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Four Must-Have Items For Meals While Camping

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Four Must-Have Items For Meals While Camping

Going on a camping trip? In addition to packing essential clothing items, electronics and sleeping gear, items of food and cooking utensils should also be given careful consideration when getting your stuff together.

Everyone who has ever gone camping will agree that eating is as much a part of the experience as sightseeing. Whether that is true or not, preparing meals outdoors requires a totally different approach when compared to cooking at home. In fact, it is an adventure unto itself which can be fun and interactive, not to mention resulting in healthy and tasty meals.

However, being successful at pulling off successful camping trips depend on the type of foods and equipment that you take along. Here are four things that you should definitely take with you on camping trips.

A small grill: Whether it is meat, bread or vegetables, grilling is an ideal way to prepare a wide variety of foods. For one, it allows for even cooking of food items and is suitable for locations where you are not allowed to build wood fires.

Skewers: Having skewers in your arsenal helps to diversify both your meal choices and methods of food preparation. They also can act as utensils, as in the case of kebabs and aid in the presentation of the food you are serving to your camping buddies or family.

Healthy snacks: The truth is that camping activities will cause you to use up a lot of energy. At the same time, cooking will not be practical for most of the time, so in order to keep your energy levels up, you should take along healthy snacks such as nuts, raisins, fresh fruit, dried fruit, granola bars and sandwiches. Ziploc bags are quite handy in this regard, so invest in some before going on your trip.

Drinking water: Hydration is very important when going on camping trips. Make sure you take along enough bottles of water for yourself and the rest of the camping crew that will last for the duration of the trip and then some.

September 21, 2017 |

Camping Holidays

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Camping holidays

Camping Holidays in the UK

Do you like camping holidays? For me, they bring back vivid memories of my childhood. I remember the days of waking up to my dad cooking bacon, eggs, sausage and baked beans all in the same pan. He told me that the bits of burnt bacon would add flavor to my eggs. The tent was usually small and the foam mats were certainly, not comfortable. It sounds bleak but even today I reminisce with great nostalgia about those family days under the canvas.

Those early days spent camping in Devon were special I will never forget the experience and how they instilled a great passion for the outdoors in me.

It’s probably because of those early experiences that I decided to set up my own camping web site. I wanted to give access to everyone who wants to find that perfect escape with that perfect morning Vista.

Camping holidays have changed thankfully

That’s right camping holidays have changed. When I say they have changed they are far more comfortable than they used to be.If I can do anything at all here I want to let you know about some of the great advances in camping technology the will change your perception of camping as a tough experience only for special forces hero. I am not going to cover off all of the great technological advances here. The overriding benefit of modern equipment is the weight. Modern camping equipment is no longer heavy and clunky.

Comfort has also greatly improved. I mentioned earlier about a foam sleeping mat.A foam mat offers zero comfort, it doesn’t matter how much I try to convince myself otherwise.  If you had a mat thick enough you might be ok but that would be very bulky. I love the modern mats offered by Exped or Thermarest. These mats iron out all the bumps and the rust to give you lightweight comfort. The mats can be expensive but are worth every penny. My current mat is going strong after 7-years and many trips away. You might be interested in reading my post on camping essentials.

Picking a tent

Get the right tent. Think weather do you want enough space in case it rains. This is particularly important if you are camping for a while. Having a large porch with children can be a great help. It gives you room to cook and your children room to play. Most tents now are lightweight and either come with poles or infaltable compartments. Speaking to a knowledgeable sales assistant should give you the guidance you need to select the right ten for a trip. In future post I will produce a guide on what you should look for in a ten.

Great value holidays

Camping holiday offers superb value. You can stay in some of the most beautiful places in the world for next to nothing. Think about booking a weekend holiday for a family of 4 in or near any beautiful place you can think of. What would be the cost? I’m not going to state a specific amount because depending on where stay the cost can vary significantly the point is that a camping holiday will give you 2,3,4 or even more nights for the cost of 1 in a hotel.

At a time where making your money go that bit further, a camping holiday can give you real value for money. The next step is to find a campsite suitable for you next weekend break of excursion abroad.

Why sleep in a hotel

I know I might be a bit biased. I struggle to sleep in hotels. It’s not just the cost it’s that stale air I can’t stand. Waking up in the morning I tend to wake up with a dry throat. I am not going to get into hotel bashing here I promise. INow I would like to point out a few more camping benefits.  My real excitement with camping comes from waking up in a beautiful place with great view. There is normally fresh air in abundance great for cleaning out the lungs. My dad always told me that fresh air would help me sleep. As I argued with him I struggled to keep my eyes open.

 

Camping Holidays around the world

Camping holidays in the UK are one thing but what about where we looking at camping holidays around the world. All the benefits still exist but there may be some additional consideration. I would make some specific consideration depending on where I was heading. Ask yourself some basic question about the weather and the environment. Are you going to be somewhere with extreme heat? You need to consider the particular animals around. Could some animals be a potential pest during your stay? Common sense is really important particularly if you are taking children camping.

If you are looking for some inspiration the telegraphy recently published a great review of the 20 best campsites in Europe

If you decide that heading to Europe is for you getting there from the UK can be just as easy as a UK trip. Load up the car and either take a train or ferry for some summer sun. We haven’t touched on the rain. Unfortunately, in the UK we have a wonderful lush greenery, it comes at a price. It needs regular watering. I personally love the rain. If you want to guarantee a little more sunshine you may want to check out campsites in Spain or campsites in France to give you some ideas.

If you are heading offro atrip this some have a greatime and keep on exploring.

 

September 2, 2017 |

Camping essentialss how to organise yourself

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Camping essentials

Camping Essentials

Getting knowledge of camping essentials right from the start will make your holiday more enjoyable. It’s time to go camping and you’ll want to have everything you need organized. Nothing ruins a trip more than to forget essential camping gear. So how do you organize your trip? Your checklist of things you need can be double checked.

  1.  Make a place in your garage or inside your home to put all camping gear in one spot, checking off your list as you go.
  2. When it’s time to load your gear, take a new checklist and check off as you load gear in your vehicle.
  3. Organize your packing so that items are easily found. When packing backpacks make sure you use a checklist. Once your gear is packed put a piece of tape or something to show it’s been properly packed.

Here is sample checklist to help you get started

Camping Essentials is about being prepared for the most likely eventualities. Remember the scout motto always be prepared that should be the basis of preparing for your trip. If you have some time the Telegraph has put together a great article about the 10 common camping mistakes.

  • Tent, you will need shelter. Make sure you have assembled your tent before you go out camping. Don’t take a chance; assemble your tent even if it’s brand new!
  • Food, make sure you have enough food to last an extra day or two. Unexpected things can happen, it’s better to have too much than to run out.
  • Water, having water enough for everyone. If you don’t have access to fresh water, more is better to pack. If relying on water from a stream be sure you have a way to boil the water. Never drink water from a river or stream without properly boiling it. Bacteria from water can make you extremely sick. You need 2 liters or more water per day for each person. Don’t forget cooking and washing up.
  • Proper clothing for the elements. Make sure you have clothing appropriate for the season. Have spare clothing enough for a day. Long sleeves and long pants are a must in case insects become a real problem. Summer time campers tend to pack shorts and short sleeves. At least one set of long pants and shirt sleeves.
  • Light, having lights with new fresh batteries. Check bulbs before you leave. Headlamps are great for camping. Fire, don’t rely on a lighter. Fire starters can be purchased at quality camping stores. You can take lighters but always have a back-up.
  • First Aid. A basic first aid kit is a must. Depending on the activity level you’re participating in should dictate first aid necessities. If camping where venomous snakes are present having a good snake bite kit is essential. Emergency signal and emergency whistle to help in case you need assistance.
  • Insect repellent is a must, especially at night. Mosquitos can be a real nuisance so a good repellent will make night times much more pleasurable. Insect bite medicine or anti-itch cream will also make camping more enjoyable.
  • Cooking items and food storage. Air tight containers for food. Eco-friendly soap for washing up.
  • Tools, if you’re planning a fire, hammer for tent stakes, utility knife, hatchet or saw for cutting wood. All of these items can be found in hiking friendly sizes.
  • Make sure that all gear is checked if it has been stowed away. Open up sleeping bags and shake them out, check zippers. You don’t want to be out in the wild only to find out your sleeping bag won’t zip or it has holes from insects or rodents.
  • Prescription medications. Always have one week’s extra medication with you. Never chance running out.

Before you venture out into the wilderness camping. Check with park rangers for types of wildlife you will encounter. Are venomous snakes in the area? Most animals if you make noise while camping or hiking will move on. Know your environment before you head out.

Knowing and being prepared for emergency situations can save lives.

Take your time packing. Test everything that has some function for example camp stoves and lights. Never assume anything! Check it out, better to be safe than sorry…

Now you are equipped with knoweledge of camping essentials you know need to find a camping holiday  

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