Some camping equipment can be quite expensive these days – fortunately, as such gear and tools are becoming more and more versatile; they can be used for a variety of purposes other than just camping. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on stuff that will only be used once or twice a year, you can maximize the amount of use you actually will get out of the equipment, and help to justify the cost of purchasing such merchandise.
For instance, instead of packing away your flashlights with all of your camping tents and hunting knives, you might want to set them on the table or keep them in your car for an emergency. You never know when you’ll need that extra light around the house or for vehicle repair.
Many people bring hammocks along on their camping trips, but then never use them any other time of the year. All you have to do is find two trees in your own yard, and you can relax in your hammock all summer long. Hammock stands can even be purchased if there aren’t any trees available.
Coolers and miniature grills are items that are often brought on camping trips, but again these are seldom used at home. But if you are cooking for just a couple of friends, why not use the smaller grill? And if you’re having a get together with friends you can stock the cooler full of beverages instead of having to open the refrigerator constantly.
Folding tables and chairs are also common campsite features, but they can be used around the house, too. You can set them up on the porch to greet visitors as they approach your home, or use them in the backyard for bird watching – because these chairs and tables are so lightweight and versatile, they can be used for nearly any purpose.
Children love to use camping tents in their own backyard, and it is a great way to spend a night or two outdoors without having to travel at all. It’s also a great way to get your children used to the idea of sleeping in a tent, and of course a great way to make sure that the tent is actually getting used.
As you can see, camping equipment of all kind can be used around the house – you just have to get creative with some of your ideas. Doing this however will make sure that your camping gear isn’t just lying around unused for the better part of the year, and instead it can see the light of day on a regular basis.