you ever been stuck in the woods with a flashlight full of dead batteries?
Spare batteries should always be on your packing list, and it's smart to bring some sort of backup light source, too, such as a candle.
are a number of backcountry lighting options available today, each
with pros and cons.
No, No, No, NO!
talking about a lamp that straps over your head!
like my hands free to stir the soup, turn the page or pitch the
tent, this is my favorite option.
Many headlamps have adjustable beams so you can either pinpoint the light or open it up for a wider range of coverage. Most headlamps run on AA batteries. You'll find ultralight options that use two, or, for heavier and brighter beams, four batteries.
No matter which type you choose, look for a secure on/off switch, so the light doesn't accidentally switch on inside your pack.
Here's an economical option for folks who don't mind sacrificing a hand to hold their light.
Flashlights come in all shapes and sizes, from marker-size lights to jumbo night watchman-style beams. Most backpackers find the minilights sufficient and much easier to pack.
Many flashlight users clamp their light between their teeth to get the hands-free headlamp effect. If the thought of cold metal in your mouth gives you goose bumps, try wrapping the end of your light in duct tape. Also, you can buy straps that let you lash the light to your head for the headlamp effect, or you can rig one up with a headband and some clever stitching.
You may find glow-sticks a useful source of gentle lighting. They can be hung inside your tent or could be used as a night light for your child - and of course, they don't use up batteries!
For illuminating a large area such as a campsite or kitchen area, nothing beats a gas lantern, which gives off a warm, wide pool of light.
Lanterns come in a variety of sizes and run on gas cartridges that let you stand them upright or hang them overhead.
lanterns work best in warmer temperatures, and they require a bit of
extra care. For instance, you have to keep the mantle intact and take
care to pack the lantern so as not to break the glass globe, but many
mini-lanterns come with padded cases that do the trick.
rechargeable battery twin florescent
Coleman propane electronic ignition (no matches needed)
Coleman propane dual mantle (needs matches)
fuel (dual mantle)
Depending on your lantern don't forget the . . .
bulk propane tank.
long chain (with a big stable hook) that wraps around a tree. Here
you can hang your lantern out of reach from your little ones. No
worry about a child tipping the lantern over or burning themselves.
This added height also increases the light your lantern will give off.
I've also seen Shepard's hooks used to hang lanterns.
There's no simpler way to light up your life than a little candle lantern.
They provide warmth, a romantic ambience, and you can rest easy knowing that you're not contributing to landfill problems with batteries and empty gas cartridges.
You can find candle lanterns in tiny votive sizes, all the way up to a three-candle unit, which is great for car camping or paddling trips.
If you opt for a candle lantern, spend the extra few bucks on a padded case to protect the glass globe while it's inside your pack.
A safe and dependable light source for hiking, camping and your home emergency kit. This value pack contains a candle lantern and 3 extra candles packed together in a handy, protective fleece pouch.
- Each candle burns approximately 9 hours.
- Unique spring-loaded candle assembly and dripless candle burns at consistant flame height.
- Glass chimney protects flame from wind/rain.
- Wire bail allows candle to be hung from attached hook/chain (included).
Approx. Price: $19.95
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