Essential Gear for Spring Camping
For most of us, spring is in full force. That means campsites are filling up and outdoor enthusiasts are hitting the trails. Navigating the unstable climate change in the spring can bring unique challenges for campers. If you don’t pack the right essentials, you’re camping trip could end up being a washout. Here are some must-have spring camping essentials that will help you brave the elements.
Dry and comfortable sleeping
Spring camping can be tricky weather to pack for, especially when it comes to sleeping. Like tents, sleeping bags and mats are designed for a variety of elements and temperatures. The U.S. G.I. Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat is perfect for spring camping, giving you enough insulation from the ground without creating a sauna in your tent. It’s also easy to clean and extremely portable for trail camping. If you choose to do without a tent and sleep under the stars, the U.S. G.I. Insect Bar will allow you to truly bare the elements without becoming victim to blood sucking insects. It fits over any hammock, cot, sleeping bag, or sleeping mat. Be sure to choose a warm sleeping bagor mat as spring temperatures can be chilly at night.
Waterproof your valuables
Similar to the ups and downs of spring temperatures is the unpredictable weather patterns and the chance for rain on any given day. Waterproof backpacks and duffel bags are designed to keep all of your gear dry and free of debris. The U.S.G.I Super Strong Dry Bag from Coleman’s will ensure that moisture, bugs, and debris stay out and your valuables stay put. It’s lightweight and perfect if you’re heading out on a kayaking trip and need to take your phone or other electronics. It holds 20 liters worth of items, so you have plenty of room for valuables but portable enough to not weigh you down while hiking. Another great way to keep your gear dry is an inexpensive U.S. G.I. Field Pack Liner.These liners are very lightweight and waterproof. Even if your backpack isn’t waterproof, if you put your clothes in this bag inside your backpack you won’t have to worry about them getting wet.
Start a fire the easy way
Regardless of the time of year, building a fire is at the top of basic survival skills needed to navigate the great outdoors. To speed along the process of collecting and chopping up kindle, make sure you always have a Swiss Camping Hatchet in your pack. Not only is it useful for chopping up small pieces of wood, but it’s also great to have with you on a hike, and you decide to go off the beat and path. For getting your fire started quickly, always have a Magnesium Fire starterwith you. It will be a lifesaver when the inevitable spring rains pay you a visit, and your kindle becomes exposed to moisture. Unlike matches and lighters, magnesium fire starters are unaffected by water. Not having a handy fire starter with you could make or break your camping trip.
Stock up on spring camping gear
Don’t leave your spring camping gear to just anyone. Coleman’s Military Surplus has a huge selection of camping mess kits, military tents, campfire cookware, and more. Protect your valuables and be prepared for the unpredictable on your next camping trip.