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The Right Camping Gear

The Right Camping Gear

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Camping, Outdoor |

I find that it doesn’t matter where you plan to go camping, in the mountains, by a lake or on the beach; everyone has a place that is magical for them. One of the joys of camping is that it can be so many things to so many people. It can be anything from an overnight escape from the big city to an elaborate multi-family holiday or a romantic hike into the great wilderness. Still, when picking up a camping gear, you should determine what kind of camping trip you are going to, in order to choose the right camping gear.

The Big Hike

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For some, camping can mean hiking into a place where no one has ever been before. It means the quiet times, sitting by the campfire, with nothing to listen to but the birds. Having light comfortable gear can make that hike into your special place all the easier, so finding your camping equipment for the trip is important. Be sure that you look for light, weather-proof rucksacks, tents and sleeping bags for any kind of weather. Pick clothes that will pack up easy, don’t over-pack and make sure everything you bring is capable of being used multiple ways.

  • TIP: Buy boots that are a half-size too big with lots of wiggle room for toes and wear big comfy socks that breathe for an easier hike.

Caravan Camping

caravancamping485x275When I was a kid growing up, we always spent several weeks every summer camping in a big campsite full of families. I loved the feeling of freedom, of being able to stroll around and make friends all over the campsites, wandering through the immense trees of Northern California. These days, many families get together for multi-family caravans that camp together at family favorite spots. If you have made plans to get together with family or friends, planning what camping equipment to take can be almost as much fun as the camping itself. Setting up the kitchen for the group first is always a good priority that then leaves more time for enjoying the campsite. And don’t forget the tea kettle! Nothing quite tastes as good as camping tea, I don’t know why.

Romantic Overnights

Romantic-Overnight-Packages-01For those of us who live in the big city, one of the true joys of summer is the ability to have a quick weekend get-away. It doesn’t have to be anything really fancy, a tent and the one you love can be quite enough for many. Luckily even if you aren’t the rough outdoor type, tenting with a sweetheart can make an overnight adventure a time of romance. So grab a few bits of great camping equipment, and come out to the great outdoors. We all know that the summer get-away is what gets us through the winters. Memories remain of times in the sun, sleeping under the stars and what you saw just around the bend of that trail. So get out there now as much as you can. Build those memories for that cold winter day.

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Plan your Camping Gear Ahead for a Safe Trip

Plan your Camping Gear Ahead for a Safe Trip

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Camping, Outdoor |

72-hour_emergency_kitIn case you are planning to go for hiking and camping trips, you have to know that there are some extra camping gear that you should include in your standard camping set. If your time away is going to be an extended hike through the great outdoors for several days and you plan on sleeping outdoors, there may be other additional items that you may want to consider adding to your backpack. Instead of rushing out and buying your camping gear at the last minute, plan your camping trip ahead and only purchase the camping gear that you will need. This will give you time to shop around for the best quality at the best price.

The amount of camping gear that you will need to take will depend on several factors

  1. The length of time you will be away. If it is a short time such as a few days or overnight then you will only need a small amount of food and clothing. Cooking can be kept to a minimum. For longer periods away you will have to take more food and better cooking equipment.
  2. The time of year is an important consideration. If it is in the summer months then light clothing is all that is required. If it is in the cooler months then you will require heavier, warmer clothing and better rain wear. Remember to always take good quality rainwear regardless of the weather forecast.
  3. Are you camping out in the wilderness or are you staying in hikers cabins? This will determine whether you need to carry a suitable tent.

The first piece of your camping gear is of course a backpack. This needs to be large enough to carry everything that you will need for your time away. Do not buy the cheapest backpack but look for the best one that will sit on your back comfortably. Make sure that it is light enough.  Most camping store owners will show you how to adjust the backpack to balance the weight correctly. Another tip is to always use a waterproof pack liner. I have yet to find a pack that will not leak from consistent rain.

Take plenty of Food and Water

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Never make the mistake of loading all of your food for your trek straight out of your pantry into your backpack, such as tinned items or food in a jar. The best food to take is dehydrated meals. Although these meals may not look too appetizing, they will sustain you and they can be a fraction of the weight. Also make sure you take plenty of water. This is important because you need to stay hydrated during your walk and when you camp there may not be any good quality drinking water.

Never take away large quantities of basic items such as sugar or salt. If you work out what quantity you need for each meal and then double it you will be surprised how little you need. Make sure that all of your camping gear is in water proof containers or plastic bags.

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The most important thing is not to pack any unnecessary or heavy items of camping gear that you probably will not use, especially on a short trek away. For those weekend stays away in the wilderness, if you do find something that you left at home, then it doesn’t matter. It is only for a day or two and you cannot take everything with you.

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How to Create an “Outdoor Survival Shelter”

How to Create an “Outdoor Survival Shelter”

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Camping, Outdoor |

A debris hut is one of the easiest types of survival shelters to make when you are camping. The reason for this is that aside from a few simple tools you are able to take all of your building materials for survival from the surrounding area. Creating a debris hut is also something you can do in a relatively short period so that you can have safe shelter if you unexpectedly have to set up camp due to inclement weather.

How to Make a Debris Hut for One Person

debris-hut-17To make an efficient shelter as a part of your survival training, you will need to have a long sturdy branch. Typically, if you are creating an outdoor survival shelter for just one person you will want to locate a piece of wood that is approximately 1.5 times your height. This allows for ample coverage at either end of the shelter, but also makes getting in and out of the survival shelter easier than if you made your debris hut 2 times your length. You will also be using your own body heat for warmth so the closer the shelter to your size, the better. You may be fortunate in finding a fallen branch, but it is more likely you will need to cut the branch with a survival knife to create the main support beam for your survival shelter.

Creating a Stable Foundation for Your Debris Hut

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Once you have collected the main branch, you will need to support it. Be certain to set the branch at a height approximately two to three inches above the top of your head when you are sitting. You can prop the branch between two trees, or use natural formations such as rock outcroppings. You want this branch to be secure so that you can prop shorter branches, dead leaves, branches from evergreen trees and other insulating materials against and over it. Once your foundation is in place, then you can begin the real work of building your outdoor survival shelter. Use materials such as dead leaves, tree branches, grasses, and ferns to create a thick covering for your debris shelter. Ideally you want to create a 3 foot covering of material laid in a cross hatch pattern to create a sturdy shelter that will prevent wind and rain from entering your space. Firm up the final layer using your survival knife to cut evergreen branches to hold the debris in place.

Creating a Floor and a Door for Your Survival Shelter

_SLP965009In order to stay warm and dry, you will also need to create a floor for your survival shelter. Typically pine and grasses make a good insulating floor, along with dried leaves and ferns. A one foot deep layer of debris will typically be sufficient, but you want to ensure that the material you use is dry as your body heat and the tight confines of the shelter will not allow for excess air movement and drying. You will also need a door for your survival shelter. You can leave both ends open or close one of them off with cross hatched debris. However, to truly secure your environment you will want to use larger evergreen branches by cutting them with your survival knife so they can be easily moved to both cover the opening to your shelter, as well as camouflage the entry. Now you are ready for any outdoor adventure!

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How to Build an Outdoor Bench

How to Build an Outdoor Bench

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Camping, Outdoor |

As benches are relatively affordable outdoor furniture most people just go to the store and buy or purchase their benches online. But they are missing the great opportunities that building yourself gives: to have a bench of any design, to have fun, to acquire some new skills, and to be proud of the result of your work! In this article we will learn how to build a simple wooden outdoor bench.

Plan the location

Planning/choosing the location of your bench itself is pretty simple task but it’s important because it can influence some of the characteristics of your bench. The most important thing is to see how much space the bench can occupy and plan its size accordingly to that. Don’t forget that there must be space behind it so people don’t hit their heads in a wall or three when stretching themselves, and that there should be enough space for the legs.

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Good locations for outdoor benches are next to walkways, fences, house walls, or in patio areas. Draw or obtain plans. Don’t start without any plans, the risk to waste materials and time is very real. There are a lot of bench plans available online and plenty of them are even free. You can design a bench yourself too, just make sure that you have some drawings with sizes on it. The bench we are suggesting in this article is a simple wooden bench with 4 or 6 legs and a back. You can however design it or modify it easily.

Create the seat

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Building the seat is a good start. It’s quite simple: you need 2 or 3 plans or 10 – 20 slats. I prefer seats from large planks because they are more comfortable. Connect these with 4 or 5 beams at the bottom, equally distributed – if the bench is longer than 1m, the beams better be 5 and the 5th one should be in the middle. Two of the beams should be near the ends, there will be attached the legs. Make and attach the legs. The legs can be made simply of good robust beams or even from thick wood branches. Attach the legs under the end beams and at some distance from the ends. Use nails or screws and glue to secure them well. Make sure all legs have equal size. If the bench seat has 5th beam in the middle, attach 2 legs there for more stability. Make and attach the back. The back should be attached after the other parts are assembled together. Sometimes it’s good even to attach it on the already installed bench. Just like the seat, the back can be made of 1-2 planks or several slats. The beams that stabilize the back can be longer and used to attach it to the bench (through the legs). Of course there are many other ways to attach the back but this one is simple and stable.

Install the bench

17-compost-benchMost benches need no real installation, you can just drop them anywhere. However if there is a soft soil in the location you have chosen, you may need to pour a bit of concrete or at least gravel in holes right under each bench leg.

Building an outdoor garden bench is a simple project which makes it perfect for starter do-it-yourself fans. Don’t hesitate to try it!

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Camping Tents

Camping Tents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Camping, Outdoor |

There is nothing on earth quite like camping in the wild. The fresh air, the peace and the connecting back to a more simple way of life. It is a great experience, but for those who are just beginning it can be a little bit nerve wracking because it can be a challenge to be prepared when you don’t know what you might need to be prepared for. There are some great resources overall online that cover this topic, but for the sake of getting things started off right this is going to primarily focus on cheap camping tents.

When you are buying a brand new camping tent there are a few things that you should consider in regards to what to look for before just buying one. This can be particularly difficult if you have never been camping on your own before.

Orange-Solar-TentJust like most anything these days there are an endless supply of varieties available and the camping tent is certainly no exception. When you begin your journey to find the right kind of tent one of the first things you should ask yourself is how big do you need the tent to be? Although the most important thing is that it can fit in your car and you can carry it to where you need it to be set up, over all the size will largely depend upon how many people you will be having with you.

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The overall size of a camping tent is fairly universal in regards to how it is calculated. Most tents will base their size on how many standard sleeping bags will be able to fit in it. If you are going to buy a two person tent then there will literally only be enough room for two people lying in their own sleeping bags. There is often not much room beyond that, and therefore if you are planning on taking a family camping trip you may want to consider doing a multi room tent.

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A multi room tent is made up of multiple sections, as the name suggests, and offers a little bit more space than typical camping tents. It is also a good idea, so that you don’t get too crowded, to by something bigger then what you need, especially if you are going to have your family with you. For example, if you have two children then it may be wise to, rather than getting a four person tent, to purchase a six person tent. This will give you the room you need to move around and have a much more pleasant camping experience.

 Camping can be a great experience that is relaxing and enjoyable. But, just like anything else it can be stressful and challenging; thus you need to prepare yourself and pack all the proper gear to have a great time in nature. If you can reduce the potential of some of those possibly dangerous situations rising before they start you can be one foot ahead in the game.

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Camping Requirements And Safety Measures

Camping Requirements And Safety Measures

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016 in Camping, Outdoor |

An outdoor recreational activity, camping involves people spending the night in tents at a campsite or somewhere in the wilderness. They do it in an attempt to temporarily avoid the din and bustle of city life, and to get close to nature. If you are looking to spend a comfortable time in camping, you can opt for the recreational vehicles. The vehicles are designed strictly for camping trips and they have everything for a safe and comfortable outdoor experience.Camping-Original-975x648

The recreational vehicles are luxurious and have all types of modern facilities like air conditioning, bathrooms, kitchens, showers, satellite TV and internet connection, and that is the reason why some people feel that the real experience of outdoor camping comes from tent camping, not from a recreational vehicles parked in the wilderness. Various touring bicycles, boats, and bush planes are used, depending on what people want and need. For camping, you need to carry with you some basic camping equipment. Tent, sleeping bag, portable stove, water filter, matches, flashlight, axe for cutting wood, a multi-tool, tactical knife, first aid kid and a rope. This is list made by a professional outdoor activist, so bear in mind that there are couple of items that are not a part standard camping equipment – still, it is better to have all of these included in your gear.

A tent consists of sheets of fabric that are attached to different poles to produce a shelter. Tents can be of different types like the flysheet, gazebo, fishermen’s tent, or a beach tent. Sleeping bags are warm and well insulated. They provide protection from wind, perspiration and exposure to view. A portable stove is a lightweight stove used for camping. They are usually single burner stoves using solid or liquid fuel for ignition. A flashlight is useful in the dark to illuminate the surrounding.

7443f5ff8e6653d9debfa15c96ff2438It is important to plan your camping well in advance. Always expect the unexpected. Consider the worst possible cases that you may have to face and think of ways how you can deal with the problem. Send copies of your route to your family members. Register yourself before going out for a hike and similarly sign in after coming back. Use a two-way radio to communicate with your partner.

Always be prepared to face weather change while you are camping. Make sure that you are carrying the necessary camping gears like waterproof backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and other such things. Carry a waterproof jacket and pants with you. Carry layer clothes so that you can remove or add a layer according to the weather condition. Carry along with you a topographical map of the area so that you don’t easily get lost while camping. A whistle may come handy.Scouts-setting-up-tent

Beware of insect bites and stings. Always use a DEET-based insect repellent and check for bites behind your ears, under the arm, and in the groin area. Camping provides the best way of engaging in adventures and getting close to nature but at the same time can be dangerous if you don’t follow couple of basic rules regarding camping and outdoor trips. It is essentially important to read few outdoor/camping guides before you set off to a trip.

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