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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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