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How To Complete 2016 and Start 2017 The Right Way

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How To Complete 2016 and Start 2017 The Right Way

Tis’ the season. It’s time to be merry, joyous, festive and surrounded by those you love. Whether it is cold, hot, warm, humid, brisk, or wet, December brings out the best in most everyone.

December means many things to each of us. For me, it means time spent with family, gift exchanging, a never ending supply of food, and any and all of the above.

As you sit in the company of those that you love, have you ever wondered if there was more that you could do? Is there a way to have an impact on those around you that you not only know but those that you don’t know too?

The answer is yes and here are a few ways that to do it that will allow you to complete 2016 well.

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Participate in food drives

There is no shortage of food drives around. In fact, I’m certain that it would take you about 10 minutes to look one up, get on your phone, call them, and be on your way to help.

Do your part. Don’t leave someone without a wonderful meal.

Volunteer at a local school

Your future will be directly affected by the generation that is in school right now. Why not make sure that they get the guidance they deserve?

Spend a little bit of time rounding out 2016 and starting 2017 by helping our youth. Not only will you feel better about yourself, you will also get a glimpse into the lives of the next great generation.

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Visit a senior center

Speaking of future, why not talk to those who helped shape the future that you live in right now? Having done this, I can personally guarantee the lessons you will learn from the stories you will hear, cannot be learned anywhere else.

There are centuries of information within the halls of a senior center, so why not tap into it?

Become an organ donor

I don’t think I need to explain the merits of organ donation but just in case you don’t know them, I will. Organ donations save a lot of lives.

Imagine yourself in need of a transplant any the only organ available is there because someone at some point made a pledge to donate. Is there a better way to “pay it forward”?

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Spend time at a Children’s Hospital

If you want to know what real bravery looks like, spend some time at a Children’s Hospital. These kids are remarkable and through their stories, you will walk away with a new outlook on life.

Being around the youth of a Children’s Hospital will give you a perspective that you didn’t know you needed.

Give away excess ornaments

How many ornaments do you have that you don’t use? Better yet, how many did you forget you had until you blew the dust off of them this year? If you’re done with them, instead of shoving them back in a box, why don’t you give them away to someone that could use them?

Make holiday treats and deliver them throughout your neighborhood

Want to get to know your neighbors but haven’t found the “perfect” way how to? Nothing says, “Hi, I’m your neighbor” quite like fresh baking. Take some time out of your busy schedule to sit down and bake something for them. Then, before it cools, take it over to a neighbor you haven’t met before.

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Who knows, they might even reciprocate the baking one day down the road.

There are a myriad of ways that you can give back to complete 2016 and these are just 7 simple ideas. If you get through this list, I encourage you to either do the list again or seek out other ways.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2021

The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

Now on to the checklist!

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Here is how your checklist should look

1. CAMPSITE GEAR

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries

2.  KITCHEN

  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage containers
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

3. CLOTHES

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats

4. PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap

5. OTHER ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information

This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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