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Why You Should Plan Your Camping Vacation In Advance

 

No matter why you’ve decided to go camping or with whom you’ve decided to go, there is no excuse for not planning your camping vacation in advance. With very few exceptions, the people who generally find themselves face to face with terrible situations while out in the wilderness are those who were “just winging it,” and were totally unprepared for the terrain, the elements, and even the wildlife. Please do not fall into this tragic trap. This is not a situation for anyone to be lazy about. This article will help you to understand the steps you need to take to ensure that your next camping excursion is a safe and enjoyable one.

Of course, the reasons for planning ahead don’t just stop with being prepared for trying situations, but will also give you a proactive advantage over other campers. You see, many campgrounds will actually reserve campsites on a first come, first served basis. For this reason, if you know well in advance that you would like to camp at that particular campground, you can have “pick of the litter” and literally claim any spot you would like. This can be a campsite that is right on the water, close to some nice hiking trails, or in an otherwise perfect location.

Additionally, planning your trip well in advance will allow you to really think all of your activities through, giving you plenty of time to come up with new games to play, adventures to go on, and other ways to maximize your time at the campground. You will also be able to shop for great items ahead of time, and can afford more cool stuff because you won’t be buying it all at once. This can mean a couple new rafts to take out on the river, or maybe even some type of ATV or powered watercraft!

But in the end, it all comes back to safety. Being ill-prepared on a camping trip could very possibly mean the difference between life and death. You will want to get to know the area where you’ll be camping. Are there any venomous snakes, wild cats, bears, wasps, fire ants, or any other potentially dangerous critters you should know about? If so, what can you do in order to protect yourself and your family in the event that you come face to face with these creatures? Wasps hate pyrethrin, snakes hate machetes, and bears and cougars hate bullets. Would it be wise for you to pack any of these things just in case?

Other items you may wish to consider bringing along on your next camping excursion include insect repellant, a first aid kit, matches or a lighter, a sharp knife, a cell phone, a portable fire shelter, a map and compass, and anything else you can think of that may come in handy in a survival situation. Again, planning these things out far in advance of you trip will ultimately give you and your family the best peace of mind possible.

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Why Go Camping?

Why Go Camping?

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If you’re looking for a great, low-cost adventure to share with your family, significant other, or just a few friends, it may be time to strap on your hiking boots, grab a tent, and go on a good old-fashioned camping trip. In fact, if you just want to get away from it all for a while, there is no shame on actually going it alone. It may be more fun with other people, but the great thing about camping is that it can be just as therapeutic as it is adventurous.

Of course, camping doesn’t always suit all personalities. This article will address this, and in particular, different steps you can take to make sure that if you do decide to go on a camping trip, you can take some steps before you ever leave the house to ensure that everyone has the best time possible in the great outdoors. So be sure to keep reading.

It is important to take stock of your likes and dislikes, as well as the likes and dislikes of everyone who may be joining you. Some people love spending time outdoors while others simply do not. While a few people in your party may love fishing, others may prefer swimming while others still would rather just sit by a campfire, roasting marshmallows and talking about the “good old days.” The key is finding things that everyone can enjoy.

Obviously, another thing you will need to take into account when planning any camping trip is your budget. Camping can be “done” in many different ways. You may wish to bring food, cooking supplies, etc. – or you may actually prefer to live off the land by gathering berries, catching fish, and drinking natural spring water. You sleeping accommodations can range from a twenty dollar tent with a fifteen dollar sleeping bag all the way up to a million dollar motor home with all the bells and whistles… and everything in between, of course.

If you would like to go the more luxurious route and camp in an RV, it is worth noting that many dealerships will rent a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motor home for a weekend or a week… however long you plan to camp. This eliminates the huge expense of purchasing your own recreational vehicle and allows you to provide the “city slickers” in your family with a few of those creature comforts that they may not be able or willing to do without. You will find that many campgrounds do have RV parks included.

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Camping in a Tent or a Motor Home: What is Best?

Camping in a Tent or a Motor Home: What is Best?

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There are a number of ways to “do” camping. For example, you can choose to “rough it” by pitching a tent and making good use of that old sleeping bag. Of course, other individuals have a much different idea of what it means to enjoy the great outdoors. For these men, women, and children, a trip to the wilderness does not necessarily mean a full departure from comfort, and a recreational vehicle such as a travel trailer, motor home, or 5th wheel makes for an ideal weekend out with Mother Nature.

In this article, we will cover the pros and cons of both styles of camping. Some may seem obvious to you, while others may not. The bottom line is that everyone who makes a decision to go camping must also decide if they would like to go the traditional tent-and-sleeping bag route, or enjoy all the comforts of home in a nice, comfortable RV. So let’s take a closer look at this now.

Obviously, there are many reasons why people choose to camp in a tent. A few of these reasons include very practical considerations such as low cost, availability, and variety. There are many styles, colors, and sizes of tent. And for what you get, you can actually get a ridiculously good deal on your tent, with prices dipping down into the 20’s and 30’s!

A less practical, but highly desirable aspect of camping in a tent is the actual experience you get to enjoy. It has a tendency to make campers feel more “one with nature,” and really making the camping adventure seem real. For those who prefer camping in tents, any alternative would be considered “cheating” and not really camping at all. This type of camper would most likely assert that if you’re going to have a kitchen, bathroom, television, and warm bed, then you may as well just stay at home.

Of course, tent camping is by no means “rainbows and butterflies,” as there are some very real downsides to this type of camping. For one, not all tents are as waterproof as you might need them to be. Some cannot handle strong winds. And most seriously, a tent cannot protect against dangerous situations such as wild animal encounters. While they provide a bit of valuable shelter, there is only so much shelter you will actually be able to enjoy in a tent.

Conversely, camping in a recreational vehicle can be quite expensive. Of course, this is assuming that you don’t already own one and will need to make a purchase. You can choose from many varieties, sizes, brands, and amenities, which will all obviously affect the cost of the unit significantly. You can find used campers for a few hundred bucks, luxury motor homes in the millions, or any number of things in between.

What’s great for those of us who would like to enjoy a comfortable camping excursion in an RV, but who don’t want to clear out our life savings in the process, is that rentals are often available at many reputable RV dealerships. By renting a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motor home, you can treat your family to the best vacation ever without any of the hassles that go along with buying a new vehicle.

Other than the costs associated with buying a trailer or motor home, there are very few downsides to making this your camping method of choice. You can even find units with slide-out rooms that expand your unit into a spacious apartment on wheels! You get to enjoy supreme protection from the elements and any predators which may be lurking about, and you’re able to give the whole family what they want with as few complaints as possible.

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Camping: A Unique Romantic Getaway

Camping: A Unique Romantic Getaway

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Romance is in the air. And what better way to enjoy this romantic air than to be out with your sweetheart in the great outdoors? Camping is such a wonderful choice for a romantic getaway for many, many reasons. A little solitude, removal from stress, and a focus on beautiful surroundings and each other are at the top of this list. This article will go into a bit more detail about these great reasons, as well as how you can get the most out of your romantic retreat into the incredible world of nature.

A huge selling point for many couples when it comes to going on a lovers’ camping excursion is the absolute freedom that can be enjoyed. No need to get formally dressed, or spend an insane amount of money, or be proper in any way. You can be yourselves, truly and completely. Laugh as loud as you want, run around and act silly together, have a “few too many” to drink, and just simply enjoy each other’s company to the absolute fullest.

Of course, it’s not all just about being blatantly wild. You can enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds you, while enjoying a gorgeous sunset together, looking longingly into your sweetheart’s eyes, and professing your undying love. Snuggle up to the campfire and talk about the future… or the present. Just talk and enjoy the moment all night to the wonderful sounds of crackling embers, a nice breeze, the birds, and any other soundscape that Mother Nature has provided for your enjoyment.

Another compelling reason to choose a camping trip as your romantic getaway is that you get to choose your own adventure. If you like to fish, you can find a great campground near a river or creek. If you’d like to enjoy a nice, exhilarating hike together, you can find a spot with great trails, hills, or even mountains! There are several possible landscapes for you to choose from, and in some areas of the country, you may even be able to enjoy many of them all at the same place!

There are other variables that can help to paint your experience together, such as sleeping accommodations. While some couples prefer the traditional tent and sleeping bag setup, others will favor the convenience and comfort of staying in an RV. This is obviously a matter of taste, and the choice is totally yours; another wonderful advantage of making your next romantic getaway a fun, relaxing, and freeing camping trip in a beautiful location.

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Camping: The Ultimate Family Vacation

Camping: The Ultimate Family Vacation

Family vacations come in all shapes and sizes. There are trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, amusement park adventures, and even cruises to exotic locations. But what about a good old-fashioned camping trip? There are many advantages to treating your family to a few days of fun and relaxation in the wilderness. This article will discuss just a few of these reasons.

Truly one of this country’s favorite pastimes, camping provides individuals and families with a little bit of everything. For starters, there is the thrill of being out in the wild. Just the notion that you’ve shaken off the daily grind and are in a totally fresh environment where none of the usual hassles are… well, hassling you… is a wonderful feeling in and of itself.

Then, there is the variety you get to enjoy. People find camping to be so much fun because they can do so many things in such a short time span, none of which is scripted or scheduled. You can fish in a stream, raft in a river, climb a tree, forage for berries, build a nice fire and roast wienies and marshmallows, play an acoustic guitar, hike, hunt, or do literally anything else that Mother Nature allows you to do.

Another powerful reason why camping is such an excellent vacation choice is the time your family gets to spend together. This is playful, stress-free fun that is sure to bring everyone just a little bit closer together. No cell phones going off, deadlines distracting you, or must-see TV shows to sidetrack you from what is really important in this situation. Everyone gets to be together, play together, and enjoy each other’s company with no distractions whatsoever.

Finally, camping is just plain relaxing. The calming sounds of nature are just what the doctor ordered to restore everyone back to sanity. The sounds of fresh water flowing, leaves rustling, breezes blowing, birds chirping, and fire crackling are sure to provide you with better therapy than $5000 worth of professional counseling ever could! Peace, quiet, connection, and freedom… all sprinkled with a healthy dose of adventure. This is what makes camping such a perfect vacation idea for you and your family.

Whether you are planning to be out in nature for a night, a weekend, or an entire week, please make sure you are well equipped to deal with any challenges that may arise. This goes for unforeseen, adverse weather patterns, as well as any potential encounters with not-so-friendly wildlife, including snakes, bears, wild cats, and even wasps and other potentially hazardous insects. Being prepared for just about anything will make your family’s trip to the wilderness just that much more enjoyable.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Campsite

Are you planning a great camping trip for yourself and/or other folks? In addition to making sure that you’ve got everything you need to ensure a safe and highly enjoyable excursion, it is vitally important that you choose your campsite very, very carefully. Where you end up camping can truly make all the difference in the world in regards to the pleasure you and your party are able to get from the trip. For this reason, planning ahead and reserving a good spot at your favorite campground is highly advisable.

While not all parks will allow you to reserve your own campsite, there are plenty that will. This will allow you to get the best spot possible as early as possible, so that you don’t end up giving all the best campsites away to other campers. Now I realize that the “best spot possible” is a highly subjective term, and this will obviously vary from individual to individual, but truly no bad can come from getting your campsite reserved early. You will have many more options at your disposal, allowing you to select the campsite that matches your criteria perfectly.

So what are your criteria? That’s actually a great question, and the answer is highly dependent upon your particular situation. If you are camping with little ones, for example, you may want to make sure that your campsite is nowhere near a large body of water in which a child could get into and potentially drown. In addition, you will want to pay close attention to the surrounding terrain to ensure that there are no overly treacherous trails that a small child could get lost or hurt on.

It is also important to appeal to your own likes as much as possible. If you love to fish, for example, you can find a spot that is just a short walk to a lake, river, or stream. If you’re a hiker, something near the good trails, hills, or mountains may be your ideal camping spot. If you’ve got a boat, you will obviously want to be close to the spot where you intend to launch from. These are obvious and common sense, but when you don’t take the initiative to reserve your little slice of Heaven, they may not be a reality for you. Just a heads up.

You will also want to pay attention to the logistics of the various campsites you’ve got to choose from. If you’re pitching more than one tent, have an RV, or otherwise need lots of room, you’d certainly be wise not to settle for something too small. Not having enough space in which to fit your stuff or move around the way you would like to can create quite the uncomfortable set of circumstances, indeed. Make sure to plan ahead, take measurements, and really visualize and determine the amount of space you’re going to need on your camping excursion.

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Why You Should Create a Camping Checklist for Yourself

It is always better to be safe than sorry. When it comes to camping, this could very easily mean that it is better to bring too much camping gear than it is to bring to little. The old cliché “It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it” is especially true when it comes to the vulnerable position you and your family will essentially be in during a camping trip. The more prepared you are, the less vulnerable you will be. For this reason, it is essential that you create a camping checklist for yourself before you ever step foot outside your home.

This article will discuss all of the benefits of creating (and adhering to) such a checklist, as well as some of the essential items that you should make absolutely certain to take along for the trip. If you ignore the information in this article, you do so at your own peril, as almost every case of major camping-related tragedies could have been avoided if only the campers had been better equipped.

The very best thing about creating a camping checklist far in advance of your trip is that it acts as a brain with a 100% retention rate. You can continue to add to the list as new items and actions come to mind. Then, before you and your family leave the house, you can literally pack each item and do each thing one by one, checking them off as they are handled. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything in one of those dreaded last-minute frenzies. You will have much better peace of mind as the result of doing this.

By taking care of this checklist well in advance, you are able to do all necessary shopping in advance, so that when the time comes for you to hit the campsite, there is no need for any lengthy trip to the sporting goods store or supermarket. Sure, you are always welcome to grab a few last minute snacks and such, but there need not be any heavy-duty shopping involved, as you will have already accounted for – and packed – all of the essential items you need to make your camping excursion a safe and memorable one (and for all the right reasons).

So what items should you include on your camping checklist? Well, before we get into the specifics, there are a few things you may wish to consider. First off, what kind of camping trip do you want to have? And secondly, do you want to be the one in charge of creating this list in the first place? If you want to “rough it,” sleeping in a tent, fishing and hunting, and essentially living off the land, then your checklist may differ considerably from that of a family looking to RV for a few days. And while you are certainly welcome to create a checklist of your own, there are many free online resources you can access where there are lists of essentials which have already been drawn up for you.

Of course, most people like to bring toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.), warm clothing, towels, air mattresses, cookware and dining utensils, plenty of food, fishing gear, insect repellant, first aid kits, and many other items. It is highly advisable that you bring a good amount of “survival gear” along with you, as well. A map of the area, a compass, a sharp knife, and perhaps even a firearm with which to protect yourself and your family from a potential encounter with a dangerous animal are all really important items to include on your list.

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Why You Should Create a Camping Checklist for Yourself

It is always better to be safe than sorry. When it comes to camping, this could very easily mean that it is better to bring too much camping gear than it is to bring to little. The old cliché “It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it” is especially true when it comes to the vulnerable position you and your family will essentially be in during a camping trip. The more prepared you are, the less vulnerable you will be. For this reason, it is essential that you create a camping checklist for yourself before you ever step foot outside your home.

This article will discuss all of the benefits of creating (and adhering to) such a checklist, as well as some of the essential items that you should make absolutely certain to take along for the trip. If you ignore the information in this article, you do so at your own peril, as almost every case of major camping-related tragedies could have been avoided if only the campers had been better equipped.

The very best thing about creating a camping checklist far in advance of your trip is that it acts as a brain with a 100% retention rate. You can continue to add to the list as new items and actions come to mind. Then, before you and your family leave the house, you can literally pack each item and do each thing one by one, checking them off as they are handled. This will ensure that you don’t forget anything in one of those dreaded last-minute frenzies. You will have much better peace of mind as the result of doing this.

By taking care of this checklist well in advance, you are able to do all necessary shopping in advance, so that when the time comes for you to hit the campsite, there is no need for any lengthy trip to the sporting goods store or supermarket. Sure, you are always welcome to grab a few last minute snacks and such, but there need not be any heavy-duty shopping involved, as you will have already accounted for – and packed – all of the essential items you need to make your camping excursion a safe and memorable one (and for all the right reasons).

So what items should you include on your camping checklist? Well, before we get into the specifics, there are a few things you may wish to consider. First off, what kind of camping trip do you want to have? And secondly, do you want to be the one in charge of creating this list in the first place? If you want to “rough it,” sleeping in a tent, fishing and hunting, and essentially living off the land, then your checklist may differ considerably from that of a family looking to RV for a few days. And while you are certainly welcome to create a checklist of your own, there are many free online resources you can access where there are lists of essentials which have already been drawn up for you.

Of course, most people like to bring toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.), warm clothing, towels, air mattresses, cookware and dining utensils, plenty of food, fishing gear, insect repellant, first aid kits, and many other items. It is highly advisable that you bring a good amount of “survival gear” along with you, as well. A map of the area, a compass, a sharp knife, and perhaps even a firearm with which to protect yourself and your family from a potential encounter with a dangerous animal are all really important items to include on your list.

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