Prepare Your Vehicle For End-of-Summer Fun In the Outdoors
Experienced hikers and campers know they can’t go without things like a first aid kit, a backpack, comfortable clothing, good hiking boots, and headwear if needed.
Having the right gear for your vehicle is equally important, especially if you’re camping or hiking when the weather gets colder. The proper accessories can make your excursion more fun and safer.
Here are some suggestions that are equally practical and affordable:
An air compressor/jump starter:
A dead battery or a flat tire out in the sticks is a nightmare you should avoid. There are a wide range of different models to choose from for less than $100.
There are also portable solar chargers that can be attached to the outside of your car to charge during the day. Plug your devices in once you've turned your car off for the evening.
If you have to tie down anything to your roof, these super-snug tie-downs will do the job without crushing or damaging whatever you’re securing.
Carabiners at either end quickly attach to D-rings in your truck bed or on your roof rack, but if you don’t have attachment points, it’s easy to loop the Stratchit around your roof bars and run the webbing back through the carabiner.
Heavy-duty floor mats:
Hiking trails means rain (and even snow) dirt, mud, gravel, etc., so a set of durable, all-weather floor mats is almost a must if you want to preserve your car’s carpets.
Rubber all-terrain floor mats are the most common, but some are now made out of materials such as polymers and thermoplastics.
Collapsible car awnings:
The hike is done and you want to relax at your campsite, but the weather is making it difficult.
That’s where a portable weatherproof car awning will protect you, your gear and your car from the elements. There is a large inventory to choose from, so look for awnings that are easy to set up and durable.
Some reminders about necessities/accessories before heading out on your next adventure:
- First aid kit/emergency kit
- Hand wipes and sanitizer
- Hiking poles
- Warming blanket
- A gallon of water per person
- Snacks, healthy and salty
- Jackets for cool and very cold weather
- Flashlight, matches and candles