Monthly Archives: September 2016

Holidays with Babies

Traditionally my family have always taken holidays camping and as kids we loved it because we had the freedom to run around outside, play on our bikes and spend day after day with the friends that we had made. It was great exercise and it got us away from the TV and electronic games for a few weeks.

Once I became an adult I knew I would love my kids to have the same type of holidays and benefits that they give. But what I didn’t realise was the reality of camping with a new baby or young children. As soon as I had my son the thought of having to manage my already complicated life in a more difficult environment was totally off putting and I didn’t go camping for many years. I returned again when the youngest was a few years old and although it was hard work, it was totally worth it and was fantastic for the children. Now my children are a few years older, it is getting easier every year.

This year I went away camping as usual and we were on a camp site with a few friends who had young children and one who had a new baby that was only a few weeks old. After spending a week with them and seeing how they managed, I could have kicked myself when I realised that camping with a brand new baby is actually really easy and much easier than when they are a few years old, because most of the time they are asleep or being carried around. You can carry them around in a sling and still do most things in the evening, they can be out wherever you are in the pram and they can sleep on the move.

I really wish that I had realised this at the time, because I missed a few years which I could have easily managed with a new baby. The trick is to simplify your life while you are away and make sure you prepare before you go, you can make some dishes and freeze them in takeaway containers in advance. I freeze everything before we leave (butter, bread) and then put it all in a cool bag, that way it stays cold for a couple of days. You can then cook things as they defrost. The other tip is to make sure you don’t have a hectic schedule, so you don’t need to rush about. Life with a new baby needs to be flexible and you need time to prepare before you go out.

Another good idea is to have an extra adult, you could take a family friend, aunt, uncle or grandparent as an extra pair of hands, this can be really helpful if you have other children who need watching or entertaining.

One of the most important thing is that you have plenty of space in your tent or an extra gazebo in case the weather is bad, the hardest thing is all being in a small space for a long time.

Tips to Buy a Camping Stove

Camping is a great recreational activity that allows you to have fun and adventure besides exploring the nature’s hidden treasures. Camping can rejuvenate your senses and refresh you mind. However, before going on a camping vacation, you will need some equipments or gears, so that your trip becomes easy and comfortable. Well, camping stoves are one of the most important parts of your camping gear, which will enable you to cook food when you are present at the campsite.

The vast selection of camping stoves tagged with technical terms may be scary for some who are not that experienced when it comes to camping and buying camping stoves. However, purchasing the right camping stove may not be very hard if you follow some of these tips.

1.Size and weight are two of the biggest considerations that you need to take before buying a camping stove. Remember that you need to travel light-weight when going for camping as even the slightest weight on your backpack may seem like a ton when you travel uphill. To make your life easier on the hiking trail, you need to buy a camp stove that weighs around 15 ounces which should include the weight of the fuel as well.

2.Another thing that you should remember is, to select the stove depending on the volume of cooking you intend to do. If you are solo packing then a camping stove with one or two burners may do but if are planning to go with your family or friends, go for a camping stove that has two or more burners to save time cooking. Camping brands like Coleman offer stoves with two, three or multiple burners.

3.After deciding the size and weight of the stove, the next thing to consider is the type of fuel you’ll want to use. Your fuel options include propane, white gas (also known as Coleman fuel), kerosene and unleaded gas. However, it is mostly recommended to use propane and white gas only. Of all the stoves, those that are powered by white gas produce the most heat. Also, it is a more environmentally friendly choice for it burns without producing any odor or effect on food taste as well as produces less waste.

4.Make sure that the stove burns at high altitude, so that you don’t end up eating raw macaroni. Check what form the fuel supply comes in. If possible, buy a tank with reusable fuel tank or canister.

5.Lastly, don’t forget the price! The price of the stove is very important. Decide how much of money are you willing to spare. Stoves range from simple one-burners for $20, to full stand-up ones for $200. So check out the price, before you buy anything. Consult your friends and relatives to the best piece at the best price.

Well, the above ideas will certainly help you to select the beast camping stove without much hassle or difficulty.

Tips For Buying The Right Camping Gear

If you want to have fun in the outdoors it is important that you bring along the right outdoor camping gear. Camping trips should be fun and exciting ways to spend time with your significant other, or as a family, not a pain because you didn’t bring along the right equipment. All too often people just don’t plan ahead, and wind up miserable because they are too cold, don’t have enough food, or the tent isn’t big enough for everyone as well as gear. Here are some tips for buying the right gear for whatever kind of camping you plan on doing.

When it comes to planning a successful camping trip, there are some basics you need to think about. Buying the right outdoor camping gear means that you get the right gear for the camping trips you are planning. For an example, if you are a summer camper, and you like to go up into the mountains, you have to be prepared for the weather. It can get cold at night, so the first place to start is buying sleeping bags that are rated for at least 40 degrees, less if you plan to go up into the high country. The next thing to think about is buying the right tent. A tent can be a tricky thing to buy. Get one that is too cheap and you are going to have a miserable time. Always buy a tent that is larger than you need. If you have four people in your family, don’t just buy a four person tent, you need at least a six person tent. Why? Because you have to think about not only the people who are sleeping in it, but also your gear as well. A four person tent is going to be very cramped and crowded, especially if you take into consideration sleeping bags, kids that are constantly moving around, and storing your clothes, flashlights and other necessities that need to be inside. If you have children, you may even want to consider modular tents, because these have separated areas for the kids, you and your spouse, as well as plenty of designated room for your stuff.

There are many other things to consider when it comes to buying outdoor camping gear. Camping trips are more fun if you are totally prepared for just about any circumstances. You are not always going to have the luxury of a picnic table, so buying some folding tables and chairs is a good idea. The same goes for cooking. Some campgrounds, especially primitive camping won’t allow open fires, so bringing your own cooking stoves and equipment is a good idea. You need to bring at least a two burner camp stove, one that has a wind break around it.

Other things you are going to need for camping trips are first aid kits, flashlights with extra batteries or that are solar powered. It is always a good idea to bring along a couple of rolls of toilet paper, just in case. A folding shovel tool with shovel, hammer, ax, etc, is also a good idea. You also need to plan ahead when it comes to food. One of the biggest and most important outdoor camping gear items that you need is the right ice chest. You want one that is solidly constructed, with a lid that closes tightly. You also want it to have a secure drain spout, so you don’t have to tilt the cooler over to drain the water. These are just a few of the things you need to think about when you are planning your camping trip.

Tips for New Campers

Camping is one outdoor recreational activity that needs a lot of planning and preparation, and would also require a visit to a camping store for all your camping needs like hiking tents. Leaving the comforts of home for a night or two to go on an adventure in the “wilds” cannot be that easy especially if you have not tried it before. Sleeping outdoors in the woods or near a river can be a lot exciting and a bit worrying for new campers; but if you know what to expect and were able to prepare for it, then you have nothing to worry about. It is not as if you are really going to some primitive place with lots of wild animals roaming around.

There are five tips that would be useful for new campers.

The first tip has something to do with choosing the place for your first camping trip. There are public and privately owned campgrounds to choose from. Select a place with the right amenities like hot showers, clean restrooms, and potable water source. Knowing that you have access to these facilities would make your camping trip easy and bearable.

The second tip is about what to bring when you go camping. To make a list of camping equipment and supplies, just think about your basic needs like shelter, food, and warmth, and you would have the important things covered.

Go to a camping store and see the innovations in the camping equipment that would make your camping trip more enjoyable, more convenient, and more comfortable. Go for quality in buying what you need. Make sure that you are buying the right stuff. For example, you would have to buy hiking tents if you were going on a backpacking trip instead of those heavy tents that would be ideal for car camping. You also have to ensure that the tent would provide protection from the rain, wind, and insects. Do not forget that you would also need proper ventilation inside the tent.

The third tip involves your meals. Plan your menu and prepare all the ingredients beforehand for convenience. Cooking might not be that easy even if you do have a portable stove you bought from a camping store. If you have everything ready to cook, then it would be easier for you even if you were tired already.

The fourth tip is about how you dispose of your waste or your trash. Make sure you bring enough garbage bags and you either hang it somewhere animals would not reach or throw it in the designated area at the campground. You would not want your campsite to be inundated with insects or bugs.

What is camping without a campfire? As much as you are excited about sitting in front of a campfire, sipping hot chocolate, and listening to the sounds of nature, you need to be careful on where you pitch your tent in relation to your campfire. It would be easy for your tent to catch fire especially if it is windy during that time. Make sure your campfire is far from your tent or other belongings that might catch fire.