Camp gear is designed with the many variables that can come with camping in mind, with consideration for weather conditions, types of environment, and portability, but there’s not much that can be done to accommodate changing size needs when you’re dealing with a fixed item, like a tent or a chair. Before you resort to buying another piece of gear, consider after-market additions that are available for a wide variety of brands that address the problem of needing just a little more room from time to time without stretching your budget. Here are some great solutions for those who are feeling a bit cramped with their current gear but aren’t ready to upgrade just yet.
If you’ve got the Hubba or Hubba Hubba tent from MSR and you wish you had a little more space, the Gear Shed is just what you’re looking for. It zips right into your existing tent, adding a whopping 26 square feet of shelter for extra sleeping quarters, gear storage, or whatever you need that space for. A partial floor keeps your feet and belongings protected from the ground below, and an extra-large zippered door facilitates easy access to the vestibule and to your tent. For less than the cost of a small tent, you can make your existing tent into something of an outdoor penthouse.
For those who enjoy the freedom of being ready to camp out wherever, whenever in their car, this car tarp from Kelty will surely come in handy, especially during wetter times of year. By pitching this car tarp, you can ensure that anything wet or dirty doesn’t muss up the clean comforts of your vehicle cabin, while adding a little extra privacy to an already confined space. Easy to erect and secure for any spur-of-the-moment camping.
There’s not much you can do to make a pack bigger, but you can create more room by using these compression bags from Lowe Alpine. Simply load clothing, bedding, towels, or whatever you’d like to compress in one of the three included bags, and compress tight with the drawcord to keep everything compact and held tightly in one place. Great for organizing various parts of your bag so you don’t need to pull everything out to get to a particular item.