7 Handy Things To Take On Your Camping Trip

Packing the things you need most on a camping trip is the most important thing you must do before you leave. You have to have the most essential equipment and supplies to bring about a huge difference in your general camping safety and enjoyment. Therefore, when preparing for your outdoor adventure, it is important to have a checklist of all the necessary things you need when you go camping.

 

list to go camping with

 

The list you make will vary, depending on the type of camping trip, the places that you intend to visit, and the activities you will be partaking in. Your list will also depend on the time of year it is and the duration of your trip. You may not use some of the essentials that you include on the list, but it is important to have them, just in case. You will be thankful you packed them if the situation arises where you need those particular items. Here is a list of 7 handy things that you should take on your camping trip, apart from a tent.

1. First Aid Kit

 

medical kit

 

A first aid kit is the most important item you will need on your camping trip, as accidents are likely to happen on on any active outdoor adventure. These might be minor or severe accidents such as scratches, burns, bumps or cuts. Therefore, it is always advisable to ensure that you include a first aid kit on your checklist, regardless of the type of trip/adventure you’re on.

2. The Bio Light CampStove/Charger

 

camping stove

 

A great stove is another important camping essential that is ideal for any kind of outdoor adventure. You should get a reliable stove that is portable so you could carry it with you on a hiking trip, just in case you get lost. It’s also great just to cook some fresh fish right out of the river/lake. It’s also great in case of an emergency when you need to boil water to make sure it’s free of parasites, viruses, bacteria, and other dangerous organisms.

The Bio Light Camp Stove/Charger is recommended because it acts as a stove and also a charger for some of your electronic gadgets that are vital to your camping trip, such as flashlights, phones, and cameras. It converts the heat energy to electric, serving two extremely important functions in one.

3. Navigation Items/Electronics

 

map to go hiking

 

You might have a GPS on your smart phone or even a GPS system fixed into your car console. However, having a map and compass on your camping trip is a very great idea, since electronics can be drained and end up as an unreliable source of information.

Apart from that, if the connection in the woods is bad, you could be waiting a while or never get to use your phone the whole time. Therefore, having supplementary navigation essentials like a map and compass can add significant value to your camping.

4. An Origami Kayak

 

origami kayak

 

Oru kayaks are ideal for camping, as they are portable and have other great features. The kayak is designed with an innovative folding hull that offers a great kayaking experience. It folds up and becomes a backpack, the perfect kayak for such an occasion! Origami kayaks are stable enough for beginners and have smooth, 12′ long contours that make it perfect for experts too.

Finally, the kayak features a comfortable foam seat with a backrest and footrest that are fully adjustable to enhance your comfort while in the cockpit. Moreover, the Origami Kayak is designed with a reinforced cockpit for easy entry, as well as structural bulkheads that provide extra rigidity.

5. Sleeping Bag

 

pink and black sleeping bag

 

A sleeping bag is another necessary camping essential that you should always include on your checklist, regardless of the time you plan to spend on your trip. You need a reliable and portable sleeping bag that helps you to withstand cold night conditions. Even if it’s hot during the day, it could still get very cold at night. If you don’t use it, it could still function as extra padding, or even shade from the sun if you build a fort.

6. Lighting

 

lantern for light

 

Having a reliable source of light is also a crucial thing that can add significant value to your outdoor adventure. This could be a flashlight, lantern or a headlamp that will allow you to carry on any essential activity at night, such as preparing food or even for safety reasons. You MUST be able to see at night, to know what’s around you or to see where you are going in the dark.

7. Rope and Pocket Knife

 

knife to use while camping

 

It is advisable to include a rope and a knife on any camping checklist, as you will eventually need them on your trip. A rope has multiple uses, like making a clothes line, creating a shelter or towing people from tight situations while swimming or hiking.

On the other hand, a pocket knife is easy to carry around and can greatly help you to fix many things while camping. It can protect you if a wild animal (or dangerous human) comes around, you can cut branches with it to roast marshmallows, cut fish to cook and other foods, etc.

 

To sum up this article, the essentials mentioned above are some of the most important things that you should take on your camping trip. These items will greatly improve your camping experience, making it a much more enjoyable experience. However, other camping essentials that are equally important include tents, a pocket shower, extra water, and much more. You can adjust your camping list to suit your personal needs. Happy camping!

MeerKat Trailers – Decide For Yourselves!

When you go camping, you want camping gear that promises both safety and comfort. That is just what the MeerKat trailers are designed for. A product of Little Guy Trailers, based on the southern side of California, the MeerKat trailers have taken every one of your camping needs into consideration. These tiny trailers can pop up everywhere and their side windows resemble the facial markings of a meerkat, hence their cool name.

MeerKat in red

These trailers are for people who love camping but hate the idea of sleeping on the ground, either because their back will hurt or they get too cold. They are for people who want to go exploring and camping without having to tag along a big vehicle or one of those heavy camping tents. The method of use is pretty simple.

All you have to do is hook it up to your vehicle and transport it to your desired camping site. Then you can push it into whatever spot you want to camp at, it’s that easy. However, ensure that you do not park it under tall trees or near water bodies, just in case any natural accidents might happen. It’s not a cheap trailer, costing about as much as a nice new car, but if you love camping, the service it provides is worth the cost.

inside the MeerKat

MeerKat Trailer Features

The trailer itself weighs only 900 pounds, which makes it very portable. It can easily be towed by any vehicle type, even mini cars. This serves to reduce the cost of fuel consumption, since you do not need to have heavy duty vehicles to tow this trailer. And also, you wouldn’t have to put gas in an RV to drive it to the campground, and then put gas in your car to drive around once you get there.

Inside the trailer is a comfy and quaint living area that includes a seating area and a dinette. The seating area has been designed in such a way that it can be transformed to a queen-sized, comfortable bed, ideal for two people. Also available is a kitchen which has an icebox and a sink.

To prevent the trailer from feeling too hot during summer days, or from being too claustrophobic, it has been fitted with three windows which open to the outside. These windows allow for free circulation of air in and out of the trailer, keeping it properly ventilated and refreshed. These windows also allow light to get through, keeping the interior perfectly lit.

trailers parked

Another feature includes the pop-up roof and the exterior awning. The pop up roof can be opened when it gets too hot inside. This feature also makes the trailer more roomy and comfortable since occupants, regardless of their body height, can comfortably stretch and stand while still inside. The exterior awning is perfect for the provision of shade. It can also be modified into an outdoor patio.

A portable toilet is another cool feature that makes the MeerKat trailer a top priority and a must-have item for many campers. With this toilet standing inside the trailer, you do not have to tour the entire campground at night looking for a place to relieve yourself. The toilet sits discreetly inside and is hidden from the trailer’s seating area. It slides out from under the seats, so you’d have to empty it fairly often.

portable toilet

Other features include LED running lights fixed on the outer side, full-sized wheels which come with stabilizers, a small dining table, a hanging closet, and storage compartments under the seating areas.

Top 10 Most Luxurious MotorHomes In The World

The camping lifestyle: anyone who loves camping has also, at one time or another, wondered about owning a motor home.  If a motorhome is to be used as part of your lifestyle, meaning you don’t own a home but only a motorhome, then you will probably want to own one that comes with certain… amenities or luxuries.

The following video features the top 10 luxurious motorhomes in the world.

 

Tips For Camping In The Snow

Regular camping is one thing; camping in a cold region, especially in the snow, is a whole another thing. If you are thinking of camping in a snowy region, take a look at the following video.

Dangerous Situations While Camping…Is It Really That Bad?

tent set up

Camping can be such a great, relaxing time while breathing in the fresh woodsy air and bonding with loved ones or friends. It’s also a nice family activity that can teach your children about nature, and maybe teach you a thing or two as well!

But as informative, entertaining and fun as camping can be, there is also a dark side to the nature that surrounds you. There are dangers you should be aware of to protect not only yourself, but your family and friends as well. The scariest part of it all is knowing that the smallest creature can be more deadly than a large vicious animal. Here are the biggest dangers you can encounter while camping…

Wild Animals

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Okay, you most likely will never experience lions and tigers while you’re camping, unless they’ve escaped from a nearby zoo and you are just, unluckily, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bears, however, are around many camping areas in many states, and they could very well sneak up on your campsite if they smell food. Always wrap up your food after eating and don’t leave anything opened while you wander off to explore the woods.

bear rummaging

If you don’t see a bear, there are always wolves, mountain lions/cougars, and raccoons. Raccoons may look cute, but they can carry rabies and parasites, and can claw you and/or your children and cause infections. Mountain lions seem to be the most dangerous, because they are not intimidated easily, and will often continue to attack someone even after being hit in the head with a weapon. Always carry a weapon with you, just in case you encounter one of these animals.

raccoons in a tree

It’s important to take precautionary measures to avoid a wild animal encounter. Before you even pack to go camping, call the campground to find out what animals have been seen in the vicinity. There will most likely be very clear rules that the campground has on this matter. Always keep a fully charged cell phone with you at all time to call for help if needed. You might also want to take a weapon to protect yourself, just in case.

Creepy Crawlies And Parasites

As implied in the beginning of this article, the smaller things can be the most deadly. Spiders are crawling around everywhere, so it’s a good idea to look out for them while you’re outside. Also, make sure your tent is tightly zipped up and there are no holes or other ways they can get in while you sleep. It would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the spiders in the area, in case you happen to see one.

poisonous spider

Black Widow

In certain areas, there might also be poisonous snakes slithering around and can catch you off guard, especially if they blend in with the environment. As with animals or spiders, be sure to look these things up before you leave, so you have an idea of what to look for and what to do if one bites you. If you know it’s a poisonous snake, you might then know how much time you have to get help.

Ticks are parasites that are even sneakier than snakes or spiders, and will let the wind carry them off of leaves or grass for the chance to land on you. Once they are on you, you will be their food source until you find them, but by then, it might be too late. That is because ticks carry Lyme disease, a bacterial infections that can cause fever, headaches, joint pain, and much worse. In about 80% of infections, there is a rash that shows up, which is red with another circle around it, like a bull’s-eye. If left untreated, this infection can be fatal. Always spray insect repellent and inspect each other after a woods experience.

different ticks

Ticks

There are also other parasites that can be a big problem, including mosquitoes and water dwelling parasites. Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus, yellow fever, malaria, various forms of encephalitis (causing swelling of the brain, potentially fatal), and the Zika virus, among others. If you can’t use insect repellent, try to stay inside of a screened tent so you can still enjoy the outdoors without being pestered.

Plenty of parasites exist in bodies of water as well, and can be very dangerous and fatal, even with the best medical care. If you swim in a lake at a campground, do not swallow the water or let any go up your nose, as these are ways the parasites can gain entry, specifically the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri. They are found in warm bodies of water, sometimes as hot as 113 degrees Fahrenheit, and mimic the symptoms of meningitis. Very few people have survived after they were infected.

amoeba

Naegleria Fowleri

Parasites can also be found in mud puddles, slow moving rivers, untreated swimming pools, and soil that turns into dust once inside a building. Wow, with all this talk, it seems like you’d have to go camping in a containment suit! But these things can happen in any environment, not just the forest, and the there’s one last thing to discuss.

Bees, biting flies, and wasps are yet other creatures to watch out for. If you happen to run into a bee’s nest or disturb it in some way, your best bet is to just run. Don’t stand there swatting at them, and don’t jump into water, because they will wait for you to come up for air. Run as fast as you can and try to find shelter, and if you can’t, run through some bushes to try to throw the bees off your trail. They can chase people ½ mile or more before giving up. Then you can pull out the stingers if you’ve been stung.

Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

leaves of poison ivy, oak, sumac

All three of these plants will cause a rash with itchy blisters that show up within 24-48 hours. If you come into contact with these plants, you can possibly remove the oils on your skin with soap and water, if you do it within 15 minutes. Poison ivy and poison oak have three leaves, whereas poison sumac has 7-13 leaves per branch. They all cause the same type of rash, with blisters that are filled with water and it can possibly cause scarring.

Dehydration

Always make sure to bring a nice amount of water, and then some, just to be safe. You might want to invest in a portable water filter device, so that if you get lost, you can filter any water and get rid of parasites, viruses, bacteria, and metals. If you happen to get lost and have no water or filter, you can start a fire and boil the water to make it safe for consumption. At the worst, moving water is your safest bet, since parasites are more likely to be prevalent in still waters.

Bad Weather

lighning while camping

It would be a good idea to look up the weather before you head out to camp. Can you take extreme heat or cold? Be prepared by bringing a heater or fan, if there’s electric hookups at the campground. Weather can always change, so keep that in mind and bring the necessary precautionary items. If a storm hits and there’s lightning, get away from tall trees and objects and stay low to the ground. Always expect the unexpected where weather is concerned.

Fires

If you start a campfire, make sure it’s properly extinguished before you sleep or leave the site. Pour water over it to be extra safe, because forest fires are very destructive and kill many animals and beneficial insects, as well as life sustaining trees. Also make sure that when you do start a fire, it’s not near any bushes that can catch fire.

Getting Lost

navigating

Make sure to bring a map with you so you don’t get lost and can become familiar with the area. If you got lost, you’d have to spring into survival mode and that can be very scary, so you don’t want that to happen. If you have kids, you can give them necklaces to wear with a whistle they can blow if they get separated from you and are lost themselves. There are GPS apps to download on your phone as well, if you want to go hiking too.

No First Aid Kit

nice kit

Always, always bring a first aid kit to stop bleeding and prevent infections. If someone gets a deep cut, you can apply a disinfectant and wrap it in gauze until medical attention can be obtained. It can also hold burn sprays, cold packs, painkillers, motion sickness meds, and more. You can actually make your own first aid kit. Make sure to include antihistamines, in case someone is allergic to bee stings or plants.

The Sun

sun shining

If you go camping in the summer, the sun can be absolutely scorching and your skin will pay the price by getting burned, and you will be in pain as a result. Bring sunscreen, a hat (yes, your scalp can get a sunburn too), sunglasses, and an umbrella, especially if you have red hair and are extra susceptible to getting burned. It can also get very hot out, so wear cool clothes with fabric that breathes well.

Don’t let these things scare you away from camping, because it is a very rewarding experience despite these potentially dangerous situations. Teach your kids what to do in certain situations and to never stray off by themselves. Educate yourself as well, whether you are going alone or with friends, so that if something happens, at least one person will definitely know what to do. If you take precautions, your camping trip will be a fun, peaceful experience!

WaterProof Socks For Camping?!

The goal of Alt Camping is to share cool camping gear and equipment that we can get our hands on.  Just when research was being conducted, we came across the neatest mosquito repellant (goodbye nasty bug repellent lotions!) and waterproof socks… Yes! WATER PROOF SOCKS!

Watch the video and the camping geek inside you will be just as excited as us.

Witnessing the Aurora Borealis in Alaska

The following is an amazing video capturing the elusive Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, in Alaska, specifically.  The video is two hours long with relaxing background music to help you disconnect from hustle, bustle of the daily life and to awaken your core inside.

5 Great Backpacks For Your Next Camping Trip!

A backpack should be one of the first pieces of hiking or camping equipment that is considered when putting together tools for your adventure, and is one of the most integral parts of your set-up. Your backpack is relied upon to carry equipment that could save your life in an emergency, and can be worn through wild and treacherous terrain for hours at a time.

Unfortunately, many beginning hikers and campers don’t realize just how important choosing the right backpack can be. Though the initial investment can be high, by choosing the right backpack you can ensure you have the perfect carrier for your most vital equipment on every adventure for years to come.

Below, we’ll look at five great options when looking for your next, or first, hiking and camping backpack.

1. Osprey Aether/Ariel

backpacks

From legendary hiking and camping backpack designers and producers, Osprey, the Osprey Aether and Ariel are the company’s classic, multifaceted backpacks. It has been used by hikers and campers, in different versions, for generations. The Aether (the male design) and Ariel (the female design) are capable of carrying major weight while remaining comfortable.

With Airscape back vents, the Aether and Ariel ventilate air to help keep you cool on steep terrains in warm weather. They have dozens of different compartments, pockets, and openings for staying organized and carrying your most trusted camping and hiking tools.

2. Gregory Baltoro

camping backpack

Don’t let the Gregory Baltoro’s compact design fool you. This bag can carry everything you need to stay safe and enjoy your journey on any backwoods terrain. The winner of multiple awards, the Baltoro has proven itself comfortable, versatile, and durable time and time again.

With a waterproof hip belt pocket and hydration sleeve that converts to a day pack, the Baltoro has a host of different features to help you keep moving through whatever the trail may throw at you. Designed to carry heavy loads, the Baltoro is the perfect bag to carry whatever you need comfortably.

3. High Sierra Titan

storage pack

Designed by another renowned name in the world of hiking, camping bags and accessories, High Sierra’s Titan is a big bag capable of packing heavy and large tools needed for more extreme hikes. With plenty of storage space and varying pockets, crevices, and openings, the Titan is one of the best and most economical options on the market.

4. Fjallraven Kaipak

green backpack

The perfect backpack for an overnight camp or hike, the Fjallraven Kaipak is a resilient, compact, durable backpack designed for stability in the roughest terrain. Made from G-1000 heavy duty recycled materials, this backpack is highly durable and environmentally friendly. Waxed for water resistance and featuring shoulder straps, hip belts, and multiple pockets, this high grade bag can provide for your most intense trips.

5. North Face Banchee

banchee backpack

Known for their excellent jackets, coats, backpacks, and gear, North Face has once again proven themselves one of the leaders in outdoor supplies with the North Face Banchee backpack. The Banchee has eight strategically placed pockets to make packing and unpacking light work and can handle heavy loads despite its weight and size. The North Face Banchee is the perfect option for strenuous day trip hikes and light camping adventures.

Which BackPack Should You Invest In?

Though there are dozens of different options from renowned bag and pack makers available, the five backpacks listed above showcase a selection of the varying options offered for hiking and camping backpacks, depending on the needs of your journey. As most types of backpacks will vary in size, material, and carry capacity, knowing your needs is an imperative first step in selecting the right backpack for you.

Remember, your next camping or hiking adventure will only be as good as the backpack you carry your most important equipment in. Make sure you make the investment and pick the right bag to guide you though years of outdoor journeys to come.