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9 Reasons Camping is Beneficial to Your Health

Summer is the time for family vacations, fishing, hiking, and campfires. Camping is an ideal way of accomplishing all of these fun and exciting activities all-in-one. Campgrounds provide an array of activities to

do while camping such as swimming, sports, hiking, and other kinds of family fun. Yet, what you may not realize is that camping is much more than just a great way to spend time as a family, it is also extremely

beneficial to your health. While all of the delectable, but maybe not so healthy foods are calling your name, spending time in the outdoors can add years to your life.

1. Fresh Air

After setting up your tent or moving your belongings into your yurt, you take a deep breath and are overwhelmed by a feeling of happiness. This is not only because you are about to embark on a week-long

vacation, but because you are surrounded by trees which give off a high-capacity of oxygen. Your brain functions better with this increased level of oxygen and releases serotonin, which makes you feel happy and

lowers your stress level.

Fresh air has other health benefits, such as improving your blood pressure, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system. Providing your body with these higher levels of oxygen over a series of days increases

the effect of these health benefits.

2. Socialization

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In a society where hard work is idealized, and more time is spent at your place of employment rather than at home, camping provides time away from daily stresses and allows time for you and your family to

socialize without distractions. According to The American Journal of Public Health, socializing can delay memory problems and extend your lifespan.

3. Exercise

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Camping provides a great deal of exercise. You walk to different amenities, swim, play sports, hike, fish, etc. These different exercises burn off a greater amount of calories than an office job would. Exercise

activates your cardiovascular system and is beneficial to the health of your heart and lungs.

4. Sunshine

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Whether you are sleeping outdoors or taking refuge in an RV, just spending down time outside has a huge impact on your health. The sun is not only good for that tan, but it also provides our bodies with Vitamin

D. This is essential to our well-being because Vitamin D allows our body to absorb calcium and phosphorous which strengthens our bones and teeth.

5. Good Nights Sleep

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Sleeping in as long as you like, the quiet of nature, sleeping under the stars, or in a soft comfortable bed are all available to you at our campground. After a long day filled with activities, fresh air, and the sun, it is

no wonder that falling to sleep is easy. A good night sleep is needed to keep your body functioning correctly, it also reduces inflammation, and can improve sleep cycles long after your vacation is over. The yellow

light of the campfire increases your level of melatonin, a chemical made by the body to regulate sleep.

6. Less Stress

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Being outdoors and camping allows you to remove yourself from the stresses of your career. Sitting by the pool or in front of a dim campfire are great ways to relieve stress. Although many campsites offer wify, it is

important to allow yourself time away from technology and connectedness (the need to be connected through social media). The decrease in the constant stimulation of technology will encourage a greater

psychological and emotional health.

7. Healthy Food

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Camping limits your meal options to those which are able to be cooked on a campfire or grill. Choosing foods that require preparation can jump start a diet or give your digestive system a break from fast food.

Rather than candy or campfire pies, bring nuts, fruits, and granola bars to promote healthy eating.

8. Decreases Depression and Anxiety

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Research has shown that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. Camping allows us to break away from the chaos of life and enjoy the simplicity of nature. Clarity can be developed from the solitude of


9. New Challenges

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Camping in both the wilderness and campgrounds provides many opportunities or new challenges and activities. This allows for every camping experience to be different and stimulating. Stimulating experiences

which provide new challenges affects brain health as they are both physically and mentally stimulating.

Camping does not always have to be intense, you do not need to “rough it out” in the wilderness. If you want to camp, but do not want the hardcore experience, we have a variety of accommodations that can

accommodate everyone. Our campgrounds are placed in a natural setting, giving you the benefits of camping without the discomforts. Contact us to ask about our accommodations and amenities.

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The Best Lighting Sources For Camping


There’s a certain magic to the night when we’re camping. We’re able to stars that most of us can’t view from our backyards and even familiar objects have a different feel in the dark. And while we may relish our time away from

being immersed in lit rooms, we still need to see to find our way around camp or the trail. Fortunately, there are many ways to light the night to not only for it to be safe, but to make it fun to play in the dark.

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When it’s dark and you need enough light in camp to be able to cook, read, or play games with the family, a centrally placed lantern, either sitting on a table or suspended on its own stand, is an excellent way to go. Lanterns have

been around for decades, but the technology has changed dramatically.

The comforting hiss of the gas lantern brings back memories for many campers. Run on a variety of fuels, including liquid fuel (such as white gas or regular gasoline), propane, or butane (with some offer duel fuel burning options so

you can use what is most convenient for you), a gas lantern is hands-down the best way to light a larger space. Its brightness allows you to do practically any task within camp without difficulty.

But there are few downsides to these tried and true camping fixtures. While some people enjoy the sound of the lantern, others find it too noisy. And there are more parts that can be fussy or may fail, including the cloth mantel that

may fall apart when you need them most, which is why you should always carry extras with you. Gas lanterns do operate with combustion so they do give off some heat, and while this is not always a bad thing on a chilly night, you

have to be extra cautious around children so they don’t touch it and burn themselves. Plus, gas lanterns should never be used in a tent or small, enclosed space due to the increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.


If you’re not comfortable with gas lanterns, the electric LED versions have made leaps in efficiency over the years. While not quite as bright as their gas counterparts, many of the models do an excellent job of lighting the camp.

When looking for a strong enough LED light, look for lumens rating, which indicates the intensity of the light. If you want something to brighten the inside of the tent, using a light ranging around 100 lumens will do the trick. If you

want to illuminate the entire campsite, look for something closer to 300 lumens.

Solar lanterns are a newer light source, and while they do not provide close to the illumination of either the gas lamp or LED lantern, they are handy to provide a soft light to the tent or camp table. They also are often very portable

with blow-up lanterns that can be crushed down to fit in a pack and blown up like a small balloon to sit on the table. They even float.

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When you need a way to function in the dark without encumbering your hands, headlamps are the best way to go as they fit snugly on your head with elastic straps allowing you to point light where you’re looking. A headlamp

should be standard gear in any pack, whether a daypack or pack for overnight trips, since you never know when plans lead you out past dusk, and they are just as invaluable in camp.


When choosing a headlamp, consider the way you’ll use it. If you are potentially on the trail at night, use something with a rating of over 200 lumens to provide ample illumination. For camp use, like the LED lantern, something

closer to 100 lumens is adequate. Most models have a flood light, while pricier models often offer a spot beam and sometimes a strobe to save power in a pinch, or to single for an emergency.

Also consider picking a headlamp with a red light feature. Our eyes are not affected by red lights as we are with white ones, which is why astronomers use red lights to examine star charts at night, so having a red light allows you to

read without bothering your fellow campers. It’s also handy if you have to slip out of the tent at night for a bathroom run, and you don’t want to awaken the rest of your party. Just click on your red light to find your shoes and head

out the door.

Since headlamps are with you in whatever weather you’re experiencing, if you plan on being a hardcore camper regardless of the weather, you might want to find one that is more water resistant. This isn’t critical for the casual

hiker or camper who can dash to cover in a short amount of time, but if you’re out for the long haul, you want to make sure your headlamp will survive a deluge.

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Like a magic wand, flashlights impart confidence lighting the path to wherever you need to go. Just like all of the other lighting choices, technology has greatly improved your lighting options. Flashlights are smaller, lighter, and

brighter making a good choice easier. For camp, choose a flashlight that isn’t so small you’ll lose it, but one that won’t be terribly cumbersome.

Bulbs in flashlights are practically obsolete with LED technology, so you simply have to choose the right brightness for what you need. A 30 or 40 lumen flashlight, such as what you’d find in a light no longer than the palm of your

hand, is more than enough for book reading or finding items in the tent. Or, you can opt for flashlights with over 3000 lumen ratings that pierce the dark with their bright beam. If you’re worried about Sasquatch lurking in the

shadows, this is the one to have.

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Inflatable Paddle Board vs Fiberglass Paddle Board: Which SUP is best for you?

Ready to jump on a stand-up paddle board this summer and see what all the buzz is about? There’s a lot of SUP options out there, but people tend to get stuck when they’re trying to decide between an inflatable paddle board and a

fiberglass paddle board. Both types offer different advantages, and one might be a better choice for you. Check out the pros and cons of both below to make your decision easier.

Pros and cons of inflatable paddle boards

The best thing about inflatable SUPs? They deflate! You can deflate the bulky board when you want to travel with it or store it, and inflate it when you’re ready to use it again. This is especially useful for people who like to travel near

and far with their SUP, as well as people with limited storage space.

However, surfers, race paddlers and touring paddlers do see a decrease in performance when it comes to inflatable stand-up paddle boards. Surfers find that inflatable boards don’t turn as quickly or easily as fiberglass boards, and

race/touring paddlers will find that inflatable boards are slightly slower than fiberglass. Inflatable boards also have a softer feel on the water, which can be a pro or con depending on the rider.

Pros: Easy to transport and travel with, lightweight, easy to store, can be more comfortable for long-term paddling, durable, easy to patch

Cons: Can take some time to inflate and deflate, slower than rigid SUPs, not as responsive or nimble

Pros and cons of fiberglass (aka hard, rigid or solid) paddle board

The biggest advantage of fiberglass paddle boards is that they don’t depend on air for rigidity. Because they have a reliably rigid feel, fiberglass stand-up paddle boards tend to offer higher performance than inflatable stand-up

paddle boards. Fiberglass boards offer responsive turning for surfers, and a smooth, fast ride to touring and race paddlers.

Traveling long distances and storing fiberglass SUPs can be a challenge, though, so be sure to have a transport and storage plan before you bring one home. Another thing to keep in mind is that fiberglass boards ding and dent

easier than inflatable boards, and can be more difficult to fix or patch.

Pros: Slightly faster than inflatable paddle boards, responsive, smooth ride, higher buoyancy for heavier riders, higher overall performance

Cons: Ding and dent easier than inflatable boards, take up a lot of space in storage, difficult to transport long distances (i.e., airline travel)

You’ve learned about the advantages and disadvantages of inflatable and fiberglass paddle boards, but there’s still so much more to learn! Check out our SUP guide to get more details about stand-up paddle boards.

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6 Steps for Teaching Kids Campfire Safety

It’s not surprising that we typically tell children to stand back while a fire is being built, even though their curiosity always seems to draw them in closer. Having a fire is a big responsibility. Yet, telling children to take a back seat in

the fire-making process means ignoring an opportunity to educate a captivated audience about campfire safety.

Consider our simple trick for turning campfire-building into a collaborative effort that reinforces basic fire principles and campfire safety. All you need is snack food and an appetite for knowledge.

While you build the real fire, encourage your child to follow along by building a mock fire out of food. You can choose to make the mock fire out of vegetables or use snack foods to take the fast track to dessert. For each part of the

fire, consider gathering the following ingredients:

1.Fire ring: Grapes or M&M’s

2.Tinder: Shaved Carrot or Shaved Coconut

3.Kindling: Thinly Sliced Cucumber or Thin Pretzels

4.Fuel: Carrot or Mini Candy Bars

5.Water to Put the Fire Out: Salad Dressing or Chocolate Syrup

After you have gathered your ingredients, walk through each step of the process.

1) Begin With The Fire Ring

For this step you might say, “The first thing we need to do find an existing fire ring. It’s important to minimize our impact and use the fire rings that are already in place for us.” Then hand a plate to your child with a fire ring already

constructed out of the M&M’s or grapes.

2) Make a Tinder Nest

Next, demonstrate how to make a tinder nest. Your child can follow along with the carrot or coconut shavings. Mention the natural fire-starting materials that can be found in the area. During this step you can have your child tag

along as you gather the actual tinder for the fire.

3) Discuss Which Fire Construction Method to Use

Are you going to be building a log cabin, teepee, lean-to, upside down campfire, or are you going to use some other method? Once you have decided on a method, explain the principles that make the method work. All fires need

oxygen, fuel, and heat. Describe how you want to prepare your materials before you start the fire. After all, a successful fire depends heavily on proper preparation.

4) Light the Fire, Add the Fuel, and Talk Campfire Safety

Light the tinder, and add the kindling first. Then, add the fuel slowly. Instruct your child to follow along and explain how you don’t want to add the big pieces too fast, otherwise they might smother the flame. Now is also a good

time to explain that small pieces of wood, smaller in diameter than an adult’s wrist, are the best size to use. Burning smaller pieces of wood ensures that the fuel can be completely reduced to ash.

It’s important not to move firewood over large distances, because it might introduce a tree-killing insect to a new area. Demonstrate a good size fire to have and emphasize the risks of building a fire that’s too big. Stress campfire

safety and explain the consequences of careless choices.

5) Drown Out Your Fire

Show your child how to douse the fire out. They can use the dressing or chocolate sauce for this step. Pour a little on the food and then illustrate how you need to stir the water into the ashes. Then, add a little more syrup or

dressing. Describe what the fire should feel like when it’s completely out. It should be completely cool to the touch. Since extinguishing a fire completely is such an important part of campfire safety, it’s good to place extra emphasis

on this step.

6) Enjoy Your Work

Gather the family around the campfire, tell a story or two, and let your child eat their mock campfire.

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Backcountry Camping, Car Camping and Dispersed Camping: What’s the difference?

If you’re just starting to get into the great-outdoor hobby of camping, you might be getting a little overwhelmed by the gear lists, location options and safety precautions. Don’t let all of the unknowns scare you — we have all the info

you need to tackle those concerns. But what about the different types of camping? You may have heard people talking about backcountry camping, car camping and dispersed camping; what’s the difference? And which type of

camping is best for you? I’ll cover the three most common types of camping here.

What is backcountry camping?

Anytime you spend the day hiking and then spend at least one night in the wilderness far away from a road or any kind of development, you’re backcountry camping. Backcountry camping requires carrying all of your camping gear,

food, water and safety gear in your backpack. It also entails setting up camp either at a designated backcountry camping site or in an area where backcountry camping is allowed.

Backcountry camping is a great choice for people who have the proper gear and have a good understanding of wilderness safety and navigation. If you’re prepping for a backcountry camping trip.

What is car camping?

When someone refers to the type of camping they do as “car camping,” they mean that they load up their car with all of the gear they need for at least one night of camping and drive to the campsite where they will be staying. Car

camping does not mean that you’re sleeping in a car,  just that you carry all of your gear in the car. Car camping gear is heavier, bulkier, and typically less expensive than backpacking and backcountry camping gear. Car camping is

generally done in campgrounds, as well.

The affordable gear and easy access to campgrounds makes car camping a great choice for campers who are just starting out.

What is dispersed camping?

Dispersed camping is kind of the “in-between” option; it strikes a nice balance between backcountry camping and car camping. Dispersed camping is camping that’s located outside of designated campgrounds and away from any

kind of amenities. National Forests are the most common areas where dispersed camping is allowed (as long as there is no sign saying otherwise). Dispersed camping is a great way to “get away from it all” without having to

backpack in or splurge on ultralight backcountry gear; and it’s free, too! If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can use forest service roads to find previously-used dispersed camping sites. Usually, you can drive right up to where you’ll be

setting up camp.

Choose dispersed camping if you aren’t ready to jump into backcountry camping, but want to get away from the people and amenities of a designated campground.

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How to Waterproof a Down Jacket, Vest or Sleeping Bag

Like most technical gear and apparel, down jackets, vests and sleeping bags need to be properly cared for to extend their life in the great outdoors. If you’ve noticed that your down gear is soaking up water or losing its water

repelling performance, try washing it first. Dirt and oil can disrupt the performance of the DWR (durable water repellent) finish, so a wash may do the trick. If washing your down jacket, vest or sleeping bag doesn’t revive the DWR

finish, you need to know how to waterproof it, and we have two sets of instructions to help you do just that.

The easiest way to waterproof a down jacket (or other down-insulated gear) is with a special wash or spray that’s developed specifically for waterproofing technical fabrics and down-insulated gear. Nikwax and Granger’s offer

dependable waterproofing options that add or restore water repellency to the technical fabric of down jackets, vests and sleeping bags. You have two waterproofing options — use a spray-on or an in-wash treatment. I’ll walk you

through both processes right here. In these instructions, I’ll be referencing a down jacket, but keep in mind that you’ll follow the same directions for other high-performance, down-insulated gear, like vests and sleeping bags.

How to waterproof a down jacket with a spray-on treatment:

1. Obtain a spray-on treatment like Granger’s Xtreme Repel or Granger’s Performance Repel. Make sure it is compatible with your jacket’s fabric. Both of these treatments maintain that they are appropriate “for all technical

fabrics,” so they’re a safe choice for most down-insulated outerwear.

2. Clean your down jacket. Before adding a waterproofing treatment, make sure it is clean and still damp. Don’t know how to wash a down jacket? Learn how in our How to Wash a Down Jacket step-by-step guide.

3. Lay your damp down jacket flat and spray it evenly with the treatment from about 6 inches away.

4. Dry your jacket. Put your down jacket into the dryer to activate the waterproof treatment and thoroughly dry the down insulation. Don’t forget to add some tennis balls or dryer balls to maintain loft.

How to waterproof a down jacket with a wash-in treatment:

1. Get a wash-in treatment like Nikwax Down Proof. The best thing about a wash-in water-repellent down garment treatment is that it not only adds water-repellency to the exterior of the jacket, but the lining and down insulation,

as well.

2. Make sure your down jacket is clean before using the waterproof wash-in. If your jacket is dirty, clean it by following the directions in our How to Wash a Down Jacket post.

3. Clean residue out of the detergent tray and washer of your front-loading washing machine. This will ensure that your down gear doesn’t get residual spots or discoloration during the waterproofing process.

4. Wash your jacket in the waterproof treatment. Measure and pour the appropriate amount of the wash-in waterproofing treatment into the detergent tray of a front-loading washing machine and wash your down jacket, vest or

sleeping bag in warm water.

5. Dry your jacket in the dryer with a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls. The balls encourage the down insulation to maintain loft as it dries.

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10 Best Reasons to go Camping

Here are the top ten reasons to go camping!

10. Unplug from technology

In today’s modern society technology runs the world. You are always connected to something that’s notifying you that your old high school friend posted a video that you definitely could live without but will watch anyways.

Camping is the perfect opportunity to go where the wifi can’t follow you and remember what life is like without screens.

9. Reconnect with nature

We live on a beautiful planet and some of the most beautiful parts have been preserved in parks. You can live out your own National Geographic fantasy by exploring breathtaking mountains, rivers, canyons and waterfalls.

8. Spend quality time with family or friends

There is no bonding experience quite like a camping trip. Learning how to survive in a new environment for a couple days brings people together in an unforgettable way. Camping might be the best medicine to build relationships,

both old and new.

7. Have a new adventure every time

No two camping trips are the same. Even with the same RV in the same park, each trip is unique like a fingerprint. Camping can be a relaxing, rejuvenating experience, or a high-adrenaline adventure. It just depends on exactly what

you are looking for.

6. Relief from stress and anxiety

Camping is an opportunity to escape in a healthy way. Don’t bring work stress with you or relationship anxieties. Sometimes the best therapy is not on a long sofa couch, but actually in the great outdoors.

5. Vitamin D

Office jobs and video games promote a lot of Vitamin D deficiencies. (You know who you are.) It feels great to feel the sun soaking into your skin and a fresh breeze in your hair. Camping is a great way to force yourself to get up,

move around and intake some natural vitamins.

4. Affordable getaway

Vacationing can get expensive quickly, which can be discouraging when you are planning just a quick getaway. Camping is a great solution. This is a memorable trip that will not break the bank, but it will be totally worth every

penny you spend.

3. Make it your own

Nobody is telling you what you can and cannot do on a camping trip. While state and national parks do have certain rules about what areas are and are not open to the public, you will still feel freedom as you explore the ins and outs

of exciting trails. Camping trips are totally your own and you can customize it to whatever fits your needs.

2. Test yourself

While you are camping you will have many opportunities to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and confront something new. When you test your limits and achieve new goals you will find a unique sense of accomplishment

that can rarely be found elsewhere.

1. Don’t compromise comfort

The best part of camping is you get all the benefits without the compromise. No need to sleep on the ground or eat MREs. RV camping provides the comfort you are used to while still giving you a remote, outdoor experience.

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No trace camping? Our top tips

It’s a magical prospect, escaping to the forest, finding a nice hidden spot and pitching your tent for a night or two. At Camping in the Forest we talk about the conservation of our forests, wildlife and fauna that call the forests home

all of the time. Why? Because we, just like the animals and plants that visit the forest, enjoy every aspect of our green land and we want to preserve it so we can carry on enjoying it for years to come. It’s important to us that we don’t

see any negative changes in the forest ecosystem so we’ll do everything we can to prevent any.

One way of making sure we’re not damaging the environment when we camp under the trees is by leaving it in exactly the same state it was when we arrived. Being eco-friendly isn’t rocket science, but it is infinitely easier with a few

insider tips. What might they be? We’ve shared our secrets to no trace camping down below.

Keep your feet on the paths

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During the normal working week we usually don’t have time to take the scenic route to our workplaces. We’re used to taking the shortest route possible to get to our destination in the shortest time possible. As we do this day in, day

out we’re rarely aware of the environment around us.

This is all well and good in a concrete jungle of a city or town but it can have damaging effects in rural areas. Taking a shortcut means straying off the paths and in a woodland setting this damages wild flowers and leads to the

erosion of natural habitats.

So, when weaving your way through the woods or fields, stick to the established paths as much as you can. Bring a map if you’re planning to explore the area quite extensively. Remember: you have all the time in the world!

Campfires are best left in the movies

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When picturing your trip, you might imagine hunkering around a campfire, browning marshmallows long into the night as you share stories or play that well-intentioned guitar. But while this might be a heart-warming scene

depicted in some of our most loved, camping themed films, our campsites don’t allow it, and for good reason.

Lighting a fire is a no-no where no trace camping is concerned – as well as presenting a fire hazard to your family and other campers, it scorches the earth beneath. Bring an appropriate camping stove or raised BBQ to protect those

around you and the forests.

Read our fire safety warning and guidelines.

Keep your furry companions under control

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We’re great advocates for taking your friendly pooch along with you on your camping trips and many of our 16 campsites allow you to do just that. Doing these simple things will help you to ensure that man’s best friend is nature’s

one too:

Dogs love to dig; a good rummage in a new, unexplored spot is just in their nature. This damages not only the ground but the fauna and organisms making use of it. We ask our campers to keep their dog on a lead at all times and

please discourage them from digging!

The dirty business- we all do it but our four legged friends are less capable of disposing of theirs in an environmentally friendly way. We ask campers to monitor their dogs closely and have doggy bags on hand to clean up any

mess, disposing of it in the bins provided.

If you’re dog has a calm nature, is happy to chill by the tent and more than grateful for the quiet life, he/she will fit in on our sites incredibly well. Boisterous pups will need a little more entertaining though, try and bring toys

along that won’t bother other campers, chew toys are a great option.

Banish litter bugs

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There’s nothing worse than arriving to a littered campsite only to have to pitch your tent or position your awning around a littered camp ground.

Respect your fellow campers by cleaning up as you go along; repackage any leftover food, and bring a stash of bin bags that can be tied to the entrance of your tent for rubbish. Make sure you put your rubbish bag in the bin on site at

the end of each day; this will prevent the weather and wild animals from making a mess.

When packing away at the end of your trip, put someone in charge of a final litter sweep. Most campsites have waste disposal facilities on site; for wilder spots, be considerate and take your mess home!

Leave anything you find behind

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Following on from taking your waste with you, please leave any natural materials or historic artefacts right where they are. The first step to preserving the land is to leave everything within it behind. Leave stones, plants and other

natural objects too, you can take a picture to keep the memory.

Be a good neighbour

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Finally, remember that no trace camping also means keeping a low profile around fellow campers. Sounds travel far when all that lies between you and your neighbour is a stretch of grass and some tarpaulin, so be aware of the

noise levels – especially when it’s time for lights out.

Committing to no trace camping takes a little more foresight, but it’s what makes being a part of the outdoor community so special. Take these tips on board when planning your next venture to the forest, and share our secrets to

help others minimise their impact too!

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It’s Time to Give in to the Madness of Ultralight Camping

The allure of ultralight camping comes from the freedom of traveling deeper into the wilderness with less on your back as well as an almost psychotic desire to cut ounces. Ultralight backpackers are open to admitting to their OCD

and the creation of the perfect bag is part of the compulsion. It’s a process of trimming and removing the unnecessary.

The payoff from trimming ounces and quarter ounces adds up to pounds off your back. I have seen some very interesting “hacks” for the ultralight backpacker and I think it’s an interesting undertaking. I always envision a large

wooden table with a digital scale, an open backpack and a mad scientist adventurer at the table measuring every item going into the bag.

I want to explore three pieces of equipment that have garnered the respect of ultralight hikers across the nation. If you are new to the concept of ultralight camping you will be blown away by what’s possible. There are tents that fit

into Nalgene bottles! Technology has gripped the outdoor adventure niche and it’s time for you to take advantage!

The Ultralight Camping Tent

The Nemo GOGO Elit

This one-person tent is an incredible creation. It is perfect for the minimalist. What is your tent running you these days? 4-5lbs? The GOGO comes in at 1.2lbs and packs down to fit in a Nalgene bottle. If you so desire!

This tent is designed for one person and you won’t get much more out of it. This is not a tent for visitors. In a harsh climate, you will not have much refuge either. All that aside it’s the perfect shelter for the backpack ultralight

camping enthusiast.

This tent works because of the AST or Air Supported Technology. The frame of this tent, rather than being a pole, is a tube of air that is pumped to support the lightweight shell. This is how you can carry a nearly nonexistent tent on

your person and be prepared to set up camp in any location.

The Ultralight Camping Sleep Pad

Sea to Summit Ultra-Light Insulated Sleeping Pad

The sea summit is a seriously thoughtful sleeping pad. It is powered by air and fills in about 5-6 breaths. You are not going to pass out blowing this thing up. It packs down to nearly nothing and makes it ideal for the ultralight camper.

The insides of the sleeping pad are coated with an anti-microbial to protect it from all the nasty that your breath will deposit inside. Probably not an issue you thought of when you started reading this but it is a reality. This mold will

break down your inflatable sleeping pad over time.

This pad proves that even ultralight campers needn’t sacrifice comfort for a great adventure. This is not the only air pad on the market and I encourage you to shop around and find the one that works best for you. The Sea to

Summit weighs in at 1.3lbs.


If you have been keeping count you may realize that you can pack a tent, sleeping bag and pad for just over 5lbs. That’s probably what your standard tent weighs by itself.

Crazy Lightweight Tips You Gotta Try


Things get so serious that people have been known to cut the handles off their toothbrushes just to save a couple ounces. If your goal is to cut weight you are going to take every advantage


Only bring two pairs of socks. Each will serve a distinct purpose. One pair will be for the hike and the other will be for sleep. Socks at night are crucial.

Tape Stick

Another crazy tip for the ultralight backpacker is to cut down on the weight of duct tape. Cut a straw a little larger than the width of your tape. Begin to wrap tape from your roll onto the straw until you have just what you will need.

Cooking Pot

Many ultralight backpackers forgo the traditional camping cook wear. Instead, you will find a quality titanium mug to be you water mug, boiling pot and bowl for food. This is a great weight saver.

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