California survival classes. Here you'll find useful information on sleeping bags and tents for camping. And also gear recommendations for class. Getting a good nights sleep during your classes is essential. And a comfy sleeping bag with a solid tent, and trail pad. Will help get you there.
California Survival Classes
What gear should I bring to class?
A great question. Here is useful information on the California weekend survival class gear list- What should I take for a Wilderness Survival Weekend.
Please note that the California survival classes gear list is for base camp. And not a backpacking gear list.
Need to purchase gear?
The FAQ page of our website is a great resource for gear. Having the right kind of gear makes outdoor camping easier and comfortable. We use our local thrift stores whenever possible for purchasing our camping kit.
Instead of buying brand new gear have some fun and see how cheaply you can outfit yourself for Survival class.
California Survival Classes on sleeping bags
A good sleeping bag is worth it. Yes, we won't make you sleep outside without a sleeping bag. Well, at least not at first. The exception to buying cheap is your sleeping bag. Having a quality sleeping bag to keep you warm and toasty during a chilly night is worth it.
Though choosing the correct sleeping system to meet your individual requirements can be daunting.
Sleeping bag tips
Tip 1. Consider where and time of year you will be camping the most. With dryer regions like the eastern and desert country of California. A goose down bag is a great option.
Tip 2. But if your like me and camp in both wet and dry area's of northern California. Then go with a synthetic bag. Goose down will compress and lose its heat generating loft when wet. Plus, natural down is very difficult to dry out on the trail.
Tip 3. Consider the weight of the sleeping bag. Weight is a huge factor. And the lighter your pack the happier you'll be.
Tip 4. Visit Outdoor Gear Lab for the latest testing on sleeping bags, tents, sleeping pads, and other outdoor gear.
Synthetic sleeping bags are better because
- they are resistance to moisture
- do not loose as much loft when wet
- will keep you warm when damp
- are quicker to dry.
Another tip, if your camping in both warm and cold weather during the year. You will want to consider buying two sleeping bags. One for summer conditions and one for cold freezing conditions.
Tents for class
For camping during class in the California summer you can generally get by with a moderate performing tent. The problem with a 1-season rated tent is they do not preform well in heavy wind or driving rain.
Which sometimes happens during class as we do have the occasional thunderstorm. Weather happens in the mountains. Even during the summer months.
Also my experience with lower quality tents is zippers often fail. Which means mosquitoes and other flying and crawling insects will have access to the inside of your shelter.
A good tent is your survival shelter
Quality makes a big difference in tents when your camping on the trail or attending class. Quality tents are an investment that will last a lifetime of camping. Here are some helpful tips on tent care in general.
Tips on getting the most life out of your tent
- Treat your tent good.
- Keep your tent clean.
- Keeping your tent free of food and strong scents that attract animals
- clean tents reduce the chance of rodent and bear damage.
- Make sure and dry your tent out completely each day if possible
- Dry tent completely before putting it away for more than a night or the rest of the season
Tent recommendation for class
- A 2 or 3 season tent that sets up and takes down quickly and easily is best.
- The tent should be light in weight but strong
- Your tent must be rated to perform well in a heavy wind, snow, or driving rain
Having quality outdoor gear does make a difference at class or anytime your outdoors camping. A good tent, a warm sleeping bag, and a solid insulate sleeping pad. Will allow a nights sleep and the rest you need for another day at our California survival classes.