How to get your Glow on with Summer Time Beauty by Sue Perez of @Beautyphonics

It’s vacation season and everyone is getting their glow on, either at the beach, by the pool, the roof, or with the use of (my personal fave) self-tanning body moisturizer.  I work mostly with celebrities and on-air talent and when they land in the makeup chair at 3:20 am, one glance tells me how long they baked over the weekend.

When it comes to base makeup, in the makeup room I can custom blend a perfect match using my airbrush gun and cover anything. Most recently a tattoo over the meteorologist’s right shoulder. But even they ask for my opinion. They want help with specifically which makeup items and brands stay on the best to how they should wear makeup when they have a tan.


The reality is with the heat index and humidity our makeup can get a little dare I say… greasy. So I definitely always use a makeup primer, especially around eyes, nose, and forehead. Think of it as a barrier for your skin so your makeup lasts longer. Always use an eye shadow base first before you apply eye shadow. I like water-resistant crè me shadow on eyelids, especially if I plan on swimming and waterproof mascara is going to be your best friend. Just be sure to remove it all with effective cleansing products.

Here is my step-by-step sun kissed makeup application.

  1. Hydrate your skin with your moisturizer/ eye cream. Extra points if it contains S.P.F.
  2. Apply your eye shadow base and eye shadow makeup or use cream eye shadows  since they last all day.
  3. Next use eyeliner in either a gel eyeliner or pencil, only on upper lashes. Use a lighter color on the lower.
  4. Curl your lashes; apply mascara in the formula of your choice. I use a lash primer to plump up my lashes.
  5. Eyes are done; clean up under eyes with a Q-tip, apply face makeup primer in a sheer application.
  6. Using a foundation brush apply your base, BB cream or tinted moisturizer. Again think sheer when applying.
  7. Apply under eye concealer; finish off using a powder brush and a little loose translucent powder.
  8. Bronzer! So easy and natural, use it on the eyelids too, it’s even great if you prefer to skip eye shadow instead.
  9. Highlighter on top of cheekbones, eyelids, shoulders, so pretty on your tanned legs too!
  10. Lip color. Glosses are easy and lip balms too which protect with man containing S.P.F.



I don’t wear a lot of eye makeup in general but my liner and eyelashes have to be on point. I just don’t feel awake otherwise. But I never wear pressed powders. I prefer skin to have a natural glow or sheen for daytime and overall it looks younger. No one should have that heavy cakey look that settles in smile lines. Another way I use concealers only closest to the inner part of your eye where you need it most.

The great thing about makeup is how far they have come in improving formulas and textures. So many products already have S.P.F so only wear extra if you have sensitive skin or burn easily. Also, search for products that have plant extracts which can be soothing. The worst thing is to get a sunburn. If you do burn hydrate your skin with Aloe Vera based products and keep applying them until you start to tan.

Using body creams and lotions is the only way to prevent moisture loss so find one you like. I’ ve even found spray lotions, oils, and S.P.F products which make applying them so much easier and convenient if you’ re already by the pool. Just re-apply when you come back from your swim.  Hats and sunglasses are a must-have and if you do get shiny this is how to fix it.

Use a damp facial sponge. I basically wet makeup sponges and squeeze out all the water. These little guys are handy when cleaning up around the eyes or just dabbing off perspiration when I’m working on location outdoors. It absorbs sweat and won’t wipe off your makeup like tissues will.  Now if your skin is oily and everything slides off, use an anti-shine primer instead of powder. A little goes a long way wherever you have shine.

But it’s summer right? So it’s O.K, carry flip flops in your bag and a mini perfume because the point is having fun and staying cool. My go-to summer beverage  is Dirty Chai  like I got this one in Maui. It’s basically Iced Chai Tea with a shot of espresso. Coconut  or almond milk optional. Staying cool isn’t.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dry Camping

One of the key advantages of RV travel is that all it takes to technically start camping is to throw the motorhome or tow vehicle into “Park.” With most vehicles being highly self-sufficient – even away from the power grid and water hookups of your average campground – any stretch of land can become an impromptu campsite for the night. A secluded spot next to a stream. An empty field or a deserted parking lot. Yes, even Aunt Edna’s driveway, if you’re so inclined.

Such features as an onboard generator and/or inverter, LP tank(s), fresh water supply, and holding tanks make such a reality possible. That is, assuming you know what you’re doing. Surely, the temptation to dry camp or boondock, where travelers camp in one way or another away from standard campsites and hookups, appeals to the gypsy spirit in many of us at some point and time. And there are other reasons, too.

Me, Myself, and I

A sense of community is always nice, but sometimes being thrown into the mix at the local campground isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. Larger campgrounds may swell to thousands of campers on a busy weekend; poorly laid out parks stack RVs one right on top of each other. Where did all these people come from? While no one can deny the benefits of full hookups, hot showers, game room, and mini-mart, frankly, established campgrounds are not for everybody. Even the five-star RV resorts that do everything from back in your RV to massage your feet might sometimes miss the point. You want to get away from it all, and that means blazing your own trail. Setting up the travel trailer at the secluded fishing hole. Maneuvering the motorhome through the deepest reaches of the dense forest until you find the perfect spot. Ah, now that’s more like it. No sounds of idling diesel next-door, no kids playing Frisbee through your campsite. Just you, your crew, and nature. Isn’t this the way it was supposed to be?

Location, Location, Location

An RV trip isn’t always too popular destinations, where campsites are plentiful. Some folks, who take the second-home concept seriously, choose to set up their rig for an extended stay in a place where an established campground might not be found. For example, that fold-down camper of yours might work admirably in grandma’s backyard during your lengthy visit. Best of all, the grandkids are nice and close. Or perhaps it’s the part-time job that’s got you working at the Christmas tree lot, volunteering at that State Park, or selling your wares at a regional art show that requires on-site living sans hookups? Patient’s families have been known to “camp out” at the hospital, in order to be close to a loved one during a time of crisis. Furthermore, those whose hobbies take them far off the highways – such as motorsports enthusiasts, rock climbers, or boaters – often won’t find better nightly accommodations than their RVs. Different situations call for different accommodations, and your RV is ready for any of it.

Drastic Times Call for…

The couple was absolutely dumbfounded by the no vacancy signs up and down Pennsylvania’s Interstate-80. They looked everywhere, by the end of the night just hoping for any campsite, anywhere. Unfortunately, it was fall foliage season and every single place was booked. Sound familiar? It’s getting late and everyone’s exhausted? Somebody forgot to make the reservations and things are looking a little grim. Any RV maverick who heads for a prime tourist spot in-season knows full well how quickly campgrounds can fill up, often forcing a decision of where to beach the rig for the night. Truth is, sometimes boondocking is a necessity – even if you don’t particularly like the idea of bunking down in a Wal-Mart parking lot or deserted field. If you’re not going to be a stickler about making reservations, it’s best to work out dry camping skills in advance – before you have to use them.

Money Woes

Compared to even a moderately priced motel, most RV parks, campgrounds – even plush RV resorts – are terrific deals. A night spent at a state or national park is cheaper still, bolstered by the kinds of bedazzling views one won’t find just any old place. However, there are those of the RVing sect who say hooey to the whole notion of paying to camp. After all, they already ponied up $100,000 for the motorhome, which is the premier full-time camping machine. By their thinking, every night spent parked in the woods or at a friend’s house or catching zzz’s at the truck stop is money in the bank. Of course, campground owners don’t much like this free-wheeling’ philosophy, but you can’t beat the price of a night of dry camping.

The Can-Do Spirit

Many RVers started as tent campers, so we’re used to the idea of roughin’ it. And just because we made the transformation from soggy sleeping bag to comfy digs doesn’t mean we any longer embrace – or at least pine for – the pioneering spirit. Many of us still cuddle our inner explorer and we get a thunderous sense of pride from camping out where few motorhome tires have tread before. We’re talking about a spot so rustic that not even the pricey satellite dish works. Generating your own power, carrying your own water, feasting on fresh trout or a pantry full of canned goods is a sure-fire way to restore one’s swagger – regardless if it’s in a $5,000 truck camper or $500,000 diesel-pusher. Free camping can be found throughout many of the million acres governed of the Bureau of Land Management and National Wildlife Refugees.

Before You Go…

However, contrary to popular belief, the world is not your oyster. One cannot simply park their vehicle anywhere they please and throw out the welcome mat. There are laws to consider, etiquette to follow, and safety concerns to factor. Furthermore, different RVs offer different capabilities as far as boondocking is concerned. Many smaller tables lack the ability to generate their own power, lacking an onboard generator, inverter, or even solar power applications. Smaller freshwater tanks will limit the duration of the trip – and length of the shower, for that matter – of any off-roading adventure. Is your RV up to the challenge? Are you? Here’s a few things to consider before camping without a net.

Safety First

The problem with camping in Parts Unknown is just that – you just don’t know. Is it safe or not? While every campground isn’t necessarily Fort Knox, the reputable ones are well-lit, fenced-in, and offer the safety-in-numbers reassurance you won’t get bunking at the truck stop or deepest, darkest woods. For me, every snap of a tree branch sends me into a deep, paranoid panic when parked in isolation. For others, it’s all part of the natural experience. Still, one must never compromise the safety factor. If it’s just a matter of spending the night before moving on in the morning, gravitate towards spots that are well-lit, fairly busy, and ideally located near the communal bond of another RV or two. Parked under a streetlight might not make for the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had, but it does provide some assurances of safety. Moreover, make sure doors and windows are locked, possession brought inside for the night, and you know where the keys are in the case of a much-needed quick getaway. That, and a Louisville Slugger in case things ever get, ahem, interesting.

Legal Matters

While Wal-Mart has made it well-known how much they just love harboring RVers for the night, many potential landlords aren’t so giving. Nor are some towns, which feel squatters may not be the best thing for the community – or the local businesses that profit from overnight guests. The fact is the land you’re looking to camp on – be it in the back of a mall lot or next to a woodland stream – belongs to somebody. And that somebody probably isn’t you. At the very least, one should always try to get the owner’s okay before activating the slide-out and sending up the TV antennae for the big game. Otherwise, that tapping you hear on the side of the window at 4 a.m. might just be Officer Friendly looking to point you back on the highway. As a rule of etiquette, it’s always nice to support a business that has allowed you to camp over for the night.

Is Your Rig Worthy?

The axiom is painful yet true: The smaller the RV, the less stuff it’s got. Smaller freshwater tanks mean less aqua for drinking and washing, while minuscule holding tanks dictate fewer days spent in the wild before needing to purge. Keep this in mind before scheduling a two-week odyssey far away from civilization. As we mentioned, your vehicle may or may not have the means to create electricity onboard, forcing owners to invest in a portable generator or inverter to do the work. On the flip side, a smaller unit is better when it comes to maneuvering you and your crew to more reclusive places. A camper van or truck camper is a superior off-road machine, capable of squeezing through the tight passages that a 40′ motorhome or 60′ worth of trailer and tow vehicle can only dream about. In short, don’t write checks your RV can’t cash. Know and respect your RV’s limits, and plan accordingly. Moreover, what is the condition of the RV? Is everything working okay? Better be sure before you find yourself 20 miles away from a paved road with a flat tire or a dead battery. As you would before any trip, fully inspect the unit and stay on top of any preventative maintenance and routine service.

Ready, Set, Camp

Even if you never intend to spend one single, solitary moment camping away from full hookups and the predictable fun of a campground, it’s still a good idea to at least know how what your RV is capable of – just in case. The best advice is to test your dry-camping skills in a safe environment. The smartest way is to get a no-hookup campsite (or get full hookups and don’t use them the first night or two) to see how you do. Or just try things out in the driveway. You’ll learn all-too-quickly you and your RV’s learning curve. How fast does your family go through water? How much LP do you need for a weekend or more? How adept are you at cooking over a campfire if the LP gas runs out? How much can your generator handle at one time – or how good are you at conserving electricity? Ah, yes, conservation, the backbone of the dry camping experience. Here’s some ways to get the most out of less.

Restore Power

If you run out of electricity, you run out of a lot. Fortunately, there are ways to keep that from happening, namely through the use of a generator or inverter to keep the batteries surging. Portable models aren’t cheap but are available to prolong your stays in the great outdoors. Otherwise, you’ll need to adopt a highly disciplined approach to squeeze every bit of juice out of your batteries. Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances when not in use. A few guilty parties are the water pump, electric step, or exterior lights, which all subtly eat up the amps. Forgo the blow dryer and air conditioner, which are big electricity-users. Park in the shade, on hot days, to keep the refrigerator from overworking, but still keeping things cool onboard. Don’t keep playing with the slide-outs or spend the whole afternoon watching TV. Keep an eye on that monitor panel. You don’t want the batteries to drain to zero. Remember: In a pinch, a decent-length drive can partially recharge your coach battery when readings begin to wane.

Water World

Not everyone has a 100-gallon water tank. For everyone who doesn’t, it’s time to conserve, considering that water is critical for cooking, cleaning, and hydrating the crew. How else are you going to make Kool-Aid? Thankfully, fresh water is pretty easy to maintain and re-supply if you should run out (Quick Mart, anyone?) Still, shorter showers (remember the in-and-out style of the “Navy” shower) and minimizing hand washing (use hand sanitizers when possible) should maintain water levels. Don’t leave the water on when brushing teeth or washing dishes, either. If there are facilities nearby for showering and such, use them. And just think – the less water you use, the less goes into the holding tanks. It’s a win-win. A final thought: Just because no one may be able to see you doesn’t give you the right to dump the tanks during your boondocking adventures. We’re on our best behavior, right? Fifty gallons worth of spewing gray and black water is no way to repay someone for using his or her property.


LP gas is a pretty handy resource, meaning it’s tough to run out if you have any decent-size tanks. However, our conservative approach should still be employed here as well. The best way to stretch the propane supply is to cook outdoors. A campfire is still the most fun and flavorful way to prepare a meal, a method that simply can’t be replicated in the RV’s oven no matter how you try. Snuffing out pilot light’s when not in use will stretch your supply even further. Otherwise, go easy on the furnace and water heater.


Overloading the RV is a bad thing. Running out of Mac N’ Cheese 30 miles from the nearest town isn’t too good, either. Dry-campers must walk the line between loading up and overload, which is hopefully something that comes with experience. Spare canned goods, firewood, and portable cooking devices can go a long way when roughin’ it – provided they don’t tilt your vehicle into the overweight condition. If boondocking plans simply call for a night here and a night there, you probably won’t run out of food or supplies. However, if the campout is of the epic variety, be realistic about how much of everything you might need and how easy it will be to get more. Bring extra food and water, if need be, since a hungry group quickly falls into mutiny mode. A few other possible items to include: portable grill/cooking grate, charcoal, fishing poles, and tackle box, extra blankets, alkaline batteries, cell phone, first aid kit, tool kits, hatchet/saw, manual can opener, cooking tools, and bug spray. And don’t head into the woods with the fuel tank on “E.” Chances are your generator will munch on some of the fuel and dry camping is no time to run out of gas.

How to Pick a Good Safe Spot to Pitch Your Camping Swag

When you get to the camping spot and it’s time to find a good location to erect the swag, here are a few issues to take into consideration.

Probably the most dangerous elements for a camper in the Australian bush is the exact thing that people all head down to appreciate, the actual trees!

Each year, particularly in warm weather, huge limbs split and drop off a variety of trees that you will find in our awesome bushland. Consequently, this will be the most important element you should be trying to find! A location to erect your trusty swag clear of huge trees, as well as over dangling limbs.

A a lot of people become caught out camping underneath such trees. Given that they resemble such inviting spots to camp because of the cover from the sun they throw, but you shouldn’t fall for it! Every year people end up getting badly injured not to mention slain due to dropping limbs.

The next thing to be aware of is the pitch of the terrain. Though it may well seem to be level it almost never is. When you have identified what direction the incline falls, set your swag in place having top of your head end towards the uphill slope, therefore, you will end up a lot comfier.

Otherwise your blood runs towards the top of your head. Or you move down the hill against the side of your swag if you set up in some other way. This can definitely give you an unpleasant night’s slumber!

Another an important aspect to erecting the swag will be to consider the place that the water is going to run if it chooses to rain. If you find a depression in the ground the water could pool exactly where you have chosen to assemble the Assie swag.

You really do not need to wake up in the middle of the evening to discover water in your Assie swag, while a brief scan as you set the swag in place could certainly prevent it.

Generally a camping swag leaks because of the water flows down below or against the camping swag and then bit by bit seeps throughout the material surfaces. A small trench dug surrounding a couple of sides of your camping swag on the uphill side can help deflect water surrounding the swag.

Make sure you clear out the location you will pitch the camping swag. Be sure you check out the ground for branches and rocks that could pierce the bottom of your swag, and might also generate your night’s snooze extremely unpleasantly.

Also look for whatever overhanging limbs about smaller sized trees, these types of twigs could drop sticky sap onto the camping swag as well as birds equally love to take a seat on these branches and also poo on your swag.

The handful of suggestions mentioned here are unquestionably practical and will help in keeping you safe and sound, cozy, dry as well as your swag in good condition.

Coming from all my many years of camping with various class of men. I have observed one more and quite necessary point; be sure to set up the swag completely along with every bit linen prepared for sleeping in, before you open your first ale.

A swag is an extremely basic item to pitch, yet I have seen with wonderful humor quite a few men that attempt to set their swag up soon after enjoying just a few too many drinks and typically finally end up asleep on top of the swag in a messed up pile. They will often get up damp and ice cold wishing they had made their camping swag up well before that they cracked their initial can!

Fast and Easy Camping Food

A good meal means different things to different people. However, good eats while camping are important because they can have an impact on the entire trip. I believe good camp food is food that is easy to make and can be made very quickly. Here, are a few tips I have picked up through the years to make good meals:

1. Don’t be afraid to choose basic hamburgers. Whether it is hamburgers or hot dogs, most people find that they like one if not both. By adding these to your cooking menu, you increase your chances of making them happy.

2. Meals Ready To Eat (MREs). These staples of the military can also be great for you. With food that tastes similar to what comes out of a can, these are great because of their quick cooking times. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive as you get up to 30 meals for under $100 in some cases and they pack well as they were designed for traveling.

3. Freeze dried food. The arguments for MREs also apply here. The pricing is much like them and the other benefits are the same.

4. Food in a can. These are good because of their quick cooking and ready to go formats. All you have to do is heat them in a pot and you are good to go. Plus, the left-over cans can be used to help you around the campsite to store smaller items or for target practice.

5. Boxed foods: Rice and noodle dishes, mac and cheese, and other boxed goods work great in the field. Boxed foods are good because they are relatively lightweight, tend to have fast cooking times and the materials can be easily disposed of afterward.

6. Breakfast food: There are about a dozen different types of bars you can choose from cereal, granola, fruit, etc. Each one is great because they require no cooking and can be carried with you while hiking. This means you may be able to avoid having to build a morning fire on certain days.

7. Trail Mix and More: These work just like the breakfast food bars. Whether it is dried fruit, beef jerky, or a trail mix, they give you a ready supply of carbohydrates and proteins. Great for hiking trips and keeping your overall camping food weight down.

8. Crackers and More: Crackers are a great food for camping because they keep for a long time and can be used with a number of other items, like tuna, cheese, some meats, etc. While camping, these foods taste extra good, so be sure to add them to your camp food list.

9. Fast Menu Options: These examples are great because everyone enjoys them.

a. Taco salad( chips, shredded lettuce, and pinto)

b. Pita Bread Pizza (Pizza sauce, cheddar or mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pita bread).

10. Drinks for Camping: It is best to avoid drinks that are liquid form. Choose powders to reduce your weight as you can always add water later. Popular camping choices are coffee, cocoa, tea, tang, and Gatorade powder.

These camping foods tend to be crowd pleasers because they are easy to make, easy to carry and leave little leftover trash. Do yourself a favor and try out a few as we are sure they will be good for your group and easier on the cook.

Planning a Camping Trip When It’s Raining

Did you think all camping enthusiasts sat at home and bemoaned their fate during the rainy season? Nothing could be further than the truth! Veteran, hard-core campers don’t let a little or even a lot of rain dampen their adventurous spirit. Much like Gene Kelly who picked up his umbrella and went ‘Singing and Dancing in the Rain’, true campers pick up their tents and happily go ‘Camping in the Rain’. And if they are lucky, the rain may just let up long enough to let them indulge in some rambunctious singing and dancing around the campfire at night.

While camping in the rain is certainly no picnic, with having to endure slushy puddles and wet socks; it can be fun if you carry along the right attitude. Think of every puddle you step into as an amusing story to regale others with at future campfires. Soaking wet, ‘putting-up-the-tent-in-pouring-rain’ stories sure beat ‘putting-up-the-tent-under-the-moonlight’ stories any day.

Choosing the right tent and packing the right gear can help make your rainy camping trip a tad drier, at least while you sleep at night.

Choosing the Right Tent

Choosing a good quality, rain-proof tent is the most important. You may be able to endure anything a rainy camping trip throws up at you while you are awake, but there’s nothing faintly amusing or interesting about a tent that sprouts a leak when you are tired and fast asleep. Read the label carefully and ensure the coating of the tent is waterproof; not water-resistant.

Tents with ‘bathtub floors’ are specially designed for camping in the rain. The entrance way forms a lip and is not as flat as the rest of the floor. These tents also have a full fly sheet, which has a sufficient overhang so as to prevent the mud from getting splashed upward.

When camping in the rains, chances you are will be spending a lot of time indoors. Buying a large-sized tent will help you and your camping buddies stay sane longer.

Packing the Right Gear

Always carry one or even two spare sets of clothes, a towel and a change of shoes. Wrap them all up in waterproof bags so that they stay dry no matter what. Other handy necessities are the same as for any camping trip in dry weather and would include a first-aid kit, torch and most important of all, a lighter. Soggy matches do not make a bonfire.

A pair of rubber slip-one would come in really handy if you need to make short trips to check on something outside the tent. They are easy to slip-on and slip-off at the front door.

Though an umbrella may sound like a strange choice for a camping trip, it is invaluable for keeping things dry when moving them from the car to the tent.

Consider carrying along a tarp to lay on the ground under the tent. This helps protect the floor of the tent from tearing and letting water get inside. Make sure the tarp is smaller than the tent’s floor and is completely under it. A larger tarp will collect the rainwater that runs off your tent and cause it to collect between the tarp and the tent floor.

A pack of cards and a couple of board games are all you need to round off your camping trip in rainy weather.

Outdoor Camping Equipment

I have been outdoor rock climbing for years. Finding the right rock climbing equipment is pretty easy after you get used to it. There are so many people who review rock climbing equipment, and so many respectable sources in the area, that you can pretty easily learn what you need to take with you. Ironically, however, outdoor camping equipment is a little bit harder to find. Because camping gear is a little bit less specialized, you would expect it to be easier to pick out. You would expect there to be many different kinds of outdoor camping equipment that fit the bill. In reality, however, because it is less specialized there is a greater diversity of opinion. If you have never picked out outdoor camping gear before, you will probably be dazzled by the variety of options. Unfortunately, not all of these options will work.

The first time I took camping equipment outdoor on a rock climbing trip, I found this out the hard way. You see, I had decided to take no risks at all. I got the best outdoor camping equipment for rock climbing that I could find – or at least what I thought was the best. I got a very well made tent that was certified for Arctic conditions. I bought a mummy style sleeping bag and a lot of other survival outdoor camping equipment. Unfortunately, I made all of the wrong choices. Although the outdoor camping equipment that I got was really good, it was completely inappropriate for the purpose. It was too heavy, too hot, and too bulky. Having the wrong outdoor camping equipment on a rock climbing trip can be very dangerous. Every spare pound that you are carrying counts, so taking too much stuff up with you is always a bad idea. I learned the hard way the pitfalls of picking out the wrong outdoor climbing equipment.

This is why you should always pick out outdoor climbing equipment with the help of an expert in the area. If you are just taking an overnight in a place that is easy to get to, mild, and close to civilization, it doesn’t matter. You should use whatever outdoor camping equipment you can scrape together. You won’t have to worry about having the best stuff. If, however, you are going on a serious outdoor adventure, you should do some serious planning. When you’re in the middle of the woods, remember, you can’t go to back to the outfitter to get more stuff.

A Complete Camping Checklist for New Campers

Is your long awaited camping trip with your friend finally becoming a reality? You, for sure must have started visiting online and offline stores that equip themselves with camping equipment especially when you do not own any of them. Well, don’t get baffled by the wide range of camping equipment as you may not require all of what the stores suggest. If you start picking up everything that comes in the way, you are sure to end up with the things that are not even required for the trip. Here is a complete checklist that you may utilize to purchase the necessary equipment for your camping.

Waterproof tent: Make sure you are buying a tent that does not soak water or cramped during hazardous weather conditions. Don’t purchase a large tent if there aren’t too many people traveling. Focus on finding a waterproof tent for two people and ensure that the tent is lightweight and easy to open up whenever required.

Lights: It is always better to set the campfire near your tent to keep you warm as well as keep danger at bay. However, you should be equipped with minimum light sources. Various online websites sell electric lights, LEDs and dual fuel lamps that are easy on the pocket without you having to fear about running out of wood. Make sure you carry batteries with you as it is the ultimate power supply.

First aid kit: Insect repellents and band-aids are the most important elements that should be included in your first aid kit. You can also carry gels and medicines to save you from mosquito bites. Carrying emergency medicines can help you well especially when you are out to a place that has zero connectivity with the world.

Portable cooler: If you have decided to stay out in the camp for a few days, you should store enough food and keep it in the refrigerator. You will find online stores selling portable fridges that will easily stack in the rear end of your car and save your food from getting contaminated.

Bedding: You need to find small yet comfortable bedding for yourself. Pick the right one based on the weather you are going on the trip. Make sure the bedding is lightweight and provides you with enough space for stretching your legs.

Reliable cooking equipment: No matter how you want to cook while camping, you should buy a portable cooking pot for preparing the food. It will be foolish from your side to depend on the campfire for cooking as it is restricted in several camping grounds. You need to carry at least one cooking pot and a stove along with sufficient fuel to prepare necessary food.

Portable camping chairs and tables: Camping is not always about staying in the tents. You need to get out from your den to enjoy nature and allow its beauty to seep into you. Therefore, carrying a foldable table and a chair will let you feel like home while stretching your legs with the coffee mug on the table.

Shovel: You are not required to carry a heavy or giant shovel with you for the camping, but taking a small one will prove to be worthy. You will quickly find a small and portable shovel in any camping store that will help you in digging up the small holes to set up the tent and fix it to the ground.

Outdoor Camping Gear – About Choosing Outdoor Camping and Hiking Gear

Whether you are an experienced camper or have just started to become interested in camping and hiking, having the right outdoor camping gear is essential if you are to make the most of your trip.

Outdoor camping is ever-increasing in popularity as it provides excitement and enjoyment for anyone that takes part. Some people prefer to camp out in the woods or field, whereas more advanced hikers and campers push themselves in some of the most extreme conditions in the world. This means that the range and type of outdoor camping equipment available are varied.

Outdoor camping gear comes in the shape of cooking and eating utensils, tents, sleeping bags, jerry cans, tables, chairs, stoves, ovens, water containers, and many other accessories. Many new campers will go out and purchase the majority of this equipment, but whereas a lot of it is a necessity, it is also important not to take too much heavy equipment if you plan on trekking and hiking also.

Many types of camping equipment don’t come cheap so unless you have a large budget make sure you prioritize what it is that you need when camping. Many items are simply luxuries and are only required out of convenience.

Depending on how often you go, or plan to go camping, renting gear is an option that you might find useful. This is also helpful if you cannot afford a few pieces of equipment for a good standard. Instead of opting for cheaper/poorer quality gear, renting high-quality equipment is perfect.

After purchasing outdoor camping gear you will need to ensure that you look after it after each use. Keeping it in a safe place where it will not go damp, rusty, or worn will ensure that you get the most out of your investment in camping equipment.

When purchasing outdoor camping gear, choose a brand that has a good reputation for proving durable equipment. One of the most annoying things is when spending hundreds on a piece of equipment that only lasts for one camping trip. Try not to buy cheap equipment that will need to be replaced soon after use.

Tent Camping Tips For Beginners

Tent camping is one of the most relaxing and exciting ways to escape from the busy days in the city. Through camping, the campers can feel more relieved and close to nature. Several campgrounds are offering tent camping programs for small groups such as families and officemates. If you are planning to have one with your group or kids be sure that you prepare your things and plan the activities for your tent camping adventure. The following tent camping tips can serve as your guide on your camping trip. These tips can be of great help to campers especially the first time campers.

Plan Ahead.

Tent camping can give you more fun and less worry if you plan your trip ahead. When planning your camping spree, identify first who will go and where to go. The things and equipment to bring must be well planned and so with the activities and the camp location. You can use the other tent camping tips when doing your plan.

Set your camp location.

The location or your campsite must be given with much attention for you to have comfortable and safe camping, especially during the night. It is good to camp in areas that are secluded from the people and in the sites that offer good views of nature. Water source and the wind in the location must also be considered. Campfires can make the nights in camps more enjoyable and you can’t do this if you choose a location that has strong winds.

Choose your camping gears and equipment.

It is advisable for beginners to bring only light packs when planning a camp, especially in remote locations. You must bring only the most important equipment. The use of multi-purpose equipment is a bright idea. Bringing unnecessary things can only add up to your load and can consume more space on your backpacks.

Make a checklist of the equipments needed on your camp.

The checklist helps you to identify your needed equipments and to make sure that you don’t leave any of them behind. You can check your list before you go to the site and before you go home.

Prepare your safety plan, just in case.

Having a safety plan at hand can make you and your group at ease all throughout the camp duration. Include in your safety plan the nearest hospitals and police stations where you can seek help should any problems arise during the camp.

Arrive at the site early or during the day.

Arriving at the site during the day can give you and your group more time to become familiar with the place and to prepare your tent and other types of equipment. Doing all these during the day can give you a relaxing first night on the camp.

Bring only easy to cook or pre-prepared foods.

Outdoor cooking is very different from cooking inside your kitchen. Here you don’t have much time to do the chopping of the ingredients so better bring pre-chopped goods. Make sure that you keep perishable goods in sealed containers to prevent premature spoilage.

Given these tent camping tips, you and your group can have an exciting and worry-free camping adventure. Just keep in mind that you are in the camp to relax and not to worry about what’s in your camp. Enjoy!

Camping Tents: How to Find the Best Tent for Camping

A good tent is meant to help keep you dry and warm as well as keeping biting insects away. Tents can make a big difference in your camping trip, but they do not have to carry a big price tag. If you know what to look for and how to shop, you can save yourself a lot of money.

Tent Size

There are different sizes of tents, generally labeled by how many people they sleep. There are also larger tents, which you may want to consider if you are traveling with a family or plan to spend more time inside the tent. For example, there are tents that have attached screen rooms. These give you extra interior space if you want to avoid biting insects.

If you want to store extra gear in your tent, keep that in mind when you are choosing a tent. You don’t want to be tripping over your bags and equipment as you are trying to get to your sleeping bag.

Tent Shape

There are a-frame tents and dome tents. Domes are more popular, but a-frames are generally the easiest to set up because of their simple design. Both styles can either be freestanding or be staked to the ground.

The A-frame style has steeper walls like a pyramid, while most dome tents are more rounded like igloos. Because of this design, A-frame structures tend to feel smaller inside, while those with a dome shape give better access to floor space and feel larger.

There are also “car camping tents” that are designed to attach to the back of a sport utility vehicle or truck. These conveniently give campers extra tent space and easy access to the inside of the car.

Environmental Features

After you have decided on the size and shape you want, think about where and when you will be camping. Some tents are lighter weight, designed for summertime camping only. Others are built of heavier materials to withstand stronger weather conditions.

If you plan to camp in an area with lots of mosquitos or other biting insects, you may want to consider a style with a screened in “porch”. If there is a possibility of rain, you will want a tent roof or cover to throw over the top of your tent for extra protection. Covers usually come as part of the tent package, but check to make sure.

Tent Weight

If you need a lightweight tent for backpacking, look for a smaller style with fewer stakes and poles and fewer features. If the weather is warm enough, you may prefer a tarp as opposed to a tent. There are no stakes or poles required since the tarp can be tied between trees.


Generally, the smaller and simpler the tent is, the cheaper the price tag. Once you start adding on size, extra features and more durable materials for colder weather conditions, the price goes up. You do not have to go with a name brand maker to get a high-quality tent. You can comparison shop online, read reviews and even find bargain-priced Coleman tents on the internet that can give you years of use.