The need for reliable, convenient and to some extent universal individual equipment for sleeping and relaxing is especially urgent when conducting single hiking trips. In such cases, the selection and configuration of equipment should be especially carefully and carefully, because some kind of accidentally not provided trifle or not thought out in advance thing can at least spoil the mood, or, even worse, cause harm.
Individual personal equipment for sleeping and relaxing during single hikes and exits.
Each tourist, as a rule, has his own preferences when choosing and selecting individual equipment, based on personal experience. Therefore, below we restrict ourselves to general, conceptual recommendations based on our generalized experience with the use of this or that equipment. We will be glad if something described is useful in planning and preparing your trip.
Please remember that the recommendations presented are not dogma, they should be applied creatively in accordance with the situation, and that this is only our experience and our opinion. Let’s start with the means to carry all the necessary equipment, in other words, from a backpack. In various sources there are many recommendations for the selection and selection of backpacks. We will not repeat and copy someone, but just restrict ourselves to general tips.
1. Before buying in the store, try to at least slightly load the backpack and put on, to feel its convenience on yourself. Even after wearing it briefly, you will immediately feel whether it is yours or not..
2. If you choose between a tourist and the so-called tactical backpack in the military style, give preference to a tourist one, as a rule it is more adapted and convenient when making long hiking crossings.
3. Try to buy a backpack with as many small pockets for small items as possible, they will come in handy.
4. External lateral compression ties on the backpack are very useful to you, pay attention to their presence and location, as well as to the length of the ties themselves. With a fully filled backpack, your tent, rug, jacket, etc. should fit and securely fit under them..
5. Try to choose a backpack not of bright catchy colors, but something more neutral, in single hikes you do not need to be striking everyone from afar.
6. It will be very good if the selected backpack is compatible with a 2-3 liter drinking system, it is very practical, especially when driving in the hot season.
7. The presence of a removable rain cover in the backpack will not be out of place.
For ease of presentation, we will conditionally divide all individual personal equipment for single hikes into several categories.
1. Equipment for sleeping and relaxing.
2. Equipment and means for cooking and eating.
3. Means of lighting, communication, signaling and orientation.
4. Means for maintaining personal hygiene.
5. Auxiliary personal equipment.
The five items above do not intentionally include clothes and shoes. As practice shows, the preferences in their choice for each person are so individual that it is simply pointless to give any advice or recommendations on their selection. Someone walks in tarpaulin boots with footcloths, and someone in anatomical boots with high-tech socks. And they are both right in their preferences, because they are so convenient, familiar and comfortable..
Individual personal equipment for sleeping and relaxing.
Poncho (Rain Cape).
Shelter with racks and guy lines.
The choice of options for individual equipment for sleeping and relaxing, among these points, depends primarily on the time of year and the terrain on which you are going to hike, as well as your hiking experience and practical skills. In the summer, in a wooded area, we would recommend a poncho, a hammock, a light blanket, an inflatable pillow and a seat mat. In a less forested area, replace the hammock with a shelter or an awning with racks and guy lines, plus a karemat. Such selection is not accidental, due to the absence of a tent and a sleeping bag, the total weight of all equipment, and most importantly its volume, is significantly saved. Although you can take a tent with you, it’s everyone’s personal business, to drag it all the same to you.
shelters, logging, maintaining a fire, etc..
When choosing a tent, give preference to a two-layer design, an inner tent and an outdoor tent. The waterproofness of the tent should be at least 3000-4000 mm of water, and the floor of the inner tent at least 6000-7000 mm of water. Moreover, it should be made of at least reinforced polyethylene. Duralumin frame racks are preferable to fiberglass.
Individual equipment and means for cooking and eating.
Individual lighting, communication, alarm and orientation tools.
Personal hygiene products.
Individual auxiliary personal equipment.