Camping equipment has become such big business that you can buy any number of bizarre items to add to your kit but is there a point where you should take an objective look at the amount and type of equipment you own.
We have noticed over recent years that many campers (usually families) are slowing trying to recreate the experience of living at home even though they are stuck out in a damp field somewhere. We are all for making things as comfortable as possible even more so when kids are along but sometimes it can be taken a little too far.
Don’t worry this inst going to be a full blown rant but maybe its just us but aren’t these people missing the whole point of camping in the first place?.
Time to Unplug
Multimedia systems and overcomplicated cooking equipment seem to be the most popular closely followed by powerful lighting all fueled by large noisy generators. Give most children a computer or smartphone and they will happily plug themselves into it until their skin goes white and their leg muscles waste away. Camping should be a golden opportunity for any parent to break the personal tech cycle if only for a day or two.
Camping does not have to be a hellish experience but if you have carefully crafted a faithful reconstruction of your living room in your 10 person fully heated tent (even though there are only 4 of you) why bother leaving home in the first place?. Why not get yourself a caravan or a RV and be done with it, no more unpacking your portable house every time you need to sleep or have a burning desire to play Call of Duty.
In the summertime camping is a simply way to enjoy the outdoors and doesn’t need a vast array of equipment to ensure survival. If you only pack gear to take care of your basic needs the camping checklist can be small.
- At least two ways of making fire
- Basic cooking equipment
- At least one reliable method of communications (for emergencies)
- Extra dry clothes
- First aid kit
- Simple radio for a bit of midnight dancing
Maybe its the minimalist wild campers in us but some of the most beautiful places we have slept over the years have been nowhere near any organized campsites, getting the true value from the great outdoors means doing away with as much modern technology as possible and leaving the well beaten track far behind.
Always looking for better, lighter and easier camping equipment does sometimes leave us with slightly older gear just cluttering up the house. Most will be good to keep for a backup but being brutal in what stays and what goes can be profitable.
The market in used camping kit is massive with many places to offload the things you don’t need anymore. Provided it still works the way it should, you can usually find a buyer for surplus camping equipment quickly.