Trail Tip Thursday – Repurpose that old yellow foam sleeping pad into seats. It is always great to have something warm, and comfortable, to sit on when stopping for lunch. Lets face it, these Canadian Rocky Mountain trails can be, well…”rock hard” on the butt! In addition, a foam seat provides added warmth during those winter lunch breaks on the trail.
I rescued my old yellow foam, sleeping pad from the dust bunnies in the garage, and proceeded to cut the pad into 4 decent sized pieces. (No dust bunnies were hurt during this process). Each family member received a piece of the recycled foam pad. The individual pieces can be easily packed, squished and punched into a daypack. Congratulations boys…you now have your own “lunch seats”. Should there ever be an emergency, and a member of your hiking party needs to sit or lay on the ground, align the pieces up, and you have a way of keeping that individual warm, and hopefully, comfortable until they can get off the trail.
Sure ,they aren’t anything fancy to look at, and you can purchase inflatable seats, and some even have back rests, but if you can repurpose a piece of gear that isn’t being used, then I say, “why not!”