Camping gear for beginners

Autumn and winter are cool and dry - a good season for camping! What to bring for camping? How should I choose camping gear? Let's take a look below!

Camping gear list for beginners

Don't know what to bring to camping? Let's see below, 

Camping gear list
Camping gear

How to choose camping gear?

There are a wide variety of camping gear available in the market. Some focus on comfort and some focus on light weight. Some people like driving to camping sites, and some people prefer hiking instead. There are no fit-for-all camping gear, and the most important thing is to choose based on your needs.

1. Tent

The camping tent set includes a breathable inner layer and a waterproof outer layer, poles and pegs. The double-layer design can reduce the accumulation of water vapor inside the tent and keep inside dry. The waterproof outer layer passed a shower tested under 2000 mm of water / hour / sqm (tropical rain) & field tests.

Let's see how to set up a tent,

ARPENAZ FRESH & BLACK CAMPING TENT 3 PERSON 
FRESH & BLACK CAMPING TENT 3 PERSON

Tent size 190 x 200 cm, 121cm height, suitable for 3 persons. Patented FRESH & BLACK outer fabric: 99% dark even in full daylight.

2. Backpack

A 50L backpack is fit for most campers. If you need to bring more stuff to enrich your camping trip, you should choose a backpack with larger capacity. Don't forget the more you bring, the more loading at your back. If you are a hiking beginner, remember not to carry more than 15% of your body weight. For a 60kg person, the maximum load on your backpack should not exceed 9kg.

A good backpack with a supporting system can perfectly transfer most loading to the hip (not your shoulders!), and keep your body balance.

 

Here are the most popular models at DECATHLON:

FORCLAZ 50 L  - basic and large capacity, it can fully open by zipper. Packing easy design.
EASYFIT 50 L - in addition to the features above, Easyfit system enables your bag to be adjusted on your back in one movement, providing maximum comfort. The adjustment is 2-3 times quicker than traditional backpacks.

Since every body size is different, it is recommended to try the backpack in person at the store.
Talk to our Sport Leaders if you have questions.

FORCLAZ 50 L backapack
FORCLAZ 50 L

Adjust the torso length before carry on your back. Firstly, buckle and tighten the belt over the hips. Adjust the 2 shoulder straps without moving up the belt. Tighten the load adjustment straps to bring the backpack weight closer to your body. Finally, buckle chest straps so that the shoulder straps won't slide aside easily.

EASYFIT 50 L backpack
EASYFIT 50 L

Loosen all straps (shoulder straps, belt, load adjustment straps). Carry a backpack. Place the belt around the hip (should cover the pelvis) and tighten it. Then pull up the EasyFit's straps ; shoulder straps will automatically fit to your shoulders. Finally, adjust the load adjustment straps to the appropriate position. The adjustment speed is 2 to 3 times that of the general backpack system.

3. Sleeping bag

Pay attention to the following points when choosing sleeping bags,

 

Height vs Sleeping bag length

If the sleeping is too small will make you difficult to turn around; sleeping bag too long in addition to adding unnecessary weight, the larger the space inside the sleeping bag, the more energy the body needs to keep warm. 

 

Environmental temperature vs. Comfort temperature

The sleeping bag is marked with "comfort temperature". It is wise that to choose sleeping bag according to the weather. Note that the temperature in the campsite used to be lower than in the urban area, you may need to choose a sleeping bag with lower comfort temperature. 

 

Hood vs No hood

A sleeping bag without hood is more suitable for people who turn a lot when sleeping; Most of the heat loss from your head, sleeping bag with a hood is more efficient to reserve body temperature.

 

Material vs Weight

Down sleeping bag is the lightest and the price is more expensive; the synthetic fiber is usually heavier and the price is more affordable.

CAMPING SLEEPING BAG ARPENAZ 20°C
CAMPING SLEEPING BAG ARPENAZ 20°C

Suitable for adult. Sleeping bag can be adjusted according to sleep habits. Unzip the sleeping bag to make it to a quilt and zip up to a sleeping bag.

15° LIGHT TREKKING SLEEPING BAG TREK500
15° LIGHT TREKKING SLEEPING BAG TREK500

With size M, L and XL.

Size M user height up to 170cm.

Size L user height up to 185cm.

Size XL user height up to 200cm.

Its synthetic fiber provides better compression of the sleeping bag, which reduces overall weight and volume.

4. Sleeping mat

Sleeping mat improve sleeping quality, in addition to keep you away from the chill. there are different type sleeping mats, foam, inflated, and self-inflated.

Foam - The lightest, easy to set up, easy to store; the one disadvantage is the large packed size. Usually tied outside backpack when carrying.
Inflated - Available in different sizes and thicknesses. Depending on the material, the weight varies and have different styles.
Self-inflated - Spongy placed inside the mattress and make it self-inflated. Usually thinner than the inflatable mat.

 

FOAM TREKKING MATTRESS - M100
FOAM TREKKING MATTRESS - M100

Sleep on the aluminised side, the foam side facing the ground to minimize body heat loss. 

AIR COMFORT 70
AIR COMFORT 70

With 11cm thickness, it provides enough comfort for those who look for sleep quality. Remember to bring a pump.

TREKKING MATTRESS TREK 700
TREKKING MATTRESS TREK 700

Light weight design, easy to inflate in 1-2 min. Thickness is 5cm with non-slip silicone patches. Reduced sleeping bag slippage.

5. Pillow

Of course pillow is a must!
Inflatable pillows save space and weight more than regular pillows and improve the quality of sleep during camping.

AIR BASIC CAMPING INFLATABLE PILLOW
AIR BASIC CAMPING INFLATABLE PILLOW

The ergonomic design according to head shape makes sleeping more comfortable.

HELIUM TREKKING PILLOW
HELIUM TREKKING PILLOW

Extra large one-way air valve, easy to inflate.
Cover can be removed and cleaned, keep clean all the time.

6. Cooking equipment

For camping beginners, it is better to cook simple meals, such as noodle soup, pasta, and small hot pot. Don't forget to bring the fuel for cooking!

MH 100 STAINLESS 1 PERSON COOK SET
MH 100 STAINLESS 1 PERSON COOK SET

Sturdy and easy to maintain stainless steel saucepan, folding handle.

CAMPING STAR STOVE
CAMPING STAR STOVE

Please use the stove carefully and do not use it under strong winds. 

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