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“There is some gear that realistically you should always buy first hand with an investment in mind,” said Meika Kiven, manager of Eco Outdoor Spor cheap oakley ts on West Broadway.

“Your tent is no different than your house,” she said.

Choosing your tent can be an overwhelming experience.

Douglas Acorn, an employee at Mountain Equipment Co op, said choosing a tent is a balance between size, weight and price.

“We just tell people when you’re looking for a tent: how many people are going, how important is weight in this adventure and how much money are you looking to spend,” said Acorn.

2. SLEEPING BAGS/MATS

Getting a good night’s sleep is important, especially for those cheap oakley looking to hit the trails the next day. If you have a sleeping bag already, you may n cheap oakley ot need to upgrade.

“Pull your sleeping bag out of storage, maybe test it overnight even if it’s in your living room,” said Kiven. This will give you a good idea as to how the bag feels and if the insulation is still good, she said. Kiven suggests that if you believe your bag needs replacing, a good laundering might just be the answer.

When choosing to buy a new sleeping bag, Acorn said to consider how often you use it, what time of year you camp and what style be it a mummy or barrel bag.

“It’s actually pretty simple to buy a sleeping bag,” said Acorn. “Basically once we’ve talked about that we’re there.”

Once you have your bag figured out, having a buffer between you and the ground will make a difference in how you sleep. Sleeping mats range in a variety of thicknesses depending on your preference.

3. LIGHTS

Headlamps can be a convenient way to shed light on any situation.

“It’s so nice to have it hands free, so you can prepare meals and at night set up equipment and things,” said Greg Crosby, an employee at MEC. Crosby said for the average camper, 30 to 40 lumens of brightness would be fine. There are even headlamps for kids that come in a variety of colours and turn off automatically after an hour.

4. FOOD, STOVES AND COOLERS

For the car camping weekend warrior, food options can be more varied than just the dehydrated variety.

Grieg Gjerdalen, an instructor at Capilano University’s Outdoor Recreation Management program, suggests packing wholesome, nutritious foods that will energize you for the next day but not to hesitate bringing some of your favourites too.

“I think with car camping it’s kind of fun to have hotdogs and S’mores,” he said. Stoves range from one burner to two burner. Gjerdalen said doing a little research beforehand can make choosing a stove easier. Some campgrounds have barbecues set up for camper use.

And as for coolers, Gjerdalen suggests either plastic or metal as long as it’s not too big.

“When you go too big its hard to pack and hard to carry,” he said.

5. CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR

“Its nice to have stuff that you’re going to wear around the campsite,” said Gjerdalen, as well as different clothes for hiking, f cheap oakley ishing or canoeing.

Gjerdalen said a pair of big expensive boots is unnecessary for most weekend trips.

“Even a pair of rubber boots is such a great thing to bring on a camping trip because it’ll keep your feet nice and warm and dry,” he said. “I always say go comfort, comfort, comfort.”

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