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How To Find Lightweight Tents For Your Next Camping Trip

How To Find Lightweight Tents For Your Next Camping Trip

Outdoorsy families love to go camping and enjoy campfires in the summer season. If this sounds like you, then it is very important that you take all the essential equipment for camping with you on your trips.

Picking up the right tent for camping is probably the most important thing when it comes to camping. There are so many different features, characteristics, and materials available when it comes to the different tents on the market. Each type of tent has its own features and benefits. There are several factors to consider, like the size of the tent, bulk, weight, and the material. There are tents that are waterproof and stormproof for providing protection against harsher weather. It is important to consider what you are looking for in a tent to best suit your style of camping.

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Here are some good-quality tents that will be good choices for your next camping trip.

Kelty TN 2 Tent:

This is an excellent choice as it is stormproof and affordable. It is also quite durable.

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This two-person tent may not be ultra-light, but it is light enough to be carried easily. It weighs under 5 pounds and can be carried in a backpack. Because of its size, this tent can easily be packed in a backpack and still leave plenty of space for other things. It features a stargazing fly and also has a half on and half off rainfly. This will help you to enjoy the wonders of nature in the best way possible. If there is a meteor shower, you certainly won’t miss it.

Marmot Limestone 6 Tent:

This is an excellent tent for the whole family. This six-person tent can house a few adults along with some kids. It is a very affordable option and a good tent for family camping. It is very durable and can withstand storms. As an added bonus, this tent is easy to set up and can be set up easily by one person. It comes with additional features, such as gear lofts that can store small things, a doormat for keeping it free of dirt, and a large vestibule to help in keeping everything dry and safe.

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Coleman Instant Tent:

This is called an instant tent because it can be set up in minutes. The poles of the tent are pre-attached — this makes it very easy to set up and fast to assemble. There is also a divider in the tent which is useful in splitting the tent into two rooms. There are seven windows in total. The windows provide excellent ventilation and make this tent very comfortable for the whole family.

Coleman Sundome 4 Tent:

This tent is economical as well as practical. There are no bells and whistles, so it is excellent for people who like to keep it simple. This affordable four-person tent is also available in a version which is suitable for six people.

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Marmot Colfax 4 Tent:

This is an excellent tent for a family camping trip. This four-person tent is perfect for a small family. The floor is big enough for an air mattress. The space provided in the tent is big enough to make for a comfortable space for a small family to spread out their gear. These lightweight tents are available in versions for two and three people as well.

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent:

This is a four-season tent that can house eight people at a time. The tent has a domed shape and the pole structure is perfect for windy days. It is rainproof and will keep you dry even in heavier rains. It is made of Ripstop polyester, so it will not tear. It also provides a well-planned storage system.

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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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