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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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