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Pointers for First-Time Campers

Going camping for the very first time? There are quite a few things you need to be aware of, or else the fun trip you envisioned could very well turn into a disaster! For your convenience, we have compiled a list of pointers – take a look:

Know your gear

Don’t wait till you reach the campground to try out new gear. Familiarize yourself with lanterns, and camp stoves to make sure they work properly. Try your sleeping bag one night on the living room floor to see how well you sleep in it. Practice setting up your tents in your garden beforehand.

Prepare a checklist

What happens when you get to the campsite and realize that you forgot something crucial? Stay organized and make sure nothing is left behind by keeping a camping gear checklist. Keep it handy while packing and tick off each item as you go along. If something breaks or wears out, replace it.

Get a tent with sufficient capacity

Make space and comfort a priority in your choice of tents. For family camping get a tent with a capacity rated two higher than the number of campers that will use it. So for a family of two, get a 4-person tent.

Steer clear from severe weather

Camping is about relaxation and not braving the storm, so if you find out about weather conditions not being in your favor at a particular place or during a certain time, just reschedule the trip. There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting in your tent for two days while rain pounds your tent and the wind keeps laying it down on top of you. Right after a storm could be just as bad with rain-soaked campsites and mud.

Decide on meals ahead

Decide how many meals you have to prepare for how many people, and then put together some menu ideas. Do your grocery shopping a day or two before the trip so the food remains fresh. Making a stop at the quick mart to buy your food on the way to the campground is a strict no-no!

Be respectful to neighbors

New campers may not realize that there is no real privacy in a campground. Sound travels so well that you can usually hear campers whispering at the next site. One noisy campsite can keep dozens of campers from a good sleep. Please observe quiet hours. The little privacy you have is limited to your campsite. Respect the space that other campers have chosen, and don’t walk through another campsite to get someplace.

Stay close to home

It is advisable not to travel too far on your first camping trip. You may find out after a night of sleeping on the ground that you are not cut out to be a camper. There might be issues with the camping gear as well, you could run out of food, or the weather can take a turn for the worse. Any number of things could happen to make you want to go home early.

Remember these rules if you are a newbie and the camping trip will work out smoothly. Even if there are hassles, you will know exactly what to do!

Safety Tips to Remember during Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is a fun and invigorating outdoor activity and a great way to enjoy the outdoors no matter what your ability or experience level. Anyone can try it, but there are certain rules and regulations related to safety that you must follow!

Take a look at these safety tips:

Always choose a licensed and professional rafting outfitter

This is a must! Ask questions while shopping for an outfitter – find out how long they have been in business under the current ownership, ask what government entity manages their outfitters permit and training practices, talk about the kind of training their guides have, etc.

Wear a life jacket and protective gear

Putting on a life jacket isn’t enough – it will only be able to save your life if it is worn correctly. All buckles must be clipped and the jacket should be fitted snug to your body. Basically, the jacket should be fitted so you can breathe, yet it can’t be pulled up over the head. Your guide should help you wear the jacket for a perfect fit. Wearing a helmet is necessary regardless of the level of rafting you are participating in.

Familiarize yourself with swimming techniques

When swimming in the river, whether you fall out or you jump in for fun, there are two methods.  The first is the “Down River Swimmers Position”.  This is on your back, nose and toes to the sky with your head up so you can see where you are going. Feet down stream with your knees slightly bent.  The feet and legs act as shock absorbers if you come in contact with a rock. The second swimmers position is becoming more popular and more excepted in rescue situations.  This position is on your stomach, pointing to where you wish to go, and then moving towards it. Swim until you are out of the river.  Again your guide will explain when it is best to use which swimming position. Never try to stand up in moving current!

Make sure you hold the paddle properly

Holding the paddle in the right way can be a huge safety concern.  One hand should be at the base of the paddle on the shaft.  The other hand needs to be at the end of the shaft over the T-shaped grip.  This grip is made of hard plastic so it can give you back eyes and knock out some teeth too.  Keeping your hand over the grip will keep control of the paddle and cushion the blow if it should happen.  Ask your professional commercial guide for the correct technique.

Rest assured, your guide will give a thorough safety talk before the whitewater rafting trip, so listen to it carefully and ask questions if you don’t understand. They are happy to explain more than once and clarify any doubts. Read up on the safety aspects prior to the trip so you are well prepared. Remember, not to panic under any circumstances – it won’t be of any use; rely on your guide as they won’t let any harm come to you!

 

Tips to Remember while Camping

Camping in tents is a fun escape from the chaos and pandemonium of daily life – it takes you on an adventure in the wilderness where you can say bye to technology for a while and connect with Mother Nature.

Here are a few tips that will help you out – take a look:

Practice setting up the tent

Even though it looks easy, and the instructions say it is a quick process, setting up a tent can be tricky when you are out in the woods with a few minutes of sunlight left. Instead, set up the tent in your living room or back yard a couple of times before heading out. You will master the process and won’t waste valuable time fumbling with tent poles.

Don’t forget extra padding

Remember that camping in a tent doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. There is great gear out there that was made to help you get a good night’s sleep while in your tent. Get extra padding in the form of an inflatable mattress or extra blankets – it will help you get a good night’s rest!

Choose campsites beforehand

Search the areas you are interested in exploring and look for campsites nearby. You can go online and look up information regarding this – you will find details about amenities, activities, photos/videos, and more. You can also reserve camping spots before leaving for the trip, so you don’t have to face the hassle of looking for a new spot in case the one in question is already occupied.

Pick campfire-friendly meals

Just because you are camping and don’t have access to a big kitchen doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have good food. Rest assured a can of baked beans and hot dogs aren’t the only choices when it comes to food while camping. There are ready-to-heat meals, foods that can be packed in plastic bags and then fried, and other tasty options.

Ensure the tent is waterproof

While beautiful, Mother Nature is also full of surprises, you can never be sure about the weather. It could be bright and sunny one moment and pouring cats and dogs, the next. That is exactly why you have to be prepared. Some tents are made of waterproof materials, but you can spray silicone sealant on the tent (cover the entire tent on the outside, including zippers) as an alternative.

Go during the week to avoid rush

If your schedule allows, go camping during the week. Campsites on any summer weekend are typically jam packed with people looking for a little escape. Try to work a mid-week stay into your schedule – it will be a more relaxed and quiet trip.

Lastly, don’t forget to leave the campsite as you found it. This rule is very important to follow, not just out of respect for those that come after you, but also to protect our beautiful outdoors. Bring out any trash you brought in, and make sure your fire is completely out. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip right away!

Are You Ready For The Camping Trips?

If you love the outdoors, there is nothing more exciting than choosing the right camping equipment for your trip. The right gear will allow you to enjoy your trip to the fullest, while it also will make your trip go smoothly.

A primary and important piece of camping equipment for a camping trip is a tent. Because a tent can serve as a base from which you will be sleeping, it is important that the tent is a tent that is appropriate for your needs. Of course, there are other important items such as rations, flashlights, drinking water, and other camping supplies. However, camping tents are the most important camping equipment you will need to pack and to use on your trip.

If you have never owned a tent before, you will need to find one that fits you comfortably. The first thing to consider is your height. If you are tall, you will need a tall tent, and if you are short, you will need a tent that is tall enough for you.

Another important thing to consider is your weight. There are different types of tents to choose from, and you need to consider the extra weight you will carry with you. Plus, if you need to find a lightweight tent, you will want to find one that does not overhang, and does not create a dangerous situation for you and your family. If you need to pay attention to weight and comfort, you will be happy with the right choice for you.

There are a few other important pieces of camping equipment to consider. These items include; a stove and a lantern. A stove can heat water too cook with, and can also serve as a cooking appliance. A lantern is helpful in clearing the path to your camp site, and can also come in handy in certain emergencies.

For entertainment, there are several different things you will need to consider. This includes an extra pair of binoculars, a self contained camping BBQ, and other necessary items for your camp. Keep in mind that many of these items can be bought at your local outdoor gear store. Many people do not own camping equipment, and will end up not being able to purchase them at their local store.

These are the most important pieces of camping equipment you will need to pack for your trip. If you purchase these items at your local outdoor gear store, you will be able to enjoy your trip to the fullest. You can be sure that your camping experience will be one you will remember for a long time.

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