How to Build a Campfire

It goes without saying that a fire is a great way to keep warm when you are outdoors on a chilly evening or if you are looking to cook food or have s’mores with your kids. Do you know how to build a campfire that you can maintain? Whether you are out on a camping adventure or you want to build a nice fire to enjoy in your backyard, there are some easy tips that you can follow.

It is best that you always make sure that you place your fire pit at least 10 feet from any trees, structures, tents, dry leaves or anything else that is flammable if you do not have a fire ring available to use. Then, you need to have a flat area and dig down a couple of inches into the ground so that you can easily contain the fire. It is best that you check to make sure that you are not building the fire on top of any roots underneath the ground that could potentially catch on fire and then spread out.

Gather up kindling and firewood using fallen branches or campfire wood that you purchased. You can use either a firestarter log or gather up some straw or leaves that will help you to get the fire going initially. The drier the better when you want to be able to get a good bit of initial flame going.

Take the kindling and build a small pile with the starter material, allowing space for air to go through that will feed the fire. Take the twigs and make a pyramid or teepee, then light. Once this catches on, you can add on larger twigs piece by piece as they catch on as well. Finally, you can add the bigger pieces of wood to maintain the fire as long as you would like to use it.

After you build a campfire and are done using it, just make sure that you put it out completely, extinguishing every last ember to be safe.

Camping With a Hammock

My husband loves to go camping with his friends throughout the summer. One of his friends bought a hammock to sleep in. Now they make these just for camping reasons. He talked about how cool it was and how it was comfortable. He said he wanted one soon and I could buy it for the next gift I gave him.

He looked around and found one that he liked. He read reviews and researched it before he said it was the one he wanted. He told me where I could buy it at and how much it costs.

I ended up just ordering it for him because I knew he really wanted it and had planned a camping trip that was a few weeks away. It’s lightweight and easy to pack, which makes it the perfect backpacking hammock.

We got it in the mail in a few days and he was surprised because he didn’t know I ordered it for him. He got it out and put it together to show me how it works and how comfortable it really is. He said camping with a hammock is the only way he wants to camp now. I can definitely see why. It was very comfortable and it was also easy to put together. I think if I went camping I would also prefer camping with a hammock. I think it would be better to sleep in one of these than on the ground and it would also be good to keep the bugs away from you.

His camping trip arrived finally and he got to use his hammock. He loves it and said he won’t use a sleeping bag ever again. I went ahead and ordered one for myself so I can go on a camping trip with them sometime soon. I’m sure it will be better with a hammock.

Hiking Tips for Beginners

Hiking can be an enjoyable pastime as it allows you to relax, stay in shape, and get away from city troubles that plague your life. With that being said, it takes years of experience and know-how to survive and stay safe on a hiking trip, which is why you should heed the beginner hiking tips outlined below.

*Try to find a group or club that you can go hiking with. Not only is it more fun this way, but it’s safer when you have seasoned hikers with you on your trip.

*Don’t choose a dangerous trail to hike, especially if you’re just a beginner. Plan a weekly hike at the local park and condition yourself in order to get prepared for longer and more dangerous trails.

*Always stay properly hydrated during your hiking trip. Make sure to pack enough water as you will lose a great deal of energy as hiking requires a lot of physical effort.

*Wear proper footwear when hiking a trail, and in this case, fit is everything. It may take some time to find hiking boots that are comfortable and don’t cause blisters, but they’re well worth your investment.

*Dress in layers as it’s important to manage moisture from your body and to regulate body heat. Have enough layers that allow you to stay warm or cool down should temperatures change.

*Learn how to read a topographic map to help pinpoint your location based on landmarks. This is a fairly easy skill to master and even better than reading a compass!

Hopefully, these beginner hiking tips have helped you recognize you have much to learn. When you’re going on your next hiking trip, make sure to let a friend or family member know how long you’ll be gone in case of an emergency.