Camping supplies could cover a vast amount of things, such as an ax, wood, food, tents, sleeping bags and even a cook stove. Here we will cover such items as fire wood, an ax, food and other supplies you would stock up on when going camping. Other items such as tents, sleeping bags and cook stoves will be covered under Camping Gear.

Let’s take a look at some of the more important camping supplies that you will want to make sure you bring along on all of your camping trips.

Can Opener

You may laugh at this one, but the can opener is one of the most forgotten items when going camping. I have found myself more then once trying to open a can with a knife which is not the safest thing to do. In my early days of camping, I even used a rock once to open a can of soup. So make sure that you have a can opener on your list of camping supplies.

Fire Wood

There is something about sitting around a camp fire in the evening or early morning that makes a camping trip more special. The kids just love to make s’mores when we go camping and I always place the coffee pot next to the fire to keep it nice and warm in the morning. Be sure to check the fire regulations in the area that you will be camping as some areas don’t allow open fires during certain times of the year.

Ax or Hatchet

These always come in handy to chop up bigger pieces of fire wood and cutting wood into smaller pieces to be used as kindling. I have even used my ax to cut a tent pole or two when one or more of the tent poles were left at home.

Choosing the best camping cots

Choosing the best camping cots

There are a lot of different kinds of camping cots on the market today and choosing the right one is very important. Here are a few important points that you need to consider before purchasing a cot.

Choosing a cot that is poorly made and uncomfortable can cause you to have many sleepless nights.You want to make sure that the cot you buy will last for many great camping trips. If your cot is poorly made you will find yourself replacing it every few years.

Is the cot easy to put together?

There are a few camping cots on the market today that is very difficult to assemble.

One of the first camping cots that I had was made of a piece cloth, two poles and some wires that held the cot just a few inches off the ground. This cot was very uncomfortable and allowed the cold from the ground to seep up through my sleeping bag.

Needless to say, that was the last time that I ever used that cot.

Some of the best cots on the market today are the Army-style cots. They are made of both wood and square aluminum tubing. They are comfortable, well made and are easy to put up and take down.

The cots that are made of wood are well made but are better suited for kids due to their light weight. Over time these cots can wear a little and become wobbly from the heaver weight of an adult. The camping cots that are made form square tubing are the best cots available and will last through many great camping trips. They are very strong and durable and are better suited for adults.

Some of the camping stores will even have three or four 300 pound guys standing on the cots to show just how strong they are.

There are a few Army-style cots out there that are very difficult to put together. One of the guys that I camp and hunt with has a cot that takes four guys to put together.

Two of us have to hold the cot to the ground, while the other two have to pry and pull with a screw driver and vice grips to get it to go together.

Roscommon Michigan

Roscommon Michigan

My favorite campground is South Higgins Lake State Park campground. This is one of two campgrounds around this lake, but I think this one is much nicer and more developed and modernized, which is what my family prefers when camping.

It is filled with fun activities to do with friends and family. There is a beautiful, fairly good sized lake to swim, boat, water-ski, jet-ski, fish, and relax by.

There are also many trails for biking or hiking around the lake, some of which I hear go all the way around the huge lake. And there are some playgrounds for the little ones to swing or slide too.

There are also campsites with electrical hookups. Campsites also include fire pits and a picnic table. The bathrooms are clean and very nice, and the campground as a whole is kept very tidy and beautiful year-round.

I enjoy the water and the landscape a lot and there are planned nature walks with the park rangers at certain times during the week which are informational and full of different types of wildlife.

There is a little shop where you can rent boats and they have a bit of supplies, and also candy. There is also a cute little town area very close by where you can grab a bite to eat, or bait and fishing supplies or a nice ice cream treat.

I go here once a year with my parents and sisters, and we meet up with a bunch of aunts and uncles and cousins for about a week of camping.

It is a very fun and relaxing time, there is much to do and if you don’t want to do anything there are many places to enjoy relaxing and laying around.

Best Campgrounds In Missouri

Best Campgrounds In Missouri

Huzzah Valley is a great campground, my family and I love it because it easily located from where we live, has great RV parks, and one time we got to the camp site and realized that we had forgotten our sons sleeping bag.

We were reluctant to find that we were able to buy one at the camp store and our son was not forced to sleep inside the RV. The campground has a rope swing that the kids would go swing off of with the other kids for hours.

Every time we go, as a tradition we have to kayak down the huzzah river, it’s about an hour and a half long kayak if you don’t stop for ‘drinks’.

One of the very few downsides of Huzzah Valley is that for the younger ones, the rope swing is about the only thing for them to do, so if your children bored easily, they wont find much to do, but I can’t recall ever camping that the children didn’t get bored at so it really isn’t that big of a let down.

Be warned if you go into the campground store, the store can be very pleasant looking to a six year old, my six year old son (at the time on the incident) cried for what felt like three hours because we couldn’t afford to buy one of the more expensive house decorations for the store because we had forgotten a sleeping bag and were forced to pay a fair amount.

Addiction Statistics

Addiction Statistics

Many people are interested in addiction statistics relating to drug and alcohol rehab. Interestingly enough, more than half of the people who enter rehab, are having addiction difficulties with drugs and alcohol. This means that people who seek treatment are often getting treatment for both rather than one or the other. For this reason, you will find that most treatment centers tend to incorporate a dual perspective into their programs.

Another important area of statistics that people are interested in is how many people actually seek out help. Statistics indicate that well over 20 million Americans need drug rehabilitation treatment. However, only a very small percentage, well under 5%, ever actually enter treatment. This is unfortunate because many people fail to get the treatment they need exacting a high cost of damage on themselves, their families, and society in general. This can take the form of crime, lack of productivity, splintered families, or even violence. Some of the better drug treatment programs can offer their patients quality behavior modification training that can increase the odds they will avoid relapse on drug or alcohol.

However, even if you seek out help, this does not guarantee long term success as many people will occasionally relapse. Most drug rehab centers have a recovery rate of 15 to 20% or lower. Still, there are a few treatment centers that have an over 70% recovery rate. Naturally, when you are looking at different treatment centers, you should be sure to ask questions about long term success rates. Your goal should be to find ones that are more likely to give you long term success even if they potentially end up costing more in the short run. In the long run, many of these costs can be easily recouped when you consider having the ability to lead a more productive life.

Camping games for children

Camping games for children

When it comes to bringing the children in for camping, it can either be a fun-filled experience that will keep them in high spirits or a preview of what hell feels like when children are tempted with boredom.

And this is exactly why camping games for children need to be given lots of advance consideration if you want them to be successful.

Children are by nature full of boundless energy. Bottle up that energy, and they will find other ways to vent it. And this will usually have some pretty messy results in the end. This then defines rule number one when choosing camping games for children: tap that energy and direct it to a fun and constructive end.

Tag, ball-games and similar games that involve a lot of puffing and huffing then become the number one priority when it comes to thinking up games, and should be given early in the day or when the kids have taken some time to rest up. This is when the children are at the peak of their spirits, and a highly-energetic game will help them vent that energy.

Team games that instill a sense of cooperation and camaraderie are not just fun and exciting for the children. If play is practicing life skills, then team-oriented camping games for children build up a child’s ability to interact and work with other individuals as they go through life.

This means team games like balloon wars and tug-of-war offer more than just a way for the kids to vent their energy. They also expose them to conflict and cooperation scenarios that will determine the development of their interpersonal skills.

Scavenger hunts and hide-and-seek are fun for a reason: they hone a child’s sense of ingenuity and creativity in high-pressure situations. These camping games for children are designed to test a child’s ability to quickly and appropriately deal with situations as they come up.

The ability to look around for the items in question and to improvise a hiding spot then become learning experiences that will both guide a child’s development and allow for a whole lot of fun while doing so!

Let’s face it. What kind of camping trip does not involve getting down and dirty in the mud? The whole point of going camping is to expose the children to an environment away from the monotonous proceedings of urban life.

Frolicking in the dirt and building mud castles do pose a few obvious hygiene problems, but the experience of handling dirt and being exposed to nature itself serves as an enjoyable means of strengthening oneself. After all, being cloistered in a perfectly sterile environment makes the body weak and overly dependent on external protection.

One last thing, don’t ruin it for the children by focusing too much on the learning experience. Camping games for children are meant to be a fun and exciting way to appreciate Mother Nature, so hang back and let them have all the fun in the sun they can have.

Camping supplies for Cooking

Camping supplies for Cooking

These supplies cover your pots and pans, plates, silverware and cooking utensils. It is always a good idea to bring several pots and pans in various sizes as your cooking needs will vary depending on the meals you will be cooking. As for your plates, silverware and cooking utensils, you would know best on what to bring depending on the size of your camping party and the meals that you will be preparing.

First Aid Kit

The first aid kit is a must have item when camping as there will always be minor cuts and scrapes for campers of all ages. A good first aid kit will not only come with your typical bandaids and bandages, they will also have Antiseptic wipes, sting relief ointment, aspirin, ibuprofen, first aid cream, sun screen, scissors, tweezers and even hot and cold packs. So make sure you invest is a good all purpose and outdoor first aid kit.

These are just some of the camping supplies that you need to take with you on your camping trips. To make sure that nothing is left behind, make sure you have a gook camping checklist.

Ladder Toss

Ladder Toss

Ladder toss, also known as bolo toss is a fun camping game that was introduced to me a few years ago at a friends pig roast. It consists of a frame that resembles a ladder and two sets of three bolos that are made form two golf balls attached to either end of a piece of rope or shoe string.

The game is played by two or more people standing about 15 feet form the ladder and each taking turns throwing all three of their bolos at the 3 ladder steps. You can move the throwing line closer if you are playing with children.

After everyone has thrown their bolos, only those bolos that are wrapped around, or hanging from one of the ladder steps can be eligible for scoring points.

If one of the bolos thrown by the second player lands on the same ladder step of one of the bolos thrown by the first player, then no points are given for the bolos on that ladder step.

The bottom step counts for one point, two points for the center step and three points if your bolo ends up on the top step. The winner is the first person or team that reaches 21.

Fun camping games

Fun camping games

No camping trip is complete without some cool camping games that everyone young and old can play and enjoy. While a majority of your time camping is spent on things like hiking, bike riding, fishing and other outdoor activities, having some games to play can add to everyone’s fun and enjoyment.

Out Door Camping Games

Bocce Ball

This is a great game that consists of 8 colored balls and one smaller yellow ball. The rules of the game call for you to play the game on a flat level surface such a grass lawn or other smooth surface. Now unless you think that playing shuffle board is an exciting time, you only need to know the general rules of the game and how to keep score.

Instead of playing this game on a smooth level surface, you will want to play it in the woods, on a gravel road, a dirt road with potholes, or any other surface that is anything but smooth and level. As you can see, our set has seen better days.

There have been times where we have played Bocce Ball on an old road that hasn’t been used for years and was full of rocks and holes. By the time anyone had thought to end the game, several hours had gone by.

Bocce Ball is a game that everyone both young and old will find themselves playing for hours and having the time of their lives.

RV accessories

RV accessories

I know that I have walked out with a few more things than I had planned for on more than one occasion.

Here are some of the more popular Recreational Vehicle accessories that are available.

Leveling Blocks

Now here is an accessory that no RV camper should be without. The leveling blocks that are on the market today resemble Lego’s™ and snap together to give you the height needed to level your recreational vehicle.

They are very affordable and take up much less space then the old style of ramps that were made of 2 x 10’s that you had to keep adjusting to get your RV level.

Power Inverter

Out of all the RV accessories that I have, my power inverter has saved the day more than once.

A majority of our camping trips are to campgrounds that do not have hookups and running your generator early in the morning to make a pot of coffee is not a very popular thing to do.

With a power inverter, you can have that fresh cup of coffee and keep the peace and quiet at the same time.

You can pick up an inexpensive power inverter for around $30 – $40 that you just clamp to any battery. You can then run your coffee pot, other small appliances and even recharge batteries and cell phones.

Solar Panel

Solar panels are probably one of your higher end RV accessories, but if you do a lot of dry camping (camping without hookups) it is an excellent investment that will help keep your batteries charged for a little longer.

You can pick up a smaller and more affordable solar panel that is portable and will trickle charge your battery. These are good for batteries that you don’t use that much and you can afford to charge them over a longer period of time.

I picked up a 150-watt solar panel that is mounted to the top of my motor home and helps keep the batteries charged longer during normal use.

Satellite Dish

Camping has come a long way over the years and it’s not your typical roughing it type of camping anymore. More and more people want to bring the comforts of home with them including their TV’s and Satellite dishes.

Come on! what good is a TV if you don’t have 300 channels to go along with it? You can now have your TV and Monday Night Football form anywhere you set up camp.

You can pickup a satellite dish setup that is made just for RV’s from just about any camping or RV store around.

These are just a small number of the many RV accessories that are available and if you spend enough time in your local or online camping store, I’m sure you will be able to find many more.