Showing posts with label Camping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Camping. Show all posts

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The First Timer's Guide to Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals can mean a lot of things. Cabins, homes, condominiums, RV campsites. They can offer a different vacation experience. Renting a vacation home comes with perks, but make sure you know what you are getting into before renting for the first time.

With so much out there, it can be daunting, especially for a first timer. Here is a guide that helps with the process:

Shop on the Internet First

Go to websites you trust. If you have a lot of choose from, you'll more than likely make a more informed choice. Use filters to narrow the search around your rental needs. Look closely at photos and where the property is located. Is it near somewhere you would like to be? Read reviews of previous renters as well as owner responses. Good property owners will respond to reviews respectfully and address the real issues. This way, you know for sure you're getting what's advertised. Look at the search as an adventure in itself.

Going Solo

Don't assume that vacation rentals are only meant for large groups of families. Or even small groups of families. Research your options to find the perfectly sized vacation rental that fits you. There are a number of rentals out there fit for someone traveling alone.

Food Rules

One of the perks of vacation rentals is being able to cook your own meals. Food rules are usually talked about ahead of time between the guest and homeowner, but typically what you will find in the refrigerator are staples to cook with, like vegetable oil spices.

Be Courteous

It's a good idea to put all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and make sure the place looks as clean as you found it. Remember that it is not a hotel room. It's someone's home.

Have Your Say

If you had a good experience, leave a positive review on the vacation rental site so it will help them get additional visitors. It's more valuable than a "thank you."

Some other dos and don'ts:
• Don't: spend your entire vacation in the rental. No matter how great you think it is.

• Do: Get out and visit your surroundings. If it's woodsy, go for hikes and explore. If it's urban, go about it on foot.

• Don't: Show up unprepared for your vacation.

• Do: Plan ahead by checking out what you rental includes. And what it doesn't include. While most do some with linens, Wi-Fi or other things that you may consider essential, it is not smart to assume that every home works the same way.

• Don't: Sign the owner or manager's rental agreement without reading all of it.

• Do: Take a look at the fine print and make sue you understand the terms of your rental before booking.


Author: Clinton Rhodes


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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Road Trips with Your Laptop



Are you on the road again? From shorter family road-trips to retired folks who roam the U.S. in their RV's, more and more people want to stay hooked in with their laptops on the road. Depending on the age of your laptop and its capabilities (many used laptops and refurbished laptops may need upgrades to be wireless for instance) you should be able to easily power your laptop from your car or RV and you can probably find tons of locations with Wireless internet access, both paid services and free!

To use your laptop in the car and pull power from the car battery, you will need a power inverter. In some cases, your laptop manufacturer will offer an auto adaptor, but the power inverter, which has a universal power plug could prove far more versatile and worth the money. The power inverter will convert the DC auto battery power into the right AC power your laptop needs. The power inverter will plug directly into your cigarette lighter and then will have an adaptor end which will let you plug your power cord directly to your vehicle.

You have options in terms of power inverters as well. There are two main types; modified sine wave and pure sine wave. You should check your laptop manual, or the support site to find out if your laptop will accept either kinds of AC power created by these inverters. In some cases, the power created by the modified sine wave doesn't work with laptop computers, so you don't want to spend the money and be out of luck!

When you begin shopping for inverters, here are some things to remember. Laptop computers, whether a new laptop, used laptop or refurbished laptop will require between 50 and 70 watts of power. Make sure you buy a power inverter that will provide more than the power load that you need. If you need to do this frequently, you should make sure to buy a quality inverter because it will be a better investment in the long run. Xantex makes a great power inverter, especially the StatPower PW-50 or 75 or the ProWatt 150. For frequent road-trippers the Simlex Power pure sine wave inverter is a great choice that will last for a while.

Obviously, your RV probably has the right power plugs you need to run your laptop. The bigger issue with an RV'er is going to be finding consistent internet access for reasonable prices, or better yet, for free! Many RV campgrounds are now offering high speed wireless internet so their travelers can easily connect. You can find many campgrounds that offer WiFi at RV Internet Access (rvinternetaccess.com) and at sites like RV Travel (www.rvtravel.com). If you are camping our on your road-trip, you'll also be able to find tons of resources online like WiFi Free Spot (www.wififreespot.com) and others. As long as you have your power and your laptop is wireless enabled you should be good to go!

Just because you are on the road, doesn't mean you have to be disconnected from friends and family. Make sure your used laptop, refurbished laptop or even your new laptop is ready for power and Wifi and has the memory to support your internet connection and you'll be connected in no time, wherever and whenever you want!

Author: Blair Stephens


How do you stay connected when you are on the road. Please share them in the comments section below.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Camping With A Baby: 5 Essential Tips To Try




Some people say that camping is not for infants. But truth be told, the outdoors are for all ages - you just have to be truly prepared for any kind of situation. As a parent, your child's safety and well-being is your responsibility in or out of your home. The outdoors is an unpredictable place, so be sure to come prepared and ready to handle the challenges. With the correct approach, you will have an enjoyable camping trip!

Follow these essential tips when camping with a baby:

Choose a nearby location
For your first outdoor trip with a baby, it's ideal to choose a site that's close to your home. This way, if you forget or run out of baby essentials and other important things, you can easily go home or turn back. If things get too overwhelming for you or your baby (hopefully they don't!), you don't have to spend too long on the road or spend hours travelling back. As your child gets familiarized with camping, you can venture out to farther locations in the future.

Pack extras
Even if you know the average number of diapers or milk bottles your child uses per day, always pack more. You don't want to take an extra unnecessary trip back home or to the store if you run out of baby supplies. The goal, though, is to pack as light as possible so just bring the essentials. You may know what kind of weather to expect, but bring clothes that are for all kinds anyway. Don't forget baby's first aid kit!

Bring a comfort toy or blankie
Packing her favourite toy, her favourite snack or a comfort blankie will make your baby more at ease with the new surroundings. It lets her feel the comfort of home while she adapts to the new environment.

Give your neighbors a heads up
If you find that you have other campers staying in the campsite, let them know that you have an infant with you so that they won't get surprised if they hear your child cry. Offering them earplugs would be ideal, too! More often than not, neighboring campers actually get more excited when they hear that a baby is at the site!

Don't stress about it too much
Babies are more resilient than you think. They easily adapt to new environments just as long as they find comfort. Don't stress too much and try to enjoy the moment.
Enjoy your child's first outdoor trip even more with these tips for camping with a baby!

Author: Daniel J. Smith

Saturday, 11 August 2018

A Memorable and Romantic Camping Getaway - Plan it With the Right Camping Equipment



Embarking on a romantic camping getaway is a wonderful idea for a romantic date to those who are nature lovers and adventurous couples, especially those who really adore the great outdoors. Planning an escapade like this is a great way to spend an anniversary date, propose to your future fiance, spend a special occasion or you may just want a relaxing hideaway to relieve your stress from the daily grind of a fast phased urban life.

For sure, couples will want to make their romantic camping retreat to be a memorable one. Bringing the right camping equipment as well having a completely thought out plan are the key elements to achieve the goal of a perfect outdoor getaway. 

Here is a checklist of reminders in mapping out your plan as well as choosing the right camping gear, supplies and accessories to complement your memorable romantic escapade:

Decide on a cool destination. With your budget in mind, make a research for a great destination of your camping trip. You can check the internet for a potential location. Look for a venue with the amenities that would suit your interests and hobbies as a couple. If you both love water sports, you can check out great beach resorts nearest you that has the facilities and equipment for the fun water activities you love.

If you are a fan of the reality TV show Survivor, you can go trekking and set camp in well-known forest trails or go mountain climbing. The sky is the limit as to where you can go as it will really depend on the budget you are allocating for the travel as well as the amount of time you are available to be away from your respective jobs.

Make out some romantic activities. After you have decided where to go, list down a number of special romantic activities you can do aside from the usual activities the location has to offer. Since a romantic atmosphere is already set up for you, it would be wonderful to come up with some amorous bonding activities to make everything extra special and memorable.

Even though you are outdoors, you can still arrange a candlelight dinner complete with a sumptuous charcoal grilled dinner, a bottle of champagne and some flowers on the side. You can also order a symphonic string orchestra to play your favorite love songs. An MP3 player with portable speakers will accomplish that setting. You just have to be passionately creative and the ideas will flow endlessly to create a warm and romantic atmosphere, enjoy your intimate moments together and ultimately result to a memorable camping getaway.

Whip up a fine food menu. The next important thing to remember in planning the travel is food. Plan your meals and snacks menu for the duration of the camping trip. Every meal should be covered with some extra food supply of can goods for emergency purposes so there would be no chance of starving yourselves in the great outdoors. There are easy to prepare and quick cooking recipes that would still taste and appear first-class. Make sure you have sufficient energy giving foodstuff to nourish yourselves since you will need them to sustain the passionate and adventurous activities ahead.

Gear up with the right equipment. After you have decided your destination, come up with a delightful food menu and planned the activities for the entire trip, it is time to make a checklist of the necessary camping equipment, accessories and supplies, which you need to bring depending on what you have planned so far. This is crucial in the planning process since you have to make sure all bases are covered. It can really spoil the camping trip if you forget a certain equipment, gear or supply but only realize it when you are already at the camping site. Moreover, choose reliable and well-known name brands for your camping gear and equipment to ensure quality and satisfactory performance.

Basic camping stuff you may need to bring would include a quality camping tent, sleeping bags, air mattresses, portable table and chairs, beds and cots, coolers for your foodstuff, portable cooking stove and grill, lanterns and flashlight, utensils and utility knives, as well as other equipment and accessories for your planned outdoor leisure activities. For your safety, bring your mobile phone, compasses and flares, a portable first aid kit in case an emergency situation comes along.

There are specialty stores available that can provide all the equipment and supplies for your camping needs. You can also check the internet websites to find the trusted and reliable brands to ensure you quality and performance. They likewise have the expert staff who can give you advices for your camping getaway.

Dress up to the occasion. Wear the proper clothing attire and shoes depending on the location of the planned getaway. Bring extra clothes, shades, sun block lotions, baseball caps and other clothing paraphernalia which you think are essential - all depending on your destination and the planned activities during the trip. Wearing the right stuff will give you comfort and safety while enjoying all the activities of your outdoor escapade.

Organize well in packing your stuff. After completing an inventory of all the stuff you need to bring for the trip, the next important tip is to smartly pack them in an organized manner, especially the food. Separate the hot food stuff from the cold ones. Plastic or aluminum food keepers are great for your food ingredients and cooked food. Do not forget to bring along your trusty coolers for your drinking water and cold beverages, packed with enough ice to last the whole journey. You can write on a notepad a list of all your belongings and where you packed them so you will be trouble-free looking around when needed during the trip.

Keep safety and security in mind at all times. Finally and most importantly, employ a culture of safety and security in planning your getaway. Choose a well-known or recognized campsite or trek trail as your destination. Help and assistance will not be far away in case of emergency. There is a great amount of risk in going to the wild and unrestricted locations. You do not want your romantic escapade to be ruined by an animal attack or any untoward incident. Always keep in mind that a completely thought out plan and a sensible choice of camping equipment are the key elements you need to remember to have a memorable and romantic camping getaway.

Asuthor: Rachel Nunez

Friday, 10 August 2018

Camping - Best Way to Spend Your Vacation




It is hard to argue with fact that camping is one of the most popular recreational activity in the world. Whether it involves families, friends, couples or youths, everyone just loves a good camping outdoors. Connecting with nature is always considered to be one of the most fun ways to spend a vacation. 

Why spend your vacation in overpriced hotels when you can enjoy your time with your companions outdoors where it is closer to mother nature. Camping appeals to the inner subconscious of us human's desire to connect with nature. The wilderness, trees, plants, wildlife, fresh air, humans in general find all of the above pleasant. There are many reasons why camping is very popular. It is because of the many benefits and advantages that camping brings.

Outdoor camping is a highly recommended way to spend time together with people who are dearest to you. Whether it is with your family or special someone, the times that you will be spending together outdoors will surely give all of you memories that you will all never forget. 

There are times that we always too preoccupied with something may it be work or school, so we don't get to spend time with our loved one as much as we want to. So you want to make it up to them? Outdoor camping is the perfect answer in this sort of situation. Why? If you are camping, you will have no access to computers, cell phones or a television so it just your group and mother nature. So that means no more distractions and you got each other's undivided attention.

Camping is also a great way to relieve your stress. If you are working long hours and are always tired then it is highly likely that you are stressed out. Relieve your stress by bonding with mother nature. Instead of breathing the usual polluted air of the city, by camping outdoors you will get to breathe cool and fresh air. And instead of filing an endless amount of paperwork or being in front of the computer the whole day, you get to enjoy activities like outdoor barbecue, fishing, swimming and other fun activities that could take your mind off work. Camping will surely have a positive effect on your stressed mind and body.

Going camping is also a very cheap way to spend your vacation. You do not have to spend a ridiculous amount of money in plane tickets, hotel accommodations, land transportation, food and so on. It is indeed affordable but it doesn't mean that you will have a shortage in terms of fun. Frolicking with nature is just as fun as any other expensive activities. In this case you only have to spend for your camping gear which you can still use in your subsequent trips.

When camping, you have to be sure that you address the issue of safety. So see to it that you are well prepared for the trip which means bringing things like a first aid kit just in case. So with your next incoming vacation, why don't you consider going on a camping trip?

Wanda Walker enjoys writing for Expresssafety.com.au which sells First Aid Kits and Safety Signs as well as a host of additional products.

Author: Wanda Walker 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Camping Tips For Seniors - Looking For an Economic Way to Travel


More and more seniors are looking to travel with economical ways to do just that. After all, this is the golden years and what better way to travel then trying your hand at camping. Here are five tips to get you started in camping.

First, research campgrounds of areas that you may want to visit. To do that here are a couple of websites that may help you decide on where to go on your next adventure. One site I would suggest is the National Park Service and the other site is Reserve America. Each site is unique in giving information about camping by state, campsite maps, locate by activity and camping gear suggestions.
Secondly, you ask yourself what I would camp in. Of course, owning a RV would be nice and a more comfortable way to travel. 

That is something you can think about later if you plan on doing a lot of camping in the future. Even so, there is nothing wrong to begin your camping experiences in a decent tent at a more affordable price. Tents come in all sizes and shapes try to find the right one that will meet your needs. You can find them online or better yet would be to see them in person at a sporting goods store that sells tents. Therefore, you would get a better perspective of the size that you would need. Another thought is you do not have to sleep on the ground if you have an aero bed and a big enough tent it will fit nicely.

Thirdly, the next area of concern is camping equipment. Everything from a camp stove, sleeping bag, cookware, and coolers. Believe it or not you may already have a lot of these items available to you. However, one of the most important items would be a camp stove to cook on. Car camping stoves work very efficiently to cook up sumptuous meals just like home. You can even use the pots and pans you have at home to begin your camp kitchen supplies.

Next, think about planning your meals a head of time. Preparing them at home not only will save time but money as well. Look in your cupboards and refrigerator for smaller items such as coffee, graham crackers, mustard, ketchup, mayo, and seasonings. Granted, look for items missed from your checklist on the road but try local vendors for fresh fruits and vegetables and discount stores instead. Why not ask about senior discounts as well. In addition, purchase blocked ice for the cooler it will last longer.

Lastly, look into a National Park Pass for seniors. They cost you $10.00 dollars, which will give you some wonderful price breaks in camping and other amenities. If you are 62 years of age or older and proof of age you may buy these passes at any national park.

Author: Polly Mary J. Bowen

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Why is Camping So Popular?



Camping in the great outdoors is becoming more and more popular. With people in urban areas wanting to get themselves and their families out of the city and into the fresh air, camping is what they are choosing. Is camping a sport? Well not in the sense of how we think of conventional sports, but it can incorporate a lot of outdoor activities.

Most campgrounds are near water and that gives campers a lot of opportunity to participate in water sports such as swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, etc. When searching for a place to take your family camping, try to find campgrounds that are on or near bodies of water. Almost always there are places to rent canoes and boats and other watercraft. The fun never stops when you're camping near water.

Another activity that can be done while camping is hiking. Hiking is a great form of exercise and a great way to see nature first hand. Some people incorporate camping into their hiking, setting up camp alone hiking trails. If you are camping at a campground look for nature trails, they are very common in wooded areas. Hiking is also a great family activity. Make a picnic lunch at camp and make hiking an all day event.

Probably my favorite thing about camping is the campfire. Nothing seems to be better than sitting with family and friends around a campfire. The fire seems to mesmerize and relax you. The smell of the smoke takes you instantly back to other times when you had enjoyed a camping trip. Another fun thing about campfires is all the tasty snacks you can cook over the open fire. Roasted marshmallows seem to be the favorite. Smores are fun to make as a family and are very tasty too. Hotdogs cooked over a campfire seem to taste a little bit better then normal. Honestly I think everything seems to taste better when cooked outside. 

On a more serious not about campfires, make sure you check your campgrounds fire guidelines before lighting a fire. You may have to provide your own wood. There also may be certain rules about gathering wood from around your site.

Some of my best sleep has been while I was camping. The fresh air and the sounds of nature seem to sooth you to a deep sense of relaxation. If you can I recommend a night spent under the stars. If you don't want to do that or can not, a leak-proof tent will do just fine. There are many varieties of tents available to you. Choose one with ease of set up and one that has enough room for occupants and their gear. Again check the park's guidelines, some sites only allow tents and some only allow camper trailers.
The most important thing to remember when going camping is, Have Fun!

Author: Alan Gardner 

Monday, 6 August 2018

All That You Need To Know About Camping




Camping is a recreational activity mostly in the beautiful outdoors and away from the daily busy life. It actually gives one the ability to take the pleasure of the fresh air. This activity is increasingly getting popular.

Why Compared With Sports?
This is often compared to sports because it involves one in the several sports. Most people choose campgrounds near water. Thus, one will get a lot of opportunities to take part in swimming, fishing, boating, etc. Hiking is another activity that most people like to go for. Therefore, when you are going for camping try to find a place that is near a water body so that you can enjoy unlimited fun activities there. With camping, you are going to enjoy a whole lot of advantages. Some of them are enumerated below:

A Reasonable Vacation Option
The expenses are really low. You just have to pay for the campground and some of the camping gears that you buy. It is just an affordable option to spend your holidays with your family or friends.

Health Retreat
There are not many exercises that you have to do. It actually involves certain activities that would require your physical strength like cutting the wood to make the fire, biking, swimming, and other such activities. All these things stimulate your calories burning at the same time offer you a workout routine. When you are under the sun you also get charged with vitamin D.

Get a Better Sleep Cycle
In the world of technology, sleep problems are very common in men and women. But during camping when you remain exposed to the sunlight your sleep cycle gets reset with the rise and set of the sun. Studies have also proved that people sleep a lot when their sleep cycle is synced with the sun.

Face the Real Life
To the ones that remain glued to their phones and laptops can find out that social media or being present virtually does not matter at all. Turning off the devices in the no network zones gives you the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest and spend quality time with the people around you.

Explore the World Around
As you stay unplugged from the world so there would not be any distractions for you. You are free to explore your skills, your likes and dislikes, several environments and everything that attracts your attention. You might get to know several things of which you were totally unaware of.

All these things prove why camping is gaining popularity among people. Reading this article you might have learned how camping can help one get a better life.
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Author: Achal Mehrotra

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