Some Myths About Backpacking Gear And Camping Cooking Supplies

When it comes to having the proper supplies to maximize your backpacking and camping adventures, you’ll want high-quality gear that’s durable, light, efficient, and actually works. Fortunately, an MRE heater like the Barocook meets these criteria. If you’ve ever planned for a backpacking or camping trip, however, you might be familiar with the seemingly overwhelming amount of outdoors products and gear that’s out there on the market. Ever been to stores like REI or Cabelas? There’s so much nice gear to choose from that you might not know where to get started.

We Share Your Passion For The Outdoors

That’s why Barocook is dedicating today’s blog post to uncovering some myths about backpacking gear and camping cooking supplies - things that we consider very dear to our business! We love getting outdoors and making camping as convenient and environmentally-friendly as possible, and a major part of your camping success comes down to having the right gear. Before you do any more research about your gear, consider the following myths about outdoor camping gear, and don’t forget to shop our outdoor cooking equipment today!

Myth: A Two-Person Tent Actually Fits Two People

If you’re talking about comfortably fitting two kids inside a two-person tent without any camping gear whatsoever, then sure, you could fit two people inside the tent. But realistically, given two fully-grown adults and all of their precious outdoor camping gear, it’s pretty well known that a two-person tent is not spacious enough. A two-person tent is a fine shelter solution if it’s just you and your gear, which is admittedly deceiving because they are called “two-person” tents, after all.

If you’re out backpacking with a buddy and you’re sharing a tent, make sure to invest in a lightweight three-person tent, as this will provide enough room for the both of you and your gear. Protip: purchase a tent with doors on both sides, so that way you or your buddy can get up in the middle of the night and “take care of business” without stepping on the other person’s face.

Myth: You Don’t Need A Map Or Compass If You Have A Smartphone Or GPS System

We definitely encourage our fellow outdoorsy friends to utilize modern-day technology like satellite navigation devices and smartphone GPS apps. However, these electronic devices can die, and though you could pack an external charger or solar-powered charger with you, there’s nothing as trustworthy as having an accurate, detailed map of the area with you. People tend to write off and underestimate physical maps these days, which is a shame because that’s a reliable source of valuable information that will never lose its charge and die on you.

Myth: Hiking Boots Are Absolutely Necessary To Hike In

Hiking boots are...well, they’re designed to hike in, right? It’s true, but you also don’t necessarily need hiking boots to successfully navigate the trails. A pair of well-structured trail running shoes suffices nicely for most trips, or even old tennis shoes for shorter, casual hikes. Hiking boots with ankle support and waterproof features are really nice when you’re hiking over wet or particularly rough terrain, but many hikers tend to actually prefer softer, more cushioned running shoes to give them more support when they are walking around.

Ultimately, you should choose supportive footwear that you feel the most comfortable in.

Myth: Your Feet Will Always Be Dry In Waterproof Boots

Speaking of hiking boots, many people seem to think that just because their expensive hiking boots feature waterproof technology, they can submerge them in a deep stream or river and still be totally dry. Waterproof boots are great for hiking around on wet trails and such, but take the term “waterproof” with a grain of salt. Generally speaking, waterproof hiking boots are only as waterproof as the coating applied to their exterior, which rapidly breaks down and degrades with use over time.

On those really hot summer days, waterproof shoes - even with “breathable” liners - will trap perspiration from your feet. This will make your socks damp and also increase blistering, which can make a run trip completely miserable. So, it’s best to stick to non-leather boots or shoes that have some mesh that makes them drain and dry faster when they get wet or when your feet sweat. For those colder months, waterproof boots are best used in the winter because they increase insulation by trapping warmth.

Myth: Biodegradable Soap Is Fine To Wash In Streams And Ponds

Just because something is “biodegrade” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s ideal to use, and concentrated soap products like Campsuds, Sea-to-Summit Wilderness Wash or even Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap are no exception. Generally speaking, getting any amount of soap in a natural water source is unacceptable because the soap can cause a multitude of issues due to increased nitrogen levels that can harm aquatic life. Plus, no one wants to drink soapy water or water that you’ve used to wash things with.

Once you’re done with all of your soapy/dirty dish water, carry it away from water sources and bury or dispose of it at least 200 feet away.

Myth: You’ll Sleep Warmer In Your Sleeping Bag If You’re Naked

You might sleep more comfortably in your sleeping bag without clothing, but we’re not so sure about being warmer. It might make sense that your sleeping bag will trap and insulate your own body heat, but in reality, the more warm clothing you wear, the warmer you’ll be inside of your sleeping bag.

This is due to the R-value for heat insulation, which is a measure of resistance to heat flow through the given thickness of a material. In theory, the higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. So, the more warm clothing that you wear inside your sleeping bag like thermal layers and down jackets, the higher your R-value and the warmer you’ll be. It’s pretty logical when you think about it.

Myth: You Need The Most Expensive Head-To-Toe Outdoor Camping Gear

To have fun and stay dry in the great outdoors, you don’t always need the latest and fanciest equipment. In all reality, if you have a good, waterproof jacket, comfortable shoes to hike in, a waterproof tent and a good backpack to carry everything in, then you have most of the basic gear for a successful trip. Remember, with backpacking, you’re carrying all of your gear on your person, so the more things you bring, the heavier it will be. If possible, keep it light!

Don’t Forget Your Flameless Cookware From Barocook!

You’ll need a convenient way to heat up water for those tasty, warm meals out in nature, and Barocook’s stoves are a great way to get things cooking! Whether you’re looking for a hot pack for food, and MRE heater or other lightweight outdoor cooking equipment, Barocook has you covered. Shop today!