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5 Essentials Tips for Camping in the Rain

Whether you’ve been warned or the rain caught you by surprise, it’s always good to be prepared for the elements. Rain or shine, there are several items that should be kept on hand for any emergency. There are several things to keep in mind when packing up for your trip and when setting up your camp.

These are some items you need to pack when leaving for the cloudy forest:

Be Mindful of Where You Set Up

The nice peaceful patch of grass at the base of the hill may seem like a beautiful place to camp out –until it rains that is. If you’re anticipating precipitation, the last place you want to be is the low ground. Try to set up camp on high ground, it will save you the trouble of puddles, soggy beds and soggy anything that sits on the ground, including you.

 Bring Your Micro Duffel Bag

The last think you want is to end up with a bag full of wet clothes and supplies. Having a waterproof bag, especially one as durable as the Micro Duffel Bag, can make or break you in the wilderness. There are just some things that need to stay dry during big storms, like your dry back-up clothes.

 Invest in a Good Scope

If you’ve ever attempted to hunt in cold weather with rain, you’ve probably had your scope fog up on the inside. You can purchase fog-proof scopes which will keep the inside from fogging. These scopes are filled with nitrogen on the inside which prevents the condensation from forming on the lens. Beware that you will still have to remove fog from the outside of your lens.

 

Don’t Cheap Out on the Boots

Your feet are among the most important parts of your body that should not remain wet for long periods of time. Wet socks and wet boots can result in nasty fungal infections or frostbite if you’re in a cold area. When you buy your boots, make sure they’re equipped for the type of terrain you will be camping in. While standard rain boots will keep the water out, they won’t do you much good in rough terrains and may even become slippery. Opt for more of the hunting boot-type shoe with water resistance and try to keep them as dry as possible.

Bring Plastic of Every Sort

Yes we mean it; ponchos, plastic bags and a plastic tarp if possible. This is just about the only way to keep the water away from everything inside your tent, especially if there is wind. It’s a good idea to wrap everything up if you’re going to be away from the site for long periods of time. While it may seem excessive, it’s always nicer to come home to a nice, dry pillow and blanket rather than a cold wet one. Better safe than sorry!

 

Gun Safety Devices and Techniques for Your Home

Owning a gun is an important part of ensuring the safety of you and your family. But whether your gun is used for protection, hunting or recreational shooting, it is important to make sure you use the proper precautions and safety measures necessary to avoid misuse or an accident in your home. There are various devices and techniques you can use to see that your gun remains in the right hands even when you’re not around.

Inform your kids about gun safety:

While it may seem that this would attract the curious hands of a child, it is important to let them know the dangers of a weapon such as a gun so that they are aware of the harm it could cause if not used properly or without adult supervision. Sit down with your kids and discuss what a gun is, what it’s used for and who should use it. If your kids understand the entire spectrum of weapon safety, they are less likely to be drawn to it and potentially try to use it without your consent.

 

Store your bullets somewhere else:

This tip is dependent on several things. If you live alone and own a gun for emergencies, it is up to you to decide whether or not you choose to store your bullets in or around your weapon. If you live with kids, however, this is something you may need to consider doing. A loaded gun, especially without a lock, is not something that should not be within your kids’ reach.

Get a safe:

This method is probably one of the safest depending on the use of your gun. Putting your gun in a safe in which only you know the combination to can be a very safe way to keep it out of the wrong hands. If you keep your gun around for safety purposes, this tip may not apply to you as you want to be able to access it quickly in case of an emergency. In any case, it is better to be safe (no pun intended) than sorry. If you live with children this is an excellent extra precaution to keep curious little hands off your weapon.

Buy a gun lock:

There’s quite a variety of products out there that can keep your weapon from firing at any other moment than when you tell it to. There are many things to consider when shopping for a gun lock such as: who uses it, what kind is it and of course price. Gun-locking devices are something you really want to inform yourself about before making your purchase. This is a product you want to make sure you know inside out before trusting it with your loaded gun and most importantly, with your family. Luckily, many gun locks are universal, meaning they fit a wide range of guns. Just in case, however, you should ask an expert for details and bring in your gun to make sure it fits properly before making your purchase.

Safety Tips for Your Next Camping Trip

Camping season is right around the corner and families all over the country are getting ready to spend some much needed quality time with the outdoors. If you’re experienced in outdoor recreation, you know there are some things you have to take care of before leaving your home. Among some of the most important precautions you must take is packing a good first aid kit. While there are obvious components that should always be included in your wilderness safety kit, there are some other parts that should be considered given the change in surroundings.

Here are some helpful items that you wouldn’t normally consider putting in your first aid kit:

Extractor Pump Kit

They work by suctioning the affected area to remove bee stings and some snake venom and they are reusable. While these do not in any way intent to replace medical attention, they can buy time in some cases depending on the severity of the wound.

Survival Blanket

Though you probably won’t be needing one of these with warmer climates, they are essential to have on hand when camping in cold seasons. Survival blankets reflect back body head and are often made in bright colors for emergencies.

Trauma Pack

You can purchase a trauma pack as a unit or compile one of your own. One of the most helpful items in these packs is a blood clotting agent. Of course these are not to be used unless extreme circumstances call for it, but in case of an emergency, a well-equipped trauma kit could save a life.

Handbook

Some good first aid kits include emergency handbooks, but if you are creating your own kit, this is definitely something you don’t want to leave out. First aid handbooks include plenty of valuable information that might come in handy in even the smallest medical crises.

Mirror

If your flashlight isn’t on hand and you’re in need of signaling someone, a mirror is an excellent, fool proof way of flagging down help. They are cheap and you don’t have to worry about them running out of batteries.

New Tactical Gear Dealers: Wilderness Tactical Products Now Available in Springerville, AZ, Prescott, AZ and Chapel Hill, TN

Off The Grid Survival Gear, Western Drug and Blackfox Tactical become newest dealers of Wilderness Tactical Products.

Phoenix, AZ, May 28, 2014—Joining over 200 dealers across the United States are three new brick and mortar locations carrying Wilderness Tactical Products’ quality line of tactical gear and accessories:  Off the Grid Survival Gear in Prescott, AZ, Western Drug in Prescott, AZ and Blackfox Tactical in Chapel Hill, TN.

All locations will offer local clientele Wilderness’ famed Original Instructor Belt available in black, coyote and foliage colors—universally known as the benchmark for quality and functionality within the tactical gear industry.  Additionally Wilderness’ popular frequent flyer belt will be offered in the same colors.  Each dealer will also carry additional products and select accessories.

Founded in 2011, Off the Grid Survival Gear in Prescott was developed as a result of the founders’ need for disaster preparedness and wanted to share that vision with others. Dedicated to carrying the highest quality products, Off the Grid boasts that their retail prices match others internet based stores.

Located just outside of Nashville, Blackfox Tactical serves the military, law enforcement and private security organizations exclusively.

Named one of the best Gun Stores in the State of Arizona, Western Drug and General Store was established in 1934 and has served the people of Springerville for over 75 years out of their 18,000 square foot store.

Samantha DeZonia, VP of Wilderness Tactical Products, LLC explained:  “We love adding new dealers to our growing network—it really gives folks an opportunity to look, touch and feel our products locally.”

About Wilderness Tactical Products:

Wilderness Tactical Products, L.L.C. was founded in 1981 to fill the needs of people who demanded durable, high-quality equipment. Their products have been tested from the icy mountain peaks of South America to the blistering Sonoran desert for nearly 33 years and they have proven themselves time and again. Wilderness Tactical Products’ branded products have consistently been favorites of serious outdoors people, mountain climbers, search and rescue, American Pistol Institute and Gunsite personnel, as well as armed military, intelligence, police, instruction and civilian professionals around the world.  For additional information please call 1-800-775-5650 or visit http://www.TheWilderness.com

 

 

Media Contact:

Christine Holtz

Phoenix Marketing Associates

602-282-0202

Kids Are Out for the Summer, Get Ready to Plan Your Summer Camping Trip

It’s finally summer time and while you may no longer get to enjoy summers off, your kids do. If you live in warmer climate areas, a camping trip to a cool forested area might be just what you need to escape the dry heat waves to come.

Before you hit the trees, there are a few things to consider. If this is your first camping trip or you are camping in a new area, you want to make sure you do your research on the camp grounds. It may also be a good idea to ask a few experienced campers, especially if you’re taking little ones with you. In the meantime, here are some things to think about before your big trip:

Where –The first thing you want to decide on is where you’d like to make your getaway to. Are you planning on staying in cabins or immersing yourself completely in the wilderness with a tent? This is a big determinant in what you will need. Factors like weather and terrain are also something to look ahead at as the day draws closer. Also keep in mind that some camp sites require reservations.

Prepare for the Elements –Even if you’re not anticipating rain or wind, make sure you come prepared. You never can be too sure with nature.

First Aid Kit –This seems like a given, but in the midst of gathering last minute items and getting everyone ready for the road, it’s something you could easily overlook.

Flashlights/Lanterns & Batteries –Even if you’re staying in a well-lit cabin, you never know what might happen or if you’ll be navigating in the dark (most likely).

Water –You can never have enough of it. Enough said. Decide what works best for you, whether that’s gallons or bottles; the key is to bring enough to spare. When you’re nowhere near a Walmart, you’d rather have extra water than not enough.

Insect Repellant –This is a must for long periods of time outdoors. Mosquitos can pack a nasty bite and bring some very uncomfortable reactions. Make sure you also pack some calamine lotion or hydrocortisone in your first aid kit in case they do get past your protective barrier.

Emergency Vehicle Supplies –The last thing you want is to get stranded in the woods with no signal and a car that won’t start. Make sure you have a reliable vehicle that can handle rough terrain if you’re going to be traveling in it. You also want to bring jumper cables and extra gas in case you need them.

Protection –Of course you want to make sure you are well-equipped to protect your family. Knives are a necessity in the wild, but you want to make sure you are clear on weapon laws in the area before you get to packing your fire power.

Entertainment –Not everything is strictly business when getting ready for your trip. Pack some items that the family will enjoy such as sports equipment or outdoor-friendly games.

 

Food/Grilling Items –One of the best parts of spending time in the outdoors is the food. Storing your food and keeping it cool may present a challenge as ice can only stay frozen for so long. Consider investing in a dry ice cooler or sticking to items that don’t require refrigerating. If you’re planning on finding your food in the wilderness, make sure you come prepared with a grill, propane and all the tools necessary for a good cookout.

 

The Reasons Why you Need to Carry a Knife on Outdoor Adventures:

Going on an adventure can be exciting, but you never know what you are going to run into. Having a good knife with you may just be a lifesaver. Below is a list of things that a knife can help you with:

  •  Cutting/slicing- you never know when you may need to cut a rope or slice off a branch from a tree.
  •  Digging- you can use a knife to dig holes and use it as a shovel.
  •  Splitting-use a knife to split the wood on trees
  •  Self-defense- It’s good to have a knife on you when you are outdoors just in case you have an unexpected visitor (lions and tigers and beers—oh my. Good thing you have that knife)
  •  First aid tool- there are a couple things knives can be used for when it comes to a first aid tool. You can use it too cut a bandage or even use it too dig out a splinter.
  •  Food prep-A knife can be used to catch fish and skin animals
  •  Shelter building- If you really want to experience the outdoors and ditch the tent then a knife will be perfect too help you build shelter for yourself and others.
  •  Fire making- a knife can be used to cut wood for a fire
  •  Prying tool-if you need to get something open, but you just can’t with your fingers. Use the knife to pry it open
  • Hammering- if you need to hammer something into the ground like a stake to hold up a tent then you can use the back of the knife as a hammer.
  • Make-shift screwdriver- When needing to assemble something and you have no tools, don’t forget the most important tool of all—your knife. That knifepoint works perfect for fitting into that screw.
  • Stake- use the knife as a stake to hold down your tent or canopy
  • Tool-making- you can use the knife to make a tool like an arrow to hunt
  • The knife is useful for many things. Next time you want to take an outdoor adventure, make sure to pick up a knife.

What to Look for in a Good Shooting Range:

You have all your guns cleaned and bagged up now you have to decide where to go to get some shooting practice. There are many things you need to look out for when picking a good shooting range.  Safety is a top priority when it comes to shooting ranges. Below are some safety features you should look out for when you are picking a shooting range.

  • Safety rules
  • What should be included in a shooting bay
  • Lighting
  • Range Officers
  • Importance of knowing the affects of lead

The first thing you want to be aware of when picking a shooting range is the importance of the shooting range displaying the four basic safety rules in an area that is highly visible.  The four basic safety rules you should see displaying are as follows.

  • Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
  • Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.

 

A good shooting range will also include a shelf or table in each shooting bay to rest your gun while you change targets or reload the magazines.

It is important for the shooting range to have good lighting and keep up with the maintenance in all areas of the shooting range. This is important so everyone stays safe.

The Range Officers should be knowledgeable to be able to give you tips, advice and any help if needed. They should also be demanding enough to stop any unsafe behavior. If you are in a shooting range where people are acting unsafe leave the range immediately!

Lead is a very popular ingredient used in ammunition and can be very harmful in certain situations. Lead is not something that you want to breathe in so make sure whatever gun range you choose has a high-quality air ventilation and an exhaust system using HEPA filters.  Keep in mind, outdoor ranges do not require good filtration and exhaust system, but they should have fans that direct the air away from the shooting bays. If the range lets you eat or drink inside the firing range, turn around and go somewhere else. Touching the lead bullets or eating and drinking right after shooting can expose your body to a harmful amount of lead. It is important also that the range has a sink with warm water nearby so you can wash your hands, arms and face right after shooting to avoid being exposed to the lead any more then you already are. The firing range and additional rooms within the area should have concrete or tiled floors.  The reason for this is because the lead dust can settle in carpet and cause a health hazard.

Take note of these safety features when you are choosing a shooting range to be sure that you have a safe and fun time!

 

Best Hunting Dog Breed: The Brittany

For those hunting enthusiasts out there, we all know how much a good companion can be out in the field. Between tracking and finding the game you shot, it can be depleting doing it all on your own. It is no surprise so many of us decide to get the perfect companion, known as man’s best friend: a dog. There is one breed in particular that performs over and above in terms of its companionship and hunting prowess: the Brittany.

This energetic 36-to-43 pounder is full of love and was bred to be a hunting dog, and is especially adept at bird hunting. This breed is often referred to as a Spaniel, but its characteristics are more similar to those of a setter or a pointer.

These dogs may be on the “short” side, 17 to 20.5 inches, but are solidly built and are packed with tons of athletic power. Their long legs give them quick movements which reap great results while hunting.

There are two kinds of Brittanys: the “American” and the “French.” The “American Brittany” is usually larger than the “French Brittany,” whereas the “French” Brittany typically works more closely to the guns. Overall, they are known for being easy to train and sweet natured. These dogs can be sensitive, which in part, makes harsher methods of training unnecessary.

Besides their accomplishments in the hunting field, they make for an amazing family dog as well, they love to make their owner’s happy and are very friendly. Additionally, they are great with children. Brittanys are loyal and are very active. It is important for them to have frequent exercise, whether that is having a lot of room for them to run or taking them out for a walk or jog.

 

Brittanys are a beautiful breed commonly ranging from an orange and white to a liver and white coat. Whether you hunt or not, Brittanys make for a great dog to call your own and to make a part of your family.

Best Dog Hunting Companions

Time and time again, dogs are referred to as man’s best friend. They are even greater friends when they can retrieve your game for you, right? There are numerous hunting dogs out there, and we have seen several rankings for each dog. However, we find it hard to gauge what makes one dog better than another when it’s relative to the owner and his or her needs. Below we have listed five amazing breeds for hunting, which we will explain further in this post:

 

  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • English Setter
  • Coonhound
  • Brittany

 

Labrador Retriever

 

Labrador Retrievers are very well rounded hunting companions. They are mainly known for being water dogs, because of their moisture-repelling coats and webbed paws. Labs are great for retrieving ducks and gathering quail, especially because of their gentle grip. Their gentle mouths are key to retrieving your prey without damaging it. This breed ranges from 55 to 70 lbs. and can get anywhere from 22 to 24 inches tall. Labs are outgoing, even-tempered, gentle, agile, kind and intelligent. They are known for being great family dogs and have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.

 

German Shorthaired Pointer

 

German Shorthaired Pointers were developed in Germany during the 19th century for hunting. They are known for their diversification in the hunting field; they can change from land to water with ease and are skillful in tracking your prey. Also, their legs are full of power that allows them to move rapidly and turn quickly. This breed lives to around 12 to 14 years. These pointers are bold, boisterous, cooperative, brilliant, affectionate and trainable. They can grow anywhere from 24 to 26 inches tall and 45 to 70 pounds.

 

English Setter

 

English Setters were originally designed to be the “elite” bird dog in the United Kingdom. This breed’s high-energy levels make them well equipped for hunting, because they do not tire with ease. They are silent trackers with a great sense of smell. The Setter is a unique dog in which it does not simply flush birds out, but they crouch down and wait for the hunter’s to approach instead. This dog lives from 11 to 15 years and is strong willed, gentle, people-oriented, mischievous and smart. They are known to be 24 to 27 inches tall and weigh in the range of 44 to 79 pounds.

How to ensure that your kids have a great time fishing

Taking your kids on a fishing adventure can be either a nightmare or a blast. So, to ensure that your kids have a great time fishing, we suggest you follow these great tips!

You can start out the day by having your kids help you load up the fishing gear and pack a picnic lunch.  Once you are all packed up and ready to go, make a stop at the store and let them pick out their own fishing hat and worms for the bait.  Since kids can get bored easily, be sure to bring extra activities that will keep them busy and entertained.  After that, you should be prepared to go find your fishing destination.

If you have a boat, take your kids to the closest lake.  If you don’t have a boat, then a local park with a pond or a river will be just fine.  When picking your fishing destination with kids, be sure you choose a spot that is abundant with fish so that your kids have a better chance for success.  Also, make sure that your fishing spot has plenty of room so when your kids cast the line, they don’t hook someone.

Once you have chosen your spot, you are ready to set up your chairs and your get your fishing poles ready. Show your kids how to put the worm on the hook and how to cast the rod. Once your kids are comfortable, be sure to let them try it on their own.  When your kids catch a fish, don’t forget to snap some pictures!

You could also make a game out of fishing by having a competition for who can catch the most fish or naming each fish they catch.  Or be creative and come up with a game yourself!

Fishing for a long period of time can be draining or tiresome to your kids, which can lead to the fishing trip being a nightmare. So, keep your fishing time to a maximum of two hours. Remember, just because your fishing is done doesn’t mean your day is over. After fishing, you can either go to another spot or set up a blanket right where you are and enjoy your picnic.

Make sure your fishing trip with the kids is an unforgettable adventure and a fun time that your kids will never forget.  Follow these tips and your kids should have a blast!

What To Do If You Encounter A Bear On Your Hike

Enjoy trying out new hiking trails but are apprehensive about hiking in areas where bears are prevalent? Not to worry; we’ll prepare you with these helpful tips on how to react if you do run into a bear.

If a bear doesn’t notice you, quietly leave the area. Do not stop to take any photos as this may alarm the bear.

  • Be prepared to walk in the opposite direction if a bear sees you and runs away. If you walk in the same direction as the bear, the bear could turn around and run after you. (Bears are fast animals that can sprint at about 35 miles per hour and cover 100 yards in 7 seconds.)
  • If a bear spots you and doesn’t move, avoid direct eye contact with him and begin to talk to him in a calm manner. The bear may choose several actions:
    1.  run away from you
    2. continue on what he’s been doing
    3. approach you

Your next step depends upon how the bear reacts.

  1. If you’ve been seen by a bear but ignored, slowly back away but never turn your back on him.
  2. Be ready to stop and stand your ground if a bear approaches you. She may approach for several reasons to approach you:
    1. She feels threatened. A bear who is defensive may feel like you are a threat. The reason for being defensive is she may be protecting her cubs, food or personal space. If the bear charges at you, playing dead is your best defense. Lay flat on the ground, face down, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands. If the bear rolls you, over continue to roll until you are back to being face down. Do not make any noise or move until you know that the bear has left the area, otherwise the bear may try to attack you again.
  • She is curious. A bear may approach you solely out of curiosity.
  1. A final tip on how to react if you see a bear when hiking is to carry bear spray. Bear spray has been proven to be very effective at repelling aggressive bears. Additionally, bear spray doesn’t harm the bear if it is used on him. It merely temporarily disables the bear so you’re able to get away.

 

After reading these tips, we hope you’ll be ready to get out there and take on any hiking trail with little fear of what to do if you see a bear!

Top 10 Must-Have Items During Winter Hunting Season

It’s safe to say most of us are happy to finally see a temperatures drop after a long, hot summer. Depending on where you do your hunting, it also means it’s time to gear up for the change in seasons. If you live in areas that tend to get snow during the winter, you’re going to need a lot more than just a coat and some gloves. We’ve put together a list of the most essential items you’ll need this winter season.

1)      Thermals. They’re great for trapping heat and can keep you a lot warmer than you think!

2)      Snow boots. You may think they’re not absolutely necessary, but snow can seep through your regular boots and things can get very cold and very uncomfortable very fast.

3)      GPS. It may be easy to find your way around just by looking around during the regular season, but it can become very easy to get lost when everything is covered under a blanket of snow!

4)      Facemask. Hunting in the cold, especially when there is wind, can be very harsh on the face. A facemask can make the icy blasts a little more bearable while you’re stalking your prey.

5)      Water and lots of it. During cold season, it’s very easy to forget to drink water. Precisely because of this, it is a lot easier to get dehydrated.

6)      Dry bag. Once snow melts, it can leave a watery mess. A dry bag can be a great way to keep clothing and other belongings dry when snow and ice start to melt.

7)      First aid kit –Although a first aid kit is a standard item everyone should bring on hunting trips regardless of weather, you especially wouldn’t want to end up hurt and unable to help yourself in frigid weather.

8)      Goggles. Wind can be very hard on your eyes and when you’ve got your eyes on big game, a gust of wind is the last thing you want to worry about.

9)      Whistle or other loud noisemaker. Wolves and other predators are just as active during the winter as any other time of year. One of a few things you can do to ward off these predators is make loud noises. A whistle or a horn is a good option for this.

10)  Scope cover. Frost and moisture can not only make it very difficult to spot your game, but it can damage it. Scope covers are a great way to protect your scope from the elements.

There are many other things to keep in mind when hunting in extreme temperatures, but one of the best things you can do is to do your homework and prepare for whatever mother nature may have in store for you.

 

Treating Frostbite on the Body

To diagnose frostbite, symptoms are taken into consideration and physical tests are done. Frostbite is a medical emergency and needs immediate attention once it’s detected. The condition is associated with hypothermia, which is a severe medical emergency. There are many dangerous consequences that occur when frostbite isn’t treated immediately or when it’s not executed properly. That’s why knowing the signs and what needs to be done is important to anyone who is planning on being out in the cold.

If you’re noticing signs that you may have frostbite, the first step is to seek medical attention.

While you are waiting make sure to get out of the cold. Go somewhere warmer, preferably indoors. Also, remove any wet or constricting clothing and dress yourself in loose, dry and warm clothing. Proceed by covering yourself in a blanket.

Re-warm the injured area by placing it in a container filled with warm water. The water should be at a temperature of 100 – 105° F for 15 to 30 minutes. Do not use hotter water than this or the tissue will be damaged. Warming up the injured area stops ice crystals from forming and also restores blood vessels that were damaged.

Make sure to keep the temperature of the water consistent. Thawing takes about 30 minutes and throughout that time period swelling, color changes and a burning pain may occur. Once the feeling returns in the injured area and it becomes soft, it is thawed.

Apply sterile dressing to the area and keep still. Make sure it’s not too tight because this inhibits blood flow. If your hands or feet are the areas that are frostbitten, apply the dressing between your fingers and toes.

Make sure that the area does not refreeze, this can make things worse. Keep the thawed area warm. If this process cannot be carried out properly, delay thawing and get medical help.

Even after thawing, seeing a medical professional is crucial. This procedure does not replace getting proper medical attention.

TIPS

  • Keep the affected body part away from heaters, lamps, campfires or other heat sources. Since the affected area is numb, the victim can’t feel the heat so the tissue is more susceptible to burning.
  • Rubbing or massaging the affected area; this makes the injury more severe.
  • Do not pick at blisters or try to pop them.

By being cautions you can prevent getting frostbite while you’re out in the cold. Following the simple steps covered in the prevention component will protect you and save you the worry of getting the condition. If you do get frostbite, it is important to stay calm throughout the whole treatment process. The thawing procedure is painful and causes the skin to change; however, it is vital and needs to be carried out in a composed manner and in a calm environment. Be aware and be prepared!

 

Tips for Camping with Kids

This go-go world has a way of consuming us all, so family bonding time has become something less and less common in modern-day families. Even if family time is planned, how many times does someone pull out a phone? Or how hard is it to get your children to stop watching television or to get off the computer to spend some time together as a family? There is a solution, however. Camping is the perfect way to spend quality time together as a family. There are no plugs; therefore, no electronics and no distractions!

The beauty of this all is that when you go camping, you are also able to give your children the gift of nature. Fresh air, wildlife sightings and starry nights all contribute to this wonderful and stirring experience. The simplicity that comes with camping can also awaken in your children, as well as yourself, a sense of appreciation for the things we sometimes take for granted.  Although camping is an enjoyable experience, it takes a lot of planning and patience in order to provide your children with the best nature experience possible. Here are some pointers that will help make your excursion safe and fun for you and your family.

Planning

When planning your trip, who your excitement! If you don’t show your excitement, your children are unlikely to get fired up.

It’s important to include your children in the planning stage. Children love feeling like they’re the ones who make the calls, so let them. Ask what type of activities they’re interested in doing, what they want to pack to eat, what games and equipment, and where they would like to go most.

Allow your children to pack their personal items; however, do make sure they’ve packed everything. Also, if they want to bring along a few toys or games, allow them to. This way the new environment doesn’t feel entirely foreign to them.

We strongly suggest using a checklist. Be in charge of creating your checklist, but when it comes to checking things off, let the children do it. This makes them feel more involved.

 

While Camping

Stay positive and optimistic. Some tasks are more difficult while camping such as preparing food and using the restroom. It’s inconvenient for everyone, but it’s an excellent opportunity to teach your child a life lesson; therefore, be calm and have a great attitude.

Getting organized doesn’t stop in the preparing phase; it’s more important than ever when you’re at the campsite. Remind your children to stay organized, as well. You don’t want to have a lost toy ruin a great trip!

Take the kids out on walks/hikes. Teach them about nature and how to respect it. Research the trees, plants and wildlife in the area so you can teach your children.

 

Make sure the children are safe but don’t keep them from exploring! Tip: Buy your children whistles!

Camping is a wonderful adventure for a child. It’s an excellent way to spend quality time together as a family and a great opportunity to teach your children about nature. Many things are learned on a camping trip; not only by your child but by you, as well.

 

How to Use a Compass

compass is a navigational instrument which can be highly useful for outdoor activities. A compass shows directions in a frame of reference that is stationary relative to the surface of the earth. The magnetic compass was first invented around 206 BC by Chinese Han Dynasty. The dry compass was invented in Europe around 1300, but this was replaced by the liquid filled magnetic compass in the early 20th century.

The compass is the most reliable tool that can help to find your way to safety when you’re out camping, hiking, biking, skiing or anywhere out in the wilderness. One of the benefits of using a compass rather than an electronic device is that you never have to worry about its batteries running down, since it has no batteries!

 

Below we will share a very simple lesson on using a compass to help ensure the next time you’re outside enjoying nature, it is a little safer.

Understanding a Compass

  • The direction of travel arrow is the arrow pointing away from the compass.
  • The degree dial is the dial surrounding the compass. This displays all 360 degrees of the circle.
  • The magnetic needle is the needle spinning within the compass.
  • The non-magnetic arrow is the orienting arrow.
  • The orienting lines are the lines inside the compass. They run parallel to the orienting arrow.

Compass Placement

  • The compass placement should be in front of your chest and on the palm of your hand. This will ensure the best direction results.
  • Move the compass until the direction of the travel arrow is pointing towards the direction you wish to go.
  • Twist the degree dial until the orienting arrow lines up directly with the north end of the magnetic needle.

 

Practice, practice, practice! It doesn’t hurt to better your navigating skills before you plan to take that trip into the wilderness. Use close landmarks to help you become more precise in your navigation and gain trust in your compass. A compass is right 99% percent of the time, so, remember, if all else fails, trust your compass!