Friday, September 24, 2010

Tent Camping Tips

Many people would like to go for vacations in a serene and secluded spots. The spots can be beaches, hill stations, adventurous forest region or calm and quite valleys beneath a lake. In most of these renowned tourist destinations camping facilities will be available. There can be nice luxurious resorts or forest huts or good camps. But camping in a tent is the most exciting experience one can get, and especially with family or friends. It will be an unforgettable vacation for all who spent nights in tents with viewing the nature's gift all around and in the lap of Mother Earth. The satisfaction and enjoyment derived out of such camping is beyond words. It is a fun merged with relaxing moments. But it is very important to know how can you set up a tent for camping? What precautions you need to take while camping in a tent. This article will deal with some of the important Tent camping tips. These tips will help you to ensure a comfortable and memorable camping in a tent.

o Before the trip itself, make sure that you are carrying with you all necessary camping materials including the tarp for tent. Check thoroughly the tarp for any defects like leaking points, loose stitching and many such spoiled portions of the tarp. Tarp need to be leak proof.

o See that all other materials like poles, tarp fixing materials and pole fixing equipments are taken.

o Make sure that you use tarp which is rain proof. This simply tells that you can use a rainfly which will cover full tent, including the top and sides. It will have provision for ventilations and openings. It will ensure the inside is 100% proof against rain. Always use a rainfly that provides full coverage of your tent.

o Use a good floor cover, covering entire area. It will assure you no wet or dirt inside the tent. It is better if you can make a plastic bottom with cloth made sheets in the top of this floor cover. Cloth cover can be taken as per the climate, in winter season woolen sheet and in summer cotton sheet can be used to cover the floor. This will ensure comfort of staying.

o As far as possible select a flat area for tent. Undulated regions will give many problems. If possible make the ground tidy by removing the dirt, bushes and insects. Level the camp area before setting up the tent. Also clean the surroundings as much as possible.

o Do not select the camping place near stagnant water ponds. These ponds will be the haven of mosquitoes and you will not able to spent comfortably there.

o Make sure that the tarp is anchored very strongly to the poles. Poles need to placed by reinforcing with rubbles and mud. Also make sure that all cross wires and threads are properly fixed before the first night.

o Put some borne fire outside the tent in night. This will keep off animals and insects reaching the tent.

These are some simple but important tips which will help you in making good tent for a comfortable camping.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tips For Buying Outdoor Camping Supplies

Learn About Brands for Durable Camping Equipment

When you are buying equipment for camping, you want something that is going to stand up to wear and tear over the years. You want all your supplies to last for a long time not just through a few uses. Luckily it is not that hard to find quality equipment to enjoy your camping experience with. Several brands turn out top quality goods. The Coleman brand has been well known since the early 1900s when it first started. Back then it was all about gas lanterns.

The Coleman Company turns out high-quality tents of various sizes, lanterns, camp stoves, and more. Their merchandise does stand up year after year. This brand is also reasonably priced so it is easily affordable by all camping enthusiasts.

REI has been in business since 1938 and today it turns out excellent camping gear. From tents to sleeping bags REI offer you the camper quality. The online store alone offers various choices of gear for you to check out. The company also puts many dollars into conserving the great outdoors do you can continue to enjoy them for years to come.

Kelty is another reliable name in gear to enjoy the outdoors with. It has been in business since 1952 when Dick Kelty began it. Prior to opening Kelty and Dick had made some packs for his friends in the garage at his house. Now the company sells everything from backpacks to tents to child carriers for backpacking.

These are just some of the top names. So you can see how easy it will be to find quality merchandise to help you in your camping efforts. With good durable equipment camping is so much more fun. This is what camping is all about after all, is it not? Fun in the wide-open space of the outdoors.

Whitney is an author at the Outdoor Camping Blog, he is also an employee of the store that sells tents and discount camping supplies.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Beginner Camping Tips

If you are new to camping, the following tips for the beginner camper can be a tremendous help to creating an enjoyable experience. Camping gets easier and more enjoyable when you are more prepared. These camping tips will help you go from a "beginner" to an "advanced" camper in no time.

Tip #1 - Know the people you are camping with and the amenities that they require, even if it is only for a few days. Do you need a swimming pool, electricity, hot shower and flushing toilets or can you survive with an outhouse and no running water? If you have children, consider their needs as well. Then find a campsite that fits those needs.

Tip #2 - Camp with someone who has camped before. You will learn something new every time. Eventually they will also learn something from you. Ask a lot of questions (How did you start that fire? How do you keep the tablecloth down?).

Tip #3 - Begin planning early for your camping trip. Many popular locations are reserved months in advance. You do not want to leave this to chance. I recommend starting out close to your home as well. Try to arrive at the campsite before it gets dark so you can get all of your gear organized.
Tip #4 - If you are using a tent, put it up at home before you leave. Make sure you have all the poles, stakes, and other parts and are comfortable getting it assembled. You may want to practice in the dark as well, in case you arrive late.

Tip #5 - Use a camping checklist when packing your supplies. During your camping trip, add those things that you wish you had to your checklist for next time. Contact the campsite to help with this as well - do you need a grill or barbecue, can you have a fire, is there a picnic table?

Tip #6 - Pack appropriate clothing and footwear. Check the weather before you leave so you know how hot or cold it will be at night. Will you need any rain gear? What activities will you do during the day? Don't wear flip flops if you are going to hike Half Dome in Yosemite.

Tip #7 -Bring food that is easy to prepare and serve. Know how you will cook the food. Do you have charcoal, propane or firewood? Matches, lighter fluid, etc. (see checklist again)

Tip #8 - Have some activities planned for your trip. Hiking, biking, river rafting, swimming, boating, fishing and horseback riding are just a few suggestions. Use your imagination and you will never get bored.

Tip #9 - Leave your campsite clean. There should be no sign that you were even there. The next group camping there will appreciate it, the same way you would.

Tip #10 - Remember why you are there - to enjoy the outdoors and each other! Don't let a couple of little things spoil your fun.

Jeff Beckman has 30 year of casual camping experience, going back to early childhood. The camping experience changes throughout your life and is enjoyable in every stage. Jeff currently has three young children and is enjoying the outdoors with them. Visit his web site at

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Camping Tip - Learn How to Remain Dry

Whenever the camping season begins, people set out to enjoy the outdoors though at the same time it is always a good idea to follow some simple camping tips - especially those that will ensure that you stay dry during your camping trip. Being cold and wet are the two things that can ruin a camping trip even though camping is usually done during the warm summer months. Nevertheless, there are a few camping tips that you will need to know about which will help ensure that you and your gear remains dry during the entire duration of your camping trips.

Seam Sealers

Remember to use seam sealer on the tents and do so each and every year. It is easy to buy new sealer and it is especially important to use it on your first camping trip and to also seal back all of the seams with plenty of sealer.

Another simple yet essential camping tip that will help ensure that you enjoy dry camping is to place some cloth or ground sheet beneath your tent and to also, at the same time, tuck up the edges so as to prevent rain water from collecting on the sheet and then entering into your tent. Together the ground sheet along with the sealer will ensure that you remain dry at all times.

In case a rainstorm strikes your tent you would do well to follow a camping tip such as placing your gear and sleeping bag as well as mattress in a place within the tent where they do not come in touch with the walls of your tent. Similarly, another useful camping tip will show you that before entering your tent after having been out in rainy weather you must remember to shed off your wet clothes and place them in a corner of your tent or even at the tent's front along with your rain soaked shoes.

Yet another helpful camping tip worth following is to have plenty of rain gear as well as items such as ponchos with you before embarking on your camping trip. Though this tip is fairly obvious it must be said that many campers actually neglect following it and so have less than perfectly enjoyable camping experiences.

When it comes to tent camping tip you would be surprised how simple it is to enjoy your camping; it only requires that you do things the right way. There are a number of irritating tent camping irks that can be avoided if you act wisely and carefully.

As long as you follow these simple camping tips you should not have any difficulty negotiating inclement weather and you should be able to continue enjoying your camping trip regardless of how wet and uncomfortable it is on the outside of your tent.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Essential Camping Tip - How to Pitch and Care For Your Tent

Choosing the proper tent can make or break your camping trip. It's important to take your time and do some homework before you shop.

Your tent is the most important piece of gear in your camping arsenal.

For those just starting out, setting up a tent can be confusing. It's not easy to set it up right the first time around, but after the first time, it's a piece of cake. I would highly suggest setting your tent up at home first, sort of like a practice run. Then, when you're at camp, you'll be able to pitch it in no time.

Here are a few pointers to help you in choosing the right tent.

What To Buy
Today, camping tents are very affordable and you can buy a high quality tent well within any budget. Still, making the right choice isn't all that easy if you don't know what to look for.

Go out and look at the different styles and brands. Many sporting goods stores have tents on display which may make your choice easier.

There are so many different types of tents, but it's helpful to choose one that's lightweight, durable and water proof. Most tents are made of nylon because it's lightweight and dries quickly. I personally have always used a nylon camping tent.

Size matters. A 2 person tent will be too small for two people because there will be no place to store your camping gear. Here's a good rule of thumb, add 2 to the number of people in the tent. If there are 2 people, get a 4 person tent, 4 people, six person tent, etc. This way, you won't be cramped and you'll have plenty of room to move around and store your gear.

Prep Your Campsite

One of the biggest mistakes people make is setting up their tent.

Here are a few pointers to pitching properly pitching your tent.

The first thing to consider is your tent's location.
  • Always look for high ground. Don't pitch your tent in a ravine or valley. Higher ground is drier ground!
  • Make sure that your tent is located at least 100 feet from the trail. This way, you're out of the way of hikers. Plus, you'll have lots more privacy, and you'll also avoid widening the trail and disrupting the natural setting.
  • Pitch your tent only in designated areas. These areas are posted in most parks and on hiking trails. These are areas that also provide the most security.
  • Make sure you pitch your tent in the correct spot on your campsite. Ideally, it should be at least 100 feet from your campfire. Also, it should be located at least 100 feet from your food. If animals wander into your camp at night, they'll be drawn to the food - not you. This gives you some added protection.
  • Choose a sunny area with dry, firm soil, if possible. Look for ground that's soft enough to drive your tent stakes in. Sand doesn't have enough stability. Note: never pitch a tent under a tree with dead limbs, they could fall and cause injury.
  • Clear the ground that your tent will be set up on. Make sure you remove stones, sticks and other debris.
Pitching Your Tent
Now that your campsite is ready, it's time to set up your tent. If you did a practice run before getting to the campground, you're ahead of the game!

There are a few things that you want to keep in mind when pitching your tent.
First, you want to make sure that the door of your tent is facing the east. Storms seldom come in from the east, which will help keep the wind from blowing down your tent. It keeps your tent stable from the wind and the rain.

Firmly drive your tent stakes into solid ground, then push them all the way in.

When pitching your tent up, take the time to tie your tent down securely - no shortcuts on this one!

Lay a ground cloth on the ground under the tent. It protects the tent's floor from sticks, roots and other possible punctures.

Here are some pitfalls to avoid that could really ruin your day.
  • Remember to always keep your tent closed. If it has a mesh screen, keep that closed too.
  • Don't try to accommodate too many people in the tent. It's not only uncomfortable, it's unsafe too.
  • Never put food into your tent. Food attracts hungry animals and it's a very unpleasant experience to wake up to an animal scratching at your tent to get at your food!
  • Don't lean on or touch the sides of the tent. This breaks the moisture barrier and will cause water to seep in. Avoid putting any items against the walls.
  • Allow the tent to dry before rolling it up and packing it away. Moisture leads to mildew inside your tent. Lay the tent flat out in the sun so it dries completely before packing it away.
  • Use only a mild soap when cleaning your tent. Harsh detergents could ruin the waterproofing. Follow manufacturer's directions.
  • To avoid dry rot, periodically take your tent out of the bag to let it breathe. Check your tent for holes too.
  • Make sure you have no sharp objects in your pack that might puncture your tent.
To make the most of your outdoor camping trip, take the time to care for your tent and camping gear and they will serve you well for many years.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Essential Camping Tip - Building a Fire in the Rain


A fire is a source of comfort and heat and the focal point of your campsite for conversation with groups of friends and family.

Although most people can't imagine outdoor camping without a campfire, most don't use it for cooking because since the advent of a wide variety of camping stoves. Beginners and modern campers often forget, however, that a campfire can mean the difference between life and death in a survival situation.

In freezing weather conditions, the ability to build a campfire can save you from hypothermia if you're caught out in the cold winds without adequate shelter or clothing to keep you warm.

This is especially true if you've gotten wet and have no way to dry your clothes. I could very well be a dire situation without a fire.

Building a campfire in adverse conditions, like falling rain or snow may seem impossible for today's urbanized camping enthusiasts. But people of naive and frontier cultures have always depended on fire for daily cooking and warmth, and they were proficient in building them...they had to be.

You too can build a fire under these conditions, as long as you understand how to do it and practice it often in better conditions. Most people dismiss building a campfire as a no brainer, just get some wood and put a match to it.

Nothing is further from the truth.

Genuine backwoods experts know that building a fire is an art and their ability to quickly build fires that hotter, brighter and more reliably certainly bears this truth.

Wet and rainy weather is probably the greatest challenge to those building a fire. Fires depend on combustible material, and in the woods that means twigs, dry leaves, branches and loose chunks of wood. If it's raining, how do you go about finding dry wood?

It's really easy if you know just where to look. Not every piece of wood in the outdoors gets soaked when it rains. The easily gathered branches you find lying on the ground that work good in fair weather will be wet, so you'll have to look elsewhere.

Standing trees are less likely to absorb water than those on the forest floor. Often, you'll find dry dead branches at the base of pine and spruce trees, as these fallen branches are shielded from the rain by the dense needles on the living branches.

The outer bark of the limbs may be wet, so you'll need a knife to cut it away to reach the dry wood inside.

Building a fire in the rain will be alot easier with a large knife, a machete or an axe. A sharp cutting tool, which will prove to be one of your most important pieces of outdoor camping equipment, gives you the ability to split big pieces of wet wood to get to the dry interior. You can even cut down small dead standing trees that you can split into pieces of fuel.

Old stumps are sometimes full of concentrated pine resin. These are called "lighter knots" by country folk.

This resin-rich wood will burn with a very hot, bright flame, even in the rain, if you cut it into small pieces of kindling to light it. It's easily identifiable by the smell and color of the wood when you first cut into it. It smells like tar or pine pitch, and it's orange or bright yellow inside with oozing sap. It's also a lot heavier than regular wood.

You can find it in any forest where there are pine, spruce and cedar trees.

When you've found a find a source of ignitable fuel, try to locate your campfire someplace that's partially sheltered from falling rain. If you can find a stand of dense trees or a rock overhang, you'll be able to keep the fire burning a lot easier once you've located a source of dry wood.

Don't give up on building a campfire just because it's raining! Remember, there's always dry wood laying around somewhere in the forest, but it might take a little effort, and a sharp blade, to get it.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Top Ten Camping Tips

Camping is a great way to help you reduce stress. Being in the outdoors gives you a sense of natural peace and serenity. And it also gives you a chance to stretch out those cramped muscles of yours. However, camping, when executed unplanned, may yet be a source of stress and even injury. So, in camping, always practice common sense. The effort you put in planning the trip, including the things that you have to bring, may spell the success or failure of your camping trip. Remember the horror stories you hear from people who despise camping because of bad judgment or simply embarking on the trip with a 'come-what-may' mindset. Yes, camping is supposed to be roughing it up but it does not mean you should not plan it. Camping should be an exciting experience but it ceases to be that when trouble sets in. Here are some camping tips that you can opt to follow.

1. Before you get too worked up, line up all the camping gear that you intend to cram in your backpack and give it a once-over. No, check it twice, even three times. I am quite certain you will be able to think something up, an item that is not on your list that might eventually become handy in the outdoors or on this particular trip of yours.

2. Bring extra clothing. This is a contingency for events like a slip on muddy ground, or a fall while crossing a shallow river, or perhaps just a sudden change in climate. Always think ahead.

3. Bug repellents and sunscreen are musts. Do not allow your night to be a sleepless one.

4. Heavy items at the bottom of the bag, lighter ones on top. Crushed food or damaged gear can be a hassle.

5. It would be advisable to precook hot dishes if your plan is to relax on the camping trip. All you have to do when you get there is preheat it and then enjoy. Of course, cooking outdoors is awesome but it would be better to do some heavy cooking on the next day. You might want to rest after that long trip.

6. Make a list of your menu from breakfast to dinner. This way, you can pack your stuff better, last in first out.

7. If water is an issue on the camping area, stock up on drinking water and instead of bringing regular plates, carry paper plates instead. Just make sure you also brought along garbage bags.

8. Of course you did not forget flashlights but always bring extra batteries for emergencies.

9. First aid kits are always a first when traveling into the wild.

10. Always keep out an eye for possible sources of problems. It would not hurt to be proactive.

Always remember, camping can be really fun when you want it to be.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Top Camping Tips and Ideas

It is a great idea if we grant ourselves at least the weekends spending time with our family and friends. The best way to do this is through camping in the nearby national parks and resorts. It is nice to have a day out with our family and friends from a strenuous work and studies. I will provide you with the top camping tips and ideas for a hassle-free outdoor adventure.

What to Bring

Before the camp out, it is good if you are well equipped. Therefore, try to make your own checklist of the gears that you should bring during the camping. You may also surf the web for for checklist for easier planning. Do not forget to bring first aid kit, insect repellents, and sun block lotion or cream. Bring also your own portable stove so that you will not have a hard time making fire through woods. The other important gears that you should bring are sleeping pads, portable lights, mini cooler, extra clothes, etc.

Arrive Early

It is advisable that you arrive early in the campsite so that you can choose the best location to set up your tent. As much as possible, arrive in the campsite in the hours of daylight. You might end up with a rocky location if you arrive in the twilight. Make sure that you choose a location where you are surrounded by trees to lessen the force of the wind. However, avoid those trees with large branches because they will likely break during strong winds. Try to set up a sun shelter as well that you can also utilize for cooking when rain falls. If you plump for camping in the beach, set up your tent behind a tree and avoid a ridge of sand created by the wind. It is also good to ask staff of the camp site so that you will be familiar with the dos and things that you should not do.

No Harm Insect Battle

Check the location where you will set up your tents and avoid a spot where the ants are. Always zip to close your tents all the time so that insects will not get in. Secure all your food and other gears before going to sleep because most of the time animals will stroke into it in a hunt for a food. So, as much as possible, you have to bring your 3 way camping fridge or a portable camping fridge filled with thirst quenchers and food inside your tent or at least secure them outside. Try to clean your mess outside as well because it can attract insects. In the camp site, never ever wear a perfume or any scent because it also attracts insects and bugs.

What to Cook

During a camp out, make your cooking as simple as possible. Include the meals to prepare in your checklist so that you will have lesser errand in the outdoor. Easy to cook meals and even no-cook meals are perfect. If this is planned beforehand, you will only need to bring the ingredients for all your preferred meals during the days in the outdoor. Salad, sandwiches, simple deserts, and barbeque, etc. are some the best meals if you are in the wild. Avoid those meals that require messy preparation because it will eat some of your time. For this, disposable plates and utensils are also great.

Aside from the above mentioned tips, it is always great to be knowledgeable with camping gears like 3 way camping fridge. Thus, the idea on having efficient camping fridge will make you a practical camper.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tips For Choosing Outdoor Camping Games

For many people, summer season means outdoor camping, especially for children. They do a lot of things when they arrive at the camping grounds and they also play outdoor camping games. However, you must be sick and tired of playing the same old camping games like tag and capture the flag. If you do a little research, you will realize that there are many games that are more interesting and fun than these traditional games. Here are some tips for choosing outdoor camping games.

* Choose a game that involves nature. After all, you are surrounded by nature at the camp grounds and it is only natural that you will have nature as an inspiration for your games. For example, you can group the campers into different groups with five members each. Ask them to create something unique and original using natural things that they can see around them. However, specify in your rule that they should not pull out, pick, kill, or injure any plants or animals. The team with the most original creation wins.

* Since camping is usually done in summer when the sun is hottest, you can also play some water games. You can have a water fight among teams. Each team should represent a color. Use food color to color the water. The members of each team should shoot the members of other teams and keep them as prisoners. The team who has the highest number of prisoners and least number of members who were captured by other teams wins.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Smart Tips For Packing Campfire Meals For Outdoor Camping

Experienced outdoor camping cooks know that carrying heavy boxes and coolers of camp food in and out of camp is not fun. They also know they miss a lot of the outdoor camping experiences they came for when they are stuck preparing and cooking campfire meals. But the job can be made easier and less time consuming. These smart camping cooking tips will show you how to reduce the bulk and weight of your supplies, and get out of the camp kitchen sooner.

Ziploc freezer bags are an indispensable part of a smart camp cook's supplies. They pay tribute to this product every time they pack the food for a weekend of outdoor camping. "Never take a box or can when a Ziploc will do!" is a motto a smart camp cook lives by. Your cooking supplies should include three types of Ziplocs: one box of sandwich bags, and one each of gallon and quart size freezer bags. Not only will they save weight and space, they will also reduce the amount of trash you have to carry back out of camp.

To see how using Ziploc bags can help, take a look at the camp food supplies you plan on taking. What ingredients and how much of each, will you need for your campfire recipes? What preparation will each meal need?

Dry Food:

Start with your campfire recipes. If there is any ingredient prep that you can at home, do it, and put the results in a Ziploc freezer bag. You will save time if you don't wait to do it at camp. This will also save a lot of weight and space, Ziplocs weigh less, and take-up less space than individual cans and boxes. Be aggressive with this, camp meal prep you do at home, will add to the time you have for the outdoor camping activities you came for.

After the prep work, take a look at the rest of your boxed or canned food items. Look for anything that can be put in a Ziploc instead. That can of soup, or box of pancake mix will travel just as well in a Ziploc, allowing you to lose the extra weight and residual trash. Also consider ingredient quantities, no need to take a five pound package if you will only use one pound. Just put what you will need in a Ziploc and leave the rest home. And don't forget the simple stuff like salt & pepper, and spices. You will not use whole containers of these for your camp meals, so take what you need in sandwich baggies and leave the containers home.

Cold food:

Ziploc freezer bags also work for cold food items. Look at the cold food items with the same objectives as you did with your dry foods. If it can come out of a bulky carton or container and into a Ziploc, do it. You will be surprised how all those little individual weight and space savings add-up to substantial reductions.

Ice is a big part of the weight and bulk of your camp coolers, Ziplocs can help here too. Take a look at the camp food items in the cooler, freeze everything you can, even your meats. If it's not for your first camp meal, freeze it, they will be safe in their Ziplocs, (remember to only use the stronger double-sealed freezer bags), and will act as ice packs, reducing the amount of ice you will need to carry. And don't worry, in a camp cooler they will thaw by the time you need to use them.

Once you start using Ziplocs for your camp food and campfire recipe ingredients, you'll wonder how you ever camped without them. And the freezer bags are much safer and sturdier than the thin sandwich bags, so don't be timid about what you put in them. So challenge yourself, how much weight and bulk can you leave at home?

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GA Anderson is an online author and avid outdoors man whose lifelong camping adventures include over 7 years camping experience as an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America. To see more outdoor camping, and campfire cooking articles visit his Hiking & Camping articles.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Right Tent Camping Tip Can Make Life in the Outdoors Safe As Well As More Enjoyable

There are few things in life that can be quite as exhilarating as camping in the outdoors because the beauty of nature is hard to surpass or even match. There is plenty of joy to be felt when one is in the midst of pristine beauty and surrounded by dear and snakes as well as other wild animals. Of course, to get the most out of your camping excursions requires that you are an outdoor person and not someone that prefers a beauty parlor to roughing it out in the open spaces.

Research Well

The best way to enjoy your time out in the open is to follow some simple tent camping tips including, first of all, doing some research regarding suitable camping spots. You could opt for an area that is not too far away from your home and in addition you will also need to factor in the temperature and climatic conditions before making up your mind. Also, it pays to stay clear of places inhabited by dangerous wild life.

The second most important tent camping tip that you should follow is to keep your camping trips (at least the first few ones) short such as taking an overnight trip and to not venture too far from home. Next, you should avoid having to travel marathon distances to reach your camping spot and about a two mile hike is ideal distance.

The third most important tent camping tip that you will need to follow is to be open minded about your camping trip and to be prepared to make adjustments along the way depending on the situation and circumstances. Next, remember to follow a simple tent camping tip which is that you should travel light and not pack more than essential items. It is recommended to take along things such as swimsuit, warm clothes as well as cool outfits and walking shoes that fit your feet very comfortably.

Finally, you must follow a simple tent camping tip which is to pack items that will ensure that you stay comfortable as well as safe. A nice sleeping bag that will keep you warm is recommended to have along as well as a portable mat on which to place your sleeping bag.
In addition, you should have along plenty of clean drinking water, a flashlight that works toothbrush as well as items for personal hygiene as too bug sprays and plenty of food.

Winter camping is a whole new ball game and so you would need to follow a different set of rules. Simple winter camping tips include having proper winter supplies, and also all those other items that will ensure that you enjoy safe, comfortable as well as enjoyable winter camping.

There are few things in life that are as enjoyable as laying in your tent out in the open and listening to the sounds of crickets and other kind of wildlife. Without a doubt, tent camping is something that everyone should try. Following simple tent camping tips such as those mentioned above will help make life in the outdoors more enjoyable and fun.

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Essential Camping Tip For Choosing the Right Tent

Camping is an outdoor adventure for some and a way of life
for others. When you think of "camping", several things come to mind:

* sleeping under the stars in a cozy tent
* cooking over a roaring campfire
* hiking the trails of a lush forest
* huddling around the campfire to share stories

Camping isn't limited to the woods, many people also camp wherever they can pitch a tent. Why not? What makes camping so popular is that it's so easy. Choose a spot, pitch a tent, build a fire and enjoy.

Well, it's a little more than that. You should have a plan before you hit the camping trail. Yes, a plan.

By preparing yourself for your camping adventure, you'll be sure to have everything you need to enjoy it. Write down the list of the camping gear and camping supplies you'll need before you set out on the road.

One of the best camping tips I can give you is to take time to choose the proper equipment. Buying the right gear will ensure a fun and adventurous camping trip!

Your most important piece of outdoor camping gear is your tent. Choosing one can be overwhelming for some because there are many different types of camping tents on the market. Why not check out the local sports store. Many of them have outdoor camping tents on display where you can go inside and get a feel for them.

What Size?
1. Decide on the size of tent you want. Essentially, if you have 2 people, you would want to get a 4 person tent. This way, you'll have room for your camping gear and more space to move around.

If you're a lone camper, then a one man tent may suffice but they don't offer much room for your gear so I would recommend a 2 person tent. That way, if you decide to hit the trail or beach, you won't have to leave your camping gear outside your tent.

2. Camping tents are very affordable. Of course, the bigger the tent, the more expensive, but buying an outdoor camping tent of good quality will last you years, which makes them a excellent investment.

If you're an occasional one-a-year-camper, then a less expensive tent will suffice. Otherwise, it's really a matter of preference. Remember, you get what you pay for.

What type of tent?
3. Dome tents are by far the most popular tents on the market. They offer durable nylon walls and mesh screens for ventilation. Almost all have a rain fly, which is a large piece of material that is attached over the top of the tent to keep rain from entering.

Dome tents are very easy to put together, are lightweight and, when packed, take very little space.

The proper choice of a tent is an important one. Choosing the proper tent is covered at length in my free ebook, Essential Camping Tips. You can download it at

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Outdoor Camping Tips - How to Have Fun and Worry-Free Outdoor Camping

If you and your family decided to go outdoor camping this summer, you have to make sure that it will be a fun and worry-free experience. And if this will be your first time to 'rough it' with your family, you have to follow some advice to be able to have a great camping trip. Here are some useful tips for you to fully enjoy spending time with your family outdoors.

* Choose a camping ground that is safe and comfortable. Comfortable does not mean that you have to sleep on a bed with air-condition. It means that the camp ground should have the basic amenities such as restrooms, phone booths, recreation areas, and shops. It would be better to choose a private camp ground than go camping at a state park because state parks can be dangerous.

* List down all the things that you and your family will need. Make a check list up to the smallest detail so that you can be sure that your family will be comfortable. When packing, most people focus on big things like tents, backpacks, and other camping equipments but forget to bring other small yet essential things like insect repellent lotion or mosquito net, which are very important especially if you will bring a baby.

 * If you will bring your whole family with you, make sure that each and everyone of you will have a great time. There should be games and activities for everyone to make the camping trip fun and interesting. It will be very irksome if you have to deal with your children whining all day because they feel bored and restless.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Things to Consider When Selecting Outdoor Camp

If you are hunting for any activity or outdoor camp for your child, you would soon realize that the options are just irresistible. You not only come across varieties of activity options, but as well length of stay, price and other limitations. Here is a fast overview of the different kinds of outdoor camp and tips on how to select one for your child.

If this is your child's first outdoor camp or activity camp, you require starting by making a choice about how much he or she can manage when it comes to division. Leadership camps, as well available, require the child to spend nights away from home, and many have a minimum of 5-7 days, which you should sign for. Further resident camps are a great option for self-governing or older kids who desire the full knowledge of activity outdoor.

Outdoor classrooms camps are a simple choice for parents and children, as the children generally moving out of the class. Specialty outdoor camps could be either education outdoor camp or outdoor schools camps, but they are regularly focused on one single activity, such as horse riding, soccer, or as well water sports. Specialty camps are a further huge choice for kids who take pleasure in a particular activity and are uncertain about getting involved in other things.

Before choosing an outdoor or activity camp, refer the below questions:

o How much can your afford to pay? Day camps might cost about $40 US Dollars each day, while resident outdoor camps average at least double that amount. Specialty summer camps are actually expensive, as the people working there are extremely professionals in the field.

o What is the most excellent type of outdoor camp for your child's character? Would he be relaxed with sharing a week with strangers or would he favor a quieter option where he could get time to himself? Do you desire your child to have liberty with her agenda or do you prefer a plan with more structure?

o Does your child have exact medical or nutritional needs? Would the camp be able to contain those requirements?

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Important Outdoor Cooking Tips When Camping

Cooking and camping in the open is a refreshing way to enjoy the outdoors. It's also a great way to impress your family and friends by showing them how well you can cook outside the comfort of your home kitchen. The following outdoor cooking tips and ideas will help you have a good camp cooking experience.

We will begin our outdoor cooking tips with what to bring. Remember that once you go out to camp you won't be able to go back easily if you forget something at home. Here's a "handy" checklist to make sure you don't forget anything:

___ Heavy duty aluminum foil
___ Zip-loc freezer bags in various sizes
___ Disposable plates, bowls, cups, flatware
___ Drinking cups
___ Salt, pepper, sugar, spices
___ Powdered milk, can of evaporated milk
___ Coffee, filters, cocoa, tea bags
___ Paper towels
___ Trash bags
___ Can and bottle opener, corkscrew
___ Cutting board
___ Metal cooking utensils like tongs, spatula, grill forks, serving spoons, knife, roasting sticks
___ Measuring cups, spoons
___ Serving bowls
___ Plastic table cloth
___ Storage containers for leftovers
___ Pot or pan with lid, skillet
___ Foil cooking tins
___ Non-stick cooking spray, oil
___ Pot holders and mitts
___ Dish pan, dish soap, towels, sponge, scrub
___ Strike anywhere matches
___ Butane lighter
___ Firestarters
___ Barbecue grill, smoker
___ Propane, charcoal
___ Firewood (if needed)
___ Grill top for campfire
___ Dutch oven
___ Crockpot
___ Propane stove
It's important to leave the campsite clean so always remember to bring enough garbage bags. Bring biodegradable and environmentally-friendly cleaning agents. Leftover food should be placed in containers and brought home or disposed properly. Clean up is as important as preparation.

Now you're ready to cook! The cooking method you decide on will determine the food you can bring or cook. Common camper favorites are:

• Barbequing or grilling burgers, hotdogs, chicken, ribs, steaks, fish, veggies, and even fruits.
• A variation for grilling is using foil pouches. Place your seasoned meat, veggies, or fish in the foil, add a pat of butter or oil. Seal tightly and place on the grill. The pouch contents will retain their moisture and flavor.
• Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is a deep cast iron or aluminum pot with a tight lid that doesn't allow steam to escape, much like the tin foil method, making for a flavor-filled dish.
• Crockpots. Cooking with the crockpot is nothing more than placing all your recipe ingredients in the pot and leaving it all to stew.
• Box oven. Feel like a boy scout? Make an oven with a cardboard box, aluminum foil, and some metal rods. When done correctly, will let you bake almost anything.

Things to remember:

• Pre-chop, peel, or measure the needed ingredients for meals ahead of time and pack in zip-loc bags. Label them correctly.
• Pre-cook meats
• Block ice will last longer than cubed ice.
• All items in coolers should be packed in watertight containers.
• Don't light fires near tents or other flammable objects.
• Empty zip-loc bags can double as garbage bags.
• Clean up after every meal.

There are more outdoor cooking tips but these are essential-the rest you will have to experience for yourself. Have fun cooking and camping!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Camping Tips For First Timers

If you looking for camping tips for first-timers then you have come to the right place. If you are new to camping, then your decision on where to go hinges on the amount of time you have and, whether or not you are close to wilderness areas. If you are just starting out, ask friends and associates about places where they have been and how far, and how long it takes to get there. If you can team up with a friend or relative who has done it before then that will be better. You can team up and benefit from another persons experience and you can also use their equipment. Seldom will you need two portable stoves. You may also be able to share a tent if it is big enough. You will still need to bring some of your own gear, but if you are going on a short weekend trip to a close destination, you can save money on items that your friends have brought along fro the trip.

One of the best camping tips is to borrow equipment from campers. They will be more willing to part with some of their stuff if you explain that you are going on a short trip. Assure your lenders that you will make good on any damage done.

If you cannot find people to lend you equipment, you will need to get your hands on several pieces of equipment. This includes a tent, sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, and depending on whether you are car camping or hiking to a destination, a backpack. The total cost of this equipment can run you about $900 or more. However, there are many outfitters that special in equipment rental for people that are new to camping.

You have probably been thinking about your outdoor vacation for some time. You will need some idea of where you are going your first camping trip. Brochures, articles in outdoor magazines, or materials from your nearest state park should put you in mind of some good first-time destinations. Most parks have visitor centers full of maps and brochures that describe prominent features in the region. Phone the park and order their brochures in advance. State park brochures tend to have great camping tips for first-timers.

Choosing a destination means choosing the right kind of campsite. Some campgrounds offer only primitive campsites with cleared ground for your tent. Other campgrounds offer running water and electrical hookups. While others may offer activities like canoeing, rowboats, and rafting. Campground brochures will indicate what is available. Just call ahead to see what is offered as far as amenities and activities.

The nice thing about camping is that t does not coast that much. Campgrounds charge a nominal fee ranging from $5 to $20 or more. Sometimes there will be an additional charge for a parking permit if you will be leaving your vehicle in a lot while you are camping. You will find that any price you pay is modest, when you consider the beauty of the outdoors. Remember these camping tips when you are planning your first trip.

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