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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 , , , , ,
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.

June 24, 2017 / by / in , , , , , ,
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.

June 3, 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 , , , , , ,
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 , , , ,
How to be a Good Camping Neighbor

camping etiquetteBeing a good camping neighbor is simple, really, and most people are very thoughtful when they are sharing camping space with others. There are a few things you can focus on to be a camper that other campers want to be around.

Keep it Clean – Do a regular sweep of your campsite and check for scraps of paper, make sure there isn’t any food left out to draw the attention of animals, and pick up any loose trash that has escaped the bin. Leave your campsite as you found it just the way you’d appreciate other campers leaving it for you.

Arrive Early – Give yourself extra time to arrive and set up your campsite before nightfall. It’s much easier to set up in daylight and no one wants to make a late night run to the store for missing tent stakes or other things needed before you can tuck in for the night. You also won’t have to disrupt your neighbors with setting up at night.

Walk Around Your Neighbor’s Campsite – It may seem like a practical shortcut to walk across instead of around your neighbor’s campsite but most campers don’t appreciate it. It’s best to go around the campsite and not cut across.

Use Your Quiet Voices After 10:00 – It’s surprising how far sound can travel in the night air. Once the campground begins to settle down for the night it is neighborly to keep your voices low if you remain around the campfire.

Say Hello – Campers are friendly people and they enjoy getting to know other campers in the area. It’s fun to find out where people are from and learn a little about them. Go ahead and introduce yourself when you’re making your way around the campground. Say hello in the laundromat or as you’re shopping in the campground store. You never know when you’ll meet someone you can become friends with and share some fun camping time with.

 

December 24, 2016 / by / in , , , , ,