Arizona RVing

Staying Hydrated in the Arizona Heat

staying hydrated in AZLife in Arizona includes a wide variety of landscapes, activity, and elevations. One thing you can be sure of, however, no matter where you are in Az, is the sun. In warmer months and lower elevations, it is important to keep yourself hydrated. Visitors to the state often underestimate how quickly the Arizona heat can wick moisture from their bodies.

One way to assist in keeping your body hydrated is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only do they contain vitamins and nutrients that are good for you, but they have a high water content which your body needs in such an environment.

Scheduling your outdoor work and activities to the morning hours will reduce the likelihood of the heat draining you of much-needed moisture. As the sun climbs in the sky, and temperatures rise, your skin will give off moisture at an increasing rate.

If you do go out during the mid-day hours, it helps to dress in lightweight, light colored clothing that covers your limbs. This will reduce the rate of evaporation as well as protect your skin from direct contact with the sun’s rays.

Drink water at a steady rate all day. Many of the liquids we tend to drink can add to our dehydration. Coffee, alcohol, and drinks that are high in sugar should be avoided. Your best defense is water. Some people like to add fruit slices to their water such as lemon, orange, or even berries. The flavors make their water more palatable and they find themselves drinking more water because of it.

There is so much to do and see when you are camping in AZ. You just need to take a few precautions to avoid too much exposure and loss of moisture. We hope your camping adventures are memorable ones and we look forward to hearing of your experiences. Be sure to make your reservations and Go Camping in Arizona.

 

July 29, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
Caring For Your Camping Air Mattress

camping air mattressAir mattresses have been a staple of the camping checklist for years. They are inexpensive, compact for storing, and comfortable to sleep on. They do have their faults and you might find yourself sinking into the middle of the mattress during the night after a sharp rock pokes a hole in the vinyl, but all in all, they are worth having around.

Bringing along an air mattress on your camping trip should be easy. To properly prepare your air mattress for a journey, you have to open the valves of the mattress first and roll it up to squeeze out the air inside. To make sure that there is no more excess air inside your mattress, close the valve and roll it up again. Once ¾ of the mattress is already rolled up, you can now unblock the opening. You can repeat these two easy steps until you think that there is no more air inside. Remember to pack the pad carefully to avoid your mattress from getting punctured by a sharp thing.

After arriving at your destination, your first task is to set up your camp. If you have an air mattress, it is a must to inspect the area first before setting up your pad. There might be sharp rocks or other materials that damage your mattress. And last but not the least, it is recommended to store your mattress in a cold, dry and dark place away from any sharp objects.

You should consider carrying a patch kit along with you. You never know when you might need to patch a hole or tear in order to get a good night’s sleep and can’t wait until you return home.

An air mattress is a good option for hikers and campers who cannot afford to carry heavy bags while on their adventure. Being aware of these simple care tips will let you keep away from any trouble while camping. With proper usage and storage, your air mattress can be used for years.

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Capture Great Photos While Camping

camping photosThe second best part of an amazing camping trip is pouring over the photos once you’ve returned home. Even years later you can enjoy the experience again as you pull out old albums and laugh over antics made by members of your group. There are a couple of things you can do to make sure you get the best photos during your trip.

Camera Settings
First and foremost, ensure that the camera is set to the highest resolution as well as quality setting. Ideally, set the white balance in regards to the available light to ensure the ISO is set to the lowest available. If you have a top of the line smartphone, these settings will be automatic, so you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you still want great photos, you may want to keep the following in mind:

Get Close to Nature
Varying elements of nature are always pleasing. Try to fill your frame with things like flowers, water, rock, sand, foliage, etc. A macro shot of a flower can give an entirely different look.
Take Advantage of Dawn and Dusk
Dawn and dusk are by far the best moments to take great photos. Take pictures of sunrise and sunset. The color of the sky changes dramatically during this time and gives an opportunity for great photos. You can even take a picture of your family or friends against the backdrop of a rising or setting sun.
Capture Every Moment
It would be a waste to reserve your camera only when you arrive your camping site. It’s always a good idea to take random photographs throughout the journey. Take shots of you leaving home, in the car, setting up the site, cooking and even when fooling around or having a good time. All this make for memorable photos that tell a story.

The generations that follow you will benefit from your efforts at capturing the family as they bond over good time at an Arizona campsite. We wish you all the best in your camping adventures this year and in taking those photos to look back on in years to come.

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Light, Summer Salads You’ll Love

pasta summer saladThis is the time of year when we look for food to help us beat the heat. We want something fresh and cool, yet filling and satisfying. These delicious summer salads will do the trick.  Below, you will find two favorite light summer salads to try on your next camping trip.

Summertime Strawberry Jello Salad

Ingredients: 1 15 oz. can of crushed pineapple
1 packet of strawberry jello
1 small tub of Cool Whip
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
16 OZ cottage cheese
Drain the pineapple in a colander until the liquid is gone.
In a large bowl, place the cottage cheese, and sprinkle the jello over it.
Add the cottage cheese, cool whip and pineapple, and mix thoroughly.
Stir in the walnuts, and you’re done
Let set in the refrigerator for one hour.
Put in a covered bowl, or individual covered containers, and keep in a cooler. This salad also makes a great salad you can serve as a meal course, or a sweet dessert.
Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients: 1 Package rainbow rotini pasta, cooked according to package instructions.
1 package drained cooked broccoli
1/4 pound of salami, cubed
1/4 pound of provolone cheese, cubed
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 packet Zesty Italian Dressing, prepared according to package instructions.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, and pour the dressing over the salad. Mix everything together for a light, tangy pasta salad that goes well with anything.

These are just two of many wonderful summer salads. Try them, you and your fellow campers can relieve yourself from the heat while enjoying a delicious meal together. You will be coming back for seconds!

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Keeping Cool in the Hot Weather Months

sun protectionArizona is known for its extreme heat, particularly in the southern area of the state. While heat exhaustion and heat stroke are certainly something to be watchful of, most people are more trouble by the discomfort of the heat. There are things you can do to keep yourself cool during the warmest days. We’ll highlight a few you might like to try.

Remain Hydrated – Drinking plenty of water is key for keeping cool in Arizona’s hot weather. It will help keep your body cool and all of your tissues properly hydrated. You should be drinking water even when you are not feeling thirsty. Some people mark their water bottles to keep track of how many they drink per day. Try to avoid sodas and sugary drinks, as well as coffee and alcohol , which are naturally diuretic in nature.

Consume Cooling Foods – The right foods can keep you cool, so make choices like vegetables, fruit, salads and fresh raw foods. They have a high water content which will contribute to the hydration we mentioned above. Making a conscious effort to eat smaller meals, more often, may also be able to keep your core temperature down a bit. The larger the meal is, the harder your body will have to work on breaking it all down, thus raising your body temperature.

Plan Your Time In The Sun – Try to avoid taking on outdoor activities while the mid-day sun is at its peak. Try to limit sun exposure in between 10am and 4pm during the warmer months. If you have to be outside at this time, you should limit exposure as much as possible. The elderly, children and anyone who may have sensitive skin should think about limiting time in the sun and staying in a cooler area.

In addition to these tips, it is best to know your body and pay attention to any of the signs of heat exhaustion or overheating. Wear light, protective clothing and it cannot be stressed enough that you need to be able to drink plenty of fluids to keep your body happy, healthy and cool.

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Factors To Consider When Choosing A Screened Tent For Camping

screened tent for campingScreened tents can be used in so many ways that it can be hard to know what to look for in one or even where to start. Not only are they advantageous when it’s mosquito season, but they also can be used to protect camping furniture. These tents will shelter you from the sun on hot summer days and offer you shelter from the rain when it’s wet. However, shopping for one can become quite hectic if you are not careful.

With so many screened tent models to choose from, what exactly should one look for? The decision you make will mainly depend on the number of people going camping. If you plan on going as a group, you will probably need a tent that is big enough to house not only you but also your stuff.

Once you’ve determined the size of tent you want, take the time to consider the quality and integrity of the tent’s construction. When looking at different tent options, check each tent’s seams. Go for something that has tight seals with no gaps. Also, check all zippers and make sure that they are easy to use and that they do not snag or catch when using them.

Also, make sure that the tent’s mesh is small enough to deter insects from entering. Do not forget to grab some extra poles and stakes for emergencies. Another feature to consider when looking for a dependable screened tent is UV protection. Before settling for any tent, find out if its fabric is UV protected.

Cost is another factor to consider. Since there are plenty of models and brands in the market, tent costs will range from cheap to expensive. While your budget will mainly determine the option you go for, it is advisable that you get a tent that is relatively priced yet made of sturdy and quality material.

Camping is a great experience and having a tent you can rely on should keep you and your family happy, comfortable and safe during your stay. Therefore, take the time to consider the different aspects mentioned above to make a more informed decision when choosing a screened tent.

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How to Find and Use Fresh Fruit Recipes for Camping

Fruit desserts for campingCamping can be a whole lot of fun for you and for the other people that go with you. However, it is important that you are properly prepared if you are going to have a positive experience while you are visiting the great outdoors.

Food is one of the most important considerations when you are planning a camping trip. It is essential that everyone is able to eat healthy foods in order to have the energy necessary for health and wellness. After all, nutrition is one of the most important things that folks need to survive. Along with hydration, these needs are near the top of the list for things to pack when camping.

Fresh fruit recipes can help to ensure that everyone is able to have delicious and nutritious foods while in the wild. You can find cookbooks with recipes or look online. Either way, you can find all kinds of recipes that you can use. Some that you might enjoy can be found here: Seasonal Eats

For instance, you can find fruit salad recipes that focus on using seasonal produce. These are simple and can store well if you don’t eat it all at the first sitting. Arizona offers plenty of delicious fruits to add to your menu. You can find out about them here: Arizona Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

You can chop it up as a topping for your camp cooked oats or other hot cereal or use it on your sandwiches to increase the nutritional value. Along with whole grain bread and a high-quality nut butter, you are sure to have a filling and satisfying meal that can be enjoyed by everyone who is with you on your trip.

These suggestions are just the start. Continue to expand your recipe list so that you are always prepared for having fruit on your camping trips. The nutritional value will be well appreciated!

May 27, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
Effective Natural Cleaning Products For Your RV

cleaning the RVRVs can accumulate a good amount of dust and dirt from driving down the roads and parking in campgrounds. Hence, they require more cleaning than most other living spaces. It can be a is a real challenge to keep your RV clean at all times and no one wants to spend valuable vacation time scrubbing. You can get by with a quick cleaning job done regularly and there are products you can use that are effective and safe for you and your RV.
Bio Green Clean is an effective natural cleaning product in this regard. It is made of 100% pure ingredients that are 100% eco-friendly. The product comes as a ready-to-use solution which is pre-diluted at 3:1 water parts. It is ideal for cleaning most of the interior of your RV. If you want to clean the windows and vents of the RV, make sure you further dilute the solution at 10:1 water parts. The fiberglass exterior also can be easily cleaned with this solution.
Simple Green is another effective natural product for cleaning your RV. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, and eco-friendly at the same time. The product doesn’t contain any dyes or scents and is ready to use as it is. The solution is ideal to remove stubborn stains such as pet stains and odors. You need to dilute the solution with water when cleaning the exterior of the RV. That will help protect the gloss coat of the exterior.
Baking soda and vinegar are inexpensive natural cleaning products for your RV. Together, they can handle almost all surfaces of the RV without any problem. Diluting vinegar with water will give you a great solution to clean the glasses and mirrors while adding a little water to baking soda gives a paste that can scrub the counters, shower, stove, and the tub of the RV. These are some of the most effective natural products to clean your RV.

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Tips On How To Remove A Splinter

tweezers to remove a splinterSplinters are painful and can be an unfortunate part of camping.

They can, however, happen to anyone, and there are a few things you need to know about how to get rid one as soon as possible. You don’t want it settling in and you don’t want to unnecessarily irritate the area. Here some things you can do to remove a splinter the quickest, easiest way possible.

1) Wash With Water (Gently)

The first step is to wash the area with water. Use a gentle motion so as not to cause irritation. Then dry thoroughly.

2) Create Baking Soda + Water Paste

Create a baking soda + warm water mix. This will serve to protect the area from infection and also to assist with removal of the splinter.

3) Apply To Area

You are going to take the paste and gently dab it around the area and on top of the splinter. Make sure it is all over the area and surrounding skin.

4) Wait 24 Hours Before Attempting Removal

The last step and the one you have to be careful with is going to involve removing the splinter. Take a tweezer and do this gently. Pull in the direction the splinter entered (you may want to have a small magnifying glass to assist with this) and gently remove the splinter from under the skin.

This simple remedy can be very effective in removing those annoying splinters before they become a problem for you.

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Delicious Refreshing Iced Tea Recipes You’ll Love

iced teaThere’s nothing quite like sitting back in the summertime and sipping iced tea. These recipes are ideal for those idyllic summer days or even on camping trips.

Using either an iced tea jar or a mason jar fill your jar with fresh water. Once you have fresh water in your jar you can add in any of the following and create your own deliciously flavored teas.

 

*8 bags of your favorite herbal tea. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Chamomile
Lemon
Berry
Other herbal teas of choice
Once you’ve added in your tea bags, you’re free to mix and match any of the following and create your own unique flavors. Mix and match the following as desired.

Fruits

Strawberries
Raspberries
Thinly sliced lemons or limes
Thinly sliced oranges
Springs of mint, lemon verbena, lavender
Blueberries
Cucumber
Peaches
Pears
Apple slices (slice thinly)

Sweeteners:

Honey
Sugar
Sugar substitutes

Alcohol can add a grown up flavor to any tea. Add in a few shots of bourbon or vodka to give your tea an adult flair.

Lemonade is a natural addition to iced tea. If you are really into lemon flavors here is a great recipe to consider:

Use lemon or chamomile tea bags but use 1/2 of the water amount and use lemonade for the other half of the water.

Add in some thinly sliced lemon and garnish with lavender or mint. You could also add in some lavender syrup (or any other fruit syrup) for a unique taste treat.

Sweet tea is made using a basic recipe and adding in a bit extra sugar to taste. Consider using your favorite herbal tea and sugar with just a sprig of mint for a fresh sweet tea.

*Note: If using an iced tea jar add in 8 tea bags of your favorite herbal tea. If using Mason jars adjust accordingly for flavor.

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