Take Stock and Check Your Gear Before Heading Out

Before you head out on that first camping, hiking, or backpacking trip of the season, there are some things you should do first. You should plan ahead, be prepared and stocked up ahead of time, not only with your supplies, but also with your equipment. Having a checklist and making sure you have everything you need before you leave will help ensure an enjoyable and safe outing. Here are just a few of many tips I consider useful.

Take Stock and Check Your Gear Before Heading Out

First, before you go hiking or camping, make sure that all your equipment is in good working order. Start by setting up your tent in the back yard. Make sure all of the stakes are still there and that the poles are not bent or broken. For the spring pole dome style tents, make sure that the poles themselves aren’t splitting and that the ends fit securely. While your tent is up, check for any rips or tears, and this would also be a good time to apply a sealer to the seams. Attempting to stop leaks while it’s raining is no fun. On more than one occasion the rain has run me out of my tent to my vehicle. Unroll sleeping bags, and check the seams, zippers, and inner liner as well as the outer jacket. Repair any rip’s or tears as needed. Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.

The next thing you need to do is check any cooking equipment you intend to use. When not operating properly, stoves or other cooking equipment can be fire hazards or make you sick. Check the equipment to be sure the valves are not leaking and still work properly. Any rubber seals that show wear should be replaced and cooking surfaces should be clean. This is also the right time to check your backpacks, ice chests, and cooking utensils, a can opener, which is one of the most commonly forgotten items.

Plates, cups, pots pans, staples like napkins, trash bags, salt and pepper, you get the idea. Whether you are hiking, backpacking or on a camping trip, there are some items that you should always have. One of them is a well stocked first aid kit. While ideally you don’t want to get injured, you still have to be prepared. Even a slight nick or cut can get infected if not sanitized and taken care of right …

Cheap All Inclusive Family Vacations – All About Perception

Cheap All Inclusive Family Vacations - All About Perception

Having trouble finding cheap all inclusive family vacations? You might have to alter your perception of what “cheap” is. Most people avoid having to do anything with all inclusive deals simply because they perceive it as a marketing ploy for you to pay for a lot more. You have to understand that all inclusive deals are actually already cheap. There are two likely explanations for why they are cheap, and it all boils down to what all inclusive really means.

All inclusive means you get most of the things that you would normally pay for during a vacation and throws a few extra bonuses for the same price. This means that if you want to eat three meals in a day, you can do so. With an all inclusive deal, you can even get a few snacks for have a few free drinks in the bar for a night or two.

Alternatively, all inclusive may mean that you can pay a smaller amount for the same things that you would otherwise be paying for individually. It’s like buying a combo meal in your favorite fast food restaurant. Buy a burger, large fries, and a large Coke may cost you more than getting the combo meal that has all the same things.

Either way, you get more than what you are paying for, but this may require you to pay more. So, is this still technically cheap? Yes, it is, since you’re paying far less than the real price of all that’s included in the all inclusive package.

If you still find it a little too expensive, you can always work with a tour operator. Why? Tour operators generally offer better deals despite the fact that they seem like leeches that will suck your money dry. In truth, tour operators make up the bulk of the organizations that offer flexible all inclusive deals. This means that you can customize an all inclusive that’s just right for your budget. So whatever budget you have, the tour operators will typically find a way to squeeze you some all inclusive benefits. There is no better way to get cheap all inclusive family vacations than by going for tour operators. There is no better way to spend a vacation than with a family, so you should make use of the all inclusive option to maximize the enjoyment. There are tons of all inclusive offers online. …

Cruise Family Vacation Packages – Steps To Choosing Memorable Weekend Cruises

Cruise Family Vacation Packages - Steps To Choosing Memorable Weekend Cruises

Cruise Family Vacation Packages – A quick voyage is usually great and is offered using many travel carrier options. They are chosen based on unique criteria, but absolutely nothing measures up to the varieties of traveling that is done for leisure purposes. Taking a harbor cruise is one of the preferred ways to spend your weekend or holiday with your loved one or family. We all want to relax away from the usual hustles of city life and our typical fast paced atmosphere. You might also have the best of intentions when giving that special person in your life a unforgettable experience and what better way of reaching all this than to take up weekend cruises designed to fit your dream destinations.

First, you have to choose the ideal selection of where you would want to go. If this is a romantic getaway you could select nearby islands if your area has them or better still, resorts that offer outdoor activities to allow you to spend more time with your loved one. If it’s simply a family get away it is critical to choose vacation spots that have activities that will have each member of your family involved and ready to enjoy the get away. On the other hand considering this is weekend cruises, and figuring it is for a short time, you can stick with cruising on the ship and enjoying the activities and services offered aboard.

Services such as massages and special formal dinners are a good way to spoil a special someone. For a family or friends getaway spot consider rock climbing and other prepared group games, which are ideal. Generally, the above activities require a modest investment but this also means that you get the real worth of it. Usually planned weekend cruises are advisable given that you are going to have time to compare charges from various service providers. You will need to opt for nearby destinations to avoid taking additional time getting there. Cruises taking a few hours are better than those that take a whole day considering that you will have a good deal of time to appreciate the environment you will visit.

Cruise companies that offer the Saturday and Sunday cruise services are spread throughout out the globe and choosing the right selection is tough considering most will seduce you with offers that in the end will still have to be covered …

Luxury Family Vacation Rentals With Teenagers

Luxury Family Vacation Rentals With Teenagers

Luxury Family Vacation Rentals with teenagers can be hard to plan. When they were younger, kids might have been happy to go anywhere with a beach and a fun kid program. Older, cooler teens tend to look down on organized activities at luxury resorts and just want to hang out with friends. So how does a family plan a vacation that gives enough family together time, but still keeps teenagers happy and entertained?

Do your research before booking any vacation. What activities does your teenager enjoy? Are they adventure sports fanatics or video game junkies? Research a few possible luxury vacations that take into account their passions as well as your preferences. Then let them have a say in the choice of destination.

Sometimes the intensity of family together time without having any friends around for that whole vacation period is enough to put a teenager into a foul mood that makes everyone miserable. Consider inviting a best friend along on the vacation, especially if you are going to be staying somewhere where there might not be other teenagers to hang out with. If you are staying in a luxury villa or beach house, one extra person makes very little difference to the overall cost and could make all the difference to the success of the vacation.

Here are a few options to consider when planning a luxury family vacation with teenagers:

Choose a luxury hotel in a beautiful location that offers a variety of adventure sports and activities. Forget about organized teen programs and the like. Just make sure that there are plenty of options that you can all enjoy, from ziplining through the canopy of a rainforest to windsurfing, ATVing to water-skiing. Unless you are determined to make this vacation a wilderness, away from it all experience, make sure that the hotel offers unlimited and fast internet access, so that your teens can stay in touch with their own social circle too.

Plan a road trip that takes in places you’ve always wanted to visit, but make sure that your itinerary covers your teen’s interests too. Balance out that gorgeous spa destination with some white-water rafting, a city shopping day with a baseball game, visits to wine estates with kayaking, golf or fishing. Plan the trip together with your teenagers, so that they feel involved and not just reluctant passengers.

If what you want is a luxury beach …

The Mom Travel Bag: Traveling with Small Children

The Mom Travel Bag: Traveling with Small Children

Traveling is something that most of us love, and it comes in so many forms! There are fun vacations, romantic vacations, staycations, and family vacations, just to name a few. In general, families with small children try to have their family vacations look more like staycations or short road-trips because, let’s be honest, airport security with small children is borderline nightmarish. This is especially true if you have more than one small child because then you have them running in different directions. Well, here are a couple tips to make airport security a little more manageable, so now you and your family can go to Disney World, even if you live in Kansas.

The number one way to make airport security less stressful is being organized. “But I am organized,” you say, “I know where all my tickets and IDs and bagged 3 oz. liquids are.” That’s fantastic, and certainly helpful, but this organization goes one step further. The nice thing about carry-on bags is that you can bring a fairly large tote, or messenger, bag with you on the plane without it being a problem. Make sure your children each have their own small backpack, that they packed themselves, with their books, games, etc. that they will want on the plane, but keep everything else in your bag. Using a travel bag or baby bag with a lot of compartments will make your life so much easier. There is no reason why your children should carry their own liquids or anything else that they might lose. In addition, if they only have a small bag, it will cut down on the complaining since their bag won’t be too heavy for them.

Another hurdle about traveling with children is keeping them entertained once you have gotten through security. If you have a long layover, you can take them to the children’s corner. In most airports there is an area where there are little slides, jungle gyms, and other things that your children can climb all over. This will also make them more tired once they get on the plane. That way they will be less antsy when they have to sit for a few hours. If you have only a short time until your flight, this is when the backpack comes in play. Make sure that they have packed their favorite books and/or games so that way they will definitely …