I'm curious what other people's camping layouts are and how it's going for you.
I did a bit of research to get my loadout, hopefully someone finds this useful.
1. sleeping pad http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Sleepi...eviews/ratings
It's amazing how sleeping pads have improved recently. Gone are the rolls on the back of the bike, say hello to sleeping pads the size of one or two fists. Precautions are to attempt folding on different lines and not mouth-inflate below freezing, I don't plan to camp below freezing.
2. tent http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary...osingATent.jsp
A few things to look for:
vestibule - some tents have the outer covered area outside your tent for boots and such. This typically requires additional pegs.
freestanding - typically a square shape making it larger but you can setup and place anywhere. A rain cover / vestibule usually requires pegs.
non-freestanding - shaped like a sleeping bag these tents are smaller, lighter and typically require less pegs for the rain cover.
Pegs - throw those standard pegs away and get something stronger. Get some rope or tiedowns in case you can't get pegs into the ground.
3. footprint - This layer of material should come with all tents, it lays between the ground and your tent to keep you dry and offer your first defense against sharp objects piercing your tent.
4. Sleeping Bags: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=39138
Your sleeping bag is your largest item. You want down for it's compressibility. The heat rating of your sleeping pad and sleeping bag is important. Typically a warmer rating on the pad allows saving space on a warmer bag.
5. Compression sacks: Your sleeping bag and compress quite a bit with a proper bag. I prefer a larger sack for easier packing and a round ball vs a PIA tube. Your tent can become surprisingly small but beware packing a damp tent tightly, it'll all be moist.
OK, you're setup to sleep.
- Clothing: They say take everything you think you need then remove half. Your bag of clothing should have some weather protection for morning moisture or placing on the ground. If you can find some way of separating fresh and used gear everyone will appreciate it.
- water: cleaning, drinking, hygiene
- Tiedown straps. In case something breaks, tying the bike down or tying something onto your bike tiedowns offer great versatility.
- dry bag: one option for space is placing a dry bag on your passenger seat for w.h.y.
- light: Doing things with one hand in the dark is a PIA. A headlamp is fairly important. Some lamps have a red light that doesn't blind or effect your night vision.
- footwear: nothing beats a pair of slip ons yet you may do something rugged with them. You to avoid 3 pairs of footwear including your riding boots.
What are some discoveries you've had?