Category: Outdoor Activity

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Camping Site for Your Family Trip

Choosing a camping site is a very important decision as it can make or break the experience. A bad campsite that will cause a lot of discomforts or hold many dangers, is one you want to avoid. Choosing the right campsite can be done by using these tips.

  1. Do your homework – Contact the land management agency of the park or campsite that you want to visit. Ask them about available space, permits, group sizes, etc. You don’t want to just show up and have nowhere proper to set up camp or have to send people away.
  2. A good site will have open spaces for tents – Good campsites have clearings where you are able to set up your tent. These areas should be relatively flat and well-drained to ensure comfort.
  3. Choose a campsite that offers what you want – People camp for different reasons. Some go camping to relax and enjoy nature. Others go camping to have fun and explore. Make sure that you choose a campsite that offers what you are looking for or that will meet your needs.
  4. Go for low environmental impact – Choose a campsite that has a low impact on the environment. You should also make use of low impact practices while camping. Ensure that you don’t contaminate any water near you and only set up your tents in designated areas. Don’t destroy anything.
  5. Ensure your safety – Your safety should always come first. Do some research on the plants and insects that you can expect to find. Choose an area where the least amount of poisonous or dangerous insects and plants can be found. Look around and avoid fallen trees or low areas.

It is important that you do some research on how to protect yourself and how to choose the best campsite in terms of wind protection and flood avoidance. It is also a good idea to carry insect repellents and books that can help you identify insect and plant species. Always remember, the most important thing about camping, is to enjoy some time away from the real world.

5 Top Traveling Tips from a Traveling Veteran

We had a very interesting conversation with someone who has travelled the world and seen more countries and remote cities than most people will see in their lifetime. He has been traveling the world for more than 10 years and shared his best traveling tips. We figured he knows what he’s talking about and decided to share it with you.

Flexibility is key. Things will inevitably go wrong and your plane or bus will very likely be late. Just accept it and go with it. Pack your patience and flexibility and you will definitely enjoy your trip.

List, lists, lists. Even if you are not exactly the planning and organized type, when traveling, you need to find that part of yourself. It is important to make a list of things that you don’t want to forget and that you know you will forget if you don’t write it down.

Invest in a sarong. A sarong is very versatile and can protect you against sun and wind and cold. It can also be worn as a piece of clothing in many different ways. Actually, it will probably be good to have at least two.

Learn the language. You don’t need to learn a whole new language, but it is a good idea to learn a few key phrases like ‘thank you’, ‘can you help me’, ‘please?’, and ‘sorry’. These are easy to learn and to make sure you don’t sell your mother for a goat, take a dictionary with.

Enough camera batteries. If you are visiting a new country, chances are you want to take a lot of pictures. Make sure that you will be able to capture that beautiful sunset or that spontaneous moment. Take extra batteries where ever you go.

Lastly, always remember to buy travel insurance. You never know what could happen and a medical emergency can cause big financial problems if you are not prepared. Also, carry copies of important documents like your passport. There are many more valid tips, but we will share more next time.

Camping Essentials to Pack for Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is a lot of fun but it requires some essential goodies to make it fun and safe. There are so many things that you can forget once you start packing the camping gear. We made an essentials list of things you absolutely need to take with you. Pack them all into a crate or box and make sure it gets in the car first.

First Aid Kit – This is an absolute must-have because someone will inevitably get a scratch, bump, burn, or cut. Have all the essentials like anti-bacterial ointment, band-aids, burn patches, basic pain medication, etc.

Rope – This is one of the handiest items you can have. You can do so much with rope from making a clothes’ line to pulling someone’s car out of the mud – you need a rope.

Matches – You will definitely need some fire. Matches will ensure that you have a warm fire at night, a place to cook food, and it can even be used to light camping lights.

Flashlights – Yes, that’s plural. Take at least two or three flashlights and batteries. This will ensure that you always have a working one. You will need this when you need to visit the bathroom, go on night hikes, etc.

Maps and a compass – This may seem old school but you may not get a signal for your cell phone GPS at the camping site. To make sure you can get around without getting too lost, have a compass and map of the area.

Tarps – Another very handy item. You can use them to create extra shelter or a tent or they can protect the bottom of your tent. They can also be used to create a general area where you don’t have to sit on the ground.

Pocket Knife – This is a multi-tool knife or Swiss Army Knife that can do almost anything. It is the perfect thing for camping and takes up almost no space.

With these items packed, you are practically ready to go. Always remember to take clothes for all types of weather and enough blankets. Happy camping!