Posts tagged sleep
Hiking & Camping Gear Beyond the Bare Necessities.

I find that in my hiking life I stay in the awkward space between the need and want to strip down my gear, go ultralight, fly lightweight through the mountains, and the inability to get rid of stuff. 

It's been easier to exchange the bulkier and heavier items for ultralight (and ultraexpensive) equivalents. But to get entirely rid of some things seems impossible. Not only that, I am not even sure I want to. 

I want to share with you what are the things I can't stop myself from packing, that are not necessities. I divided them into groups: practical non-necessities, comfort-enhancers, and pure luxuries. I would love to hear from you how you stand in the battle between going lightweight and wanting your comforts. Let me know below!

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Read Before You Buy: Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Ultralight Backpacking Pillow Gear Review

Do you even need a hiking pillow?

Similarly to many other hikers, I try to go as light as possible within my means. I am very far from ultra-light but I’m getting close to a comfortable lightweight hiking. One of the easiest way (and cheapest!) to cut on weight is to simply leave some stuff at home. I tried to be strict as possible, so I didn’t have a separate pillow. Like many other hikers, I just pulled some clothes into a dry bag and used it as a pillow.

But before my January trip to Greece, I decided to allow myself a bit of luxury and comfort. I was tired of constant neck pain and issues with my back. I’m not a young and fresh gal, after all, I needed to take more care of myself!

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How to Choose Your Camping Shelter: Tents, Tarps, Bivies and Hammocks

If you are looking for a tent to buy you might get pretty confused by all the choices you have on the market. There are dozens upon dozens of companies producing a variety of shelters. How can you choose one that would fit your needs? I prepared a handy guide that will make the decision making easier.

It might be that you are looking for your very first tent or maybe you need to retire you old family tent serving you for the past few decades. The most important thing is to realize your needs in order to narrow down your choices.

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How to Set Up a Tent in High Winds

Strong winds in the forecast? Don’t cancel your camping trip just yet!

It’s pretty obvious that when we dream of a nice camping trip in the Great Outdoors, we envision beautiful weather and no nasty surprises. But as we know, Nature does not always cooperate or listens to our dreams. Sometimes the rains are testing our determination and at other times – it’s the winds.

The good thing is, most of the times we can still enjoy our camping trip as long as we follow a few guidelines.

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Read Before You Buy: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Mat for Women Gear Review

I need to open this review with a disclaimer: I love to sleep and I like my comforts. Which means, that when I was first looking for a sleeping mat, I didn’t even consider getting just a foam mattress. As my budget was quite limited and I had to buy a lot of gear, I settled for a self-inflatable mat by Vango. It served me well throughout my hiking in Scotland and Spain. It was easy to use and pretty comfortable. But when I was getting ready for this summer trip I decided to upgrade my sleeping mat. As much as the Vango mat was a good option it was (as all mats of this type are) heavy and big.

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Buying a Down Sleeping Bag? Here's All You Need to Know!

Choosing the right for you sleeping bag is a very important step in getting ready for an overnight backpacking adventure.

The variety of available choices can be quite overwhelming for a beginner. Looking at the price tags it’s pretty easy to notice quite a difference between synthetic and down bags.

Is it worth paying the high price? Read on, to find out all about the good, the bad and the ugly on down filling.

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Read Before You Buy: Vango Blade 200 Tent Gear Review

Vango Blade 200

So, is that tent any good? You bet it is!

I absolutely love it and am really happy with my decision to buy it.

Its weight and ease of use are superb. I tested it in Scottish summer – full of rain, bogs, and heavy winds. I can recommend it for any solo hiker out there - especially one on a budget.

There are lighter backpacking tents, of course, but they tend to cost twice or even thrice the price of Vango Blade 200 at around £100. How can you beat that?

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