Category Archives for "Camping Tips"

Do You Need A Special License To Drive An RV? Yes and No.

Those who are considering the hippie and free spirit lifestyle frequently bombard us with the question "do you need a special license to drive an RV?". Unfortunately, there’s no absolute answer to this issue.

Each state here in the United States conforms to specific and separate set of guidelines and rules regarding licensing of motorhomes. Hence, this post will focus on giving you substantial information guide you regarding the special license required to operate your motorhome.

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5w30 vs 10w30: Top Engine Oil Facts You Need To Know

Oil is the fuel of every motor. Without it, you won’t be able to explore the great outdoors or venture into the wilderness. When it comes to engine oils for your motorhome and RV, you have a variety to choose from.

That includes the two popular types, the 5w-30 and 10w-30. Each oil type has its own strengths and weaknesses. Hence, we’ll be conducting a showdown between the both of them – 5w30 vs. 10w30.

Now, before comparing the two and weighing which one is better, you should first know that several factors come into play when choosing an appropriate engine oil. That includes the external environment, driving conditions, the total engine mileage, and the manufacturer’s recommendation.

To start off, let’s know more about “engine oils”. Car lovers and mechanics are well aware what engine oils are and what they can do, but for typical riders like us, we may look at engine oils only at the surface level -- just as fancy gasoline types.

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How To Start A Fire With Wet Wood: The Ultimate Complete Guide

In the winter when snow covers every inch of ground or in during other seasons when water pours from the clouds, wetting everything in its way, campers often wonder how to start a fire with wet wood.

When we first went out to go forest camping in the beautiful Minnewaska State Park, we found it almost impossible to create a bonfire using wet branches – the only object out there which can potentially make fire.

As campers, we usually carry a lighter and some cardboard to start a fire in the event that we get stranded somewhere for any reason. But they just can’t do the trick with wet branches - the paper burns fast and the wood still can't catch fire.

But as time went by and we began camping almost every weekend, we’ve learned the best way to make fire from wet wood, among the other skills we’ve acquired from the outdoors.

You know something? The great outdoors really has a way of making an unresourceful person become resourceful; that’s just one of the skills you’ll develop outside your comfort zone.

Without further ado, we’ll present to you the best way of starting fire from wet wood. Let’s start!​

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How To Pack A Backpack: Top Tips and Tricks

Are you always packing last minute? Do you just throw your gear into the pack unmindfully? Are you always complaining how small your pack is though it has a 40L capacity? If you answer is yes to all these questions, chances are you’re not packing the right way. As a backpacker, it’s imperative that you know how to pack a backpack.

Don’t worry because you’re not the only one. In fact, most novice backpackers went through that problem. We understand your struggle mate, and we’re going to help you how to pack your backpack more efficiently. We’re here with some useful tips and tricks to help you out.

Thank us later!

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Winter Camping 101: What Is White Gas and All You Need To Know About It

Do you always ditch the idea of camping or backpacking during the winter season because everything takes double the effort? Trekking is hard, sleeping at night is a pain, and cooking becomes a challenge. Fret not about the food because liquid fuel stoves that run on white gas will get your food done!

Perhaps you’ve used small canister fuels in one of your winter expeditions. Yes, it gets the food ready but if you haven’t tried liquid fuels yet, sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not doing it right.

Alright, let’s get down to business – what are liquid fuels and what exactly is white gas?

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A Bird’s Eye-view On Pop Up Campers With Bathroom Facilities

Anybody who has done a lot of camping in various tents and rigs can tell that a pop-up camping experience is something that everyone should try. Well, there may be less interior space - so there’s also less living space and storage space than in a hybrid or regular travel trailer - but the rig is easier to maneuver, tow, and store than those bigger rigs.

Furthermore, you have living space that is neater, more comfortable and less susceptible to nature’s elements than that of a tent. Also, pop up campers that have bathroom facilities certainly provide another big benefit over tents that are readily available to any tent camper who woke up in a cold, raining night with the pressing and sudden need to visit the room.

In this post, we’re going to talk about the different types of pop up campers with emphasis on the variations with bathroom facilities.​

So keep reading...​

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Complete Camping With Kids List Guide

Camping is the perfect opportunity to chill out in the outdoors and experience the best of Mother Nature with your kids. But you want to make sure that you want to make sure that you are prepared before you go.

The good news is that this post lists the essentials for camping with kids - from camping gears to all the basic stuff you need to bring along the trip. We also discussed the basics of camping with kids. This post can serve as your guide to camping with your kids.

So keep reading...

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13 Very Entertaining Campfire Games For Adults

Camping is a very exciting activity for friends and families. It is the perfect time for them to slow down, relax, and spend some time together.

My favorite part of the camping activity is the evening campfire. However, unless you have a lot of things to talk about or there’s a family musician who would play an instrument, then the adults may get bored just looking at the fire for hours on end.​

Do not trouble yourself too much though for there are entertaining campfire games that you can share with your folks. This post will share fifteen of them. So ride along and see just how fun your camping activity would be with these games.

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How To Test Spring Water For Drinking

You just stopped by your chosen campsite and are thrilled to know deep spring mountain water is available nearby. It consoles you to know that you don’t have to worry about access to water. But is the spring water safe?

Since you will rely mostly on your bottled water while camping, you need to worry about whether the water you will be getting is safe for drinking. And since buying bottled water is more expensive than drinking from spring water, it would benefit you to depend on healthy natural water while camping.

This is particularly important to me because I always camp with family and friends and it made a difference that I can get extra water from the spring. That’s why I wrote this post – to help you get the most of the natural water while you’re camping.

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Hammock vs. Tent – Which One Should You Get For Your Camping Trip?

Hammock vs. Tent - which one should you get for your camping trip? There is a lot of stuff you need to compare in a camping trip, and Hammocks vs. Tents should be one of them. Campers have varying opinions when it comes to this, and they can prefer one over the other depending on their needs.

Campers can also bring both if they want. But if you can only bring one, then you need to make a choice. You can weigh your options when it comes to bringing the better camping shelter for you. Many people would prefer the tent, but many would second guess and bring a hammock instead.

In this post, we will help you make up your mind by listing some of the pros and cons of using a hammock and a tent. Let’s go!

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