How to survive a scorching camping day

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Camping outside is great until the weather gets too unbearable and you can’t seem to find a shaded area to cool off. Even though summer is a great season to pack your bags and start wondering, it can get a nightmare if you don’t have the proper supplies and the essential item that can make your journey a tad more pleasant.

 

 

Never leave your home without a first aid kit. Because the outside world can be filled with all sorts of animals, bugs, bacteria, and rocks, you need to be certain that you have ways to take care of injuries. Put some plasters, creams, and mild painkillers because heat can trigger certain body reactions so you need to be prepared.

 

No matter what you do, always have a bottle of water with you. Dehydration is not fun at all and can make you feel worse. Symptoms vary from feeling lethargic, irritable to having digestive issues and even heat stroke. You can consider purchasing a cooler to keep your water cold and fresh. However, it would be even great to have a filter because stagnant water is the perfect environment for bacteria growth. Try to avoid as much as possible fizzy drinks filled with sugar as well as alcoholic beverages and coffee. These can make you feel worse then they would normally do because of the heat.

 

Now, let’s talk about clothing. People make a huge mistake and wear fewer clothes because they can’t bear the heat. Nevertheless, you mustn’t expose your skin because you risk getting burned. Opt instead for looser clothing made from pure cotton that allows your skin to breathe. Moreover, don’t wear dark clothes because these can attract mosquitoes and more heat. This way you end up with bites all over your body and covered in sweat. It’s better to get a hat and pastel colors which are neutral in terms of catching the sunlight.  

 

 

The majority of people don’t understand how vital it is to wear sunscreen. Just like drinking water, sunscreen can save your life. UV radiation is dangerous for your skin and can lead to Bowen’s disease or even skin cancer. Consult a dermatologist on a regular basis and try to buy creams that are made from natural ingredients and don’t have chemicals in their composition.  

The next item on your agenda should be the tent. To be more precise, the ventilation provided by this unit. Since tents absorb a lot of heat during the camping trip, they can become a genuine sauna. Therefore, make sure that you let some air in from time to time. Invest in a product that features a mosquito net at the entrance so you can rest assured your evenings will be quiet and bite-free.  

A little bit of RV history

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As you can probably tell from the other posts I’ve written on my blog, I’m an RV travel fan all the way. I couldn’t imagine my life without my RV, and that’s because it is the coolest thing I have ever owned. I plan to retire and travel the US and Canada in a motorhome, at some point.

If you are just as curious as I am, you probably know a bit more about this type of automobile. What is a recreational vehicle, per se? RVs have been around for about one hundred years now, and they have become more and more popular with every year that went by. They’re convenient and versatile, and they were designed following the example provided by gypsies traveling through Europe in the 1800s.

In the United Kingdom, RVs are called caravans. I just wanted to note this because the many differences between British English and US English sometimes leave me feeling baffled. In the US, the real history of the recreational vehicle started at the beginning of the 20th century. Initially, the first RVs used to be slightly bigger than a car, so they weren’t too big on space. Nonetheless, they did give people the freedom they required as they weren’t forced to remain limited to the rail system anymore.

 

1913 was the year the Earl was developed, which is currently considered the ancestor of the modern travel trailer. It took almost two decades for RVs to integrate commodities such as beds, electricities, water, and small tables. Following WWII, the recreational vehicle flourished because Americans learned to love to travel.

Some of the RV models you’d see back in the 50s somewhat resemble those you can see on the street these days. As you can tell, the history of the motorhome isn’t all that extensive, and that’s because it was undoubtedly difficult for car manufacturers to integrate so many facilities in the automobiles they were supposed to design.

The problem with the modern world is that we often fail to notice the many advances that have happened over the years. Of course, our grandparents and parents can definitely tell whether a product looks and feels different and does something extra than it used to, but these days children are born with a tablet in hand. Many RV owners have a hard time understanding that their transportation is the result of over one hundred years of continuous development. Plus, now you have heaps of freedom with regard to the many devices you can use with your RV, most of which can make your life a whole lot easier.

I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it.

What you need to know before going camping in your motorhome

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If you’re an RV beginner and hardly know how to go about your trip, I’m going to give you several pieces of advice that you can come back to in the future. The first thing you should do, in my opinion, is to decide whether or not it is a good idea for you to pick a tent. If you’re prepared to take a longer trip, you might have had it with sleeping in your motorhome. After all, that’s what you have been doing while on the road.

 

 

You can either rent or buy a tent, just like you can do the same in the case of the RV. Obviously, since these things don’t come cheap, they might require you to make an investment. Whether you decide on one or the other, the fact of the matter is that you’re likely to need an RV GPS at some point. This might be even more important in the case of rentals, because there’s no way of knowing beforehand the exact dimensions of the vehicle.

 

Something that sets RV GPS units aside from the rest is the fact that you will be able to customize the interface in accordance with the size of the automobile you are driving. What this means for you is that the device will then show you only routes that go with your RV. This way, you won’t have the nasty surprise of having to go back and pick another road because your type of vehicle isn’t allowed on the one you’re trying to take.

 

Another tip that I personally recommend to all campers and RVers is to bring some tools and spare parts along. This could mean jumper cables, bolts, connectors, extra fuses and light bulbs, but also a variety of gadgets that can get you out of a tricky situation. There are power banks that can provide you the juice you might need when you’re trying to make a call, and there’s even a portable antenna nowadays that can be used for cases when you have no service.

 

 

Something else that I feel the need to emphasize is that you have to make a strict plan and stick to it. Don’t wing it. Bring enough money with you, but don’t exaggerate with your shopping just because you have plenty. Jot down all the stops you are going to make and create an extensive list of the foods you can bring along. Consider the campgrounds that you will come across so that you know where you are going to spend the night.

 

Once you have reached the campsite, make sure to locate all the water and electrical hookups. Even if you’re tired or if it’s dark, you’re better off with this plan at the beginning.