RV Experiences and Memorable Meals on the Road – Vol 3

Bedding and linens are an important constituent of your on board inventory. You will need several sets of sheets and pillow cases, a good mattress cover, at least 4 pillows for you and at least 2 guests and I recommend 2 sleeping bags for guests, assuming that you can sleep at least 4. Sleeping bags…

  • Bedding and linens are an important constituent of your on board inventory. You will need several sets of sheets and pillow cases, a good mattress cover, at least 4 pillows for you and at least 2 guests and I recommend 2 sleeping bags for guests, assuming that you can sleep at least 4. Sleeping bags are so much easier to deal with than sheets and can be used outside if weather permits, so include a good quality ground cloth, for those occasions. An electric blanket and or comforters and extra blankets can usually be stored under the bed in the master bedroom.
  • Towels for kitchen and bath, bath mat and of course toilet paper. Now you must NEVER use 2 ply toilet paper in the RV septic system. Use only 1 ply, although you do not need to buy the expensive RV toilet paper, they sell in RV stores. We find that the 1 ply paper, that is readily available in any grocery store, works just fine and is half the cost. It is important that you indoctrinate your children and guests, to use only the 1 ply paper provided and not to put ANYTHING else into your holding tank. Of course, using a biodegradable holding tank deodorizer is recommended.
  • Water is another important subject. Many chose to sanitize their fresh water holding tank, which is a time-consuming pain to me. We choose to not worry about the holding tank water, as we do not dry camp very much and usually have good water hookups, at the RV parks that we visit. We do drain and refill the tank several times a year and use the holding tank water only for toilet, showers and dish washing, if we do not have city water available. We carry one of those large dispensers, available at most grocery stores, for coffee and drinking water. We also have a good counter top water filter, so that we can use the holding tank water if necessary. We also use it to fill our coffee maker, even when on city water, to remove the chlorine taste.
  • Well, I believe we have covered the basics on outfitting of your RV. I would only add, again, that you should keep a log book to record things that you need to add to your on inventory inventory and things that you can remove – always remember your weight limitations and do not accumulate too much “stuff”. We can now move on some of the fun stuff associated with the RV lifestyle – the enjoyment of great food.
  • The New Orleans School of Cooking was founded in 1980, to demonstrate basic Creole techniques and share their favorite cooking tips. Creole cooking is born of Indian, French, Spanish and African food cultures and it combined the best of each culture, with what they found to cook with locally. The result is totally unique in the world and guaranteed to tweak your culinary palette. Classes at the school are held Monday through Saturday and tours are available. If you visit New Orleans, I highly recommend attending one of their classes. They are located in the Jackson Brewery, on Decatur St.. and their attitude is “Let the Good Times Roll”.

Hammock Camping Basics

Tent camping may be fun, but its disadvantages lead vacationers and backpackers to another form of camping-the one that uses hammocks instead of the usual ground-erected tents. If you have a garden hammock, it can be used for hammock camping. You only have to modify it. Hammocks offer a more versatile camping shelter than ordinary…

Tent camping may be fun, but its disadvantages lead vacationers and backpackers to another form of camping-the one that uses hammocks instead of the usual ground-erected tents. If you have a garden hammock, it can be used for hammock camping. You only have to modify it. Hammocks offer a more versatile camping shelter than ordinary tents.

Hammock tents are the convenient alternative to ordinary tents as long as they are put up properly. A fitting hammock tent would be more comfortable than those that sit on the ground. The setup looks simple, but it can offer a temporary shelter in the woods for campers. Hammock tents can actually turn out to be a nice place to lie down, because they are more comfortable. There are a few versions of hammock tents available.

The hanging tents look vulnerable. They are vulnerable if you do not tie the ends right. But if the end straps are tied to sturdy tree trunks, the hammock should hang fine. Just do not hang the hammock too high, that it will become difficult to climb in.

For some people, sleeping in the hammock can be discomforting, especially because the tiny space restrictions movement. For other people, it's a better option than having a tent that sits on a stony or damp ground. When you are out there camping, you really do not have much of a choice. Some people say that hammocks reduce back discomfort, which you will probably get from lying on uneven ground.

The very nice thing about these tents is that they are suspended about two or three feet from the ground. This means that you will not have to worry about lying on wet ground. You can also avoid crawling insects or slugs.

Setting up a hammock tent can be a worthy activity, but you have to choose the right location for it. Novice campers may be troubled, but there is no need to be. If you are going to a national park, you can inquire about the designated camping sites. A hammock allows you to camp deep in the woods or on rugged mountainsides. You can almost camp anywhere, but avoid camping near lakes or springs. Find a spot where there are no bugs and flying insects. A windy place would be nice, because insects do not stay in that area. However, winds can bring chills at night.

Not everything is good about hammocks, though. These tents can be difficult to put up if there are no sturdy structures in the area. Even in a forest, it can be a challenge to find trees spaced far enough for you to put up a hammock between. These tents are also vulnerable to strong winds.

Setting up these tastes is quite easy. You need a hammock, strong routes and a fly. When you are looking for a campsite, you have to look carefully. Find two trees with enough distance for your height. The trees should have robust trunks measuring around 8 inches in diameter or 25 inches around. Make sure that you tie the ropes to the trees firmly. Set up the fly over the tent for cover.

The Art of Cooking On an Outdoor Stove

If you are an enthusiast cook and take delight in improving with meals using different ingredients, you are going to enjoy your next hiking trip. Backpacking for many people is more than just wandering around in the backwoods; it is feeling all of the experiences that are impossible to feel during the hustle of everyday…

If you are an enthusiast cook and take delight in improving with meals using different ingredients, you are going to enjoy your next hiking trip. Backpacking for many people is more than just wandering around in the backwoods; it is feeling all of the experiences that are impossible to feel during the hustle of everyday life, where you have all the modern conveniences right at your fingertips. Hiking or backpacking in an area where these modern conveniences are not available gives you an opportunity to fight for your survival using limited resources. There will be many instances where you will need to improve; cooking meals is one of them.

It is undeniable that you will need to prepare and cook your meals during your outdoor adventure. Since the amount of food you can carry with you is limited, you will need to have adequate outdoor cooking equipment available to assist you while you are in the backwoods. If you have prepared your backpack prudently and have taken all the necessary camping equipment with you, you will not find any difficulty. There is a variety of outdoor equipment available that can simplify the cooking job for you. These camping accessories may include an outdoor stove, crockery, cutlery, match sticks and fuel canisters, if you are using a gas or propane stove. These items can make your cooking experience a lot easier and more convenient.

It's actually fun to prepare food on an outdoor stove and those who enjoy exotic cooking are going to love it. Even though you have limited supplies and ingredients, there are many instances where you can use your creative mind to create a recipe that will bring about a delicious meal. Traveling is a great place to experiment with these new recipes that you have learned, but have not got an opportunity to try yet. Although your camping accessories can be somewhat limited, with an outdoor stove you have a good chance of completing your culinary task. Get your ingredients ready and enjoy the experience.

Outdoor cooking also depends upon which camping stove you have chosen. If you have opted for the lightweight single burner stove, you will have to wait a little longer before the food is ready.

There are also double and triple burner camping stoves available, however they are comparatively heavier. No matter which camping stove you select, as long as you have one with you, cooking will not be a hassle. You will enjoy your food wherever you are. When it's time to stop and eat during a hike, you can take the outdoor stove from your backpack and cook a quick meal for you and your companions. Indeed, the right outdoor equipment makes hiking a lot more exciting and enjoyable.

Backpacking is an art that can only be learned through trial and error and the experience that comes from many outdoor adventures. Although the knowledge of balance between weight and utility is clear, keeping up with this balance can be a challenge.

No matter how limited your selection of camping equipment, make sure that a compact outdoor stove is included in your pack. This will insure that your trip is a lot more pleasant and convenient.

You Need to Go Camping

You need to go camping. It is essential. Does this sound like the ravings of a fanatic? Sometimes it does, but I insist that you need to go camping. You need to go regularly. It can not be just a one off thing. You need to go often to stay whole and healthy. It is…

You need to go camping. It is essential. Does this sound like the ravings of a fanatic? Sometimes it does, but I insist that you need to go camping. You need to go regularly. It can not be just a one off thing. You need to go often to stay whole and healthy. It is as necessary as bathing or getting some exercise. It will not kill you right away if you do not but, life will not be as it should be.

If you do not go camping something nebulous and undefined will be missing from your life. Unless you are an exceptional person that has taken steps to deal with this, or a particularly boring person, you are aware of this hole in your life. It comes to you in those dark moments when you are alone and quiet and feeling introspective.

My apologies. I need to be clear. When I say you need to go camping, I am talking about real camping. I am not talking about pulling up to a campsite with your car trunk full of gear, setting up a tent on the tent pad, setting up a barbeque next to the picnic table, cranking the tunes on the radio and quaffing cold beer around the fire pit in your camp chair all weekend. For those of you who were with me and thinking, “Right on! This guy knows the truth of it! Preach it brother! My wife needs to read this!”, But thought that was what I had in mind, sorry. If you enjoy that kind of down time, great, have a blast and enjoy yourself. It is just one of many ways that people can 'get away from it all' and have a good time. All the more power to you, but your life will be no more complete for the experience. Perhaps it will be a little more tolerable or even a great deal more tolerable, which is why we love to embark on these diversions now and again, but absolutely everything will remain the same. The chances of experiencing anything are remote.

The kind of camping I am talking about can only be experienced in the back country, away from the haunts of men, where you have to be prepared and self sufficient and cut off from the outside world.

Not only do you need to go camping, not only does it need to be in some wilderness, but you need to go for more than three days. This is absolutely essential.

If you are not a camper your reaction will probably be, “Are you crazy? All those bugs! Sleeping on the ground! What happens if it rains? No way! If I'm going to take some time off give me a five star hotel and pool side service any day of the week. ” Yes I have heard it all many time before. For many the idea of ​​roughing it is repulsive. They recoil from the whole idea. As one person told me, “You're talking about my worst nightmare.” I suspect those are the people that need the experience of going back country more than anyone else. If that is your reaction, you are pretty typical – and I understand completely.

I head out into the wilderness every chance I get, which is not enough. Sometimes I will travel in wilderness for a month and I am loath to return, but almost inevitably the first three days are not a pleasant experience. The state of mind I am in does not fit my environment. I am still in the state of mind that is required to navigate modern life, and that is a problem.

Then on the third day something quite extraordinary happens. I used to think that it was a unique personal experience that I had, but after reading many wilderness travelers travel journals I came to realize that it is a common experience. Sometimes you have to read between the lines. It is typically on the third day people say, “It suddenly hit me. Other times the tone of their journal takes a great change. They stop fretting and become exuberant about the world they find themselves in. Some say it is as if suddenly time has slowed down. Professional wilderness guides observe it in their clients all the time. I watched a bunch of boisterous, and exuberant, out of control kids on a summer camp canoe trip experience a third day transition. While paddling through a canyon on dazzling blue water, as vultures swooped overhead on the updrafts and the heat shimmered off the cliffs, the whole group became utterly silent for hours. They were not the same for the remaining six days of the trip. They were awesome!

It has been referred to as the “third-day syndrome” and became the subject of articles and academic study. The May 2012 issue of Backpacker includes an article by Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan called, Making Makes You Smarter, which follows the work of Neuroscientist David Strayer, Ph.D. Elisabeth calls Strayer, “… something of a rock star in the world of brain science.” She goes on to say, “His pioneering, 15-year work on the dangers of distracted driving helped spawn public awareness campaigns, dozens of state texting-while-driving bans, a segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning series in The New York Times. ” In the Backpacker article the “third-day syndrome” is described as, “the optimized cognitive state you reach after spending at least that much time [3 days] in the backcountry.”

Other references to Strayer's work and the “third-day syndrome” can be found in the August 15, 2010, New York Times article, Your Brain on Computers: Outdoors and Out of Reach, Studying the Brain. Except it has nothing to do with computers. I experienced transitions long before the digital age.

The way I can best describe what I experience is with a metaphor. It is as if there is a shell around me and it shatters. Suddenly I am there. I have not been fully present up until that time.

The world becomes expansive and viable. I can see things in greater detail. My field of view widens, so that I notice things well out on the periphery of my vision. Colors become alive. Smells, sounds touch, everything becomes more intense. I experience a heightened awareness. I feel connected to the universe. I have arrived. I am home. Relief.

Remember The Matrix where Neo becomes conscious and aware of what his real life is like – that he is a battery in a power array? Except I wake up in a beautiful place. From that point on my time in the wilderness is nothing but pleasure. It is where I belong. I am more alive than it is possible to be at any time in the city. Life is as it should be. This is substantial and a deeply spiritual event, and this is why you need to go camping; to wake up.

You have no idea as to how sleep you are. That is the strange thing about states of consciousness. While you are in a particular state of mind you think that that state is a perfectly normal, base line state. It is not until you experience a sudden shift do you realize what a stupor you were in.

Have you ever been in shock? Remember the time you got that wicked jolt while putting up the Christmas lights and you fell off the roof? Then suddenly you came up with what you thought was a fabulous idea.You just had to try on your daughter's tutu. You could not understand why the ambulance attendants would not let you off the stretcher so you could bake them some brownies, and you've never baked a thing in your own life. Through it all you thought you were brilliant, did not you?

Did you know that, according to most jurisdictions on the subject, the average person spends four to six hours every day in a natural state of hypnosis? Do you notice when you are in this state and when you come out of it? Probably not. Slipping from one state to another is quite natural and normal. We all do it without realizing that we have. The only time we notice is if the shift is abrupt.

Personally, I think the shell I find I have been wrapped in is a defense mechanism, and the fact that so many people go through the same type of shift when they are in the back country means that the mechanism is commonly and potentially invoked and possibly universal. It defends us from modern life.

Modern life is harsh. It can be overwhelming. We have advertising, news and information blasted at us all the time. We scream around in loud, jostling vehicles. We hustle and bustle around on schedules and time tables. Our entertainment is sensational and aggressive. We are subject to claims, claims, demands. We have all kinds of things vying for our attention. Is it no wonder that we build a protective wall around ourselves. We have to meet with it all. We need to tone things down or we would be so frazzled we would lose our sanity.

It is not until you get well away from the typical modern day environment that you realize how dulled down you really are. We all dwell in this groggy, semi conscious state so that we can meet with the barrage of modern living. I know, you are totally cynical. When you are dashing around yacking on smart phones, up loading, downloading, acting, reacting and oh so busy and hyperactive, how can you be described as being groggy? But you are. If you were wide awake it would be so overpowering it would etch an indelible impression on your mind and soul. Each moment would be vivid and stay with you forever. Yes there are occasionally wonderful, salient moments, but for the most part it is all mundane and not the stuff you want to carry around with you forever, so you protect yourself.

In the wilderness it is OK to let the universe in. You want to carry the experience with you forever. I am always astounded at how beautiful everything is. There is nothing that I do not want to drink in and have with me for the rest of my life. Even as you crouch under an overhanging rock and watch in awe as a thunderstorm of roiling green clouds lashes the trees, drenches the land and slams it's forks of fire into the planet, it is beautiful. But what if it rains? You will, some how, be richer for it.

Modern life creates an extraordinary paradox. Life should be a vivid and intense experience. It should be rich and exciting. We all want that. We all want to feel so alive. However, because there is usually so much going on that is harsh and abrasive we can only survive if we protect ourselves and dull the impact. Unfortunately we inevitably dull the impact of everything, including all the things that enrich our lives. We are left too groggy to really experience our own existence.

So what do we do? We pump up the volume to break past our protective barrier; to penetrate the numbness. We are always seeking, bigger, faster, brighter, louder, wilder, more sensational, more razzle and more dazzle. We are wonderfully innovative and create all kinds of excitement for our selves. Unfortunately all the abrasive stuff is intensified too. More hype, more aggression, more demands. Life gets even more overwhelming and our defense mechanisms numb us even further to help us cope. So again, what do we do? Again we seek even bigger, faster, brighter, louder, wilder, more sensational and even more razzle and more dazzle than before. We are trapped in a viscous cycle. Great for those in the world of marketing, but not so great for the rest of us.

That is why you need to go camping. Let the shell break away. The way you are experiencing life now is skewed. The real experience of living has become obscured. We are all probably in a state that evolved so that people could cope with being under attack, but it is not a normal state. You will never experience life as it should be until you get away from the assault.

This is why I feel sorry for people that will never get away from it all, and I mean really get away from it. They will probably never know what it is like to experience life in its most natural, meaningful state. They will always be in the groggy, rolled down state that seems to be an inevitable part of modern life.

Part of the paradox that is our existence, as we strive for a richer more extraordinary, larger life experience, is we tend to inundate ourselves with more and more things – a bigger TV screen, wild computer games all with bigger and better sound, sometimes a racier car, a smarter phone – when the answer is getting away from all of those things.

Also, in the mad scramble for all of these artificial things, that might give us a kick now and again, we end up destroying our wild places as we mine them for their resources. These are the very places that can give us the thing that we all hunger for – life as it should be.

I can just hear the critics saying, “Ya it might be life as you think it should be, but it is not necessarily life as I think it should be.” which is absolutely missing the point. I do not know what you are going to experience in the wilderness. That is entirely subjective. What I do know is you need to clear your mind to experience anything, and a clear mind is what you experience in the wilderness. There are other ways to make this transition, but a camping trip in the wilderness is the most effortless and natural way that I know of.

This is just one of many reasons why we need to preserve our wilderness places, and not just the really remote and isolated ones. Wilderness places are important for our sanity and spiritual well being as a race. They need to be protected and accessible to everyone.

As I said before, when you are in a state of mind you may not be aware of what that state is until you experience a shift. On a long trip you can start taking your wilderness state of mind for granted, but what you experience for the first three days when you return to populated areas assures you that you are indeed in an alternative state.

Once I was out on a canoe trip for three weeks. My wife and I had leisurely traveled about 160 km. Friends picked us up at our predetermined rendezvous spot. We feasted on fresh food and spent the last night of the trip in the woods with them. The next day we had a long drive back to Toronto. None of my friends liked to drive and I am normally extremely comfortable behind the wheel and love long drives, so I grabbed the keys. Just getting into the vehicle was strange. It was a new van and it felt tiny. The speed was extraordinary. We were flying down back roads at all of 45 kp / h (27 mph) and it felt like the speed was going to strip the body panels right off. The noise and vibrations were horrific. Someone turned on the radio and the cacophony of sound drove through me and raked my brain.

We came to a small hamlet. After a long trip you tend to crave things like really ice cold drink, so we stopped into a variety store. I walked in and the ceiling seemed like it was going to scrape my head. All the packaging of the typical products you see on store shelves looked garish. The fluorescent lights throbbed and pulsed. They were extraordinarily green. Everyone looked hideous in the artificial glow.

As usual, as we got closer to the city the smells of exhaust assorted my nostrils and the noise got even more grating. The air felt dirty. The traffic around me seemed frantic. It was all very uncomfortable. The state of mind I was in did not fit my environment.

When my wife and I come back from one of our long excursions we know we are going to be in our wilderness state for three days. We go to see a big, block buster movie that is full of special effects, dine at a really exceptional restaurant, sometimes go see a good band. Without the protective shell it is all very intense, vivid and thrilling. Of course this all probably works to dull down our senses and return us to the groggy state that is an inevitable part of modern living.

Picking Your First Tent

When looking at tastes it's very clear that you have lots of choices to choose from, matter of fact it's an overwhelming number of choices for many. This article will help you find the tent that is right for you so you can get out there and camp. One of the first considerations when selecting…

When looking at tastes it's very clear that you have lots of choices to choose from, matter of fact it's an overwhelming number of choices for many. This article will help you find the tent that is right for you so you can get out there and camp.

One of the first considerations when selecting a tent is what climate you are planning to camp in. If you are in the woods on the Oregon coast you'd most definitely want one able to work in a rainy, wet location. If you are camping outside of Phoenix you might want to consider something that has perhaps an additional shade room and you'll want more windows. In Alaska you'll want something more rugged and weather resistant.

Now that you have figured that out your will want to consider what size of tent is ideal. As a tall guy at 6 foot tall a tent with a center height of 48 inches does not cut it. Also the floor space of an 8×8 camping tent is a bit limiting. Unless you are a fan of really close sleeping corners you are better off to select a tent that is at least 10×10. That will usually give you ample room for a blowup mattress or sleeping bags for 4 with a little room to move about.

Next you need to assess your skill level. Some tents are easy up and make setup a snap. These tents are great for new campers and experienced campers in that they are really easy to use. If you can setup your tent quickly you'll get to camping that much faster. However if you are someone who camps for a week at a time in rugged terrain you might go with something with more rigid poles. These take longer to setup but are often more sturdy. These days there are so many to choose from it'd be hard to go wrong on this category.

Next do you need a rain fly or not? Rain fly's are made to channel water away from the tent to keep the moisture at bay. If you are camping in a coastal area this is a must as even in summertime you'll wake up to a tent covered in dew so the rain fly is a good addition. If you are camping somewhere like Texas or Arizona this would be less important but it could also help with creating more shade so that you can stay cooler.

Price is also something you should look at. You can get a tent for $ 40 all the way up to $ 600. In this category you should look at how often you use it to decide what price range to stick with. I'd never recommend a tent that was under about $ 80 as they are usually really cheap. $ 120- $ 180 is about what you'll pay for a good tent.

The final consideration is weight, not all tents are created equal. There are tents that are from a few pounds like a hiking tent to ones that weight upwards of 40 pounds. If you are camping where you can park a vehicle this is not an issue but if you have to hike in to your camp spot you will not want to lug a 40 pound tent for any distance. There are many good tent manufacturers out there including Coleman, Columbia, Eureka, Swisse Sport, Tex Sport and many others.

Now that you know what you are looking next, go get your tent and happy camping!

Camping With A Pop-Up Trailer

Pop-up campers are also known as folding camping trailers. These campers started out as tents on top of trailers, but now a days they have evolved into multifaceted recreational vehicles, just like any other trailers to be towed in back of a vehicle. They come in sizes from 8 to 19 feet closed as a…

Pop-up campers are also known as folding camping trailers. These campers started out as tents on top of trailers, but now a days they have evolved into multifaceted recreational vehicles, just like any other trailers to be towed in back of a vehicle. They come in sizes from 8 to 19 feet closed as a box while traveling but can be extended to more than double its box size when opened. Some are loaded with amenities such as a kitchen with stove, which can be taken outside to use, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. A bathroom with toilet, wash basin and a shower. For winter comfort there is a furnace, some with heated mattresses, for summer, then there is air conditioning. Some newer models in 2012 have hard fiberglass sides that form an A-frame when opened and still fold down on top when traveling.

The manufacturers of these trailers offer campers unlimited choices, aiming to encourage people to go camping, to live an outdoor lifestyle with all the indoor conveniences. My own experience tells me that all my senses become sharper during a camping trip, especially at night. The fresh air, the feel of openness, the sounds of small critters and even the closeness with fellow campers are all priceless for my enjoyment at that moment, then later, for beautiful memories.

When relatives come to visit us, the first item on our agenda is to plan a camping trip with them, whether near by or at a distance depending on their scheduled visit. We've owned 4 different size and make of pop-up trailers over the past 50 years. From a very small, bare one to a deluxe one loaded with amenities, even with an automatic lift so I no longer have to “crank”. One thing remained constant with all of them was that I slept well in my own bed, whether single or double. I always woke up in a great mood, full of energy, ready for the day's adventures. Of the 4 pop-ups, only the last one was used by only my wife and myself so far. All the others had hosted relatives and friends. On our first trip out west, with our very young boys, and my teen-aged brother-in-law who came along, he slept in the station wagon. Then when we returned to Virginia from the west coast, via New York to visit the 1964 World's Fair, my wife's 65 year old aunt came along too. I had to sleep in the wagon then too. However, with 7 people, a small pop-up and a station wagon, I recall that we had a wonderful time, which even groomed my brother-in-law to become a camper later with his own family.

Camping is such a fun and bonding activity no matter how you do it. I recommend that you do it soon, maybe on your next vacation.

Tips for Finding Camping Tents With the Easiest Setup and Takedown

Camping can become overwhelming once you dive into all the gear that is associated with it. There are tons of camping equipment, many brands, and styles that leave you wondering which is the best for you. Personally, one of the top things I rate is the weight of the tent. I want something that will…

Camping can become overwhelming once you dive into all the gear that is associated with it. There are tons of camping equipment, many brands, and styles that leave you wondering which is the best for you. Personally, one of the top things I rate is the weight of the tent. I want something that will not weigh me down during the day. I like to look at the size, the material of a tent, and reviews before any purchase. I've personally found that Kelty tents offer the best tents on the market and fit about any avid or new camper.

Let's think about what size tent you need. How many campers will there be? How much equipment do you have to store at night? Kelty tents have a range of tents to fit a one man show to a family of campers. If you read reviews, you will find types of their models that are more roomy than others inside.

Setting up and taking down can be a ton of work if you do not have a good tent. Kelty tents are perfect because they have color coded clips and most have only 2 poles for 2 and 3 camping tents. They are a breeze to set up – any novice will feel like a pro putting their tents up. It's quick and easy, which is important, especially if bad weather is looming.

Another reason I like this tent is their affordability. Many of their top models are well under $ 200, depending on the size of the tent of course. This is important because you do not want to spend all your money on something you do not know you like or will use in the future. You want something long term, that you can pull out of the garage for years to come and still rely on it.

Most appealing tends:
I like the Salida 2 tent because of it's simplicity. It's roomy inside and provides excellent circulation for such a small tent. With 2 poles, it's a breeze to throw up, and lightweight at less then 5 pounds. Got to love a tent on your back that does not feel like you're carrying rocks on your back!

I also think many people like the Gunnision 2.1 and 3.1 tents. They are lightweight as well. The Gunnison 3.1 actually won an award as the best all around tent in 2009.

The Kelty tents brand is a good outdoor equipment name. They are a reliable and trustworthy name and I think their tents are hard to beat with all you get.

Which Camper Trailer Is Right For You?

If you are looking for an outdoor activity for your family so that you can have the time to bond with each other, why not consider camping in the woods? This may not be a typical activity for the family but it will definitely teach your family survival techniques which they will most certainly enjoy.…

If you are looking for an outdoor activity for your family so that you can have the time to bond with each other, why not consider camping in the woods? This may not be a typical activity for the family but it will definitely teach your family survival techniques which they will most certainly enjoy. But when you go out camping, it is important that you are prepared with everything that you will need to have a safe and comfortable camping trip. One of the things that you should never be without is a camper trailer. If you would visit a camper trailer store, you will certainly be confused with what to choose as there are many different kinds of trailers for camping. So, which is the right trailer for you? Here are some hints.

4wd camper trailers are perfect for people who would like to try tougher activities in camping. Going to places with rough roads is extremely exciting and one can only go to these places through 4wd camper trailers. This type of trailer can get you to everywhere you would want to go without worrying of any breakage in the trailer. Some 4wds also contain facilities that people will need to survive their days in camping.

Large on road campers are for those who are going in a group. However, this kind of trailer will not be able to withstand tough and rough roads. This is just for simple types of camping activities with no extreme activities included. This is perfect for families that would just like to enjoy the beauty of nature and the bonding that they could have with the entire family. This trailer can contain all the facilities that the group needs. It can provide utmost comfort for everyone and at the same time keep the people protected from outdoor elements that may give them harm. However, if the driver does not have any experience in towing along a trailer, this would be very challenging.

Compact campers are for people who would go camping alone or in just a small group. This may also have facilities but not as complete as everyone would wish to have. This can be used for an overnight stay or even shorter stay in the camping site. It can keep one comfortable while taking a rest or just enjoying the breeze of fresh air in the woods. This is lightweight and can easily be towed by a car or a larger vehicle.

There are many different kinds of trailers that people may choose from. If you are looking for one that will fit your needs in camping, you may see all the types of trailers at a camper trailer store. There are now lots of stores that offer trailers. You may also choose from used or brand new camper trailers. You just need to check on the condition of the trailer if you will be purchasing a second hand one.

Which Camping Stove Should I Take?

A well equipped outdoor kitchen is a good thing to have when you are several miles away from your home. If you are hiking or backpacking, having all the equipment necessary for survival can be critical. It is there that important that you pack your backpack wisely and make sure that you have taken all…

A well equipped outdoor kitchen is a good thing to have when you are several miles away from your home. If you are hiking or backpacking, having all the equipment necessary for survival can be critical. It is there that important that you pack your backpack wisely and make sure that you have taken all the essential accessories. Once you are in the backwoods, it's to late if you have left anything behind.

One of the important items to have with you is a stove for camping so that you can cook your meals conveniently.

If you are convinced of the concept that stoves for camping are more a necessity than a luxury, you'll need to search through the many different varieties available to find the most appropriate one for your type of camping activity.

It is important to understand that camping stoves come in different sizes and burning mechanisms. Although three factors are common to most of the stoves used for hiking and backpacking, they are lightweight, small in size and easy to carry. So which camping stove should you choose?

The answer to “which camping stove” depends mostly on the type of cooking and camping you'll do. If it's about hiking with a backpack into sparsely occupied areas and a need for basic cooking, single burner stoves are probably the best fit. These lightweight stoves are easy to carry so you can move ahead easily with your stove neatly tucked away in your backpack.

However, single burner stoves are less powerful and you'll need more time to cook meals.

On the other hand, there are 2-burner stoves and 3-burner stoves available. These multiple burners allow you to prepare meals in less time and are usually used when setting up a stationary campsite.

2-burner camp stoves seem to be more popular than the 3-burner size because they are lighter and smaller. Although, all of these camp stoves are much smaller than the conventional ones, they still differ from each other in size. The 3-burner stoves are comparatively larger as the frame needs to accommodate the additional burner.

There are some other varieties too. For instance, canister stoves have gained increased popularity these days among hikers and backpackers. They are able to purchase full canisters of fuel in a variety of sizes that can be re-filled when necessary and are small enough to fit neatly into a backpack. Many hikers choose canister stoves for their trips for these reasons. Then there are liquid fuel stoves that are powered by a variety of fuel types, such as white gas, diesel or kerosene. Liquid fuel stoves are usually smaller than the canister stoves, but can be a little heavier. Liquid fuel stoves are also used by many because of their long-lasting feature. You should look for different tank capacities as well if you are planning for a long trip.

No matter which camping stove you select, you can rest assured that these portable stoves are ready to meet all your cooking needs while you are camping and hiking in the backwoods. Having your camp stove with you at meal time will make your outdoor cooking experience one you can really enjoy.

Great Seaside Locations To Set Up Camp In New Zealand

Now that you have booked your motorhome rental for your New Zealand adventure, you'll need to find some great seaside locations to set up camp at during your holiday. The following seaside locations are some of the best you should consider. Ahipara – 90 Mile Beach Situated in the winterless North, this camp would be…

Now that you have booked your motorhome rental for your New Zealand adventure, you'll need to find some great seaside locations to set up camp at during your holiday. The following seaside locations are some of the best you should consider.

Ahipara – 90 Mile Beach

Situated in the winterless North, this camp would be an ideal place to start your motorhome rental tour. Not only is it located near this iconic beach but you can also go horse riding or go-karting, or if a round of golf is more your style there's an 18 hole links golf course nearby too. Northland is famous for its incredibly warm weather and stunning views.

Harborside Holiday Park – Whitianga

The Coromandel is one of New Zealand's most sought after holiday spots and Whitianga is one its gems. The stunning beaches in this region are well worth a visit with Cathedral Cove offering incredible vistas and Hot Water Beach is a must – simply dig out some sand and it will fill with warm water, a fascinating experience.

Opunake Beach – Taranaki

Opunake sits around the coast of Taranaki, a region presided over by one of the most picturesque mountains in the world, Mt Taranaki, and flanked by incredible coastline. Its west coast location offers breathtaking coastal views, some of the world's best surf spots and we all as being home to some iconic features including the Coastal Walkway and the Te Rewarewa Bridge. Opunake is a popular holiday spot for locals as well as international visitors.

Golden Bay – Marlborough

As the name suggest Golden Bay is home to some of the sunniest weather in New Zealand. The holiday park here, as with many in New Zealand, is situated adjacant to the beach which means you can literally be at the beach with just a few paces. With Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks on the doorstep too you will find plenty to see and do in the area, especially if you like hiking or are drawn to water based activities.

McLean Falls – Catilans

This eco motel and holiday park is located in the southern part of the South Island along the Southern Scenic Route. In 1996 they planned a 3,000 acre carbon absorbing forest so you can rest assured your trip there is being kind to the environment. Additionally this well-appointed establishment offers the best in pamper-camping with their modern facilities and amenities. Visit the Cathedral Caves, McLean Falls and Lake Wilkie while you are there, the Caitlans are a great place to finish your motorhome rental tour of New Zealand.