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IS IT TIME TO REPLACE YOUR CAMPING GEAR? THESE TELLTALE SIGNS SAY YOU SHOULD

Is your camping gear looking a little worse for wear? Of course, everyone wants their things to look nice and brand new. However, when it comes to camping equipment, it isn’t all about the aesthetics. It’s vital that your gear works properly. Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to replace your camping gear.

CAMPING SHOES

Your camping shoes or hiking boots were designed to last for a couple of years. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t replace them if they’re not doing their job anymore. If your camping shoes are causing you discomfort, blisters and pain in different parts of the body, it may be time to replace them. The same goes for camping shoes that have worn-out or cracked soles. They’ll no longer protect your feet from water and mud.

Another important consideration is if your camping shoes no longer have tread to grip surfaces. It can be dangerous if you lose traction and slip — especially if you’re camping in challenging terrain. Before buying new camping shoes, double check first if it’s possible to retread the soles.

TENT

Nowadays, tents are made to be durable despite also being lightweight. If you observe holes and rips that are less than an inch in diameter, you can simply patch them up. However, if you’ve patched these holes one too many times, the tent’s fabric may have already weakened. Your tent won’t be able to protect you in the same way as when you first bought it.

You should also consider replacing your tent if the fabric seems to have been stretched too much already and if it has lost its waterproof coating. Tent poles are also prone to bending or breaking. If they are unable to stretch the tent’s fabric properly, they have to be replaced.

SLEEPING BAG

A large part of enjoying your camping trip is if you’re able to get a good night’s sleep. This will be impossible if your sleeping bag can no longer keep you warm at night. Ideally, sleeping bags should retain the puffy texture as this helps minimise heat loss. When not in use, sleeping bags should be stored outside of their compression bags.

You can wash and dry them to see if they return to their normal state. If nothing changes, it’s time to replace your sleeping bag. Other considerations include frayed fabric, broken zippers and loss of waterproof capabilities. Also, if your sleeping pad no longer inflates, it’s time to replace because it won’t insulate heat properly anymore.

BACKPACK

Your backpack is one of the more durable pieces in your camping gear. However, if the shoulder padding has disappeared and frames are beginning to jut out, it may be time to find a replacement. Fabric fraying and broken buckles are also signs of significant wear and tear.

CAMPING STOVE

If your camping stove is prone to gas leaks and starts making weird noises, it’s probably not in good condition anymore. Also, make sure that there aren’t any missing pieces. These issues could be safety hazards when you’re already camping.

Before heading out on your next excursion to the great outdoors, check your camping gear if they’re still in good condition. Make the necessary repairs and replacements based on your observations. You don’t want to have to deal with malfunctioning equipment when you’re already in the thick of it. Ultimately, your camping gear’s quality has a direct effect on how much you’ll enjoy your camping trip.

 


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.