Thursday, May 23, 2013

5 Cool Camping Gadgets For Your Camping Getaway!

I found some pretty cool camping gadgets for your camping getaway.  Are they necessary?  No, but they could make your camping trip fun!

Clip-On Table Cup Holders

clip on table cup holdersDon't have a cup holder in your chair? Use these cool cup holders. Use them at a table, on a boat, or anywhere you need a cup holder.

I'm sure you can come up with other uses, too, like hanging suits on the line or sealing a potato chip bag!


snaplightsSimilar to glow sticks, but these snaplights are brighter and last longer. Hook to tent lines so no more tripping over wires!

Attach to kids and pets so you always know where they are!

See also:  25 Clever Camping Secrets Using Common Household Items

The Hog Wild Original Reel Roaster 

hog wild reel roaster

This is just a fun camping gadget. It has a 27" telescopic steel skewer which makes roasting hot dogs or marshmallows easy at the campfire.

Extend the skewer, roast your food, and reel it in! lol

Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

lifestraw personal water filter Use this camping gadget for clean water away from home. It removes 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites per manufacturer.

I'm not sure I would just stick this in a river and drink, but it's a lightweight water filter which is perfect for camping.

The Flip N' Drip Coffee Maker

flip n' drip coffee maker
This is so cool! Just heat the water in the stainless steel carafe, twist on the coffee filter and drinking mug, and Flip N' Drip.  Great for those chilly mornings at camp.

The only downside is it only makes one to two cups at a time.

Stay tuned for more cool camping gadgets for your camping getaway!

Happy Camping!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What Size Camping Tent Do You Really Need?


8 man camping tentChoosing a camping tent can be a daunting task.  What size tent do I need?  What material should it be?  What brand?

Choosing the right size tent for camping is probably one of the biggest dilemmas for campers.

So, what size tent do you really need?

Camping tents are classified as 1 man tent, 2 man tent, etc.

A 2 man tent

holds 2 people. 
easy to setup
the 2 people will be shoulder to shoulder.
barely room to lay comfortably
no room for extra gear

A 4 man tent

easy to setup
will hold 2 people comfortably
small space for extra gear

6 man tent

Sleeps 2-4 people comfortably
will store your clothes, and other gear
little more difficult to set up and take down

A general rule to follow when deciding which size camping tent you need is to add an extra camper.  So for a party of 3 campers, you should get a 4 man tent.

However that rule is for sleeping comfortably only, with little room to spare for other camping gear.

If you want to store a lot of gear in your tent, you should add 2 or 3 extra campers.  So for that same party of 3 campers, you should get a 6 man tent.

I have a family of 5, so I got a Coleman 8 man tent, like the one pictured above.

It has plenty of room for sleeping, and the 2 wings on the sides holds plenty of camping gear.

I hope these tips help you find the perfect camping tent!

Happy Camping!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Campfire Tips And Tricks!

campfire stories, tips and tricks

I'm back with more Campfire Tips and Tricks!

Who doesn't love a campfire?  Well, I'm sure there are some, but for the rest of us, we can't go camping without a campfire!

Some of the downsides of sitting around a campfire include bugs, running out of things to talk about, and getting bored watching the same old flames.

Sitting around the campfire doesn't have to be a bad experience, and with these tips and tricks, it can bring a new camping experience!

Campfire Tips and Tricks!

Keep bugs at bay - it can get pretty annoying sitting around the campfire getting bombarded by bugs.  This campfire tip will keep those bugs at bay.

Throw a stick of sage into the campfire.  Mosquitoes and bugs hate the fumes.  You can also bundle sage and other herbs and nestle these bundles in the wood as you're building the campfire.  You'll never run out!

Vicks will also keep the mosquitoes at bay.  Just dab some on your clothes and you won't be bothered by the annoying insects.  Be careful about applying Vicks directly on children's skin as it could be too harsh.

Fabric Softener Sheets smell great to people, but mosquitoes hate it!  Most softener sheets contain linalool, and mosquitoes aren't fond of that at all.  So stick some dryer sheets in your pockets while camping or at the campfire.

Campfire Flame is pretty awesome by itself, but what could make the flames more interesting?  Chemicals.  I don't recommend any of these, but I'll list a few for the dare-devils out there.

Copper Chloride will emit a blue flame.
Borax Laundry Detergent gives off a light green flame.
Water Softener Salt for a purple flame.
Table Salt for an orange flame.
Epsom Salt and dry Coffee Creamer will emit tiny sparks.

There you have it.  Some campfire tips and tricks to keep your camping getaway interesting!

Happy Camping!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tips For Choosing the Best Camping Spot In The Campground!

campsite in a campground
Choosing the best spot in the campground is just as important as choosing the best campground.

By carefully choosing the best camping spot you can obtain a more relaxing stress-free camping getaway.

Obviously if you arrive at the campground late or without a reservation, you'll have limited choices.

Tips for choosing the best camping spot:

Size of the Campsite - you'll want a good size camping spot to fit all your equipment with enough elbow room for all your campers.  Corner lots are usually bigger, but you'll have extra road noise.

Layout of the Campsite - make sure the spot is somewhat flat.  It's okay to have a little slant, just make sure your head is uphill.  If it rains, you don't want your tent in the lowest spot.

How many trees?  You may want shade from the sun, but are the trees strategically placed?  Are you able to back your camper in without hitting branches?  Is there enough room for your camper or tent away from the firepit? 

Bonus: are there 2 trees close enough together for a clothesline?

Campsite Traffic - it's nice to camp near the bathrooms, but it has drawbacks.  Lights are normally left on all night.  There will be heavy traffic coming and going at all hours of the night, and the slamming of doors you can do without.

Look towards the back of the campground to camp.  These spots have less traffic of people driving in and out of the campground.

Try to find a deeper lot and back your camper in or pitch your tent towards the back to get away from traffic noise.

Water - camping near water for swimming and other water activities, too close to water brings more bugs and cooler weather.

Unless you are equipped with plenty of water, look for water hookups.  You don't want to lug a 5 gallon bucket of water far from camp.

I hope you find the best camping spot with these tips!

Happy Camping!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Would You Camp In A Trash Bag Tent?

Glad trash bag camping tent

Would you consider camping in a trash bag tent?  That's exactly what the makers at Glad wants you to do!

The Trash Bag Tent is more geared for larger public gatherings, mainly festivals.

The premise is, you sleep in your disposable trash bag tent, and the next day you clean up camp with it!

I don't know if this is a crazy idea, or one bordering on genius!  It's one way to keep the camping spots clean after a festival.

What do you think?  Would you consider camping in a trash bag tent?

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