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Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Most out of Hiking and Camping Gear

Enjoying quality time with nature is a priceless gift for the outdoor enthusiast. One way to make sure you enjoy a memorable outdoor vacation is to get the best possible value from the hiking and camping gear you acquire and use. Here are some ways to get the most out of your hiking and camping gear – and your outdoor wilderness experience.

– Purchase the best survival and adventure gear you can possibly afford. If you are willing to spend months carefully planning your next vacation adventure, spending hours getting into great hiking shape, take three weeks off from work for you camping experience, purchase an airline ticket, and so forth – then why are you using the least expensive backpack and hiking boots you can find? A good pair of hiking boots and socks will make all the difference in the world. This applies to all of your camping gear. Whether it’s your GPS unit, rafting gear, sleeping bag, rain gear or dual-fuel portable stove, set your budget to carry the best outdoor equipment you can afford – in order to get the most value for your money.

– Get comfortable using all of your safety and survival equipment and practice using it the correct way. It is not the time to start learning how to navigate with a compass and map after you are already lost. It’s not the time to learn how to start a fire with a 6 year old flare you’ve been carrying forever in your pack. It’s not time to learn about safe rafting and best survival practices after you’re in danger. Put aside some time to learn about all the features of your camping gear before you head out to your favorite campground. You might be surprised to learn how incredible your GPS really is, once you understand how to use the backtrack feature. You will also be mighty thankful when you learn the proper weight distribution for your backpack. Take time to learn about your camping gear – practice around your home before you venture into the great outdoors.

– Your camping gear isn’t just for outdoor adventure – keep your gear with you and use it as much as possible. It has unlimited uses in your daily life. Never go on a road trip without your outdoor pack. In all likelihood, you’ll find an opportunity to use your camping – hiking – survival equipment close to home. It never fails – if you don’t have your camping gear with you, you will need it.

– Take pride and take care of your outdoor gear. Hopefully you’ve learned this from your parents and not necessarily from experience. Take good care of your camping gear, and the camping gear will take good care of you! If you’re careless with your gear, it will let you down when you need it the most. That’s one adventure you can do without. Carefully inspect each piece of your outdoor equipment – hiking, rafting, camping, safety and survival gear before you embark on your wilderness adventure. Upon your return, clean and properly store all of your camping gear. Make a habit of periodically checking your gear’s safety straps, fuel, waterproofing, batteries and overall condition. Taking good care of your outdoor equipment is an important part of enjoying your hiking, rafting and/or camping trip.

– When you’re done with your camping gear, donate it – and some of your time,to a local scout troop. Your local youth scouting groups are always on the lookout for a helping hand from outdoor enthusiasts. You will feel great satisfaction knowing that your trusty old gear will help benefit others!

Optimize your time in the back country wilderness. The easiest way to ensure maximum outdoor enjoyment is to get the best possible value from your gear. Let these hints guide you in getting the most out of your outdoor recreational equipment – and your outdoor wilderness experience.

In conclusion, selecting an online recreational equipment store can be fun, but it’s important to do your research prior to selecting where you will ultimately make your purchase.

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Way have a vegetarian Camping Trip

Food is an essential part of any camping trip. Without food, you will not be able to enjoy your vacation, you will not even have the energy to do the activities in line for you. For vegetarians, food is a major concern because most camping foods include meat, chicken, dairy products, and other items that do not belong to a vegetarian diet. If you are a vegetarian and you want to go on a meat-free camping vacation, here are some guidelines for you to remember.

Things to Bring

First, you need to plan the things you need to bring for the trip. These include cooking equipment and eating utensils such as pots, pans, grill, stove, spoons, forks, plates, cups, can opener, kettle, and so on. Aside from that, you also have to take care of food storage like Coleman coolers, food containers, and cooler accessories. These are very important for the trip, as they would keep the food fresh and safe. You will also need to bring lots of fresh water to be used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Speaking of cleaning, do not forget to pack a sponge and biodegradable dish soap.

Checklist and Menu

To plan the meals right, you will need to create a checklist that will enumerate all the equipment and food ingredients you need to pack. Write down a comprehensive menu so you will have an overview of all the ingredients and cooking equipment necessary for each recipe you are planning to cook.

Vegetarian Snacks and Ingredients

Stock non-perishable food items such as grains, oatmeal, pancake mix, rice, quick-cooking grains like pasta and buckwheat, cereal, granola bars, pop corn, canned beans, trail mix, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, canned juice, canned vegetable soup, soy milk, cookies, and bread. Use non-meat and non-dairy ingredients for meals such as vegetarian faux meats, veggie burgers, veggie hotdogs, yogurt, tofu, and many more.

Meal Ideas

For the breakfast, you can prepare oatmeal and cereals with soymilk. You can also serve pre-baked muffins, scrambled tofu, or baked beans and toast. During lunchtime, prepare hummus from canned chickpeas and serve this with pita filled with onions, tomatoes, and cabbage. You can also create tofu salad, grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, and buttered corn and carrot side dish.

Now for the dinner, it would be best to whip up dishes using vegetarian faux meats like grilled veggie burgers and hotdogs served with mashed potatoes, pasta or rice. You can also roast vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and zucchini and put them on sticks to look like veggie kabobs. Cap the meal with luscious desserts like banana boats, fresh fruits, and baked goodies.

If you are going camping by yourself or with fellow vegetarians, you will not have much trouble with your diet. However, if you are joined by people who eat meat, you will need to consider and respect their food preferences. Do not force them to eat only the foods that you prepare. If they want to cook and eat meat, let them. This way, you can all have a good time during the camping vacation.

Basic Tents for Camping

A camping tent is the most important equipment you will need because this will provide shelter and ensure your safety while you are outdoors. Since camping season is here again and you need to check out a new tent to replace your old one, here is a rundown of the three basic tents for camping.

The A-Frame Tent

Of the three, the A-frame tent is the most traditionally designed camping tent. A-frame tents derive their name from the basic structure featuring two poles that form a triangle placed at either end of a tent; a central pole is also placed on top of the two triangles to provide added support for the tent material itself. Although these tents are easy to construct, they might not withstand windy conditions.

The Cabin Tent

In terms of structure, cabin tents are supported by a system of jointed poles that could easily be assembled and disassembled when needed. Cabin tents for camping, despite the heavy weight, provide unparalleled floor space and usually have a high ceiling that helps create a more spacious interior. Meanwhile, in terms of size and weight, cabin tents are larger and heavier. These are suitable for a large family of campers who want to camp out together but also need some privacy and individual areas for each member inside the tent. This is because cabin tents provide enough floor space inside that the tent itself can be divided into several sections or “rooms,” much like a house with different rooms for every member of the family, making them ideal options for a large family of campers. Eureka camping tents provide a wide range of cabin tents that could suit any requirements.

The Dome Tent

The basic structure of a dome tent is a pair of jointed poles crossed one on top of the other, creating an “x” configuration upon which the tent itself will rest. The reason why dome tents are popular among campers is because they are lightweight and can easily be moved from one location to another without having to dismantle the entire thing. Although these are relatively smaller than the cabin tent, dome tents also provide sufficient interior space and headroom. Dome tents are perfect for backpackers who want to have a sturdy tent that is relatively lightweight compared with the others. If you think that this is the right tent for you, you might want to check out the range of Eureka camping tents featuring the dome configuration.

The dome, cabin, and A-frame tents are the three basic tent designs incorporated by modern camping tents being sold today. Aside from the basic configurations, you can also choose a tent based on whether it is a freestanding or a fixed tent. For other designs, check out Eureka camping tents that all provide the best range of products out in the market. Remember, your next camping trip will only be successful if you have the right tent. Thus, carefully consider options such as the number of users and other requirements you might have to help you choose the best equipment.

Basics of Camping

Camping is an outdoor activity that involves carrying of tents for sleeping. This can be for recreation or as a means of cheap accommodation, for example when people go for sporting activities or any other open function like drama or music competitions. It can also be a form of adventure for example scouts campers. Camping when used as a recreational activity is best accompanied with other activities like mountain climbing or fishing. This makes it more entertaining. Camping may be permanent or temporary. People who visit campsites for a short period can refer that to as camping. Other outdoor activities like staying outside overnight can also be termed as camping. Campers need to prepare for the activity. Several things have to be put into consideration. This includes food, shelter (e.g. tents or camp vehicles), toiletries, and lighting and safety measures for themselves. Entertainment for the campers should also be considered. This depends on age, sex, and background of the campers.

Campers can choose from other camping options. This will depend on the cost involved and the number of campers. There is vehicle camping, mobile camping or back camping, tent camping or campsites. Tent camping is cheaper than campsites because campsites are fully equipped and one has to pay for every amenity they are provided with. Backpacking camping allows campers to move with all their belongings as they hike or go for mountain climbing. The packing is slightly expensive than tent camping. While camping one has to ensure they protect themselves from insects since this activity goes on through the night and may take days. Prior preparation is encouraged for ones safety.

To reduce cases of insect bites especially mosquitoes, fleas, fly and tick one should carry insect repellent. This is smeared on the skin or other surfaces to keep insects away. The insects cannot land on protected surfaces. It helps prevent insect related diseases such as malaria, west Nile fever. There are natural insect repellents that can be applied to the skin to keep insects away while you are camping. The other safe and natural method is the use of treated mosquito nets. These are portable and should be parked with other amenities. Alternatively, a person can use candles or coils. One can also choose to use wipes instead of aerosols. One should choose what works best for them.