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Learning Through Play: Educational Board Games For Kids

kids playing checkers at campPlay time can be learning time as well. There are educational board games that kids enjoy and parents love. This article will review some of the board games on the market that fit into this category.

1. Monopoly

Monopoly has been around for a long time and it is a frequent selection on family game nights. In Monopoly, you learn a lot about money. For kids, that involves figuring out how to spend their money wisely and even budget their finances to ensure future success. Finally, Monopoly also teaches kids about the value of investments and how they can pay off in the long term.

2. Checkers

Checkers is a familiar game to most people. Chances are, you have played a game or two before. In Checkers, you are in charge of either the red pieces or the black pieces. You want to try and capture your opponent’s pieces so that you are the only player left on the board. Checkers teaches children critical thinking skills; they have to determine the ripple effect that any given move will have on the game.

3. Worst Case Scenario

In Worst Case Scenario, players are given a variety of situations that could turn out badly if the right choice is not made. Along with each situation, players are told they can select from several actions. They are suppose to choose the action that will most effectively (and safely) resolve the situation. If they select the right action, they advance in the game. Worst Case Scenario, then, teaches children about decision making.

Board games are a lot of fun, but they can also be a learning tool for parents. If you want play time to be educational as well, pick up these games for your next family game night. Your kids will enjoy playing and so will you!

April 18, 2017 / by / in , , , , , , ,
Sunscreen For Dogs

dog sunscreenAt this point in time, most people understand the value of sunscreen and the need to protect themselves and their family members from the UV radiation the sun is always producing. A surprising fact that still needs to be spread around is that many pets can benefit from sunscreen too.

Fur provides a small measure of protection from UV rays, but it is a long way from impenetrable. Dogs, like humans, can get a skin burn from over-exposure to UV radiation, and they may also develop skin cancer as a result of chronic exposure. Your pet will thank you if you invest a little effort in picking out an appropriate sunscreen product!

The first step you need to take is to look for products which are specifically formulated for use by pets. An excellent way to get started is to ask your veterinarian for advice. If you’re dealing with a limited selection, it’s generally safe to use a human sunscreen that’s designed to be used safely on infants.

Most commercial sunscreens rely on zinc oxide as one of their key active ingredients. This poses a problem because zinc oxide is toxic if your dog eats it. Check sunscreen labels thoroughly to confirm that your pet’s sunscreen does not contain it.

This is not the only potential problem ingredient to watch out for! Dogs might also experience allergic reactions to other ingredients. Even after selecting a pet-appropriate sunscreen product, you should first test it by applying a small amount to a limited area. After making a test application, monitor your dog’s behavior closely to see if there are any adverse reactions.

Once you’ve found a product that suits your dog, you’re ready for fun in the sun! Remember that dogs don’t need complete skin coverage to be safe. Apply sunscreen to the parts of your dog’s body that are going to receive maximum sun exposure when he or she plays outdoors.

We want you and your pets to enjoy the Arizona sunshine without getting burned and happy camping to all.

April 10, 2017 / by / in , , , , , ,
Going AZ Camping? What’s The Best Lantern To Take Along?

Lantern for campingIf you ever choose to go camping in the woods, then having an outdoor camping lantern is going to provide you a helpful source of power. Lanterns are obviously useful for lighting up your interior camping space. Actually, non-gas models are safe around children and can light up your camping space even when the weather is stormy. Many modern camping lanterns also sport additional benefits that your parents would never have dreamed of, including USB ports that charge smartphones, among others. There are a great number of critical factors to consider when sifting through all the lantern choices on the modern market.

The weight of any lantern is rather important when it comes time to carry camping equipment from one place to the next. Some lanterns, actually many of them in fact, weigh from a single pound to about three pounds. Alternatively, a lantern running off of D-cell batteries might have another pound of weight. Know what weight you and your group are comfortable with when picking a model for your upcoming camping trip.

Another consideration is the hours of operation the lantern gives you. Hand-crank and solar-powered lanterns have less operating time. Battery-powered models last longer in this department. Thankfully, many lanterns have a feature where you can tweak settings and make adjustments. Lowering the right settings means you can conserve the available energy. How bright the light output is, along with other available features, round out the list of your considerations when shopping for the best lantern for your next camping trip.

Camping lanterns are popular items, and the current marketplace has many models from different manufacturers. A number of considerations go into your decision, including weight, hours of operation, power source, brightness, and additional features.

April 1, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Three First-Time Campers’ Safety Tips

First time camper tipsWhen you are going on your very first camping trip, it is very important that you do your absolute best to focus on safety. By doing this, you will have the opportunity to prevent dangers and to keep your physical safety intact. With this in mind, follow these three tips below in order to make sure that you are keeping yourself and your family safe and sound throughout the course of the trip.

#1: Check in early and often

Any time that you were going camping, check in with the authorities and park rangers as often as possible. Before leaving, make sure that you also let loved ones know where you are going and check in throughout the course of the trail. This way, help will be better able to find you if necessary.

#2: Take emergency equipment

Make sure that you stock up on first aid kits and other emergency equipment. This will give you the opportunity to heal injuries and keep them under control before medical help arrives.

#3: Keep backup emergency devices

You also need to be sure that you have the opportunity to put the word out about where you are. Devices like flares and other components will be useful to you if you are stuck, hurt or lost. The key to this is to make sure that you have backup emergency devices so that you are not out of luck if you happen to be running low or if the equipment is defective.

If you use these three tips, you will be best able to make the most out of your camping trip. It is very critical to stay as safe as possible, and these three tips will help you out.

March 18, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Pressure Cookers are a Must-Have for RVing

pressure cooker for the rvYesterday’s pressure cookers could be a little scary and fortunately they’ve been redesigned and are perfect for camping and RVing meals you’ll all enjoy. If you’ve never used one you should give it a try. You’ll be amazed at how delicious and fast your meals come out.

They no longer rattle and spit the way they used to. Today’s pressure cooker is quiet and efficient. You can cook a roast with potatoes and carrots in about half an hour. There are models available that will replace your saute pan, crockpot, and rice steamer, and canner too. They have been made to save energy and infuse your food with flavor. The food that is cooked in a pressure cooker is said to be more nutritious. That is because the food doesn’t need to cook as long as it does in a standard small appliance. The nutrients are maintained in your food instead of being cooked out.

They are affordable as well. You’ll appreciate the small footprint and the reduction of other kitchen appliances. Today’s pressure cookers really work well for RVers. They won’t heat up the kitchen and don’t take up much space. You’ll free up your stovetop space for other things. These are just some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you cook this way.

March 11, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Some Tips for Tent Camping in AZ

Tent Camping AZTent camping can be a back-to-nature and enjoy-being-unplugged experience for the seasoned camper. It can also be a little intimidating for the new camper. We’d like you to get the most out of the adventure so thought we’d share a few tips to make this tent camping trip your best ever.

Rainfly – this is an important part of your tent camping equipment. The rainfly drapes over the top of your tent and keeps you, your tent, and your gear from getting wet in the event of a rain storm. It will typically cover the windows and doors so you can leave them open for air circulation.

Setup – you should have a practice run (or two) before your camping trip so you are familiar with how to assemble your tent. Each will have its own unique configuration so read the instructions and give it a go.

Location – once you have your campsite, make sure to pitch your tent on the highest point. It should be flat and free of debris. This will keep you above any water accumulation if you have rain. And lay a pad or tarp beneath your tent, that is just slightly smaller than the edges of your tent. This will keep sharp stones from poking through to you and will keep water from creating puddles around the edges of your tent.

Bring a mallet or hammer to drive the stakes. You’ll run into all types of ground that you need to push the stakes into and using a rock as a hammering device will probably not be helpful. When it’s time to pack up, be sure to shake your tent out well and make sure it is good and dry before storing for the long-term. This will prevent any damage in storage and extend the life of your new favorite camping vehicle.

We hope you have a memorable time camping in your tent. It can be a fantastic way to get outside and enjoy the world. Be sure to check out our member parks for the perfect place to stay next time you plan your camping vacation.

March 4, 2017 / by / in , ,
Stock Your Camping Pantry

Camping Pantry BasicsYou can make some amazing meals from your campsite as long as you have the right equipment. We’ve seen plenty of people bring the neighbors running just by the heavenly smells that are coming from their grill or campfire. Stocking your pantry should be your first priority if you want to be able to experiment with flavors and regional food recipes.

Cooking Equipment
Aside from the tableware you’ll be needing to eat from and the heat source you are cooking on, there are a few camp cooking essentials to have for making those memorable meals.

Dutch Oven
Pie Irons
Frying Pans (heat resistant such as cast iron)
Coffee Pot
Nesting Pots with Lids

Kitchen Supplies 
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Wine Cork
Heat Resistant Utensils (spatula, spoons, etc.)
Hot Pads
Sharp Knives (paring, boning, etc.)
Cutting Board
Basting Brush
Veggie Peeler
Meat Thermometer
Anti-Bacterial Spray for surfaces

Baking, Spices, and Oils
Hot Cocoa Mix
Baking Powder, Soda, Flour
Vegetable or Olive Oil
Garlic and Onion Powder
Green Chile
Hot Sauce
Dried Herbs (Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, etc.)

Dry Goods
Pasta, Rice, Quinoa, Oats, Potato Flakes

This is a good start for making many Arizona recipes while you are camping. RVers everywhere are cooking like Chefs right around the campfire or in their cozy RV kitchen. We hope you are able to make memorable meals for your family and friends while you are camping in Arizona. We look forward to hearing all about it.

February 25, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
A Comparison of Portable Grills

Portable Camping GrillsNothing says summer quite like grilled food. It’s something we all look forward to, and there are so many things you can make with a grill (even pizza!) that it’s worth it to have a portable grill to take along for any occasion from camping to tailgating to days at the beach. The two most common types of portable grills are propane gas and charcoal fired, and there are many to choose from. In this article, we’ll explore three of them.
Propane Gas Grills

The Coleman RoadTrip XLE
At 44 lbs., this grill is heavy. It has a very sturdy frame and interchangeable grill and griddle plates (sold separately), making it a nice choice for traditional, family style camping and cooking breakfast in a snap. The cooking surface is the largest of all portable models, and can cook food for 8 people at a time easily. The fact that it is collapsible with wheels and features a rolling luggage type handle makes it easy to transport once unloaded from a vehicle. Set up can be tricky and takes getting used to, but once you have it down the grill goes up quickly. Small propane gas tanks that can be found in most big box store in the sporting goods area fuel this grill. Temperature control is excellent.
The Weber Q 1000
Weighing in at 27 lbs., this table top grill is sturdy, with a heavy, well-fitting lid. The drip tray is light weight and disposable, which is great if it isn’t windy. Cooking enough food for four people at once, this grill doesn’t get as hot as the Coleman RoadTrip XLE, and will take longer to cook your food. This grill prices out at $169, which is expensive for a table top model, but it’s durability makes up for the pricing.
Charcoal Grills

Cuisinart CCG-100 GrateLifter Portable Charcoal Grill
Retailing for $149.99 (less on Amazon), this high-end table top charcoal grill gives you what you pay for. A stabilized base and super sturdy construction, a built-in temperature gauge, bun warming compartment and grate lifting system that lets you access the coals directly without touching the grill plate itself make this worth the money for a grill that can cook for four people at a time. The ashbin is removable for easy emptying as well. If you like to grill with charcoal and don’t want a big set up, this is the way to go.

February 18, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
RVing With Pets

Arizona RVing with petsYour pets are beloved family members so we want to help you make their RVing experience as good as it can possibly be. There are a few things you can do to set the stage and we will share some of the top ones we’ve learned here.

Keep Them Close
Each new environment can be intimidating for your pet so keeping them close to you and not leaving them alone for long can help. There are new smells, strange noises, and other animals in the new neighborhood. It’s enough to make a sensitive dog pretty nervous. If you have to leave them alone you should try to make it for very short periods of time. Make sure they have their favorite toys to keep them busy and plenty of food and water.

Bring Plenty Of Their Food Along With You
Pets’ tummies can get upset when they eat a new brand of food so making sure you have lots of their typical fare on hand will help avoid digestion problems. If you see you are running out be sure to slowly integrate a new food mixed with their usual food and increase the ratio slowly. This will help them adjust to the new meals without experiencing any gastro-intestinal problems.

Keep Them Leashed Whenever Outside The Rig
This new place offers things to chase or can induce fear which could make your pet run. We’ve seen too many animals dash off into the unknown and the heartache of a pet owner who is trying to find their little runaway. Most RV parks require a leash for you pet but using it in all areas of your travel is a good idea.

Carry Shot Records and Medication
You never know what can happen so having your pet’s shot records on hand for a new Veterinarian can speed things along and avoid medical errors. Bring an extra supply of your pet’s medications just in case you get delayed before returning home. Be aware that allergies can pop up in a new environment so bring along the things your pet will need in that situation.

You and your pet will have the time of your lives, especially if you set the stage. Have you made your reservations yet? Be sure to visit Go Camping Arizona for the best RV parks and campgrounds to host your RVing family on your next trip.

February 11, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Tips For Backing Up Your RV Trailer

Backing up your RV trailerYou’ve probably heard lots of suggestions by now; easy hacks for backing up your trailer. It can be quite confusing when you’re trying to envision what the Good Samaritan is trying to tell you about the best way to back up. We’ve heard things like:

*Follow the trailer. Make the truck turn the way the trailer is headed.

*Instead of putting your hands at 10 and 2, put your hands at 8 and 4. It reverses the reverse that happens with trailers.

*Turn the wheel toward the mirror you want the trailer to exit

*The trailer will go in the direction your hood is facing

*Buy a backup camera

*And “rent a cabin” 😉

Some of these take more time trying to imagine them in your mind than it would take to actually get the trailer placed onsite. We know it’s a challenge, especially for new RVers. But the seasoned RVers experience it as well when they buy a new rig. It always involves a learning curve.

Hopefully, you’ll get some insight by watching this video. It sometimes helps to see things done rather than try to imagine how they would be done. We know you’re going to love your time RVing in Arizona so we want to help you get in and set up as safely as possible. Then you can get out and enjoy all this fine state has to offer.

February 4, 2017 / by / in , ,