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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 June 26, 2019

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

2. Eat Healthily

I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

3. Write It All Down

Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

5. Get Some Exercise

This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

6. Treat Yourself

Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

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7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

8. Dance

Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

9. Get Organized

A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

10. Pay It Forward

Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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