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Camping Tips To Help Make Your Camping Adventure Tons Of Fun

The best camping tip you can get is to abide by the Boy Scout motto and “be prepared.” There are all sorts of things that can happen on a camping trip so expect the unexpected. Make lists of items that you should bring and pack all the essential equipment. Take into consideration the area where you will be, any rules for the camping site, weather conditions, safety and fun.

The Campsite
Make sure you have the proper equipment for camping. Know what sleeping arrangements are and where you will be cooking. If you are using a camper or RV, much of this will be supplied in your facilities but you will need to know any rules for the particular campsite. If you are sleeping outdoors, make sure you have tents and sleeping bags as well as warm clothing. Bring waterproof matches for campfires and cooking. Set up tents according to instruction. Always leave your campsite the way you found it. The best rule of thumb is to make sure it looks like you were never there.

Food
Bring only the cooking utensils you will need to prepare meals and eat. You will not have a dishwasher and may not have trash bins available. So, make sure you can easily clean and dispose of food items and waste. Bring lightweight, non perishable and easy to cook and clean food items. Canned foods, trail mix, soups and stews are great nutritional meals that are easy to store and carry.

My favorite way to cook while camping is over the fire, using a tripod and aluminum foil. There are lots of delicious meals you can cook by putting a few ingredients in a piece of foil, sealing it, and cooking it. Cleanup is a breeze. There are no dishes to wash. You just need to properly dispose of the used aluminum foil. Do an Internet search for “campfire recipes” and you’ll get lots of delicious foil/pouch campfire meal ideas. While getting ready for camping, do not forget the water. Make sure you have plenty available to keep hydrated and to cook with.

Weather
Plan for the expected weather conditions in the area but do not be surprised if there is a sudden climate change. For summer bring hats for protection, sunscreen and insect repellant. For winter, make sure to dress in layers, wear sunscreen, and have waterproof footwear. Always bring extra clothing in case of a climate change. Even in hot weather it can get very chilly at night. Prepare for rain by ensuring you have shelter, tarps and waterproof attire.

Safety
A first aid kit is a required piece of camping equipment. These can be found pre made in pharmacies and outdoor sporting goods stores. Rope, a flashlight and waterproof matches are also important. Having a compass available will help in case you get lost and a whistle can help you call for help even if you are fatigued. If leaving the campsite, make sure you bring food and water supplies.

Fun
Bring games and toys, especially if you are traveling with children. A game of Frisbee or football is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Bring your fishing rods and canoes for fun on the water. Do not forget to bring binoculars and a camera for hikes and nature walks. You may want to bring art supplies and books in case of inclement weather. For nature walks, insect and plant guide books are usually lightweight and can help you identify wildlife and items in nature.

Camping can be great fun so make your camping trip great but you should always prepare for things that may come up. Sudden changes in weather can occur and accidents can happen. Make a list of the supplies you will need and carefully pack for your trip. Being prepared will help ensure you have a great time and stay as safe as possible in all conditions.

How To Shop For Cheap Camping Clothing

If you like camping clothes as much as I do, finding a good way to get a discount is of paramount importance. Without cheap camping clothing, I would never be able to keep my look current and fresh. Most people know a few ways to save money on clothes, but few people have a very systematic approach to it. Everyone knows, for example, that you can go to a discount clothing store like High Sierra or Amazon to buy some necessities – jeans, basic white T-shirts, and stuff like that – but a lot of these people don’t understand used and vintage camping clothes.

Buying cheap vintage camping clothing is kind of a challenge – particularly if you live in a very fashionable city. It’s all matter of picking out the right used clothing camping stores. If you buy at goodwill downtown, you sort of are faced with a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the stuff they stock will be cooler. On the other hand, the prices will be higher and they will be out of things more often. When I am looking for cheap camping clothes, I usually drive to countryside and less fashionable area. The clothes are less picked over, and the prices are much more reasonable.

On the other hand, if you absolutely must have a certain look, you might want to go to a vintage clothing camping store. Not all of these have cheap clothing for camping, but you would be surprised – you still can find a deal here and there. The problem with vintage camping clothes is, if you have the same ideas as most of their customers do, you will not be able to find a deal. The in-demand items will be priced out of your range. Unless you really love a certain item, there is probably only so much you are willing to spend on used camping clothes.

Nowadays, when I’m looking for really cheap camping clothing, I usually try to buy it online. I wasn’t into Internet shopping until a couple months ago, but one of my friends really recommend it strongly to me. He told me that, if you know what you want, you can find the cheapest camping clothes online. This is especially true if you know your size and are just looking for some basic supplies. I’m not saying that the Internet is the only place to get cheap fashionable camping clothing, but it is definitely a good way to save money on certain things. Unless you want to make it yourself, you probably won’t find better deals than you do online.

Manual Water Pump, Useful In Places Where No Electricity

In these days of engineering advancements, we are used to seeing things that were once common go out of fashion. Having said that, the hand well pump is still used all over the world, and it is one of the most useful products many people have. Getting a healthy, fresh drink and being able to maintain hygienic and sanitary conditions in their homes is a luxury for many.

The pitcher pump is sealed, so it extracts without exposing the liquid it brings to the surface to contaminants. Most surface ponds, lakes, and rivers are subject to pollution. The waters deep underground are out of the reach of many primitive cultures, and waterborne illness is a constant threat for much of the world’s population. With a standard manual water pump, a person can ‘lift’ the precious liquid from about twenty feet down. More advanced human-powered units can draw from as much as 300 feet underground.

Drinking, washing, and irrigating are all very important, but there are other purposes that people need this sort of device. Go online to see the variety of tasks that call for special pumps, such as syringe models or siphon units. Often only a small amount of fluid needs to be shifted, or a task only needs to be done once in a while, so manual operation is feasible.

Owning a hand water pump can be a necessity or it can be a curiosity. Constructing one is a good challenge for a family or those who want to be prepared, being both easy and cheap. Many manufacturers also offer pumps of varying levels of sophistication.