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Surviving in the Woods

by Khirol HazwanJune 7, 2017

The wood, though rich in wildlife and anything related to nature, can be a dangerous and catastrophic destination for your camping trip. Should you decide that your next camping destination be in the woods, heed extreme caution.

A lot of things can happen in the woods, from any form of wildlife being out to get you to any sickness being carried by countless organisms inflicted on to the unsuspecting victim that is you. In order to survive, if ever you find yourself stuck in the middle of the woods with no hope of rescue, here are some things that can help you do so.

1.  Research the Terrain

Before you even think about going to the woods to camp, make sure that you research on anything about the land you’re about to set foot on. Anything you find can prove useful to you in times of crises such as the abundance of plants both edible and toxic, any wild animals to steer clear of, and even the nearest roads to help you find your way back home.

2.  Take Necessary Precautions

Anything from putting on spraying yourself with anti-bug spray to packing any item that can serve as your weapon of choice. It never hurts to pack everything and anything you think you may need. Even if it is generally deemed unnecessary, who knows, that item may save your life if ever.

Also, any precaution you take is extremely vital to your survival, especially when it comes to basic knowledge on fending off wild animals. If ever you’ve learned how to fend off predators such as wolves or bears before you set out, then rest assured you’ll be fine.

3.  Find a Nearby Source of Water

In order to stay alert at all times in the wild, keeping yourself hydrated is a definite must. Though you may bring your own pack of water, your supply of it will dwindle in time. To ensure that you stay hydrated, find a nearby source of water for you to drink. Once you’ve found your water source, camp out there for your convenience.

Another thing you should learn regarding this is how to purify water to make it safe for you to drink. Purifying water is a skill that can prove vital to your survival as though you may have found a suitable source of water, even rainwater, you never know if it’s really safe from bacteria or any other elements of harm. Drinking without purifying can have disastrous consequences.

4.  Learn How to Build Shelter

When you’re out in the woods, building shelter is an essential skill for you to learn. Even when building a tent or a makeshift one, you’ll have to learn the necessary fundamentals in establishing a strong campsite for you to survive in. Make sure your shelter is able withstand some elements such as strong winds or rain and is able to keep standing for certain periods of time.

5.  Learn How to Make a Campfire

Above all else, staying warm is key to your survival. When your body is at its warmest temperature, not only will you stay alert, but also ensure your safety by decreasing the chances of suffering frostbite or hypothermia due to the cold temperatures of the night. For this, make sure to learn of the many ways to start a fire, with different kinds of kindling to fire starters.

The woods can be frightening to many. However, if you’re equipped with the necessary skills to survive, you will definitely come out okay.

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6 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn while Camping
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6 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn while Camping

by Khirol HazwanApril 5, 2017

Today, there are so much outdoor recreational activities for families to choose from. A few examples of them, which you can partake in the Philippines, are glamping, mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching, parasailing, and windsurfing. Parents will be glad to hear that most of them are kid-friendly, which means they can take them this summer to enjoy themselves.

However, it is important to note that when it comes to kid-friendliness, nothing beats a classic camping trip. After all, it teaches them several significant life lessons, such as:

The importance of planning

Every camping trip starts with proper planning and preparation. Teach your kids the importance of strategy and goal setting by discussing the details of your camping trip with them. Include them with you in deciding about the food you will eat, the location of your campsite, the necessary supplies you need to take with you, as well as the games you are going to play once you have settled.

 

Teamwork

Teamwork is necessary during camping trips, particularly since there is a lot of work that needs to be done like setting up on camping grounds. Let them help you with things such as pitching up your tent (or RV), unpacking all your stuff, and placing them in ideal spots. By doing this, you are teaching them the value of teamwork and taking initiatives when helping others.

 

Personal responsibility

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Campsites can run rugged every once in a while, particularly when you are busy with other activities, which is completely fine and understandable. But be sure to tidy it up especially before you go to sleep. Ask your kids to be accountable for their things. This will educate them to be responsible early on. It will also instil them how to be tidy in their surroundings.

 

Unplugging can be fun

Kids these days seem to always be in front of television, computer, smartphones, or tablet screens. Basically, it is their way of having fun but bringing them to a camping trip – which essentially renders these new technologies as useless – will teach them that there are actually other ways of having fun. Introduce them to old games you used to play on the streets when you were younger.

 

Be appreciative

 

Camping trips are the perfect time to teach your children to live with fewer things. Show them how air conditioners are not a necessity they really need in life. Tell them how lucky they are to have these luxuries. If you show them this, they will immediately become appreciative of things like electricity, hot showers, and running water.

 

Respect nature

Respect nature

Mother Nature is the reason why camping trips are memorable. Educate your children about its importance in the world. Tell them that the environment deserves to be protected. Teach them simple ways to value it. One example is to always be responsible for the trash on your campsite. Be sure to show them a good example in this regard.

 

Remember that your kids will look up to you when they don’t know what to do during your camping trip. Be sure to provide them a good example when you do so. You should, after all, practice what you preach!

 

About the Author:

Justin is a digital marketing specialist for SEO Hacker. He loves staring at large amounts of data while trying to figure out what to do with it. He attempts to write about different topics and blog during his free time while watching anime and TV series. The internet is his playground while the world is his bedroom. He’s still trying to figure out what to do with data.

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7 Best Camping Destinations This 2017
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7 Best Camping Destinations This 2017

by Khirol HazwanJanuary 13, 2017

7 Best Camping Destinations This 2017

In the past couple of years, the people who have showed interest in camping have grown exponentially. There has also been a sudden emergence of tent resorts in the Philippines to cater to the demand of these individuals – allowing even more of them to go on camping trips these 2017.

Planning a camping trip is not easy, particularly if you have no idea where to go. Remedy this by visiting some of these places:

Mount Pinatubo

Mount Pinatubo has been made famous for its eruptions back in 1991. These days, however, the active stratovolcano is known more for being a serene site for campers. It makes a very picturesque view of its crater lake which has turquoise waters. It also makes a popular site for those who are coming from Metro Manila due to its close proximity. If you are not very fond of hiking, you don’t have to worry because there are transportation options for you to choose from.

Palaui Island

Palaui Island provides many things for the weary traveller, including white sand beaches, majestic mountains, the Cape Engano Lighthouse, rich marine life, and vibrant colours. Campers, who came to the island, can expect some peace and quiet in this site that is far far away from the city.

Calaguas Island

The Calaguas Island located in Camarines Norte is very popular to millennial campers, who prefer organizing DIY (do-it-yourself) trips with their friends. They can easily set up their tents on the island’s white sand beaches and literally sleep under the stars at night. If you prefer convenience however, you can easily get a package tour to visit this hidden paradise.

7 Best Camping Destinations 2017

Tablas Island

Romblon’s Tablas Island is another destination that is ideal to people who does not enjoy crowds. This does not mean, however, that you are going to miss out on the adventure. In fact, you can visit its rainforests, mountain trails, and diving spots. You can find adventure in every corner of this island.

The best camping trips are those that are spent in a beautiful setting. Choose at least one of these destinations to have a camping experience that is just beyond the ordinary!

Biak na Bato

Biak na Bato is the ideal camping destination to people who adore nature. This is because this point of interest has the Madlum River, a cave network, as well as endemic mammals and birds frequenting the area – which means they can go wildlife and bird watching during their camping trip.

Ayoke Island

Ayoke Island is the place to be if you want to camp as far away as possible from Metro Manila. It is situated in Surigao del Sur in Mindanao – which is perfect if you are looking for seclusion. Those, who have gone on previous camping trips and found out that they dislike mainstream camping sites, can go to this place to avoid crowds and explore its unspoiled beauty.

Tagaytay

Tagaytay is another camping destination that is near Metro Manila. Those who prefer to go to adventures without sacrificing convenience can find that this is the place for them to camp. There are a lot of things you can do in this city, including going on a food trip, a picnic, or visiting the smallest volcano in the Philippines. It is also very popular to many people because of its cool and favourable weather.

 

About the Author:

Laurel SantosLaurel Santos is a 24 year old grown up woman whose kid at heart. She lives in the city and works as a freelance photographer. She also manages a small pet shop inside their village. She loves traveling so much because she believes that one should not just die staying in without exploring the world.  She got a big heart for animals especially those stray dogs. Despite her busy schedule she always finds time to do one thing that she is very passionate about which is writing.

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