Teaching Kids Survival in the Outdoors

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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.





Have you ever thought you might like to try a totally different Vacation? Is the cost of your Vacation this year a problem? Did you know that a week long Camping Vacation for a family of four can work out to under a $1000.



Take you deck chair to sit on if you have no chairs then when you get to the camp site look for log blocks they make great chairs can be found at the wood pile.





Severe weather can occur anytime of year and often with little warning. According to NOAA, lightning is one of the most underrated severe weather hazards because it usually claims one or two victims at a time and does not cause mass destruction.



Horseback riding might be a fun and exciting option while visiting a national park. Several parks offer gravel roads for horseback riding, certain parks also have horse rentals and guided excursions available.





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





So, if you haven't experienced one of life treats, try it. You will enjoy yourself more than you might think. Go with the right people though.



Had it with the "rat race"? Got time off but not much cash to spend? Losing touch with your family? Sounds like an old-fashioned campout is just what you need.





Teaching Kids Survival in the Outdoors







Kids want to go with their fathers on father-and-son (or daughter) camping trips for an adventurous weekend. You can't blame them since they admire their fathers and would want to experience the outdoors with them.





However, you cannot ignore the fact that they are young and are prone to the different dangers that the outdoors presents. A lot of things could possibly happen, so it's important for them to learn some basic survival techniques. Here are some survival tips to teach your kids when you're with them:





- Teach them the meaning of S.T.O.P. - which stands for Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan. This will prevent panic from gripping them and allow them to think logically, which will enable them to survive and increase chances dramatically of a rescue. One cannot properly think if he/she is overcome by panic.





- Remain where you are. By not moving around from place to place, chances of you getting lost are lower, while chances of you being found are higher. The wilderness is a vast place, getting lost is easy, but when rescuers can retrace your steps, it will be easier for them and for you.







Once your kids (and you) recover from the shock of having no television or Internet access, you'll all have an eye-opening experience.







Read online consumer reviews on anything from backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, camping furniture and anything else camping related you could think of.







Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to get ourselves involved with nature. National Parks can provide an excellent backdrop for some of your outdoor activities.





Given below are the kind of clothes you should get from the stores in order to keep you comfortable during your trip and the technologies following these clothes.







Other things to bring candles will work if you do not have a flash light but be very careful as a candle can start you tent bedding on fire and will cause a forest fire so never leave a candle un attended.





The next time you are planning on a great camping experience, don't let the hassle of choosing a campsite get you down. Visit one of these great websites. With the thousands of campgrounds from which to choose, there is bound to be a place that is perfect for you and your family.







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.





Be aware that the glass globe of all gas and propane lanterns get extremely hot and can give you a serious burn.







The U.S. National Parks offer some of the most incredible rock climbing and mountaineering pursuits in the world. Rock climbing and mountaineering are usually sports reserved for people with a bit of experience.







- Basic necessities. These include food, water, and shelter. Look for natural shelter such as a cave or rock opening, overhanging cliff, or under the trees (near the place where you will stay put). This will enable you to conserve some energy rather than building a shelter. Search for food and water only when you need to.





- Attention. It will be easier for rescuers to spot you both from the air (helicopter) and from the ground if you attract attention. Using bright colors or forming a shape (like an X) can be a big help to you. Making noise will also help, as long as you don't use up too much energy.





- Innovation. You most likely have a backpack which contains some equipment. Use it for a different purpose ' for your rescue. Try to think of ways in which you can use these pieces for signaling, gathering food, etc.





- Do not panic. This cannot be overstressed as it can be the difference between life and death. By staying calm, you can remember these tips and act on them if you get lost. If you panic, the opposite will occur.





Kids can get lost, but they have to remain calm when it occurs. It's important for the adults to stress this to the kids in order to prepare them for what might happen in the outdoors. If it does happen, it will be nothing more than an annoying memory.





If you're bringing tins of beans, remember a manual can opener or pack your Swiss army knife. If you're not sure what to bring, ask an associate at your local sporting store to help you choose your camping needs. Call on friends who like to camp, and ask them for advice.





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.



It is a good idea to know what you should and should not do when coming across animals. Parks often will have signs up if animals have been sighted in the campground.





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.





Go high tech. Prices on freeze dried and packaged camping food are becoming very reasonable. For less than what you would pay for it in a restaurant, you can have you're favorite dishes ' and I doubt the restaurant can compete with the view you'll have when you're camping or hiking. It may be a little more expensive than doing it on your own, but what prepackaged camping foods save you in time, energy, and taste more than makes up for the money.





Then once you purchase the tent, practice setting it up several times. This will give you an idea of what tools you will need to take with you. Doing this will also give you a great idea about the functionality and usage for your tent. You may also need to take some spare parts for the tent incase of breakage or damage to some parts.





Pavement rapidly disappeared as I headed up the steep, one-lane road from Marble. I passed the U.S. Forest Service road sign that advised "4WD Only Beyond This Point" and my pulse quickened. I took the right fork and jounced slowly over twin ruts, the former road to an actual ghost town located some miles from Marble.

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Conversion van camping doesn't give you the luxury of life in an RV, nor the discomfort of sleeping in a tent. It can be tough to safely heat a van at night, but it's cheap compared to an RV, and you can go places they cannot. We spent more than 25 nights sleeping in our conversion van last year.





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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