Whether you take one camping trip a year or one every weekend, the information in this article will help you make the most of your trip. We'll give step-by-step directions on how to fix a tear in your tent, how to make a large tarp, how to resole your hiking boots, and even how to make your own insect repellent.
Use these handy tips to ensure a great time in the great outdoors. First up are do-it-yourself tent repairs. Keep your tent dry and comfortable with the advice on the next page.For tips on caring for and repairing other types of sports equipment, try the following links:Learn how to keep your bicycle in top condition, including how to patch a tire, replace a chain or spoke, and tune up the brakes at How to Repair a Bicycle.How to Maintain a Boat has practical tips for making hull repairs, caring for the outboard motor, and making boat accessories.If you're a skiier, check out How to Maintain Skis to extend the life of your skis and ski poles.
How to Maintain Golf
Equipment leads you step-by-step through regripping and refinishing a golf
club.Skateboarders can get valuable information on taking care of their boards
at How to Maintain a Skateboard.
Ever since my backpacking trip to Yosemite with Columbia, my hiking pants have been covered in sap. Kristin suggests sticking your pants in the freezer for a few hours for the sap to harden where you can crumble off the larger chunks. After a little scrubbing with some nail polish remover on the remaining gunk, I can now say the sap is gone and I am hoping the sap stain will eventually wash out.
Cooking? All the ingredients for a meal go together in one bag. Yes, the bacon, marshmallows, and Twinkies. Since it's sealed, you can store the bag in an ice cooler.
Vaccinations can help protect against certain diseases and conditions while camping. Check with your doctor or nurse to see if you've had all of the recommended vaccines. He or she may recommend tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), meningitis, and/or hepatitis A, depending on your medical history, destination, and other factors.
S is calculated as follows: Suppose ice is formed December 15 and the mean temperature for December 16 was 5o F. To find degree days, subtract 5o F from 32o F for a value of 27. If on December 17 the temperature is 4o F, subtract 4o F from 32o F for a value of 28. S would then have a value of 55 by December 17 (27o F + 28o F = 55). Next take the square root of 55 (7.4). To determine ice thickness, multiple 7.4 by the appropriate coefficient A (say .8 for a windy lake with no snow), and your answer is 5.9 inches of ice.
Trekking and Walking Poles If you hike a lot when you're camping, think about investing in a good trekking or walking pole. These lightweight poles help stabilize walking up and downhill, and are a necessity when hiking in rocky or rough terrain, so be sure to include them with your camping and hiking gear.
They make hiking a little easier on your knees, too. Trekking poles come in a variety of heights geared to every individual, and they are often so durable they're stronger than steel, but much more lightweight.
Some of these poles also come filled with a variety of safety
accessories, such as reflective blankets, rain gear, ropes, and other
necessities, so you don't have to carry extra camping and hiking gear in a
backpack when you hike. Trekking and walking poles are made from a variety of
materials, from wood to aluminum alloys. Pick one that will last for years and
won't wear out if you use it on rough terrain.