Monthly archive for October 2016

Don’t Leave Home Without This Camping Essential

Camping Tip Of The Day

Be safe! Don’t leave home without it. You’ve heard that advisory before, right? What do you think I am talking about? Can’t wait any longer? Well, you should be sure to always bring a first aid kit whenever you go camping.

When you camp out, you will spend time away from “civilization” walking, trailing and enjoying all the glory of the outdoors.

However, wherever you are camping away from real-world conveniences, you may find yourself in a quandary; you may one day require first aid.

First Things First: Take A First Aid Course

Believe it or not, there are a lot of classes available that provide first aid lessons. There is a basic EMT or emergency medical technician course that one could take. However, for those who do not have much time, short lessons are available. The American Red Cross provides such courses. Grab the yellow pages and give them a holler.

Check your local community. Basic first aid lessons are generally inexpensive yet valuable, once learned.

Your kids (even the old ones!) should be given basic first aid information. Show kids the items inside the first aid kit, its purpose and how to use them.

A person who knows about first aid procedures and supplies, will panic less once an injury or a slight emergency situation occurs.

What? You don’t have a first aid kit? Get one!

What? You never opened one up? Open it!

What? You don’t know what’s in it and how to use it? Read the instruction manual and then go to YouTube and type in, “First Aid Kit” and learn, learn, learn. Be sure to go through your kit right along with the person on the video.

Also, check out the manual prepared by the American Red Cross.

Yes, open up your first aid kid and test things out. Simply opening it up and going through things will be of significant help should you find yourself in trouble.

First Aid Kit: What To Pack And How

Do not forget to bring a manual.

A Swiss Army Knife is a very useful tool to bring on a camping trip. As I’m sure you know, it has multiple applications.

An emergency blanket should be brought, too. Be aware that a blanket made of wool could get wet and after which may smell a bit bad. There are emergency blankets that does not weigh much and could be easily packed. I highly recommend a “space” blanket as it can be used to keep warm.

Another tool you just, like omg, have to bring is a magnifying glass. Usually, this item is effective for starting fires. You could also bring waterproof matches (2 packs at least) should there be no “uncovered” sun to use the magnifying glass. I’d suggest you also bring a flint stone (not to be confused with that fine family including Fred, Betty and company) that could be used to start a fire.

A rather handy thing to bring is a small mirror. No, not for vanity purposes! Mirrors are useful especially when signalling for help.

A thermometer is another item that could be brought on a camping trip. I sure hope you do not need to use this but hope is not a good strategy, no matter what any schmoozy politician would have you believe!

A cold pack is to prevent any exhaustion that is caused by heat. It could also be used to treat burns, sprains, bruises, swelling, toothaches and headaches.

A sterilized water packet usually contains about four ounces of water. It is an efficient and useful item used for water drinking and cleaning wounds. Fortunately, this item has a shelf life of five years.

For wounds, medical tape should also be brought along for the ride. Also, include in your kid, thread and a needle. Gloves, safety pins, scissors, eye dressings, band aids and an elastic wrap bandage should also be included.

A gauze pad should also be brought along, and lots of it.

Include antiseptic wipes and liquid. While you are at it, toss in some lip balm (to protect the lips from the sun or for more joyful kissing!), and Neosporin (for wounds).

Oh, and do not forget to pack in plenty of pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil. Decongestants like Dimetapp should be considered. I like to bring Nyquil, as well. Nyquil helps me deal with any pains, sinus congestion, coughing, runny noses, sneezing, and, well, it helps me get to sleep! lists NyQuil as a “liquid (that) is a decongestant, antihistamine, cough suppressant, and analgesic combination. Antihistamines are a great option for adults.

Water, Water, Everywhere But Not A Drop To Drink

Yes, definitely bring bottles of water. Bring water purification tablets in case you run out and have to use some you find in water source in nature. Barring that, boil the water for around 20 minutes.

By the way, the female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite! How can you tell them apart? I don’t know so that is why I advise you get a mosquito face mask. This will keep the little BUGgers from partying on your face.

All in all, camping can sure be mightily fun, if you are prepared. If you apply the tips provided above, you will have taken a big step towards being prepared. So, all that will be left to do is fire up the car, head out and partake of the best this world has to offer.

Peace out,

Chris James, Editor

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Hiking and Camping: A Match Made In Heaven

Whether you want you’re going to be “trippin” with your friends, your family, or even alone, you will need to find a place to visit, as well as activities to participate in. If you have yet to decide what you would like to do on your next trip, what about a combination of camping and hiking? I’m going to assume you are nodding in favor of this notion.

Although it is nice to know that hiking and camping are the perfect combination, you may be wondering exactly why that is.

Well… hear goes!

As previously stated, camping and hiking are things that just seem to fit together. This is apparent in a number of different ways. For instance, hiking trails are commonly found in areas or establishments that are referred to as hiking parks. Hiking parks, especially large popular ones, often have their own onsite campgrounds. You will also find that most public campground parks have at least one or two hiking trials on them. The fact that hiking and camping experts automatically pair hiking and camping together is a sign that camping and hiking really are the perfect combination.

Hiking and camping are both affordable activities for you to participate in.

If you are interested in combining hiking and camping to make the perfect adventure for you, your family, your friends, or you and your romantic partner, you may want to think about making your arrangements in advance.

Hiking and camping is something that you may at least want to think about discussing with your traveling party.  Once it is mentioned, you may be surprised with just how many people would like to give this perfect combination a try.

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Hike Your Way To Heaven!

I suppose that you are here means you are looking to take an awesome outdoor adventure. Am I right, or am I really right? You are just aching to get out of Dodge – and that same old, same old. Well, mate, whether you are looking to take a traditional trip with your family or go on some individualized extravaganza, you ought to consider going on a hiking bonanza.

Hiking adventures are great for just about everyone, as well as just about any occasion.

One of the many reasons why hiking is great for both romantic getaways and family trips is because hiking trails come in a number of different layouts. In the good ole U.S. of A, you will find hiking trails that are designed for beginners, experts and all points in between, even the young uns.

Do not be intimidated by the notion of a hike; hiking adventures need not be long. And, for you cautious compadres, you can find a hiking trail near your. So, sorry, but you have no more objections you can raise. Get out and hike!

Hiking For Romance

One of the many reasons why hiking is perfect for a romantic getaway is because of the scenery. There is landscape for every romantic mood. Many hiking trails are set next to rivers; therefore, there is a good chance that you will get to see some waterfalls. Waterfalls are sure to instill bliss in you and your second half. Can’t ya just feel the kisses coming?

Hiking With Your Offspring

As for family vacations, camping overnight at a hiking park is also cool, as it adds another fun activity for you and your family to enjoy. If you are planning on hiking with your children, there is a good chance that they will find the camping part just as exciting as the hike itself.

Hiking Parks – Stay On The Beaten Path

You are sure to ultimately come across a hiking park. Hiking parks are home to a number of different hiking trails. In addition, they will usually have a campground. You are also likely to find a number of activities for you and yours.

For instance, it is not uncommon for a hiking park to have a playground or a cemented swimming hole (a pool to the more savvy among us). This means that you, and whoever else you are with, may enjoy playing a few outdoor games or go for a satisfying, skin-stroking swim.

If you are interested in enjoying a hiking adventure, you may want to think about making any related camping reservations in advance. Making your reservations in advance will help to ensure that your next hiking and camping adventure is as memorable as possible.

As you can see, hiking is a pretty darn good way to spend your next family vacation, or even your next romantic getaway (blush!). But, if you need more convincing, be sure to visit us often and we’ll elaborate.

All the best to you and yours on this fine, hiking-friendly, day!

Chris James, Editor

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