First-time adventurers need to be outfitted with the proper equipment in order for the trek to be successful. There are a number of factors to consider when shopping for the camping gear you will need to survive in the wilderness. Whether you are going for one night, one week, or one month, you need to be prepared.
First, decide where you are going and how long you will be “roughing it.” These two factors will help to determine exactly what you need when it comes to camping supplies. The longer you are gone, the more you will need to look into portability, packability, and weight. Moreover, you also have to take into account the weather conditions that you will encounter while you are out in the wild. It may be warm during the day and cold at night. In addition, if you are climbing a mountain, in general, the higher the elevation, the cooler the temperature. You may start out in one climate and end up on another.
Regardless of where you decide to go and for how long, there are thousands of gadget and gizmos available and only you can decide what you will need. However, bear in mind that if you are including a hike to a campsite, then you will have to carry your stuff and will probably be better off with just the basic necessities. This is especially true if you are a newbie. It is best to get acclimated to the activity before purchasing every device available.
Once you have a destination in mind, go out and purchase a good pair of boots. Your sneakers may be fine for a day trip, but you are going to want something waterproof if you will be gone longer than that. You need to buy these first so that you can work them in and get used to them. It is not a good idea to go hiking in new boots as blisters and chafing can result.
After you have selected your footwear, it is time to delve into the rest of your camping equipment. Accommodations should come next and that means a tent. In order to find the right one for the climate in which you will be enjoying the comforts of nature. You can get one for three or four seasons. Three season tents are good for everything except the bitter cold. Four seasons can be used anywhere, anytime. However, before you leave the store, try to carry your choice. This is important if you will be hiking as it can get heavy quickly and lighter weight options may be available.
Be sure to also look at the different selections of sleeping bags and choose the one appropriate for your trip. Be sure that you carry a first aid kit and have a headlamp or flashlight for when the sun goes down. In addition, be sure to carry a paper map as cell service may not be available and a water filtration system if you will truly be out in the wilderness.