• How to Be Prepared Before Camping in the Wilderness

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    There is a reason that the Scout Motto is “Be Prepared.” When you are out in the wild, you must be safe and have a tool for any situation—just in case. If you are prepping for a camping trip, here are some tips you can start doing now to be safe.

    Pack Efficiently

    To be prepared, you should bring as much as you can. Efficient packing methods are the best way to carry a lot of material on your person at one time. For example, when packing clothing, roll them instead of folding. Though your clothes might not look as nice, you will be able to pack more items in your bag—which is essential for maximum preparedness.

    You should also invest in camping gear that is more collapsible—so you can easily store them in your bag. Your backpack should also have many pockets and spaces to store items, and should be able to remain cool and dry inside.

    Know the Wildlife

    Before you leave for your camping trip, you should know the kinds of wildlife that live in your adopted, outdoor home. Thankfully, because of the Internet, it has become simple to figure this out. The tougher part is knowing how to handle the different animals and insects once you get there.

    Ask for advice on the area before you go. You should understand the insect pain index to know which insects are dangerous. Brush up on your basic first-aid skills so you can be prepared to help a friend or yourself in an emergency.

    Bring an Emergency Kit

    While this may seem obvious, you should always have an emergency kit on-hand. Though you hopefully will not have to use it, many outdoor survival kits can make the difference between life and death. An emergency kit should include at least some type of first aid, but should also include a pocket knife, whistle, thermometer, flashlight, and many other things.

    You can easily build your own emergency kit instead of paying for a pre-packaged one online. Most emergency kits consist of everyday items that are lying around your home. This will save you money and potentially your life. Ask people who have camped in your future spot what they recommend you bring.

    As you improve your emergency preparedness, you will feel even more excited for your camping experience. The wilderness provides one of the most satisfying places to feel free and relaxed. By following these tips, you can make sure you can have a safe and enjoyable camping trip that everyone will remember.

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  • How to Motivate Yourself to Get Outside More

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    With technology increasingly working its way into every part of our lives, humans are finding more and more ways to distract themselves with screens. This can prevent us from finding the time to go outside and experience the outdoors. You may think that this isn’t so bad, but it is. Humans need the sunlight. It is a very important source of Vitamin D. Some suggest that lack of sunlight is also a contributing factor to conditions like depression. If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to go outside, try the following.

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  • How to Plan a Memorable Family Reunion Trip to the Grand Canyon

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    The Grand Canyon makes a perfect family reunion destination. Stunning natural beauty and a host of fun activities provide plenty of entertainment that will appeal to travelers of all ages and interests. Here are three things to keep in mind as you plan your memorable family reunion at the Grand Canyon.

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  • The Best States for Hunting Big Game

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    Big game hunting can be a rewarding activity for those who love the thrill of the hunt. However, not every state has the best hunting areas available for this kind of hunting. If big game hunting is something you love to do, here are the best states for you to visit.

    Alaska

    When it comes to size, no state is bigger than Alaska, and the animals that live there follow the same trend.  If you like hunting cervids, there are plenty of deer, elk, moos, and caribou. You can also hunt bison, muskox, mountain goats, and Dall sheep if you’re looking for a heavy pelt. And if you are looking for a more dangerous prey, consider hunting wolves or bears. According to Hunt and Fish Connection, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering a brown bear hunting season starting August 20. The best time to hunt in Alaska is between August and October. Because of the dangerous environment, Alaska requires that nonresidents have a licensed guide to hunt big game. Aside from a guide, you should also look into getting off road transport.

    Montana

    While not as large as Alaska, Montana boasts a landscape that is a hunter’s dream. In the west there are over 100 mountain ranges. In the east, there are extensive prairies interrupted by the occasional isolated peaks. Because of Montana’s popularity, according to Book Your Hunt, there is a minimum requirement of 400 square inches of hunter orange that must be worn above the waist. In Montana, for big game hunting you can find Rocky Mountain elk, Shiras moose, mountain goats, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, wolves, bison, black bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, and turkey.

    Colorado

    Colorado makes this list because of its prowess in one area, elk hunting. Colorado boasts the largest elk population in the world. Some individuals claim that while the elk is plentiful, the trophy quality isn’t as high. Whether or not this is true, is debatable. What is true is that it is much easier to secure tags and licenses in Colorado for elk hunting than anywhere else. You will also be much more likely to return successfully from your hunt. Aside from elk, you can also enjoy hunting black bear, mountain lion, moose, pronghorn, and turkey.

    Big game hunting may not be for everyone, but if it’s something you love to do, these are some great places to visit. Just make sure that you take the proper precautions and follow all local regulations so you can make sure to have a great time without anyone getting hurt.

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  • How to Prepare Your Truck for a Weekend Camp Outing

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    You wake up with a sense of eagerness—eagerness to get out of town and enjoy the wildlife around you. After all, isn’t it okay to want to escape every once in a while? Here are a couple of tips on how to prepare your truck before venturing out into the wild so you can get that outdoor adventure you’ve been waiting for.

    Optimize it for Off-Road

    Your first item of business before hitting the road is optimizing your truck for some off-roading fun! While trucks are pretty capable vehicles in and of themselves without adding in additional modifications, you will enjoy your time and protect your truck from obstacles on the beaten path if you apply a couple add-ons.

    First, take a look at your tires. Before going rogue in the wilderness, make sure that they are prepared for whatever snow, mud, ice, or sand they may come in contact with. That means that you will want deep tread. Second, if your truck doesn’t have enough ground clearance (for the extra-big bumps along the way) you will want to get a custom lift kit to boost your truck’s undercarriage higher off the ground. Lastly, if your lift kit doesn’t come with it, strengthen your truck by replacing your suspensions with heavy-duty springs and hardware.

    Keep Everything Secure

    Whenever you go adventuring, you probably like to bring a decent amount of equipment or ‘toys’ like bikes, a tent, fishing gear, climbing gear, etc. But you never want to just throw everything into ‘the back’—you will want systems set in place to secure your belongings to keep them from breaking or falling out. A headache rack can offer you full protection against the contents of your truck bed that become loose. It’s also highly recommended that you get a hitch for mounting bikes or other larger equipment. Always make sure everything is secured properly before driving.

    Light Bar

    Most people underestimate how dark it gets in the wild—especially when most people are accustomed to the dim glow of streetlights or lit windows. If you plan to camp where few other (or no other) people are camping, you will want adequate lighting. This is especially the case if you plan to go off-roading to get to your campsite. You never know what rocks or ravines may lay in front of you and you are driving.

    Even with your brights on, you cannot see enough in front of you to get a good idea of your surroundings. Practice safety by adding a light bar on top of your car so that you have a good idea of what you are ‘driving into’.

    Venturing into the wild has all sorts of benefits—peace and tranquility, opportunities to have fun outside, and escape from the mundane things of life—but it is also important to be prepared. After all, you have no idea (or maybe you do) what the wild is truly capable of!

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