A combination camping hiking trip is an activity that you must carefully plan for. Being in the outdoors to enjoy all the beauty and variety of nature is surely something to look forward to, and you would not want anything to spoil the fun from the hiking trip. But while it is easy to pick up things and stuff them into a hiking pack when you go for a day hike, camping hiking preparations require a little more thought. You are after all going to sleep in the wilderness, and it is necessary to think about your comfort and safety.
For camping hiking trips, the ideal backpacking hiking size is at least 3,000 cubic inches of carrying capacity. If you are up to a 4,000 cubic-inch pack, then you’ll be able to carry more camping and hiking equipment. Other than the normal hiking supplies you carry on a day hike, there is essential overnight gear you will need.
Nights in some places can be surprisingly cold, so make certain to carry a good sleeping bag, like Coleman exponent sleeping bags. Down sleeping bags can keep you warm even in low temperatures and can be compressed quite tightly; but if you get caught in the rain, and your sleeping bag gets wet, down will lose its insulating ability and will not dry easily. Synthetic-fill sleeping bags keep their insulating capacity despite being wet; the drawback is their increased bulk. You could opt for sleeping pads: inflatable pads are very comfortable to sleep on and very compact. Foam pads are lightweight and cheap.
You have a choice between a tent and tarp. Large tarps are always useful and versatile to use; if you pick one remember not to forget the rope. If you’re hiking in places where extended rains are not frequent, you can always sleep under the stars. But if you want privacy, a tent is necessary. You’ll also need tents when camping along the coast, due to fog and wind, and in very cold seasons like winter and spring.
Camping means you’ll need to cook meals. You need your cooking and eating supplies: a good stove and fuel (or get a Coleman exponent feather 442 dual fuel stove), utensils, fire starter, spices, oil, and adequate food (especially energy boosters that like raisins and nuts).
If you plan to hike during the day and make camp before nightfall, try not to be too ambitious about the distance you expect to cover on the first day. While you’re still planning a hike, it is so easy to overestimate the distance you can comfortably walk in a day. It is only during the hike that you can gauge more realistic distances. The hiking backpacks in your party will still be weighed down with the food supplies for the day; hence, you can expect the pace to be affected by the weight.
Your backpacks will be lighter in subsequent days as you use up your food supplies. Perhaps you should plan on having some fun stuff in your pack. A camera is always good for souvenir shots of the wilderness. Make sure they’re protected against outdoor abuse: protective camera bags are much cheaper than new cameras. Going fly-fishing? Purchase a valid fishing license before you try your spinning tackle in the lakes and streams.