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5 Overlooked Items to Take With You to Camping

5 Overlooked Items to Take With You to Camping

Tired of the hustle and bustle of your routine life? Have you considered escaping from your mundane job and just take a break but can’t fit anything into your schedule.

Then camping might be the thing for you. You can go on a satisfying camping over the weekend and come back a revitalized man, ready to work on Monday. Plus, the budget for a walk in the woods is much lower than other holiday options.

Now, if you have decided to go on a camping, first you should get the necessary gears and clothes. Sleeping bags, tents, tarps, ropes, tapes, flashlights etc. are essential things that you most certainly would take with you. However, there are few items that no one considers taking but are actually essential for a proper camping experience.

Here are 5 items that are overlooked when going on a camping vacation.

1. First Aid Kit

First aid kit should be on top of your list of things to take with you in any outing and camping is no exception. However, many forget about it with the prospect of all the excitement in their mind.

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The idea of camping brings evokes thoughts of fun and relaxation, so people seldom think of accidents and injuries happening to them.  However, no one can predict accidents and it is always nice to be safe than sorry.

Besides, small bruises and cuts, allergies and other common problems are not unusual in the wilderness. If you have to hike to reach a campsite, blisters on your feet, which are very common, can ruin your experience. Your first aid kits are your best friends in such troubling times. So gather some antiseptic, anti-bacterial ointments, painkillers, aspirins, bandages and burn creams to take with you.  And ladies, be sure to include tampons in your first aid kit.

Do not forget to include hand sanitizers in your kit. Water is always short in camping, so you will have to use the alternative to keep your hands germs free.

2. Ear Plugs

Ear plugs are not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of camping, so you may not even have thought of taking them with you. But they are essential if you want to enjoy a peaceful sleep.

Camping usually precedes and succeeds other physically demanding activates like hiking, trekking or rafting. You will need to be in your best physical and mental state in order to delightfully complete the challenges posed by such activities. Without a good night’s sleep, you will suffer throughout the ordeal instead of being able to immerse yourself in the adventure.

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Without the luxury of your room, you may have a hard time sleeping. Flapping tents, enthusiastic fellow campers singing songs, snores from your neighboring camps, gushing river if you are camped near a river can all produce noises that can keep you awake all night long.

Bringing your earplugs can help you feel more comfortable while sleeping and therefore help you enjoy your trip.

3. Trash Bags

Littering is one of the most serious problems on campgrounds. People tend to come to a place, have a good time and at the end leave a big pile of waste as their footprints. These waste not only destroy the natural beauty of a place but also affect the wildlife living nearby.

Any sensible camper with even a bit of morality and feeling of responsibility towards nature will not want to leave trails of trash behind them. While the intent of most people is to keep camp sites clean, the idea of taking trash bags with them does not come immediately in their mind.

Take large trash bags with you to collect all the garbage that are accumulated during your vacation and then dispose them in proper places.

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4. Batteries and Power Banks

Flashlights are one of the first things people pack when they get ready for a vacation into the woods. Given the rather obvious fact that human beings are not capable of seeing in the dark and there will no electricity to aid our sights, flashlights are very handy tools once night falls.

But if the batteries in your lights die, you will lose your sight in the dark. It is therefore always a good idea to keep extra batteries with you as a backup.

Not just flashlights, if you have other electronic devices with you, like GPS or i-pods, always take your charger and power bank with you. Power banks can help you with charging your electronics for a few days, but solar powered power banks are the better options since you can charge them without a power source.

5. Wet Wipes

Among the good things you will not get to enjoy during camping is a good old bath. Unless you are on a riverside campsite, water will be in short supply. Even if you are near a stream, it may be dangerous to enjoy a nice bath in it.

On top of that, as you will be living outside, you will get a lot of dirt and sweat on you. Most people assume that getting dirty is part of camping and do not consider alternatives to bathing. However, just because you can’t take a shower doesn’t mean you should abandon your hygiene.

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You can always take wet wipes to clean up without using water. Wipe your face, hands and other body parts to clean them without much fuss.

Camping gives you an opportunity to escape the busy city life and brings you closer to nature. Living in the woods is definitely harder than the luxurious life you may be leading. But it is in that hardship where the excitement lies. And the above-mentioned items, despite not looking all that important at first glance, are in fact necessary for a satisfying camping trip.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on February 12, 2019

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

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