RV Tips

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 , , , , ,
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.

May 20, 2017 / by / in , , ,
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.

May 13, 2017 / by / in , , ,
Fun Flashlight Games To Play With Kids

There are a lot of fun flashlight games you can play with kids. These games are great to play if you are out in the wilderness while camping or even at home. You can find out more here if you want to get started on learning more.

One game you can play is telling scary stories. This is where one person has the flashlight and shines it under their chin as they tell the story. Just be careful, because some kids cannot handle scary stories. You have to make sure that you pick a story that is age appropriate for everyone because if you do not want kids to get scared and not want to camp any longer. If the kids are way too young then you may just want to do stories around the campfire that are a little lighter in subject matter.

If you have small kids you can play a game where they try to catch the light wherever you shine it. You could shine the light further into the area where you are at and get them to run after it and shut the light off right when they get to it. Then, you could shine it somewhere else so they could run and try to catch you again. This is, of course, something that would only be more fun for little kids. If you have all the kids you could let them join in on the fun and have them control the flashlight. Just make sure the children are not led to any areas that are dangerous this way.

The flashlight games to play with kids you were just taught about are fun for the whole family. Kids love to play new games, and you can make them a camping tradition. Just make sure that you bring enough batteries so the fun can go on if they run out!

May 6, 2017 / by / in , , , ,
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.

April 27, 2017 / by / in , , , , ,
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 , , , ,