My Weekend Camping Trip And My Birkenstock Sandals

We just came back from a weekend camping trip and after a long day hiking on the first day I was anxious to finally get in and get the tent setup. I hadn’t even started the cooking fire, and I could smell the food already from the hunger I had worked up. Your stomach and your head will team up and play tricks like this on you after a full day in the woods. Now that we were at the campsite I could take off my heavy hiking boots and put on my Birkenstock sandals which of course are way more comfortable for hanging out around the campfire.

My girl always teases me about my Birkenstock’s; she’s a worrier and thinks I may get a rash from poison oak or poison ivy by wearing them out in the woods. She does have a point in one sense and that is because the sandals are in such horrible shape due to my wearing them all of the time. I am so attached to my sandals that I have repaired them myself with everything from fishing line to duct tape so they do look pretty bad now. The thing is it has taken a long time to get them to the point where they are this comfortable; they feel like a part of my foot so I really don’t care what they look like.

I hate to admit it but as it turns out she was right. While I was stoking the fire I began to feel an itch on the back of my ankle under the thong and at first I didn’t think anything of it. I went on with cooking our dinner which due to the fact we weren’t that far off from civilization is actually fresh food that we brought with us. It’s pretty cool to be camping out and still eating a juicy marinated ribeye! Even while I was enjoying the taste of the steak and the company of my girl the itch on my ankle was starting to bug me.

After ignoring the irritation for a couple of hours, mainly due to the fact that I didn’t want her to be right, I looked down at my foot only to see that my entire foot was red and swollen. I didn’t know what I got into but whatever it was spread pretty fast. It took me over 30 minutes to find the Caladryl lotion that I brought along, just in case. This lotion is a combination of calamine and Benadryl and it works really good to relieve the itching and irritation. First I soaked my foot in the cold water of a creek nearby and then applied the lotion to the affected area. It helped but the next day of hiking sucked! Needless to say I will not wear sandals in the woods again.

Source by Gregg Hall

Camping at Night: How to Stay Safe

Many homeowners have home security systems installed in their homes because they want to be able to rest comfortably at night, without worrying about someone breaking in undetected. The monitoring component of a home security system makes homeowners able to relax and enjoy their home the way they should.

However, most homeowners also like to get away once in a while and a favorite pastime of Americans is camping. People enjoy roughing it on occasion, but they do not really like letting go of the security they enjoy at home, particularly at night. It's easier to feel safe at a campsite when the sun is up, but after dark, the woods turn into a different place.

There are, fortunately, some steps you can take to make camping at night safer for you and your family. First, before you hit the sack, ensure that you have completely extinguished your campfire. You do not want to wake up to a raging fire outside of your tent or even in your tent. There are no smoke alarms in the wild to give you an early warning.

You should also store any food you have at the campsite in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. If you can, it is even recommended that you store these containers in your vehicle. The scent of food will attract wildlife, which is one of the most extreme dangers you risk when you are camping in the woods. Just to be extra safe, you should carry a can of pepper spray with you at all times while you are camping so that you can incapacitate a wild animal if you stumble upon one on accident.

If you have to visit the restroom while you are camping, be sure to always walk with a buddy and a flashlight. It can be easy to get turned around in the dark and if you get lost, it could be morning before you are found. You might also consider carrying a personal alarm with you so that if you get get lost, you can pull the pin on the alarm, sounding a siren that will direct rescuers to you.

For those of you who like to camp in RVs or motorhomes, be sure to lock your doors and windows when you are inside for the night. While the risk of someone breaking in is low, there are still criminalies that will give it a shot if the circumstances are right.

Source by John C Cherry

Bear Attack – Best Safety Measures While Camping

When it comes to camping, there is nothing more exciting than experiencing the raw natural feeling of the great outdoors. From the tranquil streams, amazing scenery, the quiet whispers of the forest, to a bear attack. Yes, you read that right. Let’s be clear; if you are in the wilderness, there is a chance that you might have an encounter with actual wildlife. Now, this can normally range from birds, bunnies, and maybe the occasional skunk, but there are times where a bear encounter is possible. Here we will take a look at how to ensure that everyone is, in fact, safe in the off chance of a bear encounter in the wild. In this article, I have provided some important tips to avoid bear attacks while enjoying outdoors.

Types of Bears

North America is home to different species of bear, namely the black, brown, grizzly, and polar bear. Of these, only polar bears are interested in humans as a source of food. The rest typically do not attack you, unless you give them a reason to. Although, these bears rarely attack humans for predatory purposes, and there is no need to have an irrational fear of a bear attack while camping, one must definitely consider this issue with the utmost of seriousness. You need to take certain precautions and equip yourself with proper knowledge about countering a bear attack while camping in bear country; more so, if you intend to take kids along.

Safety Tips to Avoid a Bear Attack

If you’re planning on entering bear country, you need to be prepared for the possibility of a bear attack. However, taking certain precautions for bear safety when camping can prevent the risk of ‘face-to-muzzle’ encounter with a bear.

Before Camping

Before setting up the tent at a campsite, it’s important to talk to park officials regarding any recent sightings of bears. Forest rangers or park officials are often well-informed about the characteristics and habits of individual bears in the region. This information can help you in evaluating the relative safety of your campsite.

Be sure to inspect the campsite yourself for any signs of bears. Crushed bushes, upturned rocks, uprooted small trees, often indicate bear activity. You can also, look for bear trails, markings on trees (bears often leave claw barks on trees as a sign of their territory) and their scat.

If you find the campsite littered with remains of food or garbage from previous campers, then it is best to leave as soon as possible. Nothing attracts bears better than the sight and scent of food.

Instead, you should opt for a campsite that offers clear visibility and has tall, climbable trees close by. Most bear attacks occur in areas that are shady and hidden from the main trail. If you have to camp at a site covered with dense trees, make sure you make your presence known to the wildlife in the surrounding area by making plenty of noise. Startling or sneaking up on them only increases your chances of getting attacked. Remember, most bear attacks occur because the animal feels scared and threatened. The fact is that they are simply defending themselves from us as much as we are from them.

Educate everyone in your group regarding how they should behave in the wild. Explain the rules and regulations for camping in bear country.

During Camping

While setting up your tent, make sure it’s large enough for your family and that there is space between the walls of the tent and its occupants. Bears tend to bite at anything that projects from the tent walls!

It is best to cook and eat at least 100 yards away from your tent, and in the direction away from the wind. Immediately clean up the sight where you cooked and ate. Dispose of any that food remains and place all garbage inside bear-proof trash cans. Clean the dishes and store them in an airtight bag along with all of the other utensils.

Cook only as much as you are likely to consume. If you must store food, put it in a plastic bag and hang it from a tree. If there are no tall trees around, store food in layers of several Ziploc bags and place in a large cooler. If your vehicle is with you at your campsite, you can also place the cooler in the truck of your car. Just remember, bears have a keen sense of smell and if they suspect there is food nearby, chances are they will not rest until they find it. Preventing them from gaining a scent is the real key here.

Likewise, be sure to clean yourself after cooking and get a fresh change of clothes, as the smell of food lingering on your clothes can also attract bears. Either pack your dirty clothes in airtight plastic bags or hang them from trees, a few meters away from your tent.

Make sure you make a lot of noise to make bears aware of your presence. As they have poor eyesight, they largely depend upon sound and smell. So, talk, laugh and clap at various intervals. While there is no harm in using bear-bells, a human voice is more likely to ward off a curious bear.

Always move in a group of 6 or more people while hiking, when possible. Lone hikers are more likely to attract bears, while a large group tends to scare them away. Besides, a large group is naturally noisy and loud.

When hiking, keep a canister of pepper spray in your pack or pocket. Practice the act of drawing it out and spraying its contents a few times (you never know when you’ll need it, and the last thing you need is a can to malfunction when you are only a few inches from a bear!).

Most importantly, be vigilant at all times and watch out for signs of any bears around. Know and be aware of your surroundings. If anything seems out of place or different, it may be a sign that a bear is in the area.

During a Possible Bear Attack

So, what do you do if you find yourself in a close encounter with a bear, despite taking all of the above precautions? Should you run? Never! You will not be able to outrun afull-grown bear on any terrain, much less in their natural habitat. So, the best option for you is to stay where you are and assess the situation. This should give you enough time to think, as the bear is doing the same exact thing.

First, remain calm and try to estimate the distance between you and the bear. If it is far enough away (say more than 100 Ft.), start backing away from its sight, without attracting too much attention towards yourself. Chances are, the bear may not have even sensed your presence, unless you made it obvious.

If the bear is looking directly at you and seems to charge in your direction, stay calm. More often than not, bears only bluff charge, just to scare you away. So, take this opportunity to get as far from the bear as possible without turning your back toward them.

If the bear is rather close and you have nowhere to go, locate a tall tree and start climbing as quickly as you can. Do not stop until you are well above 10 meters (around 30 Ft.) from the ground. Remember, black bears are good climbers while grizzlies can chase you up to a few meters. Besides, they can reach a distance of 10 Ft. while they are still on the ground.

If the bear looks like he means business, try talking to him in a calm voice. Of course, he won’t understand you, but a human voice may make him believe that you are not a threat. Wave your arms frantically to show him that you are a human and not a predator. You can also raise some sticks and bang them together. Looking as big as possible may deter the bear from wanting to engage with you.

If nothing works, pull out your bear-spray and start spraying. However, spray only when the bear is less than a few feet away. This will startle and disorient the bear, thereby giving you enough time to escape.

Should you happen upon a stray cub, even though it may seem cute and harmless, please remember that there is most likely a mama bear nearby. You should never approach or attempt to feed a bear in the wild. If you encounter a female with her cubs or a pack, your chances of winning a fight against them are pretty slim. In this case, play dead and pray! Assume a fetal position on the ground and cover your neck with your hands while lying as still as possible.

Actually, in the end your chances of encountering a bear, especially an aggressive one, are very rare. Nonetheless, you must prepare yourself for every eventuality of a possible bear attack to ensure your vacation memories are bear free. While sighting a bear can certainly add an element of thrill and excitement to your trip, just be sure that if you see one that you enjoy it only from a very safe distance.

Source by Steve Sanders

Important Camping Tips and Equipment

Well, a fair percentage of people like camping. Some of them, during weekends, would even desert their well-furnished bedrooms and pitch a tent in their gardens where they would then spend their nights.

Please be sensitized that camping that is done very often can be addictive.

Did you know that retired soldiers that have spent a good part of their service time staying in camps that are located in isolated places like forests, jungles, woods and mountains always burn with desire to go camping?

If you want to go camping at a very far place you should make a very good plan for your trip before you go. Always make sure that someone trustworthy who is not going with you knows the coordinates of the place that you are going to camp at.

The other thing he / she should know is the length of time you are going to spend away. This is a very important matter in case something bad happens to you.

I really feel obliged to share with you this story of what happened to one of our brothers while he was camping with his family.

The story goes like this, "On Saturday, at daybreak, this guy together with his wife and their two teenage sons got inside their Land-Rover and left their house.

They were going to be back on Sunday at noon.

Six hours later, their vehicle stopped and they all alighted and stretched their bodies. They were in an area that was colonized by savannah vegetation. The area was also infested with zebras, wild-beasts and antelopes. Although tired, the four quickly pitched up three tents.

The first tent was for the man and his wife, the second one was for the two boys whereas the third tent was for housing their camping provisions.

After they had their lunch, they left the camp and went west shooting videos and taking pictures. Towards sunset they returned to their camp. They were just some two hundred meters away from the camp when they saw something like a mound next to their tents. The third tent had been pulled down. That thing that had invited itself to their camp was a male elephant.

The four waited until the elephant decided to leave the camp. They watched it as it went eastwards slowly limping. Its left hind leg was injured. It had either been injured by another male elephant or perhaps some poets. They look their heads as they stopped next to the tents.

All the fruits, vegetables and bread that was in the tent had been eaten by the elephant. It had only left them some canned foodstuffs. It had also crushed two twenty liters water bottles.

After assessing the damage done by the elephant they identified the tent that had been pulled down. Later on they were enjoying their supper around the fire. Around 2300 hours when it was now time for them to go to bed, the boys told their parents point-blank that they were not going to spend a night inside their tent.

They were afraid that the elephant might return to the camp at night and cause serious havoc.

The father honored the boys' emotions and presented them with the key for the Land-Rover. After the boys had gone to the vehicle, he kissed his wife and then put off the fire and then they went to their tent.

On the following morning after breakfast, the man went to the vehicle. He wanted to park it under a tree before they leave the camp to tour the surrounding area like on the previous day. He turned the key but the vehicle could not start. The battery had been chewed away. The boys had left the car-radio playing music when they slept last night.

The radio had played the music the whole night until the battery discharged all its power.

They were now in real trouble! The nearest settlement was 75 miles away and they were around 10 miles away from a sandy road that could be referred to as a main road. And that sandy road was seldom used. All the phones that were in their possession had lost network. It was now obvious that their vacation had been ruined!

The man suggested to his family to remain behind mean he goes to search for someone who could assist them with a battery but his family disagreed. Without him on their side, they felt unsafe. They broke the camp and loaded their stuff into the vehicle. After locking the vehicle, they set off on foot eastwards carrying a few valuable items.

After covering around mile, they met a pride of lions that were coming their way. They quickly changed direction and ran southwards. On their flight they went through another pride that was resting. The lions were full, they did not attack them. Next to them, there was a carcass of a buffalo which they had filled and ate over the night.

They changed direction again and now ran westwards and changed direction many times. By the time they stopped running they were now all lost. None of them could tell the direction to the sandy road they had wanted to reach.

After undergoing tougher obstacles in the savannah for good five days, they were very fortunate to be found by game scouts who were scouting for poachers that had killed a rhino for its precious horn.

From the game scouts, they learn that the elephant that pushed down the tent that was housing their provisions had been probably attracted by the scent of apples. Elephants like apples!


1. Tent, camp-chairs, propane-stove, camp-beds, sleeping-bags, collapsible camp tubs

2. FIRST-AID KIT (For your medical needs that do not require very serious situations)

3. MAP (If you are not familiar with the place you want camp to camp at, you really a map because you might get lost)

4. WEATHER REPORT (Be update with the weather report or else yo may find yourself in the path of a tornado.)

5. REFUSE-BAGS (Keep your environment clean .Where you camp, put your rubbish in the refuse bag)

6. ROPE (At least 10 meters long. You may need it to tie something or tow a car)

7. CANNED FOOD (They will not go bad quickly in case you overstay)

8. WATER BOTTLES (Always take five more bottles than you need. The radiator might leak unexpectedly)

9. PROPER CLOTHING (If you camp in the jungle you really need a hat. Snakes from branches above will strike your head)

10. TORCH AND NEW BATTERIES (For lighting in the dark)

11. MATCH-BOX AND CIGARETTE-LIGHTER (Matchbox can be soaked by the rain but not the cigarette-lighter)

12. SHOVEL (Good for digging a hole for a temporary toilet. Also can help when your vehicle is stuck in the sand)

13. An AX (For cutting firewood)

14. PLATES AND CUPS (It is up to you to choose whether you need disposable one or not)

15. POTS (It is up to you to decide the sizes and the number you need)

16. PAPER TOWELS (Get them according to your needs)

17. Spare-wheel (Can be of great help in case one of your tires get torn)

18. SET / PACK OF VEHICLE TOOLS (It should always be in your car)

19. KNIVES (Get them according to your needs)

20. LAPTOPS AND CELL PHONES (These are optional. Other people need constant connection with the world and others need privacy when camping)

21. EXTRA-MONEY (You might need to hire somebody to tow your car)

22. Fuel (Ensure that there is sufficient fuel for the trip.

23. BINOCULARS (They will bring distant objects closer to you.)

24. COMPASS (For assisting you to be precise with directions)

25. CALCULATOR (You will probably need to quantify something.

26. WRIST-WATCH (There are certain tasks that will require you to time yourself


1. HEALTH (Do not go camping with your friends when not feeling well, you may spoil their vacation)

2. ENVIRONMENT (Avoid doing things that will harm the area that you are camping at)

3. FOOD (When camping at sites that are infected with lions and hyenas avoid carrying raw meat as the scent of meat can attract these animals to your camp)

4. FLASHING LIGHTS (Flashing lights at night will scare away animals from your camp)

5. Avoid areas where there are mudslides

6. Avoid areas where there are sink-holes

7. Avoid areas close to blasting sites

8. If you are going to camp at areas where malaria sleeping sickness is prevalent you must see your doctor to prescribe for you the medication that will protect you from these two diseases. They are very dangerous as they can terminate your life or harm your brain leaving you mentally disturbed.

Source by Letumile Selogilwe

Camping Gear – The Fun of Planning and Having it All When Needed

Maybe it is never possible to have all the camping gear you will ever need when you find yourself on the site; maybe Murphy’s Law is indeed true on all possible occasions. However, one should indeed strive to always be prepared when going camping outdoors.

First of all, it should be a very safe place ‘ both from people and animals. And here is one fact that you should not ignore. Sometimes people are more dangerous than the animals. Second, you should be carrying sufficient (if not more) food and water supplies.

If you are planning to use the water at the source, you should carry along with you sufficient water purifier tablets (or any other way to have the water purified at source). Water purification is one of the most critical aspects you should pay attention to, and the other is packing the right camping gear.

How to Make Sure That You Have All the Camping Gear You Need for the Trip

Often you will find, much to your chagrin, that the exact thing you decided to leave out from your camping gear is what is needed when you reach your camping spot. Otherwise, something extraordinary would happen and would require your intervention, for which you need a certain camping gear that was there at home, but never thought it would be needed. So, how can anyone make sure they are ready all the time?

First of all, draw up a list with all the things you would think would be needed for such a trip. After you think you wrote everything, you divide it into categories like “essentials,” “emergency,” and “may-be-needed” categories. Include all the items that fall under the “essentials” and the “emergency” categories. Take the “may-be-needed” category and ask your friends their opinion. Based on your own experience and any response you get, you will be able to make a well-informed decision about the rest.

Some Things you Should Keep in Mind While Packing Your Camping Gear

The unexpected can happen (and the chances are that will happen if you are not prepared for it). Hence, be prepared for rain, for loss of food or water, for running into a wild animal or a terrible human being, and so on.

Be prepared how to handle any and all the situations, and have each member of your family be equally prepared. Sometimes, this could be the difference between life and death. Preparation is the key, so be sure to carry some extras and be ready for rain, even if it never rains, when you go camping. Sometimes out of the blue it will rain ‘ and it should not catch you unaware in this case.

Carry some type of protective gear against fire. It is imperative that every member of your “camp family” knows how to handle and douse a fire effectively! This basic knowledge is essential and can prove to be life saving since fire is one of the most potential hazards during a camping trip. This is again a very critical aspect, because a carelessly drawn fire can spell disaster not only for you but for the whole forest, and sometimes the entire region. Thus, be prepared, and be safe.

Source by Darlene Berkel

Kid's Summer Camp Activities – 5 Camp Ideas For Children

It's that time of year again, yes the dog day's of summer are in full swing. The children are finishing up the year and graduations dot the calendar. Like many families, preparations are taking place to determine what to do this summer. Why not send the kids off to summer camp and give yourself a much needed vacation away from the kids? Perhaps you could enjoy a few days relaxing in peace in quiet, or take a day at the spa. Whether you send the kids to a established summer camp or decide to take them camping yourself, here is five fun ways to entertain your children this summer.

Ghost stories around the campfire – If you plan on taking the kids camping then you can not miss the classic that goes back through history as one of the many favorite activities to do while camping. Get the marshmallow's and hot dog's ready, it's time to scare the children. Browse the internet for some scary stories that are easy to remember, but pack a punch. Being prepared with a good story is vital to keep the action intense and the children entertained and interested.

Nature Hike – Kids are chalk full of energy and one way to burn off some of that energy before the evening sets is to send them off on a nature hike. Travel in a group to a selected destination, or set out and separate into pairs and make it a race or marathon. This is sure to tire the kids, keep them entertained, and provides a few hours of fun. Make it more difficult by completing tasks along the way or by finding certain items.

Scavenger Hunt – The good ole scavenger hunt is a sure classic. Bring a bag or box full of small items you can hide, or just locate things in the forest, camp ground, or mountains to add to the list. You can try riddles, fill in the blanks, trivia, etc. to keep the game fun and interesting. This summer camp activity is one of my personal favorites as you must work it like a puzzle with a time limit to complete it successfully.

Fishing – How can you enjoy a camping trip without a day of fishing. Find a local stream, river, or lake and grab the fishing pole and tackle. I know as a kid my father took me fishing once a week and it was some of my most memorable and enjoyable times of my childhood. If your fishing trout, bass, or many other types of edible fish then you can make it a learning experience and teach them how to clean it and cook it for dinner.

Bug identification – So your in the forest with a group of kids that are driving you nuts and your second guessing your camping trip? No worries, send them scattering about trying to locate and identify the thousands of bugs crawling around the area. You can give a list of ten or twenty and try to get them to find them all, or you can look for certain ones in groups. Some easy choices are black ants, grass hoppers, slugs, grubs, moles, crickets, frogs, etc. Add some rare ones to keep them looking. You can also swap this out for certain types of tree's, leaves, exotic plants, or whatever you choose.

Regardless of your choice, starting the camping trip with a preplanned agenda will keep your family entertained and your boredom at bay. Remember to bundle up, apply sun screen, and bring first-aid in case of an emergency. These kids camp activities should keep your children excited, engaged, learning new things, and provide them some enrichment in their time off this summer.

Source by Christopher M Reed

Family Camping Tents – Choosing The Right One

Though camping is not for everyone, there are many families that enjoy a weekend away in the wilderness. Some don’t go that far, but like to find an organized campground to camp for a few days or even a few weeks. Though some like to have travel campers when they go camping a lot, some people are only casually interested in camping, and they like to buy family camping tents for their time away from home. These are great, but there are some things to keep in mind when you buy them… You can find family camping tents in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. Almost any version can be found to accommodate the family’s size and needs. Family camping tents are better made than ever with the advancement of technology, and are constructed of the most durable and weatherproof materials. While it may not be the optimal experience to camp in inclement weather, with these tents it doesn’t have to be the worst thing ever either. While deciding on the perfect tent for your family there is a certain criteria to keep in mind. Before style even becomes a consideration, it is important to find a well made family camping tent. When you find a tent that you really like, check online message boards for honest reactions to the products performance. There are several websites available that are designed to provide consumer opinions.

Once you have found several family camping tents you like, then you can narrow down your selection according to your personal preferences. Some family camping tents are a large one room design, while others have a tunnel between two “rooms” that children find a lot of fun. The best family camping tents are the ones that will fit everyone with a lot of comfort. Though some would say that there is nothing comfortable about a tent, having enough room for everyone is essential for a good trip. If everyone is cramped within the family camping tent, they are not going to sleep well and will be cranky the next morning. If you have a family of five, you should get a tent meant to fit even more people. That way everyone has room to move and even roll in the night. Not everyone sleeps in one position for the entire night. In fact, that is rather rare. Also consider the size and space available in the vehicle that will be used for camping trips. Many models are made to be compact and space saving for smaller vans and cars. These are just some of the things to look for when investing in a family camping tent.

Source by Jake Swingler

Camping Tips – Where To Set Up Camp

Want to find the perfect spot for setting up camp? Through my many years of camping experience I’ve discovered some good ideas on how to find the perfect spot to set up your camping tent. I want to share these tips with you so that you too will be able to enjoy your camping experience. First off you want to start by finding level ground. No one wants to sleep on an uneven surface! It’s always a good idea to find this flat spot relatively high up and not too close to trees. The tree roots would not be a good place to lie on.

Make sure there are no large stones either. It’s a good idea to make sure the area you pick does not show signs of any water erosion. The last thing you want is to have a flash flood during a large rainstorm come rushing through your tent at night. One of the most important things to do when picking out a camping site is to look up above you and make sure you see a lot of blue sky! The last thing you want is to wake up in the middle of the night with a downed tree or even large tree limbs crashing through your tent.

I actually made this mistake the first time I camped. There was an unexpected windstorm that came through and it knocked down a couple of pretty large branches. Needless to say, it was not a very fun experience, so please be especially careful of this! With just these few tips you will soon discover the best camping sites and this will make your camping experience that much better.

Source by Anna R Smith

I Want to Tell You How to Save 50-60 Percent Or More Buying Discount Camping Gear

The Number One Best Place To Buy Discount Camping Gear and Equipment

I’m going to tell you where to buy discount camping gear and save at least 60 percent or more! This is the best place I have found to buy new, cheap, closeout, discount camping gear at giveaway prices.

Why take the time to shop for cheap, discount or closeout camping gear camping gear? To save money!

If you have the money to spend by all means spend it on new camping gear if that is what you want to do. Remember though you don’t have to spend every dime you have on camping gear and equipment to have a good time. Oh don’t get me wrong I love the look and feel and the smell of new- but I also like the look and smell and feel of having my money still in my hands too.

Spending hard earned money can really take away from the enjoyment of camping. Camping isn’t suppose to be a rich mans sport.

Camping gear is something you usually buy and then only use once or twice each year and put it back into storage until the next season so save your money when you can.

Most of this camping equipment is meant to last quite a long time. My Coleman camp stove which I bought used at a garage sale is at least twelve years old now and it works as well as it did when it was brand new. You can buy a used one that works like new or a new open box item for half the price of a new one. The same thing goes for tents, sleeping cots, lanterns or anything else you might need.

The Third Best Place To Buy Discount Camping Equipment

This is a no brainier. You can watch out for the sales pages in your local newspaper or pickup up the sales flyers for good deals on camping gear and save a lot by doing so. Especially during the off season. You can also easily spend an hour at your local sporting goods store and purchase enough new equipment to cover the cost of the entire trip if your not careful. That is unless you decide to buy used, discount and closeout camping gear where– that same money could easily have bought four times as much. That’s right, a lot of serious minded campers like myself are choosing to buy and use discount camping gear instead of the pricey new stuff.

If you want to buy brand new closeout merchandise locally I’ve found my best local sources to be: Academy Outdoor, Cabellas, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sears, and Bass Pro Shops. I have found that these stores always have sales on tents and other outdoor equipment. Watch out for their off season deals. Although this is a good way to buy it’s not the cheapest and for me it takes too much time for me.

The Second Best Place To Buy Discount Gear Is

Garage And Yard Sales-

Believe it or not you can find new and used camping gear locally by buying secondhand. If it doesn’t bother you that you are not the original owner, then you are sure to find some really great deals. Second hand doesn’t always mean used. About a year ago my neighbor bought a new never used dual fuel Coleman lantern for $10.00 still in the box.

These are great places to look for lanterns, sleeping bags, tents, camping stoves, and more. Everything you could ever want to go camping with can be found at these garage and yard sales and you can bet it will be far cheaper than you would in your local sporting goods or discount store. This camping gear is usually just as good as your new, it’s name brand gear, you can usually ask the owner question and the best part is that you are saving a lot of money in the process.

You can easily get started by picking up the newspaper on Thursday and Friday and start looking at the garage sale ads as they will usually say camping equipment or fishing and hunting gear. These are the clues. Get over there as soon as you can because good deals sometimes go fast. Garage sales are good and you can find some really good deals but for my taste it’s a little too much work.

The Number One Best Place To Buy Discount Camping Gear And Equipment (in my opinion)

The Number one best place as far as I am concerned is eBay. Many people fail to take advantage of this. I can quickly and easily do a search to find what I am looking for. When I find what I am after I can Look over the buyers feed back rating and if I am satisfied see if he has anything else I am interested in. If he does I will check and see if the seller combines shipping which can save me even more. I can easily save 50-60 percent or more. Many of these sellers are desperate and motivated. A recently saw a used working Coleman propane lantern with the box sell for less than $5.00 plus shipping (to me) would have only been about ten bucks. Fifteen dollars for a great lantern and no driving around using expensive gasoline either.

Source by Pat Keenan

Camping In Scotland, Lauder, A Campsite Site Very Near To Edinburgh


In soft borderland Lauderdale, a campsite site very near to Edinburgh

At the Camping and Caravaning Club Lauder site, you will also get some fantastic ‘woolly’ bargains from the local mills. Lauder caters for all kinds of campers – even those who want to hire a lodge.

  • Oxton is a pleasant 20-minute walk/11/4-mile drive from site. The post office sells milk and newspapers.
  • The Tower Hotel in Oxton offers snacks and meals all day, with a free taxi to and from site. Join the locals for a game of pool, darts or dominoes.
  • The hotel at Carfraemill, adjacent to the site, serves food daily including breakfasts for early risers.
  • The town of Lauder is four miles away. It has supermarkets, coffee and gift shops, butcher’s, bakery, fish and chip shop etc.
  • Buses run to Edinburgh from the bus stop at end of the site. It’s a lovely ride through the countryside.
  • If you’re Edinburgh-bound, there are the world-famous Festival and Tattoo, Crystal Centre, Castle and lots more.
  • Ingliston, just outside Edinburgh, has a popular Sunday market.
  • You can also take the bus to Jedburgh and Melrose (for the abbey). There are also abbeys at Kelso and Dryburgh.
  • Lots of golf courses are within easy reach of the site. The one in Lauder is especially welcoming.
  • For a flutter on the horses, try Kelso and Musselburgh.
  • Stay in Lauder for local attractions such as The Common Riding, a treat for horse lovers and all who enjoy things traditional.
  • The Museum of Flight, located at East Fortune, is an enjoyable day out for all the family, especially the “big little boys”.

A Visitor’s opinion:

“You can walk for miles through the hills and not see a soul. It is so peaceful and the countryside so lush.” Mr Watts

Did you know?

There are also four chalets for hire at this site. Fitted out to the highest standards, these are ideal if you want to take additional guests.

Source by Peter Lennon