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Make Sure to Include These Items in Your Camping Emergency Kit

Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Sure to Include These Items in Your Camping Emergency Kit

The enjoyment and success you experience while camping is partly dependent on the weather and partly dependent on your preparedness. And, it could be argued, you can have a great time in the woods even if it’s raining—as long as you’re adequately prepared. Being prepared while camping extends beyond having rain gear, sunscreen, and all the snacks necessary to keep you satisfied. You must also think about any emergencies that could befall you and make sure that you carefully pack an emergency preparedness kit ahead of time. Here are some items that you might not initially think about including but that should always have a place in your kit. Disinfectant Spray or Wipes Depending on your camping location, you may not have access to running water, and you won’t want to waste your drinking water washing a wound. Whether you cut yourself chopping kindling or slice your foot while swimming, if you get hurt, you’ll want your emergency kit to include disinfectant spray or wipes. You’ll be able to easily clean out the wound and prevent the growth of bacteria that could lead to an infection. Burn Pads The risk of sustaining a burn can be high if you’re building a fire or sitting near it, but having burn pads in your kit will help. These special pads are made from a material that won’t painfully stick to the burned skin but will protect it from infection. Additionally, many burn pads contain a gel-like substance that will instantly reduce the pain that you’re experiencing. Cold Packs Instead of packing a cold pack in your cooler and worrying about keeping it cold for the duration of your camping outing, carry an instant cold pack in your emergency kit. Upon your breaking a small capsule in the center of the pack, the cold pack will immediately become as cold as ice. This can be valuable whether you need to apply ice to a swollen ankle after a fall or to a sore bug bite. Tick Removal Key Given the close link between ticks and Lyme disease, the last thing you want is to be bitten by a tick that affixes to your skin while you’re in the woods. Pulling at the tick isn’t guaranteed to remove it entirely, but a specialized tick “key”—a small metal object with a hole—is the right tool for this job. The key will allow you to cleanly remove the tick. It’s also good to carry a small bottle in the emergency kit. You can place any tick you remove from your body in the bottle to have it tested for Lyme disease at your local medical center. For more ideas of what to put in your emergency kit, visit with companies such as Top Pack...

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Ideas and Tips for Campfire Cooking

Posted by on December 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ideas and Tips for Campfire Cooking

Camping is a popular, inexpensive American pastime. Whether you rough it in a tent in the wilderness or go “glamping” in a recreational vehicle at an RV park, most people enjoy cooking over a campfire. After all, who wants to cook and clean in a tiny RV kitchen when you’re on summer vacation? Here’s some campfire cooking ideas and tips to help make the most of your outdoor culinary adventures. Hobo Dinners With aluminum foil, you can make just about anything in these self-contained foil packages. Take a 12-inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil for each person, and layer a single serving of sliced potatoes, onions, and ground beef in each one. You can add mushrooms, green peppers, or whatever you have laying around. Season them with salt, pepper, and butter, and fold the foil over to make a nice, tight package to keep the steam in. Place them on the grate over hot coals and allow them to slowly cook. When you’re ready to serve, simply place each packet on a paper plate and carefully open. No need to wash pots and pans when dinner is over. This method is also great for quick-and easy breakfasts, like potatoes, bacon, and scrambled eggs or freshly caught fish fillets with steamed vegetables and lemon. Shish Kebab What could be easier than chopping and skewering? You can even use whittled sticks in a pinch if you forgot the shish kebab skewers. Marinate beef tips or chicken nuggets for a few hours or overnight to tenderize and season. Chop chunks of onion, peppers, and tomato. When you’re ready, simply thread the alternating pieces of meat and vegetables and cook over a low, slow fire. You can serve with a baked potato, or wrap a flour tortilla around the skewer and slide off for an impromptu fajita. Just add cheese, sour cream, and salsa for a festive feast. Campfire Sandwiches You can use iron sandwich makers that are two-sided, hinged cast iron squares on a long rod. It fits a piece of bread perfectly. The filling ideas are endless, and children love making their own, which means less work for Mom or Dad. Spray the inside of each pan with vegetable spray, then build your “sandwich.” Mini-pizza are always a hit. Buy the pizza sauce in a squirt bottle for easy, mess-free application, and then add pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, or whatever your favorite combination is. Hold over the fire, alternating sides occasionally, and then open the maker and pop it out. When you’re ready for dessert, open up a can of pie filling, put a little bit of cinnamon sugar on the bread, add a dollop of filling, and you have an instant “fresh from the oven” personal pie. Cooking doesn’t have to be a messy chore someone gets saddled with when cooking; it can be fun and easy for the whole family to participate. If you plan on doing some campfire cooking for your next trip, be sure to call various campsites, such as Windemere Cove, to check if they allow campfires in the...

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Tips On Buying Your First Camping Trailer On A Budget

Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips On Buying Your First Camping Trailer On A Budget

If you’ve spent many years enjoying the great outdoors in a tent or borrowing someone else’s camping trailer, now is the time to get into one of your own. Camping trailers range in size, models and types. This makes it easy to finds the right trailer that will fit your budget. If you’re looking for an affordable option for your first camping trailer, here are just a few tips that may be able to help you get into a camper that fits your needs. Start Off Small Camping trailers and RVs range from a simple pop-up canvas-sided camper, to a luxury RV that has every amenity imaginable. If this is your very first trailer and you are looking to upgrade from a tent to something with a roof, consider a small trailer. This could range from a lightweight pop-up camper to a small travel trailer that you can pull behind your truck or SUV. This gives you a taste of more amenities such as a kitchen and bathroom, but doesn’t allow you to break the bank by purchasing a large travel trailer or motorhome. Another thing to consider is towing. It can take some adjustment when it comes to learning how to tow your vehicle with a camper behind it as well as back it up and maneuver it into tight spaces, such as campsites. The smaller the model, the easier it can be to get accustomed to. Purchase A Bare Bones Model You can save money on your first camping trailer by purchasing a model without a lot of extras. Air conditioning, televisions and full-sized bathrooms can cause the price of a trailer to skyrocket. Specialty packages with sliders and premium decor can also jack up the base list price of a trailer. When you find the trailer that you love, but you feel it may be too expensive, ask about a comparable model without all of the add-ons. Consider A Pre-owned Trailer There are many camping trailers for sale on the market that are used. These late models may offer low mileage and be in fair to excellent condition. They can also give you a significant discount on the retail price, making your monthly payment more affordable. Good places to check for pre-owned trailers are at the following locations: Used or new travel trailer lots or dealerships RV and camper shows Campgrounds and RV parks RV sale catalogs Local and nationwide classified ads Scouting out multiple sources may be the best way for you to compare the costs of your favorite camper models. Seek Out Your Own Financing Most camping and RV dealers offer financing for new and used trailer. They will run your credit report and credit score to determine if you qualify for a loan. If you have excellent credit, you can expect to get a good deal on your overall financing, making it an affordable option. Most RV financing generally comes with a slightly high interest rate, so you’ll still want to shop around. For a cost comparison, you can try for a lower interest through your own lender. Your lender or bank may also be able to combine your existing loans with your RV loan so that you get an affordable payment and the shortest loan time possible. There are multiple ways to...

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