What do you really need to take camping?
The moment you start planning your camping trip, you know certain items will need to be taken to help you make your overnight stay in the outdoors more comfortable. In very cold temperatures, a sleeping bag is one of the most essential tools you can have with you. Unfortunately, walking into an outdoor store can present you with endless possibilities on sleeping bags. Maybe the point in sleeping outdoors is to become one with nature, but the right sleeping bag can mean the difference between being miserable and being at peace. In an effort to ensure you are well equipped for a night in the great outdoors, here are three tips to help you decipher which sleeping bag is right for you. Type of Sleeping Bag One of the first things you have to sort through when shopping for a sleeping bag is the type of bag you need. Many people have no idea how many different types of sleeping bags there really are such as bed style bags, wearable bags, footless bags, and traditional bags. All of these have certain aspects that can help make your sleep more or less comfortable. While the traditional bag may be the most popular choice for a camper, it does not work for everyone. A traditional sleeping bag encloses the feet, body, and head using a zipper. When completely enclosed in a traditional sleeping bag, you may find that you are wasting much of the insulation when you lie down on your back. It is very difficult to turn in a traditional sleeping bag without practice. To determine which style is best, you want to actually lie down in each type to see what you are most comfortable in. Type of Insulation On a cold night, your insulation can make a major difference in how well you get through the night. For the most part you have two options: down and synthetic insulation. If you think you may encounter some precipitation or your bag is likely to get wet, then you want to stick with synthetic insulation as it does not absorb moisture. If you are not concerned about your bag getting wet, then you will likely want to choose down insulation. Down provides more comfort and warmth throughout the night. Temperature Rating Another important component of a great sleeping bag is the temperature rating. You have three options that include summer, winter, and three-season bags. If you expect to be in temperatures that are 10 degrees and lower, then you want to stick to a winter bag, while temperatures above 32 degrees work best with a summer sleeping bag. Three-season bags provide the best comfort with temperatures in between these two...read more
If your family will be going on a camping trip this summer, then you need to take along an emergency medical kit. If you do not own a pre-built medical kit, then you should purchase a small duffel bag and place each of these items into it: Hand Cleaning Supplies Since you will be handling injuries, it is essential that you have the supplies on hand to properly wash your hands first. You should place a bar of soap into your emergency medical kit, as well as a bottle of hand sanitizer. While it is preferable that you wash your hands before dealing with injuries, if no water is available, then you can use the hand sanitizer. Bandages You should stock your medical kit with a variety of bandage sizes and gauze pads. You need small bandages for cuts on fingers, and you need large bandages for skinned knees and larger cuts. Gauze can be taped and used as a bandage, and it can also be used to help absorb blood from a bleeding wound. Additionally, you should also pack an ace bandage in case anyone in your family twists their ankle or you need to stabilize an arm or leg until you can reach medical assistance. Antiseptics and Antibiotics Since there will be a lot of dirt and exposure to the elements while you are camping, you should bring along some hydrogen peroxide to use as an antiseptic to wash out any wounds. Once a wound is dry, then you should treat it with a triple antibiotic cream that also needs to be stored in your duffel bag. Emergency Medical Kit Medications As you are preparing your medical kit for your family’s camping trip, you need to place both OTC medications for potential needs as well as the medications normally taken by your family members into the kit. The OTCs you should put in your emergency kit include: aspirin acetaminophen ibuprofen topical dental pain gel All medications in your medical kit should be clearly labeled and stored in their original bottles. Purchasing a Pre-Built Emergency Medical Kit In addition to creating your own medical emergency kit for your camping trip, you also have the option of purchasing one that is pre-built. You can purchase a pre-built medical emergency kit at a retailer like Top Pack Gear, your local sporting goods store, or pharmacy. When you are ready to travel, simply add your family’s medications into the kit and you are ready to...read more
If you’re a whitewater fanatic, and have already experienced the Colorado River, then you should be on the lookout for some fresh whitewater to experience. There are lots of rivers, not all of them as well known as the mighty Colorado, that have awesome whitewater and very beautiful scenery. Here are 3 lesser known rivers you should look into visiting. Middle Fork, Salmon River Idaho The Middle Fork has an amazing run of rapids. The rapids range from Class 3 all the way up to Class 5. The river is located in an area called The Frank Church River-of-No Return Wilderness. This is a huge, federally protected piece of land where there are no roads. The area surrounding the river is unsurpassed for natural beauty. It is untouched by any human development. You will see unspoiled forest, as well as animals such as mountain goats, elk, black bears, bobcats, bighorn sheep, and maybe even a wolf. In order to raft down the river you need to participate in a lottery system. So don’t just show up without having the proper paperwork in order. Dead River The Dead River is located up in Maine. It has a interesting history, so if you’re a history buff and a whitewater rafter, then you will love it. During the American Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold made his way up the Kennebec on his way to invade Canada (Quebec, specifically), but when he and his troops were met with the Dead River, they had to go ashore and walk around the rapids. The rapids are tied into the dam releases from nearby Flagstaff Lake. There are has stupendous mountain views. The entire run is around 13 miles long and has excellent rapids for the entire trip. Ocoee River The Ocoee River is located in Tennessee. It is one of the most unusual and beautiful rivers you will experience. It’s unusual nature has to do with the fact that the Tennessee Valley Authority uses the river to generate electricity. It dams up the river in order to create hydroelectric power. However, the TVA doesn’t keep the water dammed up year round. And when they do release the water, the Ocoee River turns into a whitewater fanatics dream. There is a 4.5 mile long run that is world class. The river is so amazing that it was even used during the 1996 Summer Olympics. One of the adventures of the short run is that you can repeat it several times during an extended trip. So, if you’re going to travel from another state, you will love that you don’t have to paddle through still water for hours to hit a small stretch of rapids. You can do the run, take out and then head back to do the run again. The area surrounding the river is pretty impressive as well, with loads of picnic and camping...read more
For hunters, camouflage is as easy as putting on your hunting clothes you bought at the local sporting good store. For the companies that design the clothing, it is a scientific process. There are several ways that camouflage works, and different types of hunting clothes use these different techniques. Color Matching Color matching is the easiest way to create camouflage, but it is also the weakest. Color matching is simply wearing clothing that is the same color as your surroundings. You wear the dominant color of the area, such as tan for desert and green for a field. The problem with color matching is that you still stand out among the many other colors in the area. Mimicry The problem with color matching is fixed with mimicry. This is the most common camouflage used in hunting clothing. These are the shirts, pants, gloves, boots, and hats that are printed with area designs. Forest camouflage has leaves and branches, for example. There are designs to fit every location, including tree stands and swamps. Instead of one color trying to blend into an area with many colors, mimicry tries to make you look like part of your surroundings. More bold mimicry techniques include hiding inside blinds that look like trees or rocks. Ghillie suits are another excellent example of mimicry in that it makes you look like the foliage. Traditional hunting clothing has added to the mimicry technique by adding leaves that stick out from the clothes to create a 3D effect. Disruptive Coloration Disruptive coloration in hunting clothing is designed to mess with an observer’s eyes. When you look at clothing with disruptive coloring designs, it seems like you would stick out instead of become hidden while hunting. This form of camouflage includes a small number of colors in random, non-repeating designs. Some will even have giant blocks of one color, often around the arms or legs. How does disruptive coloration work? It works by eliminating the hunter’s outline. Imagine it this way: You put on your camouflage shirt and stand in front of a background that’s the same as one of the colors on your shirt. The areas of your shirt with the same color of the background disappears. A splotch of color on the side of your arm blends in with the background. Instead of looking like a human shape, you look like a confusing blob. Now put yourself in the woods where all the colors on your shirt blend into the many colors in the forest. Understanding camouflage will help you be a better hunter, but it will also help you understand what design companies must do to make your hunting clothing work for you. If you’re interested in buying hunting equipment,...read more
Travel trailers can save you money and offer you flexibility when you and your family take trips. When you own a travel trailer, you don’t have to worry about making hotel reservations or booking plane tickets–you can just pack up and go! Purchasing a travel trailer can be a great investment and provide years of enjoyment and memories. If you are in the market to buy a travel trailer, use the following tips: Buy From a Reputable Dealer If you’re purchasing your first travel trailer, it is in your best interest to buy from a reputable trailer dealer. A trailer dealer will have a variety of options available, so you will have the chance to see the different features and amenities available in different models. Having the opportunity to compare several different travel trailers will allow you to select one that best suits the needs of your family. Think About Where You Will Be Traveling There are several types of travel trailers on the market, and each one is designed for different conditions. The main types of travel trailers are on-road, off-road, and rough-road. Think about your lifestyle and places that you hope to travel before purchasing your trailer. If you really love exploring remote areas off the beaten path, then an on-road trailer probably won’t be the best fit for you. Spend as much Time as Possible in the Travel Trailer Before Buying After you buy a travel trailer, you will likely spend a lot of time in it, so it is important to find a trailer that is easy for you and your family to live in. While shopping for a trailer, do be afraid to ask if you can spend an extended amount of time in it, so you can get a good feel for how it will be once you own it. When investing in a travel trailer, it is not a good idea to take a quick look and then sign a sales contract. Make Sure Your Vehicle Can Tow Your Trailer Unless you are planning to purchase a new vehicle, your search for a travel trailer will greatly rely on the tow capacity of your vehicle. If you are unsure of the tow capacity, you can likely find it in your owner’ manual. Do not buy a trailer that is too heavy for your vehicle to tow safely, and make sure your vehicle has a hitch that can properly attach to the trailer. For more information, contact a local dealer like Camping World of...read more