3 Savvy Tips for Traveling Solo

Nowadays, traveling alone is no longer a rare and risky venture that people feel apprehensive about. In fact, whether it’s backpacking in the wilderness or going on a road trip aboard your campervan rental, it is now a fiercely admired practice—or a rite of passage, if you must—that more and more travelers are eager to take on.

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3 Safe Camping Tips for Canyon Country

Guest blog post by Michael Bourke

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If you want to make the most of your time in the great outdoors, safety must be your top priority. Whether you are camping in some of our country’s beautiful national parks, road tripping across the country aboard a campervan hire, or hiking some picturesque trails, you need to be prepared. This mean ensuring you have enough supplies, the proper safety equipment, and a plan for hiking and camping as safely as possible. These safe camping tips will help you ensure your time in nature is as enjoyable as possible.

1. Prepare Plenty of Safe Food and Water

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No matter where you travel for a camping and hiking trip, you want to ensure that your food and water are safe and free of contaminants. The best way to do this is to pack your own food and water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you follow a few steps to ensure the safety of your food and drink:

⦁ Pack food in tight, waterproof containers or bags and keep them in an insulated cooler.

⦁ Wash your hands and surfaces often. If you do not have water and soap available, use hand sanitiser.

⦁ Keep raw and cooked foods separate.

⦁ Cook foods to the correct temperatures.

⦁ Chill your foods promptly after eating. Do not allow foods, especially those containing eggs, dairy, and meat, to get to room temperature or to be in the sun for long periods of time.

Tips for Packing

Certain areas of the country will require you to pack more food and water than others. If you are travelling to canyon country in the American Southwest, for example, keep in mind that stores are few and far between. Stocking up with an ample supply of water and food before heading into the canyon is a must.

You also should pack nutrient-dense foods that will help you and your traveling companions have plenty of energy and stamina for hiking through the amazing scenery Gunnison National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and the Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon have to offer.

Staying hydrated is always essential when you are camping and hiking, especially if you’re in the desert during the warmer months. It is best if you drink 15-20 ounces of water one to two hours prior to your hike, another 8-10 ounces 15 minutes before you begin, and another 8 ounces every 15 minutes during your hike. If you sweat heavily or hike in extremely hot weather, you should drink more water.

2. Hike in a Group

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Staying together as a group is vital to your health and safety while hiking. You should remain in a group from the beginning to the end of the hike. Be sure that your group has an adequate number of leaders for the number of hikers in your group and that the hike will be paced to the slowest hiker.

Before heading out, make sure that each member of the hiking group has the minimum gear including warm clothing, hiking boots that cover the ankle, extra food and water, a whistle or noisemaker, rain gear, and a flashlight. You also should make sure that each group member knows exactly what to do if he becomes separated from the group or if an emergency occurs. Finally, you should be sure that the hike leaders know the medical conditions of each group member.

3. Carry Safety Items

Aside from food and water and the minimum gear, you will need safety items to ensure you remain protected in the wilderness. A tent that is both the correct size and weather resistant goes a long way for protecting you from rain and bugs and will provide you with much-needed shelter from the sun.

You also should carry a flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool, and a phone charger in addition to a fully-stocked first-aid kit, sunscreen, personal medication, creams for blisters or sunburn, and a solution for insect bites to relieve itching and pain. Many hikers and campers carry a mirror that assists in drawing attention to their location should an emergency occur.

You’ll also need some fire starters, waterproof matches, and other items for starting a fire to keep you warm at night, cook, and keep away animals. Of course, you will need to make sure that you have sand and water on hand to put out your fire before you leave your campsite; otherwise, you risk starting a forest fire.

 

In summary, hiking and camping are two of the best ways to reconnect with friends and family and spend more time in nature. To make your experiences outdoors as safe as possible, you should prepare plenty of food and water, hike in a group, and carry safety items.

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What First Time Campers In Australia Must Know

There is no absolutely no need to feel intimidated because camping is the simplest, cheapest and most fun way to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. If you are going camping in Australia for the first time though, here are a few tips that can help you make the experience more memorable and a bit more comfortable.

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Road Tripping On A Budget: How To Do It Right

Who says you cannot have a memorable, fun road trip on a budget? Regardless how long a trip you are planning, we have listed a handful of tips on how you can road trip without spending a fortune.

1. Plan Your Route

By planning where you want to go and how you are going to get there is vital to staying within your set budget for the trip.

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Mapping your route will help you determine the the duration of your trip and the distance you would have to travel. This will help you set a spending limit on gas, food, accommodation or even toll fees. Additionally, this helps you determine what to pack for the road trip.

2. Do Not Overpack

You may think it is better to pack for “emergencies” considering that you have an entire motorhome to fill. Nope. Packing too much adds clutter and this makes it difficult to find things you actually need during the trip. Keep in mind that you are going to spend a lot of time in your vehicle so it is important to keep yourself comfortable. Besides, taking too much with you adds weight to the vehicle, which makes the motorhome burn more gas.

3. Research Affordable And Free Entertainment

Entertainment and sightseeing are parts of any vacation and there are a number of things you can do to find budget-friendly, if not entirely free, activities during your trip.

Check out tourism websites of countries or cities you are going to visit. These websites provide information about local tourist spots, tour activities, etc.

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If the city you plan to visit has local museums, check if they have “free days”. Travelling during summer is also advisable because the warm weather brings about more free outdoor activities: carnivals, town fairs, art shows, concerts, etc. Lastly, if you are a student or a travelling with students, do not forget to present your school ID to get student discounts.

4. Set Spending Limits

Once you have determined the length of your trip, what you will do, where you will stop along the way and what you will do, you can now set spending limits on all your expenses. Set priorities if budget is tight. Do you want to eat in nice restaurants or spend a little more on a bigger motorhome rental with a kitchen? Do you want to spend most of your budget on attractions and activities or spend more time camping in national parks and cooking over a campfire?

Gas is one of the most important parts of your budget and once you calculate how much you will spend on gas, you can then set a budget for food, activities and other experiences. Keeping track of how much you are spending helps keep you from overspending.

 

Road trips are a fun, memorable way to spend your holiday. Rather than flying to and from your chosen destinations, you can travel at your own pace and enjoy the sights along the way.

Just remember, drive safely and stay on budget. Hopefully these tips can help you do that. And have a worry-free, much deserved vacation!

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5 Family Friendly Things To Do In Darwin

Outdoor activities, wildlife parks and encounters, beach side markets and swimming in waterholes and cave pools, it is no surprise why Darwin is a popular holiday destination for families. Whether you are bringing your own car or touring the city in a motorhome hire, there are 5 things you can do that are guaranteed to make your family holiday enjoyable.

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Tips and tricks for travelling with Kids on the road

When you’re preparing for a road trip with your kids, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly if you’d be on the road for several days at a time. While the feeling is perfectly normal, you do tend to forget to bring a number of things with you on the trip. Not to mention, you have a vehicle-full of children that must be kept happy throughout the journey.

Whether you’re about to go on a six-hour drive or a week-long vacation, we’ve compiled a handful of tips for your ultimate family travel cheat sheet.

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The Differences between Motorhomes, Campervans and Caravans

As part of Australia’s premier campervan rental company – Apollo Motorhomes Holidays, we are often asked this question: “What is the difference between a motorhome, campervan and a caravan?” We get asked this question so much and often encounter travellers that think these vehicles are one and the same!

To help first time self-drive holiday makers, we’ve outlined the differences between motorhomes, campervans and a caravans. Safe travels!

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Christmas In New Zealand: How To Do It Right

Whether you’re looking for thrilling adventures or a chance to just put your feet up and relax, you are definitely spoilt for choice in New Zealand. Whether you’re spending time in the North or South Island, you won’t run out of things to do and places to go.  Continue reading “Christmas In New Zealand: How To Do It Right”

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