Hiking

Which Way Are You Going? – How to Find Directions in the Wilderness Without a Compass

It is a natural human reaction to panic a little when you lose your compass on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. However, it is possible to find directions without a compass. Here are a few tips to help you navigate backwoods territory even without your favorite, trustworthy compass.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun: Since the beginning of civilization, humans have relied on the sun to navigate direction. You know that the sun rises in the east and sets […]

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You’ll Need a Backpack to Survive This – Best Survival Backpacks

Selecting a survival backpack (also called a bug out bag) is a lot different than buying a backpack for a leisurely one-day hiking trip or for your teenager to take to school. Purchasing a high-quality emergency backpack to hold all your survival gear may spell the difference between life and death in natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and mudslides—or if you get lost in the wilderness on what was supposed to be a dream camping trip.
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5 Ways to Save Money on the Road

As a full-time RVer, you’re familiar with the costs of living life on the road—you’re subject to a roller coaster of costs, with prices of food, gas, and gear changing as you travel from one place to the next. Most notably, eating on the road can get expensive. It’s tempting to opt for the convenience of diners and fast food while road tripping, but eating out adds up very quickly. Save money on your trip by shopping smart when […]

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bee

12 Campfire Critters: Harmless or Harmful?

If you are going camping or having a picnic in your local forest preserve, chances are you will encounter some pesky critters who call these environments home. In some cases, getting stung by an insect puts you at risk of insect-borne diseases or simply an itchy, painful bite, but for 1-3 percent of the population, a sting or bite from several little bugs can prove deadly due to allergies.
Common Outdoor Bugs

Mosquitoes: These nasty bugs can not only make you […]

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Enjoy a Great Camping Experience: A Brief Guide & Bucket List

If you love camping and are looking for the perfect campground, you might not have to travel outside your own state—or you could opt for a long road trip. Perhaps you have been wanting to visit one of the many beautiful national parks and your dream vacation is to camp under the stars. The National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) offers more than 45,000 facilities at over 1,700 locations that you can reserve, but make sure you do so well […]

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mosquito repellant candles

Natural Methods for Repelling Pesky Mosquitoes

If you have ever been on a camping trip and been plagued by mosquitoes, you know this can put a huge damper on a fun-filled trip. Nasty bites and intense itching can last for weeks, not to mention the risk of contracting the West Nile virus or a more exotic virus like Zika. Insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535 tend to be the most effective, but not everyone wants to use products that can potentially harm one’s […]

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Camping with Kids? Try These Games on Your Next Camping Trip!

Perhaps you went camping with your family when you were growing up and have fond memories. Now, you wish to recreate that magic for your own children. There are a few simple steps to ensure a fun time is had by all. First, you should teach your children that it is possible to unplug and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, away from smartphones and video games. Older children in particular may balk at this idea, but planning fun […]

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fishing

How to make a DIY fishing pole

Fishing isn’t only a fun activity—it’s also a practical skill that’s important to learn. When camping or hiking—especially in a rugged and remote area—fishing can serve as an excellent resource for fresh and nutrient-rich food. If you know how to fish, you don’t have to stress about bringing as much food with you on a camping trip—you can always just pop over to your nearest lake, stream or river and catch a fresh meal. Additionally, in the event that […]

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Hammock Camping 101

When it comes to sleeping outdoors, you have a few different options. Sleeping in a tent is a popular option for a reason—a tent offers you an element of seclusion and privacy, and it also ensures that you’ll stay nice and toasty during the night. If the weather is pleasant, and you’d like to sleep out under the stars, you can always simply sleep out on the ground. As long as you have a sleeping bag, you should be […]

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