Camping Trip Planning - What Should You Bring?

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There are many things to consider before you start a camping trip! To make sure you get off on the right foot and have everything you need to enjoy your adventure, you should be sure to make an exhaustive checklist and double check everything along the way.

Top 20 Must-Have Ingenious Travel Things

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When traveling, there are things you need to bring along for comfortable and smooth trips wherever you go. These ingenious travel necessities have helped me in my adventure travels across the globe, and I hope you also find them valuable.

Things You Need for Trekking in Nepal

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Getting ready for trekking in Nepal? Are you wondering what gear you need to bring along with you on the trip? Don’t worry, that’s why we are here.

10 Things to Do for an Adventure Traveler in Coron, Palawan

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The mention of ‘Coron’ to anyone who has been there sees their eyes light up with great memories. Any adventure traveler who has been to Coron or Filipino can confidently tell you that it’s the most beautiful place in the Philippines hence a must-visit.

Nepal Adventure – 10 of the Most Fascinating Treks in Nepal

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Nepal, the home of great Himalaya is a magical place and hundreds of thousands of adventure enthusiasts flock there every single year. Mother Nature has gifted this landlocked country, located in south Asia, with rivers, forests, high mountains, and picturesque landscape.

Things to Do in Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands form a small archipelago situated north of Scotland and halfway between Norway and Iceland. It's not very well known as a tourist destination, much to the disadvantage of the world's tourists.

Important Tips for Your First Thru-Hiking Experience

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Will you be going on your first thru-hiking trip anytime soon? It's an exciting prospect, but you do have to remember quite a number of things to make sure that your trip is as safe and as fulfilling as it should be.


Packing for an Adventure in the Sand Dunes

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A trip to the desert is unlike a trip to any other place. The beauty you witness on seeing the vast expanse of nothing but mounds of sand glittering in the sunlight, as the breeze blows it in your face is unparalleled. The extremities of weather that can get unbearably hot during the day and surprisingly cold during the night are one of the many perks of an adventure in the sand dunes. From admiring the camels that trace the sand to walking on what seems like a path that never ends, an adventure in the sand dunes is truly an experience to look forward to. For people who call themselves the real adventurers, their list of to-do is incomplete if they have not gone on a trip to the desert and engaged in some amazing adventure sports that one can pursue in that landscape. If you are contemplating on whether you should go on a trip to the sand dunes or to somewhere else, we would suggest that you choose the former. The only reason we would ask you to do that is that shedding your inhibitions and being in a place that is nothing like home; that makes you feel like you are miles away from your comfort zone and yet you end up enjoying is what a real adventure is all about. You can go on a trip that is all chalked in an out by a tour organizing company, or you could tinker an escapade that is one hundred percent, authentically yours. Either way, if you plan to go, we are sure you will end up having a great time. However, before you get a little too excited we would like you to focus on a primarily important aspect of any outdoor trip, and that is preparation. Without the right kind of preparation and knowledge, even a simple trip to the nearby beach can end up being a disaster. When we say preparation, it does not mean booking tickets and making reservations at the hotel. We mean having each of that item with you that will mark the difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary trip. We mean paying attention to details that even an avid adventurer can easily overlook when packing for a beautiful vacation no matter how experienced he or she is out of excitement. To make sure that if a trip of a lifetime in the sand dunes is what you are planning for, then that comes true in all its shape and form, here we are to help you prepare in every possible way. Choose your destination first Just making plans about going to a desert and then deciding which one is not the kind of game you play when planning for a desert adventure. Although all the deserts are essentially same, selecting a name before you begin to pack helps you understand how many landmarks you should cover. This will help you understand the number of days you need to spend there and this, in turn, will help you pack accordingly. Be it the Marrakech in the Sahara Desert, the desert adventures in Dubai desert or the Thar desert of India, every desert comes with its perks and experiences that are as unique as the places in which they are located. Chalk out your itinerary Once your destination is all set and done after conducting the basic research, you have to go ahead and do some in-depth research on the place to know what are the landmarks you must not miss out. For example, if you are going to the Marrakech, you are in for a spicy treat. Known for its seductive spices this Moroccan desert will charm you with its kasbahs, coast and a horde of adventure activities that you can do here including rock climbing. The desert safari of the Dubai desert is another thing that must be on the top of your to-do list if that is where you are planning to go. Also, study the climate of the place in the season in which you are going. Check for rest houses, hospitals, and eateries in the nearby areas and also how far they will be from your checkpoints at the night time. Get maps of the chosen place and spend some time trying to study and understand it, so you don't have to depend on anyone but yourself for the right direction. If you are going on the trip without a guide, then these are some aspects that you cannot overlook to ensure the sound health of your voyage. Food and water supplies: Food and water are two important aspects of your preparation for an adventure in the sand dunes. A self-planned and executed adventure requires you to focus on gathering the right amount of food and water supplies even more. Talking about food first, you may think that setting up the campfire is a great option. We wouldn't deny it considering how cold it gets at night; the fire will serve a two-fold purpose. But this is a feasible plan only when you are traveling in your vehicle or when you are going for a short duration. Campfire needs supplies, from firewood and fuel to big utensils and washing supplies, from raw food items to creating a space where you can safely store them unless they are ready to be cooked for a day's dinner. You cannot practically take your entire kitchen with you when traveling to another continent or for more than a week. Another drawback of campfires is that you can only set them up once in a day, so you have to either eat leftovers for breakfast and lunch or packaged food. If you are going on a long trip, you can take stuff for a campfire, but when it comes to food, you should choose something more reliable, healthy and convenient. MRE or Meals, Ready to Eat are reliable, much more healthy and convenient food option when it comes to choosing a food source for outdoor trips.
  • MREs are packed in a hermetically sealed environment which makes sure that the quality of food inside remains unaffected by the external environment. This feature makes them perfect for an adventure in the sand dunes given the climatic conditions change drastically on a daily basis.
  • MREs are impact resistant and ruggedized for rough usage. You don't have to carry them with the care with which you have to carry other packaged and canned food items.
  • MRE day food packs contain 1300 calories that are sufficient for one person for a day. The food inside the packets is brimming with nutrients. A full day MRE meal keeps you healthy and energetic.
  • MREs come with a self-activated heating feature. If one night you decide not to set up the campfire because you are too tired, that's okay because you can still eat hot food. All thanks to this wonderful feature.
  • Another added benefit of choosing MRE food packs over canned food items is that they are lightweight. If you are backpacking then, you wouldn't want to carry unnecessary weight on your shoulders.
  • Full day MRE meal packs come with the all three meals for the day which include desserts, beverages, and snacks. You don't have to carry separate supplies for breakfast, lunch and dinner for all the days you will be in the desert.
  • MREs have a long shelf life. You can buy packs that will last from 3 days up to 5 years. So, no matter how many days later you consume them after buying, the food will never go stale unlike canned and packaged food that requires specific storage conditions without which they go stale.
  • Most MRE packs also come with water supplies. Water is going to be the primary need of your body when in the sand dunes. The hot and dry wind will make you feel dehydrated too quickly, and you will need to replenish the water content of your body by drinking water regularly.
You can also buy MRE water packs separately. Gather all your supplies Gathering supplies include clothing and other stuff that you will be taking with yourself on the trip. As for the clothing, you need to have a good mix of both types of clothes, comfortable t-shirts for the day and pullovers and fleece jackets for the night.
  • Don't forget to pack a cozy sleeping bag for the cold nights.
  • Sometimes, it may get too cold to be able to sleep comfortably. Carry some firewood and fuel to light the campfire.
  • Carry a wide brimmed hat and a bandana to protect yourself from the sun during the day.
  • A good quality sunscreen lotion with a high SPF will be your best friend during the trip. Make sure you apply it before you begin your day.
  • Whenever you feel a little too dehydrated, have some extra water that you can splash on your face.
  • For the lowers, you could take joggers or cargo pants. Wearing shorts is not advisable for you may end up getting rashes or blisters because of the rough camel skin sliding against your skin.
  • For the footwear, carry hiking boots, gaiters, hiking socks and trekking sandals. Sandals will come in handy when you want your feet to breathe a little after they have been packed inside shoes for the whole day.
  • Carry walking poles. Sand dunes can present some tough challenge when it comes to hiking them. The slippery texture of the sand does nothing to help you. Instead, it takes you a step backward for every two steps you take. Walking poles cab be quite useful for such situations.
  • Sunglasses are the way to go when in the desert. Make sure they are tinted.
  • A magnetic compass, a GPS, and a map will come in handy when you need to find your way back onto the right path. This is when all your research and studying the map will bear its sweet fruits.
  • Have a whistle that blows aloud. This whistle will be your call for help in case of an emergency.
  • A Swiss army knife because when nothing helps, a knife surely does.
  • In your first aid kit, apart from all the medicines have anti-diarrhoea drugs and rehydration sachets.
  • Don't think that the desert comes without its necessary supply of insects. There are plenty of bugs to annoy you and bite youl. Have an insect repellent to keep them away.
An adventure in the sand dunes can turn out to be an actual adventure when you have prepared yourself thoroughly for every possible situation. Don't forget to go through every aspect of the trip at least once before you finally set out. Have a good one!

A Road Trip in the Winters and MRE

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A road trip in itself is a great way to spend your vacations, be it alone or with your friends and family. When you plan a road trip in the winter season, a whole new dimension of fun and excitement gets added to the eventful journey you are going to undertake. If you are someone who loves doing something out of the box, a road trip during the winter season may appeal to you even more, for obvious reasons. However, one thing to remember is that apart from all the fun there is another inevitable aspect that you need to lay importance on, more than ever before, and that is preparation. From the snow covered roads to reduced visibility at some places, from the low temperatures outside to making your vehicle ready for the adventure in the cold, there are a lot of regards you have to take into consideration. If at any given point of time, you find yourself not being prepared for something that happens during the trip, you will end up experiencing a lot more than you bargained for. So here we are with some precious tips and hacks that will make sure that your winter road trip is nothing short of extraordinary. If you have experience of driving around in the snow, then you may already know some of these tips but for longer journeys, it is important that you recollect all of them and prepare in a way that they fit your plans. Craft a schedule that you can enjoy. Planning for a long drive during the winter season can be tiring for you and exhaustive for your vehicle. So if you're thinking of a winter road trip, make sure you have enough days to spare, especially if you are planning to cover multiple cities in the process. If a big city is where you're headed, set out at a time that does not coincide with the rush hour. The vehicles plus snow covered road plus bad weather (you never know) is never a good combination. Another thing that can add quality to your trip is planning around a particular theme. Since it's winter time, it would be great if you could check out some ski resorts on your way. Some places have special winter festivals. If you create a rough mindset of what you want out of this road trip, it will make the journey more purposeful. It will also keep you focused and help you enjoy better. Next in line is preparing your car for the adventure. This part of the journey is quite crucial because it is your car that will be taking you wherever you steer it. Planning ahead and with dexterity is quite important when it comes to preparing your car for the fun filled adventure in the winter season. The first thing that you should do is take your car for a winter tune-up. This is all that the tune-up will include:
  • The quality of the tires: There are different types of tires available in the market, they are mostly all season ones and the winter tires. If you have all season tires, you have to ascertain that they are good enough to take you through the planned route. If you have the slightest doubts, it is better to buy winter tires. Decent quality tires will make sure you don't get stuck in snow ever so often.
  • The quality of the windshield wipers: A satisfactory quality windshield wiper will make sure that it clears out all the ice rather than smearing it all over the windscreen.
  • Anti- freeze in the radiator: You cannot imagine travelling around in your car during the winter without a radiator that will keep you warm. A radiator works on anti-freeze so, naturally, make sure that is there in adequate quantity.
  • Ice scraper: All you need is $5 to get yourself a good enough ice scraper. There is no way you won't need it on a road trip during the winter season.
  • Jumper Cables: The cold of the winter makes it quite easy for the car's battery to wear out. Witnessing a car's engine not starting is not an uncommon experience. Leaving just a single roof light on inside the car for the night only means you will be greeted by a dead car battery in the morning. As long as you have jumper cables with you, the dead car battery will never be the kind of pause you want on your road trip. All you need after that is instructions on how you should use them and another car to give yours the boost it needs. While you're putting the jumper cables to use, remember to give your vehicle a good run. This run will help in recharging the battery.
  • Extra washer fluid for the windshield: Storms and sleet are common during the winter. Though you should already have a full windshield tank, you should also have an extra bottle with you, just in case.
Pack items that look miscellaneous but are quite necessary for a good road trip.
  • Cell phone and charger: Get a cell phone charger that you can easily plug into your cigarette lighter. If you don't have a lighter, get that too. Not having a charged phone during an emergency is the worst kind of situation in which you can find yourself.
  • Sand or kitty litter: Snow is stubborn. Once your car gets stuck in a challenging pile of snow, it's tough to drive the car out of it. For this reason, you must have a bag of kitty litter or sand so that whenever your car gets stuck in snow, and the wheels are slipping on it instead of moving ahead, you can put the bag under the power wheels and make your escape.
  • Maps and GPS: They are essential take-along for a happy and fulfilling road trip. Once you get lost, finding your way back with the sun shining brightly and the clear roads is a challenge that's big enough. Now, dull the brightness of the sun and cover everything with snow and imagine getting lost. Frustrating right? With the map and the GPS right there, not so much. You'll need paper maps along with the GPS too because just in case it loses signal you will still know which direction you are supposed to take.
Winter Survival Kit Survival comes into play anytime you step outside of the comfortable boundaries of your house for a long duration. Since you will be on the road for a long time, you will need to have an adequate supply of food and water to keep yourself healthy, full and hydrated. You may think about eating at rest stops, but since you are travelling in the winter season, you have to keep the factor of unpredictability in mind. Do not limit yourself to snacks, beverages, and packaged food. When it comes to food, the more you have, the better. If you lose your way, your car breaks down unexpectedly, or the weather gets too harsh to continue driving you may want to eat something that's more fulfilling and nutritious. For the same reason, you must opt for MRE or Meals, Ready to Eat. These food options are the perfect fit for any outdoor activity, especially if you're going out for a long time. Here is a list of special features of MREs that set them a class apart from all the other eating options.
  • Initially created as food for the military, MREs are impact resistant and ruggedized for use. The external environment, no matter how extreme it gets, will never affect the quality of the food inside an MRE pack.
  • Food inside each MRE meal has 1200-2000 calories that keep your body healthy and functioning optimally for the day.
  • MREs are packed in hermetically sealed environment. This packing ensures that no loss in the quality of food and the nutritional content is incurred over time.
  • Retention of food quality and nutritional content is further assured by the long shelf life that ranges from 3 days to 5 years. You don't have to worry about not having edible food to eat even if you are eating a month after you bought the meals. Just make sure you have a look at the "consume before" date.
  • Eating a hot meal in the cold winters, away from home on an outdoor adventure is something that will make your day. With MREs as your food, you don't have to worry about building a campfire or setting up a stove. The MREs come with a self-activated heating feature that heats up the food as soon as you open the packet. Eat hot food on the go!
  • MREs have their utensils which include plates, spoons, and fork.
  • MREs have a huge variety of food, including Halal and Kosher option. If you buy a pack for the day, it will include all the three meals along with snacks, beverage, and desserts. This feature makes MRE the best combination of food and eliminates the need for you to carry anything extra.
  • Most MRE packets come with water supplies. If you do not buy a food pack with water, then you can purchase the latter separately. You can get an adequate number of packets depending upon how long you will be on the road.
Given these distinct features that make MRE the best food option, it is wise if you invest in it. A few driving tips A few things that you will have to consider while driving in the winter include:
  • Weather forecast: Everyday, before you check out of the hotel room including the day you begin your trip the first prerequisite is that you know the weather forecast. Knowing that the weather is going to turn bad in the next few hours will help you plan accordingly. You want to be in a warm blanket by the fireplace and not sitting in your car when it's storming outside.
  • Fill your gas tank as frequently as possible, which means that you will have to stop more. But don't let comfort come in the way of what will be more convenient and helpful in the long term.
  • Do not compromise with safety at any point. From the driving point of view, this will include driving slowly, always clearing all the ice off the windows and the car.
  • If you get stuck in the snow, which is a possibility when there is too much of it on the road, do not spin the wheels. Instead, press the accelerator and then remove your foot from it. Repeat this procedure several times till the car begins to rock. This rocking will provide the momentum you need to go forward.
  • If you see a snowplow, the wiser choice to make is not to pass it. It is only pushing the thick snow out of the way so just stay there and let it finish the job.
We hope you have a great journey!

Deep Water Soloing and MRE

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A wise man once said, "a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there." It's amazing how some people spend their entire lives living within preset boundaries, never challenging themselves, sticking to the conventional rules and staying miles away from taking any risks. While at the same time, there are people who in the same lives that they get to live, use it to explore everything that they can, about themselves and everything around them. It is true indeed that unless you step out of your shell and push yourself beyond the dingy limits that you have conveniently set for yourself, you cannot fathom the true meaning of life. And what better way to test the waters than to engage in an adventure that will make you explore the beautiful facets of nature that otherwise remain unexplored. Deep water soloing is an adventure sport that has started gaining a lot of popularity nowadays. The distinct characteristics of the activity have not just grabbed the attention of experienced adventurers but also of the amateurs who are openly willing to try it out. If you are one of those, who has been thinking about trying deep water soloing out, our valuable tips will come in handy to help you make the best of every moment you spend out there. The tips will be helpful even if you are looking for deeper insights into what it is all about, let's get started. First things first, what exactly is deep water soloing? Also known as pisco bloc, deep water soloing is a unique form of solo rock climbing which means that the climber climbs alone, and no one belays him. The activity is performed at sea cliffs mostly when there is a high tide at the sea. The idea of doing it near water bodies is to help reduce the impact in case the climber falls because there is no belay supporting him. Though deep water soloing has started making its way into mainstream sports only now, it has been in existence since the 1970s. The style of climbing and the little nuances that are involved in the technique continue to evolve even today. Deep water soloing can get as thrilling as you want it to be. You're faced with a mighty climb in front of you and the deep sometimes menacing waters (due to the high tide) below you. Considered a notch above coasteering, deep water soloing is one activity that every climber or adventurer must say yes to at least once in their lifetime. There are no harnesses, ropes, and racks. All that there is is the sun, rock, water, and that spirit to challenge yourself and proceed without any inhibitions. Where to go? Cliffs and deep water are the only two deciding factors that should play a role in deciding where you want to go for deep water soloing. Currently, there are a few places where people go to undertake this adventure. These sites include the coasts of Devon and Dorset in England, the coast of Majorca in the Mediterranean, Calanques near Marseille, the surrounding areas of the Southern Pembrokeshire coast, parts of Spain, Sardinia, Ireland, Greece and the lakes of central Texas. When to go? When to go is a major deciding factor to be considered in a deep water soloing adventure. It's not like a bird watching trip for which you can go any time of the year depending upon which bird you want to see or a simple rock climbing trip which also does not need you to choose a particular time that is more suitable than the other. Since a cliff overlooking sea water is an integral part of the sport and there are high chances of you falling into it because you know, there is no harness supporting you; it is preferable to avoid going for deep water soloing during the winter season. No one wants to fall from a considerable height into cold water which sends the body into a chill. In the spring season, the climate may get warm, but the water is still on the colder side of the scale so avoid that too. Ideally, the best time to go for deep water soloing is when the summer season has knocked on your door long enough for the water to become warm and welcoming. During the September season, the average temperature of the water is as high as 19 degrees which is an excellent time to begin your adventure. What gear do I need? Well, traditionally, deep water soloing is minus any equipment such as ropes or harness which is, in fact, one of the nice things about this adventure sport. But apart from this, an experienced adventurer will always have a few things to make his experience a fulfilling and satisfactory one. They include:
  • Replacement boots because you don't want to resume your climb after falling into the water with drenched boots, they will only weigh you down and drain your energy
  • Chalk bag
  • Chalk
  • Clothes: Shorts and comfortable t-shirts are ideal for the sport.
  • Abseil rope (this will be helpful if you need help to start your climb)
Do I need to take food supplies with me? A one-word answer to this question would be yes. Food translates into energy, and that is what gives you the strength to climb such spicy cliffs and then swim out of the water if in case you fall. But don't mistake the food we are referring to as snacks, specially packaged ones. They might be tasty, but they give you the wrong type of carbs and calories that you do not need before an exhaustive physical activity. A considerable option is MRE or Meals, Ready to Eat. Initially made as food for the military who are away from traditional home cooked food but need the energy to remain active nevertheless, MREs are a reliable source of energy and nutrients for any outdoor activity. They are made in a hermetically sealed environment which preserves their nutritional value and makes them rugged for rough use. The MREs are also resistant against external impact which makes them the perfect food to take on an adventure. A single pack of MRE contains 1250 calories that are enough for a person for a day. MREs also have full day packet meals which include breakfast, lunch and dinner along with snacks and different type of diets such halal or kosher. These meals have desserts and beverages as well. You don't have to carry extra utensils because MREs have their plates, spoon or fork that you can discard after use. MREs contain a healthy mix of all varieties of food that are tasty as well as nutritious. MREs have a long shelf life which varies from 3 days to 5 years. If you are going for a long trip, you don't have to worry about these ready to eat meals going stale or losing their nutritional content. Most of these packets come with water supplies which reduce your load of carrying extra water bottles. One of the best things about Meals, Ready to Eat is that they do not require manual heating or cooking. They have a self-activated heating feature which warms up the food as soon as you open the packet and fill up with a water. MREs are not canned so are light weight and more convenient to carry. What about water? Hydration is crucial to any outdoor sport. No matter how much food you eat, unless you have enough water to drink, you will never feel active and ready to go. You have the choice to buy MREs that come with water supplies. Apart from that, water packets are also sold separately. You can buy them and take them along depending upon the duration of the trip. Apart from water, it is also good if you take energy drinks with you to keep yourself active, energized and hydrated at all times. Is today a good day? You need to have at least two to three days at hand for a deep water soloing trip. You cannot simply arrive at the cliff and begin the soloing because you have to keep the environmental conditions in mind. A paramount requirement is that you must be a good swimmer to try out deep water soloing, without which it is easy for this fun and exciting activity to turn quite dangerous. Do not choose the day when the sea waters are too rough, and the tide is too high or too low. It is important to know what you will fall into and whether you will be able to make your way out of the water or not. Sometimes, no matter how experienced a swimmer you are, the currents of the water are strong enough to push you into the rocks with sharp edges. Such a situation can be potentially fatal. How to hit the water? Hitting the water surface has a technique which is more important that you would think. There are instances when people who do not know the right method and fall into the water with a large force either face front or on their back. Once you lose your hold from the cliff, twist and kick in the air until you have an upright position before you hit the water. As soon as you do, take a pencil like or streamlined position. Do not have a very rigid or firm body posture because then the impact of hitting will be quite hard. Don't leave it too loose as well. Be a mixture of both, flexible yet firm. Remember to keep your body upright and move your legs and arms in the air. Having a streamlined position is the key. Keep your safety in mind. Any outdoor or adventure sport requires you to take precautions. To ensure safety when deep water soloing always go in the company of someone else. Even if they are first timers, it is comforting to know that if something unwanted happens there is someone who can perform the first aid and call for help. Observe the path that leads you to the destination and mark the exit points. If something happens, you should know which path to take if you want to leave. When people go on higher cliffs, they take a little boat with themselves. The boat helps in pulling people out if they are unable to make their way out of water themselves if anything goes wrong. As long as you are prepared for the outcomes and are confident enough to help yourself and others around you, your adventure is going to be a great one.
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