Spending a lot of time on the great outdoors is the dream of every outdoor enthusiast and adventurer. Most of these people will do anything in order to have enough time to spend doing their beloved activities, as well as to experience new things through these activities.
However, it is not as easy as that. You can’t just simply throw in a few of your necessities inside your bag and whoosh towards the great outdoors. You have to take time to prepare a lot of things to ensure your own safety and well-being.
Thus, it can lead to you wasting your well-saved time on a few activities, as well as take up some of the time you can use to do fun things on your expected destination. There isn’t really much you can do in order to lessen the time spent on preparations. It should, after all, be done thoroughly.
However, what most people don’t know is that you can make the most out of your time by simply making the most out of your backcountry gear and equipment. This will help lessen the worries you have and will give you more time to make the most out of your trip.
Here are a few things you might want to do in order to ensure that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest:
1. Buy the gear with of utmost quality.
More often than not, people sacrifice quality in order to save up on money for various reasons. This is the practical thing to do, but not really the most efficient.
Some things are cheap due to the low production quality and low cost of material. This means that if you ever buy cheap gear and equipment, there is a greater likelihood of that only lasting for a month or so. It can even tear down in the middle of the trail itself, taking up another portion of your time while you are looking for easy solutions.
The better option to do when choosing a backcountry gear is to check for quality. Is it sturdy? Will it last for years even with heavy baggage? Inspect every nook and cranny and check if it is complete will all safety features.
If it is, don’t mind the price and just buy it. It is better to be sure than sorry.
2. Learn how to use your equipment and keep practicing.
After buying the equipment, check the manual (if there is) and learn what every feature’s function is and how to prompt it to react on certain occasions.
Learn how to use the gear so as to save time when you eventually need to use it on the actual trip. Practice at least thrice before going on a backcountry adventure.
3. Use you gear at all times and at every opportunity.
Everyone knows that cars can develop a few malfunctions if not used as often as possible. The same is true for backcountry gear.
Thus, it is better to make use of your backcountry gear at all times and at all occasions. It doesn’t have to be a backcountry adventure. You can always bring your pack even if you’re on the beach, on a trip to a foreign land, or even on a quest to find your inspiration.
After all, you don’t know when you may have the need to use a compass, a map, or an emergency tool kit.
4. Take good care of your things.
Before you use a gear, check it for any wear and tear. If it has, try to repair it or bring it to professionals who can help you in that matter. If you don’t, you might just have an emergency situation while in the middle of the wilderness, which is definitely not good.
After use, clean the gear and store it in a proper place, away from rain, pets, rodents, and possible flood-prone areas. It might damage your gear and won’t give you an opportunity to use it again.
5. If you don’t need it anymore, donate it to those who need it.
If you ever find yourself wanting to buy another backcountry gear after a few years, why don’t you donate it to charity organizations or fund-raiser events? Not only will you be able to help other people, you will also have the proper opportunity of disposing things you don’t need anymore, as well as give your gear an opportunity to be of use to others with the same passion you have.
Taking care of your gear and making the most of it does not necessarily equate to making the most out of your backcountry experience. However, if you do admit it, it can contribute a portion of help since you don’t have to keep worrying about things, giving you more time to do more enjoyable things.