Get Ready for the Summer Camping Trip

Summer can mean many things to many people, but one thing that is great to do is to have a campout, whether planned for teens or for the whole family.  Summer is the time to embrace the woods or the forest for some nature hugging. In a busy world during this digital age, almost everyone is connected digitally so often that they forgot how to connect with nature. The city areas have overtaken nature and so our places to experience the outdoors has been pushed far away to the background. 
 
Going on a camping trip makes you go in a survival mode. It may be a learning experience for the kids and a review for adults. You have to prepare things that will enable you to live on minimal things. Things you can carry along with you without being a burden to someone else.
 
Any McGyver fan will always bring a Swiss knife.  It’s better than just your bare hands. Bring some water purification tablets or a portable purifier pump to have potable water. Too much sun exposure can be painful so sunscreen with at least SPF30 would be smart to bring. Extra socks to keep your feet and legs covered, and ear muffs to make sure no bugs get into your ears. Pack an inflatable air bag which turns into a bed or sofa by scooping and locking air into it easily. A compass and a map to figure out your location. Magnifying glass to create fire with the sun during the day and lighter during the night. It is important to have a personal first aid kit in case of an accident, and prevention care with Buzz Away Extreme Towelettes to keep mosquitoes away.  They are a conveniently wrapped individually in a foil packet for easy storage without drying the towelette up. It will be comforting to have something to rub your skin with since it takes away any dirt you have on your skin. It makes sharing with others also easy. Active ingredients come from nature, like citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, coconut, geranium, and other oils. It also has Vitamin E.

You can also use Buzz Away Extreme Spray which is conveniently in a small spray bottle that can fit easily in a pocket so it can be taken out for use when needed. It stays active for four hours so you will be protected while hiking, fishing or performing other outdoor activities.  Both can be ordered from BuzzAwayExtreme.com. Also pack a flashlight and a raincoat to give you protection in case it rains, and light that can send Morse code at far distances when needed.

 

6 Quick Tips for Traveling with Children

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The summer is almost upon us, which also means that it’s almost time for the summer vacation we’ve all been dreaming about since Thanksgiving! Woohoo! However, traveling with a family in tow can sometimes be akin to herding cats, and can need a strong approach to organization, entertainment, and patience. Here’s my quick guide to surviving a vacation without going completely bonkers!

Don’t let them pack their own backpack

It seems like it would be a good way to teach your children about what they need and what they don’t, but take it from me, you’ll likely get to your destination with a rucksack full of tutus, sticker books and cuddly toys rather than the essential junior swim shorts and warm layers. Allow them to have an input into what they would like to take, but it’s good to do an audit before walking out the door. Flying long-haul? Check out my guide for packing hand-luggage like a pro here.

Book ahead of time

Whether you are camping or staying in hotels, it pays to book ahead when traveling with a family. You may have played it by ear and chosen guest houses and hostels on a whim when you were backpacking in your early twenties, but things are different now, and spontaneity won’t seem so fun if you can’t find a pitch or a room and have to hit the road again with a screaming toddler in the backseat!

Give them a camera

Give a small person a robust and unbreakable camera, and you’ll be surprised by what they snap. By doing this, you will be encouraging your child(ren) to be observant about the world around them and give them an interest in colors, textures, faces and nature! Along with photos of feet and wheels, you may be surprised by what they spot from knee-height!

Use public transport

Children are fascinated by the world, and more often than not, traveling by train, bus or boat will be much more exciting than spending hours in the back of a hire car. Not only will the world rolling by outside be a fascinating thing to watch, but you will be able to enjoy the view with them, rather than concentrating on the road and directions.

Encourage them to keep a travel journal or scrapbook

Spend some time each day drawing, sketching or writing down what they saw, enjoyed, or even hated throughout the day. Talk to them about the food they have tried and get them to describe it – this exercise is a great way for kids to remember family vacations, as they will always have something to look back on. If they would rather, help them collect postcards, entry tickets and transport passes so that they can put them all into a scrapbook when they get home!

Brand them

If you are going to be traveling through busy airports and transport stations, write your mobile number on their arm in pen, just in case they get lost. This way, whoever finds them will have an instant port of call to get them back in touch with you.

@360Chicago & #360Tilt! Ride are a Must See When Visiting Downtown #Chicago

Last weekend was our first family trip to Chicago. We had so many places to see during our stay there for our summer vacation. So, the first place we wanted to see was the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck located on top of the famous Hancock Tower. The ride to the top was quick and easy. After we arrived, we had to decide whether to look at the fantastic views from over 1000 feet above downtown Chicago or to experience their 360 Tilt ride that looked really interesting and a little scary for me since I’m afraid of heights. We decided to enjoy the ride before walking around to look at the different views and to take pictures.

When we get on the ride, we stood facing looking out and grabbed two bars on each side of the window. Then, as the ride started, the floor and window began to lean outwards so we were literally tilting down to the buildings and street below. It was really an amazing feeling because you feel like you can actually reach out and touch the buildings next to the Hancock Tower. My hubby and our daughter said they really enjoyed the ride as much as I did.After the ride, we walked to each side of the observation deck and took dozens of awesome pictures of downtown Chicago, the Lake Michigan beach and many other sites you can see for miles around. 360 Chicago is a much see visit because of the incredible views and the 360 Tilt ride that is like no other ride we have ever experienced. To learn more, I suggest to visit their website: 360Chicago.com!!!

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How to Beat the Heat in August

Summer brings to mind sunny picnics, days lazing on the beach and yummy iced treats. But the flip side comes in August when the intensity of the heat and the humidity make you feel like you’re permanently drenched in sweat. Here are some simple tips on how to beat the heat in August:

  1. Freeze your Sheets

This is a great way to get comfy at night. Put your sheets in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer for a couple of hours. This will keep you comfortable for the time it takes for you to fall asleep.

      2. Cool your skin

Use aloe-vera gel or any aloe based moisturizer on your body to lower your skin temperature. It has the added benefit of adding a glow to your skin and getting rid of unwanted scars (if used regularly).

101790668-aloe-vera-plant 3. Gel packs

Buy a couple of gel packs and put them in the freezer the whole day. Use them between your mattress and sheet at night to stay cool for a good night sleep. An easier hack for the same thing is to fill a sock with rice and freeze – the rice holds the chill longer.

4. Make your own mister

Place a bowl of water in front of a fan. The wind from the fan will pick up moisture from the water bowl and act as a mini mister.

5. DIY Air Conditioner

Go one step ahead with the mister and put a bowl full of ice in front of a fan! Use frozen salt water to make the ice last longer.

6. Hot water bottles

You don’t have to pack them up after the winter. Just fill them with chilled water and use wherever you want to plank yourself.

7. Smart Air Flow

If you’re too lazy to try fans with ice or water bowls, just place the fans near windows and facing outwards! Blow the hot air out to lower room temperature.

8. Swimming

What better way to beat the heat than a cool splash? Find a pool in your vicinity and dunk yourself in for a couple of hours. The cooling effect will last for a while.

9. Swing it out

A hammock is a great way to stay cool – rig it up in your room or outside under a tree to enjoy a chill time with some music or your favorite book.

10. Get low and below

Heat rises. If you live in a two storey house, move your sleeping gear downstairs. If you’re in a single story house/apartment, put your mattress/cot closer to the ground.

11. Go Green

Electric bulbs give up a lot of heat. Turning off electric lights can lower your room temperature and lower the electricity bill!

12. Cool Shades

Hang a wet sheet in front of open windows. This is a great hack from cooling down the whole room. The breeze blowing in will bring down the room temperature.

Of course, buying an air conditioner means you won’t have to do any of the above! But if you feel like getting creative, put yourself through a stay cool challenge and share your ideas with friends and family. Who knows, maybe someone will get creative enough to come up with an idea to save the planet while staying cool!