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Good Reasons to Live In or Visit Philadelphia

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Good Reasons to Live In or Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city that has great advantages to living there (and these aren’t limited to Philly Cheese steaks and Rocky) and maybe people don’t fully realize them. But first, let’s talk about the city basics:

Philadelphia is located in the northeastern of the USA, and with an estimate of nearly 6 million residents in its metropolitan area, it is considered the country’s fifth largest cities. Locals and tourists love walking around the streets of the City Center, and taking the metro to move around the city areas.

Definitively though, Philadelphia is much more than just a good metropolis. Here are some insights into the reasons to move or take a vacation there, based on the input of locals and tourists alight:

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1. Amazing Location

It is a huge advantage living in a place which has two big cities really close. People who live in Philadelphia say that it is pretty cool having the chance to spend the day or the weekend in New York or Washington DC with only a couple hour’s drive.

In fact, for those who are flying to the Big Apple, it is highly recommended to book a day for Philly, because they are 2 incredible cities that are totally different and you can easily reach them even by bus (which is pretty cheap by the way).

2. Wealth of Parks, Nature Attractions, and Green Areas

Philadelphia has it all; there are wineries, gardens, parks, even a canal, and river! You probably have heard about the famous Fairmount Park (the largest city-owned park in the nation); this marvelous place is home to more than 9,200 acres full of trails, hills, a waterfront and green areas in which people love to visit for events and expositions, exercise and relax for a while. And as with all big cities, you won’t be disappointed with the museums or zoo.

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3. Recognized Educational System

This city is the home of some of the best universities and colleges in the nation (like UPenn, Temple University, Drexel University, and Moore College of Art & Design), and that’s because this place is known for having a high proportion of young people. Graduated students are well-prepared professionals who don’t have trouble finding a proper job and starting their own society rolls. That’s why many families decide to live in Philadelphia.

4. The Cost of Living is Significantly Lower than Other East Coast Cities

This is true! Many east coast cities tend to have a high cost of living and all the services can be pretty expensive. It is really important that you consider how low or high are the city’s cost of living. You can get an idea by knowing the costs to owning a home or an apartment.

Home values are not in the skies like in other places and homebuyers can still get great deals while their property’s value increases. If you are trying to relocate and move to Philly or to another place, you can find many companies and agencies who sell and buy houses for cash in Philadelphia. You will probably be surprised by the incredible opportunities you’ll get.

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The costs of entertainment and food are also pretty affordable, you can have some meals out at nice restaurants and attend to local events without spending your entire paycheck.

5. Great Public Transportation System

This is a great advantage that many people look for while traveling or moving to a new city. Philadelphia’s transportation system is great, it is not only the 6th largest public transit system in the country, it also has many helpful routes, rails, and lines to relevant points in the city (like to the airport, sports stadium, downtown, etc.).

You might not realize how important is to have a proper transportation system in a city, but some of the key benefits are:

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– It promotes the tourism.

– It reduces the pollution levels.

– It reduces traffic congestion and can help reduce certain types of accidents.

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And lastly, you should know that Philadelphia ranks as one of the best cities for millennials to work & live because of its low average of unemployment rates, its affordable housing opportunities and the fact that is now considered as a ‘safety city’ in the nation.

Featured photo credit: https://www.sparefoot.com/moving/moving-to-seattle-wa/seattle-national-moving-day-2016/ via sparefoot.com

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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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