By Jan Bennett
When camping is a part of every get-away you take, your camping gear tends to be packed in such a way that you only need to grab a few bins and head out the door. Kind of like a camping ‘go’ box, if you will.
Currently, my car camping bins are configured in such a way that I have lights stored in each bin for each type of use: a lantern for the table, a small collapsible light for illuminating space inside the tent, considerations for a work light when I might need to make a few quick gear adjustments in the wee morning hours before heading out, a quick bicycle drivetrain adjustment before an early morning ride the next day, a flashlight kept in the truck for roadside emergencies, and a trusty headlamp for just about everything else.
As we pack up the truck to head out for 8 days of camping in the Davis Mountains in far west Texas I’m realizing just how useful this HeadSpin light might prove to be. Rather than packing up a lantern, tent light, work light, flashlight, and a headlamp, I am able to grab the carrying case with the HeadSpin and assorted attachments and cross most of my lighting needs off of my packing list. Done!
When it comes time to cook, I reach for the headlamp strap and snap the light in place. Now I can see what I’m cooking rather than fiddle with a lantern next to my stove. No more having to tilt the pot towards the light just to see the status of the meal that I’m cooking. Easy.
Being able to place just the light into the mesh netting at the top of the tent allows me to search for my frequently lost beanie without fiddling with a light in hand. Plus, changing with a headlamp on can be quite cumbersome. Since there’s two of us sharing the tent having a single source for lighting at the top of the tent makes things much more livable.