5 Useful Tips For Camping In The Rain

Even if you know the weather forecast during your camping trip, there’s always a chance that it will rain so you always have to come prepared. If it does, the fun doesn’t end there. In fact, there are plenty of ways you can make your stay comfortable and even more fun even though it’s pouring outside. Remember, don’t think of it as an inconvenience, think of it as a challenge!

Try these awesome tips for camping in wet weather:

Invest in the right tent

The outdoors are unpredictable so you always have to be prepared no matter what the weather is. If you plan to go camping during the rainy season, buying a good quality tent with built-in vents. The vents will help prevent condensation inside. If purchasing a new one is out of the question, you can opt to re-proof your old one. Use a tent proofer spray to restore your tent’s ability to repel water.

Bring a gazebo

A gazebo will help greatly when you’re camping in wet weather. It will shelter and protect you, your tent and your gear from the rain. This means that you can still enjoy being outside of your tent without getting wet.

Think about storage

Resealable plastic bags will be useful for storing clothes, toiletries and other small items when you’re outdoors. They are waterproof, too, that’s why they’re ideal for the rainy season. Don’t forget to store wet and dry items separately and make sure you have dry clothes to keep you warm when you’re inside the tent. Seal food items tightly to keep them fresh and to avoid water from getting in.

Don’t forget to protect yourself

Your gear is all set, but you also need the right clothing and accessories for yourself – nobody wants to catch a cold and be unable to enjoy while out on an outdoor trip. Arm yourself with a waterproof jacket, trousers and boots. Keep bug repellants ready (many tend to come out in wet weather) and pack a microfiber towel – they’re compact, absorbent and dries quickly.

Plan fun activities

There are still some fun outdoor activities you can do even when it’s pouring. Play board games, bring out the guitar or tell ghost stories with kids to keep them entertained.

Camping in the rain doesn’t have to be a hassle – with the right gear and attitude, you’re still sure to have a memorable trip!

Daniel J. Smith is a survival expert. Having lived the outdoor life since he was very young, he loves sharing his expertise about camping, hiking, traveling, RV living and many more. He has also started his own company called OutBright, which will soon be selling products that cater to campers, hikers, travellers and all outdoor-loving adventurers.

The Top 5 Most Essential Gear For Your Camp Kitchen

The Top 5 Most Essential Gear For Your Camp Kitchen

When you go on a camping trip, you would set up your campsite to be a comfortable space for you to sleep, cook and eat – just like your home. Setting up a camp kitchen is easy, just as long as you know which gear are the most important. In the future, you can add more items to your outdoor kitchen but for now, here are the top 5 that you need:

Stove

A portable stove is a must-have for any outdoor kitchen. You can choose to cook all your meals over a campfire but that would call for a longer cooking time and you might tire yourself out. A stove will help you cook food quicker and more conveniently.

Fuel

Your stove won’t run without fuel so be sure to check your stove’s fuel levels before you leave for camping. Always have extra fuel in hand just to be sure. One thing to keep in mind is that more fuel is consumed when you’re at a higher altitude or when the weather is cold.

Cooking Gear

The goal when packing for a camping trip is to pack light. All you really need is a compact pot and a cast iron skillet to start, especially if you’re tight on space. But this may not be enough if you’re cooking for a larger group so if space permits, add a few more pots and pans ( or just bring a couple of large ones). Don’t forget the smaller items that are essential in cooking – a spatula, a ladle, knives, cutting board, colander, measuring cup scissors, food containers, garbage bags and some bowls and plates to serve food in.

Cooler

A cooler has more use than keeping your drinks cold. When filled with ice, it’s a great space to store food that you’ll cook for your trip as well as leftovers to keep them from spoiling. It’s ideal to keep most food in a sealed container so as not to attract scavengers to your campsite.

Camping Lantern

It could get really dark out in the woods and cooking can get hard. It’s not ideal to rely on the campfire for light. While a flashlight will do the job, it will tie down your hands. Invest in a good quality camping lantern that will assist you in cooking, washing dishes and even provide light when you’re eating.

Check all these items from your list and you’ll have the 5 most essential gear for your camp kitchen!

Daniel J. Smith is a survival expert. Having lived the outdoor life since he was very young, he loves sharing his expertise about camping, hiking, traveling, RV living and many more. He has also started his own company called OutBright, which will soon be selling products that cater to campers, hikers, travellers and all outdoor-loving adventurers.

4 Easy Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Camping Tent

4 Easy Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Camping Tent

Your camping tent is not only the place you will sleep in when you’re outdoors, but it also protects you and keeps you safe from outside elements. Having said this, your tent deserves care and attention to help it extend its life.

Here are some ways on how you can care for your camping tent:

Protect the floor of your tent

The key here is the spot where you’ll be setting up camp. An ideal area would be a spot that is smooth and level. Clear the area of small debris like rocks, twigs, pine cones and the like as these might cause cuts to your tent’s floor. To further protect the floor, use a footprint, a ground cloth that will provide the floor of your tent an even smoother surface to be set up in. Lastly, don’t bring any foot wear inside!

Keep away from the sun

Not only are the sun’s UV rays harmful to your skin but to your tent’s surface, too. The UV rays would do damage to both the fabric and the nylon fibers. Your best bet is to set up camp at a shady area, but if you can’t find one, use a tarp to shade your tent. If you’re going to be out for a while (hiking, fishing or backpacking), remove your tent from direct sunlight.

Keep the food outside

Don’t bring food and eat inside of your tent. There are a multitude of insects out in the woods and food attracts many of them. You don’t want insects to be crawling all over your tent and trying to chew their way in through the fabric just to get to the food. And besides, camp food should always be placed in tightly sealed containers to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife to the campsite.

Keep your tent clean

While packing up, give your tent a good shake to get rid of any dust and dirt that may have accumulated both inside and outside. It’s ideal to wash it every after use to ensure that there’s no mildew on any surface and also to remove dirt in the zipper which will help prevent it from malfunctioning in the future. Don’t forget to dry your tent completely before storing it loosely in a bag at a cool, dry place.

Follow these easy tips to extend the life of your camping tent and you’re sure to enjoy its service for many years to come!

Daniel J. Smith is a survival expert. Having lived the outdoor life since he was very young, he loves sharing his expertise about camping, hiking, traveling, RV living and many more. He has also started his own company called OutBright, which will soon be selling products that cater to campers, hikers, travellers and all outdoor-loving adventurers.

Camping While Visiting Galveston Island and Houston

Camping While Visiting Galveston Island and Houston

When visiting the Galveston/Houston area there are many RV Resorts from which to chooses. The time of year and one’s interest when visiting can help determine which campground is best. Staying on Galveston Island has many advantages over staying near Houston. For one, it gets a family away from the everyday life of being in a city with all the traffic and most important, many of the campgrounds are located near the beach. The amities’ the campground offers can help with one’s decision, for most of the Galveston campgrounds are just like Hotel Resorts. For example, the Jamaica Beach RV Resort, is ten miles from downtown Galveston. The resort has 181 sites with full hookups including cable Tv. There are two swimming pools, one with a swim up bar, a hot tub and a 700-foot lazy river. Other amenities include, shuffle board, basketball court, mini golf, and a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. One will fine the forty-five-mile drive to Houston is very easy on Interstate 45.

Galveston island is around 25 miles long and, in some areas, less than a mile wide. At the Southeast end of the island, one has to cross a toll bridge for $2.00 to get back to the mainland, the Northwest end just stops at the mouth of the bay; however, there is a Ferry service which will take one to Bolivar Peninsular. The other entrance to the island is across Interstate 45 which turns into Broadway Avenue, this is like main street through the center of the business section of Galveston.

Downtown Historical Galveston is located along Galveston Bay at the Port of Galveston, where the cruise ships dock. All the buildings here are historical in nature, while some buildings are offices, others are shops for tourist, as well as some have been developed into historical museums. Along the bay, one will find an assortment of Seafood restaurants and museums.

For the person that enjoys historical as well as educational sites, Galveston Island is a great place to visit. Buying the Galveston Island city pass has a big advantage, one has to buy at least four or more attractions and the savings are 40 percent cheaper than individual tickets.

Some of the attractions included are, Moody Mansion which was built in 1895 portrays one of the richest entrepreneurs in 20th century America with all the original furnishings. I have to say the furnishings for the living areas is quite impressive, yet the bedroom furnishings lack in comfort and style. At the Navel Museum, one can tour the inside of the Famous USS Cavalla Submarine which sank the Japanese Navy Carrier Shokaku, that attacked Pearl Harbor. I’m not for sure how people could live in such close quarters, one thing for sure, no-one had any secrets. The USS Stewart is the only Edsall-Class Destroyer preserved in the United States. These are the only two vessels located at the museum. Ocean Star, a retired off shore drilling oil rig turned to Museum explains the process for drilling, extracting oil, safety and environmental impacts the oil industry faces. The living quarters has been turned into the museum while the drilling rig and equipment for the drill is still intact. Being on this rig can give one the sense of what it’s like to be miles off shore and working twelve-hour shifts. For the person that likes trains, The Railroad Museum is a must. Here one will find many cars that were built in the early 1900’s to the mid 1940’s, all restored to their original dates. There are several engines from different eras; however, only one can be boarded. Although Galveston Island is small, with the many historical sites, beaches, and the family attractions available, Galveston can keep a family pretty busy for days.

Battleship Texas located in LaPorte about forty miles Northwest of Galveston is well worth the drive. The Texas was scheduled to be used as a bombing target, but after a successful drive by the people of Texas, she was awarded to the people of the state of Texas in 1948. When the Texas was commissioned in 1914, she was the most powerful battleship in the world., In 1925 she underwent major modifications and for the next twelve years she steamed the Atlantic and Pacific, representing American Naval power. Battleship Texas is a large and complicated artifact and getting around her can be very confusing. To our surprise, one can not only walk around all the deck levels, but the engine rooms as well.

Buying the Houston city pass is the best way to see the top five attractions at an affordable price. With Houston being the fourth largest city in the country, one can see how the city is really spread out. Three of the destinations are downtown, while the other two are on the outer sections of the city.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was very educational as well as informative. The museum displayed the dinosaur era, as well as the evolution of mankind. Here one can learn about the minerals the earth provides us and how they are transformed to create today’s technology. In addition, the museum displays many species of animals in their natural habitat and their means of survival. The Houston Zoo is small, but very nice for adults and children alike. For a small zoo the variety of animal’s was quite impressive. My favorite part was feeding the Giraffes, large but very gentle creatures, just don’t turn your back on them. The Houston Aquarium is quite small, but well worth the visit. Here one will find many species of smaller fish from the Gulf of Mexico, some quite colorful, but not eatable. Included with the pass is an assortment of rides for the smaller children. Kemah Boardwalk which sits right on the water about twenty miles East of downtown Houston, is a popular destination for all ages. The boardwalk hosts a large variety of shops as well as restaurants. In addition, there are many rides for all ages to enjoy. This is a popular destination for weekends and evening time. Space Center Houston, located in the Southeastern part of Houston. The space center displays past, present, and future space exploration. With the space center being very educational. Our favorite part was the Independence Space Shuttle sitting atop the Boeing 747. The shuttle is a replica from the original, yet it was interesting to see how the inside of a shuttle looks.

By far, the history and attractions in and around Galveston and Houston will keep a family entertained for several weeks.

My wife and I stared camping twelve years ago. We discovered right away that camping is a great way to spend time relaxing in the great outdoors. The best part of camping allows one to have the comforts of home explorenorthamericawithus

Planning a Camping Trip to Tour North America

Planning a Camping Trip to Tour North America

The United States alone has more to see and do, than one can accomplish in a lifetime, because of this one needs to carefully choose which locations and sites are more important based on their type of interest. By far, camping would be a great way to explore our country in an economical way with the comforts of being at home. So, lets plan a trip around the lower forty-eight States and Canada. One should plan on three to four years to accomplish this journey. Now how does one do this?

First, write down each state and Province of Canada on a piece of paper. A pretty easy task if you can name off all the states, if not a map of our country will aid in this process. Next, one should Google each state’s tourism department requesting travel guides and state maps. For the most part, this should be pretty easy. However, getting some information from Canada might take a little more effort, some provinces may even take a phone call, don’t worry they have a toll-free number. Some of the states will have the travel information broken down into categories’, or have different brochures by location within the state, while other states just have one brochure. After a couple of weeks, the onslaught of mail will start, they will be days the mail person may have to bring it to the front door in a bundle. In about six to eight weeks one will have a stack over two feet high. Now this can be overwhelming.

The next task at hand is, how does one track this in an organized way? Easy enough, Excel spreadsheets. A good idea is to take a map of the United States and with a black marker divide the country into six sections. Southeast, South central, Southwest, Northeast, North central, Northwest and one for all of Canada. In all, seven named spreadsheets. With each spreadsheet, create a tab for each state and province. The next step is a lot of reading, and of course looking at pictures.

Looking at the travel brochures, one can tell some states put forth a great amount of effort with the information regarding their state. As one knows, good pictures are a great attention getter, while some states did this, others didn’t. The idea is to complete one state at the time. As you read through the brochures, Google anything of interest to you, if it’s something you feel would be enjoyable, put the name of the site, the web link, city, address and any fees associated with it on the states tab.

Once you have all the information on each States tab, it’s time to organize the sites by location within the state. Google map is an ideal tool to help with this process. First, divide each state into nine sections ex: Northwest, Center west, Southwest. For the most part, most of the states should be pretty easy to put your places of interest into geographical locations. By far, Texas and California due to the size of each state, may be pretty difficult and very time-consuming. As a note, don’t be surprised, all states don’t have something to see and do everywhere, especially Canada in the far northern sections.

The idea is to stay at a campground which is centrally located for the places you wish to visit and then move to your next location. For this task, one should join Good Sam and All stays Pro camping clubs, both have campground maps for North America with most campgrounds listed. This should be a great tool from which to select campgrounds. One can open each campgrounds web site and read all about them. Try to target around five to seven campgrounds in each location for future planning. List the campground, prices, how many sites and their ratings on the spreadsheets. Next, one can use Google map to find the distances from the campgrounds to each place you plan to visit. This will give you an idea of which campground is better located for your stay.

The last step is to plan your route, being as efficient as possible. Things to consider are many campgrounds in the north are seasonal, as well as the seasonal temperatures at any given location. The length of stay at each location should be decided by the things you plan on doing, given time for what the locals may suggest and a little down time. Due to campground pricing, your shortest stay should be seven days and the longest thirty-one days.

The last and most important thing one must decide on, is their home and personal belongings. To maintain a home for the length of time you may be gone, can be quite expensive.