Notes on Buying Used Camping Equipment

or Improvising Camping Gear

Military Surplus

Used Sleeping Bags

The U.S. Army Mountain Sleeping Bag is a well made heavy duty down filled sleeping bag. Be sure to examine it carefully for an rips, tears, stains or odors. Wash all used sleeping bags before use. The single most important thing to inspect on a used sleeping bag is that the zipper works and moves easily. Tears are easy to repair or patch, a zipper is not.

Sometimes household items can be inexpensively adapted for camping.

I purchased the 16 ounce stainless steel sauce pan pictured above for 80 cents, drilled out the rivet that holds the handle on and replace it with a machine screw and wing nut. The handle is short enough to fit within the pot when packed.

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