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How To Avoid Common Camping Mistakes

 

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Camping can be a fun and exciting pastime for the whole family. However, if you don’t prepare properly, your first overnight trip could be a disaster. To avoid some of the most common camping mistakes, follow the tips below.

1. Make a reservation.

Some campgrounds fill up quickly. To ensure that you will have a place to stay, be sure to reserve your campsite well in advance. This is especially important if you will be traveling to a popular campground or camping during peak season.

2. Check the weather.

Nothing can ruin a camping trip quite as quickly as bad weather. Before you leave for your trip, check the weather to make sure that no thunderstorms, heavy precipitation or extreme temperatures are predicted for the days you will be camping. Waterproof tents can improve your camping experience if unexpected rain occurs.

3. Plan your meals.

Bringing the proper amount of food is essential to the success of your trip. Plan all of your meals in advance and pack accordingly to ensure that you don’t run out of food. Be sure to bring a little extra food in case you run into a problem.

4. Test camping equipment.

Failing to try out camping equipment in advance is one of the most common mistakes new campers make. If you don’t try out your equipment in advance, you may have trouble using it on the trip. To avoid this problem, practice setting up your tent and using lanterns, cook stoves and other gear at home before your trip.

5. Arrive early.

Attempting to find your way around and/or set up a tent in the dark can be challenging. Give yourself plenty of daylight to establish your camp by arriving to your destination early in the day.

6. Bring a first aid kit.

Even with the best preparation, accidents can still happen. Prepare for unexpected injuries or illnesses by bringing a first aid kit along on your trip. It’s also important to keep track of your location in case you need to call for assistance.

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How To Effectively Camp In The Snow

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Learning how to camp in the snow gives one access to experiences that few people ever get. Snowfall and freezing temperatures mean there will not be many other people out there, giving one access to virtually untouched scenery and a quiet solitude that is impossible to find anywhere else. Of course, one has to stay warm and safe to make the experience a good one.

Tips and Tricks to Camp in the Snow

Snow camping can be awesome – or it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. The outcome is all based on the preparation.

  • Bring the right gear – This is probably the coldest experience most people will ever have, so it pays to bring the right equipment. A tent rated for winter use, backup shelter, winter sleeping bag, gloves, warm hat, plenty of warm clothing, waterproof and insulated boots, several different fire-starting methods, navigation tools, first-aid supplies, plenty of food (even sitting in freezing weather burns a lot of calories), sunscreen and more. One should use a winter camping packing list to make sure nothing is forgotten.
  • No cotton – Cotton is not made for cold weather. Wool or synthetics are much better. Before going on the trip one should learn about different insulating materials and discuss clothing choices with someone who knows what they are doing.
  • Wear layers – A base layer, a middle layer and an outer layer are necessary for comfort and warmth. The base layer is essentially one’s underwear, made to wick moisture away from the body. The middle layer insulates, while the outer layer provides a shell against the elements.
  • Bring friends – Winter camping is best done in groups of two or more people. This ensures that there is enough help to get things done, a range of outdoor skills and abilities to draw on, another person to provide additional safety and perhaps most important – conversation.
  • Know the area – It is easy to get lost in the woods on a good day. But when everything is covered in snow and glare, one is almost guaranteed to get lost if he or she cannot navigate using a map and compass, or GPS. It is best to study the area thoroughly before one ever leaves home.
  • Know the weather – One should always check the weather right before the trip. Camping in the snow is fun, but a blizzard will ensure that the entire trip is spent inside the tent.

You can have a lot of fun winter camping. Just be sure to be prepared, and bring a durable Litefighter tent on your next trip!

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How to Hydrate Without Water While Hiking or Camping

hydrate without water while hiking

It is generally understood that the human body can go only 3 or 4 days without any sort of hydration. Water is an absolute necessity to human survival, whether it comes from a pristine lake, a can of soda or cactus pulp. When a person gets lost or otherwise stranded out in the wild it can be difficult to find a reliable hydration source. Fortunately, with the right knowledge one can still hydrate without water. It just may take a little more work than turning on a faucet.

How to Stay Hydrated Without Drinking Water

Life thrives on water, which means if one can cultivate, catch or kill either animals or plants, it is often possible to get moisture in one form or another. Of course, some of these have more accessible water than others. Some of these include:

  • Berries – These are an ideal source for hydration and probably the tastiest option on this list. Just make sure the berries are edible, like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or huckleberries. There are a surprising number of edible berries out there, most of which never make it to grocery store shelves. Of course, one needs to know how to recognize them.
  • Green coconuts – Another delicious option for those in a tropical location. Green coconuts have a good amount of coconut water – probably nature’s most ideal form of hydration – while brown coconuts offer coconut milk. Stick to the younger green coconuts for hydration purposes, although coconut milk is better than nothing.
  • Cacti – Certain fleshy cacti contain a decent amount of water. One should remove the spines and chew the pulp to obtain the moisture. The taste might take some getting used to, but a truly thirsty person may not notice it. Remember that there are often numerous smaller spines at the base of the larger spines. Use a rock or cutting too to remove all spines, and possibly skin, before chewing.
  • Water from gutting animals and fish – Often animals will have some liquid in their bodies surrounding their organs, which one can collect in a basin as he or she cuts open the abdomen of the animal to begin preparing it. Not the most desirable moisture source, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
  • Blood – Blood from birds, amphibians and other animals can also be consumed for moisture.

Being prepared is just smart, whether you are heading to the mountains or the desert. For your next hike or camping trip, be sure to pack a LiteFighter tent! Quality, dependable gear for all situations.

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How to Choose the Best Footwear for Hiking

Best Footwear for Hiking

Hiking is an exciting pastime that allows you to challenge yourself physically and enjoy the outdoors. However, if you don’t have the right shoes, you may find that your feet become tired and sore long before the hike is over. In some cases, wearing the wrong hiking shoes may even cause you to sustain an injury. Below is some information to help you choose the best footwear for hiking any trail.

Style

Mountaineering Boots

Mountaineering boots are weighty, stiff boots that are durable and designed to accommodate heavy loads. Of all types of outdoor footwear, mountaineering boots are the heaviest and strongest.

Backpacking Boots

Backpacking boots are not as stiff or as strong as mountaineering boots, but they are still suitable for carrying heavy loads. They can be used on or off trails. These boots are not as durable as mountaineering boots, but they are lighter and more flexible.

Hiking Boots

The lightest and most flexible style of boot is the hiking boot. Although these shoes can be worn on the trail, they are not as durable as the other boots mentioned here. They are best for light loads and shorter trips.

Cut

If you are looking for the best footwear for hiking, you should also consider the cut of the shoe. Hiking footwear comes in one of three cuts: high-cut, mid-cut and low-cut.

  • High-cut boots have the most ankle support. They are best for heavy loads and rough trails.
  • Mid-cut boots offer some ankle support, but not as much as a high-cut boot. They are best for moderate loads and shorter trips.
  • Low-cut boots offer the least amount of stability and ankle support. They are best for smooth, well-maintained trails, short trips and light loads.

Fit

When thinking about how to choose the best hiking boots, fit is the most important consideration. Be sure to try on boots before purchasing them to ensure that the fit is correct. Regardless of the style or cut you choose, the boot should fit securely and comfortably. Your foot should not slide around inside the boot, but it shouldn’t feel constricted either. The boot should be long enough so that you can wiggle your toes easily.

Although choosing the right boot is important to the success of a hiking trip, other equipment is also essential. For your next hiking trip, be sure to pick up a durable Litefighter tent.

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How to Sharpen Your Knife

How to Sharpen a Knife

Although it may initially seem like a sharper knife would be more dangerous than a dull one, but the opposite is actually true. Dull knives require you to apply more force in order to make a cut, which can lead to serious injuries. For this reason, it is important to keep your hunting knife sharp at all times. Below are some tips to help you sharpen your knife easily and effectively.

1. Get the right tools.

Whether you plan to sharpen a hatchet, axe or knife, you need to have the right tools on hand. Depending on your needs, these tools may include:

  • Coarse grit sharpener – best for blades that are extremely dull or nicked.
  • Medium grit sharpener – best for dull blades that have no nicks or inconsistencies.
  • Fine grit sharpener – best for fine sharpening on blades that have already been sharpened with coarser grit sharpeners or that are not very dull.

When choosing sharpeners of various grits, you must also decide between natural sharpening stones, sharpening steels and diamond sharpening stones.

2. Use the proper technique.

When learning how to sharpen your knife, whether it be a camping knife or a hunting knife, technique is the most important consideration. In general, the best way to sharpen a knife is to begin with a coarser sharpening tool and end with a finer one. The duller the knife is at the beginning of the process, the coarser your first sharpening tool should be. For an extremely dull knife with multiple inconsistencies, a coarse grit sharpener should be your first tool. After removing enough surface material to restore the knife’s proper shape, you can move on to a finer sharpener for honing.

3. Evaluate the end result.

Whether you are trying to sharpen an axe, knife or some other hunting tool, it is important to make sure that your tool is as sharp as possible once the process is complete. Not only will this make to tool more effective, but it will also extend the time between sharpenings. To check the sharpness of your tool, feel for micro serrations all along the blade. If you feel any micro serrations, continue sharpening until they have been eliminated completely.

Although learning to sharpen a knife properly will help you make your hunting trip a success, it is also important to bring along other essential equipment, such as suitable shelter. Make sure you bring a durable Litefighter Tent on your next hunting trip!

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Edible Wild Plants You Can Eat To Survive

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Knowing what wild plants are edible when exploring the outdoors can turn out to be a lifesaver in certain situations. There are numerous edible wild plants that can be consumed safely – the problem is knowing which plants are actually safe. Here are some of the more common edible plants in the wild.

Wild Plants You Can Eat In The Woods

  • Asparagus – This plant is quite a bit longer and skinnier than the grocery store variety, but it can be found in many different places, including North America, Europe and North Africa. It can be eaten raw or cooked in boiling water for a nutritious meal.
  • Cattail – This distinctive plant is usually found near standing water, with its long stalks sticking up far above the waterline. Native Americans used cattail for food quite often, eating the roots, the softer white part of the stem and even the bushy flower at the top – which can be eaten when it is still soft in the early summer.
  • Clovers – Clovers grow abundantly in open areas and are edible – although they tend to taste better boiled than they do raw.
  • Chickweed – Chickweed can be found in both arctic areas and temperate areas. Small white flowers will distinguish the plant in the spring to early summer. The leaves of the plant can be consumed boiled or raw.
  • Conifer – In the spring conifers will begin generating new growth in the form of shoots, soft and lightly colored extensions at the tip of each branch. These shoots can be eaten raw.
  • Wild Grapes – Wild grapes grow all across the U.S. and can make for a delicious meal. It is best to become familiar with the grapes in the area one will be exploring to avoid eating something unpleasant or dangerous.
  • Berries – There are a number of berries that can be found on different bushes outdoors, including blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and huckleberries. Berries are a great source of food and can be easily identified once one knows what to look for. One should be careful when harvesting blackberries or raspberries, however, as the plants are quite thorny.

Practice and Preparation

The best way to be prepared for an outdoor adventure is to practice finding edible plants beforehand – when one is not starving and desperate. Eating random plants can be dangerous and potentially deadly.

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Useful Tips For Hot Weather Camping

Camping is a fun activity in good weather, but unfortunately summer vacation plus good weather usually equals heat. Be sure to follow these hot weather camping tips to make your trip enjoyable.

Plan your activities for the weather

Schedule your day so you wake up early and complete strenuous activities, like hiking, before lunch. After lunch, there’s nothing wrong with an afternoon siesta or spending the rest of the day by the lake. When the evening starts cooling off, you can build your campfire for dinner and enjoy the evening.

Dress the part

To stay as cool as possible, wear clothing that is light in both material and color. Hats are a necessity for blocking the sun, and if you will spend a lot of time in the sun, a lightweight long sleeve shirt may help you stay cooler than short sleeves by blocking the sun.

No rationing

Rationing water and food was a good precaution during the early days when resources were scarce, but there’s no need to repeat the experience. Always make sure you have more than enough food and water to stay fully hydrated through a strenuous day. If you don’t want to carry it all, you can leave an extra supply nearby in your car to go back to if needed.

Take advantage of moving air

A strong breeze can make even the hottest of temperatures feel comfortable. Take advantage of this by seeking out places where there’s a good breeze — high ground, near water, and natural wind tunnels under tree canopies. When setting up camp, try to find a spot where the air isn’t dead still. Bringing fans along is also a good idea — both manual fans for your hikes and battery-powered fans for your campsite.

Set up your camp in the shade

Even if your tents are providing shade, the sun beating down on them will still heat them up. Set them on the east side of trees whenever possible (the sun will hit the west side of the tree). This will also give you shade for your picnics and other activities outside of your tents.

For your next trip, order your camping tent from Litefighter today!

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Top 5 Camping Supplies That You Need To Survive

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Whenever you go camping, you must plan ahead for unexpected events that could be life-threatening.

What camping supplies you take with you depends on your destination. If you are heading into the mountain wilderness, you would take different supplies than if you are trekking across a swamp or desert area. However, the top 5 camping supplies that you need to survive anywhere are basically the same.

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The Guide To No Trace Camping

No Trace Camping

Leave No Trace camping is a national program honored by many organizations committed to the preservation and enjoyment of the outdoors, including The Boy Scouts of America.

As applied to camping, there are several guidelines to follow to adhere to the principles of this important program. As an individual or family, you may believe your impact upon the environment is miniscule, but multiply your footprints by millions of other outdoor enthusiasts, and you can easily imagine why commitment to this program by everyone is needed. read more

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How to Clean A Camping Tent

How to clean a tent

A tent is an investment to protect and enjoy for years if you take proper care of it. There is nothing worse than discovering your tent needs an expensive new roof because the old one is covered with mold and mildew after you neglected to care for it properly, or you put it away damp.

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