Camping vacations can provide you with the most sensational experiences. But there’s no avoiding the fact that they can also end in disaster. When you’re out in the wilds, it’s essential to be prepared. If you’re planning a camping holiday, take these basic planning tips on board.
Choosing the location
When you’re looking into locations, there are a lot of things to think about. How far do you want to travel? What do you want to do when you get there? What is the weather forecast like? It’s important to consider the answers to these questions rather than booking somewhere on a whim. Spontaneity can be great. But with camping, it’s almost always beneficial to plan ahead.
If you don’t want to travel far, get a map out and research campsites closer to home that offer the activities you’re looking for. Once you’ve chosen a destination, think about where you’re going to stay. Compare sites online, and read customer reviews. It’s also a good idea to take the climate into consideration. If you’re going camping in Big Bend National Park, for example, some areas are better suited to certain times of the year. The Chisos Basin is best for the summer, as temperatures are much lower while Rio Grand Village and Cottonwood are excellent options for the fall and winter.
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Planning your journey
The last thing you want is to start your vacation off with a stressful journey. Plan your route in advance and mark stop-off points on your map. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going. If you don’t have satnav, visit the campsite’s website for directions. Stock up on snacks and drinks before you set off.
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Packing for camping
When you’re packing for a camping trip, it’s imperative to get it right. Think about what you’re going to be doing, and bear the weather in mind. If you’re scaling the snow-tipped peaks of parks in Montana, you’re going to need thermals and waterproof layers. If you’re camping out by the shores of Crater Lake in the height of the summer, you’ll need sun cream and light, breathable clothing. Once you’ve sorted clothing out, think about supplies and equipment. If you’re planning to cook, you’ll need a stove, utensils, cutlery, and crockery. It’s also a good idea to do a grocery shop in advance. Don’t forget essentials like washing up liquid, salt, and sugar. You’ll also need sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows. Write a list of everything you want to take a couple of weeks before. This will give you plenty of time to pack, and buy anything you don’t already have.
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Camping vacations are one of the best ways to get out and explore the great outdoors. However, there is a risk of things going wrong, and everything becoming a little stressful. These tips will help you to plan in advance and eradicate any hassle. Follow the simple steps, and you’ll be toasting marshmallows over a fire without a care in the world in no time.
When you’re out travelling the world, seeing new places and having fun- the last thing you need is to be worrying about your appearance. Feeling self-conscious can really spoil your mood, and when there are so many incredible things to see and do it’s just not something you want to be thinking about. So to make sure you look great and feel confident for your next adventure, here are a few things to consider!
Travelling and experiencing new places means you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Unless you’re conscious about your smile, that is! You don’t want to look miserable on all of your travel snaps because you’re too afraid to show your teeth. And when you’re out enjoying yourself, you don’t want to restrict or cover your mouth when you’re laughing or smiling. So visiting a dentist in advance of your travels is a good idea. First, they will be able to assess if there are any dental problems, this can prevent being struck down with a toothache while you’re away. They can also carry out any cosmetic work needed to improve how your teeth look. It could be anything from whitening to veneers. If crookedness is an issue, you could consider seeing an Invisalign dentist.
Low maintenance yet flattering hairstyles and colours are your best bet when you’re travelling. You don’t want to have to spend ages in front of the mirror each morning wrestling with a difficult hairdo so it can be worth giving things like extensions a miss. The same applies to colour, if you’ve got a shade that fades quickly or shows roots badly it could be worth changing it- especially if you’re travelling for weeks or months at a time. It might look great when you leave for your adventure, but terrible by the time you get home! Different climates can be very hard on hair too, such as extreme heat, cold or winds, plus salt and pool water and everything else. So getting it into the best condition possible before you leave is a good idea.
If you have any skin issues that cause you discomfort or embarrassment, have them checked out before you leave. Again different climates can be hard on skin, so if you already have a problem, it could be made worse by travel. The dry air on aeroplanes, in the sun and air conditioning can all wreak havoc as it is. Whether it’s acne, rosacea, eczema or something else- not only is it useful to get treated for travel, but you’ll feel better in your day to day life too.
Eating healthy and exercising before your travels can be useful for two reasons. First, you’ll look your best, and feel confident. You won’t have an issue wearing any of your travel outfits or swimwear, and won’t be held back by body confidence issues. Secondly, it will improve your health and fitness levels which is useful when you’re going away. If for example you’re backpacking or even just doing a lot of walking, it pays to be at the top of your fitness game. You’ll feel less tired and lethargic, and will be able to do more. Plus you might not be eating as healthily as you normally would while you’re away. So fuelling up with plenty of good stuff in the run-up is beneficial.
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