Camping 101: Whether it's summer camp or camping out that's on your agenda, here are some basic tips you can follow to fully enjoy your summertime adventures.
Preparation and protection are key.
Poison ivy, oak and sumac produce the leading cause of allergic skin reactions in the United States every year.
The good news is there are ways you can help protect yourself and your family from these noxious plants.
Learn to recognize the plants and avoid them.
There are several online resources that offer detailed descriptions of the plants.
Whenever possible, wear long clothing-long pants and long sleeves-when you suspect you may come in contact with poison ivy
Poison ivy, oak and sumac are potent year-round and can remain toxic on clothes and other surfaces for up to five years.
Use a pre-contact protective lotion, to help protect against allergic reactions.
The lotion forms an invisible layer on the skin that helps inhibit absorption of the plant oils that cause allergic reactions.
Some lotions also features an SPF 20 UVA/UVB sunscreen.
For added assurance, a gentle, exfoliating cleanser that removes the plant oils from the skin anytime after contact or symptoms begin to offer relief from itching and irritation.
Going On A Camping Trip?
Camping outdoors can be an exciting adventure, and is a great way for family, friends, and loved ones to have a wonderful outdoor experience.
It can create unforgettable memories: from exploring the woods to telling ghost stories around the campfire.
Now before you go camping, you should be well equipped.
Bringing along the right materials is necessary when camping.
Here is some advice about what you should bring along a camp trip:
Tent – One of the first things you should bring is a tent. A good idea would be to bring an extra tent as well, in case one of the tents becomes damage on the trip.
Sleeping Bags – You will need something to keep yourself warm, and to use as a blanket.
The woods, forests, and mountain areas are often cool during the night.
Cell phone – to call for help if needed
Backpack – Bring a backpack to carry the items you will bring with you
- Other items:
Towels, toilet paper, flashlight, rain gear, bug repellant, and matches (You will need matches for the campfire.)
You should only pack clothes that will be necessary for you to wear when camping.
You don’t want to over-pack, because over-packing will only become a burden to you.
You will not exactly have a lot of places to store your clothes.
Here is a basic list of clothes to bring:
Jacket – For when it is cool outdoors
Long pants – It is good to wear long sweat pants when jogging to avoid ticks
Bandana – These help absorb sweat
Cooler – You can store your food inside a cooler
Utensil you use to eat with (e.g. forks, spoons, cups, etc.)
Utensil you use to cook with (e.g. pans, pots, knives, can-opener etc.)
Introducing Your Kids To The Joys Of Camping
Taking your kids camping the first time can be a daunting task, if you're not well prepared.
But a well prepared camping trip with your kids can be a great joy for everyone involved.
Here are a few considerations and preparations you should make before leaving home.
First of all, choose an easily accessible location.
You may want to choose a camping spot that is accessible by vehicle if your kids are relatively young.
If you want to hike in to the camping spot, keep the distance pretty short.
Also, remember that younger kids may not be able to carry all of their gear and food in, so you'll end up with one very heavy pack if you're not careful.
Here are a few tips for minimizing the amount of stuff you have to take in, if you're hiking to your camping spot.
First, choose a spot with easy access to water.
That way you can take in dehydrated foods, and use the water at the camping spot to cook your food with.
That will save you a lot of weight.
Also, try taking one or two larger tents to hold everyone, rather than several smaller tents.
A camp fire is another consideration.
Campfires and s'mores are a must when you take your kids camping.
A s'more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada and
consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.
National S'mores Day is celebrated yearly on August 10 in the United States
Be sure you choose a location that allows campfires, and that has a readily available water supply to put the fire out.
When you take your kids camping, be sure that they have the same essentials that you take camping: extra clothing, a coat or rain jacket, food, water, a tent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, etc.
One last thing: before you go camping be sure you give your kids a few basic safety instructions, such as safety with fire, snakes, bears (if applicable), etc. Safety first!