What better way to spend a hot summer day than to go picnicking in the park? Thereís so much to enjoy; food, drinks, games, sports, activities, campfires and good company – just donít forget the bug spray! If youíve ever had a hard time deciding what to bring on a picnic, below are several lists that give ideas for what to pack on a picnic, no matter who you are going with. So grab your friends, family and loved ones and get going!
With the kids
Kids love hotdogs and marshmallows. I donít think Iíve ever met a kid who doesnít enjoy roasting (and burning) these items over a camp fire. So if you are going on a picnic with kids bring hotdogs and marshmallows and youíre sure to please. Also bring pop and juice, chips, plastic cutlery and dishes. As for games, kids will like Frisbee, soccer, skipping rope, or really any game. Kids arenít that hard to please, just as long as you have food, beverages, and several games you can keep them entertained for hours.
Picnicking with a partner can be very romantic if done right. Bring along a nice blanket to lay out on the grass, plastic wine glasses, and a nice plate you can both share. As for food, it is ideal to bring finger foods that you can feed to each other. Try crackers, cheese, olives, antipasto, cold cuts, and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. If you are a drinker itís always nice to bring along a bottle of wine or champagne, but remember donít drink too much unless you have a ride home!
A lot of people enjoy going down to the park to hang out with friends (I know I do), because it can be a blast! And all you need is a group of friends, a case of beer, hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, pop, plastic cutlery and dishes and a football, frisbee or hackysac to play with. Itís also fun to bring along a boom box if anyone has one.
A lot of office parties involve going out for lunch, or ordering food in, but itís a great idea to schedule these times for going on a picnic. You can ask every one to bring something and that way you wonít be spending too much money yourself. Things you can ask people to bring could include, hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, steaks, chips, pop, juice, potato salad, green salad, fruit, veggie sticks, nuts, and desserts. This can be a lot more fun than a regular office party too because people can play sports and do activities instead of just sitting around a table.
So as you can see, planning a picnic is easy! You can be as creative as you want with what you bring, but the basics are often the best. So this summer, instead of wasting money at restaurants, gather up some friends and go build a fire!
Do you have a weekend without anything to do or a weekend when you donít want to do anything? I know what Iíd do. I would pack up the truck and head for the woods. Sitting by a camp fire with your favorite people solves many problems, so you shouldnít wait too long between fires. My favorite thing to do on a weekend is to camp. Are you looking for an easy way to camp? How about car camping? I love it!
First of all, letís define car camping? When you can drive your vehicle right up to the camp site, thatís called car camping. Even if youíre driving a truck itís still called car camping. The advantage of car camping versus primitive or base camping is that you can take anything you want with you. If you want to take a hammock or huge grill or a stack of magazines, you can. Load your car or truck with food, clothing, shelter, bedding, games and anything else you want to take along and get going. Itís really that simple.
So where can you car camp? Just about anywhere. National and state parks donít allow car camping except in designated campgrounds, other than that, you can car camp virtually anywhere on public lands. The internet is loaded with websites that can help. Start looking at www.backcountrytoys.com/education.htm. Our Education Center is loaded with up to date camping information.
Here are some things I take along when I car camp: hiking gear, bird watching binoculars and field guide, a radio for music and weather updates, tent, cot, sleeping bag, grill, shovel, fire starting gear, lots of food and drink, first aid kit, a stack of reading material ñ this can also be used for building a fire ñ such as newspapers and magazines, rain gear, hammock, dogs and dog food, folding chairs and table, stove, table service and utensilsÖ.you get the idea. I take all that I need to be comfortable. If you donít have these things, donít fret, all you really need are food, shelter and common sense.
Camping is a great way to renew and strengthen relationships. Take your spouse, your children, your siblings, your friends. Without the distractions of television, telephone, internet and alarm clocks, you will have a wonderful time. Iíll always remember something a dear friend of mine told me years ago, ìTime spent in our great outdoors is time added to your life.î That sounds like a good reason to go.
Use this information and youíll Get It Right The First Time. Get Outdoors!
Many camping enthusiasts enjoy the comfort of canvas tents while they are out in the wilderness. The only thing that is certain about nature is that nothing is certain. Canvas tents are durable and can withstand rain and wind much better than standard tents. They are generally well constructed using quality materials and are simple to set up. This is especially beneficial to the most common purposes for canvas tents, which is shelter for hunting and fishing trips.
Canvas tents offer sturdy walls, floor and roofing. They are usually accompanied by metal bars to secure the tent on site. In this instance, you will definitely get what you pay for. Canvas tents offer heavy duty zippers and high walls and ceilings. They are designed for the most comfort in camping by offering wilderness buffs an opportunity to stand up, walk around, stretch out or even sit down in a chair and relax. The high ceilings provide additional comfort to campers while also providing extra headroom. This comes in very handy, especially for the taller individual.
When shopping for canvas tents, it’s a good idea to decide on a budget before you start browsing. If you know how much money you can spend, then you will be better prepared to make a decision and will be less likely to overspend. After all, you will need to save some money for the additional camping supplies that you will want to take along for the trip. It’s always a good idea to work out a reasonable budget anytime before you make a substantial investment. When shopping around, keep in mind that canvas tents are more expensive than other models and can be priced at several hundred dollars each. For a model with more features, they can cost as much as $1,000.00 or slightly more.
There are a few bonus features to look for in canvas tents, including the presence of a back door to allow more air to circulate during the warm summer months and a tent bag for convenient storage and transportation. If possible, purchase a white canvas tent because the white color reflects light inside much better than colored tents. Before making a final decision, you may want to consider the weight factor. Larger tents are much heavier and can be more difficult to set up but, if that’s what you need, then go for it. If a smaller lightweight tent will work for you, then consider that option as well.
Canvas tents are more expensive, but they are a true investment. A quality product, with proper care and maintenance, should last for up to 20 years or more. Now, that’s a lot of camping.
Air mattresses are not only perfect for overnight guests and for visiting friends and family, they are also ideal for camping, weekends away, for vacation homes and some people even use them every day, in place of a regular air mattress.
In the last few years the variety and popularity of the air mattress bed has increased. For instance, many air mattress beds now offer built-in support systems, these have valves which enable you to control how much support you need. You are able to adjust how hard or soft you need the air mattress bed to be, to ensure a comfortable nightís sleep. This can be helpful if you have back problems and are often used in the home as an extra bed.
For weekends away and camping, the camping air mattress can now include built in sleeping bags and internal insulation. When choosing a camping air mattress, the size and weight of the mattress can be an important consideration. Nowadays, however, there are many modern mattresses that are both light and provide good insulation and comfort. If you are planning to go camping in warm weather itís now possible to buy an air mattress that weighs less than 20 ounces.
For flexibility (and those cold mornings!) itís may be better to go for a medium weight insulated air mattress.
Inflating your air mattress is now very quick and convenient too, battery pumps mean some mattresses can be inflated in less and a minute and deflated in seconds. Those of us old enough to remember inflating an air mattress with a foot pump will appreciate the difference!
The battery powered air mattress pumps are usually rechargeable, some are cordless and with some you have the option of running the pump from the car battery lighter socket. You can also get standard electric plug-in pumps.
There are some extremely light air mattresses available now. In the past it used to be a choice between a light but hard air mattress, or a bulky and heavy but comfortable mattress. However with modern air mattress beds it is possible to have both comfort and a reasonably low weight and size. This gives them the flexibility for use in both camping and home.
To find the best air mattress for you answer these quick questions…
What size air mattress bed will you feel comfortable in? Do you want a large bed so you can roll over or do you want to save weight and space with a smaller bed? Do you want multiple air chambers to adjust the firmness of different areas? Is an inflatable pillow needed?
Before buying an air mattress it is recommended that you research first on the internet before heading to the stores to get a feel for size, weight and comfort levels. When deciding what air mattress to buy you need to consider what you will be using it for. Take into account factors such as the weight, durability, ease of inflating and deflating, what level of insulation and comfort it will provide, and whether it has any extra features.
Having the necessary camping gear and equipment is equally important for the first timer as it is for experienced motocampers. Sometimes you need a particular piece of camping gear but it is priced far outside your level of comfort. So, you should be able to get the best from your purchase by being knowledgeable and employing a few simple tricks to help you get more value for money.
Most people have limited budgets and thus the camping gear that they can afford will require planning for. You need to understand the conditions at the places where you intend to go camping, as well as the climate. Add to that the supplies required for your trip and the early bird, under such circumstances, should be able to spread the purchases over a time period and thus not overrun the budgetary estimates.
For the best in camping gear, you may need to visit many sites over the Internet where you will be able to get an idea about their costs and availability. Also, make sure that you include looking for food and water, cooking stuff as well as implements required for eating. It’s important not to overlook safety equipment, such as first aid kits and basic survival gear, which all add to the overall cost. If you need to skip anything, skip the luxury items. But even on those you can get good deals if you’re patient and spend time on research.
Another option you may want to consider for your camping gear is to borrow from friends who have themselves camped at some time or another and who may have items that they can lend to you. This is a good way of curtailing your expenses though you must remember who gave you what and ensure that the camping gear you have borrowed is returned to the rightful owner after use.
If borrowing camping gear does not sit too well with you, there is always the option of checking out local resale outlets where you can buy used and also discounted items. Opened and returned items are also a good way of knocking off a good few bucks from your purchase. Returned items are usually sold at deep discounts, and you can find almost anything, from tents, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, and more.
No doubt, the first time motocamper will generally feel the pinch of buying camping gear and may often end up buying expensive stuff. Some forethought and good planning should see you get better priced goods.
In any case, you need to be well organized and after research and comparisons should end up with camping gear at affordable prices.
Fond childhood memories of camping with our families often bring smiles and a wash of nostalgia in us. Now that you have a family of your own, itís your turn to let your kids experience great camping time and have their own camping memories to bring home and cherish.
But making a camping trip a great family time is not all about fun and games. Itís not all about great food and great hiking. Sure, you have to bring your family to a nice camping site and create exciting and wonderful camping activities and games for them, but also one of the most important aspects of camping that you should never overlook is camp safety.
Safety during camping time, including cooking time with your Coleman stoves is one of your responsibilities that you have to take care of during a camping trip. Here are some safety guidelines you can follow to ensure your family of a safe and fun camping vacation.
- Never let children especially very young ones get too near the camping stoves or grills during cooking time. Should they want to assist, they can help prepare the ingredients or make the drinks.Educate your family about the ìstop, drop and rollî method of putting off a fire on oneís clothing. Orient them about the things to do in case of scenarios where fire is involved. Make sure they know how crucial it is to remain calm to be able to respond better to emergency situations.
- It is best to store flammable liquids only in safety cans and metal containers, a good distance away from your tent, RV or any source of heat or open flame. Make sure you close the cap of the container tightly.
- Refill your stove at a safe distance away from any heat source.
- When pouring flammable liquids, use a funnel to prevent spills. Clean any spill at once.
- Use the recommended fuel for your stove. Do not improvise or use an alternative unless it is specified in the stove manual that it is permissible to use an alternative fuel. Use only what is indicated.
- Should the need for changing a compressed gas cartridge or refilling a liquid fuel container arise, let the stove cool down completely first before doing so.
- Put your Coleman stove on a level surface. If the ground is uneven or if there is snow, what you can do is place it on top of sturdy plywood to keep the stove warm and minimize the risk of it tipping over.
- – Check the stove and its parts like hoses and tanks for any damage. Make sure that there are no bent valves, cracks on the hose or uncovered treads because these can cause dangerous leaks.
- It is always a smart idea to keep the fuel tank away from the camping stove.
- Never leave a lit camping stove unattended.
- Dispose empty fuel containers properly.
- Never use your Coleman stove inside your tent.
- Label fuel containers accordingly so as not to mistake it for water bottles.
- Carefully read and follow the instructions for using Coleman stoves.
Incidents of your kid getting a scald from the hot soup or you getting a burn from improperly lighting up the stove will certainly ruin a camping trip. Remember, a good camping memory consists of wonderful family bonding time, great camping site, spectacular views and a sumptuous but safe cooking fiesta.