Checking and Replacing Backpacking Gear

Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer is here and that means that it is time to pull that old camping and backpacking gear out of the garage and get ready for summer adventure. Although, backpacking is a fun recreational activity it can also be dangerous, which is why when preparing to go out you should make sure that all your equipment is functional, and if not, find a place to get new backpacking gear in Baton Rouge. This article will discuss backpacking essentials so that you can effectively prepare for your next excursion.  

The Basics Obviously when it comes to fundamentals, the first things that you are going to want to check are your backpack and sleeping bag. If either of these two things are unable to function properly it will utterly ruin any trip you go on. To check the bag, load it up to your desired weight and try jumping up and down a bit, or take it on a practice hike on a local trail. To check your sleeping bag, look to make sure that the zippers are in good working order, and then check it for cleanliness. A clean sleeping bag will be more capable of keeping you warm, so it may be a good idea to take it to the dry cleaners for a good scrubbing.  

Beyond the Basics Before you go buy new backpacking gear in Baton Rouge, you should also check a few other essentials. Your camp stove is obviously a vital part of any backpacker’s gear, so check to make sure that it is functional and has plenty of fuel left for the length of trip you are planning. If you have freeze dried food left over from last year, it is probably still good, although it is wise to check the expiration date as some dishes have a shorter shelf life than others. Next, your tent should be set up in the backyard at least once prior to leaving so that you can check it for any problems that you may have forgotten about last year.

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