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When you go camping you will need a camping lantern , camping
stove and a camping cot as well as a flash light.
All campers will need some type of lantern gas, battery, or
candle. Each one has there pros and cons. To find out which will
work for you here are a few tips.
Gas lanterns give off bright light but are noisy and will be the
most expensive of all lanterns to operate. You will have to pack
extra propane bottles The older liquid gas lanterns give off
just as much light but you will have to refill the tank with
liquid gas and this can be messy as well as dangerous if you are
not careful. Both types of lanterns use mantels so be sure to
Battery lanterns give of plenty of light but however you will
need to have spare batteries or if it is a rechargeable style
you will need some way to recharge it. The rechargeable lanterns
do not last as long as a battery type of lantern and the
lighting tends to be a bit duller. The rechargeable lanterns can
be recharged with you car by plugging into the cigarette lighter
on some models.
Candles will are the most cost effective but you have to be very
careful not to start a fire with them. They also do not through
a very strong light and they are subject to going out in a
The best lantern to use inside a tent is a battery style. But
they do not work well in colder climates as the batteries tend
to run down faster due to the cold..
Be sure the lantern you buy is weather proof. If you are
camping in colder weather the gas type of lanterns would be your
best choice because not only do they give of a bright light they
also give off a fair amount of heat. Never use the gas lanterns
in the tent. Should the lantern get knocked over or get too
close to flammable materials it could start a fire.
If you are using a gas lantern in the rain you have to be
careful because the glass globe can break if a lot of water gets
on it. A single mantle in a lantern gives off about 300 watts of
light. Be aware that the glass globe of all gas and propane
lanterns get extremely hot and can give you a serious burn.
If you are going to use candles you will have to be very careful
that you do not start a fire. Rememer that the hot wax of the
candle can burn you if you get it on your skin. Never leave a
candle that is burning in your tent unattended and never fall
asleep with a burning candle or a burning lantern in your tent.
Many camping trips have been ruined by a hot lantern or a
burning candle. Now matter which type of lantern you use always
play safe Never store a hot gas lantern near any flammable
materials or leave any open flames unattended.
Be sure the flashlight you purchase is waterproof, corrosion
resistant and has a scratch resistant lens. Look for one that
has an adjustable beam and can be free standing which frees up
your hands to do other things.
Have a flashlight for each camper in your group. The plastic
type are great for the kids and they only cost a dollar or so.
Never let the kids wander around at night as unless they've been
taught not to shine their flashlight beams into other camping
sites which can upset the other campers.
Be sure that the flashlights are shock proof. Many a flashlight
has been broke because the kids accedently dropped it on the
ground. If you are walking at night never shine your flash light
at any moving vehicles. Your light may blind the driver and
which could cause an accident.
About the author:
Ranger Bob has been having fun camping for years and wants to
share all his knowledge with you so be sure to visit him at Camping-For-Fun ©
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Written by: Bob Matsen
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