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Survival Checklist Before Going Out on a Trip

By Barry Smith

A little forethought and organization will payoff in a great memorable
adventure for that next outdoors excursion you may have planned.

The older liquid gas lanterns give off just as much light but you will have
to refill the tank with liquid gas and this can be messy as well as
dangerous if you are not careful. Both types of lanterns use mantels so be
sure to carry extras. Bring along some good sunscreen. Even in the winter
time a person can get a sun burn. You may want to get some type of
bug repellant also. Don't combine the sunscreen and bug repellant as
sunscreen may have to be used more frequently.

Not doing to bad we have a place to cook and to sleep. If you have kids
you will need a few more tarps and make them up a tent beside yours.

In the Southern states, peak tornado season is March through May.
Northern states are more likely to be hit with tornadoes during the
summer. People know that during a tornado warning they should move to
an interior room with no windows, or in a basement. When camping,
that¡¯s not a viable option. Whitewater rafting is one of the most unique
and invigorating ways to visit a parks backcountry. Some of the most
incredible National Parks may have river rafting excursions that travel
through the park, the river rafting is usually offered by various companies
and outfitters.

Camping is usually done at an official campsite, where the campers usually
pay a small fee to use grounds that are preserved especially.

More and more people are traveling these days for different reasons.
Some travel for adventure, some to be close to nature and some for just
a rejuvenating weekend getaway. Are your kids begging you to take
them camping, but you just can¡¯t find the time to take them on a
camping trip? Or would you like to introduce your kids to the fun of
camping for the first time, but aren¡¯t sure if they will enjoy it, or might
get scared? Either way, camping out in your backyard will be a fun way to
spend the evening and night with your kids.

Working on a Survival Checklist Before Going Out on a Trip Henry loved his
job a lot because the job entailed going to places both locally and abroad
to work on business mergers between clients. Before going out, a
checklist was always prepared to make sure the right number of clothes,
underwear and socks was placed into the suitcase.

The family also traveled with him often to have fun together. This year
was going to be different because the group will be going camping.
There would be no flying this time - just a lot of hiking to get to the

Henry was very excited and felt a survival checklist was needed before
going on the trip. Unfortunately, this individual had no idea about the
essentials needed to go camping. Some research needed to be done via
the Internet to find out these things. The information enabled Henry to
make a survival checklist which will make it easier for the family to find
these items in the sporting goods store.

Since the family won¡¯t be staying in a cabin, a tent that could house a
party of five needed to be purchased. The sales clerk was able to teach
the executive how to assemble it so there won¡¯t be any problems putting
it up at the campsite.

There are many websites that cater to campers with information on
where to find the most affordable camp gear as well as the most popular
items to buy and use when camping. Once your kids (and you) recover
from the shock of having no television or Internet access, you'll all have an
eye-opening experience.

Part of survival is having a sufficient amount of food and water for the
trip. Since it is quite heavy to hold in a backpack, the best choice is to
buy a cooler in which to store everything.

Bring along your bicycles and hiking boots if you have them. Usually
equipment rentals will be available for activities you don¡¯t generally do.

Therefore in order to make sure that you have a pleasant camping
adventure, make sure that you are fully clothed against all odds. Both
sports demand having the proper equipment and knowledge for safety
reasons. Many National Parks offer established climbing routes that will
have a wide range of difficulty levels; usually no permits are needed,
unless an overnight stay in backcountry is involved. It is important to
check weather conditions beforehand and use caution, never climb alone.

Be aware that the glass globe of all gas and propane lanterns get
extremely hot and can give you a serious burn. The thought of camping
alone can be very intimidating, especially if you¡¯re a woman. Ideally, it is
not something recommended to women new to camping.

RV's come in many sizes and shapes. They start with campers that fit in
the back of a pickup truck. These can have full kitchens, beds, a shower
and toilet in them. You will need ice to keep the frozen foods cool. Save
up you milk containers plastic works best wash out and fill ? full of
water an place in the freezer. When you have a few frozen
containers you now have the ice that will keep your food cold.

The group bought some canteens for water to prevent anyone
from becoming dehydrated. Since there was no way to tell how
cold it could get up there, Henry felt it was necessary to buy
some warm jackets.

The family could get lost when going out into the woods for the
first time. Fearing this could happen, Henry bought a map and a
compass to make sure the group will always be on the right

Some flashlights and extra sets of batteries were also
purchased to enabled the family to walk safely at night and lie
on the ground to watch the stars in the sky. There are two
things that Henry bought without telling the others. The first
was a pocketknife while the other was a first aid kit. These were
kept hidden and will only be brought out in the event of an

It took almost 4 hours for Henry and the family to pick up
everything. Each time an item was bought, this was crossed off
the survival checklist. With everything ready, this person felt the
weekend would go without incident and it woud be another fun
filled trip. More on Wilderness Survival Tips.

Don't expect to bring along your everyday dinnerware and
automatic coffeepot for your campout. Remember, you will be
roughing it, so pack accordingly. Bring plastic dishes and cutlery
that can be washed and reused, but won't break in transit.

Camping... a way of life!

More and more people are traveling these days for different
reasons. Some travel for adventure, some to be close to nature
and some for just a rejuvenating weekend getaway. A definite
upcoming trend is more and more people seeking untouched
locales and wilderness. Camping is a great way to enjoy
amazing outdoors and be close to nature. It is not just another
holiday; it's a way of life. While camping out, one is surrounded
by nature and serenity. The experience might be missing urban
comforts that one is used to... but in return one gets to explore
a lot that is absolutely different from the usual city life.

In the hustle bustle of the fast paced life that we live in, we
tend to lose touch with our own selves. Camping is a wonderful
way to get in touch with one's inner self.

Always be prepared for the weather when hiking. Carry a
daypack with some water, a rain/wind jacket, a fleece/wool
jacket or sweater, a first aid kit and some food. Good hiking
boots are essential. On some of your hikes it is quite likely you
will come across wildlife such as moose, black bears and grizzly
bears, big horn sheep and deer.

Many of the activities you might be interested in will be available
in the towns near the parks. Various outfitters and companies
outside some of the popular National Parks will offer excursions
that go into the parks. Plan a camping food menu that you¡¯re
willing to eat. Camping food for many people has come to mean granola,
oatmeal, and granola. I like them as much as the next guy, but I¡¯m not
willing to ruin my week in the woods by packing food I don¡¯t like. There
are many companies now offering a huge selection of dishes, most of
them very tasty, which just require water ¨C everything from roast beef
and potatoes to tuna casserole. Don¡¯t discount instant oatmeal and
granola as tasty options. Just remember, just because you¡¯re leaving
civilization behind doesn¡¯t mean you shouldn¡¯t eat what you like. More on
Camping Outdoors Tips at

When you know where you will be going you have to select the type of
shelter you will need. Are you sleeping in the open or using a tent? What
type of tent you select will have a direct impact on how comfortable and
dry you will be if it rains. You may need to get a tent with windows and
ventilation and waterproofing.

As I rounded a bend blasted through granite, just wide enough to
accommodate a horse-drawn wagon, I braked suddenly and gasped.
Camping in a van can be cold at times, as it was for us in the deserts of
Arizona last winter. We started the van and cranked up the heater once
in a while, but only for brief periods.

Instead of going up to other campers and saying, ¡°Hi, I¡¯m Kerry and I¡¯m
here by myself¡± ask questions like ¡°How can I contact you if I experience
a problem¡± or ¡°is this campground regularly patrolled?¡±Don¡¯t advertise you
are by yourself by finding campsites away from walking trails
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