Have you ever dreamt of spending a night under the stars in the mountains? It’s a magical experience, the entire period you see the stars is perfect for experiencing something new! Check out our tips for spending a great night under the stars (shooting stars or not)!
Choosing the right essentials
When you hike, it is important to prepare one’s equipment. The first essential piece of equipment is the sleeping bag, of course!
It should be chosen according to the external temperature of the place where you’ll be sleeping. This depends on the season as well as the altitude and humidity of your location.
Make sure you make necessary inquiries well in advance! The temperature is cool at night in the mountains, particularly at an altitude. We recommend a sleeping bag with a comfortable temperature of at least 0°C because it’s better to be too warm than too cold!
In order to cope with the humidity and dew, consider a sleeping bag with a water repellent fabric or a cover over the bag.
Tip: In order to preserve the lifetime of your sleeping bag for as long as possible and prevent it from getting smelly, we recommend getting a liner that allows you to wash the inside of your bag.
An essential companion to the sleeping bag is a mattress that provides insulation from the cold and moisture of the ground. You can choose between a foam mattress and a self-inflating mattress according to what you prefer. Foam mattresses are very lightweight yet relatively large in size. Conversely, self-inflating mattresses can be easily stored in a bag but are often a little heavier. Given that innovation never ceases at Quechua, we have included an inflatable mattress in the offer: compact, lightweight and guaranteed for 2 years!
The little-added extras for spending a good night
Remember to take a click-type headlamp with you to light up the installation process, as well as a cigarette lighter and a big plastic bag or waterproof bag to protect your belongings from the moisture during the night. Easily portable Camping Lanterns can be very useful during a trip.
We recommend that you determine where you are going to sleep beforehand. Don’t forget to bring a map with you, as well as a thermal blanket, and make sure you pay close attention to the weather forecast before leaving.
Ideally, prepare a “plan B” in the event of bad weather: nights in a mountain refuge, tent. Don’t hesitate to defer your outing if the weather is unpredictable and you don’t have a fall-back solution.
You can consider carrying a hammock so that you’re able to enjoy the stars completely in the open.
Campfire – User Instructions
At nightfall, there’s nothing like a camp fire to keep you warm, cook food and roast a few marshmallows. Carry camping furniture so that you’re able to comfortably sit around the fire and enjoy your evening.
Here are a few practical tips and safety measures to enjoy this time and avoid any blunders:
1. Check in advance that the local authorities or prefectural authorities have not banned camp fires during this period.
2. Select a site that is sheltered from the wind and, if possible, close to a source of water.
3. Make your fire on a rocky or bare surface, far from tree stumps, trees and overhanging branches. Also, leave enough space between the fire and your equipment (tents, bags, sleeping bags, food, etc.).
4. Surround your fire with stones or, failing this, dig out a shallow hole in the ground with which you can light the fire.
5. In order to make your fire easier to control and extinguish, keep it small, i.e. the height and diameter of the flames must not exceed 1 m. This also makes it more practical for cooking food. Always keep a small reserve of water (water bottle, saucepan, etc.) close at hand.
6. When lighting your fire, use only paper or solid fire lighters. Never use inflammable liquid products.
7. Naturally, do not throw any waste in the fire, particularly if it is made of plastic and aluminum!
8. Supervise the children and tell them about the fire hazards and risks.
9. Never leave the fire without supervision.
10. Clean up the area as much as possible.