Building a smart collection of outdoor gear and camping supplies is the best way to develop a healthy habit of taking time to observe nature and explore the wilderness. The key to having the appropriate gear is knowing what each item is used for, and knowing where to use it. Before drafting your shopping list for outdoor supplies, first consider the following questions:
Where are you going?
Are you heading off toward the desert with its arid swaths of sunshine, or are you trekking into the alpen mountains with towering trees and cool evenings? Regardless of terrain, it is important that you always have water on hand and a bounty of snacks to keep your energy high.
How long will you be out?
If you’re planning on a short hike then you’ll be able to pack lightly with snacks, but if you’re going for a weekend you’ll want to consider cooking utensils and shelter.
How are you traveling?
A quick jaunt through a nearby park or away from your base camp isn’t going to require much planning, but going off to a campsite with a tent, RV, or trailer gives you the opportunity to prepare more elaborate meals.
Who else is going?
Whether you’re organizing a group trip with friends or family, or you’re heading off into the wild on a solitary journey, meal planning and plotting hikes in advance will help you have the best time away from home.
Most importantly, what do you already have?
Take a quick inventory of your current collection of camping supplies and hiking gear before assembling a shopping list, and then check out the list below to fill any gaps in your pack.
The avid hiker who also happens to enjoy a celebratory “cold one” at the end of the trail should add the Barebones Backpack Cooler to their hiking gear. With a removable water-resistant liner that zips into the structured backpack, it provides an insulated space that holds up to 20 12-ounce cans at a perfectly cool temperature. The rigid base of the Backpack Cooler protects the contents from being smashed or bumped if it gets dropped (or landed on), and the rust-resistant zippers can withstand any changes in the weather. The Barebones Backpack Cooler is also equipped with adjustable shoulder straps to provide comfort for even the longest trek.
If the end of the trail happens to coincide with the end of the night, the Barebones Beacon lantern can be clipped onto the Backpack Cooler for a helpful and lightweight glow after the sun dips beyond the horizon. The carabiner top of this compact outdoor light can also be clipped into a tent or trailer for a unique luminous feature in any setting. The Beacon has a rechargeable and long-lasting battery that can provide up to 200 hours of light on low, which might come in handy if you find yourself hiking or camping for many nights away from electricity.
For late-night hikes that require more direct lighting to clearly illuminate a trail or to spotlight unfamiliar terrain off in the distance, the Barebones Trailblazer Flashlight has a rotating head and 500 lumens of light that will help you determine if that rock ahead is actually a moose or a bear. Beyond providing a clear beam of light, the Trailblazer also sports a USB charging port that you can use to recharge your Beacon or keep your phone battery full while you’re off the grid. Don’t worry about wearing down the Trailblazer flashlight. You can always refill the power of the Trailblazer’s reusable lithium ion battery when you get back to home base.
Packing for a long weekend camping with friends and family calls for cast iron and dutch oven cooking around the fire. Barebones Cast Iron Dutch Ovens come in 10-inch and 12-inch options, and both sizes feature a rounded bottom and a briquette temperature guide inside the lid. The tall edge on the dutch oven lid helps hold coals in place while you use the lid lifter to check on the progress of your delicious camp meal. If you’re an amateur outdoors chef, dutch oven cooking is the best way to convince your party that you’re a pro. Packing a Barebones Cast Iron Skillet will expand your outdoor meal options from hot dogs burnt over an open flame to upscale cuisine like blistered dates with gorgonzola. If you prefer to keep it simple, a skillet can elevate even the most basic breakfast of bacon and fried eggs. Choose the right skillet for the job among the Barebones 8-inch cast iron skillet, 10-inch cast iron skillet, or 12-inch cast iron skillet so that you only pack-in and carry exactly what you need.
Once you’ve gathered a healthy collection of outdoor and camping gear, you’ll be able to venture outside day or night knowing you’ve got the tools to light your path and the cast iron you need to feed your friends. With Barebones on your side, there is no limit to how far you can go or how often you can go there.