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Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

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Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

Whether you are shopping for the holiday season, in celebration of a birthday, or marking a major life milestone, choosing a gift for a sportsman or woman can be a challenge if you aren’t familiar with the equipment involved. But that doesn’t mean you can’t select an ideal option with a little care.

To help you get your shopping started, consider these gifts for the outdoor sporting enthusiast in your life.

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For the Target Shooter

Many people enjoy taking a rifle to the range and firing off a few shots. Whether they are avid hunters, competition target shooters, or just a recreational rifleman, there are many kinds of equipment that can help improve performance.

A great place to start is with a rifle scope turret system. A high-quality turret system can help increase the level of accuracy when shooting at distant targets by adjusting the windage and elevation. Learn all you need to know about turret system operation and then locate a model that can help your gift recipient improve their game.

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If you aren’t as comfortable selecting equipment, then think about getting them an accessory or two. You can find fun paper targets that can be taken to the range or a new box to carry ammunition. Items such as these perform a specific function that any target shooter can appreciate, and you don’t have to worry about how it will impact their performance.

For the Camping Enthusiast

If the outdoor enthusiast and sportsman in your life enjoys spending their nights in the wilderness, then a four-season tent is a great option. Four-season tents are designed to hold up in nearly all weather conditions, from sunny summer days to snowy winter nights. These tents are versatile as they can get, and also very durable.

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A four-season tent by Kodiak Canvas does more than just withstand the elements. Its simple design allows it to be set up quickly even if only one person is there to do the work. It also has a high ceiling, so you don’t have to hunch to do basic tasks like get into the tent or change clothes. It also comes with an easy-to-use carrying case, making transporting the tent a breeze.

Another excellent choice for anyone who spends the night outside while enjoying their activity of choice is a quality sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are rated based on the lowest temperature in which they are an appropriate choice. Weight based on the environment is also a factor in choosing the right sleeping bag. A great sleeping bag helps the camper get a better night’s sleep, making the recipient of your gift more prepared to tackle what the next day has in store.

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For the Ice Fisherman

When you are going ice fishing, you know it’s going to be cold. And since you are often exposed to the wind coursing across the frozen bodies of water, having something to shield you from the wind can make the experience much more pleasant.

With that in mind, an ice fishing shelter is a great gift for those who have concentrated more on investing in quality gear than their personal comfort. The Eskimo Quickfish 3 is a highly portable model that can be carried in an included backpack. A more comfortable experience means the person you are buying for can spend more time on the ice doing what they love.

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If you have a friend of family member who loves the outdoors, any of these gifts may be appropriate. But, if you are ever in doubt, choose a gift card to their favorite outdoor sporting store. Then they can get exactly what they need to enjoy their favorite hobby, and you can guarantee that your gift will be appreciated.

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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.

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