Hiking and camping are all about enjoying the beauty of nature while doing a good thing for your mental and physical health. Two of the most natural and beneficial activities out there, hiking and camping shouldn’t have to cost a fortune.
That being said, there’s no way around the fact that hikers and campers need gear. Prepping for even one night in the woods requires a sleeping bag, tent, backpack, trekking poles, cooking equipment, first aid kit, proper clothing and shoes, and more. By that point, you’re in at least one or two thousand dollars.
What’s an outdoor-lover to do?
Enter MYOG, or Make Your Own Gear! It’s a well-known term in the outdoor gear world, but in case you are not familiar, MYOG is just what it sounds like: making your own gear to save both the environment and your wallet from undue stress.
If you’re on the fence about making your own gear, we’re here to sway you in the right direction. Below are five indisputable reasons to MYOG!
Customize your gear
There are many reasons campers or hikers would want to customize their gear. Nothing is more annoying than paying top dollar for high-quality outdoor equipment only to have it not meet your needs. Whether it’s a tent that breaks or wears out too soon or a pair of shoes that don’t fit right, less-than-perfect outdoor gear is a problem that can be solved by making your own gear.
Beyond the practical utility of making your own gear, MYOG allows you to get creative! You aren’t often able to customize store-bought equipment, resulting in bland, unrecognizable, unpersonalized gear. Customize your equipment to reflect your personal style (what if all your gear was your favorite color?) or just to mark everything you own with your name so that you know it’s yours.
Great for thru-hikers
Thru-hikers, otherwise known as long-distance hikers, need gear they can count on more than any of us. Making your own gear means you can customize your gear to serve your exact needs. It also means that, if a piece of equipment does (inevitably) break or wear down, you won’t be out hundreds of dollars. Additionally, if you know how that particular piece was made, you may be able to remake it on the go.
One of the primary reasons we love hiking and camping is that it allows us to appreciate and be one with the beauty of the great outdoors. One might consider it counterproductive to purchase items that require a large carbon footprint to make. By making your own gear, you can ensure you are only using environmentally-friendly, recycled materials.
Finally, as we’ve touched on above, MYOG is great for outdoor-lovers on a budget! Outdoor gear can be extremely expensive. Circumvent the costly name brand prices by making your own. Pro tip: buy wholesale materials to save even more!