Is your sport enthusiast well-equipped for that highly anticipated camping trip? Some essential starter tools to take on a camping trip include a good hand ax stored in an ax sheath, bucket and a shovel. When evaluating good camping trip equipment items that can be used for more than one task are best because they reduce the equipment required to be packed. It is important that all packed items are in good and usable condition because having arrived at campsite with a broken or damaged item may mean that a camper is now ill-equipped.
A nicely sharpened hand ax can be relied upon for several tasks around the campsite. A hand ax will serve well when chopping wood and splitting kindling. Using the back end of the blade will provide a useful hammer for banging in tent pegs. With care the hand ax can also be used for carving, shaping wood as well as for chopping wood. Some advanced uses that can be accomplished with a good hand ax include using it to build a fire stand or a fire screen.
On a camping trip many find that they avoid the use of an ax in favor of a saw because they have often neglected their ax by not storing it in an ax sheath and then even worse by trying to use a blunt ax. Over time even a saw will need sharpening so it is beneficial to learn some good sharpening skills. Once one has learned how little time it takes to sharpen and maintain an ax they will appreciate how useful it is to have a hand ax as an essential tool on their camping trips. Do not forget to store the hand ax in the ax sheath when not in use as it protects the ax blade.
On a camping trip despite the most essential piece of equipment is a bucket and a bucket can be used for many important tasks. For instance, water can be transported from one point to another for cooking, cleaning, or drinking. Firewood can easily be gathered and transported in a bucket as well as sand or dirt used when building a fire pit. On a trip to the campground main restroom area a bucket can easily carry all the campers grooming items.
While camping, a shovel can also be used to do numerous jobs. A shovel can be used to dig a hole for a fire pit. A shovel can be used to haul rocks to be placed around the fire pit. Ashes or other material in the existing fire pit can be removed with a shovel. A shovel can be used to pack the dirt down and make an area on the ground as even as possible in preparation for placing a tent upon the ground. Waste, sewage, and garbage can be disposed or buried with a shovel so as to eliminate any odors that can linger around campsites.