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Tips for First Time Backpackers & Beach Campers

Tips for First Time Backpackers & Beach Campers

Beach camping is the best way to feel an unparalleled connection with nature and to feel the freshness of the ocean air. The noise of ocean waves and pounding surf is more enjoyable than anything else in the world. A beach camper should maintain a balance between bringing too much and too little of the necessary stuff on the trip. It is all about experimentation and practice.  Here are few helping tips to make your camping trip memorable.

1. Plan In Advance

Explore the area you have chosen for backpacking on a map or travel guide magazine to get the idea of the expected local weather, terrain information, wildlife and insect findings, and appropriate camping places there. Remember, if the weather there is sunny most of the time, then choose it only if you have a tolerance and exposure to sunlight rays earlier otherwise there’s a significant probability of facing severe dehydration. A travel guide book or a waterproof map of the local terrain or any navigation tool like GPS receivers, etc. must be a part of your travelling luggage.

2. Arrange One Day Trip At The Outset

For beginners, it is advisable to go on a single day hiking or camping trip instead of multiple day programs.  One or two-night trips are easier to plan and manage. For first timers, it is necessary to know their strengths and weaknesses in a short trip because hiking is not easy for everyone.

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3. Do Less Hiking In The First Trip

In the first backpacking trip, you should do less hiking because you are not used to hiking carrying a bag on your back and after the end of hiking you have to settle your tent and prepare dinner. So a short distance hike is a good option to reach an established camp site near other people. Remember, it’s your first trip it should be enjoyable and refreshing not exhausting.

4. Eat Simple Food

For backpacking, you should plan simple food to eat. Mostly pasta, biscuits, packed foods, and simple meals are time saviour. Dry food items should be taken in luggage. Water should be taken in enough quantity to protect from dehydration.

5. Don’t Forget Useful Accessories

Your backpack should contain sunglasses, rock climbing shoes, sunscreen lotions, extra clothing to protect from sun and rain, flash lights or head lamps, waterproof matches and lighters. Like any other camping trip for beach camping, you have to take camping tent, a sleeping bag, and cooking tools with you to the camping site. A broom and a dustpan are also necessary to be taken with to clean extra sand from your tent and sleeping bag. Sand stakes should also be taken to hold the tent firmly in the ocean stand during windy weather.

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6. Have First Aid Box

First aid equipment should also be taken in a backpack in case of emergency during travel. The duration of the trip and the number of people going together also impacts the contents of first aid kit to be carried

7. Keep Emergency Shelter With You

An emergency shelter should also be taken with you in the case of any damage to tent or sudden abrupt weather changes. It is good to take a collapsible sun shelter with you having ample space inside so that you don’t have to sit all time under the hot sun. It can be the best place to sit together for meals and enjoying a card game or just breezy naps.

8. Must Keep Sunscreens

A severe sunburn can completely ruin your beach camping trip. So it is critical to take sunscreen lotions and creams, Sunglasses, and large hats to protect you from harmful hot sun rays. Large umbrellas should also be taken with you to be used on the beach for shade. It is preferable to have your Camp in a shady site, but if not the above things will save you from harmful ultraviolet rays.

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9. Avoid Sand Dunes

Try to stay away from the sand dunes on the beach because these dunes are the places for living ocean vegetation that can be very harmful sometimes. Even these dunes can slide down sometimes and cause an unpleasant environment during the trip. During beach camping, unexpected storms, beach showers, and rain are very common. So, at night before sleeping tries to pack most of your equipment to keep it safe and dry during any such hazard.

10. Stay Hydrated

It is good to stay hydrated during beach camping stay, but remember ocean water is not used to drink because of its salt content so you should bring a good supply of drinking water and water purifying equipment if you have to take water from any nearby place on the beach. Same is the case with lakes, stream, and river.

11. Don’t Dump Trash On The Beach

When you are camping you should not dump your trash on the beach that can destroy the ocean animal life and the beach beauty. So you should take large bags to put all the trash and take these back to proper waste disposal bins. Keep the camping site clean to protect its natural beauty.

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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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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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