Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Camping As Exercise Part 2

This is part 2 of the post"Camping As Exercise".
Remember to be safe and enjoy all types of exercise because it is supposed to be something you want do, not something you feel you have to do. You tend to stick with it longer that way.


Food Storage

Never eat or store food in your tent, as food odors linger and attract animals. Your food, stove, cooler, dishes and garbage should be packed away in the trunk of your vehicle whenever you will be away from camp. To be on the safe side, in addition to locking up all food, it is best to keep chewing gum, mints, toothpaste and perfumed soap in the trunk overnight, rather than in your tent.

If you have more than one tent on your site, align the tents in such a way that, should an animal enter the campsite and become startled, the animal would not feel trapped, without an obvious and easy escape route. DON'T arrange the tents in a circle or too close together in a line or semi-circle. Animals are curious and will wander through your campsite.

Large ice blocks in your cooler last much longer than either ice cubes or freezer packs. You can make your own ice block by filling a plastic milk container with water and placing in your freezer several days before your camping trip. A large block made in this way can last up to 4 or 5 days in your cooler. Don't drain too much of the water as the ice block melts in your cooler. Ice water is a very effective way to keep things cold in your cooler.

In order to save on fuel, it is a good idea to boil extra water at mealtime and keep it in a Thermos. This will enable you to make a hot beverage between meals or at bed time without having to heat up your camp stove again.

Bugs and Sun
Insects are most attracted to dark colored and rough textured clothing. Insects are least attracted to light-colored, smooth-textured clothing. Insects are attracted to perfumed soaps and shampoos.

Buy Natural Citronella, available in oil, soap and hair & body shampoo. These Canadian made products contain all-natural ingredients, are biodegradable and do not contain any toxic ingredients. These products are available at many camping specialty stores and pharmacies. Citronella repels insects. Some people report that Avon Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil makes an effective insect repellent.

If you are using a separate repellent and sunscreen: Apply the sunscreen first, about a half hour before exposure to the sun. Sunscreen needs to be absorbed by the skin in order to provide protection. The insect repellent, which works by emitting a vapor from the surface of the skin can be applied second.

Remember to have fun on your camping trip. Enjoy the sites around you but be a good neighbor. If you are near other campers, keep your noise down, especially in the evening.

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