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Camping Mistakes

April 2, 2009

New campers sometimes learn things the hard way, and even experienced campers overlook things from time to time.New campers frequently find themselves in a crowded tent.Be sure to make space and comfort a priority in your choice of tents.For family camping I recommend getting a tent with a capacity rated two higher than the number of campers that will use it.So for a family of two I would recommend a 4-person tent, for a family of four a 6-person tent, and so on.Be a smart camper, buy a tent that is big enough.

New campers often overlook things.It’s no fun getting to the campground and finding out that you forgot the family camping tent or picnic basket.Stay organized and make sure nothing is left behind by keeping a camping gear checklist.Use it while packing and check off each item.Update and revise the list as needed.Be a smart camper, use a checklist.

One of the most common mistakes of new (and old) campers is not trying out new gear at home.The point is to become familiar with your gear before going on a camping trip.Assemble tents in the yard. Sleep in your sleeping bags on the floor for a night. Use any cooking items for a home cooked meal. Put batteries in and test any electronics.It’s all about being prepared.

Mistakes are not something we should regret, they are something we should learn from.While it’s good to learn from our own mistakes, nobody said we cannot learn from others. So on your next camping trip,always keep these common mistakes in mind and try your best to avoid them.

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Choosing a family camping tent

March 30, 2009

Camping is one of the best ways to bring the family together and have fun in the outdoors.Even the youngest kids can benefit from a camping experience.Every part of a camping trip provides an opportunity for teaching.Even pitching the family camping tent offers good teaching tools for kids.Before you go make sure you have the right family camping tent from the start.

Camping tents for the family come in many shapes, styles, colors and sizes.There’s one for every family depending on their needs.Tent manufactures have made camping tents better with longer lasting and weatherproff materials.Sometimes you may get caught in bad weather and these tents can help make your camping experience much better.

Before anything else, find a family camping tent that is of the best quality.A good family camping tent is durable and can withstand even severe weather conditions.Find several possible choices, Choose one that fits your family’s needs and preferences.It could be a large room design or one with tunnels between rooms for the kids to have fun.

If camping is going to be a lifelong hobby, you probably want your investment to last as long as possible.Are you planning to have more kids? Factor this into the size of family camping tent you plan to buy.If your kids are small, they will certainly need more room five years from now.Consider buying a larger tent that will accommodate your family longer.

Camping tents come in many styles and types of materials.Whatever family camping tent you choose, you’re off to a great start for making camping memories that will last a lifetime.

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Camping with insects and mosquitoes

March 25, 2009

Camping time is upon us and means dealing with darn insects.There’s no question, insects and mosquitoes can make your camping trip a real bummer if you’re not careful. You don’t have to sit around and be eaten and stung alive, there are several precautions and preventative measures you can take to reduce your exposure and ensure a nice camping trip.

Don’t try camping in areas with tall grass and weeds where insects live.Insects and mosquitoes like to hang around areas of standing water.Set up camp away from water puddles, streams and lakes and ponds. Wearing bright colors can also make you a target for insects.Stick with dark clothing and cover up as much of your body as you can.

A good way to help protect yourself from insects and mosquitoes is to make the air real smokey from a burning campfire.Keeping your campsite clean from food and trash laying around also will help and is a good idea.Spray some outdoor insects and mosquitoes killer around your campsite, and make sure you also spray around your camping tent very good.

Insects are also attracted to light, so hang your lanterns and light’s away from the area you are going to sleep and sit. Insects and mosquitoes do not like smoke, so keep your smoking campfire going threw night will help keep them at bay while you sleep.Citronella buckets,and tiki torches work somewhat, you may want to try adding them to your campsite.Place them out of kid’s reach if you have young ones around they like to play and mess with them.

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Dutch Oven Cooking

March 23, 2009

The dutch oven is a versatile piece of cooking equipment that dates back to the early frontier days.This handy cooking device looks like a big deep frying pan with a lid.The good dutch ovens are made of cast iron and are very heavy.It’s great for cooking on an outdoor camping trip or in the backyard.I think there is nothing quite like a dutch oven dinner when camping and having fun with others.The food smells great and it’s easy to prepare and really good when it’s done.

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Dutch oven outdoor cooking provides the opportunity to cook a wide variety of foods.Dutch ovens are extremely versatile, and can be used for just about every cooking need.Dutch ovens can be used to boil, steam, fry, and bake, among other things.They can be used to cook meats, soups, breads, and deserts.

You can cook anything in a dutch oven that you can cook at home in the oven or on the stove top.You really don’t need special recipes for a dutch oven but their are many good ones.You need to learn some basic procedures and how to control the heat.If done properly, you can place the food in a dutch oven and go fishing while your meal cooks.

Dutch oven outdoor cooking requires hot coals.These can come from a wood or charcoal fire.Charcoal is a bit more easier to use, since they burn and heat more evenly.I like the smoke from a real campfire like oak, or hickory.To me it adds more flavoring to the cooking.There is nothing like food cooked over a real smoking campfire.

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Camping Basics Part I

March 20, 2009

A family camping trip can be a fun and enjoyable experience with a little preparation.Knowing you limits, taking time to plan ahead, and pack the right camping equipment can help your adventure.Here are some camping basics of the woods.

Plan ahead

If you’re not skilled in the outdoors, begin your adventures by learning some camping basics.The internet is full of nice articles about camping and safety.Be aware of camping safety issues, such as snake bites, bug bites, and stings, plants that may get you like poison ivy, poison oak.Exposure to the heat, wind, water, and cold, and just getting lost could also be problems.Once you feel comfortable with your camping skills, you may want to plan a few days or a week in the woods.

Camping dangers

One common mistake made by campers is not being ready for seasonal transitions regarding proper clothing and camping equipment .Storms can also blow in during all seasons, and there can be sudden changes in the temperatures, in the spring and fall particularly in the mountains.Sweating and wind can cause rapid cooling, especially when temperatures drop at night.Another problem is getting lost teach yourself and family how to recognize landmarks at the campsite and on hiking adventures.While hiking encourage them to look around and familiarize themselves about their surrounding on the trail.

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Seasoning a new Dutch Oven

March 18, 2009

If you buy a Dutch Oven that is not pre-seasoned, you will need to season it on your own so that it will last a long time.They also cook better and clean more easier.First, you should wash the new Dutch Oven right out of the box with warm soapy water to remove the oil coating and wax preservatives.

This is the only time you will ever use soap on your Dutch Oven.Rinse and dry thoroughly, then coat all surfaces. inside and out, with a good quality vegetable oil using a old rag or shirt made of cotton.Then pour just enough vegetable oil in to coat the bottom of the Dutch Oven and put it in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, take the Dutch Oven out and wipe the oil inside the Dutch Oven around on all surfaces.Now turn the oven down to around 200 degrees and put the Dutch Oven back in for an hour or so.At the end of the hour, simply just turn the oven off and leave the Dutch Oven there overnight.The next morning,wipe out any remaining oil in the bottom of the Dutch Oven over the surfaces of the Dutch Oven and that’s it your done.

The baked in oil will turn the Dutch oven a dark brown color,almost black.As long as you don’t use metal cooking utensils,and don’t wash it with soap again, the Dutch Oven will last for years and should not rust.If your surface is ever ruined, you have to reseason it all over again.

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Winter Camping Or Snow Camping?

February 23, 2009

Winter camping is camping which takes place in winter weather, most people talk specifically about snow camping, when they mention winter camping, although it can also be referred to as cold weather camping.Winter camping offers a number of activities, in addition to camping itself.

A number of cold-weather or snow activities present challenges to everyone, such as cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, snow mobile, ice fishing, and snowboarding.Be aware of hazards with these activities.

Watch for snow conditions, hazardous terrain, thin ice,and emergency survival, are important issues for a safe and fun time.I like to take my atv on all my camping trips.

I like to drive miles on trails, looking at all the animals, birds and things.Most of the time my wife is with me and she packs up a nice picnic basket, full of stuff and we stop off the trail for lunch.It’s nice to spend time in nature with someone you love, even in the cold of winter with 10 inches of snow on the ground.

Winter camping can be a fun adventure, but use your head hypothermia is one of the biggest dangers, that winter campers face.You may be at risk for hypothermia, if you don’t dress properly for cold weather during the day and at night.Hypothermia can come on quickly, so you need to learn how to diagnose, and treat yourself, or others in order to prevent.

Signs
*Shivering
*Drowsiness or fatigue
*Stumbling
*Jumbled speech
*Loss of reasoning skills
*Blue skin
*Slow Heartbeat

Prevention
*Stay hydrated and eat high-energy food
*Wear appropriate clothing for the weather
*Avoid wet clothes
*Move around during day
*Watch for exhaustion
*Have each other monitor one another

Treatment
*Shelter victim from the elements and insulate from the ground
*Change from wet clothing into dry
*Place victim in warmed sleeping bag
*Apply body heat or heat from heaters
*Give warm drinks and high sugar foods.

I would like to recommend a 4-season camping tent, for winter time camping.Don’t forget your wicker picnic basket, for all your picnic lunches while on the trail.

Choosing a Camping Tent

February 9, 2009

With the difficult economic times we’re facing, many couples are turning back to camping as a low cost alternative to traditional hotel vacations. Once you get past the initial outlay for camping equipment the savings come from every direction. First, the cost of a campsite is almost always less than half the cost of a hotel room in a comparable location. Second, instead of spending big bucks on three restaurant meals per day, you can prepare meals at your campsite and every meal becomes a family picnic.Let’s face it, a picnic basket full of groceries will cost much less than dinner at even a moderately priced restaurant. Ok, your sold on the idea? Let’s talk about choosing the right camping tent for your needs.

One of the main things you’re going to need to consider what time of year you plan on camping. When I was a kid, a tent was a tent and if it rained, you got wet and if it was cold out, you froze. Fortunately times have changed and tents are much better equipped to handle the elements than they were 40 years ago. Today’s camping tents are generally classified by the number of seasons they’re intended to be used in.

A “three season” tent is designed for spring, summer and fall in most regions. If you don’t plan on doing any winter camping, this is the choice for you. Three season tents come in a variety of sizes, shapes and prices. Models are available to sleep as few as two people and as many as 10. When shopping for a three season tent, make sure you choose one with windows that are protected by an awning known as a rainfly. This will allow you to keep the windows open during light and moderate rain without getting wet while you wait out the storm. In other words, choose a tent that will let the air in and keep the moisture out. One thing you can count on, you will catch a rainy day on a camping trip sometime.

If you’re planning on camping in any kind of harsh winter conditions, you’ll need to choose a “four season” camping tent. They often have better floors that are not only waterproof but are better insulated against the cold. They are also made of heavier grade materials and are better equipped to handle the difficult elements that winter can bring. I actually question the use of “four season” for these tents. They are so well insulated that camping in warm summer conditions can be quite uncomfortable in a four season tent. Four season tents are also considerably more expensive than three season tents so unless you’re planning on camping in harsh winter conditions, a three season tent is probably best for you.

Once you’ve decided on the type of tent is best for you, I’d suggest you visit Camping Gear Stop. We offer an excellent selection of three and four season camping tents in a variety of sizes and price ranges.

Joys Of Family Camping

January 26, 2009

Welcome to the Joys of Family Camping. In this series I’ll draw on my own camping experiences to help you understand why I think that camping is the best family building experience there is. My family discovered camping when I was 13 years old and in the 39 years that followed, I’ve had some great family experiences while camping. In the process, I’ll turn you on to some great places to camp and help you make a list of the basic equipment you’ll need.

One of my favorite things about camping is the chance to experience wildlife in a totally new way. The earliest example of this I can remember was on our very first camping trip. It was June of 1969 and my dad decided that we would try camping for our summer vacation. Dad decided we were going to visit Assateague Island National Seashore and see the wild ponies. Imagine how cool it was for my brother, sister and I (aged 4, 10 and 13 respectively) to see these ponies running around wild. Sure, we could have stayed at a hotel and driven to see the ponies, but it simply wouldn’t have been the same as waking up, getting out of our camping tent, cooking a picnic breakfast and then walking to where we could see the ponies. It felt to me like we were part of the ponies’ environment rather than intruders into their environment.

Among the amazing wildlife I’ve encountered while camping are wild moose in Maine, a monarch butterfly migration in Long Island (yes you really can go camping in Long Island), dozens of bald eagles and hawks in Central Pennsylvania , a migration of tiny frogs in South Carolina and hundreds of deer in one evening on the Skyline Drive in Virginia. All of these trips have etched memories for a lifetime into my mind. I only wish the quality of cameras was better when I was a child. That reminds me, don’t forget to take your camera on your next camping trip and when you go, please, please take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

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Todays kids and camping

January 18, 2009

Growing up i did alot of camping with my family and friends as a child.I remember most of the trips and they bring back great memories growing up.

I remember my brother and i could not wait until dad got home from work on friday night before we left on a weekend camping trip.We would always run to the window to see if dad was home yet.This would drive our mother crazy while waiting.I remember her say you have to wait boy’s he will be home when he gets here.

We could not wait to get to the camping site so we could run off on a great adventure.We had our fishing poles and tackle boxes ready to go a week before the camping trip.Now i am a father and have four boy of my own.The two oldest boys are not interested in camping at all the other two are to young to know.The two oldest boys frown on the idea they say why do we have to go that is so boring can we stay with our friends while you guys go.

When we get to the campsite they don’t want to help setup camp or do anything all they want to do is talk on the cell phone or play video games.What is with todays kids why don’t they want to spend time in nature camping and fishing.This was a very important part of a kids life when i was growing up.They act like they don’t have time for doing these kind of activities anymore.

I have noticed this with other kids aswell could it be because all of todays high tech toys like cell phones or video games i think that may be part of the problem but not all.How can we get kids interested in outdoor adventure activities again.

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