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How Do I Carry a Tent and a Sleeping Bag When Hiking?

Rough terrain, harsh weather conditions, wildlife — these are a few of the things you may encounter on a hike which are beyond your control. The equipment you choose to carry on your hike, however, is a different story.

Today, camping equipment is designed with nature lovers, extreme campers and hikers in mind. Canopy Mart has a wide selection of tents that are specifically designed for backpacking. They are lightweight and portable, easy to set up and compact enough to fit into the typical backpack. This makes them a camping essential you won’t want to be without.

Start With a Quality Backpack

Before you set out on your hike, determine what you want to bring. Then weed out all the unnecessary gear. You’ll need a good backpack that can manage heavy loads by distributing the weight onto padded hip belts. The shoulder straps on a backpack should be used for stabilizing the load, vs. weighing you down.

Less is More When you are Carrying Your Equipment

Seasoned hikers will tell you that the bigger the backpack, the more compelled you will feel to fill it. Don’t do it! Your back will thank you once you have been hiking for the day. You can cover more ground will less gear on your back. So choose your equipment wisely.

Your Tent Should be Lightweight and Easy to Manage

Some of the most comfortable Canopy Mart dome tents are meant to be carried in your backpack. Some are single pole tents that keep weight and staking to a minimum. It is recommended that your tent by packed in the middle of your backpack to better distribute the weight. Another advantage is that your tent will stay drier if it starts to rain. Depending on the size of your backpack, your tent poles can be strapped to the side of your pack. Just make sure they are attached securely so you don’t lose them along the way.

Roll Your Sleeping Bag as Tightly as Possible

A lightweight sleeping bag made of down is a good choice for hiking. Down sleeping bags are light and easier to compress. Some backpacks have special compartments for holding sleeping bags. If your backpack doesn’t, you might want to consider rolling your sleeping bag tight, removing the air from it and strapping it beneath your backpack.

Hiking gear is an investment that pays off if you hike regularly. Take a look at camping and outdoor equipment stores for quality backpacks and sleeping bags. Then be sure to consult the experts at Canopy Mart for a backpacking tent that will suit your needs. Happy trails!