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Proper Bike Gear For Safe Riding

Posted in lifestyle, outdoors
on September 15, 2017

Most people use a motorcycle as a mode of transportation which is convenient and economic. Convenient because it can weave in and out of vehicles and need not get stuck in a traffic jam. It is also convenient when it comes to finding parking space in public areas and it takes up very little space on the driveway of your home. And if ever your bike’s engine refuses to start, you can easily push it by yourself. It is economical because it consumes less petrol and that helps to save cost on petrol. Not only that, it also saves on parking fees and in most countries, motorcycles are exempted from paying tolls.

Besides using a motorcycle as a mode of transportation, some people ride motorcycle as a form of recreational sport. These motorcycles are called dirt bikes. Dirt bike is usually a lightweight motorcycle designed for use on rough terrain, such as unsurfaced roads or tracks, and used especially in scrambling. We used to call these bikes scramblers.

The dirt bike is also a two-wheeled vehicle just like the street motorcycle. Both are differently designed and both are designed for different functions. The street motorcycle is designed for distinct street use and the dirt bike is designed for off-road riding. There are obvious differences between the motorcycle and the dirt bike in overall designs, the construction and materials used.

The dirt bike is built for easy mobility, jumping and climbing functions. The body of the dirt bike is small and light for easy control and for absorbing shock on jumps while on the rough roads or uneven tracks. The normal motorcycle is heavier and is built for style and stability.

 

 

 

Every dirt bike rider needs to put on proper safety gear which could help save life or from serious injuries. Below are some important dirt bike gear a dirt bike rider should have:

  1. A good quality helmet for head protection.
  2. A pair of good quality goggles to protect eyes from dirt and dust.
  3. A neck brace to protect from serious neck injuries.
  4. A chest protector to protect body parts and internal organ from crash impact.
  5. A pair of under gear shorts to help prevent chaffing and irritation when riding.
  6. Knee braces for knee protection and moto socks for extra padding for knee braces.

A pair of good quality boots for protection of lower leg, ankle and foot.

 

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Insect Repellents To Bring To Your Camping

The weather is inviting because it is not yet hot and the temperature is starting to let up. Nature’s blooms are in their fullest. The trees are still verdant. The air is fresh. And all these are invitation for a nice camping and other outdoor activities.

When you are camping, you are becoming vulnerable to the elements including the bugs and critters around nature that will surround you during your camping activity. Have fun but do not compromise your risk to insect bites.

These are the type of insect repellants you can bring to your camp while enjoying the great outdoors. Take note of the candle ones. Always make sure you do not light it inside the tent or anywhere it can catch fire to.

Insect repellents containing DEET (N, N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide)

These are effective and long-lasting; however, you are only protected on the areas where you apply it. Read labels properly on how to apply repellants with DEET. DEET can damage some synthetic fabrics such as rayon  or plastics.

Below is a guideline about DEET, the concentration in your repellent, and the number of hours of protection you can enjoy while using your repellent.

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Citronella Oil

If you have allergic reaction to DEET, you can also try using citronella oil. It is applied topically to your skin to prevent mosquito bites.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

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The oil is used topically to ward off mosquitoes and tick bites. It comes from the gum of the eucalyptus plant

Neem oil

Neem oil is from the pressed fruits and seeds of the Neem tree. It is a type of an evergreen growing in the Indian subcontinent.

Always be careful when applying oil to your skin. Test a small patch of area to check for reactions. Also, some of these oils must not be applied on pregnant women and infants.

 

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Travelling On Foot: What You Need To Bring On Your Camping Adventure

Posted in camp, camping, camping tips, outdoor activity, outdoors
on July 3, 2017

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If you plan on venturing off into the wild and camping for a while – here’s what you’ll need to bring.

Clothes

It’s not a fashion show, so you don’t need to bring your favourite pair of heels and that expensive dress. Go back to basics and take what you need. This means a few different t-shirts, shorts, long trousers, jumpers and a jacket. You want a general mix as you can never be too sure of what the weather is going to do. So bring things that will keep your warm, cool and dry when need be. And don’t forget to bring a swimming costume in case you decide to take a dip in the lake or river, along with some sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun. You can find more information about the clothes you need on www.livestrong.com.

 

Food and appliances

Depending on how long you camp for will determine how much food you will need. It may be wise to keep within a close distance from somewhere you can restock for food and water, unless you plan on salvaging it yourself.

You will also need a way to cook and heat up your food. A fire is obvious, but it’s a good idea to have at least one aluminum container or tub to cook your things inside. They heat up quickly and won’t smash if you drop them, making them the best thing to take with you. Plus they aren’t heavy either, so you can carry them around with ease.

 

Sleeping arrangements

You want to feel safe when sleeping in the outdoors – especially when it comes to all the creepy crawlies that tend to get a little too friendly at times. You can ensure this doesn’t become a problem thanks to sites like TentsAndCampGear.com that sell the top of the range tents and equipment to make sure you’re protected not only from the bugs, but from the different sorts of weather conditions that you may face on the way. What’s the point in having a tent if the moment it starts to rain you get wet?

You will also want a sleeping bag that can hold in enough of your body temperature to keep you going through the night, even if it’s freezing cold (or under.) Just make sure you look at the label as most sleeping bags come in all different sizes nowadays, so you’ll want to be sure it fits first before buying.

 

Hygiene

Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to smell. Of course, you don’t want to take up valuable packing space for your perfume set – that would be silly. But go to the shops (or online) and look at all the travel sized things you can buy, like mini deodorant and tiny tubes of toothpaste. Not only are they efficient, but they are super cute too.

It is also worth investing in some bug spray or cream repellant to lower your chances of getting bitten. It will most likely still happen, but the repellent will definitely help. And don’t forget suncream to protect you from getting burnt under the sun.

 

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Pitch Perfect: Essential Supplies For Any Camping Trip!

Camping is one of the most fantastic ways to spend a vacation that there is. It’s a really great way to get away from all of the trapping of modern life and get back to basics for a little while. Of course, when it comes to getting away from it all, there’s a fine line between a pleasant break away from civilization, to being stuck in the wilderness. After all, unless you’re after a very specific kind of experience, you’re probably going to want at least a certain degree of comfort when you’re camping. With that in mind, here are some of the essential items that you need to take along on your camping trip.

Somewhere to sit

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One of the best things about camping is that it gives you the chance to spend your time taking things slow and relaxing. Of course, it’s going to be pretty hard to relax if you haven’t got anywhere to sit down. There are plenty of camping chairs and loungers available but if you want something a little more luxurious and unusual, check out this
bear butt hammock review. Having somewhere to sit back and relax after a long day of getting out into nature and enjoying yourself is essential to make any camping trip as enjoyable as possible.

 

Somewhere to cook

As much as you might like to think so, there’s only so long that you can survive on potato chips. Eventually, you’re going to want to eat some real food. Of course, you’re hardly going to be in a position to get into a kitchen, so you’ll want to find a decent balance while you’re camping. A single flame stove is a fantastic option since it doesn’t take up much room, doesn’t need to be plugged in to function, and often helps you cook up some surprisingly effective meals! From fried breakfasts to hot soup, there are plenty of options that can make a camping stove one of the most essential items you could possibly take with you. Not only that but it means that you’re able to boil water without a kettle allowing you to wake yourself up every morning with a nice hot cup of coffee.

 

Layers of clothing

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It doesn’t matter where you are or what time of year it is, at night your tent is going to get pretty cold. If you really want to stay warm and comfortable during the night then you’re going to want to back some warm, thermal clothes that will prevent your temperatures from dropping. You can also look at things like extra thick sleeping bags in order to help you get the best possible night’s sleep.

 

Something to read

One of the very best things about camping is that it gives you the chance to get away from all of the distractions of modern life. That being said, there’s a big difference between getting away from your smartphone for a while and giving up on modern life altogether. The majority of people are likely to start feeling a little bored sitting around in a tent waiting for something to happen. Because of that, you should make sure to bring something like a book with you, for your own entertainment. That way you can pass the time easily without having to resort to staring at a screen non-stop.

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Hiking Etiquette Tips

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When you’re out in nature hiking the trails, you can get so immersed in the beauty of your surroundings, the wind in our hair and the ground beneath your feet, that it can be all too easy to forget your manners. However, trail etiquette is old and important – it keeps everyone safe and ensures that the trails are well-maintained for us all to enjoy.


If you need to brush up on your hiking etiquette, check out these useful tips for hikers:



Priority


The first thing you should bear in mind when hiking is that there is a ladder of hierarchy on the trails. Horses should always take priority, followed by hikers, with cyclists coming in third. Now that you know this, you can always be sure to make way for the relevant parties, ensure the trails are safe and pleasant and avoid any nasty confrontations.


Additionally, you should remember that, if you are being passed by horses, you will need to move off the trail a little on the downhill side, if it is possible to do so. This will prevent the animals from getting startled by taking you out of their immediate path and making you look smaller.



Uphill Traffic


When you’re hiking, you should always give way to uphill traffic. Going uphill is harder work than going downhill, and when you’ve built up some steam, and you’re going along at a pleasant pace, the last thing you want is to have to change course, lose momentum and start again. So, put yourself in the place of others and always yield to the uphill travelers.



Stay Right


Hikers should always try to stay on the right side of the trail, and if they wish to pass someone ahead of them, they should always do so on the left, after warning the person in front what they are about to do. Doing this helps to stop accidents and annoyances on the trail.



Leave No Trace


So, you’ve gone up the trail with a mountain of supplies including food, water, string and your best backpacking tent to see you through your trip.  You’ve built a fire, had a feast and enjoyed your time in the woods. Now it’s time to leave, what do you do? If you’re an inconsiderate person, you’ll leave your food wrappers on the ground along with the ashes of your extinguished fire and leave. Who wants to carry more than they have to on the trails right?


On the other hand, you’re a very considerate person, you will pick up and repack everything you brought with you, including wrappers, apple cores, and banana peels and take them home with you to be disposed of safely, so that the next hikers who come along won’t have to look at your trash.



Using Tech


There is nothing wrong with listening to your portable radio or playing your iPod when you’re out on the tail, but try not to do it in the vicinity of other people who might prefer to listen to the birds sing rather than Beyoncé. Be aware of your surroundings and ask others if they mind before you do anything that could spoil their trip.


If you bear all of the above in mind, you’ll have a great hiking trip and so will everyone else on the trails.

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Everything You Need To Know About Camping

Most of us need a break from work to unwind and relax. Vacations and holidays are an important part of the year. They also give us plenty of quality time to spend with family and friends. Some people love flying overseas to somewhere exotic. Pampering and luxury sound like the perfect way to destress! Although camping isn’t quite as glamorous, it can also be the ideal way to refresh the mind, body and soul. Here is the essential breakdown of everything you need to know about camping:



Accommodation

Camping is about enjoying being a part of the landscape. Sometimes it’s about having some shelter when the weather comes in too! Tents are the quickest and easiest way to have somewhere to spend the night, almost anywhere you like. You could choose between a survival or pop-up tent that is lightweight and easy to assemble. Or a camping tent for all the family. Check out some camping tent reviews to find out what kind of tent suits you and the people you’re traveling with.




Getting There

Of course, you might be traveling in a camper van. This is your little home from home that you can park up and enjoy a feast and a snooze in the back. If you don’t have a camper van, then you need to consider how you will get to your camping grounds. You could drive and pack everything in the trunk. Or you might enjoy a cycling tour. Backpacks and saddle bags are usually enough to carry everything you need. You could also assemble a bike trailer to carry those extra bits pieces. Make sure you apply your sunscreen every few hours when you are out in the fresh air.




Washing

Not every place you stop at will have full bathroom facilities. You can buy little wipes that are effective for personal hygiene. It’s not practical to take enough water for a bath! If you like a hot shower, then plan your camping online. You can check reviews of the sites you want to stay at and book in advance to ensure a good spot for the tent and access to all the facilities you like. Some camping grounds also provide meals and dining facilities.




Eating

Getting a campfire going has become less of a chore over the last few years. Most people now carry portable stoves. They are lightweight and really easy to use. Of course, making a fire is one of the fun things about camping, and it will keep the bugs off you! Make sure you have matches in a waterproof bag and a little kindling you can keep dry too. Be sure to adhere to any fire marshal instructions for the area you stay in.




Critters

Some people are unlucky when it comes to insect bites. However, there are some really good repellent sprays that will keep them at bay. In your first aid or medical kit, make sure you have some sting relief cream and an antihistamine. Bigger critters like snakes and spiders rarely bother campers. However, if you are allergic to anything like bees, be sure to have your medication to hand at all times.  Happy camping!

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Going On A Camping Vacation? Make Sure You Have These Essentials With You

Posted in camping, outdoor activities, outdoors, travel tips, vacation
on June 1, 2016
Camping can be an excellent choice of vacation for many people. Families can enjoy the great outdoors just as much as couples or a group of friends. There is something quite relaxing about heading out to a campsite and setting your tent up for the night. It’s about cooking outdoors and being one with nature. So if this is something you are considering doing then this post will be for you. I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the essentials you need for a great camping vacation.


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Tent and sleeping essentials


One of the first things to think about when heading out for a camping vacation is the tent and sleeping arrangements. You need an easy to assemble tent that is durable to bad weather. Depending on where you are going the weather can change quite drastically. You will also need a sleeping bag and mat. A mat will protect you from sleeping on the hard floor. If there are a few of you, there might be a few different tents to administer. Or if you are sharing the one tent work out who will be the one to carry and transport it in their backpack.


Toiletries and personal items


When you go camping, especially into the wilderness, then showers and the niceties go out of the window for a few days. However, it is always good to keep on top of personal hygiene. So take with you some essentials to keep you going. Things like wet wipes and string deodrant are small and can fit in any backpack, but will keep you feeling fresh. You might also want to consider things like toilet paper. Make sure you pack a change of clothes and also ensure your building is protected by waterproof outerwear. This will come in handy if it rains but also if you find yourself in a humid area.


Hunting gear and essentials for starting a fire


You will need to consider what you eat while you are camping, and how you plan to cook things. So making sure you pack essential hunting gear will be one of the first things you organise. If you are unsure of what you might need to consider visit websites like chandlerrodandgunclub.com. They will be able to offer more information on what’s available. It would also be a great idea to pack with you some of the essentials to start a fire. Not only will this be handy for cooking what you hunt but also at night for keeping warm and deterring predators away from your camp.


A decent backpack to store everything in


Finally, it’s all well and good considering all of these items, but if you haven’t got a decent backpack to take it all in, then it’s useless. A decent backpack needs to be many things. It needs to carry all of your essentials with ease. It needs to be comfortable to carry for long distances and be waterproof so it is protected from the elements.


I hope this helps you if you have a camping vacation coming up soon.

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