly to your warm shelter. You’ll also have air under you, so you better bring a thick pad to put on the cot so you’re insulated on both sides.

Tip #6: Don’t Forget The Snow Gear

Winter camping is a great time to test out all that snow gear that you’ve got sitting around. Since you’ll be surrounded in the stuff you might as well get some use out of it! Bring sleds, snow shoes, skis, snowboards, saucers, whatever you have that could be fun in the snow.

Since all your snow clothes are going to get wet, it’s a good idea to bring at least 2 of everything – snow boots, gloves, snow pants, coat, etc. The last thing you’ll want to do on a cold winter morning is put on wet gear to go play in.

Tip #7: Get Educated

As mentioned before, winter camping is a lot different than summer camping. Not only do you have the usual injuries that you could face, but other dangers like hypothermia and frostbite are present. Don’t go winter camping without knowing what the signs are and how to prevent and treat the dangers that you may come across.

Winter Camping Is A Blast!

Winter camping can be a lot of fun as long as you prepare properly. Do your due diligence then go for it! Be sure to keep in mind all these winter camping tips so you don’t miss anything important. As long as you stay safe and well fed, you’re sure to have a blast!

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7 Day Hiking Tips You Must Know Before Trekking

Day hiking tipsGoing for a nice long day hike is an enjoyable activity that will keep you in shape and let you spend some time in the great outdoors. Before you set off on your journey though, you better be prepared. These 7 day hiking tips will help you have a successful and satisfying day hike.

Top 7 Day Hiking Tips You Must Know

Tip #1: Get The Right Shoes

If you’re going on a day hike for a couple hours or more, you’re going to be spending a whole lot of time on your feet. Wearing shoes that don’t fit right or that don’t have proper arch support could turn your afternoon of enjoyment into misery. If you go hiking a lot, don’t settle on $20 shoes, get some high quality hiking shoes that have good arch support and are comfortable. Also – don’t wear fresh new shoes on a long hike, wear them in first around the house or out on some walks.

Tip #2: Dress For The Weather

If you’ve been planning a day hike for awhile, keep tabs on the forecast to get an idea what the weather will be like when you’re out. Forecasts are never 100% accurate, but they are still helpful. Take a look at the forecast the morning before you head out to make sure nothing has changed and dress accordingly. Wearing too many to too little clothes can make your day hike much less fun.

Tip #3: Pack Light

Unless you’re just going for a 30 minute hike, you better bring some stuff along for the trip. You’ll need food, water, and other accessories when you go for a longer hike, but keep it light. Every pound you can eliminate from your bag will give you a higher chance of reaching your goal for the day. But use discretion, keeping an essential out of your pack could put you at risk if something goes wrong.

Tip #4: Hike Consistently

If your goal is mileage or getting to a certain point on a mountain and back in one day, then you’ll want to hike as consistently as possible. Short sprints followed by rest periods will put you behind the person that is just slowly and consistently trekking along. Remember the Tortoise and the Hare?

Tip #5: Wear The Right Clothing

Along with “Dressing for the weather” it’s important to wear the right types of material. Cotton and wool clothing will make you wet and miserable. They don’t do a good job of wicking sweat off your skin, which is vital. Buy some clothing meant for exercising in that  will keep the sweat from soaking your clothes and making you uncomfortable.

Tip #6: Wear a Brimmed Hat

Going for a long day hike without a hat is never a good idea, it leaves you wide open to all those UV rays the sun is bombarding you with. And since you’re going to wear a hat, you might as well go all out! Grab a hat with a big brim that goes all the way around, it will help shade your head, neck, and shoulders from the sun.

Tip #7: Use Hiking Poles

Sure, you may think hiking poles are for wimps or that they really don’t do anything, but they really do help a lot if you’re hiking a long distance. Not only do they help to stabilize you on rough terrain, but they also transfer a little weight off your legs (which are doing most the work) and onto your arms. A good pair of [easyazon_link identifier=”B008CK5JHY” locale=”US” tag=”campingeasyazon-20″ popups=”y”]hiking poles[/easyazon_link] will help you hike farther and faster than “being tough” and going without them.

Where Else To Apply These Hiking Tips

There you have it, 7 day hiking tips that will help you have more fun with less discomfort on your next long hike. To learn more about hiking, check out these hiking essentials to make sure you don’t get caught out in the wilderness unprepared.

All these hiking tips apply if you’re going backpacking for more than a day too. If that’s the case, check out this list of backpacking essentials to make sure you have everything you need.

Best Fire Starter Ideas To Start Fires In Bad Conditions

Whether you’re out car camping, backpacking, or motorcycle camping, building a fire is essential if you need a little warmth and want to cook some food. But how do you build a fire in less-than-ideal conditions? What if all the sticks and twigs nearby are soaking wet? These are the best fire starter ideas that I’ve found to be able to start fires quickly, no matter the conditions.

The Best Fire Starter Ideas

Wax & Egg Cartons

This is a homemade solution that works great. You’ll need to start saving the remnants of all the candles you burn (or ask friends for theirs). You’ll also need some egg cartons, the ones that come in the 5-dozen pack work the best, or you can use the bottom parts of the smaller containers.

Heat the wax up to it’s melting point (be careful!) and fill up each egg spot with the candle wax. Once it cools, then you can cut them apart so you have individual fire starters. All you have to do is light the egg carton and you’re fire will get going in no time. You can add dryer lint or sawdust to the carton to help it light better too.

Cotton Balls & Petroleum Jelly

This is a bit more messy solution, but very cheap and something you can do at home. Take individual cotton balls and squeeze petroleum jelly into them. It’s not enough just to cover the outside of the cotton ball, they need to be saturated. You can store them separately or together in ziploc bags, just make sure they’re sealed!

An alternative to cotton balls and petroleum jelly is soaking them in wax like above. To get them started, just scrape the wax off a small area on the cotton ball and it should light up just fine.

Pre-cut Kindling

This fire starter idea is a little more bulky and works great if you’re car camping since you have more space. I go through a lot of 2 x 4’s and other lumber that gets reused and wears out eventually. I take all the boards that I can no longer use and cut them up into small pieces with a skilsaw, then split them into kindling with a hatchet. This wood is very dry and makes great fire starter, you can even soak it in any kind of liquid fuel if it’s really wet out, just be careful!

Tree Pitch

If you’re out camping and forgot to prepare any firestarter, tree sap can be used in a pinch. Look around the trees in the area and collect chunks of pitch. If it’s soft and sticky, use a piece of wood to scrape it off the tree. This can be really helpful fire starter in damp conditions.

How To Start The Fire Starter

Once you have your fire starter all ready to go, you will need to light it. This means flame from a match or lighter or even a heavy spark will do it in some cases. Always store some waterproof matches in a waterproof container so you have something to light your fire with. Matches are cheap and light so pack plenty!

Lighters can be handy but are sometimes unpredictable. If they get wet they won’t light, and sometimes they won’t light at different altitudes.

A great fire starter that you can pick up is called Swedish Firesteel. It produces a nice, big spark and will work even if it’s soaking wet, so is great for emergencies.

Complete Car Camping Checklist – Don’t Forget Anything

car camping checklistTaking a car camping trip is one of the most enjoyable (and my favorite) ways to go camping. Unlike backpacking or motorcycle camping, you can bring whatever your car can carry. There are no weight or size limits (except those of your car). Using a complete car camping checklist will ensure that you don’t miss a thing when you’re packing.

While you do have a lot more space than someone going backpacking or motorcycle camping, it’s important to think strategically about what you’re bringing and not just throwing everything you own in the car. After all, your car will run out of space eventually.

It’s also a good idea to get a packing system down – each time you go car camping, pack your stuff in a similar way. You’ll soon find better ways to pack your stuff that will help you get more stuff in the car and unpack it easier at the camp site.

Car Camping Essentials Checklist

  1. Tent
  2. Rainfly
  3. Tent
  4. Rain fly
  5. Tarp
  6. Sleeping Bags
  7. Sleeping Pads
  8. Pillows
  9. Extra Blankets
  10. Propane Camp stove
  11. Barbecue
  12. Campfire cooking equipment
  13. Can opener (or multi-tool)
  14. Cooler
  15. Propane (or other fuel)
  16. Water Jugs
  17. Folding Camping Table
  18. Pots & Pans
  19. Utensils
  20. Plates & Bowls
  21. Food
  22. Water
  23. Dish soap
  24. Firestarter/matches
  25. First Aid Kit
  26. Tooth brush
  27. Toothpaste
  28. Washcloths
  29. Towels
  30. Toilet Paper
  31. Feminine Hygiene
  32. Shaving Kit
  33. Shovel
  34. Rake
  35. Toolkit
  36. Flashlights
  37. Extra Clothes
  38. Extra Shoes
  39. Rain Gear
  40. Splitting Maul
  41. Rope
  42. Whistle
  43. Lantern

Along with all the car camping essentials, you’ll also want to bring other things to make the trip more enjoyable and easier.

Optional Car Camping Checklist

  1. Camping Cots or other bedding
  2. Mat for outside tent
  3. Broom
  4. Pavilion
  5. Camping coffee pot
  6. Extra coolers
  7. Folding camping chairs
  8. Spices
  9. Mugs
  10. Can coolers
  11. Cutting board
  12. Pie irons
  13. Cooking sticks
  14. Aluminum foil
  15. Steak knives
  16. Dutch oven
  17. Table cloth
  18. Butane lighter
  19. Pot holders
  20. Tongs/Spatulas
  21. Ziplock bags
  22. Corkscrew

Having all the equipment you need when you leave home will make your camping trips less stressful and much more fun. The worst is forgetting one of the car camping essentials and having to spend the weekend without something you really need.

Use a checklist (or make your own) and mark off every item as you pack it into your car. Check it off any earlier and you may find that it’s still on the table at home when you go to grab it out of your car.

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These 5 Top Rated Camping Cots Will Help You Sleep Better When Camping

If you’re going to spend the night out in the woods, camping cots can help you and your friends get a better nights sleep. These sleeping cots will keep you off the ground so there’s no risk of rodents, snakes, or other ground creatures getting into your sleeping bag. When it comes to finding the right camp cot to fit your needs there’s many available, I found the best ones in each category so you don’t have to spend hours searching the net.

The Best Camping Cots

Byer of Maine Easy Cot

The Byer of Maine East Camp Cot is exactly what it claims – easy to set up. If you’ve ever set up a military type sleeping cot you know how much strength is required to pull those parts into place, the Easy Cot is the opposite. It takes very little strength to open this camping cot up, plus it’s sturdy enough to hold 325 pounds.

Dimensions: 79″ long x 32″ wide x 17″ high

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Complaints: This is a great sturdy cot, but if you’re going to be putting it to heavy use, you may want to get one that’s a little pricier. Although easy to setup, it can start to sag a bit in the middle because of it’s easy-folding design.

Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Cot


These sleeping cots are extra big and extra tough. The Teton Sports Outfitter camp cot has a patented steel leg frame that can hold up to 600 pounds, almost double of what most cots are rated for! Setup and breakdown of this camping cot are quick and hassle free. Because of it’s big size you won’t risk falling off if you’re an active sleeper. Also makes a great alternative function as a guest bed in your home.

Dimensions: 85″ long x 40″ wide

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Complaints: While This Teton XXL camping cot has loads of great reviews, there are several reports of the middle leg bending if you sit right in the middle of the cot. Click here to read what other customers had to say about the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Cot.

Therm-A-Rest LuxuryLite UltraLite Cot

If you’re looking for a backpacking cot, the UltraLite Cot is a great choice. It doesn’t keep you as high off the ground as it’s bigger counter parts, but it makes up for that with it’s light weight and compact size. It takes about 3 minutes to setup when totally dissassembled. This camp cot weighs less than 3 pounds but will support 325 pounds.

Dimensions: 74″ long x 24″ wide
Dimensions folded up: 16″ x 5″

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Complaints: These camping cots have nothing but great reviews, the only complaint I could find is that they are fairly narrow. Click here to read other real customer reviews about the UltraLite Cot.

Kamp-Rite Tent Cot

This camping cot is more than just a cot, it’s a fully enclosed tent to keep rain and bugs off you. Plus it can double as a lounge chair during the day. This unique camping cot will keep you 11″ off the ground, with the tent at 24″ off the ground so you have plenty of room. It’s got a lightweight aluminum frame that can hold up to 300 pounds. It also folds up and fits into a nice little carrying case to make it easy to haul around.

Dimensions: 84″ long x 28″ wide x 11″ high

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Complaints: The only complaints about this camping cot were that it’s head space is a little slim, so use it only for sleeping. It doesn’t fold up the smallest, but if you’re using it for tent camping that shouldn’t be a big deal. Click here to read other real customer reviews about the Kamp-Rite Tent Cot.

Teton Sports Universal Camp Cot Pad

After you buy a cot and sleep on it a few times, you may notice that it is a little too firm for your liking and it can get cold at night. If this is the case for you, consider grabbing this Camp cot pad to make sleeping on your cot a dream.

This camp cot pad fits any 82″ x 32″ standard-size cot, or you can use it directly on the ground in a pinch. It’s filled with foam that is a great insulator to help you stay warmer during those cold nights. Just set your cot up, bungee this pad in place and you’re all set.

Dimensions: 80″ long x 30″ wide x 2″ tall

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Complaints: So far this camping cot pad is all 5 stars. “It is a little bulky but well worth it” said one reviewer. Click here to read other 5 star reviews on the Teton Sports Universal Camp Cot Pad.

Camping Cot Buying Tips

You basically have 3 options for sleeping out in the woods. You can either get a camp cot like the ones above, get a big air mattress to sleep on, or buy some camping sleeping pads to put on the ground. If you’re going to go the camp cot route, remember that they can be a little cold since the air can circulate around you at night. Getting a good camp cot pad will really help with this.

Also be sure to set them up in the light (or have a lantern available if it’s dark already) as they can be a little tricky, especially if it’s your first time setting them up.

Camping Gear Checklist – Be Sure You Don’t Forget Any Camping Gear

Camping gear checklistA complete camping gear checklist will help you enjoy a stress-free an fun filled weekend. Forgetting any of the camping essentials will make for a long and uncomfortable weekend. If you’re just getting started with your camping gear checklist, use the list below as a template, then add your own items that you like to bring. Having your own custom camping gear checklist is vital whether you go camping once a year or once a week!

Essential Camping Gear Checklist

We’ll start with the essentials, start your camping gear checklist here. Forgetting these items could mean a rough trip. Don’t forget a thing and you’re sure to have more fun.

Shelter Items

  1. Tent
  2. Rain fly
  3. Tarp
  4. Sleeping Bags
  5. Sleeping Pads
  6. Pillows
  7. Extra Blankets

Cooking Gear

  1. Propane Camp stove
  2. Barbecue
  3. Campfire cooking equipment
  4. Can opener (or multi-tool)
  5. Cooler
  6. Propane (or other fuel)
  7. Water Jugs
  8. Folding Camping Table
  9. Pots & Pans
  10. Utensils
  11. Plates & Bowls
  12. Food
  13. Water
  14. Dish soap

Other Essential Camping Gear

  1. Firestarter/matches
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Tooth brush
  4. Toothpaste
  5. Washcloths
  6. Towels
  7. Toilet Paper
  8. Feminine Hygiene
  9. Shovel
  10. Rake
  11. Toolkit
  12. Flashlights
  13. Extra Clothes
  14. Extra Shoes
  15. Rain Gear
  16. Splitting Maul
  17. Rope
  18. Whistle
  19. Lantern

Optional Camping Gear Checklist

Along with the list of essential gear there’s also a lot of optional camping gear that you can take as well. These items will make your camping trip more fun, easier, more convenient, etc. Decide how many luxuries you want on your camping gear checklist then plan accordingly. =)

Optional Shelter Gear

  1. Camping Cots or other bedding
  2. Mat for outside tent
  3. Broom
  4. Pavilion

Optional Cooking Gear

  1. Camping coffee pot
  2. Extra coolers
  3. Folding camping chairs
  4. Spices
  5. Mugs
  6. Can coolers
  7. Cutting board
  8. Pie irons
  9. Cooking sticks
  10. Aluminum foil
  11. Steak knives
  12. Dutch oven
  13. Table cloth
  14. Butane lighter
  15. Pot holders
  16. Tongs/Spatulas
  17. Ziplock bags
  18. Corkscrew

Other Optional Camping Gear

  1. Camera
  2. Binoculars
  3. Camping Games
  4. Pen & Paper
  5. Chainsaw
  6. Bungi cords & tie downs
  7. Books or Kindle
  8. Bug repellant
  9. GPS
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Extra batteries
  12. Fishing Gear
  13. Radio
  14. Backpacks
  15. Sunglasses
  16. Hammock
  17. Garbage bags
  18. Duct tape
  19. Work gloves
  20. Hand wipes
  21. Fire extinguisher
  22. Scissors
  23. Watch/clock

Making Your Own Camping Gear Checklist

Use the above camping gear checklists as a template, then add your own items as you think of them. Copy them all into your own word document so you can add/subtract as needed. If you ever see a piece of camping gear that you need but isn’t on the list, just write it in and change it when you get home.

Having your own custom camping gear checklist is by far the easiest and most efficient way to pack for camping. You’ll be stress-free knowing that you have everything you need and be able to have more fun as a result.

Motorcycle Camping Gear List – Make Sure You Remember The Essentials

motorcycle camping gearWhen you head out on motorcycle camping trip, my guess is you’re trying to get away from the daily grind and have some fun. Forgetting some of the essential motorcycle camping gear can make your trip miserable and uncomfortable. Being prepared is the key to having fun no matter what comes your way. This motorcycle camping gear list will help you remember everything you need to have a good time even if things don’t go how you expect.

Motorcycle Camping Gear List

Shelter

There are many styles of tents that will protect you from the rain at night and keep the dew off you in the morning. Remember, when you’re motorcycle camping you’re looking for lightweight and compact, so don’t go out and get the 8 person family special.

Sleeping Bags

Since you’re trying to pack light, mummy bags are the best choice. They will keep you warm and roll up extremely small. Find some great camping sleeping bags here.

Sleeping Pads

Sleeping on the ground with a rock in your back will not help you feel energized and ready to ride the next day. Finding a good self-inflating foam camping sleeping pad can be a life saver.

Camping Furniture

Unless you want to sit on the ground or a nearby rock, bringing some folding stools and a small folding table can be really handy. This motorcycle camping gear will keep you and your food off the ground. I’ve reviewed several folding camping tables and camping chairs that would work great for this.

Illumination

It’s going to get dark eventually, and if things don’t go as planned you may end up setting up camp in the dark. The last thing you want to do is drain your motorcycle battery just to set up camp. Get a good LED lantern and flashlight to illuminate your campsite when the sun goes down.

Cooking Equipment

After a long day of riding the last thing you’ll want to eat is a cold meal out of a can. You can get compact cooking systems that work great for motorcycle camping gear – they’re light and easy to haul. Other useful items are collapsible dishes & canteens, utensils, and the appropriate fuel to run your camp stove. Look at my campfire cooking equipment guide for more ideas.

Safety

Riding all day can be hard on the body, so bring along a first-aid kits just in case, as well as some heat packs and cold packs. Some sort of wrap like an Ace bandage can come in very handy as well. Like I said, being prepared with the right motorcycle camping gear can keep your trips fun.

Games

Bringing along some camp games is a great way to pass the time and enjoy your company. Easy items are a deck of cards or compact games like cribbage.

Personal

Even though you’ll be “roughing” it out camping, you still need to take care of yourself. Put together a kit with hygiene stuff like toiletries, toothbrush, razor, feminine products, etc. to keep everything together. Chapstick, sunscreen and pepper spray are other good ideas to throw in.

Survival

Even though you’ll be on the road doesn’t mean there’s no chance of being stranded somewhere. Make a survival kit to bring with firestarter, solar blankets, small tools (multi-tool is great), a map, a compass, and hand warmers just in case something goes wrong.

Motorcycle Repair

Bring along common items to repair parts of your bike in case of break down. Tire inflators & repair kits, small compressors, oil, & filters can keep you going if there’s a problem.

Build Your Own Motorcycle Camping Gear List

Being prepared and bringing the right motorcycle camping gear will help you have more fun and less stress on your trip. Put together your own motorcycle camping gear list that’s customized to your needs to make sure you remember everything on every trip. To learn more about lightweight motorcycle camping gear, check out my backpacking essentials guide.

Hiking Essentials – Survive Anything With Our Top 10 Hiking Essentials List

Whether you’re hiking for a few hours or a few weeks, there are certain items that you must have before you start your trek. Leave without them, and you could find yourself lost, cold, sore, or worse. Make sure you have everything you need to survive with this hiking essentials list.

The top 10 hiking essentials list was developed in the 1930’s by a hiking organization as a general list of things you shouldn’t be without. We’ll take a look at the classic hiking essentials list, then add on a few to make an updated version. Not that theirs is outdated, but a couple more items would be a good idea to carry.

The Classic Hiking Essentials List

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Extra clothing
  5. Headlamp/flashlight
  6. First-aid supplies
  7. Firestarter
  8. Matches
  9. Knife
  10. Extra food

Our Expanded Hiking Essentials List

1. Navigation

A map and a compass are both part of navigation – so both should be included as hiking essentials. But since they’re so similar we can lump them together as one. Plus we have a lot of new technology that they didn’t have in the 30’s like GPS and altimeters that can be counted as one item as well. Oh and pack a real compass, the last thing you need is your battery-powered one running out of juice if you’re lost.

2. Sun Protection

This covers all things that protect you from the sun. It can include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and sun-protection clothing (lightweight & breathable). The last thing you want to do is deal with a sunburn if you’re trying to survive in the wilderness.

3. Extra Clothing

This one goes unchanged, though there is new gear available that’s light and still insulated well. The hiking essentials definition of extra clothing can vary depending on season and location, but the basics are a layer of underwear (tops & bottoms), extra socks, a synthetic jacket, and a very well insulated hat (not just a ball cap). You’ll lose the most heat through your head, so a good hat is essential.

4. Light

It’s going to get dark no matter where you go. Depending on the season and location it could get dark much sooner than you want. Make sure you can still see and function when the lights go out by packing a flashlight or headlamp. LEDs are the best to get, since they are tougher and won’t break on you. Always bring extra batteries. If you have a tent to setup or need to work with your hands, a headlamp is one of the hiking essentials that you shouldn’t go without.

5. First-aid Kit

Injuries happen even though you hope they never will. You can find pre-assembled first-aid kits made for hiking that have all the essentials are and still lightweight and easy to carry. Your basic kit should include treatments for the common hiking injuries like blisters, plus an assortment of gauze pads and adhesive bandages, disinfecting ointment, pain medication and a pen and paper.

6. Firestarter

Instead of 2 items being firestarter and matches, we can compress these into one item on our hiking essentials list. Matches should always be part of the gear you take hiking. They should be waterproof matches and carried in a waterproof container. Matches are light, so take a lot, they are one essential you don’t want to be without.

Firestarter is more of an emergency item to get or keep a fire going. Don’t depend on matches alone – a good firestarter will ignite quickly and sustain it’s heat for more than just a few seconds. It’s a good idea to have a firestarter and a fire sustainer (candles, chipped wood soaked in resin, wax covered cardboard)

7. Multi-tool (with Knife)

While a knife is an important part of our hiking essentials list, we have better options today than they did 80 years ago. Get a good multi-tool that has a knife or 2 in it, but also other things that will be very handy like pliers, screwdrivers, can opener.

Other items that could be included in #7 are repair kits for your air mattress and strips of duct tape.

8. Sustenance (food & water)

Packing extra food is essential whenever you go hiking. If you’re going backpacking for an extended period, pack an extra day or two of food just in case. Yes it will weigh more, but it could save your life. The more nutritious the food you bring the better.

The other side to food is water. We can go much longer without food than without water, so be sure to bring extra water or at least some way to purify water you come across. You can get a collapsible water reservoir that is easy to carry, but can hold water in a pinch if you need some extra. Always plan to carry too much water so you’re not caught off guard by an long stretch of waterless country.

9. Emergency Shelter

Since we compressed our hiking essentials list by including multiple items together, we have room to add two more. The first is emergency shelter. This can be a tent or as little as a emergency space blanket. Those little blankets are compact and weight very little and could be your key to survival if you spend the night in the woods.

10. Signaling Devices

The last hiking essential to make the list is a means to be found if you are stranded and lost somewhere. Bringing something as simple as a good whistle will help you find help much better than yelling alone (You’ll get tired of yelling fast).

Another great item you can use to signal help is a small mirror. Many compasses come with a sighting mirror which will do the trick.

Our New Hiking Essentials List

Now we’ve got a top-10 hiking essentials list that includes everything on the classic list, as well as some new gadgets that will help us stay alive and keep trekking no matter what. Put together your bag of hiking essentials (at least the things that won’t expire) and keep it handy for your next hike. Just be sure to check the bag for everything before you head out the door. You’ll also notice this list is very close to the backpacking essentials list.