Tips On Choosing The Perfect Backpack For Your Vacation

Backpacks are an essential part of any trip or vacation. Youths in particular love them and that is why they are gaining so much of popularity today. Choosing a bag for any trip is however not as easy as it sounds. There are many factors that one should keep in mind before selecting the right bag for themselves. The first thing to be kept in mind is the length of the trip. This can affect the size of the luggage bag that you should buy. If you are going for an overnight trip at a friend’s house, then a small carry bag can be right for you but if the trip is going to be longer, you need to choose your pack accordingly.

 

Body type is also an important factor that can affect your choice. Height and weight of a person are important factors that can change the decision of a person. Weather is one more option that should be kept in mind. If you are taking the trip in summer, you will need bags that have special arrangements for keeping water bottles. Or if you are going on a mountain, then you need a large backpack where you can stuff in many different products that can help you survive the altitude.

There are many more factors that are to be considered before buying a rucksack. For example, for security purposes, it should have two zippers that can be locked together. This can help you put in your expensive stuffs in the rucksack and lock it. Adjustable shoulder straps are one more thing that should be there in the pack that you are buying. To keep in different kinds of things, lots of compartments should also be present in the rucksack that you are buying for yourself.

The above mentioned points are just some factors that can influence your decision when buying a backpack. Age is one other factor that is as crucial as the others. A child will want a light rucksack whereas a youth will go for a funky one. Different companies produce different backpacks according to the requirements of their customers. It is always you to understand your priorities and select the right backpack for yourself. Above mentioned tips can prove to be very helpful if you are really confused in buying a rucksack for yourself. So, step ahead and buy the perfect backpack for the trip of your life.

Backpack Safety Tips For You And Your Child

The school year has begun and surely your children have adjusted to being in school all day. Backpack safety is often times overlooked. After all, they are just used to carry all essential school material around.

There are more than 6,000 backpack related injuries each year in the United States alone. Parents need to keep this in mind to assure that their child does not sustain an injury related to their backpack. I must say that in the past I did not pay much attention to this. My kids need their stuff for school, so into the backpack it went. After doing several hours of research, I learned that backpack safety is often not given much attention. I have since started paying much closer attention to what is necessary to be transported back and forth to school.

 

To reduce the number of these types of injuries there are a few simple steps that you can follow.

1. When choosing a backpack, pick when that is not heavy. There is no need to add extra weight to the load your child has to carry around every day. It should have two wide straps with padding at the shoulders. The back of the pack should also be padded to prevent being poked by sharp objects that may be in the backpack.

2. Make sure the backpack is the right size for your child. It should cover 75% or three-quarters of your child’s back. Anything that is larger than that will put unnecessary strain on the lower back.

3. Pay close attention to what you are putting into the backpack. The weight of a full backpack should not be more than 15% of your child’s body weight. Put the heavier items closest to the back. This will give the needed extra body support. If your child needs to bend forward to carry the backpack, then it is much too heavy.

 

4. Make sure that the backpack is worn properly. Both shoulder straps should be worn. Only wearing it on one shoulder puts excess strain on the upper back. The shoulder straps should fit snug, but not tight. Also, if the backpack is equipped with a waist strap it should be used at all times to help support the load.

In conclusion, if all of these simple steps are followed it will help in prevent any injuries that may occur as a result of a backpack. Kids books are a great way to help in the development of your young child.

Hiking and Camping Tips – Choosing a Great Campsite

These hiking and camping tips can greatly enhance your enjoyment of the great outdoors and the back country. They are designed not only to help you have a better time in the wilderness but also to help you help others have a good experience in the outdoors.

The golden rule works in the wilderness as well in other areas of life. Do in the back country for others as you would like them to do for you. Leave a clean campsite and minimize your impact on the environment so others can enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area just like you would like to.

Below are some tips that are designed to help you do three things: have more fun, leave the least negative impact on the environment and be the best possible neighbor to other campers.

Spring, Summer and Fall

Be Proactive: Get your camping permit early, especially during peak season. If possible, find online what you are looking for. For instance, if you want to camp in a national park or in a national forest, find that agency online. Then look for instructions on getting a permit. If you wait until the day that your hike begins, get your permit early in the day. You will have a lot better chance of getting a good campsite.

Don’t wait until you are on the trail to start figuring out where you might be camping for the night. Start with a conversation with a ranger or a short session with a guidebook.

Doing either one or both of these will give you plenty of peace of mind.

Anticipate: Near rivers and lakes and trail junctions is where you are likely to find camp sites. Keep this in mind while following your progress on your map.

Make sure you arrive at your campsite a couple of hours before the sun goes down. You will have a lot easier time setting up camp while there’s still light. Believe me. I have had to set up camp in the dark before, it’s no fun.

Cooperate: Camp only in designated camp sites. Let’s say you see a great place to pitch your tent. Yes! It’s got a great view, and look, it’s right next to a beautiful stream. But, what does that sign say? No camping? Yes, that’s what it means, and there is undoubtedly a good reason. That particular area might need some time to recuperate. So do the right thing. Give the former campsite a rest, and find another spot where camping is permitted.

Make your environmental impact as minimal as possible. Don’t set up your camp on or trample vegetation. Camp where other people have camped before. Or set up camp on a smooth rock or on bare ground. This way you will not mess up a pristine piece of territory.

Be considerate of others as you select your site. If at all possible, give them some space and let them keep their view. Tent walls are thin, and until bedtime there are no walls at all to separate you from your neighbors. Don’t be a visual or auditory barrier to your neighbors’ enjoyment. Rules for being a good neighbor apply even more in the wilderness.

Know How to Choose a Great Spot: Closeness to water is your first consideration for choosing a camp site. But not too close. Ideally the best place to be is a couple hundred feet from the water and also from the trail. That way you can stay out of sight of the trail and also allow wild animals access to the water.

You will need water for cooking, for cleaning up, and for getting a new supply of filtered drinking water. If you brought fishing gear, you’ll want to use it, perhaps, to catch your supper. And finally, the sound of a babbling brook or lapping waves in a lake will work great too lull you to sleep.

If bugs give you a fit, finding a spot that is a little breezier might help.

If you are dealing with significant wind, use trees or boulders as a windbreak. Stay away from low spots. Both water and chilly air tend to accumulate in such places.

If you are planning to use your campsite for more than one night, try to find a shady spot. This will keep your tent from deteriorating due to the pounding sun.

By orienting your tent opening toward the east, you can let the rising sun awaken you in the morning. Of course, if you would rather sleep a little longer, turn your tent opening in another direction.

When choosing a camp site on the beach, be sure to stay above the most obvious high tide line. Surfing is one thing. But surfing in a tent is a whole different matter.

Winter

Be Responsible: When setting up your camp in the snow, try to avoid areas where your tent and your trampling feet will kill underlying plants. Also move away from animal tracks. They may indicate a vital trail for wildlife.

Choose Wisely: Following the principle we discussed above, camp on high ground and not in the hollows were cold air will settle. Also consider, in making your campsite choices, where the morning sun will shine first. Get the warming rays as soon as you can.

Look for signs of harsh wind and avoid these areas. Some signs are hard and frosty snow as compared to softer snow in other areas.

Avalanche! Avoid like the plague areas of past avalanche activity. Look for mowed down trees and debris in snow-collection basins. Look up the slope for any steeply pitched couloirs. Any of these signs call for a change of campsite immediately to a safer place.

Conclusion

I hope these camping and hiking tips focused on choosing a camp site will be useful on your next adventure into the wilderness.

Outdoor Activity Tips – Getting Water

In the open air, especially the hot area and desert area, water supply is pretty important.

Sources:

The sources of water in natural world are shown as below:

Surface water: River, lake, brooks

Underground water from well,water,underground reservoir

Water in organisms: some plants contains rich water, such as bamboo, cactus

Ethereal water: rain, snow, dew, water from melting ice

Purification:

You can drink the water from rain,water,well,and brook directly since these kinds of water flows continuously. You should never drink the still water or the one that flows slowly directly since these kinds of water contains a great amount of organic matter or bacteria. Purification means that remove the organic matter or bacteria contained in the it. In some cases, you can use some simple methods to purify it.

 

Get a container. Canvas bag, polyethylene bag, can, socks can be used as container. Put a thin layer of fine gravel in the bottom of container,then lay a layer of sand and carbon fine powder. Repeat this process as many as possible (the more layer, the better).The thickness of one layer should be about 2.5cm.If there is no sand available, just use the fine gravel instead.

Drill some holes in the bottom of container and pour the water into it. Put a cup under the container to collect the water.

In addition, there is another method to purify water. Dig a shallow pit near the source (about 1 meter away).After some time, the clean water exudes through the pit.

Sterilization:

Sterilization through boiling: In the area with sea level, you must boil the water for one minute; in the area with high elevation, the boiling time should increase by 3 to 4 minutes for each 1000 meter.

Chemical sterilization: sanitizer such as iodide, halazone etc can be used.

Disinfection:

For disinfection, one of the following methods can be used:

  1. Water-purification tablets are easy to use. Before going into the desert, you can buy the tablets from the drug store and please remember to follow the direction for use. You don’t only need them in the outdoor, car and plane; also you should prepare this kind of tablets for home use. Generally, one water-purification tablet is enough for purifying one liter water and two tablets can purify one liter of dirty one. Before using the purified water, let it settle for 30 minutes.
  2. Iodine:Three drips of iodine for one liter of water, doubled for dirty one. Let it settle for 30 minutes.
  3. Household bleach solution (5 ¼ 5 ¼…HClO2): Two drips for one liter water, doubled for dirty one.
  4. Disinfection can be achieved through boiling for 3 to 5 minutes. Put a little of carbon into the water to remove the dirty color.
 

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Lightweight Backpacking – Tips to Lighten The Load

For those backpackers who are hardcore enough to enter the realm of lightweight or ultra-light backpacking here are some techniques that can lighten the load on your next trip. Some of these do tend towards the extreme and will test your skills in the wilderness so be aware that if you don’t know what you are doing you can get into more trouble then you might think.

The heaviest items on any backpacking trip are your tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. The first thing to consider going without is your sleeping pad. Knowing the environment where you intend to backpack will allow you to determine if there will be materials available that will allow you to build a natural mattress.

 

Dead leaves, pine needles, dead grass, and dry bracken ferns can be used to create a pile large enough to set your tent or bivy sack on. This gets you up off the hard cold ground and provides insulating value much as a sleep pad does. When you break camp be sure to scatter your mattress materials and leave your site in its natural state.

A Wilderness Survival Course can also help you reduce the weight of your backpacking treks because the knowledge gained can help you make better more informed decisions on what to take. For instance if you know which berries and other fauna are edible you can get by with packing less food. You can also leave your stove at home if you bring ready-to-eat foods to go along with foraging off the land.

Take a look through all your gear and look for ways to save weight there. Do you need full on rain gear or will a lightweight poncho suffice. Cut the handle off your toothbrush and silverware. Do you really need that bowl and cup or can you drink your hot tea or soup from your cooking pan.

 

You can also update your gear with the latest and lightest equipment. Down sleeping bags that weight less then 2 pounds but are good down to 15 degrees and lightweight backpacking tents can save pounds off your load. This lightweight gear is not cheap but it is well made and will last through many backpacking seasons.

Combining lightweight backpacking gear with some of the above techniques will allow you to truly enjoy the benefits of lightweight backpacking.