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Food for Next camping Adventure

Millions of individuals and families will be out and about camping this summer. Of course one of the main things to consider, in advance, is what kinds of food you’re going to bring to eat. If you have a large family, or a few picky eaters, you may want to ask your children for suggestions. Suggestions will help to make sure that you have food that everyone will enjoy.

Whether you are cooking for your family or a large group of people, it may be a good idea to purchase your meats in bulk. Most supermarkets, in the United States, charge less for items purchased in large quantities. If you are unable to use all of the meat that you purchased, just freeze it to use on another occasion.

In addition to meat over the campfire or grill, it is also important to consider side dishes. Pre-made side dishes, such as macaroni salads and fruit salads, are available for sale at most supermarkets. The only problem that you may find is that pre-made side dishes tend to be more expensive, when compared to preparing them yourself. Therefore, if you are looking to save money or if you only need a small amount of food, you may want to consider preparing your own side dishes.

It’s always a good idea to have a fair amount of snacks on hand. On hand snacks are ideal for camping adventures, especially for those who are actively participating in a number of outdoor activities. Dry snacks are the best choice to have for many reasons. Mostly because dry snacks are easy to eat on the go and they rarely ever leave a mess. Be aware of your selections because a lot of dry snacks are unhealthy. Look for dry snacks that are low in sugar or low in fat. These items may include, but should not be limited to, fruits, vegetables, sugar free cookies and nuts.

One other very important thing that you must consider is having enough water. Water is critical to have, for obvious reasons, especially during the summertime. Water, unlike many caffeinated beverages and sugary drinks, is a great way to stay hydrated. Unfortunately, without water many children and adults become dehydrated. Dehydration is a dangerous problem. That is why it is important to have water and other beverages on hand. In addition to traditional water, you or your family may also enjoy the taste of flavored water. For many, flavored water is a healthy, but tasty alternative to traditional drinking water.

By keeping the above mentioned points and suggestions in mind, you and your family are sure to have a great time on your next camping adventure. Whatever the occasion calls for, there are a number of different foods that can help make your next camping trip one of the best.

Checklist for Camping

When it comes to planning a camping trip, one of the first things you should do is pull out your handy-dandy my checklist for camping notes. If you don’t have such a checklist, then take the time to make one. All too often many campers will find out, after they arrive at their favorite camping hot spot, that they are without some important items that they really didn’t want to forget. Of course, many people think of the obvious stuff to pack for their camping adventure, but it’s those incidental things that usually come out and bite you. To prevent yourself from frustration when you begin setting up the camping site, take the time now to plan ahead and make, or breakout, that camping checklist.

One of the huge benefits to having a camping checklist is that it allows to you know what you have on hand versus what you’ll need to purchase. When you take the time to have a thorough list of the camping gear needed for your trip; you will have a much easier time getting prepared, not to mention the obvious thing, that you won’t forget important camping essentials. In addition to this, you’ll know exactly what you will have to purchase when you determine gear needs to be replaced. Often times we get to the store then forget exactly what we need and don’t need for our trip.

Creating a ‘my checklist for camping’ is easy to do and like was mentioned at the outset, you only need to do it once and you’ll be able to refer to it each time you’re ready for your next camping adventure. If doesn’t take very long to do, probably less that 20 minutes, just begin with the obvious camping gear than expand out from there. It’s also a great idea to imagine you’re going through the campsite, setting up the gear, etc. As you think of tools and accessories, write them down. Things will pop into your head from this exercise and before you know it, you’ll have a great camping checklist.

If you find that you want a little assistance with your camping checklist, you can find all kinds of camping templates online. Many of these will list the camping gear staples that you’ll definitely need. Once you find a list you like, copy and paste it into your favorite word processor and begin to add or modify it to suit your needs. Remember that not everyone will have the exact same items on their camping checklists. You need to be sure that for you everything is accounted for and will ensure that on your next camping will be one what goes off without a hitch and leaves you with great memories.

Camping Sleeping Bags

There are many more sleeping bags available on the market today than there are purposes for which they are used. The qualities and properties of a sleeping bag that is used for a children’s sleepover are vastly different from those required of a bag that is to be used for sleeping during a trek in a freezing mountainous region, and there are many options available for the multitude of purposes which lie somewhere between these two extremes.

Sleeping bags which are for indoor use are obviously not required to be weatherproof, and are often referred to as slumber bags. They are more likely to be manufactured from natural fabrics than from synthetic from which the majority of outdoor bags are made. These are mainly designed to make sleeping on the floor more comfortable, and to provide extra warmth, as would a blanket.

Undoubtedly the technology of sleeping bag manufacture has improved greatly over the years, but sleeping bags date back to 1861 when Francis Fox Tuckett produced his prototype. Initially camel fur and kapok were used for insulation until duck and goose down were introduced. Sleeping bags were not produced commercially until the 1890s when a Norwegian company commenced their manufacture, but consumers had to wait another hundred years for manufacturing standards to be introduced in the United States and Europe.

The two main shaped sleeping bags are the rectangular bags and the mummy bags. The rectangular bags are shaped as their name suggests, and provide more room to move about inside, but on the other hand that extra room means that there is more space inside in which warmth needs to be retained. On the other hand, the mummy bags are tapered in shape so that there is less room at the level of the feet which requires the maintenance of warmth. The mummy bags have a hood which protects your neck and head from the cold, and when fully closed only your mouth and nose are exposed.

Insulation materials for sleeping bags can be classified into two main groups; down and synthetic. Goose down is an excellent insulator and is also excellent in terms of weight and bulk. On the other hand, its insulation qualities are compromised when the bag gets wet, and it is difficult to wash and dry. It is also more expensive than its synthetic counterparts. There is a variety of synthetic fibres which are used for insulation, some of which are Microloft, Hollowfibre, and Polarguard. Synthetic fibres tend to be heavier and bulkier than down, but they are more water-resistant and still provide warmth if wet. The synthetic bags also tend to cost less than the down bags.

When purchasing a sleeping bag, check the rating of the bag and make sure that it meets your requirements. If you are going to be sleeping in alpine conditions you won’t want to be stuck with a bag with a temperature rating down to only 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, if you are sleeping out in mild conditions you won’t need a bag which is rated down to zero degrees. This is obviously simply a matter of common sense. If you match your requirements with the appropriate sleeping bag, your camping experience will be enhanced, rather than spoiled.

Accessories for the avid Outdoorsman

One of the basic essentials for any extended hunting trip is a tent. Choosing the right tent for the terrain and type of weather encountered can make the difference between survival and disaster. All outdoor gear is important when surviving for days or weeks away from civilizations, but none more so than the tent.

Eureka tents are camping and hunting favorites. For extreme weather conditions the lightweight (7lb 7oz) two person Alpenlite XT tent is a rugged shelter from all kinds of weather. Packing it into the back country where the big game are found is an easy task and set-up is simple.

Larger parties will find spacious accommodations in the Eureka timberline Outfitter 6 tent. Sleeping up to six, the heavy duty Timberline features industrial strength construction which will keep the occupants safe in the worst weather and still weighs in at only 18 lb. 8oz.

The ultimate in equipment for today’s outdoorsman includes the latest in night vision or infrared cameras. Such hand held devices enables the hunter to quietly shoot photos day or night without a flash. An infrared video camera shoots animals in action as they move through the woods. An infrared laser Heatseeker is a safety device which not only helps the hunter find game, but could help find a lost of injured hunter by detecting their body heat.

The hunters knife is one of his most important tools and keeping it razor sharp is essential. The pocket sized Gerber Diamond Sharpener with its retractable sharpener is great for field touch-up’s. Only slightly larger is the Lansky Quick Edge Tungsten Carbide Sharpener.

The right gun case will get the hunting rifle into the back country safely and in perfect condition. JMB makes a top grain leather case with a soft wool lining, a secure barrel compartment and safety straps that will take BT trap and shotguns with barrels up to 32″ safely over the roughest terrain.

The hard shell Outback rifle cases by Vanguard are made from molded PE construction and have a deluxe foam interior with Velcro straps. Available in both single and double rifle sizes the Outback cases are lightweight and durable.

Fine quality Leupold rifle scopes can make that once in a lifetime shot one that brings down the game. The special Leupold Twilight Lens system allows the shooter to hunt from dusk to dawn and the diamond coat 2 scratch resistant lens coating helps protect this vital piece of the hunters equipment.

Leopold, a U.S. manufacturer based in Beaverton, Oregon produces scopes for every rifle and takes pride in their products. A full line of rugged, waterproof Ultra light rifle scopes are available for the hunter wanting to lighten rifle weight and many scopes are available in either a matte or shiny black finish.

Quality hunting, shooting and camping supplies are sporting equipment that last for years, sometime decades or a lifetime. Many become heirlooms, passed on for generations. Be sure to get the best quality and enjoy them for years.

Planning a Camping Trip

Basically, camping equipment can be divided into three general groups: shelter, sleeping accommodations, and cooking equipment. The first group includes camping tents, which of course ensure basic protection against outdoor hazards. The second group consists of sleeping accommodations such as sleeping bags, small cots, comforters, and pillows as just the basics. The final group includes cooking essentials such as a cooking stove, water container, cooler, a can opener, Swiss knife, utensils, and of course, charcoal. After all, camping would not be as fun without an outdoor barbecue.

Camping Tents

Choosing the right tent depends on the number of campers and the main purpose of the camping trip. There are many different kinds of tents out there, and among those being sold, Coleman tents boast of a wide range of products to choose from. There are tents made especially for backpacking, which is why these are made from lightweight materials that can easily be assembled or dismantled in virtually seconds. There are also freestanding dome tents that are easier to set up compared with others, and there are also cabin-type tents that can provide utmost privacy and comfort. As was previously mentioned, the trick to choosing the right kind of tent to bring is to count the number of participants and what kind of camping trip will be carried out. Check if your old tent is still in top shape; if not, consider buying a new one by checking out the range of Coleman tents sold today, among many other choices.

Comfort in the wild

Just because you and your family are outdoors does not mean that you sleep in less comfort than you would at home. When it comes to sleeping essentials while on a camping trip, you must bring with you sleeping bags and pads as well as comforters. You may also choose to bring a cot if any family member feels uncomfortable sleeping on the ground. If you are camping near rivers or on high altitude camping sites—places that tend to be a bit cooler—consider bringing extra comforters to ensure protection against cold weather. Next to camping tents, sleeping materials are the next most important equipment you should have with you. Furthermore, if you have small children with you, consider bringing these essentials in extra amounts because you will never know if you will be needing extra for any member of the family.

Having a picnic

Again, just because you are outdoors, that does not mean that you have to eat less comfortably than when you are at home. So that you and your family can comfortably eat out, you need to bring with you a superb set of cooking equipment that will allow you to whip up a feast easily. For example, your mess kit must be complete (cooking and eating utensils, pots and pans, can opener, etc.). You must also have enough food and water supply securely placed in airtight and spill-proof containers. Next, you need a basic stove through which you can cook your food. Finally, what good is a camping trip without a bonfire? Thus, ensure that you have enough supply of charcoals.

Camping in Outdoors

Camping is an outdoor activity that does not require specialized skills; it only requires thorough preparation of equipment such as a camping tent (or specifically for families, a large camping tent), sleeping bags, food, water, and the like. With enough preparation, campers will surely get the most out of the entire experience in utter safety and comfort. If you are headed to the great outdoors, here are the major factors you need to consider.

Plan the whole trip beforehand

As with any major activity, there is a need to plan and organize. This entails choosing a date, perhaps a weekend, and then choosing the perfect location for the camping trip. If this is your first time, then you may ask around for suggestions from friends and family members. You may also check with local camping associations or groups for other suggestions. Especially for first time campers, do not venture out without checking the safety of the area where you are headed. You also need to check local weather forecasts. Next, after choosing the date and place, do make a checklist of what needs to be done and what needs to be prepared, purchased, repaired, etc. This leads us to the next set of items on your list: the equipment.

Pack all the necessary equipment

Once you have chosen the date and place, now is the time to make that all important checklist. By listing down all the necessary equipment, you will not likely forget anything that you might need. Topping the list of important camping gear is the camping tent. To determine if you have the right kind, you might want to do a quick headcount so that you will know if you need to bring a single tent, a large camping tent, or several mid-sized ones. Next, you must bring sleeping materials such as comforters, pads, sleeping bags, and the like. Do pack extra comforters as you might need them when the weather gets colder at night. Apart from packing a large camping tent and enough sleeping materials, you also need to pack cooking equipment and utensils. If you are going to use a car (as opposed to backpacking), you might also want to bring some lightweight tables and chairs so that you all can eat comfortably even while you are outdoors.

Prepare sufficient food and water

In preparing food and water, do consider the number of campers and the length of your planned trip. Obviously, if the whole family will come down for the trip, you will need to bring more food and water supplies. The same is true with longer camping trips- the longer the trip, the more food and water you should bring with you. Do pack foods that do not spoil easily. Furthermore, as long as there is enough space, do pack extra food and water supplies in case of emergency.

Plan for contingencies

Finally, you need to plan for contingencies. Before camping, inform your relatives or other family members about where you are headed, how long you will be out, and the like. Do not head on out without informing others about your trip. Moreover, bring a mobile phone for easy communication and a first aid kit for emergency situations.

Tips for Camping Tent

Tree sap, caked dirt, sand, and small pieces of leaves and twigs may all be found in the internal and/or or external parts of a camping tent after use. These may have been brought in by the occupants of the tent. The more occupants who used the tent, the dirtier it is going to be, which is family tents tend to be dirtier. Thus, dirt and debris must be immediately removed even before packing the tent and heading home. However, for the sake of regular maintenance, you also need to clean your tent after each trip. Taking care of the tent entails doing some degree of cleaning, proofing, and repairing.

Cleaning

Cleaning refers to the removal of debris and dirt that may have accumulated from your previous camping trip. First, choose a sunny day during which you can clean the tent. It is important that the tent be allowed to air dry after cleaning. For a more thorough clean up job, set up the tent as if you are on a camping trip so that you can clean it from inside out. Sweep off the dry dirt if present. Then, dip a large sponge in a pail of soapy warm water and then squeeze the excess water out. Wipe all the surfaces of the camping tent repeatedly until all visible dirt and stains are removed. If something has dried on the surface, do not use a sharp object to remove it; soften it first with the soapy water and gently scrub it off. Afterwards, hose off the suds and allow the tent to dry.

Proofing

Another good way of taking care of a camping tent is through proofing, in which you will be spraying the tent with a protective chemical solution that will penetrate the fabric for added protection against the elements. Proofing large family tents may take some time so it is a good idea to plan free schedule before doing this. Once the tent has dried thoroughly after cleaning, fill a sprayer with a universal protector and adjust the nozzle to ensure even coating; a coarse spray is preferred over a fine mist. Next, spray the entire tent, including seams and corners. Remember that the goal is to wet the tent fabric but not saturate it with water. After spraying all the surfaces, allow it to dry for as much as 24 hours to allow the silicon to “cure.”

Repairing

When not fixed right away, small tears could lead to bigger damage in the future. Thus, it is important that mending and repairing procedures be performed immediately. The main idea behind preventive repairs is to avoid larger rips and tears from the small ones you have noticed. For large tears, these must be patched with the right type of repair tape. Cut strips of repair tape with a two-inch allowance on all sides to withstand pressure and movement. It is also a good idea to place the tape on both sides of the tear. Generally, to repair rips and tears, you can use a ripstop repair tape or a seam sealer for nylon tents.

Upper Mustang Trek

Trekking in Nepal is transforming in a big way. A lot of people believe hiking the Himalayas is just for the rugged types who relish roughing it. In 1953 that happens to be true when Mt Everest was 1st ascended and Nepal trekking did not subsist. Now, there’re new ways to explore the Himalayas; luxurious accommodations for those people looking to relish the sights with a little comfort; hikes that emphasizes much on scenery and culture; and new lodges and home stay in Nepal for those who wish to unwind and get underneath the Himalayan life. However, in this article, we will talk about why Upper Mustang Trek is the best when it comes to trekking adventure in Nepal.

Let me tell you that Upper Mustang was restricted province up till 1992, but now foreigners are welcomed to this area by paying a permit fee of US$ 500. The Mustang province of North-central Nepal is different from any other region in the nation, as it’s classified by its desolate, windswept bumps of mountain desert soil, all shades of purple, pink, gray and brown. Journey to Upper Mustang, Mustang’s political and cultural hub, is exceptionally tough. The Upper Mustang hike brings travelers into the concealed sphere of the ancient Buddhist monarchy of Mustang.

Upper Mustang trekking is a rare privilege and you shouldn’t miss it. Here you’ll get to discover how mountain people live their life actually, who weren’t much in contact with the rest of Nepal for many years. In several ways, a hike to Upper Mustang is identical to hiking in Tibet, as topographically it’s a part of the Tibetan plateau. Until 1950, the province of Mustang was a desolated monarchy inside the perimeters of Nepal. Lies in the rain-shadow of the grand Himalaya, Upper Mustang makes way for an ideal monsoon trek & open throughout the year for hiking. The major worry is the winter, when a majority of inhabitants depart the capital to ignore the snow and cold. Usually the ideal time to travel Upper Mustang is from the month of March to November. Like Annapurna trekking route in Nepal, teahouses are accessible all through the hike in Upper Mustang. Teahouses are plain homes, often the house of the household that operates them, and provide essential meals in a shared dining hall along with bedrooms, generally with 2 single beds.

Advantages of Outdoor Adventure Camps

Camping holidays are extremely exciting and adventurous. The family can go for camping holiday and escape anywhere. If you want your kids to experience something new and out of the ordinary, you should consider adventure camp. They are sure to treasure the experience for the lifetime.

Most adventure camps are education-oriented. It is an alternative to teen summer camps. There will be an adventure program where the students get introduced to new surroundings and culture. The travel program acquaints them with nature and the natural surroundings.

With the Outdoor Adventure Camp, a family can go for longer walks out to the wild and check out nature and the true habitats. One can also make way over to the lakes and water bodies to swim and indulge in fishing. Spend your day zip lining if you find an adventure park. You may tour or move around the trees which is really a fun activity. Spending your day in a tent is really exciting.

Outdoor summer camp is the fabulous way to enjoy summers. Some of merits include complete fun, adventure, clean air, spotting wildlife, no interruption, no traffic and no pollution. You will breathe in cool and fresh air. If your son is free for the entire summer and is troubling you or is hyperactive, you can consider summer camps. It will act as good learning experience and you will also have him under your feet. A camp is usually organized by the concerns that is safe but teaches the child to be tough. As the name signifies, a lot many adventurous activities are also included within the program. A combination of camping activities are included like canoe trips, zip lining, boy paddling, swimming, fishing, wildlife spotting.

Boys paddling camp are mostly organized from time to time. You can check online to find the organizers. But, you need to speak with the representative so that he works out a suitable time or place for your child. Your child will be picked from a location and taken to the camping site. For such a trip, there is no need to carry any special clothes or equipments. Organizers of camping trips take utmost care of the ones taking part. If your son or daughter loves water sports and activities, you must certainly look forward to paddling camp tour. Kayaking is already an adventurous and a fun activity.

If you are inclined to send your kids to a camping trip, check online for the organizers. To have a better idea about the camping concept, visit the office of the tour organizer.

Adventure in Annapurna Base Camp Trek

There’re not many treks that merge innumerable diverse landscapes & bring people so near to the base of 7,000 & 8,000m peaks in such a small span of time as the ABC trek (Annapurna Base Camp).

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is no doubt one of the most renowned treks in the Annapurna province. The route goes next to terraced rice field, lush rhododendron jungles and high-altitude sceneries with the Annapurna in view a majority of the times.

The surrounding of ABC at 4130m is unique & unbelievably stunning, set amid the grand summits of Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m), and Machapuchhre (6993 m).

The ABC trek needs seven to twelve days, relying upon your itinerary & duration of hiking days. The itinerary generally takes twelve days, beginning from Nayapul (a 1/2 hour ride from Pokhra) and going north up to Ghorepani and the popular standpoint at Poon Hill. From Ghorepni travelers move east side to Chomrong & then northward again getting into the Modi Kola Valley which guides up to the Base Camp.

A lot of people hike the route Nayapul-Ghorepani-Ghandruk-Nayapul, which’s pretty rewarding in itself. This hike can be accomplished easily with kids also.

You can return through Jhinu Danda and offer your fatigued muscles a well-deserved rest in the pleasant hot springs. When you return it’s worthwhile touring one of the traditional Gurung villages of Landruk or Ghandruk.

The hotels or lodges at the Annapurna trekking province are well-furnished with widespread menus varying from the classical Nepali dahl bhat to chau mein and pizzas. You can also find hot showers inside these lodges. If you’re planning to hike during the winter season don’t forget to check with a trekking agency to make sure which lodges are open for accommodation.

The Annapurna trekking province is accessible easily with diverse trailheads starting just one or 2 hour from Pokhra. Amid Machapucchre Base Camp and Himalayan Hotel there’s a danger of avalanches so ensure you’ve the recent info regarding trail conditions before setting off for trekking in Nepal or hire a skillful guide.

You can accomplish the Annapurna Base Camp Trek independently but it is recommended to travel with a group to make your trekking experience more enjoyable. Trekking in this region can be done all the seasons but the winter period give the trekker an extra appeal since the massive rhododendron forests are in full bloom.