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About Camping

  Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent. Generally participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as “camping” a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed through all four seasons.

Luxury may be an element, as in early 20th century African safaris, but including accommodations in fully equipped fixed structures such as high-end sporting camps under the banner of “camping” blurs the line.

Camping as a recreational activity became popular among elites in the early 20th century. With time, it grew more democratic, and varied. Modern campers frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds. Camping is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to teach both self-reliance and teamwork. Read more

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Teach you how to improve your sleep

Insomnia is a terrible thing, no one wants to sleep, but in this busy metropolis, insomnia is everywhere harm human health, many people are concerned about the same question: how to improve the quality of sleep? In fact, we all lack common sense of insomnia.

Method:

1.Wearing earplugs can reduce ambient noise, but loud and loud sounds, such as alarm clocks or doorbells, can still be heard.



2.Sleep do not eat,people into sleep, part of the body activity slowed down, into a state of rest. If you eat too much before bedtime, the stomach to speed up digestion, full of food stomach will continue to stimulate the brain. Brain excitatory point, people can not sleep safely, as the Chinese medicine said: “stomach discord, lying restless.”
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3.Eye mask sleep mask can block the light, some eye masks also filled with lavender, soothing and calm effect.

4.Do not sleep too high pillow from a physiological point of view, pillows should be 8 to 12 cm. The pillow is too low, easy to cause “fall pillow”, or because the blood that flows into the brain is too much, cause the brain to rise the next day, the eyelid is swollen; the pillow is too high, can affect the respiratory tract unblocked, easy to snore, and the long-term high pillow, easy to cause neck discomfort or hunchback.



5.Avoid coffee or other caffeinated drinks after 3 pm, because caffeine is a stimulant and can keep you awake.

6.Don’t drink three hours before bedtime. While drinking can be drowsy, alcohol can disrupt the rhythm of sleep.

 

7.To improve the quality of sleep, we need to prepare a low-brightness night light before going to bed, a light environment that can promote people into deep sleep faster, especially children. It is recommended to use mosquito repellent lamps with mosquito repellent function in more areas to improve sleep quality, prevent mosquitoes from spreading diseases, and keep the body in a healthy state during sleep.
Our company is specialized in providing night lights and mosquito repellent lamps with the function of promoting sleep, ensuring the quality of sleep at night and the day spirit all day!

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More green time, less screen time

Our recent survey revealed more than half of children under 10 (54%) admit their favourite activity is playing on a smartphone or tablet and watching TV. In fact, children aged five to 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a

day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995, according to researchers.

With this in mind, we’re championing parents to give their kids more green time and less screen time this summer.

More than a third (37%) of parents questioned, say their children are far too wrapped up in technology. Less than one in ten (7%) reveal their children regularly play outside and only 13% parents admit they actually encourage their

kids to get outdoors.

And it’s not just antisocial, detrimental health effects of too much exposure to screens for children include sleep deprivation, obesity, lack of imagination, vision problems, aches and pains, loss of social skills and aggression.

Camping in the Forest’s survey also revealed that less than a quarter (24%) of today’s children know how to play conkers, while a staggering 70% have no idea how to play the traditional outdoor game of Tig.

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Leading psychotherapist Hilda Burke comments: “From a very early age children emulate their parents, so it comes as no surprise that very high digital usage in adults is also now being reflected in children. If parents adopt clear

boundaries for digital devices around their kids, e.g. phones are switched off during play time and meal times, they will learn valuable lessons about how there is a time and a place to use these devices and that it’s up to us to

regulate our usage.

With the summer holidays in full swing we are urging parents to curb their kids’ screen time and ensure they enjoy more green time in a bid to re-ignite their imagination, encourage physical exercise and stimulate creativity. Green

time is free, on your doorstep and is the most fun kids can have!

To get you started, we’ve come up with our top ten outdoor activities for all the family to enjoy this summer:

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1. Play rounders 

Rounders is the perfect game for both adults and children to play. Whether it’s in the garden, on your camping holiday, or at the local park, it’s great fun and will even burn that ice cream off.

2. Go on a nature trail 

A nature trail is a brilliant way to keep your kids entertained on a country walk. From exploring your local woodland to walking in your local park, you’ll be amazed at what you see when you really take a

good look around you. Grab a nature-spotting guide, and get exploring.

3. Fly a kite 

Highly satisfying, therapeutic and massively underrated, there is nothing like flying a kite. The more colourful the better, watch its tails soar on the wind and challenge each other to see who can keep it flying the

longest.

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4. Be conservation conscious 

Have your kids plant and look after their own flower or herb garden; or better, create wildlife conservation areas and learn about the nature on your doorstep. Why not build a bumblebee hotel, or

create a hog house for our prickly friends and watch your visitors arrive for the summer.

5. Host an outdoor sports day 

Build a backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, jump ropes, egg and spoon and even a hose. Winner takes all…

6. Tig 

Introduce your kids to one of our childhood faves – tig. They’ll soon get the hang of the rules and love chasing you around the garden!

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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, check out some of

these helpful articles:

A Weekend Backpacking Checklist for First-Timers

Backcountry First Aid Basics

How to Fit More Gear in Your Backpack

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. Take a look at these articles about camping to prep for your car camping trip:

How to Choose a Campsite

Make the Ultimate Camp Meals with these Campsite Cooking Tools

All About your Camp Light Options

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. Here are some great articles to check out before

your next dispersed camping trip:

5 Colorado Dispersed Camping Spots You Need to Check Out

Campfire Safety Tips

10 Tent Staking Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’ve decided on a specific type of camping you think is best for you, or want to try them all, we’ve got tons of information to help you on your camping adventures. Check out our camping guide to get

started.

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Hanging Food vs Bear Canister: Which is best for your trip?

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reaches its end of life the whole luminaire shall be replaced.

When it comes to keeping bears out of your campsite, you have a few options. Many established campsites in state or national parks offer bear boxes or food lockers for campers to store anything scented or edible.

Car campers will often store their food in a locked car trunk away from their campsite.  However, if you’re camping in the backcountry or on dispersed campsites, more precautions need to be taken. You’ll need to

either hang your food in a tree or use a bear canister to stay safe in bear country. Which is best for your trip? Find out as we pit hanging food vs bear canister and help you declare your winner.

Pros and Cons of Hanging Food

Hanging food is a go-to option for backpakers and backcountry campers because the gear you need to hang food doesn’t take up much space or weight in your pack. In order to hang food, you need two bags, a long

stick or trekking pole, a rope that’s at least 40′ long and a tall tree. To learn how to hang food in the backcountry, read this post.

While many backpackers like this option because it’s lightweight and compact, it’s not all roses when it comes to hanging bear bags. Check out the pros and cons below to get a well-rounded look at the costs and

benefits.

Pros: Rope and bag take up minimal weight and space, no special equipment needed

Cons: Not an option when tall trees aren’t available, can be time consuming, takes practice, some bears can figure out how to get into your hanging food bag, food gets wet if not stored in dry bag, food not easily

accessible if you want a snack

Pros and Cons of Using a Bear Canister

Bear canisters are hard-shell containers that are designed to be nearly impossible for bears to open. Some parks require all campers to have one, so there are instances where you don’t have the choice between

hanging your food and packing a bear canister. If you do have the choice, consider the pros and cons below before buying and packing one.

Pros: Easy to use, large canisters can double as camp stool, required in some parks, considered more bear-resistant than hanging

Cons: Large and heavy

Hanging Food vs Bear Bear Canister: Who wins?

Once you’ve learned how to hang your food using a rope and a couple bags, you may want to go the bear bag route. It takes up less weight and space in your pack, and that fact alone usually makes it the winner for

backpackers. However, if you’re camping in an area known to have smart, aggressive bears or are unsure about your ability to hang bear bag, a bear canister is a great choice. Bear canisters are easier to use, so

many go that route for shorter trips where pack weight doesn’t matter as much. They are also a great for car campers who don’t need to worry about pack weight at all. Be sure to do a bit of research about the bear

population of your destination. If they have proven to be a nuisance to campers, even when their food is hung,  you may want to opt for a bear canister to be safe.

Keeping Bears out of your Campsite

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To keep your campsite safe from the intrusion of hungry bears, form a “triangle of safety” at every campsite you set up in bear country. Find your campsite, then locate a kitchen/food prep area at least 100 yards

downwind from it. Your bear canister or hanging food should then be at least 100 yards from both your campsite and your kitchen area. The triangle of safety has three 100-yard sides. When a bear comes sniffing

around for food, you know he won’t be close enough to cause you and your fellow campers harm.

Be safe and have fun out there!

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6 Tips for Stand-Up Paddle Board Fishing

Paddle board fishing is a quite new experience for many. It is different from the conventional fishing techniques that are popular. With a paddle board, you can go to some shallow places that you can’t go to in a boat. This article

provides tips that will help if you decide to go paddle board fishing.

1. Get the Right Kind of Paddle Board

Before you go paddle board fishing, you should make sure that you select the right kind of paddle board. There are paddle boards that are specifically designed for fishing with fishing boxes installed in front of them. The fishing

boxes can hold a paddle and fishing gears. These boxes can also be used to store your catch, and they come with pole holders.

2. Keep Things Light

In paddle board fishing, you are using your own energy to push yourself around; although, some paddle boards come with engines. The heavier the paddle board, the more the stress on the engine or your body. You should only go

with the fishing gear that you need.

3. Keep Things Simple

You should keep your lure and casting technique simple. Your lure should be small and easy to cast. There is no advantage in trying advanced casting techniques on a paddle board.

4. Consider the Wind

No matter where you decide to fish, you should always think about the wind and use it to your advantage. Try to find areas where you can use the wind to float your back. The wind will definitely blow you around on a paddle board.

We think it is wise that you use the wind to your advantage. If you fight against the wind, it will give you problems and stress you out.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Wade

We understand that it is exciting to fish from a paddle board. But if you are in a spot that provides you the opportunity to wade, do that. You have a better chance at catching more fish if you wade. You can jump off your board, tie it

to your waist and wade for a while. When you choose to leave that spot, you can then hop back on your board and move to another area.

6. Try Not to Change Lures

It is much more difficult to change fishing lures and other equipment on a paddle board than a boat. The paddle board is less stable and there isn’t as much space as a regular board. So, you should use the same lure for as long as

possible.

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Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy People In Christmas And The Holidays

With Christmas and the holidays on the horizon, it dawns on everyone that there’s just so much to do. You’ve got travel plans to organise, parties to RSVP to, kids concerts to attend, end of year tasks to wrap up at work, and gifts to buy for everyone.

1. Multi-tool for tackling everyday tasks

You can’t always lug around an entire toolbox, even if you want to. This is why a multi-tool like the Leatherman Wingman is a helpful addition to anyone’s pocket, glove box or pack.
Made in Portland, Oregon, and featuring a multitude of tools for all kinds of use, this high-quality stainless steel tool can be used at home, around the campsite or even at work.
This one is a go-to gift for your adventure loving special someone, family member… or be your own Father Christmas and get it for yourself!

2. Chair for kicking back at the beach

Sit back and relax with your feet in the sand, in the Coleman Low Sling Beach Chair.
Great for summer concerts, relaxing on the sidelines at your local sporting event, and of course, chilling out by the water.
The Low Sling Beach Chair is perfect for your beach and concert going rellies and is sure to be a staple in the warmer months.

3. Tent for casual getaways

With its spacious enclosed vestibule, 2000mm Waterhead rating, heavy duty bucket floor, breathable mesh inner and compact size for easy transport – The Skygazer 3XV Tent from Oztrail is an entry level tent that has all the features a newbie could need.
It can be used in the backyard for the kids, at a music festival, or first Scout’s camp.
The Skygazer 3XV is a great pressie for the rookie outdoors person, or for getting the kids into camping.

4. Beach shelter for shade by the water

Leave the sizzling to the barbeque this summer. A Caribee UV Guardian Beach Shelter provides UPF50+ sun protection, so it’s perfect for chilling out under cover.
The UV Guardian is really easy to set up. Just unfold it out of the bag, pull the string on the top and the frame expands and tensions.
This shelter also only weighs 2.8kg, so it won’t weigh you down while you carry it to your favourite spot. This is another ripper of a present that the whole family can enjoy.

5. Picnic set for lazy afternoons at the park

Instead of leaving behind a critical piece of tableware on your trip, and having to eat with a spork the whole time, get a Companion 4 Person Picnic Set.
With this set, you can just grab and go. Ideal for spontaneous outings or camping trips where you want a fuss-free all-in-one cutlery and tableware set.
Just pack some snacks and drinks and you’ll be ready to eat! A great option for those who love a bit of al fresco dining at the park or beach.

6. Stove for cooking at the campsite

If you know someone who’s using the same old camping stove they’ve had for years –  perhaps they need an upgrade.
The Zempire 2 Burner Classic Camp Stove is easy to use, with two burners, protective windshields, legs for keeping it off the ground, and an easy to use piezo ignition – so it’s perfect for car camping.
The ideal present for yourself, or the amateur camp chef in the family.

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How Much Should Your Pack Weight?

We hear this question a lot from new and experienced hikers alike: How much should your backpack weigh?Lots of factors go into determining pack weight, making it tough to give an exact weight recommendation for every hiker. To get some help, we turned to one of our pack-fit pros, Valerie Loughney, from our REI Silverdale store in Washington.

When determining your pack weight, follow these very general guidelines:

A loaded backpacking pack should not weigh more than about 20 percent of your body weight.
A loaded day hiking pack should not weigh more than about 10 percent of your body weight.
So, for example, a hiker who weighs 150 pounds should strive to carry 30 pounds or less while backpacking and 15 pounds or less while day hiking. Using these body weight percentages as a guide will help you keep your pack at a manageable weight. However, they don’t work in every situation. For instance, very petite backpackers will often end up carrying more than 20 percent because you can only get your pack weight so low. In addition to body weight, Loughney says, the following factors play a big part in the overall weight of your pack:

Trip duration: 

The longer your trip, the more food, water and fuel you’ll need to carry, which, of course, adds weight to your pack. Even on multiday adventures, you’ll still want your pack close to 20 percent of your body weight, so you’ll need to be extra thoughtful about the gear and clothing you’re carrying to compensate for all that extra gear.

Season/weather:

If you’re heading out in frigid temps, you’ll need to have warmer, heavier clothing and gear than if you’re trekking in sunny summer weather.

Personal preference:

Some people value comfort at camp and are willing to accept the inherent weight that comes with hauling in luxuries like a hammock, extra clothes and a thick, cushy sleeping pad. Others are OK with wearing the same clothes for days on end and sleeping on a lightweight pad.

How to Reduce Pack Weight

pack weight campingMost hikers and backpackers see the value in carrying less weight: It can help you travel faster, farther and more comfortably. However, keep in mind that you don’t want to compromise your well-being by skimping on certain items, such as a first-aid kit and other Ten Essentials. You can still choose lightweight versions of these, but don’t leave them out entirely. Also, don’t go so light that you have to rely on your hiking buddies for extra food or a warm layer. No one likes a moocher.

With that said, Loughney offers these suggestions for reducing pack weight:

Know your base weight: 

Base weight is how much your loaded pack weighs, minus “consumables,” such as food, water and fuel. You exclude these things because their amounts vary trip to trip and will decrease throughout your journey as you eat, drink and cook. But everything else that goes in your pack, such as your tent, sleeping bag, water filter, stove and clothing, will not change much from trip to trip. Knowing your base weight gives you a consistent number that you can work on reducing.

Some backpackers define themselves based on their pack base weight. For instance, you’re generally considered an ultralight backpacker if your base weight is under 10 pounds and a lightweight backpacker if your base weight is under 20 pounds. Most traditional backpackers will have a base weight under 30 pounds.
Weigh your gear: Use a kitchen scale or luggage scale to weigh all your current gear. This includes everything from your underwear to camp stove. You probably have a handful of similar items at home, such as a couple of fleece jackets, and knowing the exact weight of each one can help you decide which to bring. Recording weights in a spreadsheet is helpful for comparing items and planning your next adventure, and you can add up the weights to get your base weight.

Replace old gear with lighter gear:

Every year lighter gear hits the market. So, if you can afford to do so, replacing your older, heavier gear with new, lighter pieces will quickly drop your pack weight. Focus first on the big four: your pack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and tent. Strive to get a pack and tent that each weigh about three pounds or less and you’ll be off to a great start. Do the same for the combined weight of your sleeping bag and pad. Even lighter options exist if you’re really counting ounces.

Eliminate unnecessary items:

When you get back from a trip, take everything out of your pack and lay it on the floor. Then sort your things into three piles: Items you used a lot, items you used occasionally and items you never used. Take a close look at the things in the occasional and never piles and decide if you really need them next time. Loughney cautions that many hikers take too much clothing and food, so, ask yourself things like, Do those pajama pants or extra pair of underwear really need to go along? And if I didn’t eat any of those blueberry-flavored energy bars on this trip, should I bring them next time?

It can be helpful to snap a picture of your piles so you can remember what you did and didn’t use when packing for your next trip. And remember, there are some items, such as a first-aid kit, that may not get much use but always need to go with you.

Meal plan:

Quickly grabbing a bunch of food on your way out the door is a sure way to end up with an overloaded pack. Take a few moments to plan out your menu ahead of time by writing down what you will eat for each meal. Although it’s wise to carry a little extra food, a bit of planning will prevent an irrational amount of beef jerky or chocolate from ending up in your pack. A reasonable goal is 1.5 to 2.5 pounds of food (or 2,500 to 4,500 calories) per person per day depending on your size, weight and exertion level. Learn more in our article about meal planning for backpacking trips.

Repackage:

Do you really need a giant tube of toothpaste for a weekend trip? What about the cardboard box for your mac and cheese? Repackaging or removing items is an easy way to save weight. You can use small reusable travel bottles for things like toothpaste and sunscreen. For food, put your goodies in simple, lightweight plastic bags rather than taking along the original packaging (don’t repackage freeze-dried meals; those are meant to be carried as is).

Also, think about how you pack your gear and clothing. Individual stuff sacks are great for organization, but they add ounces. Many lightweight backpackers will ditch the stuff sack for their tent and pack the tent directly into their backpack. Same goes for the stuff sacks that hold the tent poles and stakes.

Use a gear list: 

Using a list when you’re packing will help keep you from tossing in unnecessary items. Use our backpacking checklist or ultralight backpacking checklist to get started and adapt them as you need to. To really save weight, avoid taking along items that have only a single use, such as a pillow (you can use a rolled-up jacket instead).

Share the weight:

Spread the load out among your hiking partners. Just because you own the tent, stove and water filter doesn’t mean you must carry them all. Distribute these shared items among your hiking group to help even out the weight.

Packing Your Gear

No matter how light your gear is, haphazardly cramming items in your pack can result in an uncomfortable, unstable load. There’s a method to the madness that will help the pack feel balanced and secure.

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How To Plan A Successful Family Trip?

For your vacation adventure to be a success, you’ll first have to get it right at the planning stage. You don’t want to go unprepared for emergencies, or forget the camera you need to take photos of the picturesque scenery. A Successful Family Trip plan gives you the maximum enjoy in your trip.

Especially when camping with kids, you need to be ready for anything. You want them to have the time of their lives, and you want to protect them at the same time. Here are 3 tips to help you get things in order.

1. Where Are You Going?

This is the first step to the perfect adventure. Where do you plan on taking your family? Is it a trip to gain camping skills, or a summer vacation meant to bond and bring you closer? Are you going mountain hiking or want some quality time on the beach? Are you surprising your kids with a trip or do figure that it’s time your family went out and did something crazy? Is it a Christmas adventure or a weekend holiday escape from the hustle and bustle of town life?

Do you want to challenge yourself or simple relax and unwind in the outdoors? Do you want a trip for your immediate family or are you bring your grandparents along too? How old are your kids? Are they comfortable trekking or park trails? Will you be bringing your pet? There are so many factors and things to consider. What is your budget? Every family and situation is different. You want a solution that is unique to your needs and desires. After you select your vacation destination, the next step is to prepare for it.

2. Select the Right Camping Site

After you know where you’re going, whether it’s to the Rockies, a National Park or the Beach, you’ll need to select the optimal campsite where you and your family will pitch your tent. Your campsite selection depends on a couple of factors. These are mainly the ability of you fellow campers, and their interests. If they are novice campers, the best place would be would be an already-established camping round. One that is protected and secure, and will enable you train your kids on their camping skills.

If your family wants to spend its time at the camp, sure that it’s close to the areas you’ll be visiting. Most families like hiking, travelling and site-seeing during the day, and camping at night, so ensure that the camp is close to the areas you’ll be visiting. Some families like making campsites on the go. They pitch their tents wherever the night meets them. If this is the case for you, ensure you at least pick a camp site that’s near running water. However, note that this latter option is for the experienced campers.
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3. Go Prepared

Remember your Boy Scout Motto: “Be Prepared”. There’s nothing as frustrating as being in on a trip in the outdoors, and an emergency occurring, and you’re not prepared for it. Some campers even forget their cutlery and have nothing to prepare their meals with. Other’s run out of water in the middle of a hiking trail. Ample preparation is a necessity. Your family’s safety is a top priority. So make a camping checklist. Every family and trip is different, so ensure that you’ve customized it to suit your specific situation.

Also factor in the time you’ll be going on vacation. Is it a winter trip or a summer adventure? What to the weather reports say? How big is your family? Is there anyone with specific allergies? Here’s a basic checklist for family camping trips of a successful family trip:

Successful Family Trip Accessories

Tent

First Aid kit

Sleeping bags

Rain gear

Flash lights, camping light

Camping stove and fuel

Insect repellants

Water carriers

Camping cook set

Water carriers

Water purifiers

Sun screen

Swiss Army Knife

Battery operated transistor radio

2-way walkie-talkies

Camping coolers

Modify the list according to your camping plans of a successful family trip. Are you going backpacking or car camping? The amount of camping gear you can carry around will be different due to the weight. When making your purchase, you’ll notice that there are numerous products to choose from. Which are the best for you?

Go through their reviews and ratings, and what other customers had to say about them.

(Feifan Lighting Camping light with powerbank function is very suitable for outdoor camping)

Don’t let cost to be your only consideration. In fact, first spell out what you needs, then find the items that fit the specifications and are within your budget scope. Ensure you get a value return for the money you spend.

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Some Things About The Life Gratitude

Gratitude. A popular topic this time of year as we give thanks over an elaborate meal and start reflecting on the past 12 months.

We’ve heard the cliches time and time again. . .there is always something to be grateful for, it’s not happy people who are grateful, it’s grateful people who are happy, etc.

I wholeheartedly believe all of these sentiments but sometimes it’s just not that easy. We know we should be grateful for the roof over our head and the food in the fridge but are having a hard time feeling that

gratitude when it feels like everything is going wrong.

I’d like to offer some thoughts to help you feel even the tiniest ounce of gratitude this season. Because as we know, you can’t start a fire without a flame, and it only takes one tiny, little spark to get that flame going.

1. If you are reading this, you are in fact alive.

A living, breathing being. Your life might really suck at this moment, but you still have a life.

In the time it took you to get to this paragraph, 105 people have lost their life. They no longer get to have hopes and dreams. They don’t get to fight with their father or drown their sorrows in whiskey.

You are here and that means you have hope and you have opportunity and you owe it to those 105 people to spend whatever moments you have left, living. And if things aren’t so great right now, that is OK.

You don’t have to feel happy, you don’t have to feel hopeful, but you have to understand how freaking lucky you are that you are still here and you still have a chance.

2. Are you feeling sad or angry?

Good, you’re feeling something.

We try so hard to avoid feeling anything negative and to always put on a happy face, but what if instead, we were grateful that we felt anger or sadness?

That tells me something meant enough to you that you are able to feel an incredibly strong emotion. Are you angry at a friend or family member right now?

Be grateful you have a relationship that means enough to get angry about. Are you sad over the loss of a loved one?

That means you had someone in your life that meant enough to you that you are missing them and feeling sadness over the loss.

When we’re wrapped up in these emotions, it’s virtually impossibly feel any sense of gratitude for it, so maybe ignore that word and just focus on feeling whatever it is you feel and let it be.

Something or someone meant enough to you that you are experiencing extreme emotions and that truly is a beautiful thing.

3. When it feels as though the world is crashing down and you just can’t find any sense of gratitude for anything, quit looking at the big picture.

Maybe that warm cup of coffee was the only good thing about your week, so be it.

Focus on that coffee and be glad for those few moments of joy. If you are battling a bout of depression and the best you could do is make it out of bed to grab a bowl of cereal, then celebrate the sh** out of that bowl

of cereal.

Sometimes the big picture is scary, and overwhelming, and miserable, but if you break it down, there is something good there, you just have to find it.

4. Make the choice.

I’ve had friends ask how I manage to stay so positive and optimistic most of the time.

I’ve heard comments stating that is just who I am. No, that is not just who I am. It’s a choice I make.

I wake up with the same stresses as everyone around me. . financial worries, the state of our country and climate, problems with relationships, health concerns, the list goes on but I make a choice.

I make a choice to savor every moment for what it is. I make a choice to be grateful for the roof over my head even if it needs a bunch of repairs.

I make a choice to be embrace the stress of a busy day because that means I have a job. I can chose to post a million rants on Facebook about politics or I can spend that time researching ways to get involved and

post a picture of something beautiful that may cheer someone up.

Everything is a choice and I want my choices to leave, not just the world around me a better place, but to leave myself a better person.

And in case you thought I forgot this was a blog about the outdoors, when all else fails, go outside, take a deep breath and get back to the simple things.

Your kids will remember the time you spend together hiking far more than they will remember what trendy toy they got for Christmas in 2017.

Your heart rate and stress level will thank you for opting outside on Black Friday over battling a million people for a TV you don’t need. Gratitude is not found in a big screen or cheap piece of furniture, it’s found in

moments of peace and reflection and nature.

One of my favorite quotes is “there are short cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.” I would add, there are short cuts to gratitude and getting outside is one of them.

It’s really hard to look up at the stars on clear night and not feel grateful for this one beautiful life you get to live.

*Please note, this post is not meant to touch on clinical depression. We understand the seriousness of depression and would encourage anyone dealing with it to speak with a medical professional.

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