Travel Essentials: What You’re Going to Need

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If you had any sort of trip or getaway planned between March 2020 and now, chances are, it was or has been cancelled. This is understandable. The past year and a half has been a tough time for the majority of the world in many aspects of their lives. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has spread across the world, posing a major health threat and resulting in countless tragic deaths and illnesses. Travel hasn’t been the majority of people’s priority and, instead, many of us have been focusing on keeping ourselves to ourselves, staying home and staying away from others in an attempt to reduce our chances of catching the virus and to reduce our chances of spreading it to others. Luckily, thanks to the development of a vaccine and millions of people around the world getting it, many people can now turn their minds back to getting away and having a good time. Sure, things might not be one hundred percent back to normal, but we are getting there. If you’re considering a holiday – short term or long term – you may be wondering what you need to get to make sure that your trip is a success. Here are a few suggestions that can help to get you started out!

Passport

Let’s start with the absolute essential thing you’re going to need to leave your own country and enter another – your passport. Make sure to check the date on your passport. Chances are you haven’t used it in a while and you could find that it needs renewing or will need renewing by the time your getaway is underway. If you do need a new passport, make sure to apply for one sooner rather than later. This will help to ensure that you aren’t left worried or panicking as you wait for a passport close to the day of your trip.

Visas

Depending on where you’re traveling, you may need a visa too. A visa will allow you to get through border control in your country of choice. Again, this is something that you will need to apply for in advance to make sure that it is approved and provided in time. If you require any help with visa applications, there are usually relevant helplines that will see you get in touch with someone who can guide you through the process, whether that’s for a Schengen visa or etias applications.

Vaccine Passport

Some countries or specific destinations will require that you are vaccinated to enter the country or to engage with certain activities within the country. It’s important that you do this research first to determine whether you do need proof of vaccination to do what you want to do. This can impact your choice of destination if you aren’t vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you will have to make sure you can access your vaccine passport, allowing you to provide proof of your medical status.

Suitcase

For a short term trip, the best piece of luggage – and most popular piece of luggage – tends to be a good quality suitcase. This is a simple and straightforward way to carry your belongings with you in the airport, for them to be boarded onto the aircraft and to use when you’re away. They’re protected, can have plenty of space and generally have wheels, allowing you to pull them along easily rather than bearing the weight of all of your belongings yourself. Suitcases tend to come in one of three sizes – large (for longer trips), medium (for shorter trips), and small (hand luggage appropriate). The best for you will depend entirely on the type of trip you’re planning. Make sure to check the sizes alongside your chosen airline’s rules and regulations to make sure your case isn’t too big. You can also get cases with tracking to give you peace of mind and let you know where your case is at all times.

Travel Bags

If you’re heading somewhere with rough terrain, or where you will have to carry your belongings with you a lot of the time, a suitcase might not be quite appropriate. Instead, large travel bags may better suit your needs. These are essentially oversized backpacks that have been specially designed for travel. You will carry them on your back but have plenty of space inside to fit belongings intended for a long period of time. When choosing one, it’s good to choose a lightweight option. If you’re already carrying all of your belongings on your back, you’re not going to want extra added weight from the bag itself. You should also try to buy something of quality. You don’t want your bag to break suddenly. Waterproof and hardy materials are preferable to protect its contents. You may also want to choose options with plenty of straps that can do things like strap a sleeping bag to the bottom to save space inside the bag itself.

Sun Lotion and Insect Repellant

If you’re heading somewhere cold, cloudy or without many biting insects, you may not need these items. But for many trips, you will need to pack some good quality sun lotion and some insect repellant too. This can help make your trip safer and more comfortable. Remember to apply these regularly throughout each day to benefit as best possible. If you’re struggling to figure out which is best for you, there are plenty of reviews online that will guide you through your options and make recommendations on which best suits the majority’s needs. Without these, you could experience issues such as sun burn (which can be dangerous and deeply uncomfortable) or multiple bites (which will itch and bother you).

As you can see, there is a lot to bear in mind when it comes to planning a getaway. But hopefully, some of the information above should help you to get your trip started out in the right direction.

How to relax on your holiday

When you are at work, you are supposed to work hard because that is life, right? When you are off on holiday, you are supposed to relax but that never seems to happen. For some reason, we have a hard time switching off and really relaxing. So, rather than allow you to waste your next vacation with stress, here is a quick guide to help you relax.

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Book somewhere quiet

There is this idea that your vacation has to be jam packed with activities, and there is nothing wrong with this. But, you need to give your body the opportunity to switch off by going somewhere that is quiet. Staying somewhere like the Venice Beach hotel means that you have the opportunity to relax, but are still close to places that have fun activities. You never know, you might enjoy the quiet time more than the stuff you have planned. Just remember not to overdo it with the activities when you are supposed to be chilling.

Book to do nothing

If you have real trouble switching off, you need to book yourself some time to do nothing. You need to block out some time on your calendar and let nothingness take over. Be bored. At a loose end. Nothing. This is a hard thing to do but it is important that you even book an hour to do nothing. No TV, no phone, nothing. If you can do this once a day while you are away, you might find yourself being able to relax a bit better. Embrace the feeling of nothingness and let your stress disappear into the void. 

Put down the phone

Our phones are addictive and we need to learn how to put them down. If you are sightseeing, you should take your phone with you so that you can snap some photos. But don’t put them on social media. There are plenty of places that will allow you to print your snaps and pop them in an album. They are your memories so give them some extra special treatment and have them ready in a photo book or album to show people instead of them being online. It will make an interesting point for when guests come over and you can get out the photo albums for a chat.

Get into water

It doesn’t matter if you can swim or not, you need to get into the water somehow. If you are in a landlocked area, you need to get into the bath and relax. If you know there is a stream running past, you need to dip your toes in. and, if you are near the beach, get your feet into the water, even if it is cold. Being around water is very soothing so don’t discount how much it can wipe away your stress and worries. If you can visit the local sealife centre. We know a lot of these places have a bad reputation but some of them are there to support the local wildlife and sea creatures.

Travelling for a Funeral: How to Prepare

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When someone you know well passes away, it is important to be there for the person’s family and friends. One way you can do this is by travelling for the funeral. However, if you have never done this before, you may not know what to expect or how to prepare. 

In this article, you will get some tips on how to make your trip easier and more enjoyable so that when the time comes, all of your loved ones are proud of you!

Pack the Right Clothes

Packing clothes for the weather is important when travelling for a funeral because one of the most difficult aspects is planning according to the climate. When travelling for a funeral, pack an appropriate outfit that is both comfortable and professional. 

Your attire should be dignified and show respect for the solemnity of the occasion. It may be possible that you will need to attend an event after the funeral, so it’s important to pack a few different outfits. 

You’ll want something casual for any events that will take place after the funeral. It’s always best to be prepared and pack clothes for every scenario when travelling for a funeral. 

Finding  Accommodation

When you are travelling for a funeral, it is important to find somewhere to stay in advance. The best way to do this is by contacting the family in charge of the funeral. 

They will have all the accommodation information that you need, and their assistance could make your trip up to 100 percent easier. 

If you can’t contact them before booking, you should look for an Airbnb because they will be able to accommodate any last-minute requests that come up.

Offer Financial Help

It is also possible for you to offer financial help to the family.  If the person who died was the main breadwinner of the family they might not know what to do now that they are gone.

 Providing financial resources will be very helpful in this situation. If you have the finances you can offer to help pay for the funeral arrangements. 

When preparing to lay someone to rest, funeral caskets can be the most expensive item on the list of things needed. You may want to consider helping with this if possible.

Additionally, you can offer something as small as a box of chocolates or a wreath and then follow up with a card encouraging them to take care of themselves. Regardless of your contribution, they will appreciate it because it shows that you care.

Coping With Grief

Coping with grief is never easy. However, if you have the chance to be there for someone and help them through it they will never forget it. Remember that everyone goes through different stages of grief.

This means you will need to know when someone needs to just talk things through or they may need a hug. At other times they may need their space. The best thing you can do is let them know you are available to help no matter what they are feeling.

Everything You Need To Know When Planning A Hiking Trip

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Hiking is a fantastic way to explore the great outdoors. It can also be a fun physical challenge. It essentially involves walking long distances – usually as a way of accessing scenic locations that can only be accessed by foot. 

There are lots of different forms of hiking from summit hiking (mountain climbing) to coastal walking. A hiking trip could last a few hours or a few days. It all depends on what type of challenge you’re looking for.

Whatever the case, it’s important to plan your trip thoroughly. Below are some tips on planning a hiking trip including choosing the right trail, training for your hike, choosing what to bring and staying safe on your hike.

Choosing the right trail

In order for your hiking trip to be a rewarding adventure, you need to choose the right trail. There are few questions to consider to help you find the perfect trail.

What’s your fitness level like?

First, consider your fitness level. If you don’t do a lot of exercise, you should start with a fairly basic day hike – aim to cover no more than a few miles over relatively easy terrain. Those with a higher level of general fitness may be willing to take on something more challenging. 

It’s worth researching trails online to see how fellow hikers rate their difficulty. This is particularly important with mountain climbs where overexerting yourself could be dangerous. 

Where in the world do you want to go?

You don’t have to travel far to go on a hiking trip. In fact, there could be many trails in your area that could be perfect for a day trip. 

Alternatively, you could try looking into trails further afield. There are many places across the US that are renowned for their scenic hikes. In the southern states you have Grand Canyon National Park, Big Bend National Park. In the midwest, you have the trails of Northern Michigan and Northern Minnesota. When it comes to the northern mountain states you have the likes of Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National park. Travelling for a hiking trip can be more expensive, but it could give you the chance to see greater sights than what may be on your doorstep.

Some people even go abroad for hiking expeditions. Popular hiking trails around the world include the Inca Trail in Peru, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and the Torres Del Paine in Chile. Such trips are great for experienced hikers. Just make sure to consider all the extras of going abroad such as applying for a visa and bringing a passport. 

How long will your trek be?

You should consider your time frame when planning your hike. Some trails can be done in a few hours (although it depends on your fitness level). Others can take days or weeks. 

When it comes to longer multi-day treks you’ll need to plan out your stops. It could be worth going with a guide when planning longer and more challenging hikes in places you’re not familiar with. 

What time of the year are you planning your trip?

Some trails are best avoided in winter. In fact, some mountain trails may be inaccessible during these months due to the harsh weather. 

Summer is the safest time to book a long or challenging hiking trip. Just be wary that it is also the most popular season for planning a hiking expedition – even lesser known trails could get busy during these months, which can result in ‘traffic’. If you don’t want to be competing with crowds, plan to go hiking in spring or fall.

Training for your hiking trip

If you’re going on a short local day hike, there’s probably no reason to train for it. However, if you’ve decided to take on Kilimanjaro or the Appalachian trail, you’ll need to do some serious training. 

For big hiking trips, it’s worth practicing by going on short local walks. When training for mountain climbs, consider going for walks in hilly areas and practice walking uphill. Practice with all your gear on (if you’ve bought brand new hiking boots for your trip, it’s worth going on a few practice hikes to help wear these in).

Choosing what to wear/pack

There’s a long list of things to consider when going on a hiking trip. Below are some of the essentials worth bringing along:

  • Appropriate shoes (for long or challenging hikes you’ll want to buy some hiking boots)
  • Moisture-wicking socks
  • A backpack
  • Clothing for warm and cold weather (bring a variety of layers that you can easily put on/take off)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hiking poles
  • Lots of water
  • Food
  • A physical map and compass (don’t rely on GPS)
  • A first aid kit (just in case somewhere has an injury)

If you’re going on a multi-day trek, you may want to consider a few extras.

  • A tent
  • A sleeping bag
  • A sleeping mat
  • Toilet paper
  • Cooking utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • A flashlight
  • A flare/bear banger

Staying safe while hiking

Safety is of the utmost importance while hiking. The biggest thing you can do is to bring enough water so that you don’t get dehydrated – many ill-prepared hikers have ended up passing out because they don’t have enough water. Water is heavy, so you’ll need to find a way of stocking up on the way when going on a long hiking trip.

When taking on challenging hikes, it’s worth travelling with somebody else. This way if someone gets injured or in a tricky situation, the other person can help. If you do go hiking alone, make sure to tell someone exactly where you’re going.

Where possible, you should try to avoid venturing off the beaten path. Marked trails are safer because they are constantly travelled by people and are generally well maintained. If you try to make your own route you could get lost and there’s no guarantee anyone will find you, plus there may be hazards such as loose ground or dangerous wildlife. On mountains and near cliffs, you should always stick to the trail.

Adventurous Things To Try on Vacation

We are living in the fastest rat race that we’ve ever been involved in, so it makes sense that we would want to pack life with as much adventure as possible. Life gets busy and that ache to be carefree and happy just gets stronger. Every single person wants to – at some point – do something different from their daily life and routines. Change makes you feel alive, and it gives you the boost to do something new. Sometimes, we watch the sun come up and feel excited to be alive. Other times, we book a vacation that’s packed with the chance for adventure just to feel something big. 

Everything is possible in this day and age, and with the list below, you can do some of the most adventurous things EVER on the next vacation that you book. You can learn more about sailing across the Drake Passage in this comprehensive guide, and you can learn just how many adventures there are to try – as long as we have the guts to do it! So, with this in mind, here are some of the most adventurous things that you can try out on vacation. 

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  • Skydiving

Jump out of a plane, you say? Absolutely – it’s one of the biggest thrills you could ever have because it forces you to face your fear of heights, flying and death all in one. When you skydive you trust your instructor with your life, and you jump from heights of up to 15,000 feet with the hope your parachute opens and you float to safety. The chance to fall with style? You’re the real Buzz Lightyear.

  • Zip lining

If you have the chance to join in on a tree top adventure on vacation, do it. You need to have a breakthrough experience at least once in life and you are kept safe with your harness. You can feel like you’re flying and you are secure – you get the adrenaline rush and the thrill without the danger!

  • Climb a bridge

It doesn’t sound like a lot but we’re not talking about just crossing a bridge. We’re talking about climbing it. Going up to the very top of the Golden Gate Bridge is far more impressive than just walking the sidewalk! Auckland Bridge in New Zealand is famous for this adventure!

  • River rafting

A big adventure is taking on the elements and you can really do that with river rafting. You can feel like you’re flying through the waves and crashing around the water without hitting the rocks! You will find that you are in the best of scenery and you can enjoy a thrilling experience that will take your breath away.

  • Bungee jumping

In the same streak as skydiving, this one you’re free falling and held by the legs! You bounce back up and you get to take control of your life by simply jumping into adventure.

Whether you book an adventure break or you take a break filled with adventure, do it. Even once!

Find The Perfect Holiday Destination? Consider Getting A Vacation Home

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If you travel a lot, then you’ll find places that you completely fall in love with. There can be quite a few reasons why this happens, with the majority being personal to you. Once you’ve found the right place, however, you’ll want to keep coming back.

You might also want to share the experience with your friends and family, alongside enjoying your retirement there. Over the past few decades, there have been quite a few popular holiday destinations that have become popular for vacation homes.

One of the more notable of these is the Bahamas, with Ocean Club Estates Real Estate and other agencies seeing an increase in business. Despite what popular tourist destination you’ve fallen in love with, you could still find yourself wanting a vacation home there.

If you have the money, you’d think that this would be easy. Keep these in mind first.

How To Buy A Home In Your Favorite Destination

Consider All The Costs

It’s one thing to fly to your favorite holiday destination every once in a while. After all, there are relatively few costs involved and these are all relatively affordable. It’s quite another to buy a second home there.

While you’ll naturally know about the price of the property itself and its related taxes, there can be many other expenses to consider. Homeowners association fees, swimming pool fees, and much more will all have to be taken into account.

Figure Out How To Finance It

How you decide to finance your second home will depend on multiple factors. Since you might be buying property abroad, then you’ll need to find a financial institution that specializes in these types of loans.

There are also various loan types that you can choose from, ranging from mortgages to government aid. Knowing what you’re eligible for and what financial relief you can get is a vital part of your plan.

How To Qualify For A Second Mortgage

If you’re looking to finance your second home, and can’t do so yourself, you’ll obviously need a mortgage. You might need to do a few things to make sure that you’re eligible for this, however. While much of this can vary depending on where you get the mortgage, there are a few rules of thumb.

As second homes are typically seen as riskier, you’ll need a much larger deposit. While that will increase your upfront costs, you’ll save more long term. You’ll also need to show that you can pay back the mortgage, which will help with your eligibility.

If you plan on renting out your second home, then highlighting any potential revenue will be a positive for your mortgage application.

Wrapping Up

Many people have holiday destinations that they could spend the rest of their lives going back to. That could be because of the food or multiple other reasons. One of the best ways of doing so is by having a vacation home there.

That’ll let you enjoy your favorite holiday places as much as you’d want. With the possibility of rent and other factors, there’s almost no reason not to go for it.

Yes! Travelling In Style Is Possible With Kids!

Traveling around the world with your family is an incredible experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives. Whether you’re going on vacation or want to visit a few different places, it’s beneficial for both parents and children because of how much you can learn about the surroundings and yourself. The prospect of taking a long journey with the kids might be intimidating at times. All you can think about in your head is unending boredom tantrums, which leads to, you got it, endless headaches. This doesn’t have to be the case (believe it or not), so check out these tips for travelling in style and comfort this summer.

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Prepare for travel sickness

Nothing is more distressing than hearing a small cry from the back seat and realising that one of your tiny darlings is suffering from a severe case of nausea. It can strike at any time (even in youngsters who aren’t prone to it), so you must be prepared. Make sure you have plenty of wipes, hand gel, bags, and even towels on hand to help soak up the vomit and keep the car smelling fresh. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, remove the car seat covers and give your vehicle a thorough cleaning everywhere that has been contaminated by vomit. Best of luck!

Spend more on luxury travel

There’s nothing a parent loathes more than “are we there yet” from the back seat. If you’re travelling a considerable distance, it’s important to spend a little more on luxury to make sure everyone is comfortable. Hire a bigger car, consider a private jet charter, and choose the travel options that will help keep the children entertained and the adults relaxed.

Use checkpoints to help your sanity

Making checkpoints on a piece of paper and encouraging the kids to look for them is another fantastic method to keep the kids occupied while also reducing the number of times you hear the question “are we there yet?” Once they’ve seen them, they can mark them off their list and reward themselves with a tiny treat. It will also allow them to know how close you are to your destination (or how far away you are). Turn the boredom of long-distance travel into a bit of fun for your kids, and you’ll save yourself a headache.

Pack plenty of essentials for your journey

Finally, don’t forget to bring the basics for your journey, which will make the whole process a lot smoother. Consider the following suggestions:

  1. Pillows and blankets for both children and passengers so that you can get some rest. Perfect for those late-night journeys!
  2. Plenty of water bottles. You never know when you’ll be trapped somewhere isolated, so bring extra supplies to last a day.
  3. Food. You can make sandwiches and cold meals like pasta ahead of time so that you’re prepared if you’re travelling during a meal. Snacks are also a fantastic way to keep energy levels up while also keeping the youngsters entertained.
  4. Toilet paper – because you never know when you’ll need it!

Take these ideas into consideration and travel in style (and ease) with your kids this summer.

How to Prepare for Your Trip Abroad

Are you planning a trip abroad, but you’re not sure where to begin? Or do you want to plan your first family vacation, but you don’t exactly know what has to be done to ensure you’re prepared to the fullest? Vacations could either be an exciting and relaxing getaway that refreshes the soul, or it could be a total nightmare, and it all depends on how prepared you are for unforeseen events. That said, here are a few tips on how to prepare for a trip abroad, and what you should definitely have sorted beforehand.

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#1 Research the destination

The first thing to do would be to gain some further information on where you’re going, what the weather is like, and any diseases you should be injected for. For example, some countries require you to get vaccinated against some diseases such as Malaria or Yellow fever – knowing this crucial piece of information a while before you go gives you enough time to get yourself, and whoever else is coming along injected and certified to enter the country. Also, knowing what the weather will be like will allow you to pack accordingly and take anything along you wouldn’t typically have. You’d also want to know about the main attraction of the destination you’re going to – for example, if you were planning a trip to Africa, visiting a website such as www.bornwild.rocks would give you all the juicy details you’d want to know.

#2 Get passports and other supporting documents

Before traveling abroad, you’ll need to get your passport ready or renewed if it has expired. Also, if you’re taking a minor along with you, it may be necessary to get an unabridged certificate in order to be able to get them over the border. Also, some countries may require you to get a travel visa while others do not, so being sure whether you need the additional documents will save you lots of headaches down the line or right before you leave for your trip. 

#3 Confirm accommodation

Before leaving for your trip, it would be highly advisable to confirm your accommodation once again and check whether your reservation is still available. Too many times, travelers have gone abroad, only to arrive at where they’re staying and find out their reservation got lost in translation or was never confirmed. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also print out the confirmation you received via email and take it with you to show the receptionist at your accommodation should they need any references. 

#4 Pack an emergency kit

When traveling to a foreign country, there may be a chance of encountering the occasional tummy ache or cold. Remember, you’re going somewhere with cuisines your system isn’t used to and experiencing a climate that your body hasn’t grown accustomed to yet. Having to stay in bed instead of exploring your surroundings just because you ate something extra rich isn’t the trip you had in mind, so consider packing a small bag with the essential medication in case you might need them. 

You want to enjoy your trip to the fullest and see what the rest of the world has to offer – instead, go above and beyond before you depart to ensure you have everything you need and have done all that was required of you so you’ll be able to have the time of your life!

Your 2021 Camping Essentials Checklist


It’s 2021; the past two years have seen us all having put the brakes a little on our grand globetrotting plans. Thankfully the future is looking a bit brighter, and we slowly see restrictions to travel being lifted. But let’s not thank our lucky stars too soon, things aren’t completely back to normal just yet, and it’s important to keep being vigilant and safe, so perhaps don’t book those interrailing tickets just yet. 

However, there are still ways we can escape the monotony of day to day life and enjoy the wonders of the great doors. This summer, if it’s your first time or you’ve been going for years, consider swapping out expensive flights and suitcases for long hikes and big rucksacks. This year, why not try camping. It’s a great opportunity to get in touch with nature and with your friends and family and just a great way to get out. If you’re thinking of taking a trip to one of the many great camping sites around the world this summer, here is a list of essentials to bring with you, so you have access to all of life’s luxuries and do camping right.

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Tent

If you’re thinking of camping out in the woods, while the thought of sleeping under the stars is a romantic one if you want to be protected from all of nature’s extremities, a tent is your first port of call. They come in all shapes and sizes, so pick the right tent for the number of people staying inside and a high-quality one so that it doesn’t get destroyed on the first night. Don’t forget tent pegs, or you may find yourself blown away!

Sleeping Bags

It can get very chilly at night so make sure you at least bring sleeping bags for everyone just in case. You can never be too careful. Blankets and duvets also work, but they can take up a lot of space, especially if you’re planning on taking your camp on the trail.

Sleeping Mat/Air Bed

Sometimes a sleeping bag is comfortable enough, but since the ground can get pretty uncomfortable, what with brambles and sticks and crunchy leaves, after a few nights, you may wish you had brought something a little comfier. Sleeping mats are easy to get and affordable.

Stove

You’re going to want to eat while you’re there. You certainly don’t want to starve. Of course, you can eat your food cold, but if you want to enjoy your meals, consider bringing a stove along with you. A portable barbeque is also a great idea if you fancy cooking in style!

Cooking Utensils

It goes without saying, really. Only bring the essentials you don’t want your stuff cluttering up the car, but whatever you may need day-to-day in the kitchen, bring along with you. Don’t forget cutlery either, or you’ll be eating with your hands.

Water Carrier

Again another no-brainer. A water carrier is a very easy and convenient way to have constant access to water, so you don’t have to keep running back and forth to a nearby site tap. 

Road Shower

Not something you’d often think of, but a necessity if you want to stay clean and presentable while you’re there. It’s bound to get hot and sweaty, especially if you jam-pack your day with outdoorsy activities; you’re going to want to find a way of washing yourself. For the Best Road Shower, check out the link provided. 

First Aid Kit

Health and safety is priority number one. You’re going to be out in the wilderness, with very little in the way of medical help on hand. You’re going to need a way to respond to any medical emergency that may befall you and your loved ones.

Fifteen Reasons To Choose Camping This Summer

The summer is finally with us and now is the time to start planning your vacation. Of course, you have to check the local government guidelines for health and COVID, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a plan to get out there and enjoy the world for a little while. You’ve been locked down and locked up for a whole year; a vacation is well deserved. However, if you’re worried about COVID, you should consider camping instead of a long-haul vacation. This way, you’re far less at risk for things being canceled at the last second!

If you haven’t considered camping before, now is the time. So many people out there love to camp, and it’s not just something that they enjoy as individuals, but something that they enjoy as a family. It can be cold, it can be wet, but if you’re traveling through the summer months you’re far less likely to be at risk of cold and wet nights under the stars. The summer nights are likely to  be drier, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter nosy camping neighbors or a grass snake or two! You could talk yourself right out of buying in that heavy duty canopy, but for all the negatives of camping, there are a gazillion positives to consider. Below, we’ve put together some of those positives so you can feel good about choosing camping for your break away this summer. Let’s take a look!

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  1. You will feel so healthy when you do it. Seriously, you can’t begin to imagine how many health benefits there are with camping! Not only are you hauling yourself and your equipment through mud and bush to get to the good ground, you’re going to be working harder than usual to regulate your body temperature. You’re going to be breathing in the fresh air, filled with dewy nature and greenery. It’s something amazing to enjoy because you’re going to get so much from the natural world physically. 
  2. Your mental health will improve. Along with the physical benefits and movement of hiking and camping, the mental health benefits of being in nature are 100% worth the trip. You’re going to take your brain away from the overstimulation of screens and working hours, and that in itself is priceless. The effects can be much more efficient if you understand how you can relax your body and that of your peers. This will require an additional item like CBD that will release your stress and anxiety. To understand the legal and required procedure of getting this information, you need to get the necessary Medical Cannabis Certificate to help you guide your peers and get the best out of cannabis products. However, it would help if you always were keen to balance your camping and these laxatives lest they have negative results.You get to watch people. A wonderful way to pass the time when you’re not immersing yourself in technology is watching people. You can see people interact and play games, watch them build fires and make tents appear from canopy and sticks. It’s like the ultimate survival show right in front of you and you’re going to love it. Sure, be discreet, but you may find that people watching leads to a little socializing – and you need that.
  3. You can go on an adventure. Camping is a huge adventure and everyone in the family can get involved with it. It’s an adventure to sleep in a tent, to hike up the hills and off the beaten track. You’re going to embark on an adventure you never had before, and you’re going to love every second of it.
  4. Relax a little and have fun. Camping is going to give you a chance to relax and have fun, and you might not have done that for a while. You can fish in the local lakes, you can climb some trees, you can even sit around a fire and melt marshmallows into ‘smores. You get to regress a little and be childlike in your activities. You may not get to do that very often, and if that’s the case, you can let loose and have fun for a change.
  5. Working as a team. Whether you are camping with family, with friends or with work colleagues on a bizarre team-building program, you get to work together as a team. Pitching a tent, for example, is considered a team sport when you’re camping. You can have fun, you can build a fire and you can enjoy working together as a team to make this camping trip as fun as possible!
  6. Spending time together. Family time is so difficult to come by. Parents work around the clock and kids are in school, studying and working part time on the weekends. You may not get much of a chance to just chill out and enjoy each other’s company when you are backed up with work and school, but a few days in the wild together is time you can build memories from. You can play silly games and splash in the water, and you can sing campfire songs and just talk together. It’s going to change your lives – all of you.

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  1. A little more space. When you are living in a town or a city, you don’t get to see much in the way of wide open spaces anymore. There is a huge sense of freedom that comes with going camping as you get into nature and you allow yourself to be in the trees and bushes. You can switch your scenery for a change, and the wilder you go, the less of a risk you will find of COVID or anything else!
  2. Appreciating those little things. Camping gives you a chance to appreciate the little things in life that you may take for granted. The things like the taste of simple food that you cook over a campfire, or wearing wellies over your pajamas as you dance in the twilight sky. Silly things like that – even the smells of the fire crackling in the warm air – it all gives you a chance to appreciate the little things in life that you don’t usually get a chance to pause and enjoy.
  3. Eating delicious food. Oh, goodness, the food you can eat while you camp! Spearing fat sausages on clean sticks and listening to them spit and crackle in the fire, and rotating your own chicken over a fire. You can make some of these delicious campfire recipes, too, and they will be etched in your memories for many years. You could go fully wild and kill, cook and eat an animal, but not many people are into spearing fish or snaring rabbits these days!
  4. A chance to learn something new. Did you ever go to cub scouts as a child? Or join in with the Girl Scouts? The skills you learn, from fishing to tying knots in rope are all skills you can use while you camp. You might even get the chance to gut a fish or whittle sticks. You can learn something new if you join up with a larger camping group, or you can put some long-learned skills to the test.
  5. Seeing the sunrise. If you choose a camping spot that has an ocean view, you will be able to wake up during the nautical twilight hours and watch the sunrise over the ocean. You can just unzip the tent and watch as the sun comes up and that’s a memory you won’t forget. You can even rest yourself on the other side and see the sun setting. All you have to do is make sure that you have a good view!
  6. You get to disconnect. The one common thing that most people have is we are glued to technology these days. Our smartphones and tablets, computers at work and games consoles beckon us. Most people have forgotten how to have fun without the addition of a screen in front of their faces, and the chance to disconnect while camping offers a huge pull to most people who want to camp.
  7. The chance to look at the stars. When was the last time you lay down and looked at the stars? Most people never get the chance to just lie in the grass and see the constellations, or spot a shooting star while you’re laying there looking at the sky. When you camp, you can take your sleeping bag outside and just lay there and see the sky open above you, looking endless and infinite.
  8. It’s all about making memories. No matter what trip you take this year, you are going to make memories that you can never get back. The memories that you make with your whole family are going to be the stuff of family legend and you can remember it every time you go camping or you plan another vacation.

Camping is very much a love it or hate it activity and it’s something you can discuss with the whole family before you go. If you enjoy camping and you’ve been before, it’s likely you’re going to have all of the skills you need, which means that you only have to enjoy yourself for a change! Taking the time to prepare and plan for this trip is half the fun, so why don’t you put everything together and start looking for locations for your next camping trip now? You can travel the summer if you have the time to take – go and chase those sunsets for a change!