Take Camping to the Next Level
Jul 23, 2019
Camping, as both an activity and an industry, is enjoying unprecedented growth at the moment. People are enjoying the outdoors in every style imaginable, and in record numbers, too. According to the 2018 North American Camping Report, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), "77 million U.S. households have someone who camps at least occasionally." The report also reveals that, since 2014, there are over six million new camping households. In order to capitalize on this trend, here are some products and tips from Koozie® to make your camping experience extraordinary.
1. Tents under trees? Bad idea.
It may be picturesque to pitch your tent in an inviting location with the sun coming through the leaves, but don’t be fooled. It may feel more private than other spots, but by the end of the trip your tent may be covered with sap or other debris.
The Koozie® Kamp 2 Person Tent has a strong frame to withstand up to 35 mph winds so you won’t need the extra protection from the trees. Plus, the lightweight canopy is rain resistant for extra tent protection.
2. Ramen is for college students.
First-timers often think their best food option is heat-and-eat noodles with minimum flavor and maximum soggy-ness while camping. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Satisfying and healthy meals in nature are easy when you have the right equipment.
Throw rice or your favorite grains into a freezer bag with spices and vegetables and when you’re ready to eat, grab a Koozie® Kamp Cook Set. Pour your freezer bag contents into the cooking pot, warm it over the fire and enjoy a good meal. This cook set even includes cups and plates that conveniently fit inside the pot for compact packing.
3. Chow time.
Once you’ve made your delicious meals, you’ll need some utensils to enjoy your “gourmet” camp cooking. Buying disposable plastic cutlery doesn’t make sense for enjoying the great outdoors because of negative environmental impacts. Your best bet is camping-friendly utensils that can be re-used every time you go camping.
Durable Koozie® Kamp Utensils are made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel that is rust proof and nonreactive. This set is made for campers, with its flat profile and lightweight handles. It also comes in a neoprene pouch for easy and secure carrying.
4. Keep it chill and camp on.
You may already have a cooler that works fine for backyard parties, but when camping you want to be sure you have one that is easily portable with enough capacity for any perishable food, drinks, and ice.
The Koozie® Olympus Kooler Backpack has enough capacity to fit 36 cans plus ice with padded mesh back and shoulder straps for added comfort. The foam insulation and heat-sealed PEVA liner make this a great camping option.
5. Take a seat.
Most campsites will have a picnic table or two for meal time, but relaxing will feel much more enjoyable if you have a comfy place to sit. The Koozie® Kamp Chair comes in a convenient carry bag and even has a Koozie® can holder on one armrest and a soft Koozie® kooler on the other.
6. Or better yet, hang a hammock.
At the campsite, a hammock works double-duty as a convenient place to sit and the perfect spot for an afternoon nap. Hammock camping (without the tent) is also seeing a surge in popularity as more and more people want to snooze under the stars.
The Koozie® Kamp Hammock is made of strong nautical grade nylon to hold up to 500 lbs. and is compact and lightweight enough to fit easily into your pack.
7. Keep the heat.
Getting a little dirty is part of the fun when camping. After all, a camper’s main objective is enjoying nature. That doesn’t mean you need to be cold and miserable, which can happen surprisingly easily in the great outdoors, even in mild weather. Be sure to pack a warm coat, socks, rain jacket and other insulating layers to be sure you stay warm and cozy.
With a lightweight double layer fleece lining, the Koozie® Two-Tone Beanie provides extra warmth for cool camping trips. Or try the Koozie® Field Blanket, complete with nylon straps with handle and hook and loop closure for easy carrying.
8. Appreciate the scenery.
It can be hard to put down our mobile devices, but camping trips are a great opportunity for relaxing fun and “unplugged” activities. Consider the season, location and interests of people in your group to come up with ideas for serious fun while camping.
Did you know birding has become one of the fastest growing hobbies in North America? In fact, about 50 million Americans plan a trip to observe wild birds every year. Jump on the birding trend, or just get an up-close view of your serene surroundings with the Koozie® Kamp Binoculars. These lightweight binoculars come in a neoprene case with a carabiner to slip into a pocket or clip easily to a belt loop or pack.
9. Don’t get waterlogged.
Camping near water is a great way to enhance the overall experience. Time spent near a body of water is scenic and provides built-in activities like fishing, swimming, kayaking and more.
If you’re lucky enough to have a campsite by the water, or unlucky enough to be camping in rainy conditions, be sure to have a Koozie® Adventure Dry Sack 10L in your pack. This water-resistant bag is a must-have for campers because it keeps personal items dry with a fold-down closure that doubles as a handle.
10. Relax and stay awhile.
Well organized gear ensures there is enough room for everything you need to have a fun and safe camping trip, whether it is for a weekend or an entire week. Multi-function items can be a great option for because they take up less room in your pack by combining multiple necessities into one.
The Koozie® Backpack Kooler Chair is a padded seat and insulated cooler that can be conveniently carried as a backpack. The perfect lightweight alternative to a separate large chair and cooler. As an added bonus there is even a bottle opener attached!