Tired of Regular Holidays? Consider a Modern Camping Trip

For a long time, camping has been associated with setting up a tent in the woods, cooking canned food over an open fire and sleeping in bags. However adventurous it might seem, it does come with its fair share of frustrations and annoyances. For instance, there are bugs and animals to avoid or deal with, the food you cook isn’t exactly amazing (it’s just canned!) and you might wake up sore or hurting for a number of different reasons.

However much you love to travel, there’s nothing quite like the peace and tranquillity of a camping trip. Just don’t forget that you live in a world where cars can drive themselves and people fly into space. Using the power of technology, we can upgrade the classic camping experience and bring some creature comforts that set it apart from what we used to do a decade ago. So grab your bag and open up your shopping list, because these are the essential components that you will need to have a modern camping trip.

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Hammocks

Although you should still have a tent, if you really want to experience the sun and have a relaxing position to rest in, then learn more about hammocks and consider getting one to sleep or lounge in at your camping destination. They are inexpensive, they’re easy to set up and they’re much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Of course, you might need nets to prevent bugs and other creatures from disrupting you while you sleep.

Smart Phones

Mobile internet connections are easy to get nowadays and your camping location might even get a signal. This means you can always access the internet and do things such as watch movies, keep up with social media and stream music live to your phone. Many people say that camping should be a disconnect from real life and that you should never bring too much technology in case it gets overwhelming.

However, technology always has a use in camping and it can even help you get out of bad situations. For instance, if you get lost, you have a GPS on your phone to help lead you to safety. If you’re bitten by something or end up hurting yourself, then you can browse the internet in order to look for remedies or check if it’s something that requires immediate attention. Of course, let’s not forget the ever-useful torch app as well! Just remember to bring a couple of spare batteries or portable battery banks along with your smartphone.

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Portable Grills

If you’re worried about fires spreading or getting out of control when you’re ready to cook or heat up the campsite, then consider investing in a portable grill. Not only do these make cooking food much easier and open you up to more recipes, it’s safer because they can easily be turned off and you won’t risk burning down your campsite because you didn’t watch the fire. They’re easy to lug around, lightweight, and extremely versatile. You also might want to pair it with a portable cooler or freezer device so that you can keep meats and vegetables fresh and cool before you grill them.

Camping 101: How To Become A Pro Before Your Next Trip

Camping is an excellent way to travel the world and experience new things. But, it can be difficult for first-timers to get to grips with it. As such, here are some tips to help you become a pro at camping.

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Learn How To Erect A Tent

Erecting a tent is extremely tough if you don’t know what you’re doing. The last thing you want is to spend hours trying to get yours up when you’re on a camping holiday. Consequently, you should spend some time practicing how to erect your tent before you leave. Do it in your back garden or living room and practice over and over again while timing yourself. Get yourself down to a reasonable time, and you’ll be ready to put your tent up when you arrive at the campsite.

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Bring Spare Tent Pegs

Tent pegs are a mysterious camping item that’s essential when putting up your tent. They fix into the ground and help keep your tent tied down and secure. They’re mysterious because no matter how hard you try, they’ll always go missing. As a result, if you’ve only bought the amount required to peg down your tent, you’re going to be in trouble. Always bring spares, as I guarantee you’ll lose some and this prevents you from being in a bad situation where you have a tent and no pegs to keep in securely in place.

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Create A Comfortable Sleeping Space

A huge mistake many first-time campers make is that they underestimate how hard it is to sleep in a tent. Obviously, when you’re on holiday, you want to feel refreshed and ready to go on little adventures, rather than tired and desperate for more sleep. So, creating a comfortable sleeping space is essential. My first piece of advice is to assess how much room you have. If you’ve got a large tent, then a portable hammock is recommended as it keeps you off the ground. I must note it’s important that you choose the right hammock if you are going down this route. They vary in size and quality, and some are more suitable for others. If you don’t have a large tent, then focus on making the floor as comfy as possible. Lay down some camping mats to keep yourself dry when you’re in your sleeping bag. I’d also recommend a blow-up mattress is possible, just for the extra support. Also, make sure you get a thermal sleeping bag and blanket if you’re traveling in winter as it will be extremely cold at night!

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Practice Packing

Getting everything setup can take a while and requires lots of effort and practice. However, packing everything away can be just as difficult, if not worse! At least when you’re setting up you know where everything is as it’s neatly packed in your bag. Now, you have to try and get everything back as it was. Plus, you may be running against the clock as you have a train or flight to catch too. So, do exactly what you did when you practiced setting up your tent, practice at home. Become a pro at packing, and you’ll be a better camper.

If a camping holiday is on the cards this year, then you must read over these tips. You’ll soon be a pro and can master the art of camping.

 

The Best National Parks To Go Camping in America

Looking for an amazing adventure? Consider camping in one of America’s breathtaking national parks! There are over four hundred of them dotted around the country. Each of them have completely different landscapes and things to discover. Here are just a few of the national parks to consider for your next camping trip.

California- Yosemite National Park

Expect to see waterfalls, valleys, meadows, woodland and wilderness in California’s incredible Yosemite National Park. You can go hiking, fishing, horseback riding and rock climbing amongst other things. Just the place for action and adventure! There are over thirteen campsites to choose from within the park; some can be booked ahead, but others are first come first served. And so you’ll want to get there early to avoid any disappointment. You could choose to stay in a deluxe lodge, go camping in an RV or simply take a tent. There’s something for everyone.

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Arizona- Grand Canyon National Park

There are two places to camp in Arizona’s breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park. You can take guided tours, see art exhibits and even take part in fitness opportunities. The ‘South Rim’ of the Canyon is open all year. It’s easier to get to since it has good transport links nearby but can become very busy especially in the summer. The North Rim, on the other hand, is wilder and more secluded, it can only be reached by road and is only open for a short season. Therefore if you do want to camp and see the spectacular sights of the Grand Canyon from this direction, be sure to book in advance.

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Colorado- Rocky Mountain National Park

At Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. The sensational mountain environment gives you the opportunity to overlook alpine woods. You can go on wildlife viewing tours, and ranger led activities. Spend your days hiking, biking and picnicking, and at night camp under the starry sky. There are five different campsites across the park to choose from.

Washington- Kalaloch National Park

With an astounding view of the Pacific ocean, camp on a gorgeous site overlooking a driftwood covered beach. You can buy or hire camping supplies on site and can stay in either your tent or RV- or in one of the amazing lodges or cabins for more of a ‘glamping’ experience. These are stocked with kitchens and essential kitchen supplies. Perfect if you were looking for a slightly more convenient camping experience.

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Utah- Bryce Canyon National Park

See hoodoo rocks in mind-boggling formations along with caves and explore various trails. Visit at the right time of year and you can celebrate Utah Prairie Dog Day or the Annual Astronomy Festival while exploring the park. There are two campgrounds you could choose from, ‘North’ or ‘Sunset.’ There are no hook-ups for RVs here, so you get a true experience of being at one with nature. Both campsites are surrounded by Ponderosa Pine forests giving equal amounts of shade and sun.

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