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Out into Nature – Enjoying Life outside with the Perfect Outdoor and Camping Equipment

Travelling and experiencing life outdoors is becoming increasingly popular: camping trips, trekking tours or multi-day hikes are the first choice for many for relaxation. Simply leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and enjoy a feeling of freedom, peace and tranquility in nature. And of course, the best way to do that is without watching the clock. With the right equipment, camping in nature is even more fun. But what is important, what camping equipment do you need for overnighting outdoors? Click here for more information:

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Waking up to the sound of nature: birds chirping, wind in the trees, the sound of water. But the morning is only as beautiful as the night before. And hopefully you spent it comfortably warm in your sleeping bag and protected from the weather in your tent. In this topic world, you'll find out what the basic equipment for every outdoor enthusiast is and how you can create the perfect balance of comfort and adventure in nature.

Camping Gear and Outdoor Equipment – Close to Nature

Camping Gear and Outdoor Equipment - Close to Nature

Camping holidays with your family, hikes of several days with like-minded people, trekking or cycling tours – all these forms of enjoying nature have one thing in common: You spend most of your time outdoors. It goes without saying that you need special equipment to be prepared against all adversities and to be able to enjoy your excursion into nature to the utmost. But which equipment is really indispensable? Of course, it depends on the individual how much comfort you need or what you can't do without. However, the following things belong to the basic equipment:

  • A tent or a tarp – a shelter for the night.
  • A sleeping pad – in which version is of course up to you.
  • A sleeping bag – here too, it's up to you which model you choose.
  • A camping kitchen – cooking equipment that gives you the opportunity to prepare a hot meal in the great outdoors.

In general, outdoor equipment for camping is primarily designed for comfort, while equipment for mountaineering, hiking or trekking focuses more on weight.

Tents – Your Protection From Wind and Weather

The tent was one of the first constructions for protection against nature and weather, built first by people thousands of years ago. It still has to fulfil these tasks on a camping trip today. Finding the right tent for your venture is therefore extremely important. You should ask yourself a few questions beforehand to find the right tent:

  • How big should the tent be?
  • How many people will sleep in it?
  • How much comfort do you need?
  • How much should the tent weigh?
  • What season will you be travelling?

The right choice therefore depends on numerous factors. These include the number of people, the weather in which you want to travel and the luggage you are taking with you. However, check all details for your individual needs. A spacious 2-person tent can quickly become too cramped if your roommate likes to carry more luggage. Alternatives such as an awning or a tarp to protect luggage outside the sleeping area should then be considered. In any case, the tent should not only be adapted to your needs, but also to the prevailing weather conditions. You can also use an additional ground sheet not only as protection against branches or stones, but also as protection against cold and moisture from below. If you are travelling in winter/snow, your tent should definitely be stable enough to withstand any snow load. The materials used for modern tents can protect you from wind and weather, are robust, light and characterised by quick, uncomplicated assembly and dismantling. They are usually made of polyester, cotton blends or nylon. As each material has its own advantages and disadvantages – depending on the demands placed on the tent – you should always choose one that suits your intended use.

The different tents are characterised by different room partitions, poles and shapes. Smaller versions are usually tunnel or dome tents and are generally quite popular because they are easy to pitch and yet stable. Large cotton tents (or tipis) or tunnel and dome tents with several cabins are suitable for more people. Geometers are special forms of dome tents, as they have several pole arches that make them very stable. They are particularly robust, storm-resistant and ideal for extreme conditions. However, they are considerably heavier, weighing several kilograms.

💡 Our tent assembly tips:

  • Before your adventure starts, familiarise yourself with your new tent at home and maybe even assemble and test it once. Only then will you be able to pitch it in the dark or in rainy weather without any problems.
  • Make sure that camping is allowed at your location.
  • Before pitching your tent on the spot, check the ground and remove any twigs, stones or other objects.
  • Don't forget the pegs. If they don't hold in the loose soil and slip out, just weigh them down with a few stones.
  • Pitch your tent at a slightly elevated point. This way rainwater can always flow away from the tent.

Sleeping Bags for Pleasant Nights Outdoors

To spend a pleasant night's rest in a tent or even under the open sky, the right sleeping bag is indispensable for you as a nature lover. The manufacturer usually specifies a comfort temperature or temperature range for which the sleeping bag is suitable. You should always take your individual cold sensation into account. Before buying, you should consider the area of use, weight, size (there are special sleeping bags for men, women and children) and pack size.

The most familiar shapes are mummy sleeping bags and blanket sleeping bags. The round mummy sleeping bag is particularly suitable for lower temperatures thanks to the hood cut and the tight fit. It also usually has a small packing size. The angular-looking blanket sleeping bag, on the other hand, can be used more flexibly (as a sleeping bag or opened as a blanket). It offers more legroom and is more suitable for warmer temperatures. Either down or synthetic fibres are used for the filling. Down sleeping bags convince with very good insulation at low temperatures, as the air is bound between the small feathers and thus forms a high heat retention. Many sleeping bags nowadays are also filled with modern synthetic fibres, which makes them particularly easy to care for, quick-drying, robust and light. The synthetic fibres are modelled on the down structure in order to benefit from its advantages. Thus, synthetic fibre sleeping bags are also suitable for cold and above all damp weather (in contrast to down, which loses its insulating capacity when damp).

The bivy sack is a special form for emergencies. You should always have this with you on your tour. The material of these thin emergency bags is a film that protects you from wind and weather and reflects up to 90 % of body heat. Cooling down is delayed so that you can survive an unplanned night outdoors safe and sound.

Practical accessories to help you relax through the night in nature include small sleeping bag pillows or sleeping bag liners made of cotton blends for more comfort, as well as self-supporting insect protection nets for overnight stays directly under the stars.

Out into Nature – Enjoying Life outside with the Perfect Outdoor and Camping Equipment

The Sleeping Pad - Your Mattress for Travelling

The selection of sleeping pads available at BIKE24 is manifold. They come in different lengths, widths and thicknesses to suit your individual needs. On any tour through nature, sleeping comfort is incredibly important. How else are you supposed to make it to the next stage after a sleepless night and still be in a good mood? In winter or in cold temperatures, choosing the right sleeping pad is even more important, as your health depends on it even more. Basically, you should ask yourself the following question: What temperatures will I be travelling in? 

You can orientate yourself on the so-called R-value. It indicates the thermal resistance of a material and is usually given in the data sheet of the sleeping pad.

We have compiled an overview for your orientation:

 

R-value Temperature Season

1

up to +7° C (44,6 °F)

Summer, warm Spring or Autumn nights

2

up to +2° C (35,6 °F)

Summer, Spring or Autumn without ground frost

3

up to -5° C (23 °F)

Spring, Summer, Autumn, mild Winter nights

4

up to -11° C (12,2 °F)

all year round, since already winterised

5

up to -17° C (1,4 °F)

Winter

6

up to -24 °C (-11,2 °F)

Winter, alpine tours

7 and more

from -24 °C (-11,2 °F)

extreme Winter nights, high alpine tours, expeditions etc.

 

However, the R-value should never be the only factor. The choice of your equipment should always be considered holistically in relation to your intended use.

Which Sleeping Pads Exist and Which Is the Right One for You?

All sleeping pads are the same? Not at all. There are primarily four types, which differ mainly in the material. The classic among the sleeping mats is probably the foam mat. It is reliable, quite insensitive and therefore durable. It is available in different material thicknesses.

Another type that has become popular in recent years is the self-inflating sleeping pad. These are available in numerous variants and thicknesses. The airtight outer material encloses a large-cell foam core so that air can flow in directly when the valve is opened. Now you can close the valve again or pump in more air. We recommend that you use a pump or pump bag, as moisture could get inside the mat through breathing air. This is a good breeding ground for bacteria in warm temperatures and can freeze in cold temperatures. To store the self-inflating mat, simply open the valve again, push out the air and roll it up. These pads have a very good warmth/comfort ratio and are therefore very popular.

When you hear "air mattress", you immediately think of the classic pool lilo. However, this type of sleeping pad is only comparable in terms of its basic principle: it consists of several chambers that are filled with air. The differently arranged chambers provide stability; the extremely light and robust materials ensure an extremely low weight and small pack size. We recommend that you place an underlay or tarpaulin underneath an air-filled mat for protection.

The fourth type we would like to introduce to you are filled sleeping mats. The air chambers of these mats are filled with down or synthetic fibres, which greatly increases the thermal performance. They are also very light and can be easily stowed in your luggage, which makes them the ideal companion on winter tours or in alpine terrain. 

Dinner Is Served: Everything You Need in the Camping Kitchen

BIKE24 offers a wide range of equipment for your camping kitchen so that you don't have to miss out on a warm meal outdoors. Many solutions for the safe storage and preparation of food as well as accessories for water treatment are available in our shop.  As the centrepiece of your outdoor kitchen, you should get yourself a camping stove. The small, practical helpers work with petrol, gas or other fuels and can heat up delicious food in no time at all and also give you warmth. To save space in the backpack, many models are foldable and particularly light. Weight, stability and pack size are also important features of cookware and cutlery for outdoor dining, some of which are also foldable or collapsible. So they are not comparable with the pots, pans and plates of the indoor kitchen at home.

Checklist: This is a must for the open-air kitchen:

  • Camping Stove
  • Cookware
  • Camping Cutlery: for example, a space-saving spork – a combination of a spoon and a fork
  • Lighter and fire steel
  • Equipment for Water Treatment
  • Multi-tool (with knife and can opener) or a pocket knife
  • Waste bags
  • Cutting board

If you are travelling by car and planning a classic camping holiday, the kitchen equipment can also be more opulent. Several burners or practical camping furniture add to the comfort. However, if weight is an issue – for mountaineering or trekking – the outdoor kitchen will tend to be compact and limited to the bare essentials.

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Which Outdoor Clothing Are Best for Your Adventures?

In addition to the equipment you need to spend the night outdoors, the right apparel also plays an important role. After all, when hiking through the most beautiful landscapes, you certainly want to be prepared for everything in order to be able to fully enjoy the beauty of nature. Hiking wear is all about functionality. It must be breathable, but still suitable for all kinds of weather. The right clothing for your adventure always depends first and foremost on the prevailing weather conditions and outside temperatures. The layer principle has proven its worth for hiking (especially in changeable conditions). This means: You start with a baselayer made of functional synthetic fibres or merino wool, over which you wear a breathable hiking shirt or blouse. Finally, you should think about a windproof and water-repellent or waterproof outdoor jacket that you can also stow in your backpack when the sun is shining. Hiking trousers are usually made of robust and particularly lightweight material. Small features such as zip-off trouser legs or practical pockets make them the perfect companion on the tour.

Since you are walking in nature when hiking or trekking (hikes over several days), the right footwear is essential. There are specific hiking boots for women, men and children, which are usually water-repellent or waterproof and have a rubber outsole with lugs so that you always have secure contact with the ground. We recommend that you break in your new hiking boots well before a longer tour. This is the only way they can adapt perfectly to your feet and provide optimal support on your next trip – no blisters or aching feet.

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And Where Do the Provisions Go? Hiking Backpacks for Every Occasion

There is nowhere to go without a good hiking backpack, because your luggage has to go somewhere. Hiking backpacks are hard-wearing and usually equipped with a multi-adjustable carrying system. This includes padded shoulder straps, a hip belt and almost always a chest strap, which can be individually adjusted and thus ideally adapted to the wearer. These carrying systems ultimately ensure that the backpack sits perfectly and does not slip during climbs, descents or flat passages. A fabric made of sturdy mesh for good ventilation at the back, a practical compartments and additional outer pockets for e.g. a water bottle or other small items that you need to reach quickly are further features of hiking backpacks.

For hiking tours (i.e. day hikes), a daypack with a volume of about 20-30 litres is perfectly adequate. It can comfortably hold the day's provisions, enough to drink, a change of clothes, the hiking map and even  sunscreen. Trekking backpacks, on the other hand, are considerably larger (around 60 litres are not uncommon), in order to also be able to stow the equipment for overnight stays outdoors.

When making your choice, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions for hiking backpacks for men and women. Hiking backpacks often take into account the anatomical characteristics of the respective sex in the shape and design of the carrying system as well as the back length. But there are also special children's hiking backpacks for the little adventurers that are adapted to the anatomy of kids. In terms of features and comfort, the children's models are often very similar to those of their parents. 

What Else Do You Need?

Of course, there is further equipment that can be useful for your tour. However, this always depends on how you are travelling and how much luggage you are taking with you. Sports watches or navigation computers, for example, are particularly popular for trekking or mountaineering to record the distance covered. If you still have some space in your luggage, a hammock is also a great gimmick for your time in nature.

Don't forget: You should always carry a first aid kit and a repair kit for your tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. This way you are protected from a premature end to your outdoor adventure.