How to Pick Warm Comfortable Sleeping Bags For Camping.

Written by Marc Wiltse

Should sleeping bags be made of down or synthetic? What sleeping bag is best for camping, hiking or backpacking? A guide to make your decision easier.

First off it should at least be rated forrepparttar lowest possible temperature you'll encounter. You may want to even go a little lower just to be onrepparttar 147205 safe side.

Obviouslyrepparttar 147206 main purpose is to hold your body heat in to insulate you fromrepparttar 147207 cooler air. Sorepparttar 147208 betterrepparttar 147209 insulation holds your body heat inrepparttar 147210 warmer and more comfortable you're going to be.


Down-the filamentous and fluffy layer underneathrepparttar 147211 feathers. Positives: All being equal down is warmer, lighter, more comfortable, compresses smaller, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly. Goose down isrepparttar 147212 standard others are compared to. The more it loftsrepparttar 147213 better it insulates. This is known as fill-power,repparttar 147214 higherrepparttar 147215 numberrepparttar 147216 better it retains heat.

Negatives: Down looses most all of it's insulating properties when wet, takes a long time to dry outdoors, is more expensive short-term, and may require professional cleaning.

Synthetic- These are usually hollow plastic threads that serve to trap warm air. Positives: Synthetic sleeping bags retain heat better when wet, costs less short-term when compared torepparttar 147217 same temperature rating as down, dries quicker than down, and is hypo-allergenic. It's usually well-suited for recreational use, but consider your own individual needs.

Negatives: They're bulkier, heavier, less conforming, and can lose their insulating properties after a few seasons of hard use because of breakdown. More expensive long-term.


Child's/Kid sleeping bags- A kid has a harder time staying warm than an adult, so keep this in mind when you're getting them a sleeping bag. A cool summer night can chill a child quickly so consider a mummy bag likerepparttar 147218 Tigger by North Face to keep them warm and cozy.

Camping Cookware Comparisons: Which Is Best For Camp Cooking?

Written by Marc Wiltse

What type of camping cookware is best for you? Camp cooking and clean-up can be easy or a hassle, it all starts with great camping equipment.

Camping cookware, like any camping equipment, should be versatile and tough. A lot of campers have a set of cookware just for camping because they don't want to risk damaging their good kitchen set and/or it's easier to keep all your camping gear organized and ready-to-go in big plastic bin(s). Kitchen cookware usually won't last long inrepparttar field anyway. Camp cooking outdoors can be a lot more demanding than what most kitchen utensils are made for.

Heavy duty camping cookware is not only a good idea, it's almost a necessity. If you're camp cooking and your only pan cracks or burns through making it unusable, you're either going to have to find a way to use tin foil creatively or eat cold sandwichesrepparttar 147204 rest of your camping trip.

Remember to get camping cookware with tight-fitting lids to help heat food on your camping stove more quickly and to help save fuel, this is especially important to hikers that carry everything. I'd stay away from non-stick coatings as it only takes over-heating them once andrepparttar 147205 surface is junk. Also oncerepparttar 147206 surface is scorchedrepparttar 147207 chemical make-up is permanently changed and I'm not sure how healthy it would be for you. Non-stick surfaces can also scratch, it's hard enough keeping them in good shape at home let alone camping or hiking.

Some pots/pans come in sets that mate together or "nest" for storage and even allow you to tuck a canister of fuel inside them. This comes in handy when you're looking to save room while camping.

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