Choosing an Extra Large Easy Up Tent

No matter what the size of your group, if you are going to be camping “under canvas” for any length of time, a large and roomy tent is a great advantage. It is even more important if the number in your group is greater than 5 – 6. The advantages of an extra large camping…

No matter what the size of your group, if you are going to be camping “under canvas” for any length of time, a large and roomy tent is a great advantage. It is even more important if the number in your group is greater than 5 – 6.

The advantages of an extra large camping tent are primarily in its ability to provide more storage and living / playing space than a smaller tent, say of a 2 – 4 person capacity. If the weather turns nasty while you are camping, then it is good to have a dry area in which to shelter and to prepare and eat meals in comfort.

Another advantage of an extra large tent is in being able to divide the tent into separate rooms. Many modern day extra large tents come with dividers that can be used to make rooms inside them for privacy and sleeping, or for storage. There are even tunnel tents that come with matching smaller tents that can be erected inside the larger frame creating private rooms for different members of the group.

So, what are you looking for when deciding on an extra large tent for your camping needs?

Here are some suggestions:

1. Decide on the number in your group for a start. Usually, in the tent description there is a maximum capacity shown. This is an estimated at best and should be viewed as such. Ideally, to allow for more camper comfort, deduct 1 person per room as stated for the tent you are exploring. This will allow for personal gear storage around the beds.

2. The tent should have an easy-assembly design for quick setup and takedown. Any camper who has arrived at their camping destination late in the afternoon as the sun is setting, and it is starting to rain, will agree with this! Regardless of this though, you do not want to be spending a reasonable amount of time trying to figure out how to assemble the tent or trying to work out which pole goes where. Most tents available on the market today are easy to assemble, but some have a simpler design than others, so it is worth checking out this feature. And with extra large tents the assembly is complicated more by the sheer extra volume of tent material you are faced with and the extra number of tent poles. If the tent you are checking out has color-coded tent poles that match the tent sleeves for easier setup, this is a bonus!

3. To minimize condensation inside the tent, make sure there is adequate cross ventilation with decent-sized windows and a breathable tent fabric. If your tent comes with a vent in the roof area, all the better.

4. It goes without saying that the tent windows and doors should have good quality zips, and screens to keep out insects.

5. Flooring is a very important component of any tent. Ideally, the floor of the tent should be a 'tub' style to keep out the wet and it should be made of a heavy-duty, reinforced, and leakproof material. Polyethelene is used extensively for flooring in tents these days. Whatever the material used, make sure that the flooring is fully sewn in to give protection from the elements, bugs and any other sort of creature that might like to crawl inside the tent to escape the cold or look for food.

6. Ideally, the tent should have a fly for extra protection from the elements. Ensure that the fly seams have been taped to prevent leakage in wet weather and that the fly is made of a waterproof material, or has been coated with polyurethane to make it waterproof.

7. An extra safety feature to consider is wherever, or not, the tent and fly fabrics are fire retardant. This is especially important in an extra large tent where it is more difficult to exit the tent in a hurry, should the need arise, simply because of its larger size and, sometimes, more complicated design.

Camping holidays with the family and friends are wonderful experiences. They are affordable for most and offer such a variety of different types in different locations. Invest in good quality camping equipment which should last you for years, if you look after it properly. An extra large tent is a great investment for families or larger groups who are serious about this type of holiday experience. Check the market carefully and choose wisely. More than likely, your extra large tent will still be around and in demand when your children start to venture off camping on their own!

My Recent Experience With a Flushing Porta Potty

I have been camping for many years, and have recently discovered the flushing porta potty to make out camping experiences much more pleasant. Portable toilets have been around for a long time, but the new breed of portable toilets have really come of age, and the design, functionality, and most of all, price, have all…

I have been camping for many years, and have recently discovered the flushing porta potty to make out camping experiences much more pleasant. Portable toilets have been around for a long time, but the new breed of portable toilets have really come of age, and the design, functionality, and most of all, price, have all improved very in recent times.

I am a big fan of heading out on the weekend, driving to a location we've never been to, and setting up camp. The problem is that the kids are getting to the age that they are not happy just squatting behind a tree to do their business, and it was beginning to get a little tiring having to listen to the arguments.

I went online and bought a Thetford 265 porta potti for around $ 130 USD. It arrived in a couple of days and I was amazed at how big it was. Portable yes, but this toilet sits around 16 inches high, and is the same sort of height as a normal toilet. I was worried about having to sit right close to the ground but this is not the case.

One thing I do think is essential when considering models is the capacity of the holding tank. There are a number of models with smaller holding tanks that means you have to empty them often. I prefer the 5.5 gallon tank that means they only need to be emptied once in every 20 to 30 uses. This is not too bad, and makes the job a lot more bearable.

Many portable toilets are fitted with a simple hose connector attachment that allows you to connect up to the hose on your RV or caravan water tank, or to the hose at the disposal area in the camp site that you are staying on. Most camp grounds have this area well set up to make cleaning a lot simpler.

Ideally, it makes sense to buy a simple camping toilet tent to use with your portable potty. This gives you total privacy and allows you to do all the necessary clothing adjustments with a degree of privacy. Much nicer than having everyone watching you. For the best toilets, the online stores offer some of the best deals, with as much as 40% off some of their product lines. You can usually get a great deal with free shipping too. A win win situation for your camping trip.

Travel RVing – The RV Lifestyle and You

Travel RVing proffers a query. The RV lifestyle. What is it? There seems to be no definite answer to the question. Sometimes that is because it is a very personal thing – a passion that is different for every individual RVer. The truth is, the RV lifestyle can be whatever you want it to be.…

Travel RVing proffers a query. The RV lifestyle. What is it? There seems to be no definite answer to the question. Sometimes that is because it is a very personal thing – a passion that is different for every individual RVer. The truth is, the RV lifestyle can be whatever you want it to be.

RV lifestyles are very diverse, but one thing is constant– the one thing all RVers have in common is their love for traveling. You may be a week-end camper, heading for a new destination not too far from home every chance you get. Perhaps you vacation in your RV, spending a couple of weeks or a month exploring new places. The great thing about RVing is that you can make your own schedule. Like where you are staying? Then, stay. Feet getting itchy again? Drag up and move on. There is a new adventure just down the road a piece. One very popular aspect of the RV lifestyle is that you can use your RV to follow the seasons.

Snowbirds travel south for the winter and return home during the summer. Full-timers live in their RV 365 days a year. When asked, most of them will tell you that they do live a simple life and that they love every moment of it. And full-timing is not just for retirees and baby boomers. Families, singles, and couples of all ages and walks of life are kicking their traditional lifestyles to the curve in favor of hitting the road. No more lawns to mow, no traffic to fight (at least on a daily basis), and no more homeowners associations to deal with. Go where you want, when you want, any time you want. Stress-free living. This is also known as FREEDOM, folks.

Are you old enough to remember when folks actually visited with their neighbors? These days most of us know little more than our neighbors names. But the very nature of the RV lifestyle tend to get you out socializing again. The space limitations of an RV send you outdoors and into the wonderful world of people. Not just any old people, but people who share your interests. Spend a night at any RV park or campground and you will find RVers talking around a campfire, telling stories of their adventures and more than willing to share travel tips with anyone who shows interest.

Travel RVing is not for everyone. But those who have chosen the RV lifestyle can not imagine any other way of life. It is just too satisfying to wake up in a new world every day and know that you are not dreaming …

Camping Tents – Your Home Away From Home

Tents for Camping are a Necessity When the call of the wilderness beckons you to the great outdoors, choosing the right tent can either fill your trip with fond memories or ruin the whole experience. Whether or not you are a first time camper or have years of experience under your belt, finding a tent…

Tents for Camping are a Necessity

When the call of the wilderness beckons you to the great outdoors, choosing the right tent can either fill your trip with fond memories or ruin the whole experience. Whether or not you are a first time camper or have years of experience under your belt, finding a tent that meets your needs is the first step to a great camping trip.

Because tents act as your home away from home, both comfort and durability go hand in hand when making a choice of which tent is right for you. Capacity, destination and season are also important factors.

Most tents are categorized by their capacity. For example, one-person tents or six person items are available. Even though you may only be camping with 2 people, a two-person tent may seem cramped when all of your gear is packed in and you are waiting out a storm. The general rule of tents is to buy slightly larger than your need.

The next step is to choose a tent that will fit your destination and the seasons you plan on using it for. A three season tent is designed for a moderate late spring to early fall temperature range. Whereas, a four season tent is constructed to withstand extreme cold and harsher conditions, but may get a little stuffy in the heat of summer.

The weight of your tent is also an important factor. If you plan on carrying your tent any length of distance, opting for a lightweight product is your best bet. However, if you are not hiking or cycling, a slightly heavier tent may be a less expensive option.

In addition to the basics, there are many features available for your tent that can enhance your camping experience. For instance, the added privacy of separate rooms within your tent may allow for family members to have their own space, while keeping everyone together.

Many tents now come equipped with mesh panels in the door and roof to let fresh air in while keeping pesky bugs out. Other options include reinforced seams and zippers as well as ripstop fabric for long lasting durability.

North Face, Marmot and Black Diamond are all great brand choices for camping tents. They combine high quality materials with competitive pricing as well as many of the desirable features mentioned above.

Some specific models include The North Face Rock 32 Bx 2 person tent, Marmot's Hacienda 6 person tent, and Black Diamond's Skylight 2-3 person tent.

The Rock is a lightweight and easy to set up tent made with very breathable material. A unique bonus feature of this tent it its innovative mesh gear loft and abundant vestibule space, perfect for storing gear in a dry environment. The tent is ideal for two and is perfect for hiking, cycling or mountain climbing.

The Hacienda, which literally means a “large estate” is the perfect family tent. With customizable features such as removable doormats, hanging pocket organizers and room dividers in addition to color coded “easy pitch clips and poles, this tent allows for camping ease no matter how many people you bring.

The Skylight's cutting-edge hybrid design allows you to feel warm and secure on those frigid nights; yet due to the zipped fly and ventilation panels, even in the hottest weather, you can retain your cool. The waterproof fabric also keeps you dry even when mother nature has other plans.

Whether you plan on taking your tent into the depths of winter or the heat of summer, choose carefully and camp well.

Buying a Double Sleeping Bag? Here Are Some Tips

So, you have made the decision to buy a double sleeping bag instead of single sleeping bags for you and your loved one. This may well be a wise decision especially if you are planning on camping in fairly cold conditions. The extra body warmth and close procurement could make the long cold night a…

So, you have made the decision to buy a double sleeping bag instead of single sleeping bags for you and your loved one. This may well be a wise decision especially if you are planning on camping in fairly cold conditions. The extra body warmth and close procurement could make the long cold night a lot more bearable. Now you have to decide which bag is best for you.

So what should you look for? Here are some suggestions:

  1. What temperature rating do you think you will need? Sleeping bags are rated according to a degree of temperature. You should choose a sleeping bag that will be suitable for the coldest temperature you consider you will be likely to encounter on your camping adventures.
  2. What type of insulation material do you prefer? There are two main types of insulation – down and synthetic. Down is usually warmer and lighter, which is important if you are a backpacker. However, it is more expensive and does not insulate you from wet, while synthetic bags perform much better in damp or wet conditions. If you are prone to allergies, then be careful when purchasing a bag with down insulation. Synthetic bags are usually non-allergenic.
  3. What type of lining fabric is most comfortable for you? The most common lining fabrics are poly taffeta, cotton flannel and brushed polyester fleece. The lining fabric used will probably be controlled by the type of insulation in the bag, its temperature rating and the overall fabric preference of the manufacturer. Choose one that feels comfortable for you and offers the greatest degree of warmth retention.
  4. Ensure that the size of the bag is more than adequate for the people who will be using it . Is it wide enough? Is it long enough?
  5. Check the zips to ensure that they are strong. Nothing is worse than having zips jam in sleeping bags stopping you from getting out easily and swiftly. Make sure the zips move freely and do not get caught in the lining fabric. Also, ensure that they are good quality zips that will not break. If you can not zip up your sleeping bag then it is very difficult to keep out the cold. Look for a double sleeping bag that has zips that open fully down each side so that one person can get out of the bag without disturbing their sleeping partner.
  6. Does the bag fully zip open to enable it to be used as a blanket? This is a bonus. If the weather is not that cold you can use the fully opened sleeping bag as a double blanket or in extremely cold weather use it as a blanket over other sleeping bags for extra warmth. Some double sleeping bags can even be unzipped and then used as two single sleeping bags. Great! Two for the price of one!
  7. Does the bag have pouches to keep valuables safe? This is not essential but it is a small 'extra' that can be a deciding factor. Your valuables are close by for security and also, when not needing them, you know where they are at least 'should be'.
  8. Does the bag have a draft collar to avoid drafts around the shoulders? This is an important consideration in very cold conditions for double sleeping bags because of the wider opening that can allow more cold air to enter from the top of the bag.
  9. Does the bag have zipper flaps to keep out the cold? Another important consideration in very cold conditions. The flap should stop cold from entering through the zipper area.
  10. What shape is the bag? Is it rectangular or is it tapered around the feet area? If warmth considerations are important then a tapered bag may be a better choice for you as there is less air space that needs to be kept warm.
  11. Does the bag come with a storage sack? While this is not essential, it is very handy to have a proper storage bag to protect the bag and keep it clean when not in use.

Well, these are some ideas to help get you started with looking for your double sleeping bag. Buy one that is comfortable and of good quality and you will have a reliable piece of camping equipment that should last you many years.

Green Camping

Camping is a way of really connecting with nature, giving you the opportunity to connect with the nature inside of you. Your camping experience might even turn you green, if you're not green already. Being green or going green is another way of saying that you help take care of the environment. You can be…

Camping is a way of really connecting with nature, giving you the opportunity to connect with the nature inside of you. Your camping experience might even turn you green, if you're not green already. Being green or going green is another way of saying that you help take care of the environment. You can be eco-friendly and ecologically responsible in many different ways. Love the earth and she will love you back. Green camping is on the rise. It is very important that people are more aware of the environment and are ecologically responsible. There are many ways that you can turn your camping trip green. Here are some easy ways to celebrate the earth and respect our natural environment.

  • Bring cutlery, dish towels and dining dishes rather than disposable.
  • Use biodegradable soaps and detergents. Be sure to use them at least 200 feet away from water sources. All soaps, even biodegradable ones can contaminate water sources and damage the natural ecosystem.
  • Use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning supplies. The eco-minded among us often make their own.
  • Never bury or burn trash. Always take it with you and dispose of it properly.
  • Collect rain water. Use it to rinse dishes, as a face rinse, to wash clothes or any other way you see fit.
  • Recycle all recyclable materials.
  • When building a fire never cut down branches from a living tree. Use only fallen wood or drift wood. You can also purchase local firewood. Be sure that you buy local firewood and check the laws when bringing firewood with you. There are many laws against smuggling firewood because of the threat of invasive species. It is often easier to purchase from a local, selling firewood from their home.
  • Purchase an eco-friendly tent and other eco-friendly gear if possible.
  • Stay on designated trails. Not only does this keep you safe, but it protects native plants from you. It also protects against erosion of the soil.
  • Choose LED flashlights and lanterns.
  • If possible use propane instead of charcoal for the BBQ. Propane burns much cleaner.
  • Recycle batteries. Use rechargeable batteries when you can.
  • Use organic bug sprays and sunscreens.

If you want to tour the country without hurting the environment or just tour your neighborhood, traveling around in a green RV has never been so fashionable. The RV industry has created an entire market of products with the environment at heart. The RV's themselves have been given a green makeover with lighter-weight, more fuel-efficient vehicles built with eco-friendly materials and components designed to reduce energy consumption. There are many easy ways to turn your RV into an environment-friendly, nature loving, energy-efficient den-on-wheels. So whether you buy a RV already green or decide to paint it green yourself you have options when it comes to going green on the road.

  • Invest in a wind generator or a solar panel.
  • Replace chemical toilet with a composting model or use bacterial additives rather than toxic chemicals to cut odors in waste tanks.
  • Work with nature to reduce air conditioning and heating use. In cold weather, park in areas protected from winds. In hot weather park in the shade.

Camping With Dogs

Camping season is well under way; people are heading out to campsites with dogs, kids and family in tow. In order to have a happy successful trip with your dog there are some precautionary measures to consider before you go. Getting There: Your dog may be fine when you travel around the city and your…

Camping season is well under way; people are heading out to campsites with dogs, kids and family in tow. In order to have a happy successful trip with your dog there are some precautionary measures to consider before you go.

Getting There:

Your dog may be fine when you travel around the city and your local area, but often times a camping trip involves driving longer distances. Be aware that your dog is not accustomed to this extended time in the car. Schedule potty and walk breaks, and remember to offer your dog water at regular intervals. Secure your dog in the car with a safety harness and include a favorite blanket, toy and / or bed from home.

Where are you going?

Check before you go. Not all campsites are dog-friendly and those that are may have specific restrictions such as 24hr on-leash requirements. Know the rules and be prepared to hide by them. Most campgrounds have rules regarding noise and if your dog is a barker you may want to find somewhere more suitable to take him.

Wild Animals:

Do some research specific to the geographical area that you are going. You may be in an area frequented by bears, cougars, coyotes or other wild animals. Do not let this frighten you off, but take the necessary precautions indicated:

Bears – Invest in a bear bell for your dog (most bears are not predators unless startled and or when they are with their cubs and perceive a threat). Take bear spray and a bear banger (a mini pen size device that sets off a large bang to scare a bear back into the woods). Be cautious and alert when walking, keep your dog on leash.

Cougars – The best protection against a cougar attack is to avoid heavily wooded areas, keep your dog close by, and educate yourself on what to do if you encounter a cougar (be 'large', be aggressive, make noise, do not run away).

Coyotes – Usually seeking food, coyotes are seldom aggressive. Keep your dog on leash and carry bear spray as a deterrent.

Eagles – Eagles have been known to swoop down and pick up small dogs. It is very important to keep your small dog on a short leash and be aware of your surroundings.

Other Hazards:

If you are camping in a forested area there are other hazards to be aware of such as:

Insect bites – Buy a non-toxic repellent that is safe for dogs, and also burn citronella candles to keep bugs at bay. Check your dog daily for ticks and other possible insect bites.

Water – Even if your dog is a swimmer, you are in unfamiliar territory and water can be a grave danger. Fast flowing creeks, and rivers or strong ocean currents can carry your dog to danger in a moment. Consider a life jacket for your dog and be aware of the area before you let him off leash.

Campfires – Curious dogs may get to close to the fire, or tread on hot rocks unknowingly. Keep dogs away from campfires and when checking your pet for bites also make it a habit to check their paws for burns or cuts.

Getting Lost – Your dog is in unfamiliar territory and if startled or spooked may run off. Ensure that your dog is always wearing current tags and make arrangements in advance to have someone checking that phone number. If someone has found your dog and is phoning your home, it's of no use if you are away at the campsite. Consider purchasing a capsule that affixes to your dog's collar that you can put current immediate contact info in, ie campsite location, cell phone number or other contact info.

General Supplies:

Prepare a packing list for your dog so that no essential items are left behind.

Food – bring your dog's usual food, and remember to bring dishes.

Water – while water may be available at the campsite, it may contain toxins or unfamiliar chemicals. Consider taking tap water or bottled water from home.

Treats – a special treat or chewy bone may help to keep your dog occupied while you sit around the campfire at night.

Bed / Kennel – bringing something familiar from home, either a bed or your dog's kennel if that is what he is used to sleeping in.

Gear – prepare for bad weather, heavy rain etc, bring a rain jacket if that is what your dog is used to.

Shade – ensure that your dog has a shady area to keep cool in. Bring a collapsible umbrella if you are not sure of the conditions in the area.

Toys – you may not be able to attend to a regular walk / exercise routine so be sure to bring a ball and or toy to keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated.

Medical Info – in case of emergency be sure to have your vet's contact info with you.

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Essential Family Camping Tips

With the recession in full-swing many people are camping for their vacations. The popularity of camping is on the rise and this bandwagon is definitely worth jumping aboard. The connection with nature and loved ones that camping brings has value that is immeasurable. Camping is a great way to build deep and close relationships with…

With the recession in full-swing many people are camping for their vacations. The popularity of camping is on the rise and this bandwagon is definitely worth jumping aboard. The connection with nature and loved ones that camping brings has value that is immeasurable. Camping is a great way to build deep and close relationships with family members. Shared experiences and memories help you communicate and connect through life. Here are some tips to make your camping trip more safe and enjoyable.

  • Make a checklist of camping supplies and camping “to do's” in preparation of camping. Also make a checklist of safety concerns, especially if RV camping. RV's have a list of safety precautions that must be checked often.
  • Be sure bring a fire extinguisher and be well-aware of how to use it in case of an emergency.
  • Practice using your camping gear before hand to ensure you are familiar with how to set-up and use it properly.
  • In case you become injured or ill, you will need to take care of yourself before finding help. Be sure to always have a first aid kit with you and become familiar with basic first aid techniques.
  • Bring tin foil. You can cook so many meals within a tightly wrapped package of tinfoil. It is okay to be creative with meals. You do not have to set up for hamburgers and hot dogs every night. Think herbs, olive oil, steak, salmon, baked potatoes and grilled vegetables. Many meals can be prepared or partially prepared ahead of time, before you get to camp.
  • Your camping gear does not have to be expensive. If you are not ready to make any purchases consider renting. Many outfitters and camping stores offer tents and gear for rent.
  • If you get stranded somewhere you can eat grass, grasshoppers, clover, pine needles, slugs and flies. This should be inspiration enough to keep the next tip in mind.
  • Stay on the trails and do not wander away. Going into the wilderness unprepared can have very devastating results for adults and children alike. Always keep a compass and map on hand. If you can purchase a GPS system. Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Bring an outdoor rug. It will reduce the amount of dirt you track into your tent or RV and give a very warm and cozy feeling to your campsite. Make camping as much of a home away from home as possible. Pack a hand broom and dustpan also to keep things tidy.
  • Bring lots of light sources and lots of extra batteries. Have spare sets of batteries for the spare set.
  • Shower curtains make great ground tarps, especially when being frugal.
  • Use biodegradable soaps, detergents and shampoos and be sure to use them at least 200 feet away from water sources. All soaps, even biodegradable ones can contaminate water sources.
  • Consider making your camping trip as green and organic as possible. This will help you connect with nature and yourself in a very loving, compassionate way. Many health food stores now carry vegetable based tableware that is biodegradable.
  • Be sure to practice the 'Leave No Trace' Rule and leave your camp in better condition than you found it.
  • Take all your trash with you and dispose of it properly. Although waste food is often biodegradable it can take some time to break down and while this is occurring many wild animals will be attracted to the smell. They could make quite a mess with your left over mess and possible even get sick.
  • Be sure to avoid eating or having any kind of food in your tent – ever. Store coolers in the trunk of the car or string your food high in a tree to keep wild animals from getting a hold of it.
  • Never ever pack your tent, clothing or sleeping gear away wet, making it last to mildew. Make sure everything is served thoroughly. It may seem like common sense but the importance of this reminder can not be stressed enough.
  • Bring a hammock and thank me later.
  • If sleeping on the ground does not seem much fun or comfortable consider an air mattress.
  • Do not light fires unless there is a designated place to build a fire or it is essential for your survival.
  • Bring duct tape. You can use it to patch tents and so much more.

Closing Notes:

Camping should be enjoyed. It is a time to relax, connect with nature and each other. You could camp every day of your life and each day brings a different experience to the table. I have found that getting out into the elements and connecting allows me to truly come alive. I hope it does this for you too. I wish you success and joy and lots and lots of camping fun and memories.

Camping With Kids – Tips and Essentials

Vii, Nintendo, XBox are no match for fresh air, wooded trails, smell of timber, star-studded clear skies, glimpse of wildlife or a family huddled around campfire. I can keep on counting benefits of spending time outdoors or a family camping trip with kids. However if not well planned it could turn out to be very…

Vii, Nintendo, XBox are no match for fresh air, wooded trails, smell of timber, star-studded clear skies, glimpse of wildlife or a family huddled around campfire. I can keep on counting benefits of spending time outdoors or a family camping trip with kids. However if not well planned it could turn out to be very messy. Here are some tips for making a camping trip with kids safe, fun and memorable.

1. Safety:

First thing first. Teaching kids about staying safe while camping and providing them with things to keep them safe. Make sure each kid has Flashlight and a Whistle. Tell them to stay near trail and stay close to a big tree if they get lost. Teach them not to touch / feed wildlife. In general make them aware of safe practices while camping. As adults, you need to make sure you keep first-aid-kit handy. Make sure you have enough water and food while you're on trails.

2. Hygiene:

Keeping campsite clean is very important to make your trip enjoyable. Keep lots of trash bags. For clothes drying you can use benches or a makeshift stand. Use trash bags or grocery bags to keep dirty laundry separate. You can keep cloths for each day in one bag and dirty cloths can go back to same bags.

3. Food:

While with kids, keep cooking simple. You can use ReadyToEat packaged food from manufactures like www.backpackerspantry.com Cooking time is a great way to share some quality time with kids. Assign them some small task like taking out utensils, throwing away trash etc. assigning tasks to kids keep them occupied and make accounting.

4. Entertainment / Kids activity:

Checkout activities provided by park for kids. There are some great activity provided by many parks for kids that helps them learn about outdoor safety, area wildlife and vegetation. Bring along a bike, book to read together, some puzzle etc. Let your kids bring some of their favorite toys as well.

5. Organizing:

Staying organized while camping with kids will save you a lot of trouble. Separate well-marked bins for utensils, another bin or bags containing cloths etc. You can keep a reference checklist and keep it handy. Keep habit of putting things back where they were taken out from.

6. Practice:

Practice round is important if you are taking kids camping for the first time. You can set up camp in-house or in backyard to see how kids adjust to outside living. Take a short half day camping trip to a nearby park. That will help you double check your preparations. Like bring extra pair of cloths or some sunscreen next time etc.

Choosing a Camping Shower in Just Three Easy Steps

Choosing a camping shower can be a little difficult at first. There are just so many options out there! Run a generic search, and you'll turn up hundreds or even thousands of results. These portable showers come in many different brand names, shapes, sizes, and styles, so choosing the right one for your needs can…

Choosing a camping shower can be a little difficult at first. There are just so many options out there! Run a generic search, and you'll turn up hundreds or even thousands of results. These portable showers come in many different brand names, shapes, sizes, and styles, so choosing the right one for your needs can be a little confusing, if not overwhelming. If you need to get an outdoor shower for your next camping trip, use these three steps to easily pick the one that's best for your needs.

Step One: Familiarize Yourself with Camping Shower Types
There are some basic types of portable showers for the campground, and it's best if you know a little something about each of them before you starting shopping around. That way, you can shop within the category that will best suit your needs in order to get the perfect camping shower that fits your particular intended use. Here are the basic types of showers for camping & hiking:

Solar Showers: A solar camping shower is the no-frills, light-weight option that is super low-tech and relationships on the sun for hot water and gravity for water flow and pressure. They can be used for all types of camping, including hiking.

Propane Camping Showers: Propane-powered models typically include water pump systems and propane heaters that can get your water hot almost instantly. They're bulkier and heavier than solar options though, so are most suitable for car camping.

Tankless Showers: These showers are meant to be run from a garden hose or RV plumbing system. They heat water quickly, but can only be used when you have these options available. Unlike standard propane options, tankless showers do not include water pumps.

Battery-Powered Showers: These showers are pumps only, so they do not heat the water at all. You can use these lightweight options to pump water from nearby lakes or streams, or to pump from tanks or buckets. To get hot water from a battery-powered camping shower you'll need to pre-heat it separately.

When you know something about shower types, you can intelligently decide which is best for you, depending on the type of camping experience you're going to have.

Step Two: Research Different Features
Each type of portable outdoor shower for camping has its own set of unique features to look for. Know something about the options that are available, even on the most expensive models. Then, you can decide which options are best for your needs and which would just be extras to you.

Step Three: Read Camping Shower Reviews
Camping shower reviews can help you decide between similar showers, especially when you do not get to see them work first hand. Check product reviews and user reviews to see how durable and high-quality each unit is, how easy it is to use, and how simple it is to service at the campground. Reviews are the absolute best way to choose between showers that may have different different features, since you can get first-hand accounts from other people about what they think about showers.