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Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

Glamping Essentials Every Millennial Needs To Have

What do you get when you pair camping with some glam? Glamping! This is far from being a useless term, invented by chicks who want to stand out on Instagram. At least not these days, when we all stay connected 24/7 and most of us have no idea how to light a fire in the woods. Glamping is the perfect choice when you are planning a family trip, because it will make your life easier and the kids will enjoy the time they spend in nature, without complaining at every step they take.

There are many types of glamping, from the minimal to the most extreme, so you can choose how far to go. When I first tried this new trend, I did it because I was tired to wake up stiff after each night of camping, so I went for the moderate type of glamping.

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Here are the most useful things you need to have to glam up your camping game. Of course, you need to have the basic camping gear first, then add these to it.

1. Lighting gadgets

The lighting gear for basic camping can be reduced to a couple of flashlights, but for glamping you need something better. Go for hanging lights, which can be placed around the camp to provide some light and keep the animals away. If you want to go really posh, pick colored hanging lights or Arab-style ones, which are going to provide soft light and patterns. The more functional version is the bug repellent camping lantern, which lights up your way and repels bugs.

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2. Air mattresses

These are the base of any glamping, so make sure you invest in high-quality air mattresses for your glamping needs. The best are the king size ones, which provide you with all the comfort you need. However, you need to make sure the mattress is going to fit into the tent. You can find a lot of high-quality air mattresses on sale, but if you don’t afford them, try to crowdfund this glamping gear, because it’s essential.

3. High-quality bedding and pillows

It’s glamping, so you need your silk bedding! Bring your best bedding to your glamping trip and you will never want to return to that sleeping bag again. The experience of glamping is all about comfort in the heart of nature and high-quality bedding is a must in order to make you most comfortable.

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Apart from a mattress and bedding, you need pillows: lots of them!

4. Rugs

There is no glamping without rugs. I prefer a large rug, which can be placed inside the tent. This way, you can go barefoot in the tent, provided that you closed the net, so there won’t be any bugs around. You can also get smaller rugs, which can be placed outside the tent, to create a posh entrance.

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5. Smart gadgets for smart glamping

When you go glamping you want to take lots of pictures and have lots of fun, but you also need to be somewhat connected to the world. This means you will have to take some gadgets with you. First, you need a portable phone charger, which ensures you will never run out of phone battery. You can also pair it with a waterproof, self-charging phone case. For the kids and your fishing enthusiast you should take a couple of RC boats, which can allow you to enjoy an engaging game of sailing in nature. Better than Pokemon Go!

6. A portable toilet

When you are glamping you don’t want to go out to the toilet in the woods or at the special station. Luckily, you can bring your own loo, so invest in a portable toilet, which can provide you with the home comfort.

After you set up your camp, which should take about one hour, you can sit back on the pillows and enjoy a glass of wine, along with some tasty glamping snacks. This is how millennials go camping!

Featured photo credit: BlondeAbroad/theblondeabroad via theblondeabroad.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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