Preparing for an extended outdoor expedition

There are different ways to explore nature. You might only need a few essential items for a relaxing family trip to a big campsite, but you need to be more prepared for an extended outdoor expedition. If you want to make sure that you’ve got all the essentials on your big camping and hiking excursion then here are a few suggestions.

Get a sturdy tent

Think about the type of conditions you’ll experience on your trip. If news reports suggest the weather might be bad then you need to ensure that your tent is sturdy enough to withstand the effects of the environment. Most importantly, make sure that your tent is waterproof. There’s nothing worse than having to sleep in a drenched sleeping bag for an extended period of time. It would be bad for your health, above all else. Additionally, you wouldn’t want any belongings in your tent to be damaged by the elements. Ensure that you choose the right terrain to peg down your tent securely too. It would be devastating to come back from a long hike and find that your tent has blown away with the wind.

Bring the right hiking/exploring gear

If you really want to be prepared for an extended outdoor expedition then you need to bring the right hiking or exploring gear. You’re probably not going to sit in your tent for a week; you’ll want to get out and explore the area. But you need to make sure you bring the right things with you. A first aid kit, a flashlight, and perhaps even a HAM radio (for emergencies) are all good examples of things to bring with you. You might also want to check out options for the best fixed blade knife. You need to be prepared for all matter of situations on an extended outdoor expedition, so it’s smart to have protection and more supplies than necessary so that you’re overly-prepared. This particularly applies to the food you pack, but we’ll discuss that in the final point.

Pack the right food

Packing the right food is essential for the success of any outdoor expedition, but it’s particularly important when you’re taking an extended trip. Obviously, your main concern with regards to food is probably that you’ve packed enough for you and your buddies. You need to consider the length of the trip and make sure that you’re supplied with excess food to account for long hikes or situations that might leave you out in nature for longer than you expected. But you also need to consider the type of food you bring with you. Non-perishables should be your priority. There’s nothing worse than looking in your food container and finding that your bread has gone stale, for example.

For an extended trip, tinned food is always a good first option. Get some cans of spaghetti, beans, and so on. Pasta is a great option too; it’s easy to prepare if you have a portable stove with you. Fruit is a great option when you’re on the move too. You don’t have to do anything to prepare it, but it’s highly nutritional; it’s a better option than many other types of food that can be eaten instantly because they’re processed and preserved. If you’re not sure what kind of breakfast food to bring (milk isn’t exactly a smart option for an extended trip) then you should consider packing some cereal bars. And this should go without saying, but bring plenty of water with you.

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