And while we’re talking about Zion National Park, if you’re in the know, you might be on a mission to see the hidden petroglyphs for yourself.
Most people who visit this national park don’t even know the petroglyphs are there. In Petroglyph Canyon, you’ll find two panels that feature over 150 petroglyphs created by ancient cultures. If the massive cliffs and astounding view of nature isn’t enough to humble you, imagine how you’ll feel when standing before the writings of people who stood on the same ground possibly 7,000 years earlier.
Regardless of the reason you’re visiting, you’ll want to make the most out of your visit.
7 things you should know before you visit Zion national park1. Pack for adventure
If there’s one thing that’s certain, this vacation will surprise you. It will test your limits and challenge your abilities. But you won't have this type of life-changing experience if you aren't prepared.
Without the right gear, you might not be able to take advantages of all the adventures available to you at Zion National Park.
So if you want to make the most of your trip, be sure to pack the following things.
Water shoes – Even if you aren’t usually one to gravitate towards water for your adventuring, bring water shoes. If you don’t already have them, get a pair. It’s true that there are a lot of water activities at Zion (kayaking, canoeing or river rafting to start), but you’ll also want water shoes to make your way through the Narrows.
Major sun protection – You know well enough to bring the sunscreen, but in the desert, you're going to need a bit more than your typical SPF. Definitely pack and use the sunscreen, but also bring other things to help shield your skin from the sun. Bring a floppy sun hat and sun protective clothing. And in the event you do get a sunburn, you'll want some aloe and moisturizer. Yes, there will be some aloe in the desert, but if you want it on demand, you'll need to bring your own supply.
Blacklight flashlight – If you’re camping at Zion National Park, bring a blacklight flashlight. This is one of the few specialty items you’ll want for your trip, but it’s an important one if you’ll be outside after dark. With a blacklight flashlight, you’ll be able to spot scorpions as they come out to feed at night. But if you’re not familiar with scorpions, you should also know that a scorpion sting usually isn’t life-threatening. In fact, most scorpion stings are about as painful as a bee sting. It’s not something you want, but it’s something you can handle. There’s only one scorpion in this area that can cause a severe reaction that will begin with severe pain at the site of the bite. If you think you’ve been bitten by a bark scorpion, get help as soon as possible.
Warm clothes – If you're unfamiliar with this area, you may be tempted to bring nothing but shorts and tank tops. But it can get downright chilly in the overnight hours. Temps in this area can fluctuate by 30 degrees within 24 hours, so be prepared with clothing for cooler weather.
Rain gear – When you’re adventuring in Utah, be prepared for anything. It can rain in the desert. And, in fact, if it does rain, you may experience a serious downpour for a short time. This is the kind of rain you want to prepare for, so bring a poncho at the very least.
Rock climbing gear – If you’re not a climber, your trip to Zion National Park probably isn’t the time to start. But if you’re experienced, be sure to bring your gear. The climbs you’ll find here aren’t like any others you’ve experienced. Most of the sandstone cracks are parallel, so be prepared to use your cams. You’ll also need a few offset nuts for some routes, especially Desert Shield.
Bug spray – This one is a bit on the captain obvious side, but if you want a comfortable trip, bring plenty of bug repellant. This isn’t an item you want to forget.
Lots of water – Again, this tip falls into the obvious category, but you can’t underestimate how much water you’ll need in the desert, especially when you’re exerting any level of energy.
2. Free shuttles are often the best way to get around
While a trip to Zion National Park offers a great way to test out your spacious and new SUV, driving your own car isn’t always the best way to get from point A to point B.
Instead, consider parking your ride and taking one of the free shuttles. During peak times, the free shuttle is the only way to experience Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. When the shuttles are running, passenger vehicles aren’t even allowed on the scenic drive.
3. Take a ranger tour
When you’re traveling to a new city, who would you choose to show you around? You’d probably want a local who is intimately familiar with the area. Maybe it’s someone who has lived in that city for their entire life.
Well, when it comes to National Parks, park rangers are like those in-the-know locals. If you think about it, we all spend more of our lives at work than we do at home. It’s a sad reality, but then think about how much time rangers spend in the park. This is their job. And in most cases, it’s also their passion.
These are the informed “locals” you want to learn from. Rangers can tell you the ins and outs of the park from their own experience. And each ranger tour is likely to provide a different flavor of Zion National Park.
Try to schedule a ranger tour on your first day here, so you can get a full picture of the park before you start your adventure. You're likely to learn valuable information that can help you make the most of your visit. And if you have any questions about your stay here, the park ranger is the perfect person to ask
4. Best time to visit Zion National Park
You can visit this national park at any time of year, and it’s open 24 hours a day. But the most popular months to visit are April through October. During this time, you can catch a shuttle bus to take you through Zion Canyon.
The best time to visit will really depend on what you're looking to get out of your visit. If you're planning to go to see the sights, take a tour and not exert a ton of energy, you may have a better time visiting in the offseason, which is winter. During this time, you'll deal with fewer crowds and may be able to enjoy your visit without long lines.
If you’re planning to go for a hike or climbing, fall is the best time to go to Zion National Park. The spring and summer months can be difficult for hiking and other outdoor activities, but they aren’t completely out of the question. Just keep in mind that if you do visit this park in the summer, daytime temperatures can be intense.
5. Tips for the Emerald Pools
The desert oasis has become a symbol of hope and inspiration, but for most of us, it’s just a symbol. If that describes you, you should definitely visit the Emerald Pools at Zion National Park. These pools are a literal oasis in the middle of the desert.
You’ll have to hike to the Emerald Pools, but it’s a relatively easy hike that most people can handle. In fact, many visitors bring the entire family (kids included) to the Emerald Pools.
On your way, you’ll pass through a short collection of trails that will bring you to a stream surrounded by lush vegetation that seems to roll down from the cliffs. There are several pools here where you can kick back and enjoy the view around you – and it’s a spectacular one.
You’ll find the Emerald Pools across from the Zion Lodge, so it’s a popular hike. You may think of your desert oasis experience as a personal and private one, but if you’re visiting in peak season, the Emerald Pools can get quite crowded.
They're still worth the visit but manage your expectations.
The entire hike will take between 2 and 4 hours and can be enjoyed year round. Still, you may want to avoid summer because of the hot weather and lack of water in the falls.
Lower emerald pools
If you’re traveling with seniors, small babies or anyone with a physical disability, you can still enjoy the lower Emerald Pools. You’ll get here within a half mile and will see two waterfalls that lead into the lower pools.
Middle emerald pools
The trail gets a bit more difficult when you leave the lower Emerald Pools. Here, it gets a bit steeper, so this may not be best for people who aren’t fit enough. The middle pools are where the waterfalls are formed.
Upper emerald pool
You’ll find the upper Emerald Pool at the base of a 300-foot cliff. Since not everyone will go to the upper Emerald Pool, it’s a bit more relaxing here. This is a great place to stop for a break before you start your journey back to the Zion Lodge.
Overall, this is an amazing hike that's accessible to almost everyone who visits Zion National Park. But don't get the wrong impression. You can't actually swim in the Emerald Pools. At least, not anymore. With so many visitors on this hike every day, a lot could go wrong. That's probably why they've fenced off the water and put up the "keep out" signs. As nice as it would be to drench yourself in a desert oasis, you can’t. So be sure to bring lots of water to keep yourself hydrated from the inside out.
6. Tips for visiting Weeping Rock
Second, to the Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock is probably the most popular hike in Zion National Park. Weeping Rock is the shortest trail in the entire park, and that's appealing for many. Even if you're an avid hiker, this is a great hike to squeeze in when you don't have a lot of time.
You can take this hike any time, but you should know that some parts of it may be closed in winter.
Take the steps by the hiker’s bridge to access the stream below.
7. Begin in the Narrows
After your ranger shuttle tour, you may want to head straight to the Narrows. It’s a great way to dive into the adventure and uniqueness of Zion National Park.
And in order to get started, you have two options. Start from the bottom or start from the top. You should know, though, if you start from the top, you’ll need a permit.
To get to the Narrows (bottom), you'll take the 1-mile paved Riverside Walk that ends at a rocky beach. Here is where your water shoes come in handy. You've got to get in and start wading up the Narrows. This first section is a ½ mile long, but it can be tiring to hike against the current. This is why many people with small children turn around at Mystery Falls. If you continue, you’ll experience Wall Street and Big Spring, and the entire hike will take about 5 hours.
You should know that there are only two ways out of the Narrows, the way you came and the way you’re going. You can’t opt out once you start the hike unless you turn around. This is also why it’s important to check the weather. The Narrows can be dangerous in flash flooding conditions, and if you’re there, you’ll be stuck.
If you want to make the most out of your trip to Zion National Park, follow the tips outlined here, and always keep an eye on the weather.
Surf fishing is a fun and popular form of fishing that allows anglers to catch fish right from the shoreline of their favorite beach. There are certain challenges when it comes to surf fishing: you have to cast further and more accurately to reach the best spots, fish in the ocean tend to be larger and stronger, and you also have to fight saltwater conditions and tough ocean waves and currents.
Despite these challenges, surf fishing can yield amazing results for those who are experienced. Aside from knowing the basics of how to cast and how to operate fishing gear, there are a few tips and tricks used by experts to find success while surf fishing.
You may have your standard fishing gear that you use for all of your fishing trips, but surf fishing requires the right type of gear to optimize your chances of making a catch and to keep your equipment safe.
Saltwater, and even saltwater air on the shoreline, is corrosive to metals and can damage your equipment. Surf fishing gear should also be stronger and more durable to withstand strong currents and stronger fish - you don’t want your reel or fishing line to break while fighting a big catch.
If you’re committed to becoming an expert surf fisher, invest in sturdy, high quality surf fishing gear. Find a strong, long surf fishing rod, a reel that is made for saltwater and that has the strength to reel in big fish, and look into the best line for surf fishing. You can find gear that fits your preferences that is also durable enough to withstand the rigors of surf fishing.
Find the Best Time to Surf Fish
Fish are always present in the ocean, of course, but there are better and worse times to try surf fishing. Many anglers will tell you to go at dawn or at dusk, as fish are closer to the surface and more likely to bite in low-light situations.
Another aspect that should influence when you go surf fishing is the tides. The tides affect where the fish are and how they move, so tracking the tides on your beach of choice can help you improve your catch rate when surf fishing. Aim for two hours before and two hours after high tide as peak fishing time.
High tide pulls the fish towards the shoreline, so you won’t have to cast as far. Some will say that right at high tide is the best time, but when the tide is still (a slack tide) there is less movement, and the fish are less likely to bite. Instead, aim for the times right before and after high tide so that the fish are being actively pulled toward you, as the movement will make it easier to get a bite. If high tide falls around dawn or dusk, even better.
Do Your Research
Before you hit the beach, research the area where you’re fishing. Consult the internet, or ask local fishers or tackle shop employees. Find out their advice on things like best time and place to fish, and also find out what you might catch locally. Knowing what fish are in the water can help you tailor your techniques toward those fish.
Different fish prefer different bait and lures, so finding out what’s out there can help you make more informed decisions. You may depend on your usual trusted lures to do the job, but a surf fishing expert will alter their strategy and lures to fit the fish they are aiming to catch. Knowing what fish you’re aiming for can also change your strategy in terms of where to cast, what line and rig to use, and more.
Survey the Water
Check out the beach before you go surf fishing. Many experienced surf fishers survey the water at low tide to get a better idea about any marine obstacles, sand bars, gullies, and other information about the terrain. If you spot good or bad areas during low tide, you’ll know to either aim for or avoid those spots when you’re fishing during high tide.
Once you’re fishing, knowing what to look for on the water can further help you find success. Aim for areas of the ocean with smooth, still waters - this usually suggests depth, which means it could be an area full of fish. Short, choppy, breaking waves usually means the water is shallow, so there’s less chance of you making a catch.
Stay Safe While Surf Fishing
Take these tips and apply them during your next surf fishing expedition. Hopefully, this advice will help you catch more fish and put you on the path to becoming an expert surf fisher.
Remember to always stay safe while surf fishing. Be careful with sharp objects and wary of any hooks lost in the sand and always stay aware of your surroundings. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a fishing hat to protect your skin, and bring clean water to stay hydrated.
The best type of adventure arrives when you are surrounded by the growing wildlife, under the open sky while breathing in the fresh air. Camping, hence, proves to be a great way to strengthen bonds with your closed ones, meanwhile enjoying your time through recreational activities. Even if you wish to take time off your busy schedule, camping can be your getaway and the adventure of a lone-wolf.
So, pack your bags up with your essentials and set out to a weekend of camping. And, if you are unfamiliar with which bag to pack and with what kinds of essentials, then a helping hand is at your service.
Here is a list of ten camping essentials you will require when camping outdoors:
The most crucial part of a camping experience should contain proper accommodation. Without a place to rest in, camping becomes tiresome suffering. They will provide shelter at times of bad weather, and further protect you from any unwanted animal attacks when you are sleeping with your guards down. Features of a good camping tent are:
Sized according to the number of people traveling
2. First-Aid Kit
Getting hurt during outdoor activities is given, especially when your plan includes children. But, even for adults, a first-aid kit is a must. Any big to small injury should be dealt with a first hand before it becomes serious. Camping is an ordeal which requires you to sustain burns, scratches and sometimes small wounds as well.
Carrying a first aid kit is the embodiment of better safe than sorry. A useful first-aid kit should contain the following:
At nighttime, it gets rather difficult to navigate through the trees and crooked roads. Torches provided by your smartphone or your regular flashlight will not be bright enough to cut through the sheer darkness of the night in the wildlife. They are important for times of self-defense or nightly exploring of the forest, or hilly territories.
Having an adequate amount of sturdy and lengthy ropes is a must have during a camping trip. It not only offers utility when and adjoining tents through tying knots or creating a clothesline for drying off wet garments – but, it also becomes a savior when climbing mountains. Ropes provide assistance when someone needs being towed out of a river, or from falling off of a cliff.
Water during a wearisome activity becomes a dark horse. You will only realize its importance when it is scarce in quantity, and you are in dire need of it. There may be many sources of water when you are camping -provided by rivers of freshwater lakes, but they are not safe to consume.
A water filter helps you obtain water from whatever source you can find and drink it at the time of need. You can also save it for later use.
6.Survival Tool Kit
Carrying a tool kit is advisable for any outdoor activity. But, when it comes to camping, it is of utmost importance. As camping is wholly based on a lot of survival tactics, having a tool kit comes in handy when you know how to obtain utility out of natural resources.
A tool kit also helps when any essential you are carrying somehow malfunctions. From fixing a tent to getting food – it is a necessity. A tool kit should contain the following to be useful:
A Swiss Army Knife
A pair of scissors
Socket wrench set
7. Waterproof Travel Backpack
A regular backpack, no matter how big and sturdy will never compare to a waterproof backpack made specifically for camping and traveling. The difference in the quality of the material used to make them is what separates them from each other.
A waterproof backpack is extremely vital not only during extreme mountaineering and traveling you indulge in with your friends, but also for fishing trips and camping with your family.
To find the best-suited backpack, depending on the kind you are comfortable with and the trip you are set to start, you can visit the trustable site DryTide (drytidegear.com),which offers quality and surety.
The backpack should be able to sustain all havoc created by nature, and even you
You should be able to organize most of your portable items in it; within compartments
It should be big enough to contain all your essentials without wearing out
The backpack should be comfortable to carry around, size and material wise
The straps and the back should be padded
It should be a 100% waterproof
8. Camping Grill
Barbeque is like an obligation during an outdoor camping. The smell of the smoke amongst your loved ones, or even alone under the open sky amongst swaying trees, is a blissful experience. It is also easy to cook grilled food, rather than having to boil it. The camping grill you carry should be lightweight, have a safe lid and be easy enough to use as not to start a fire.
9. Sleeping Bags
The hard floor beneath the bottom of your tent will not be a comfortable place to sleep in. Hence, carrying a sleeping bag is important for your comfort, as well as, to avoid getting hurt at times of storms or rain.
10. Portable Toilet
This essential item speaks for itself. Trying to relieve you in the forest or on top of a hill can be a difficult task. This is vital if you are traveling with your family of women and children. Carrying a portable toilet also helps in to avoid sanitary hazards.
With these ten essentials, you can conquer the world – or at least a part of it. You should also keep in mind the particulars, and surrounding of the place you are traveling to for camping when packing the supplies. Through proper knowledge of the location you are going to, and the necessities you require, you are set to start an adventure.
Camping is a great adventure. You get the chance to explore, make memories, and spend time in nature. To make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible, though, you’re going to want to make sure you bring the right supplies. If you aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry! We’re going to give you a list of can’t-miss supplies.
If there’s one thing that is incredibly important to any outdoor adventure, it’s plenty of clean water. The National Park Service suggests that campers plan to consume around 2 liters of water a day. If you’re going camping in the summer or in a hot climate, plan to drink even more than this.
There are a couple of ways that you can carry water with you on your camping trip. Personal refillable water bottles are helpful for individual use and you can use either traditional or collapsible jugs for the group. For weeklong camping trips, a water purifier is a good backup to have on hand in case you run out.
Bringing the Right Food
Before you leave, it’s a good idea to plan out what you’re going to eat. Of course, there are foods made for camping but you don’t have to stick to them specifically. Dry and can foods are always a good choice because they don’t require as much stress about storage.
For refrigerated items - like meats or eggs - a cooler is the best choice but you’ll want to be careful and make sure they stay at the right temperature at all times.
Along with food, it’s important to have the right cooking utensils. If you are cooking over a fire, you’ll still want to pack a skillet, tongs, and a knife, to start. Pack something to eat off of as well like plates and silverware.
A Note On Gear Such As Knives and Firearms
The right knife is something that every camper should have. It can be used for a variety of purposes such as safety in a pinch. Because of this, most don’t recommend an average pocket knife. Instead, opt for a fixed blade knife or a survival multi-tool. The latter is more versatile and will suit you in a variety of situations.
If you are going hunting during your camping trips, you’ll want to make sure you have the right tools. The biggest investment here is, of course, your firearm itself as well as optics. Most hunters spend almost as much on optics as they do on the firearms they carry. Both of these should be made with high quality parts and comfortable for you to use.
A Quality First Aid Kit
In case anything happens, no matter if it’s just a scrape or more serious, you’ll want to have a quality first aid kit around. If you aren’t sure what to put in your first aid kit, The Red Cross has a list that will help out. Some of the major components include;
You’ll want to make sure you check this kit regularly and always keep it on hand. The last thing anyone wants is to realize there’s a supply missing when they need it the most.
A Place to Sleep
Unless you’re camping in an RV or truck, you’re going to need a place to sleep. So, you’ll want to make sure to pack the right tent for you. Alongside personal preference, this decision should include factors like size, style, material, and even the weather you’re going to be in.
Sleeping directly on the ground isn’t very comfortable even if you’re in a tent, though. There are a few things you’ll want to help this. The obvious choice is a sleeping bag. This is especially important when it’s cold out since it’s designed to keep users warm.
Even a sleeping bag laid on the ground isn’t best for comfort and warmth on its own. To improve both these conditions even further, campers will want to pack a sleeping pad. This will make a big difference on long camping trips in particular.
If anyone goes camping for a week with no hygiene products, they’re going to be pretty miserable not too long into it. There are some basics you’ll want to keep on hand such as toothpaste and a toothbrush. A bar of soap along with a washcloth is also a good pair to keep in your bag for makeshift showers.
To make any camping trip a success, you’ll need the right supplies. Before you can check and double-check your bag, you need to know what should go in them in the first place. With supplies like these, you can worry less and focus on the fun the next time you go camping.
I’ve hiked the Appalachian Mountains in the northeastern United States, explored the dense forests of the Pacific Northwest, and walked the coastline of California. Each region has something amazing to offer the outdoor enthusiast, but none compare to the variety and uniqueness of hiking Hawaii.
For the last five years I’ve been exploring the major islands in the Hawaiian archipelago on a mission to witness every waterfall, summit every peak, and take in every view that the amazingly diverse and remote destination has to offer.
These five hikes are my favorites and offer a wide array of different experiences. No matter what you want to see, from awe-inspiring waterfalls to dense jungles to infinite blue ocean waters, there’s a trail for everyone.
Quick Description: A stunning display of Hawaii’s tropical side, the Ka’au Crater Hike is a must-do experience for the active outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman!) complete with three waterfalls, rigorous climbs, and stunning views of Oahu from one of the island’s tallest peaks…if you make it that far.
Difficulty: Intermediate or Advanced
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Estimated Time: 5-7 hours
Trail Type: Loop (if you elect to go the whole hike)
Hiker Traffic: Moderate
“Welcome to Fern Gully.” That’s what my wife and I always say when we first descend from the road-level entrance to this hike down into its gullet, because from your first step until your last, the Ka’au Crater Hike is an adventure that gives you an authentic Hawaiian experience complete with lush jungles, tall waterfalls, and astounding views from the summit.
When friends and family come to visit, this is the hike I take them on. But usually not the whole hike, because the Ka’au Crater Hike can be broken up into a few different lengths depending on both the skill level of your group and how much time you have.
At its most extreme the hike is a 6-mile, 1,800-foot odyssey that takes you from Palolo Valley floor to the top of one of the highest peaks on Oahu. Along the way you’ll encounter three waterfalls, the last of which you’ll have to scale with the help of a rope system already in place, before finishing a steep climb along the crater’s ridgeline to its peak.
If you elect to do this whole hike, prepare to be drained.
When my 60-year-old mother came to visit in November 2017 we didn’t do the whole hike. Instead, we hiked about one hour in to the first waterfall, pictured in the image above. It truly is a picturesque scene and might be my favorite waterfall on Oahu. It’s about 50 feet tall and the water pours into a bowl-shaped basin, which has been cut from the porous lava rock from centuries of continuous pounding. The basin is deep enough to swim in, though the water is very cold.
The Ka’au Crater Hike checks almost every box on the Hawaiian hiker’s checklist and is a must-hike trail for those who can handle the intermediate-to-advanced level of difficulty.
2. Ka’ena Point Trail
Quick Description: Bring sturdy shoes and plenty of water for this rocky hike on Oahu’s arid western shore, and don’t forget the camera for unique opportunities at photographing Hawaii’s big game wildlife, such as albatross, monk seals, and humpback whales.
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 130 feet
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
Trail Type: In-and-back
Hiker Traffic: Low
The Ka’ena Point Trail is the exact opposite of the Ka’au Crater Hike, and it’s my favorite trail in Hawaii. The Ka’au Crater Hike is a long, challenging excursion through the jungle, complete with waterfalls and massive elevation changes. The Ka’ena Point Trail has none of that.
This trail, located on the arid western coast of Oahu, is 3.5 miles of unsteady, rocky terrain without substantial elevation changes. While it’s advisable to bring water on every hike, you’ll need extra for this one as the strong Hawaiian sun beats down on you for 2-3 sweat-soaked hours.
Why do I love this hike so much? First, it’s located on the non-touristy, northwestern-most point of Oahu and isn’t heavily trafficked. Second, the hike leads to the Ka’ena Point Nature Preserve, where you’ll find albatross nesting and Hawaiian monk seals sunbathing on the beach, which is made of bleached white coral that’s washed ashore. And, if you come during the November-to-May whale season, you may see humpbacks breaching in the impossibly blue waters.
This trail is one of the most out-of-the-way destinations on Oahu, and you’ll definitely need a car to get there. The drive is about 60-90 minutes from most Honolulu or Waikiki hotels, but it’s a wonderfully unique and scenic drive that takes you through the most non-touristy areas of Hawaii’s main island.
Do yourself a favor and get up early to do this hike, because the afternoon sun on the west side can beat you down with a sneaky intensity. Hawaii is, after all, at the same latitude as Cuba! And when you’re finished and returning to Honolulu, I recommend stopping in Ko Olina to grab some food at Monkeypod, one of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii.
3. Mauna Kea Summit Hike
Quick Description: With nearly one mile of elevation change beginning at the Visitor’s Center and culminating at the 13,800-foot summit of the world’s biggest mountain from base to peak (yes, larger than Everest), the Mauna Kea Summit Hike is a once-in-a-lifetime experience suited only for the strongest hikers who are ready to endure the fatiguing, low-oxygen conditions.
Island: Big Island
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet (starting at 9,200 and climbing to 13,800)
Estimated Time: 8-12 hours
Trail Type: In-and-back
Hiker Traffic: Low
Whew boy, this hike is not for the inexperienced. Six miles is challenging enough on its own, and adding in the 4,600-foot elevation change really ramps up the difficulty, but the cherry on the top of this why-did-I-think-this-was-a-good-idea sundae is how high up you are. This hike starts at 9,200 feet!
For the uninitiated who’ve never dealt with these kinds of elevations before, let me tell you from first-hand experience how loopy you can get just lightly strolling this high up. According to an air pressure calculator at Altitude.org, the 9,200-foot elevation at the start of this hike offers just 72% of the oxygen available at sea level (where most other Hawaiian hikes are), and by the end at 13,800 feet you’re down to just 61%. Bring plenty of water and a few sugary snacks to give you some quick energy, because you’re going to need it.
It's also going to be cold as the top of Mauna Kea is usually blanketed in snow. A down jacket may not be something you ever thought you’d need on your Hawaiian vacation, but daily high temperatures often fail to crack 30°F.
The terrain along the way is rocky and alien. In fact, NASA uses many sites on Mauna Kea for their moon and Mars exploration training! If you’re resilient enough to reach the summit, you’ll be treated to a unique view from above the clouds that few people ever witness. I mean, just look at the photograph above, which I took on my last trip to the summit to watch the sunset.
While the following comment goes for all hikes in Hawaii, it’s especially true for this one: Be respectful of the land, clean up all of your garbage, and stay on the trail. Mauna Kea is a deeply sacred site for the Hawaiian people. It’s believed to be where gods lived according to the Native Hawaiian religion, and not long ago it was off limit to everyone except kings and high-ranking religious officials. We’re lucky to be able to explore Mauna Kea today.
As a final note, read this guide before attempting the summit hike. There’s some important safety information and a few notes about how to be respectful when hiking in this sacred area.
4. Lulumahu Falls Hike
Quick Description: A surprisingly scenic trail of moderate difficulty, the Lulumahu Falls Hike takes you into private government property (permit recommended), through a bamboo forest, and up muddy embankments before yielding to a beautiful 50-foot waterfall that makes the mud and mess worth it.
Distance: 2.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Estimated Time: 2-3 hours
Trail Type: In-and-back
Hiker Traffic: High
Quick note from the start: This hike is technically on private government property owned by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. That said, this is a heavily-trafficked hike, and my wife and I completed it without issues from officials. However, getting a permit is recommended.
Compared to the other hikes above, this one is a little harder to navigate. We got lost at the beginning and ended up walking in circles through a tall bamboo grove before we found the right path. (And the only reason we found it was because we started following other people.) For the most part this hike isn’t marked, so you’ll need to use your best explorer instincts to find the right way.
Also, be prepared to get wet and muddy, which is a good guideline for just about any waterfall hike. There are several sections where you’ll need to do some light climbing up steep, muddy slopes, so sturdy shoes are recommended as well.
Your reward for a few hours of easy-to-moderately difficult hiking is Lulumahu Falls, a 50-foot waterfall with a shallow pool of water at its base. Unlike many waterfalls, which fall into deep pools of water that keep visitors at bay, Lulumahu Falls is easy to get close to for some awesome pictures or a refreshing rinse. The photo above showcases the beauty of the falls but also how heavily trafficked it can be.
As a bonus, the parking lot for this hike is right near the start of the Judd Trail, which takes you to the Kaniakapupu Ruins. These ruins are the home of King Kamehameha III’s summer palace. As you explore the site you can see old walls and doorways that remain erect over 150 years after the home was built.
5. South Point Trail
Quick Description: Less of a trail and more of a destination that has a few points of interest worth exploring, South Point is famous for being the southern-most part of the United States of America. Here, you can cliff jump (in the right conditions), walk to a green sand beach, and generally just experience the solitude of an incredibly beautiful but desolate spot on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Island: Big Island
Distance: Varies, see below
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Estimated Time: Varies, see below
Trail Type: In-and-back
Hiker Traffic: Low
First, let me address the distance, elevation gain, and estimated time notes from above. There are several ways to “hike” South Point, all of which require a long drive to this out-of-the-way location on the southern-most tip of Hawaii’s Big Island. South Point is less of a hike and more of a destination or experience. You could walk the shoreline for half-a-mile and call it a day, or you could strap on your camelback and begin the eight-mile (one way) trek to the olivine-rich green sands of Papakolea Beach.
But South Point is more aptly thought of as a menagerie of remote vistas. I’ve decided to include it on this list because you could spend hours walking these various trails, taking in some of the most breathtaking sights Hawaii has to offer.
See the accompanying picture above? That’s a candid shot my wife took of me being blown away by the stark contrast of the impossibly blue water against the black cliffs and tall yellow grasses. It’s hard to describe the sense of perspective you feel gazing out at the horizon, knowing there’s nothing but water for thousands of miles.
Regardless of your fitness level or the type of scenery you crave, there’s a hike for everyone in Hawaii. These happen to be my five favorites, but there are hundreds more worth mentioning. If you’ve ever hiked a truly incredible Hawaiian trail, comment below to tell us which!
About Bryan Hunter
I’m Bryan, creator of The Outdoor Authority. While I’m from the United States, I have visited Europe and South America, including a life-changing trip to the Galapagos Islands, and currently live in the beautiful island paradise of Hawaii. My goal with The Outdoor Authority is to share my passion for all things outdoors, from camping and hiking to fishing and recreational activities. Come check it out and share your outdoors experiences, as we can all be outdoor authorities.
People are passionate about different things. Some like sports, others do yoga, and some enjoy the quiet hobby of fishing. What’s not to like? You get a chance to admire the beauty of nature and travel across clear waters to catch fish. It’s like a meditation on the mind.
Furthermore, fishing as a hobby is not easy. Not everyone can be a great fisherman right from the beginning. The hobby requires a lot of patience and a practical approach. As well as having the proper technique to catch as many fish as you can. Not only that, but you also need special gear to help you in the process. Ask for advice from your elders, but unless you experience the process yourself, it’s not the same.
Fishing is usually active in the summer. People get a chance to catch up with old friends and enjoy the tranquility of their surroundings. Before you head out to into the wild, make sure to prepare for the journey accordingly. Here are some tips that you can take into account before going on a fishing trip. Follow the link to find out more info on the matter http://www.blogsnow.com/the-top-fishing-equipment-pieces-everyone-should-own/
The process is impossible without a fishing rod
Every time you plan to catch a fish bring a rod with you. It is an essential piece of equipment that will help you achieve your goal - to catch more fish. It has a form of a stick, and it is very lightweight. Wherever you cast it depends on the quality of the rod. Ask around for more information about what makes a fishing rod useful. Some qualities include its length and material. For example, for catching bigger fish, the most appropriate one is a short rod. These come in handy for kayak fishermen who need more storage.
Furthermore, rods with more significant length are utilized for greater distances. Moreover, they can be produced from fiberglass, graphite or both. Therefore they're durable to endure the weight of bigger fish.
Carry an extra line
A lot of situations can cause the fishing line to break. Some fish can be a struggle to catch, or the line can get caught on a log. That's why it is convenient to have an extra line in the tackle box. The length of the line depends on the type of fish you're trying to catch and their location. For rough weather conditions, it is essential to have a thicker line so that it won't snap.
Furthermore, always have a plan B wherever you plan to go. This can be very practical, and it helps to reduce stress when something doesn't go according to plan. The same goes for an extra line. A lot of hiccups can come up during the journey, so always be prepared to resolve them. In the end, that’s what a great angler does. Check the best fishing equipment and tackle review site to find out more.
Lures and baits are necessary
You’ll need something to lure the fish to your hook. This is why bates and lures are a must when it comes to a fishing trip. Planning a fishing trip without bait is an amateur move. Luckily there are many different types of lures. What kind of lure you get depends on what kind of fish you're willing to catch. Besides, 6 types of lures exist. Some include leeches, worms, clams, insects, dough balls and minnows.
Lots of people think that the perfect bait to attach to hooks is worms. They are not wrong. Worms are the cheapest of all the types of lures. Try digging in the backyard, and you'll find many. With them, you would be able to catch different types of fish quickly. Make sure to place on the hook just a tiny part of the worm. This will increase the odds of luring fish more efficiently. If you attach the whole worm, there's a good chance that the fish might escape the hook.
Carry a tackle backpack
Sometimes people get furious when they lose a piece of equipment along the way. This is so because they pack their gear in different containers. Tackle backpacks such are incredibly beneficial when it comes to situations like these. They are large and can equip a lot of storage. You won't have the problem of losing some of your gear along the way. With these backpacks, everything can be safely packed. So what are you waiting for? Always carry it with you during a trip.
Furthermore, it has a lot of storage for the water and snacks that you can take. It doesn't have to be just fishing gear. Why bother yourself with carrying several small backpacks or containers? Purchasing an item like this can only benefit you. It is a way to store all of the necessary gear without losing any of it. With this, you can enjoy a peaceful trip without having to worry if something is missing.
Dress in waterproof clothes
Everyone knows that catching fish is a wet sport. The waters that people choose to fish from are not always so clear. This depends on the weather. The weather can change from warm and bright to dark and gloomy. If you start to experience waves, most of the times you’ll get splashed at. Wearing waterproof clothes can prevent the drops from penetrating the surface of the clothes.
Furthermore, not everything goes according to the plan while planning a fishing trip. You can hope for beautiful and sunny weather, but in the end, you'll get stuck with a downpour. Therefore, it is highly recommendable that you wear appropriate clothes for that type of hobby. This way you won't be miserable and sinking wet. Proceed with catching fish as if nothing happened. Luckily a lot of stores sell waterproof gear. You can order it online as well. Pick one and use it every time you plan to go fishing. No matter what the weather conditions are, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Camping is synonymous with great family time for many people. First-time parents could find it a tad overwhelming to embark in their first adventure with a youngster though. In this complete guide, I will teach you all you need to know on how to go camping with toddlers so that you can ace it like a pro.
Taking your children camping from a young age is good for everyone. Besides quality family time and a chance of bonding at a deeper level with your youngster, going camping with toddlers comes with a wealth of additional benefits.
For instance, have you ever thought about how much time your kid spends outdoors?
Research has found that most young kids spend more time in front of a screen, watching cartoons or playing videogames, instead of experiencing the world around them.
Educational toys can help infants and toddlers develop their motor and cognitive skills, but they can’t replace mother nature.
What benefits will you draw while camping with toddlers though?
Here is a detailed list:
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Spending time outdoors, enjoying fresh air and soaking in the sunshine can improve your mood and decrease your level of stress. Outdoor time has the same effect on toddlers too, making them happier and less cranky. Not to mention natural vitamin D kids can get for the proper development of their tiny bones.
New Things to Experience
Camping is an outstanding experience for toddlers because it’s different from everything they’ve ever done. Your kid will discover a whole new world made of textures, sounds, and colors they are not used to see every day. At the same time, you’ll get to enjoy the excitement of your little one.
Most toddler books, educational toys, and educational TV programs teach young children about nature, animals, and stars. By taking your children camping, you give them the opportunity to learn firsthand about these things. You can turn your camping experience into a fun and educational one by asking your toddler to search and spot a few different bugs, find a couple of different flowers, or look after the brightest star.
It Teaches Kids to Adapt
Camping with toddlers is a great way to teach your kids how to adapt to new – and not always favorable – circumstances. They will have to deal with being away from home, sleeping in a tent or RV, and eating camping food instead of their favorite meals.
Kids nowadays get used to technology from a very young age. Camping is a great way to detox them from too much time spent in front of a screen. By letting your devices at home, toddlers can take a break from smartphones, tablets, and TVs, and enjoy a real kid’s life, like catching frogs or climbing trees.
2. Packing For Camping With Toddlers: An Essential Checklist
Here is a quick checklist for camping with toddlers:
Toddler security items: Be it a pacifier, stuffed toy, or blanket, your toddler will most likely need a comforting thing in the new environment. These security items are useful especially before nap and sleep time when most young kids look for their home security and routine.
Entertainment: Toddlers need both travel and in-camp entertainment. Pack coloring books, family board games, an assortment of toys, balls, as well as your kid’s Pack-n-Play portable play yard to use when the kid gets tired or when you can’t supervise them.
Meadow mat: A meadow mat can successfully replace a blanket and is usually waterproof, giving you the perfect playing ground in the morning, when the grass is full of dew.
Sun protection items: We are all aware of the harmful effect UV rays may have on us, and young kids are more prone to develop sun rashes, sunburns, and even skin cancer. Age-appropriate biodegradable sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above is your best bet, alongside a sunhat with wide brims and breathable shirts and pants.
Insect repellent: The only way to keep your kid safe from itchy bites is by applying a good insect repellent. Again, make sure it’s age appropriate.
Toddler disposables: Perhaps you’re already taking a diaper bag with you anyway, but check it to include all essentials your baby might need for a few days. Make sure you have sufficient diapers, baby powder or lotion, baby wipes, and enough clean clothes.
3. Activity Ideas For Camping With Toddlers
Camping with toddlers is all about engaging in fun family activities. Kids crave action, especially when out on such an exciting and new adventure.
Activity ideas for camping with toddlers include:
Fun hiking activities: Engage your toddler in fun I Spy game by printing lists of items they must spot in nature. For instance, you could include a bug, a yellow flower, a bird, and a mushroom. Another great idea is to organize a Scavenger Hunts game by hiding a few things around the campsite for your kids to find.
In-camp games: Card and board games are a great way to keep toddlers happy when not exploring the campsite surroundings. Magnifying glass inspections and blowing bubbles can also entertain young kids for hours.
Involve them in camping activities: Let them come with you and gather sticks to build a bonfire or help you dig a pit. Toddlers love to be involved in adult activities too, not to say this is an easy way to make them feel important.
Bonfire stories: When the night falls, gather around a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and tell toddlers some stories. You can surely hook up your kids with the magic of things.
Stargazing: Although some toddlers may be too restless for such an activity, other kids will most likely appreciate an opportunity to look at shiny stars. Whether your toddler will like it or not, it’s worth giving it a try.
Besides all the above, don’t forget to take a lousy weather survival kit with you. These are games, and activities toddlers can enjoy in a tent or RV if rain starts to pour.
4. Best Food For Camping With Toddlers
Chances are you won’t be able to take with you or prepare your toddler’s favorite foods when camping. Having your child try new foods could turn either into a rewarding experience or a nightmare if yours is a picky eater.
You can easily make toddlers try whatever they’re given by serving them foods that look fun and attractive.
Some of the best foods for camping with toddlers:
Hot dog spiders: Slice some hot dogs, roast them on a stick, and serve the “spiders” to your hungry toddler.
Campfire breadsticks: Are easy to make with bread dough rolled around a stick, then baked over the campfire.
Campfire monkey bread: A foil pan, dough balls, sugar, and a sprinkle of cinnamon can make a tasty monkey bread toddlers will love.
Corn on the cob: A classic everybody likes. Just make sure to roast some marshmallows for your toddlers first, so they don’t get bored while waiting.
Campfire stew: Evenings can sometimes get quite chilly, and a campfire stew can keep everyone happy.
Campfire breakfast skillet: You can prepare quick and nutritious meals for breakfast in a skillet, including the iconic egg muffins your kid might love.
5. Best Places to Go Camping With Toddlers
You can go camping with toddlers pretty much anywhere, but there are a few things you should consider when picking the place.
My advice is to start small and pick a campground near you if this is your first trip with your little one. Many county and state parks offer a bountiful range of facilities to families, from on-site restaurants and pools to low site fees and free showers.
Staying close to your home is also a good idea in case your toddler gets sick. Health-wise, you should also make sure the campground is close enough to a hospital or care center.
If your toddler is already used to camping, you could opt for a more rustic experience or plan a trip further from home. In such a case, try to hit the road early in the morning around your baby’s wake-up time, to avoid getting to your destination with a tired and fussy toddler.
Below, some of the best places to go camping with toddlers:
Mammoth Lakes, California: A lakeside organized camping that offers a variety of toddler-friendly hikes and amazing sceneries.
Douthat State Park, Virginia: A camping equipped with lodges, cabins, as well as campsites for tents and RVs. There is cellular service, and kids can join fun on-site educational programs .
6. Essential Tips For Camping With Toddlers
There are many ideas for camping with toddlers around, but the success of your trip depends solely on preparation. Tiny humans love routine, but you can easily take them out of their comfort zone and make them enjoy the outdoors using a few smart tricks.
Here are some hacks for camping with toddlers you must know:
Practice sleeping in a tent before going. Pitch your tent either in the living room or in the backyard and teach your kid that’s a sleeping arrangement. Sleep together in the shelter for a few nights before hitting the road and after you learned all about safe co-sleeping.
Take comforters with you. Babies love routine, especially right before their nap or sleep time. Their favorite toy, blanket, or pillow can make a nap and sleep time less of a struggle for everyone.
Pack your toddler’s favorite snacks. Camping food may be new for your toddler, but you’ll still have to be able to give them something they like to avoid crankiness. Think of all possible snacks the kid enjoys and bring them all on your trip.
Buy appropriate camping gear. From a toddler cot to adequate garments for your little one, make sure this trip doesn’t catch you unprepared. It is also essential to have a sleeping bag of the right size to avoid the risk of death through suffocation if your kid is on the younger side.
Plan flexible itineraries. Remember toddlers can get tired or lose interest fast. Plan short hikes or account for regular stops if you want to walk a longer trail. Also, be flexible and change plans and itineraries based on your toddler’s mood.
Going on trips is undoubtedly one of the best ways to spend quality time with your family. I hope the tips and ideas above have helped you know how to go camping with toddlers. Now, you can leave the guesswork out of the question and plan a family trip that is truly worthwhile.
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It is most likely that going for the campsite along with your canine often requires a drive as well as it is very vital that your canine remains safe and comfortable for the excursion. It’s high time to bring your dog camping to the light, but you must be careful.
The "Highway-Code" says that drivers should, “ensure that other animals or dogs are restrained suitably in order that they can't distract you when you're driving or hurt themselves or you, in case you stop very quickly.’
This law additionally recommends that a "seat-belt" harness, dog cage or pet carrier should be utilized as a means of restraining your dog safely when on the go. Truth be told, car safety harness and "dog-seat" belts are easily accessible at your nearest pet stores.
It is also extremely vital that you've planned your path to accommodate frequent breaks - usually, a 20-30 minutes stop for every 3 hrs of driving must be sufficient. It will offer ample chance for your dog to relieve her/himself and stretch the legs.
Now as you know if you can go camping with your dog or not, let's learn the benefits of camping with your dog:
Benefits Of Dog Camping!Dog Will Experience The Ground:
Your dog will display interest in understanding various things and even will enjoy the different elements of camping ground. This will enjoy discovering the new places and will display pleasure in smelling, finding the surroundings as well as hearing different sounds.
Let Your Dog Enjoy The Nature:
The fresh air you'll get inside the woods will be excellent for your health, it also signifies for the health of your dog as well. Camping is similar to an escape to the typical dull schedule and lots of exercises. The dog will definitely love the escape from day-to-day schedule, and such camping can offer great exercise for his/her body.
Leave Your Stress Behind:
Camping with the dog will make you feel more comfortable about the dog because you can easily avoid the stress of leaving your dog at the home or any canine staying house. Canines are an excellent company for long walks, trekking, and hiking. This can additionally be a reliable shield for you personally from risky animals if you're camping in the woods.
As you have decided to go camping with your dog, now, there are some important things to consider. Read out the tips below;
10 Important Things To Check Out Before You Try Dog Camping!
Papers, ID Tags And Dog License:
Before leaving your home, ensure that you have copies of the immunization records, dog’s license, and other vital papers, such as the medications she/he is on, into water-resistant bag.
Additionally, you should ensure that the dog has got an updated "ID-Tag" on her/his collar and updated details on her/his microchip. These things will be useful if the dog gets missing or needs a consult with a veterinarian that is not her/his normal doctor. Also, check out this video and know what this expert says.
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Enough Water And Fresh Food:
Simply because you are camping in the nature does not mean that the water in nearby rivers or streams are harmless for the canine to drink. In reality, they might be loaded with all kinds of chemicals, parasites or bacteria.
Therefore, ensure that you pack more than sufficient fresh and food water for his/her with bowls intended for each. As space is actually at premium in the camping kit, think about getting collapsible bowls just before your trip as they occupy minimal space.
A Strong Collar And Leash:
For a canine that is getting into the woods and even for the very first time, smells, sounds, and sights are overwhelming and new. This can trigger the dog to be overexcited and boost the danger of her/his lunging at noises or small animals.
Having quite a strong collar and leash on the dog will assist you to gain superior control over his/her must this happen. Getting along a "back-up" collar and leash is additionally a good practice.
Bags For Poop:
When you reach the campsite with your dog, you do not want to need to move around somebody else’s dog poops, so you must ensure that you bring sufficient bags for poop. By doing this, you will not leave the waste of your pup behind. Most trails and campsites have very tight rules concerning this, thus do the due diligence, cleanup after the canine, and you will not get in difficulty.
A Long Lead And Ground Stake:
While you are at the campsite, there's an important thing you need to do is usually "hang-on" to the leash of your dog all the time. Having a long lead and ground stake, you'll have the ability to make sure that your dog can not run too remote as well as your hands are going to be free just for pitching the camping tent, building fire, cooking food, and doing different chores around the camp.
If your puppy is taking any supplements or medications currently, you do not want to skip a dose. Therefore, ensure that you have well enough of the medication of your pet to get his/her through the trip. If you are going camping miles away from house, you should ensure that you bring enough extra medicine just if your return to home gets postponed for any cause.
Treats And Toys:
To ensure that your dog can enjoy her/his camping excursion to the maximum, you should pack some of her/his favorite treats and toys. It will not just help make the canine feel calmer, but also it will offer her/him something to concentrate the attention on when you are cooking or even sitting around fire.
First Aid Box:
A "first-aid" box is extremely vital to pack with you while you're going for a camping excursion. You must not just get one for you, but furthermore, one particularly designed for the dog considering dogs face some risks in outdoors which humans don't.
A Tick Remover And Brush:
Between taking walks through woods and lying around the camp, the dog can get messy on the camping trip. Packing a brush can make it simpler to clean his/her up as well as it will eliminate any particles from her/his fur.
Being in woods additionally increases the danger of the dog acquiring ticks on him/her, therefore having a "tick-removal" tool will assist keep the dog risk-free from such parasites.
Plastic Tarp And Bedding:
You want the puppy to get as relaxed as possible particularly on the camping trip, therefore make sure that you pack her/his favorite bedding; thus she/he will have something familiar to rest on.
Additionally, you will need to get a "plastic-tarp" to put below her bed because the cold temperature from ground can easily work the way up via the bedding as well as make your dog uncomfortable.
So, now you have learned about the top 10 important things, right? Still, have some questions? Read out these FAQs below;
FAQs You Need To Know!How To Discover A Campsite Which Suites My Dog?
Answer: There is nothing more painful than smacking the path with your dog friend, just to arrive at the destination and then see a "No-Dogs-Allowed" sign.
No matter what type of camping excursion you are thinking about, make sure to research online or call ahead to discover dog-friendly trails and campsites.
Check on the leash laws, as well; some campsites simply welcome the restrained pets, while others are ok with your canine being "off-leash" if she/he’s under your voice control (you have to pick the poop up, of course).
Answer: There is a lot you can easily do in case you bring the dog camping! Strolling along the seaside, trekking over unfamiliar and exciting landscape, playing with her/him at campsite… this list will go on.
Eventually, bringing a dog on the camping excursion is a fantastic way to maintain the entire family involved and the entire experience will be an incredible bonding expertise for everyone. It is worthy of it, and I highly suggest it!
Where Will The Dog Sleep?
Answer: My pup simply sleeps in vestibule that is why always I opt for tents with the vestibules. However, I can zip the "mesh-door" and this way I am able to keep close track of her/him, but she/he is not dragging additional dirt into tent.
Furthermore, I have buddies that are not comfortable camping until their canine is right beside them that are perfectly easy to understand. If so a dome type tent can be more significant.
With these plans, you should be capable of having a satisfying camping trip as well as be all set for any situations. Of course, you'll still need to pay attention to your pooch when camping to ensure that he/she does not get her/himself in problems, as the dog will be inquisitive to explore the new surroundings.
At the same time, check her/him for any small injuries (e.g., thorns, scratches), and look out for symptoms of dehydration, exhaustion or different health complications.
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Camping can be fun if you get involved in different activities. It doesn’t matter, where you are camping- a tent or an RV. It’s just the place where you snuggle at night. There are many simple activities family members, kids and even partners can indulge in when backpacking outdoor.
Activities will keep you lively and abuzz during free times. There is no need for you to pack extra things to keep yourself entertained. Try out playing new games with your buddies to keep yourself refreshed at various sites you camp.
Let’s have a look of few ideas about what fun things to do while camping.
Maybe due to unexpected weather or perhaps someone is not feeling well; you will be forced to spend time indoors. But there are plenty of fun things to do in the rain with your family or friends
Play cards – Cards can be easily slipped into your backpack. You can play rummy or other card games like Uno or Quiddler with your friends while staying indoors.
Watch a movie in your iPad – You can watch any of your favourite movie or series in your iPad.
Reading – During night using a flashlight, you can read your favourite book. If you have a magazine, flick through the pages while lying down in your tent.
Play board game – hanging inside with friends playing a board game like chess or snake and ladder is a perfect way to pass the time when it’s raining outside. Make some yummy hot chocolate or coffee and sip while playing games.
Play gun-toy - If you are a fan of hunting, maybe you can play with some gun-toy in your tent. There is a site with the gun-toy, just small and look like 99.9% of the real gun. Check this site for more details.
Fun things to do at night
The actual fun while camping starts when the sun sets. It’s time one can draw closer to their dear ones. When the night comes, and dark settles, experience awesome night time activities with family.
Make an amazing bone-fire – camping is incomplete without enjoying bone-fire. If you have collected enough fire-woods, lit them up and sing a few campfire songs. You can also read a few ghost stories loudly to excite your kids. Try out one of the easiest dessert, camp-fire cones and have them with your children.
Play your favourite instrument – Pull out your guitar or any other instrument and play a few notes while singing around the campfire. You can play a melody so that your camping friends can dance with the tune.
Stargazing with your partner – if it’s a late night but not feeling sleepy, you can go for a hushed nighttime walk with your companion. It’s great to gaze up at the stars outdoor in search of constellations and relish the beauty of the open sky.
Going for a night walk holding a lantern – If you are ready and looking to be thrilled out for something adventurous, go for a night walk with the gang. You may use a lantern or flashlight if you wish, and explore the route around the site where you are camping.
Fun things to do with your partner
If planning for a romantic camping trip, then there are many activities couples can get involved to bring your partner closer. Also, let it be an unforgettable backpacking experience for the couples to keep their love life alive.
Take a dip – If you are camping near to a beach or lake, couples can enjoy swimming together. Soak up the sun and enjoy having sandwiches and chilled drinks together.
Cook a meal together – Getting involved in activities like cooking will help couples to know more about each other’s appetite or palate. You can prepare a simple meal together but make sure you have backpacked essential tools.
Drink wine near the fire – couples can build a fire together which can make each other come closer. When the fire is blazing, settle down both of you close to each other, sipping a cosy glass of wine together.
Fun things to do when camping with your boyfriend
Rent a bike – to explore the area or city where you are staying; the best option remains to hire a bike. Cycling together will help to cover more places than on foot. It’s a great way to spend hours together and doesn’t forget to try out from the local eateries.
Hug and curl together – If it’s a summer month, nights can be cold and breezy. Make sure you bring a sleeping bag with you so that both of you can cuddle together. Hold each other, look into her eyes and talk about your dreams.
Go for snorkelling – If you are camping near to the beach or other water bodies, couples can go for snorkelling to view the aquatic life underwater. You may find attractive plants, pretty small fishes, shells, rocks and rare special of aquatic animals underwater.
Fun things to do when camping with your girlfriend
Dance on your favourite tunes - Couples should take advantage of camping together by performing activities that can bring your partner closer. You can bring portable speakers to the camping site and play your favourite tunes during your leisure time. When the sunset, turn on the music and dance holding each other’s arm.
Enjoy fishing together – If you are camping at a place where fishing is legally permitted then pack up fishing poles too. Don’t forget to bring the worms. Fishing is fun and refreshes your mind. To make it more interesting, you may use different types of bait and find out who gets more bites — Cook the fish for dinner.
Go for bird watching – To stay fit, its great option for couples to go out nearby areas in search of animals, birds, and insects. It helps you to know more about nature or surrounding you. For bird watching bring binoculars with you. Don’t forget to capture the moment and post it on Instagram.
Play party game charades – If a group of friends are camping together, playing the party game charades can be exciting. Divide the players into two teams and one team should act something which can be the name of a movie or anything else. The acting character shouldn’t talk, and the other team should guess. Play the game ahead of a campfire.
Name the song – If a group of musicians are staying together, the game “name that song” can be played, as it is an entertaining activity. Play different songs and ask them to guess. You should play songs which are quite popular. There is a chance of someone who hasn’t heard them.
Two truths and one lie –This camping activity offers great fun if it is played between groups of friends. The game remains easy to play. Each person has to speak out two truths and one lie. Ask other players to guess the statement which is the lie. Remember, you should be creative when speaking out statements.
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Camping is all about leaving behind all worries, entertained, loving the nature and getting closer to one’s partner. Camping activities are to spend some quality time with family and friends. Make sure you have an open mind with a good attitude to make the vacation an unforgettable one.