Friday, 27 July 2012
When I first saw this concept over a year ago, I scoffed at it. I will be the first to admit that I thought I would look like an idiot in it.
Having experienced being very cold on a camping trip, and dreading getting out of my sleeping bag (which was incidentally not suited to the weather conditions), I NOW think to myself, I wish I had one of these!!
A sleeping bag that allows you to not only sleep in it, but sit, stand, walk or run in it.
Great for those cool mornings and nights at the campsite. Or maybe at home as well.
The Selk Bag 4G Lite or the Selk Bag Classic come in a range of sizes and colours to suit the whole family, and you can find more information and pricing details at Selk’Bag Australia.
Pricing is reasonable too. At time of writing the Classic was under $200 and the Lite was under $100.
I feel the cold so much, I might sleep in the Selk, INSIDE my other sleeping bag!
Let us know below, what you think of this product. I think I just may be a convert…..
If you want to warm your bottom, think about this item
All photos from Selk website
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
What is your fave piece of equipment when you go camping?
The one piece of equipment you like the most.
Maybe its not the most practical item but you like it anyway. It might be something really inexpensive, but it makes that camping trip so much better……
We can’t narrow ours down to one bit of gear. It’s harder than we thought, so that is why we want to hear from you!!
If you do want to see some gear that we do like, see them here
Leave your thoughts NOW, below. Happy Camping.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Lighting is a big deal when camping. Anyone who tells you its not, well, they haven’t camped away from civilisation too often.
So we have another option for lighting as our Camping Gadget of the Week, and that is the T-Trail and Ambient Light Dry Bag. It’s a long title, but a simple idea.
When camping and hiking, space is a premium. if you have to carry all your belongings on your back, then you look for ultralight options.
This is a dry bag where you store all your belongings to protect them in your pack.
But when you get to camp, and take all that ‘stuff’ out, you use the T-Trail Headlamp that comes with the pack, take it out, turn it on within the bag itself and voila, you have a an ambient light – enough diffused light apparently to read or cook by, or just use in your tent.
This gadget is made by Mammut, and you can get all details here.
Possibly another headlamp will do the job just as well? Either way, its a smart, yet surprisingly easy and basic way to get a little more light using things you may be carrying anyway!
Other lighting gadgets you should check out include:
What do you think of this idea? Leave your thoughts below, or share this story with others!
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Geocaching. Its estimated over 5 million people worldwide do it.
We are recently new to the world of Geocaches. Apparently, its been around for a while.
Have no idea how we even heard about it, but when we did, we thought it would be a great activity that the kids could do when we are camping and in a new place.
If you don’t know what it is, the idea is simple and fun and children love it! We recommend you give it a go – because no matter where you are in the world, chances are, there is a geocache near you.
Geocaching is a big treasure hunt, using your GPS receiver (our iPhones work brilliantly), some information from a website (we use Geocaching Australia), and then we hunt down a cache (a hidden box/container which fellow Geocachers have hidden).
Once you find the cache, there is a logbook you sign, and then you can share your find online. You might like to be the hunters or if you like it, become one of those who hide caches.
There are a few rules which in the spirit of the game you need to abide to, and Geocaching can give you all the info you need on how to play, what to do and what not to do.
So when we are going to a new camp location, we check the app we have from Geocaching Australia, and see what caches are in the area where we are currently staying.
Going on hikes becomes a lot more exciting for the children, knowing that sometimes they might have to leave the trail to hunt for the treasure!
My children love looking for the cache, and there is genuine excitement when its found, and anticipation what little treasure will be in there! (you can take a treasure out, as long as you replace it with something of equal or higher value). But, its more about the hunt and discovery, than the goods inside.
Once we discover the first cache on the camp trip, we eagerly check to see how far away the next might be.
Some caches are relatively easy (the app gives you advice on the ease to find, size etc.when it was last found, hints, comments, and sometimes pictures); others will have puzzles you need to solve to lead you to it. Our family struggle with the more complicated and sometimes cryptic clues, but maybe because we are new to it all or we are not very clever!
We got our practice with the concept, around the suburbs where we live. It’s amazing once you start looking, how many caches might be in your area – or at the park down the road! Some we find, some we do not. But its all good fun, and doesn’t cost a thing.
Have you tried Geocaching? If so, let us know how you went below. Maybe, you want to read more about camping? If so, sign up for our email at the top right of this page.
Friday, 13 July 2012
Looking for a new GPS device?
Tired of holding a GPS plus doing everything else?
Want a watch that does more than tell the time?
Then you might want to consider the latest offering from Garmin which is the Fenix Watch. It is our Camping Gadget of the Week.
This watch is designed to give you navigation and tracking, all on your wrist!
The Fenix comes with altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) and gives you live data on such crucial info as real time elevation data and weather. You will also have the ability to have such navigational activities like planning trips, route creation and recording waypoints (parking, trailheads, shelters etc).
All the features we would expect from Garmin are in this watch. eg. Ability to download route from the application BaseCamp™.
Sort of person who gets lost? This watch is what you might need. It comes with a Tracklog which means, that it displays a trail of "bread crumbs" to easily track your position. And the “TracBack™ function will guide you safely back along a good visible and easy to follow trackline”
Why is this a good function to have for anyone who likes to go off the beaten track? Well, it takes the fear out of getting lost – you are given freedom to explore beyond the trail.
What else can it do? The list is impressive (can you tell that I am impressed??)
- Mountaineering – know your ascent exactly
- Hunting – ability to use a function to see legal shooting times
- Hiking – ABC inclusive
- Trail running - Monitor heart rate, calories burned, elevation gain, pace, distance
- Geocaching – all on your wrist
- Backcountry skiing – waypoints to guide you home
- Biking - Track your speed, distance, ascent and descent, all on your wrist
- Boating – waterproof, with 3 axis compass
Want to know more? Garmin website has all the details. Or check out this video below. I know we want to get our hands on this SOON!
Don’t forget, leave us your thoughts, here, at the blog! We want to hear your opinion.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Do you ever feel a bit disillusioned on your return from a holiday? If so, you are not alone. It's called vacation grief.
Coming back from a holiday of any sort, even a camping getaway, is not easy. To get to a destination involves planning, and then the anticipation of the vacation itself and then the enjoyment derived from your holiday.
Just for us to go on a camping trip, that needed prep work has to be done. It's all part of the holiday build up. Steps include:
- planning and researching the location and camping areas
- travel routes and timing
- what camping gear must come with us, and what would we like to bring, space permitting
- menu planning
- food shopping
- children packed their fave and must-have things for the trip
- pack the car (sometimes a tense experience)
And off we go.
Before you know it, we are back. No planning involved with that moment.
Real life and the chores you put off before you went on holiday, are all waiting for you.
Work beckons and its official, your holiday is OVER.
This infographic, taken from buzzfeed.com sums up the feeling of so many of us. The longer the holiday, the more some of these feelings are magnified on our return to our jobs. We might feel all of these 5 stages, or skip a couple. The best way to get over this grief? Plan your next holiday!
Do you ever feel like this at the end of a break from your every day life?
Monday, 9 July 2012
One company has decided to take some of the stress out of it for newbies, and created the Prairie.
Basically, put a piece of wood in each point of the metal star, and you have a nice looking pile of wood as the basis for your campfire.
Never freak out that you can't remember where the wood is meant to go again to get a good looking fire.
To read more about this innovation, you can find it here, but its all in another language, so good luck with that.
Or should you want to know more about campfire building (the more traditional methods), go to
Wikihow - how to build a campfire
What do you think of this idea. Leave a note below! Thanks.
Friday, 6 July 2012
- Looking for something different in camping?
- Tired of using the conventional way of cooking (so yesterday!)?
- Maybe you have a burning desire to pretend you are in the Secret Forces?
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
You may remember, that a while ago we tried the great American tradition, S'Mores. With not a lot of luck. It's going to be a work in progress sort of experience. (Read about Australian style S'Mores)
But I have come across a fantastic alternative, that requires me NEVER to leave home just to taste the S'More experience!
Its origins are from without doubt the best looking food blog I have seen.......With luscious looking food, beautifully photographed, this site has me going "wow".
The name of the site is How Sweet It Is and from this site I have discovered Smoretini Shooters.
All the following photos are from this site. The recipe too!
Graham crackers are required for this recipe, so Australians will need to use some other not too sweet, plain biscuit. It's not the be-all and end-all of this recipe.
It talks in ounces, and we in Australia, talk in ml, so 1 oz = 29.57 ml.
1/2 ounce marshmallow vodka (or vanilla, whipped cream or cake flavored vodka)
1/2 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur
1/4 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
3/4 ounce cream/half and half
chocolate syrup or hot fudge
graham cracker crumbs (or seek alternative sweet, plain biscuit)
vanilla frosting for glass rimming
Dip the rim of you glass in a bit of frosting, then dip into graham cracker crumbs.
Pour about 1/2 teaspoon chocolate fudge into the bottom of the glass.
Combine vodka, Baileys, Godiva and cream in a shaker (or water bottle with lid) with ice and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into glass. Top with mini marshmallows skewered on a toothpick.
For 8 shooters or 2 martinis, you will need: 4 ounces of marshmallow vodka, 4 ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur, 2 ounces of Bailey’s and about 6 ounces of milk. Measurements obviously may change depending on your own preferred tastes.
Note: if you don’t have any leftover frosting for glass rimming, I think something sticky like maple syrup or agave will work.
Now if you are still looking for another drink for around the campfire, try Roasted Marshmallows and Baileys.
And of course, we would love to hear of any other drinks to have around the campfire! Leave a note below.