Backpacking can be a wonderful adventure; it can also be a very challenging activity fraught with hazards. Backpackers who know how to avoid those hazards are less likely to experience problems while out in the wild. These tips can help backpackers have a fun, safe journey in a national park.
Bringing the right things when camping can help make the experience safer for everyone. Common safety items that backpackers must bring with them include: Continue reading “Safety Tips for Backpackers”Read More
Because summer is “getaway” season, and more than one third of all Americans typically take to the highways for trips of 50 miles or more during the season, it’s wise to know the basics of staying safe while on the road. The numbers have remained relatively stable for a number of years, even with the rise and fall of gas prices, lodging and food. In fact, in 2017, a nearly 30 percent reported plans to take three or more family vacations
It’s not all about the vehicle, although having a checklist for basics like a serviceable spare tire, a proper jack, engine and transmission lubricants and windshield washer fluid, working wiper blades and turn signals, is a vital part of preparation. You might also want to have the air conditioning system serviced to maintain comfort and family harmony. Continue reading “Plan Ahead to Assure Road Trip Safety”Read More
Planning a backpacking trip requires more than a determination to travel light. A lot of the planning will revolve around specific destinations and the kind of trip. Time on the trail is a major factor, as well as terrain, fitness level, weather, and individual goals.
That being said, there are many ways to backpack, and those who do it regularly offer sage planning advice:
Planning for All Needs
Whether trekking through the wilderness or backpacking across a continent, this type of travel involves, essentially, carrying—on your back—all that is necessary for health and wellness, no matter if the journey is for a few days or for more than a few months. Continue reading “A Guide to Backpacking: What’s Essential”Read More
Going on a road trip can be an awesome adventure, for the well-prepared. These tips help would-be trekkers ensure they have everything they need.
1. Create an Itinerary
Some people love to set off on a road trip without much planning done in advance. Others need to have a fairly tight schedule in order to feel like the traveling will be worthwhile. Wherever interested travelers fall on this spectrum, they should create some sort of road trip itinerary to guide them. Identifying a few central locations where they will want to stop is a good way to start. Continue reading “Road Trip Basics: What to Know Before You Go”Read More
Over packing is common for trips of any time span, but those weekend excursions can be extra tricky when it comes to taking only what is actually necessary. It’s essential to keep the purpose of the trip, location, weather and expected outings in mind when choosing what to take. So, when packing for that next quick getaway here are some tips for traveling light to help prevent those nagging ‘what if’s and maybe I need it’ mentality that keeps weighing down that luggage.
Keeping Clothing, Shoes and Accessories in Check
When it comes to smart clothing choices the purpose and intention of each outing comes into play. Is the ultimate destination a business meeting, a major sporting event, a conference, an outdoor adventure, a wedding, or a girl/guy getaway for pleasure? Continue reading “Minimize Baggage with These Travel Essentials”Read More
From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the United States has so many worthwhile destinations that planning a vacation can be overwhelming. But if you want to forget the beaches, forego theme parks and skirt the big cities, here are some suggestions that will yield lots of memories and whet your appetite for future off-the-beaten path travel. Guaranteed!
Ride the Rails
A century ago, elegant trains crisscrossed the North American continent. Today, most U.S. luxury trains have disappeared, but Canadian trains still travel a distinctive and breathtaking route through the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta, Continue reading “Unique Travel Options for Vacations in America”Read More
Hopping on a plane these days often calls for a great deal of attention to the space taken by a person’s luggage. With these tips, travelers can maximize the space and possibly have the ability to use smaller suitcases.
1. Try Different Clothing Packing Approaches
There are many different ways to pack clothing, and it all depends on the goals of the traveler. People could:
- roll individual items for minimum surface area
- bundle clothing types together, to minimize wrinkling
- stack clothing as they would in a typical drawer