A Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping

Camping for the first time can be challenging. Car camping continues to grow in popularity for campers of all levels. For newcomers, it can be a bit overwhelming, but with the right tips and equipment, it can be a breeze. Here’s the ultimate beginner’s guide to car camping.

Find the perfect location.

The first step is finding the right location. Websites like Hipcamp offer information on finding nearby parks and camping grounds. In addition to finding locations, they also help you with booking reservations. For an impromptu camping experience, there are apps that assist with choosing en-route locations.

Understand what to bring.

Once the campsite plans are established, be sure to pack the proper supplies for a successful trip. Common camping supplies include:

-A tent with enough room for an additional camper

-Sleeping bags

-Lighting

-Eating supplies and food

-Seating equipment

-Hygiene supplies

When preparing to go car camping, be sure to pack enough for the duration of the camping trip. Just in case, bring extra supplies and water. A clean water supply is essential, especially when camping off the grid.

Expect the unexpected.

Even when campers properly prepare for their trip, there’s bound to be a few hiccups. It’s wise to buy equipment sufficient for year-round camping to avoid being unprepared for the weather. Start by packing the fundamentals and add items in an emergency.

Follow the rules.

Depending on the camping location, there may be rules like quiet hours and considerations to make sure everyone feels comfortable on the grounds. For instance, if a camping ground has specific rules about pets, follow the guidelines for the safety of other guests.

Car camping trips are a convenient way to transition into the full camping experience. As a beginner, proper planning raises the chances of a successful trip. Keep in mind, it’s impossible to perfectly plan a car camping trip, so be sure to pack essentials as well as any emergency equipment.

Most of all, have fun. Camping is an incredible experience, whether it’s a solo trip or with loved ones. Follow these tips for a great, safe, and comfortable time.

How to Plan an Enjoyable Staycation

In the middle of a pandemic, traveling far away to go on vacation simply isn’t possible, leading to many people feeling stressed out from ongoing work. However, an alternative to traditional holidays has been found by many, called staycations. Staycations allow people to take time off work and school to enjoy themselves even when they are at home. Consider these actions you can take to make sure that you have a great staycation.

Food

Going on vacation usually entails purchasing food prepared by others. To not worry about having to cook during your staycation, look into what local food places around you offer delivery so that you can get the food that you want without having to lift a finger. Also, consider going to the grocery store and finding already prepared snacks so that you have food even when restaurants are closed.

Entertainment

Technological advances have made it easier than ever for everyone to be able to enjoy all types of entertainment from the comfort of their own home. However, some of that entertainment can seem kind of stale if you are playing older videogames or simply browsing the streaming service you’ve used for years. Switching up your entertainment through purchasing a new videogame or buying a movie that just came out can make it so that you are intrigued and feel like you’re trying out new activities in a way that you would do so on a traditional vacation. Other entertainment methods, if you are willing to drive a little bit, include going to a drive-in theater or concert.

Communication

More often than not, managers will contact employees when they are on vacation and see if they could have work done remotely. Dealing with communication issues like this during a staycation is essential in making sure that you end up stress-free. To do this, make it clear with your manager that all of your work communication devices will be offline during your time off so that you aren’t getting blasted with messages. Additionally, consider putting your work devices somewhere hard to find during your staycation so that you aren’t tempted to check them. Setting communication limits will always be important in making your staycation the best it can be.

Best Places in the USA for Camping

Getting back to nature is one of life’s most relaxing and straightforward joys, and camping is one terrific way to enjoy and take in what this beautiful country has to offer.

Some campers like to “rough it” outdoors when camping, finding a remote spot, and setting up camp. Others may get the most out of an RV-like experience, staying at camping sites that include electric hook-up and running water. Either way, the camper elects to go, the enjoyment and relaxation of the camping experience are still there, always available 24/7/365.

Many U.S. parks genuinely stand above the rest when it comes to the ultimate camping experience. To truly appreciate the beauty and splendor of this beautiful land of ours while getting the most out of an extraordinary camping experience, consider visiting one of the following parks:

Badlands National Park

Location: South Dakota

The terrain is rugged, the weather can be pretty brutal at times, but the splendor of this region brings visitors in from all across the U.S. There are two options for camping facilities here:

Sage Creek, the more primitive of the two, has no running water, but bison, bighorn sheep, and other exciting game have been seen roaming in this area.

Cedar Pass, perhaps the more popular site, features amenities like electricity and running water.

The park is 68 miles from Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

Shenandoah National Park

Location: Virginia

After taking in the sight of our nation’s capital 75 miles away, take in the beautiful sights here from any of the five available campgrounds. The drive here itself is well worth the trip, as Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway that runs along the length of Shenandoah National Park and along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known as one of the best mountain drives in the country.

With plenty of waterfalls and Old Rag Mountain along the way, this is a hiker’s dream, as there are 500 miles of beautiful trails here.

Ozark National Forest

Location: Arkansas

There are a wide variety of campgrounds for tent camping and RVing here. Among thousands of acres of streams and lakes, there are 400 miles of hiking trails on this immense tract of gorgeous wilderness.

This forest covers 1.2 million acres, mostly in northern Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. Tent, RV, or even rent a cabin here atop White Rock. And be sure to see Blanchard Springs Caverns, a magnificent living underground cave.            

How Tech Has Changed Tavel

Our world is a beautiful place to travel around. Thanks to technology, we can move around the nooks and crannies of our little sphere without issue.

Here are a few ways technology has drastically changed travel:

Social Media

Social media platforms have changed our lives on an everyday level, and the influence that our mobile devices have on travel is prominent.

For example, a famous surfer might post an incredible surf shot of them surfing a beautiful location in their home town, and 5 million people see the clip.

Videos shared on social media artificially introduce people to places at a rate that is much faster than just regular television.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence like GPS and navigation systems allow users to navigate to more remote places while maintaining the ability to know where they are.

Plus, artificial intelligence is used by search engines like Google to influence consumers.

Google takes all of your interests and presents you with products, advertisements, and ideas that it thinks you will like.

Whether you like it or not, we are all influenced by artificial intelligence, and AI has drastically changed travel.

Even airplanes have complex and intelligent GPS systems that fly themselves.

Language Barriers Broken

Translating technology has made it insanely easy to communicate with each other on a global level.

That allows people to move freely and take care of themselves without a translator’s added cost for performing simple tasks.

It has never been easier for a beginner to ask for a loaf of bread in Chinese or Mandarin compared to back in the day when miscommunication caused lots of traveling errors.

Pay Electronically Across The Globe

Although paying electronically still won’t help you in many places, the opportunity to pay with a credit card is increasing massively in today’s world market.

Even currency moves toward more global levels with technology like bitcoin that allows users to own virtual money.

Smart Phones Allow Us To Do It All

These huge factors like social media, language barriers, electronic payments, artificial intelligence, and more that have changed travel as we know it are all facilitated through our smartphones.

Staying Safe While Traveling Abroad

Many people travel abroad for different reasons, including for work, for vacation or to visit family and friends. Traveling abroad is different from local traveling since you will be in a different country with different rules and regulations. This article will highlight some of the essential tips to help you during your travel. Here are the tips.

Keep the address to your accommodation

If traveling as a group or alone, it’s important to address your accommodation written somewhere on the notebook, phone notes, or diary. It will help you recover the residence when you get lost or lose your host or friends.

Have a Travel Insurance and Register with S.T.E.P

This tip is applicable when your current insurance doesn’t cover overseas travel. Travel insurance will cover you against injuries, accidents, sickness, and any other medical ailment when overseas. You also consider registering to a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – S.T.E.P.

Avoid walking in dark or non-tourist areas

At all costs, you should avoid walking at night unless necessary. If it happens, walk behind couples to avoid any looming danger. If traveling for vacation, always go to tourist destinations, especially during the day, and rest at night.

When you think you are being followed

Immediately you notice any unusual following, stop and call for security or rush to a public place and call for help. Do not rush to get to your destination. You should also keep your money in different locations to avoid losing it all in robberies.

Have a Sturdy Bag and Wear your Backpack at the Front

Clutch bags and bags with slim, weak straps are often grabbed in high-risk areas. If traveling as a tourist, you are already a target. Get a sturdy bag, and always wear your backpack facing the front to keep off snatchers. Don’t create attention of being a tourist.

When traveling in public transport

It is important to wear something covering and decent when traveling in public transport to avoid culture shock. Get something on top of your clothing or wear a coat until you get to your venue. Also, have different clothing for different events. Always ask questions regarding the mode of transport to be sure of your means.

Don’t Get too Drunk

This tip is obvious even in your country. Traveling while drunk will make you an easy target for thieves and might get you behind bars in a foreign country.
Other tips you can consider are using Google Maps when moving places, getting an international Simcard, avoiding jewelry in awkward places, keeping your friends and family posted, and much more. Your health and safety should be a priority when traveling.

Gadgets That Make Traveling Easier

Most people would agree that traveling, no matter the destination, can be a stressful and sometimes almost unmanageable experience. The most organized, best-planned vacation can easily be uprooted or even ruined entirely due to traveling snags. Unforeseen issues can and usually do arise, such as traffic, long lines, and delays; and these can shift an already tension-filled situation into overdrive. Luckily, there are ample tools and strategies one can use to prevent many potential problems.

One of the most frustrating travel woes is discomfort. Whether in an automobile, a train, plane, or ship, travelers often suffer from stiffness, soreness, and pain from obstacles like cramped, uncomfortable seats and long periods of sitting or standing in awkward positions. Most often, aches are just temporary, but sometimes they can lead to more severe pain and even future issues. However, one thing is certain, neck and/or back pain can decimate the most amazing vacation. Fortunately, it can be easily avoided with an item like the Evolution S3 Travel Pillow. The S3 provides support and comfort for your head, neck, and shoulders anytime you need it.

An Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Compression Cube Set can make packing a breeze as well, by handling all your organizational needs. Even the most skilled luggage-packer can benefit greatly from these items. The Cube Set helps organize and carefully store all your belongings while also maximizing space.

In today’s technological society, it is not only handy but essential to carry a backup battery source for your phone. The thought of being stranded in the middle of nowhere with a depleted cell phone may be enough of a risk for many to purchase an item like the PowerCore 20100 Power Bank, a small battery pack that offers quick and easy charging for a multitude of devices. You will need to worry about depleted batteries no more.

In regards to keeping valuables safe and within reach, all you need to do is attach a Tile Mate with Replaceable Battery to whatever you need to monitor. This tiny yet life-changing device allows you to keep track of and locate your items via your cell phone.

These and many other techniques and available products can make a world of difference in the world of travel.

Important reminders for tourists in the tropics

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Mack Prioleau is all about traveling. He has even started a series of blogs where he shares some of the best practices he learned throughout the years.

For this blog, Mack Prioleau discusses some of the more important points about traveling in the world’s tropical regions to help people who plan to visit places such as South America or South East Asia in the future.

Travelers should take into account sea sickness.

Let’s face it – traveling in the tropics won’t be complete without a boat ride or two. Unfortunately, not everyone feels well when they ride a boat, especially small boats. The rocking motion when the waves hit the vessel leads to seasickness. Mack Prioleau recommends that people with seasickness ride at the front of the boat observe as the waves make an impact. On instinct, their bodies will tense up, thus reducing the feeling of queasiness.

Travelers should make sure to keep their possessions in a waterproof or water-resistant bag or container.

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Water and humidity play a huge role in the tropical regions of the world. It’s part of the allure. As such, Mack Prioleau reminds everyone to keep their belongings in a waterproof or water-resistant bag or container. It will keep important things, such as travel documents and electronic devices safe and undamaged.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely, and, as a result, he has developed an appreciation for different cultures. He also enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and surfing during his free time. To know more about Mack and his hobbies, visit thiswebsite.

A Travel Kit for the COVID-19 Era

Like so much of our lives, travel has been severely impacted by COVID-19. For many months, it was simply impossible to travel as global communities instituted lockdowns and closed borders to keep their citizens safe. As we learn to live with the pandemic, and as travel slowly resumes in some places, it can be helpful to have a travel toolkit for the COVID-19 era. Ensuring that we keep ourselves, our families and our communities healthy is the top priority, and a proper travel toolkit helps to achieve that goal. Respecting science and the advice of medical professionals should be at the forefront of our minds as we make plans to resume travel.

Many of the tools at our disposal as we begin to travel again are common sense actions that we should be taking during a pandemic: wearing a mask, washing our hands often (either with soap and water or hand sanitizer), practicing social distancing, and staying six feet away from others, and sanitizing areas that are often touched. These are proven ways of staying safer in the COVID-19 era, and it is possible to implement them during travel by plane, train, or bus. We can take precautions to keep everyone safe.

If traveling by plane, we need to take masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes with us, and we need to diligently use all those things. We should try to fly on airlines that keep the middle seats empty for distancing. Aiming the air nozzle vent at our faces during the flight may help keep viruses away from our faces. Avoiding using the bathroom on the airplane, as it is not necessarily sanitized between uses, is another key way of maintaining safety.

Train and bus travel must also be approached with care. Sanitize all surfaces that you might encounter: seats, handrails, overhead bins, windows, etc. Use your bag as a buffer in the seat next to you, so that a stranger does not occupy it. Wash your hands often and thoroughly, especially after touching a common surface. Try to use touchless payment options when possible to purchase tickets or snacks. Wear your mask continuously during your journey. By being prepared and attentive to our actions, it is possible to travel safely during a pandemic.

This article was originally published on MackPrioleau.org

A few more important benefits from travel

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For Mack Prioleau, travel is the greatest activity known to man. It holds a lot of benefits that make one a better person. For today’s blog, Mack Prioleau mentions a few more important things about travel that can greatly benefit a person.

1. Traveling provides knowledge.

Wherever people go on a trip, there’s always something new to be learned – even if it’s visiting a place they’ve been to before. Whether it’s a few details about a place’s history, a new recipe, a greeting, a word from another language, traveling will always provide people with added knowledge, and that’s something no one can take away.

2. Traveling creates memories.

Mack Prioleau has multiple gigabytes worth of pictures and videos of his trips all around the world. Each photograph and each video file hold fond memories of escapades that he treasures. This is how it is with travelers who look back with fondness and gratefulness at grabbing the chance to see the world at some point in their lives.

3. Traveling deepens appreciation.

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Far too many people take for granted how beautiful the world is. They’re content living in their own regions. Mack Prioleau mentions that a single trip is enough to change anyone’s perspective on the world, as it deepens people’s appreciation of just how immense the world can be.

Mack Prioleau enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, friends, and dog. He has been fortunate to travel widely, and, as a result, has developed an appreciation for different cultures. Visit this page to know more about Mack and his interests.

Plane travel in the time of the coronavirus

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Mack Prioleau loves traveling. However, with the world still struggling amid a global health crisis, he has put on hold several of his travel plans this year. And instead of feeling bad about all these rescheduled adventures, he has taken to the internet, made preparations for next year, and continued writing blogs to help travelers with their plans.

For today, Mack looks at how plane travel will be like in today’s world in case some people need to go somewhere important via air travel.

At the airport

Airports all over the world have taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and it shows with the new safety measures they have incorporated like thermal scanning, disinfection, and social distancing. Because of this, Mack suggests that travelers arrive earlier than they are used to.

In the airplane

Just like in airports, airlines have also implemented several measures that passengers will need to abide by for their safety as well as the safety of the crew. Below are some of these measures.

• Boarding and getting off the plane may be done in small groups to adhere to social distancing protocols. Passengers have to be more patient than usual.

• To help in minimizing contact, some airlines have taken away most of the food and beverage services. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own food.

• Also, there will most likely be a vacant seat between passengers, again, in adherence to social distancing. Mack Prioleau mentions that passengers must observe social distancing at all times during the flight.

Mack Prioleau is a travel and outdoor enthusiast from Fort Worth, Texas. On his blog, he shares his passion for sports, hiking, hunting, fishing, and traveling.