Best Campsites in the UK

I really feel like kids these days do not know enough about the outdoors. I imagine that there are lots of them that just do not even come close to realizing how much the quality of life of the average citizen of a modern country has improved in the last 50 years. Or how much it has improved since the start of the industrial revolution. It is mind boggling and I want to look up UK campsites right now to take my kid for a camping trip. I want him to learn to appreciate what it is like to live outside of a modern home, outside of a modern city, and in the real wilderness.

I plan to take him fishing, and we can cut and cook the fish for dinner. It should be a good lesson to help him learn how lucky he is to live in the modern world. Continue reading

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What Everyone Should Know About Camping Trips

What Everyone Should Know About Camping Trips

What Everyone Should Know About Camping Trips

Whether your camping trip will be brief or long, there are always things you should keep in mind for your trip. Too many people go camping without reading up a little on it first. This article will discuss information and tips that you should need to know before you embark.

Bring sleeping bags appropriate for the season. You are going to be really hot and uncomfortable camping in the summertime if your sleeping bag is rated for sub-zero temperatures. On the other hand, if you bring along a light-weight bag in the winter, you may feel like you are freezing to death. You could even develop hypothermia or frostbite if it’s very cold.

When packing for your camping trip, make sure to pack either a pair of flip flops or water shoes. These will come in handy in and around the campground. For instance, if you are staying in a campground that has bathroom facilities and you plan on taking a shower, you need to wear shoes in the shower to protect your feet from foot fungus. Continue reading

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Three Gift Ideas for the Backpacker in Your Life

Backpacking, not to be confused with day-hiking and camping, is often misunderstood by friends and family. A backpacker carries all their supplies on their back, and most do not carry more than 40 pounds unless they are going on an extreme expedition. For this reason, gear must be useful and as light as possible. Here are some gift ideas most backpackers will appreciate.

Stuff Sacks

Most backpackers use stuff sacks to keep their pack organized. Cook kits, dirty clothes and liquids are often kept in separate bags. A good stuff sack can also be used as a bear bag or to squash down a puffy jacket or quilt. Stuff sacks also wear out, so receiving some good quality replacements is always welcome.

A Folding Knife

In the middle of the Appalachian Trail is no time to snap the blade off the cheap knife they picked up as a discount store. Folding knives are used for shaving kindling, cutting cords and even preparing food. If your backpacker is on a budget, a quality knife is an investment that will be appreciated and it will last for years.

Gift Certificates

If you don’t know the difference between an internal frame and an external or why trail runners are not sneakers, it might be best if you just gave a gift certificate to an outdoor store. Backpackers usually have a list of items they want, and they can use the money to get the gear they need.

Backpacking is often confused with day-hiking or camping, so buying gifts for a backpacker can be a challenge. These gift ideas will save you from buying something expensive and utterly worthless for your backpacking loved one.

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Don’t Go Unprepared! What To Bring On A Camping Trip

Don't Go Unprepared! What To Bring On A Camping Trip

Don’t Go Unprepared! What To Bring On A Camping Trip

Camping in the great outdoors can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to get away from the stress of every day life. To make sure that your trip is as relaxing as possible, there are some basic tips that get help you get the most of your time away. The article below has lots of great ideas.

Prior to leaving, take a few minutes to make a checklist of everything that you need. There is nothing worse than getting to a campsite and then finding out that you don’t have what you need to be comfortable. A checklist is a great aid as you are packing. Try to start getting thing’s together several days before you leave so you have plenty of time.

Before you start out on that relaxing camping trip, it is essential for your safety to make sure to let someone know you are going. Give a friend or neighbor the name of the campsite if you are using one. If you are headed out on a less structured trip, give your contact a general idea of where you are headed and a timeline for your return. If something goes wrong, there will be someone to know where to look for you. Continue reading

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