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11+ Essentials For Stress-Free Family Camping

11+ Essentials For Stress-Free Family Camping

Family camping means quality time experienced by the whole family. The memories and experiences arising from such fun trips help family members to bond better with each other.

Most families love camping. In hindsight, any family camping trip may seem blissful, but when you’re loading your station wagon with tents, coolers, first aid kits, extra water bottles, utensils, life jackets, and so on, it is not really that calming. However, with some careful planning and heeding to some essential family camping tips, you can make your trip truly comfortable.

Here are some family camping essentials to make your outing enjoyable and relaxing.

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1. A camping tent

Nowadays, the best family tents are sold online or are available in stores. Tent size and shape are important if you do not wish to feel confined.

Consider the length and width of the tent. It should be large enough to accommodate two adults and two small kids. Plus, you need to stock your other camping gear. Family camping tents come in many shapes to choose from — the A-frame, the umbrella, the dome, or the wall tent. Irrespective of shape, the best family tent will be tall enough to stand in, waterproof, and made of thick rip-stop fabric without any rusty zippers. Remember that the weather at the campsite can be sunny, windy, rainy, hot, or cold, and all this will have diverse demands on your family’s camping tent.

2. A whirly-gig

You never know how many tents in the campsite will look similar. So, a whirly-gig, like a flag or windsocks, will help you or your kids quickly recognize the tent.

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3. Sleeping bags and blankets for your family to stay warm

If you feel cold in the night, you will become miserable. Carry enough sleeping bags, blankets, hot water bottles, duvets, and layers.

4. A lighter, matches, and firewood

Carry some firewood in case you are unable to forage any. You will also need some matches and a lighter. A campfire is always enjoyable, just remember to extinguish it after you’re done for the night. Softwoods are great to start camp fires, and dry hardwood will help to get you a bed of hot coals. What is camping without a campfire!

5. A camping stove to cook your hot meals

Carrying a camp stove makes sense. You can cook hot meals or use one to warm water for a hot beverage. Nowadays, there are plenty of choices when it comes to camping stoves. Choose one with the number of burners you will need for your camp cooking.

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6. Food, a cooker, and utensils

Carry a cooker with sides so as to protect the flames from the blowing winds. Other essential utensils to carry are enamel plates, cutlery, bowls, and mugs. Water bottles are a must.

7. Some pancake batter, a frying pan, and a spatula

Carry your pancake batter in a cooler if you want, along with some boiled eggs and some homemade buttermilk to help sustain you until you properly set up your camp kitchen.

8. A backpack with extra essentials

Each of your family members may need extra socks, sweatshirts, sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrushes, books, puzzles, and so on depending on their needs.

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9.  A first aid kit

Carry a personal first aid kit. This will handle most of the minor problems that you may encounter and you can treat yourself. If you are allergic to insect bites, make sure to carry your prescription medications.

10. A camp lantern

A camp lantern helps to make your late-night suppers stress-free. It allows you to play games or even read after sunset. Your camp lantern makes your campsite feel like a little retreat in the dark. You can carry either a battery-powered lantern or one that is powered by propane gas.

11. A camera

Your family camping will do well with a lightweight, durable camera. You can capture great images from your camping trip.

Featured photo credit: Julian Bialowas via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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