Taking your Guitar Camping

Bringing a guitar along on a camping trip can be a most rewarding experience for a group or a family. Just think of the memories to be had from adding music to quiet moments in the forest, the mountains, or by a river. Or even if you're camping alone: what better and more inspirational surroundings for composing music, or experimenting with chord variations. YES - take your guitar camping!

Camping can subject your guitar to wide temperature swings. Even in the summer, mornings can be frosty-cold, and sunny afternoons can be searing hot. Protect your guitar from these extremes! In general, your guitar is comfortable and happy in the same range of temperatures that you are comfortable and happy.

The black Voyage-Air guitar case is padded and provides a good degree of heat protection. Kind of like an insulated picnic cooler. But the dark color of the case can also be a problem: if the case is left exposed to direct sunlight, it can get hot and cook the contents (your guitar) FAST! NEVER leave your guitar case (with the guitar inside) exposed to direct sunlight on a hot day.

Likewise, the trunk of a car can become an oven on a hot day. Temperatures of over 180 degrees have been recorded in car trunks! Here's the problem: the special glues that are used to build guitars can soften when they are warmed. At a point, the glue becomes so soft and pliable that the guitar can start to come apart: in particular, the bridge where the strings are attached. The bridge is under a lot of tension from the strings, and it is common for the bridge to actually pull away from the guitar body when it gets hot enough!

Dirt and dust is another enemy of your guitar. Airborne dust accumulates on the neck, and abrades against the strings and the frets. Not only does this cause abrasive wear on the frets, the dust and dirt gets into the winding of the strings, and dulls the sound of the strings. A good idea is to get a 2" wide soft paintbrush, and store it with your guitar. When camping, use this paintbrush to 'brush off' the fretboard and the strings. Do this first thing before you play the guitar, and then again when you finish, before you put it back into the case. In a camping situation, this will make the strings last a lot longer - and the difference is not slight... this is a huge difference in sound and life for the strings.

Quick Reference Points for Camping with a Guitar:
• Do NOT leave your guitar in the trunk of your car - either day or night.
• KEEP the guitar in the shade, at about the same temperature you are.
• At NIGHT - take the guitar into the camping tent with you.
• NEVER leave the guitar case exposed to direct sunlight - it can cook the guitar!

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Owner Testimonials

  • 5star-100
    I received my VAOM-1C and boy does it sing!  I am the proud and happy owner of several top-notch Martins: a D35 Johnny Cash, a HD28e, a solid DCPA4R as well as a 1973 00-18. I also had a 2003 D18 which I sold because it wasn't so good. I was expecting the VAOM-1C to sound ok but not more. "Can't have the best of both worlds" I thought. Well, now I do. It is just exquisite, so melodic and yet with a surprising sustain and expressivity. It is a true jewel at a more than decent price! All the Best and THANK YOU!
    Jean-Dominique Michel, Switzerland - VAOM-1C
  • 5star-100
    My wife and I travel a lot and in the past have had issues with taking a guitar with me......they're either too bulky for the overhead compartment, or I have to let the luggage handlers toss around my guitars like they're a bag of beans. I recently purchased one of your VAOM-04 guitars, and I'm totally impressed with the sound and the playability of this instrument. My first choice is my Martins, but since I received the VAOM-O4 I haven't put it down. I would recommend this guitar to any player, even if you don't travel that much. I'm looking forward to my next trip. I may just spend most of the trip playing this guitar.
    Great Job Voyage-Air.
    - Tony H. - VAOM-04
  • 5star-100
    It’s considered a “travel guitar,” and it truly is a remarkably portable instrument; however, that label does it a disservice, because honestly, it’s a damn nice guitar. It just happens to have a nifty set of hinges that allow the neck to fold over on the top, making it far more compact and transport friendly. I love my Telair!
    - Anthony K. Sandy, UT - VET-2SBB
  • 5star-100
    I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and genius behind this amazingly compact, but great sounding guitar!! I work in the movie industry and travel quite a bit, and being able to bring my guitar as a carry-on wherever I go is just what I've been looking for! The overall sound is amazingly rich for its size, and the folding mechanics work like a dream! If you’re wondering if it's worth getting, the answer is a big YES!!
    - Nancy F. Santa Monica, CA - VAMD-04
  • 5star-100
    I bought a VAD-04 strictly for travel and light use. The day I bought it I paid a visit to United Airlines. As I was walking up to the counter the clerk said that he had seen these before and that there was no problem taking it on as carry-on. .I think that this is a great value and a nice sounding piece All in all it is a winner in my book. I’ve heard less sound from much more expensive instruments. I may mike it because I think it compares to my Taylor 814ce and Breedlove it surprised me!
    -  Michael, Columbus, NE - VAD-04
  • 5star-100 
    I travel a lot, and for years, I schlepped my heavy Goodall Jumbo, always worried about it getting damaged and stolen.  I recently purchased a Voyage Air guitar and love it.  Its light, gets on planes, and sounds terrific. It has made travelling with a guitar a no-brainer.  Even after closing and opening, it stays very close to being in tune. I recommend this guitar to anyone who likes to play wherever they go.
    - Stewart, Santa Fe, NM - VAOM-02