Going on a camping trip is a great way to appreciate the outdoors and enjoy some valuable recreation time. If you’re a gun owner, taking your guns with you camping is essential. If you are camping for a hunting trip, this is obvious. Even if you are just going out for a relaxing weekend, knowing which gun to take can improve your outdoor experience and, since you have a range of choices, why not? Deciding which gun to bring is largely a matter of what you plan on doing. If you are hunting, a higher caliber rifle is going to be necessary, but if you are just heading to the lake for a weekend, you may be content with a handgun.
Choosing a gun to bring with you on a camping trip is largely a matter of personal preference. If you are the type who wants to keep a 12-gauge shotgun on hand while venturing into the outdoors, so be it. For many gun owners, though, keeping a small side arm in a vehicle or on your person is preferable since they are easily concealed and do not take up much space. If you desire a larger gun, rifles can easily be stored on gun racks in vehicles and trailers and are versatile options for long range target practice.
Selecting the right gun or guns to take with you camping mostly comes down to what activities you are interested in doing. From hitting the gun range to firing off a few rounds in the desert, you never know when you’ll want or need your gun, so consider bringing a selection of two or three in different models and calibers. In addition to recreation, keeping a gun with you while camping can be a good security measure. Depending on where you go, keeping a gun may be important for survival in certain situations. Remote areas where bears or wolves frequent can necessitate a gun to scare away potential disturbances.
Protecting your camp is important in remote wilderness areas and could even be the difference between life and death or serious injury in the most dire situations. For the vast majority of camping trips, you will only be using your gun for recreation and will, hopefully, never have to use it for defense, but like any successful wilderness experience, going prepared is extremely important to comfort and well being.