Preparing a dinner over a campfire is slightly different from how you go about your day to day cooking at home. Though in some ways it is pretty easy, for example you don’t have to spend as much time preparing dinner. Yet in other ways, it may be easier to mess up and then your limited supplies are wasted! No one wants to be hungry on a camping trip! When preparing a campfire dinner, here are some tips to help you through getting your dinner ready without facing any setbacks:
Hot water is in high demand when camping. Hot water especially will be of great importance when preparing hot beverages. Just because you are in the woods doesn’t mean you have to start the day off with no coffee! The perfect way of ensuring that you have enough water throughout the night, and morning, is by boiling water beforehand and storing it in thermos. That way, it can remain hot for as long as the next 24 hours. Alternatively, you may choose to boil water in cups. This is done by filling the cup with water and putting it directly on the coals. Since water acts as a thermal conductor, it helps prevent the water cup from burning even if it is paper.
When you are out camping and you want to enjoy a nicely prepared meal of meat, like freshly caught fish, the perfect way of doing this is by wrapping it with wild leaves. Examples of leaves to use include banana, reed and palm leaves. Wrapping the meat with leaves while cooking over a campfire helps prevent it from burning and give it a great flavor.
Another smart campfire tip is to use your army knife as the kitchen knife and your Frisbee as the chopping board. This saves one from having to carry too much kitchen ware and cutlery when preparing a campfire dinner.
To enable you prepare a highly nutritious dinner with the best of fresh spices, have all of your spices, dried herbs, tomato puree or curry powders stored in an ice cream box. This keeps them fresh for long and helps in preserving the natural aroma.
Finally, to ensure that you enjoy a nice dinner around a campfire, you have to preserve it well during the day. If you have been camping for a while, the best way to keep your meat fresh all through is by drying it in the sun during the day or smoking it. Smoking it is ideal for it not only makes it stay fresh for longer but also adds a nice tang of smoke when being cooked and eaten.
This is a guest post by Mark Lynch. Mark recommends finding more great information on Camping and Backpacking food ideas, tips, and tricks at Chefs.edu.
The worst part of a bug bite is the unknown. It doesn’t matter if you are camping, hiking, or in your own home, it is important to be able to identify exactly what bit you. Some bites are just annoying while others can be potentially deadly. Know how to identify a bug by his bite to keep safe.
Sometimes it’s not just about the bite, but the way an individual’s body reacts after being bitten. Knowing how your body reacts after a bite is almost as important as identifying the bite itself. Someone who is allergic to bees is going to need to react a whole lot different than somebody who is not.
Learning to identifyThe obvious and best way to figure out what has bitten you is if the creepy-crawly is still around. Take note of its identifying features. Here are the questions you should ask yourself while examining the insect:
Unfortunately there are many situations where by the time you realize you have been bitten, the culprit is gone. If this is the case, a more thorough examination of the bite is necessary.
- What type of insect does it seem to be? Spider? Beetle? Ant?
- How big is it?
- Does it seem aggressive? Is it coming back for seconds?
- What color is it?
- Does it have any bright distinguishing color markings?
- Does it have wings? What shape are they?
When looking at the bite, check for puncture wounds, swelling, rashes or other marks. A black widow bite can be deadly. It can be identified by its telltale double puncture mark, but this is a sign of other spider bites as well. Looking at the signs besides the original indicator (in the case of the black widow a dark red ring around the bite and severe cramping or pain throughout your body) can help to distinguish the bite’s perpetrator.
After you have examined everything there is to examine about the bite, get to work researching. Look it up on the web, in books, it doesn’t matter. Ask experts or others who have been bitten before. Find out the details of the bug, and if it potentially dangerous to your health.
The dangerous, and the less dangerousThe bug bites that aren’t dangerous can still be a huge annoyance. The bite may not be deadly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t painful. Like I mentioned before, everybody is different. Some people don’t even notice when they have been bitten by a black widow while others experience severe pain, chills, and nausea. Some feel only a little prick when stung by a bee while others can potentially die. Identifying what bites affect you the worst is key.
Even if a bite itself isn’t dangerous, the bug may carry potentially harmful diseases. One bite could infect you. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, bringing with it a rash, headache, fever, and chills. The Lyme disease contracted is often worse than the bite itself.
Knowing what kind of bug bit you is essential for treating it. Research what bug bites are lethal, and what they look like. It may not change how itchy that mosquito bite is, but at least you know it came from a Coquillettidia right?
By Cassie Costner
Having spent years around nature, particularly in the mountains, Cassie has learned how to avoid getting bug bites, but when it happens, how to identify them. She studies how to avoid bugs around the home as well as in nature. She has dealt with Beeline Pest Control to reduce potential bug bites.
If you love camping, you know that the definition of the word is rather loose. For some people, it means driving an RV into the woods and enjoying both a warm bed and functioning toilet. For others, it means an open fire, a tent or a hammock. Both ways can be fun and give you the experience you're looking for. However, there's something to be said for travelling with authenticity.
When looking to experience the outdoors, one has to be immersed in it. So, while the RV can be really comfortable, it's just not the same thing as constructing your shelter and source of warmth with your bare hands. It's a rewarding experience.
There is a difference between travel and a trip. The latter implies you're just looking to get from one place to another. The first is all about the experience. So if you want to travel with authenticity, here are some tips for having the adventure of a lifetime.Get comfortable with toolsBecome comfortable with tools that don't need to be charged or have a built in GPS. A quality knife, compass and fishing supplies are just some of the items you should have on hand if you're planning on spending some significant time in the woods. You'll also want to get your hands on some flint and steel so you can start fires. You didn't think you could bring a lighter, did you? That's cheating.
Sleeping amongst nature is okaySure, bugs are annoying. But nothing beats just relaxing for a couple hours on a hammock, enjoying the sounds and smells of the great outdoors. While the hammock is great, you won't be spending the night on it. You'll need to learn how to set up a tent. A quality tent is essential for protection from the elements during inclement weather and cold nights. It also helps to keep the bugs and critters away while you sleep.Buy a new wardrobe
Your clothing is your primary line of defense when you don't have a cabin or RV keeping you warm. You'll need clothes that will protect you from rain and keep you warm. You'll also need clothes that are light enough to keep you comfortable when it's hot, but will cover your limbs to protect you from obnoxious bug bites or poison ivy. You'll want to invest in a few outfits so you can layer accordingly and have replacements should something rip or get wet.Featured images:
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When it comes to spending time outdoors, you should always carry at least a few essential items with you. After all, you never know what could happen. You could get lost or stranded, making it necessary to spend a night out away from home before you can walk back to civilization.
Or, you might be considering spending a few nights away from home anyway! Either way, it is going to be important for you to have enough gear with you to get you through the night with a minimal amount of danger or discomfort.
Here are 7 pieces of equipment that every outdoorsman should carry
with them at all times. These items can easily be stored in a backpack, making them convenient to carry and easy to utilize if you do get stranded out and away from home.1… A Knife
Having a high quality cutting blade with you is going to be absolutely essential if you need to survive a few nights away from home. Try to carry a fixed blade, full-tang knife with a high carbon steel blade that is thick enough that it won’t break if you need to use it for heavy-duty chores.2… A Shelter
Carrying a shelter could be as complex as carrying a full-fledged tent, or as simple as carrying a plastic tarp. A tarp doesn’t weigh hardly anything, and can be stored in the bottom of your backpack for an emergency.
Try to get a big enough piece of plastic or tarp to provide you with enough shelter to keep you dry if it rains, as getting wet can cause you to lose body heat and could end up making you sick or lead to hypothermia.3… Night Vision
Carrying a lightweight night vision tool can help you to find your way around easier in the dark. Unlike flashlights, which only allow you to see a small, specified area, night vision can allow you to view the entire landscape as if it were daylight. I would recommend looking into a Night Owl monocular night vision
system, as this system is small, lightweight, and can be stored easily in a backpack for convenient use whenever you might need it.4… Cordage
Carrying cordage is going to make a big difference if you get caught in a survival situation. Some of the more popular types of cordage are bank line, paracord, and regular twine… though anything is better than nothing. Cordage is useful for a lot of different things, including…
- Building shelter
- Setting traps
- Making spears, arrows, or tomahawks (if need be)
- Making repairs to gear or clothing
Carrying something that will help you to build a fire is going to be one of the most important parts of any outdoorsman’s survival gear. Lighters, waterproof matches, or a ferro rod
are going to be the most popular choices, though you could also use flint and steel
or build yourself a fire
using your cordage by putting together a fire-bow.
A very well-rounded method is to carry a lighter, along with waterproof matches and a ferro rod. These pieces of equipment can be obtained for less than $15
in most cases, and will serve you well if you ever need to start a fire in a harsh, wet environment.6… A Container
Carrying a water container is going to be another very important part of any survival pack
that you might put together. The best thing to get is a stainless steel bottle, though a plastic bottle or any other closable container will also do. Of course, it is better to have this filled with clean water before leaving, though you can gather and boil water from other sources if the need arises.7… Duct Tape
This might seem like a strange item to have with you while out in the wilderness, but duct tape can serve a number of useful purposes. Try to buy the good, high-quality brand, and always keep a roll of it in your backpack for emergencies. You can use it to repair gear, to build a shelter, as fletching for arrows, or any number of different things. You can even use it to build a sling if you sprain your arm or need to support a limb until help arrives.
Mark Harris is a successful freelance writer who often works from the comfort of his own home on his laptop, though he can also be found utilizing the free wi-fi and sipping his favorite caffeinated beverage at the local coffee from time to time! Mark is an avid outdoorsman, and was inspired to write this article while reading www.nightvisionreport.com in an attempt to figure out what to include in his next outdoor survival bag.
There are three factors necessary for a fire to ignite, burn and spread, these are: heat, oxygen and fuel
The careful control of these three factors can greatly reduce the risk of fire and most importantly, contain its ability to spread to other areas, and so contain the amount of damage it can cause.Keep it Clean
Fires thrive on fuel, without it they will quickly die out. A poorly constructed campfire
will not last very long, certainly not long enough to cook the food of hungry campers
! The same principle applies to every fire. Reducing the availability of fuel is one of the first factors to consider when promoting fire safety.
Storage areas that contain potentially flammable material will always be a fire risk. These materials can include paper, textiles, gas and other wood. The proper storage of these materials is of paramount importance to workplace safety.Fire Doors
Open spaces allow fires to quickly spread through large areas. The abundance of oxygen encourages the fire to take up more space and cause more damage. Closing doors is a good measure to take in preventing this spread.
This will slow down the fire, but it can burn through doors, especially if they are made of wood. Fire doors are a great way to increase workplace safety. They are specially designed doors which are built to withstand high temperatures and fire damage. The installation of fire doors can increase a building’s fire resistance and in doing so, increase the health and safety profile of the building and the businesses that reside within.Sprinkler System and Fire Extinguishers
Sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers differ in one respect. A sprinkler system is automatic; once it is triggered by fire, it will begin to reduce the flames and dampen the remaining flammable materials such as paper, wood and carpets. By sprinkling water over the fire, it will contain the size of the fire and reduce its ability to spread to other areas of the building.
Fire extinguishers require someone to operate them. While they are very effective, they should be used in addition to sprinkler systems. By limiting the spread and amount of smoke and fire, you will be protecting the health and safety of your fellow employees.
Some building structures may be more vulnerable to fire than others. The ventilation system can provide avenues for smoke and flames to travel to different areas of the building. It is important to determine the nature of your ventilation system, some powered systems have automatic shut-down procedures that shut down when they detect fire.
By researching your ventilation system, you will have advance knowledge of the possible areas that a fire might spread to. With this information you can increase the safety of your workplace in the event of fire.Fire Marshal Training
Fire marshal training provides you with advanced knowledge of the steps to take in the event of a workplace fire. You will learn how to identify potential fire hazards, how to locate fire escape routes and how to run a fire drill. Fire drills are a necessary component of fire safety, by performing them you can help prepare your fellow employees for workplace fires.Fire Alarm Systems
Fire alarms can monitor changes in the workplace environment that might signal the presence of a fire. Once the fire is detected, the alarm will sound. Everyone working in the building should have a good idea of their duties in the event of fire from performing fire drills. So, when they hear the fire alarm, they will be prepared to take action.
By preventing the spread of fire, you will be able to minimise the potentially extensive damage a fire can cause. By doing so, you will limit the danger posed by fire to everyone in the workplace.Attached Images:
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Whether you need a tent for a festival or a weekend with the family there's a few qualities that it has to have; it must be strong, durable, waterproof and big enough to fit you and all of your belongings.
Although these are all obvious you'd be surprised at how many people end up sleeping in wet sleeping bags in a space that's hardly big enough for a child let alone a fully grown adult. So here is a guide to help you choose a tent that is guaranteed to satisfy.
o This year, Field Candy, who are famous for their weird, wacky and wonderful tent designs have come up with something brilliant. A huge paperback book that looks like it's been dropped from the sky and hit the ground to make a shelter for you and your loved ones. This tent is high on security too, it comes with extra strong pegs, lockable storage pouches, padlocks, hammer and a tent peg puller. You can't go wrong with this unique, family sized tent however, it does come in at the fairly hefty price of £495.
o Retreat 60 has brought out more of generic tent for an extremely reasonable price (£109.99). This tent is great for a weekend getaway and can sleep up to three people very comfortably. This tent also has a porch which is great to use as a storage area for all of your things.
o Another expensive one but it's one that will last Gelert's £395.99 is great if you want a tent that will last you and your family through years of camping. This is a tent with more space than you can imagine - not just floor space but height as well . However, don't take it camping if you haven't put it up before, it's a hard one, but once you've had it up a few times you'll be a natural and you'll never want another tent again.
o Gelert have another tent in the top five with the quick pitch. This tent is a favourite for festivals because it's so easy to put up, you literally have to throw it into the air and it erects itself. Another draw to this tent is the variety of colours and styles that are available and the great price of £49.99.
o Halfords have found a winner with this one, The Halfords Zone Festival 2 Man Tent Pack contains a two man tent, two sleeping bags, two camping mats and two camping chairs all for £49.99, what more could you ask for. It's a basic set but for this price you can hardly moan.This article was written on behalf of http://www.boutiquecamping.com/, who have been recommended for all camping needs by article writer John Rivers.
Wherever you may be trekking, ensuring you have the right kit with you is vital – you never know what you might come across whilst walking. Although there are lots of different pre-made survival kits on the market, they often might not fit your specific environment.
One of the fundamental basics that should be part of any survival equipment is the first aid kit. This can be simply a ready-made bag with the basics in, or you can compile it yourself.
You should ensure that it contains sterile pads, plasters, aspirin/paracetamol and if needed, a miniature book explaining how to use first aid in accident situations.
The kit should also be personalised if necessary – i.e. taking tablets that you find most effective, hay fever medicine should you suffer etc. It’s always handy to carry safety pins should you be forced to fashion a sling. Similarly, a small pair of scissors (sewing scissors would suffice) are always handy to carry around.
A camping knife should also always be carried. There is a massive variety of knifes available, ranging from single blades that can cut wood to Swiss army knives boasting over 100 accessories. A lot of research is needed to find a knife that is suitable for your environment. For trekking, a deluxe Swiss army knife is probably not needed, but you may need a knife that can cut wood.
A fire striker is a piece of kit that shouldn’t be underestimated. Usually comprising of a rod of high-carbon steel and flint, anything that can help in starting a fire in survival conditions is key. Not only does a fire provide heat and a place to cook food, it can also be used as a signal of distress. Along with the fire striker, some tinder should also be carried such as paper or cotton. This will help ignite fires as wood usually cannot be set on fire from a fire striker alone.
With regards to sustenance, it is usually sensible to carry dry food such as instant soup or even hot chocolate powder. These are brilliant for providing nourishment, and only require water and heat. The powder weighs next to nothing, and has a very long shelf date. Within this nourishment kit, a system for water purification should also be carried. Again, there is a massive choice of systems available, ranging from simple tablets that are added to the water, to filter attachments that fit onto the end of a water bottle and purify as-you-drink.Author: This post was supplied on behalf of Simply Hike, they specialise in trekking and camping gear online. Click Here to visit their website.
Below is a video of the master himself in action: Bear Grylls
talks about starting a fire with flint
He mentions (and shows) some of the most challenging places he's battled to make a fire and also the occasions where it's been as easy as 1,2,3...
The video clip is taken from the hugely popular "Man vs Wild
Firearms are surprisingly old. Many people have heard about the Chinese having gunpowder over a thousand years ago, but they do not see firearms in films and books until the time of the American Revolution. This is partly due to the lack of mass production facilities prior to that time.
However, there were guns of various sorts in use for centuries before then. The first in the West were hand held cannons used in the 14th century. They were used alongside weapons such as swords and pikes without replacing them. By the late 18th century, though, nations such as Britain had begun to mass produce firearms and supply them to their soldiers in place of the more traditional lances and swords of previous times.Guns Before 1800
At this point in history, there were as of yet no repeating rifles or pistols. Samuel Colt would not make his famous rifle until the middle of the 19th century. There were, however, some rifles used in widespread fashion around Europe and the Americas.The Pattern 1776 Rifle
The British made a mass order of 1,000 of these rifles in January of 1776. Orders for more followed as it became a very popular weapon with the British. They were designed for use with light infantry. During the American Revolution, the British Army issued these rifles to all the men in each regiment’s light infantry company. As a result, they were used at nearly every battle in the war that occurred after 1776.
The Pattern rifle had a .62 caliber. The barrel was just over 30 inches in length.The Ferguson Rifle
That same year, a British major by the name of Ferguson acquired a patent for a breech-loading rifle. He had based his rifle on similar models produced by the French and the Dutch earlier in the century. It was a .615 caliber rifle, shooting a carbine ball that was standard issue for the British Army. It had an unusual rate of fire and could skilled handlers could get out as many as tee rounds per minute.
However, only 100 of these rifles ever reached the hands of British troops during the revolution. Ferguson’s ideas and design never took off, partially due to his death during the war. The gun was also costly and unusually fragile when compared to other weapons, particularly the Pattern Rifle.1786 Hussar Flintlock
The French used a flintlock rifle with their cavalry units during the late 18th and early 19th century. This weapon was in use then, during both the American Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. It was a .72 caliber weapon with a 20-inch steel barrel. The overall length of the weapon was about 35 inches.(See: 'What is Flint?')
These three weapons exemplify many characteristics of the rifles in use around the world at that time. They were very large caliber compared to modern weapons, which rarely go beyond .30 caliber. They were also among the first generations of breech loaders, distinguished from the muzzle loading weapons because the bullets were inserted closer to the stock rather than through the muzzle.By Tim Gaugher who is a gunsmith and guest author at BecomeGunsmith.org, a site with information on how to become a gunsmith.
This is a look at some of the important equipment necessary for camping trips aimed at kids.
Camping is not a first choice activity for those who like the comforts of home, especially a nice warm bed. However, camping
and its associated activities can do a great deal to enhance peoples' lives especially in the younger age groups and getting outdoors can be a great deal of fun.
Joining a group such as the Scouting movement or Girl Guides is likely to provide access both to the camping experience and also many other outdoor activities. Both of these groups offer their members a range of camping options from small camps solely for their particular group, up to "District and County" events and right through to the bigger National and International Jamborees.
These can provide potentially the best opportunity for children to meet other people from far afield and different cultures, and over the years many great and lasting friendships can be made.
Of course for the younger members many parents will find themselves having to fund the purchase of some basic equipment
such as sleeping bags, wash kits and outdoor wear such as sturdy boots and waterproof coats. While this can be expensive it is, of course, possible to find adequate gear at reasonable prices and the good news is that the group will usually have bought or have access to the major items required such as tents and cooking equipment etc.
For those who don't wish to join such a group then the list of equipment required is going to be longer and involve more expense. Some of these are listed below.
It is one of those things of course that the more frequently one camps the more equipment you are likely to gather over time. This comes from having seen other campers with things that you think would be useful for you to have and simply from seeing things on display as you visit shops to purchase the items that you have decided are essentials. Yes, even camping can have people at the mercy of the window dresser.The following is a list of commonly used camping equipment:
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- First aid kit
- Tent with guy ropes & pegs etc (usually all included)
- Sleeping bag
- Camp Bed or Roll Mat or equivalent
- Torch with spare bulb and batteries
- Chairs for placement around campfire
- Waterproof coat
- Fire-starter Kit
- Hiking boots
- Wash kit and towel