We have a great guest blogger for you this week! Shelley Trupert is a self-confessed fan of Camping and Hiking Ideas who contacted us a little while ago with an idea. She works for a company called Outdoorsy, an online RV rental marketplace that connects RV owners with potential renters to provide a new way to travel, and a new source of income for RV owners. ( you can find them at www.outdoorsy.com). She suggested that an article on 4 major reasons for renting an RV for your next vacation might be a good idea. We thought so too, since we haven’t really mentioned RV camping a whole lot. Shelly offered to guest post and we said “yes, please”! So, without further ado:
4 Reasons You Should Rent an RV for your Next vacation
Whether you are looking for a relaxing week in the wilderness or want to pack in as much sight-seeing as possible, consider renting an RV for your next camping trip. After a long day of hiking or exploring, an RV can provide an added level of relaxation and enjoyment to your vacation.
Here are 4 common reasons people choose to rent an RV:
Comforts of Home
With an RV you get the best of both worlds. You get to enjoy the outdoors while still appreciating the comforts of your own home. Most RVs include a microwave, fridge, stove, a TV, comfortable beds, a living room area, a shower, and more. And if you feel like sitting outside, you can sit underneath the awning to enjoy the fresh air. When the weather becomes
unfavorable, you can go back in and still enjoy the view. It’s like bringing your home on wheels and what’s better than that?
Another reason to consider an RV is the flexibility. If you want to see another destination, you simply pack up and drive to a new spot. This may not always be easy, as many campgrounds require reservations. As well, you want to ensure that you’re spending enough time relaxing rather than always being on the go. But all that aside, it gives you the freedom to create your own adventure. Whether you want to go up the Pacific Northwest coast or take a cross-country road trip, you can make those decisions easily and at your own pace.
Though the price of the RV depends on your specific vacation and the way you choose to use it, in many instances they are cheaper than booking flights, hotels, and car rentals for your destinations. In fact, you can save up to 30-40% on your total vacation cost. There are also a lot of other ways to cut costs with an RV. For example, you can save money by cooking every meal in the kitchen. Many campgrounds also include certain amenities and activities. Take advantage of them in order to get your money’s worth. Another option to consider is to keep your destinations close to one another. If you’re looking to do a long road trip, try and stay at each
destination for an extended period of time.
There’s something about an RV that brings families together. One of the biggest goals while on family vacation is to create unforgettable memories that your children will be able to share with their kids one day. While it can be exciting to tent, the road trip in an RV is a memory in and of itself. You can kick off your shoes, relax on the couches, and not have to worry about having no leg room or bumping elbows with the stranger sitting next to you. When everyone is at ease, it’s much easier to engage in conversation and play games. And these are the memories that matter most. Renting an RV has many benefits including the ultimate freedom to pick one that fits your needs based on pricing, style, and amenities. With so many out there, try renting one for your next camping trip.
Though keep in mind, no matter how you choose to camp, a vacation planned around your favorite activities or a new area you’ve been eager to discover, will be filled with amazing memories!
Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now–whether it is a class C or a teardrop trailer–to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.
We have a great guest writer for you today! He’s going to tell you about some clever camping ideas I know you’re going to use often. But first, a bit about our guest:
Luke is a fitness, health and travel blogger. He is editor-in-chief at the blog Ripped.me and one of the contributors at blogs Traveltalk and Fitness Food & Travel. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy living and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.
7 Clever ideas that will make camping easier and more fun
Camping is awesome, you get in touch with nature, you gather together with your friends and nothing can spoil your quality time there! Of course, in order to make camping such a great experience, one has to really get into it and do quite a few things. Yes, it can get stressful. Especially if something goes wrong upon arrival. However, there are certain things you could do to eliminate the stress and make this whole experience even more enjoyable and fun! Let’s see.
Sage against pests
Many campers haven’t heard of this little trick. It is highly recommended that when you go camping, you bring sage. Sage bundles are super effective when it comes to deterring pests. Probably the most annoying thing that can happen to you while camping is getting bitten by those persistent mosquitoes. Therefore, make a bundle and set it over hot coals. The smoke is going to deter mosquitoes and other pests so that you can have a nice, bite-free experience.
Making a list of camping essentials prior to your trip is really useful. Why? Imagine finally arriving at the campsite and it starts raining. You look into your bag and you can’t find your raincoat. Really dumb, right? Well, when you start planning it all out, make sure that you also take a look at the list of camping essentials just to be sure. Nowadays you don’t even have to leave your home in order to get the stuff you need, you can do that by visiting an online camping shop. There is really no excuse for lacking various camping essentials.
Extra toilet paper
When packing, make sure to include toilet paper. Put in an extra roll just to be safe. Pack some additional toilet paper and put it in the bag along with some cotton balls and matches. You never know who might forget something or get a stomach ache. And you can never be too safe yourself.
Camping lanterns are an absolute essential since they keep your campsite well lit. However, some of them are often too bright. Especially once you’re in your tent. A cool thing to do here is to strap the light around a one gallon water container. The light has to be pointed towards the water. And you get a more diffused, softer light source. Voila!
Duct tape tweak
Duct tape is useful in so many situations, camping included. However, no one really needs an entire roll of duct tape. So, wrap some duct tape around a water bottle or knife sheath. Make sure that it doesn’t stick to itself and that’s it. You’ll always know where to find it if the need arises.
Scavenger hunt game
This one is especially good for families. It is well known that children’s attention cannot be kept forever, no matter how good the view or how fun the activity is. Therefore, equip yourself with this game should the need arise. Play a scavenger hunt game with them, but make sure that it is a nature-themed scavenger hunt. Offer a small prize or a treat just to motivate them even more.
Bringing some additional water is always a good idea. Making this multi-functional is even better. Hear this! If you are bringing a cooler, freeze a couple of gallon jugs of water. Don’t bring ice blocks. This way, they will keep everything cold, but they will also provide back-up water when they melt. If you’re planning a trip where you need your ice to last longer, add 1/4 cup of salt into one or two jugs and label them! No one likes drinking salty water. Do know that salt water melts slowly. So there’s a camping hack for you.
Hopefully, you’ll find these ideas useful. Camping is an event where bonding happens, it is an experience that needs to be cherished. And as such, you need to do whatever you can to make it even better. The aim of these ideas is to help you do exactly that. Exploring everything Mother Nature has to offer with your loved ones is awesome, so do your best to make it even better!
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Eric Shelkie and his family (pictured here at Kettle Valley) love camping. Frustration with camping reservations led to Campnab, a camping app that lets you snag cancellations at sold-out campsites.
There is nothing more frustrating than deciding to go on a camping trip for the long weekend, only to find that all the sites have been taken already. Everywhere. You then find yourself faced with two choices—forget camping at a proper campsite, or sit in front of your computer refreshing the page of your campsite’s reservation page over and over again in the hopes that there will be a cancellation you can jump on. It’s a good idea—many people have found a site at the last minute because of a cancellation. But what a colossal time-consuming effort that can be!
Fortunately, there is an app for that.
Campnab is an app that does the scanning of all your favorite campsites for you. When an opening pops up, Campnab notifies you so you can go to the campsite’s reservation page and make the reservation.
The app is the brainchild of two Erics—Eric Karjualoto and Eric Shelkie, Vancouverites who also happen to be partners in SmashLAB, a creative design agency that deals in digital services. ( http://www.smashlab.com/) They design and build web applications, platforms and communities for businesses.
When Erik Shelkie needed a camping app for snagging cancelled reservations on campsites, he wasted no time. Here is some of his coding that he created at a pub, while camping!
Shelkie wanted to use a camper van he bought, to go camping with his family. That’s when he discovered just how hard it was to book a campsite unless it’s done months in advance. He decided to create an app to help ease the frustration. With help from partner Eric Karjualoto, they created an app and designed a website interface and presented Campnab to an eager public.
How it Works.
The public embraced the idea of being notified when a camping reservation opening showed up, instead of sitting at a computer on the Discover Camping website, hitting the refresh button over and over again and hoping a cancellation appeared. The app takes advantage of the fact that a large number of camp grounds usually have last-minute cancellations. Campnab then sends the would-be camper a notification that lets them know a site has opened up for where and when they have specified. The camper can then reserve online at the campsite’s website.
Depending on the type of search you want and the frequency you choose for the Campnab app to scan the chosen spots and dates, the search will cost you between $10 to $20 dollars. Campgrounds seem happy with the idea, too–no more campsites sitting empty due to last minute cancellations.
The Camping App is Growing Fast.
The popularity of the app can be seen in its growth. Campnab started in B.C., but can now also scan parks in Ontario, Canadian and U.S. National Parks, Washington State, Oregon, and California; as well as those managed by recreation.gov (America).
Campnab has a really great Q & A that answers any questions you may have about the app. You can access the site, and the Q & A, here.