Spring is here! The warm weather has finally arrived and if you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether it is hiking one of our local trails, kayaking on a pond or stream, or even just sitting out and enjoying the weather, Bass Pro Shops encourages you to go out and have fun.
Your local Bass Pro Shops is your go to destination to prepare for fun outdoor activities. If you need to upgrade some of your old gear or even purchase a whole new set of outdoor equipment our friendly associates at bass pro shops will be happy to pair you with the product that will work best for you.
One fun activity that anyone can do outdoors this season is hiking. We have all the essentials you will need to have a fun and successful hiking trip. Whether you are new to hiking and need to start from scratch or you’re an experienced hiker with lots of equipment, Bass Pro Shops has gear that will help you enjoy your hiking experience.
For those who may be new to hiking we have created a set of products perfect for the new hiker. With these products anyone should be properly prepared to take an overnight hike. When hiking there are a few essential things you will need those are, shelter and sleep systems, water, food, storage, first aid and illumination. These are the most important factors that you must take into consideration when purchasing gear and preparing for a hiking trip.
The first group that most people explore when getting into hiking is storage. For storage of all your hiking essentials you will need a backpack. We recommend that for an overnight trip you bring at least a 35 Liter Pack just to be sure that you can fit everything. The most recommended pack that we sell in our store is the Kelty Redwing 50L pack. The Redwing 50 is an all-around perfect backpack. The fifty liter capacity makes it perfect for one to two overnight stays. The pack opens up like a duffel bag making it easy to load and unload and removes the need to top load the backpack with the most essential gear. This bag is on many magazines top lists and is one of the bestselling backpacks in our store.
Once you have your backpack the next logical step is to look for a tent. When looking for a backpacking tent you must look for light and small tents. Lighter tents are much easier to carry and many backpacking tents are made to be extremely light and portable. We recommend the Eureka Solitare tent. It is a single man tent and weighs only 2 pounds and nine ounces making it perfect for a single hiker. If you are hiking with friends or family you can buy a two or three person tent and split it up between two or three back packs to help keep the weight down.
Sleeping bags are another important part overnight hiking. Having a good sleeping bag and sleeping pad can make a big difference on the quality of sleep you have while hiking. We recommend a self-inflating Thermarest sleeping pad. Thermarest fuses the comfort of an air mattress with the heat retaining properties of a closed cell sleeping pad. The result is a comfort able pad that will keep the heat or cold from seeping up into your sleeping bag. Pair this sleeping pad with a The North Face Wasatch 30 sleeping bag. This sleeping bag will keep you warm through even the coolest summer nights. It also compresses very well and will not take up much space in a backpack.
The next sections are about your survival in the woods. Hiking can be a very strenuous activity so it is important to stay hydrated. It is important to bring lots of water with you while hiking. For water storage we recommend purchasing a couple Nalgene Bottles or a water bladder for your pack. If necessary you can purchase a water filter and filter your own water from streams and ponds as you go. This can decrease the amount of water you have to carry on you at all times and filtering water can provide you with a nice rest from hiking which is very important.
Food is another important thing to remember while hiking. Keeping your energy up is very important. Even on short day hikes always pack a nutrition bar or trail mix to give you an extra boost of energy. For longer overnight trips a camp stove is a necessity. The easiest way to get protein and energy while hiking is freeze dried meals. Companies such as mountain house and backpackers pantry create delicious meals that you simply have to boil water and rehydrate. To heat your water re recommend purchasing a small camp stove such as a MSR pocket rocket stove and a set of cooking pans such as our new Ascend 3 piece cook set. Jetboil also makes the flash unit which combines a cook stove and a cookware set. All of these sets will provide you with great heat and cookware all while being ultra-portable and lightweight.
It is important to remember to bring a first aid kit on whatever outdoor adventure you may go on. You never know what sort of situation might arise. For hiking first aid we sell a great day hiker and family first aid kits that should be able to treat many outdoor injuries.
Lastly you cannot forget your flashlight. For hiking we recommend a headlamp. You can wear it on your forehead so they are out of the way. They can be very bright and are extremely important. You can even combine a headlamp with a Nalgene bottle and make a makeshift lantern to light your tent or campsite. We recommend the byte headlamp. It is inexpensive and provides a great amount of light and versatility. It last s over 80 hours on one set of batteries and even has a red light function which can help keep bugs from being attracted to it.
With these recommendations you can go out and have a fantastic hike in our great outdoors. Many of these items can be replaced with items you may already have. If you already have a great backpack, feel free to use that instead. A handheld flashlight can work just as well as a headlamp. Use what you have to create a backpack system that works perfect for you. These recommendations are great if you are looking to upgrade what you already have. These products are selection of some of the best the camping department has to offer.
Come on in to your local Bass Pro Shops and check out these products. Our friendly camping staff will be able to help you chose the products that will work best for your needs. So go get out and enjoy the great outdoors and we hope to see you soon!
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