Even with all our finest hookups, our solar powered batteries and generators, we should always remember to bring a portable light source.
Sara from Camp Academy makes a good case for the headlamp in her post 5 reasons to get a headlamp (for RVers).
Anyone swear by their trusty flashlight, instead?
> Keep Your Hands Free
The best part about using a headlamp is your hands are free. Rummaging around in your bag for pajama pants? Reading? Setting up your tent? Playing Phase 10 (my favorite camping game)? With a headlamp you can use your hands while having the space in front of you illuminated.
> The Beam Follows Your Movements
A headlamp attaches to your forehead right above your eyes. As your head moves naturally, attracted to a sound or sight, the beam of your headlamp follows. Just be sure not to blind your camping companions by shining the headlamp directly into their eyes while talking to them (many headlamps have a hinge that tilts down so you can re-direct the beam).
> Adjust the Intensity and Beam
Some activities call for full light (like making your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night) and some activities need just a little bit (like reading a book held at arm’s length). Headlamps have controls which allow you to switch between intense light and soft light to meet your needs.
Many headlamps also have an adjustable beam. A powerful, narrow beam can be useful for route finding after dark, while a diffuse beam is excellent for playing games in the tent.
> Buy Fewer Batteries
LED bulbs are energy efficient, sipping power instead of gulping it. This is great news because headlamps run on AAA or AA battery power. The run-time for a single set of batteries varies by the headlamp, but often they can last through an entire season of use.
Remove the batteries when the headlamp is stored for an extended period of time (such as over the winter) to prevent battery corrosion.
Most new high end headlamps now have a rechargeable brother. You can save on batteries, you just have to remember to recharge after the weekend.
> Red Light for Night Vision
Some headlamps have a red light setting. The red light is awesome: it preserves your night vision. Red light doesn’t dilate your pupils the same way as white light, making it easier for your eyes to re-adjust to the dark.
This setting is particularly handy for photographers and stargazers checking out the night sky. Turn on the red light to adjust camera settings, or check out a constellation in your Guide to the Night Sky.
Headlamps: A Camp Academy Favorite
Have I convinced you how awesome headlamps are? A headlamp is definitely on my list of essential camping gear.
-- @Sara_Sheehy from Camp Academy