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7 Helpful Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness

22 May

Moving CarThis is a guest post written by my wife, Amber.  Let me tell you, she has years of experience dealing with motion sickness.  Our youngest daughter gets sick on almost every extended car ride.  Here is what Amber had to say…

Depending on your camping destination, you may be faced with a lengthy drive (check out Great Ways to Combat “Are We There Yet?”).  We have certainly had our fair share of them.  For us, this usually means dealing with the effects of motion sickness in one or more of the children.

Luckily, we have gathered some great advice over the years for handling just such a scenario.

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11 More Great Ways to Chill Out When the Heat is On

19 May

heatwaveIf you read our earlier article titled 11 Ways to Keep Cool in a Heat Wave, then you are already on your way to successfully staying cool when the temperature rises.

We’ve put together an additional 11 tips to help you keep your body temperature low, even when mother nature has other plans for it.

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Taking the Kids to the Beach? 12 Items You can’t Forget!

16 May

Sand CastleThe sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the only thing on your mind is grabbing the little ones and hitting the beach.  The refreshing sound of the water, the sand on your toes, and the hot sun warming your skin.

It’s a win-win situation.  The kids love playing in the sand and water, and you get to work on your tan!

Read on to make sure that have all the necessities in your beach bag to keep your kids safe and healthy while enjoying the sand and surf.

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9 Things Every Dog Owner Needs While Camping

15 May

Dogs in a TentIf you like camping, and you love dogs, then you probably bring your family pet along with you whenever you camp.  If you’ve never brought your four-legged pal with you, maybe it’s time to give it a try!

Bringing your family pet along with you is a great way to complete the experience and really enjoy the time with your whole family – humans and animals alike.  You can also save some money by not needing to board them in a kennel.

Here is a list of stuff that you’ll want to remember to bring along.

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11 Ways to Keep Cool in a Heat Wave

14 May

Beat the HeatOne thing that can really ruin a camping trip is an unbearable heat wave.  Besides the fact that extreme heat and humidity can leave you feeling sweaty and sticky, it can also make you quite ill.  Nobody wants to end up in the hospital while camping.

Even if you can avoid becoming ill, the kids might just drive you crazy as they complain about how hot it is.

The following list can help you steer clear of potential disaster.

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Top Tips for Dealing with Leeches

12 May

leechFor many of us, the family camping trip also means swimming in open waters.  Open waters being lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds, or even the ocean.  That also means that you and your family may be exposed to those blood sucking aquatic terrors – leeches.

Pictured throughout this article, leeches are those slimy worm-like creatures that you find attached to you as you emerge from your favorite swimming hole.  They attach to you with their suction cup mouth, and sink their tiny little teeth into you, so that they can fill up on your blood (kinda like a mosquito, only under water).

As a child I was terrified of finding a leech attached to me.

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Book Early to Get the Site You Want

11 May

reserved towelOne of the things that I try to do every year is plan our family camping trips and reserve the campsites early in the season.  I rarely succeed at this, but it’s the thought that counts right?

Wrong.

Have you ever tried sleeping in a tent that is on a slope?  I have and I can tell you that I didn’t get a decent night’s sleep.  So learn from my experience and book early.  Here are some tips to help you get the jump on your planning.

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Great Ways to Combat “Are We There Yet?”

10 May

side mirrorIf you’ve ever taken the kids camping before, or even on an extended road trip, then you are likely familiar with the words “are we there yet?”.  It has to be the most popular phrase ever uttered by children since the dawn of the automobile.

To a child, a five minute span can feel like an eternity – with each interval ending with those dreaded words.  To a parent, an hour long car ride could equate to a dozen or more chances to hear this phrase – and that is on a per child basis.

I’ve developed some strategies for dealing with the wee ones when we embark on a road trip adventure.

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Super Chill Your Drink in Just a Couple of Minutes

09 May

Coca-Cola GlassCamping trips usually start out the same – you arrive at your camp site, unload your vehicle, and setup your tent or trailer.  This is often done in some sweltering heat and leaves you sweating profusely and looking for a cold drink.

Have you ever gotten to this point and found that you brought the drinks, but forgot to put them in the fridge or cooler?  Now all you have is warm soda or beer to quench your thirst.

Well this simple trick can chill your canned or bottled drink to an incredibly cool temperature in just a couple of minutes.

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