How to Buy Camping Equipment

How to Buy Camping EquipmentCamping is a great recreational activity. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and a connection with the outdoors. It also provides great bonding time with your friends and family. Proper equipment for your camping trip can make the experience much more pleasant.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Decide what kind of camping you will be doing. You need different equipment depending on whether you are backpacking, horse packing, river camping or car camping.
Step 2
Consider the season and the climate possibilities. Ask yourself if you are you going to camp in the summer or the winter and if you'll need a tent that can stand up to high wind, or one with good ventilation to withstand desert heat.
Step 3
Make a list of all the equipment you will need. Depending on the trip, the basic list should look something like this: shelter, sleeping bag, water containers, a backpacking and/or camping stove, eating utensils, hiking shoes, camp shoes, a waterproof layer, a cool layer (shorts), two warm layers, a warm hat, a hat that provides shade, sunglasses, bathing suit, gloves and a flashlight or headlight. You can add items to fit your trip.
Step 4
Start your research. If you have friends that go camping a lot ask them what brands they like and ask to see their equipment.
Step 5
Check out gear guides in outdoor recreation magazines such as "Outside" and "Backpacker."
Step 6
Investigate camping stores and outfitters in your area. Before you invest in any expensive equipment (stoves, boots, sleeping bags, headlights, tents, backpacks), it is a great idea to ask around and see if places near you offer gear rentals, so you can try before you buy.
Step 7
Split your purchase power between local stores and the Internet. You can find great deals online, but it's a good idea to scout out gear in local stores, especially to find area-specific trail maps.

Tips & Warnings

Don't buy into the hype about the latest, greatest gear. Carefully consider and test all gear to make sure it is suited to your needs.

Article Written By Caroline Schley

Based in New York City, Caroline Schley has been writing articles on fitness, social interaction and politics since 2008. Her articles have appeared in "The Tahoe Weekly," "Second Line News" and websites, including Schley graduated from CU Boulder in 2005 with a degree in environmental science.

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