Budget Hiking Gear – Buying Outdoor Gear on a Budget

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When it comes to budget hiking gear, you do not have to spend a small fortune to have the best quality equipment. There are several very good options available that do not break the bank and are also very reasonably priced. If you want to maximize your time on the hiking trail, you should invest in some good equipment that you can count on to hold up under the worst conditions. With the right hiking gear, you can enjoy the back country hiking, stream camping, and day hiking that you will frequently do. But before you start, make sure that you are prepared to deal with a variety of emergencies, carry out your assignments with enthusiasm, and take a bit of time to really enjoy yourself and become well versed in the hiking equipment that you have at your disposal.

An Overview

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Most budget hiking gear for younger scouts include a small backpack. For very young scouts, a 40 litre backpack is fine for occasional weekend trips or short trips. However, for much longer overnight trips, such as those lasting several days, you will want to invest in a more substantial and expensive backpack. Among the features that you should look for are extra room for gear and clothing, a hip belt for comfort, and adequate storage for all of the various pieces of camping gear that your troop routinely carries.

A very useful addition to any young scout’s backpacking gear list is a quality tarp. For those backpacking trips lasting several nights, it is important that the tarp is waterproof and have an outer coating that will ward off rain and other weather damage. The other factor that you will want to consider is how thick you want the tarp to be. Youngsters can usually use a thinner, less durable tarp while they are still growing, but an adult backpacking scout will want a thicker, stronger tarp that can last for many camping seasons.

Budget Hiking Gear

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Camping mats are another very useful feature of budget hiking gear for young people. A camping mat will help to ensure that your child has a safe and comfortable place to sleep during their overnight trip. There are two types of camping mats that you can buy: the camping mat with a built in pad and the portable camping mat. Some camping mats, especially those that feature a built in pad, also feature a rain fly. This is important because it will extend the life of your tent by allowing it to dry off faster during the wetter seasons.

Another very valuable piece of youth backpacking gear is a quality pair of hiking boots. Although most kids’ hiking gear will not come with a pair of hiking poles, it is a good idea to include some hiking poles in your youngster’s gear bag as well. It is always easier to find new things to do, especially if you are a newbie to the sport, and the more hiking poles that your youngster has in their backpack, the better prepared they will be when they start hiking. In addition, having a couple of hiking poles with them on any excursion is almost always needed if the weather is stormy or extremely cold.

A great way to save money on your kid’s hiking meals is to make their own meals. There are quite a few budget friendly cookbooks that teach even the youngest children how to prepare healthy and cost effective hiking meals. The main thing to remember when making meals on your own is to plan ahead, and make sure that you pack enough food for all of your hikers and enough to cover the estimated hiking mileage. If you are going on a long hike that is expected to take several days, then buying food along the way is definitely a good idea.

In The End

Another thing to remember, as your children become more mature, is to buy a quality tarp and other accessories for your tent. Buying a good quality tarp and other supplies can be expensive, but it is an important investment that can protect you from the rain, the sun and other hazards on your hiking trip. When you are buying tarp gear online, read the customer reviews and find a brand and model that have good customer service. Also, read up on the equipment manufacturer to make sure you are getting a good value. If you are unsure of which tarp to buy, take a picture of the tent and the tarp you intend to use and bring that along with you when you shop.

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