Ready To Try Some Wild Camping?

You don’t have to stay in a campsite when going camping. Wild camping involves pitching up a tent in the wilderness. This could be anywhere from a forest to a field. 

Wild camping does mean having to go without luxuries like bathroom facilities and wi-fi. However, there are advantages to this raw form of camping. Firstly, there are no campsite fees to pay. Secondly, it gives you more freedom as to where you stay – it’s a chance to explore the great outdoors more freely and intimately (when it comes to multi-day treks of mountains and national parks, wild camping may be the only form of accommodation). 

Of course, there’s more to wild camping than pitching up a tent in a field. There are certain dangers to be wary of and obstacles to consider. This guide offers a few essential tips for those considering wild camping. 

Bring the right gear

If you’re going wild camping, you’ll need to take certain gear with you that might not need to when staying in a campsite. You won’t have access to water on tap, so consider bringing some bottled water with you. Purification tablets and a water filter could be necessary if you plan to drink from natural water sources (you can find more information on drinking water in the wild here https://artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-find-water-in-the-wild/). If you’re going on a hike and planning to camp in different locations along the way, make sure to bring a light tent and light clothes. Consider bringing food and a gas stove with you too. Equipment like axes could be useful if you plan to make a fire and need to collect some firewood. This guide offers a few examples of axes that could be worth buying https://knowpreparesurvive.com/gear/axes/best-bushcraft-axes-reviewed/. Don’t forget to bring a lighter and some firelighters.  

Know the local laws

There are some places where it is illegal to pitch up a tent. This includes any kind of private land (unless you’ve got the landowner’s permission) and most urban parks. However, when it comes to national parks and public woodland, you can usually camp overnight anywhere unless there are signs that say otherwise. This site offers more information on where you can legally camp in the US https://www.nps.gov/subjects/camping/where-can-i-camp.htm. Be wary that laws may differ abroad. 

Find the right spot

On top of making sure that your camping spot is legal, you need to make sure that it’s practical. Firstly, make sure that the ground is flat so that it’s comfortable. If there is a small slope, make sure that your head is positioned facing uphill when sleeping. Secondly, you need to make sure that you can put pegs in the ground. If the ground is too wet, they’ll slip out. If it’s too hard, you won’t get them in. Where possible, avoid camping under trees so that your tent doesn’t get covered in sap and to avoid dangers like falling branches. Feeling safe is very important – it’s worth always considering local dangers before pitching up a tent somewhere. Make sure to take advantage of any good views.

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Happy Birthday Mom!

This week you would have been celebrating your 59th birthday. Even though you are not here to celebrate with us, we can still celebrate your life for you. So this week is dedicated to you and just how amazing you are.

Happy Birthday Mom! We love you and miss you!!!

Gifts For a Dad Who Loves The Occasional Gamble

Gambling is a recreational pleasure that has been embraced by millions of people worldwide. It is second only to athletics in terms of popularity. This is an indication that it has several ardent enthusiasts. If you’re tied to someone who enjoys playing cards found in casinos, getting the right present can be challenging.

Here is a list of gifts for those who have a dad that loves the occasional gamble. These suggestions are gambling pieces you can give on Father’s Day or any significant occasions:

Mini Slot Machine

Mini slot machines mimic the original slot machines that you can find in any casino. This mini coin machine has an actual functioning pull lever, rotating reels, and lights and tones. It creates the slot machine that sounds almost like the ones used in Las Vegas casinos, making saving some money more enjoyable.

The slot machine takes almost every kind of penny, even foreign coins or any size. With this small slot machine, you could save money while enjoying the feeling that you are in a casino without losing any money. This game would help your father overcome the fear of losing with a slot machine while enjoying the feeling of being in his very own casino.

Golden Dice 

Most dice collections have a luxurious gold plating – just like Han Solo’s favorite dice! Don’t go too heavy on the glitter as your dad may not particularly enjoy that. Gold dice catch the attention and are a charm to keep around for gamblers.

You may use these dice to play Dungeons & Dragons, board games, some war games, or any game that requires dice. The numbers are big and quick to decipher. Your father would probably love it because of its vibrant golden appearance, which could be considered a lucky charm.

Dark Playing Cards

Dark playing cards are made of a high-quality plastic polymer. They have a very smooth finish and are convenient to shuffle. It is also water-resistant and durable playing cards ideal for taking to the beaches or a pub. You can enjoy playing poker or any card games with your family and friends. Whilst regular cards may not qualify as gift-worthy, premium black poker cards will most certainly be enjoyed by any occasional gamblers!

A deck of casino playing cards contains 54 cards: 52 playing cards and two Joker cards. Your dad-dealer would control these cards with either the left or right hand, learning new magic tricks and sleights of hand. Now, all you have to do is decide which game(s) you want to start playing!

Card Shuffler

The card shuffler is manufactured from a high-quality and long-lasting polymer. It can operate at ultra-low noise levels due to its amazing architecture and craftsmanship. Its cutting-edge technical advancement mechanisms enable the cards to be shuffled easily, effortlessly, uniformly, and precisely. 

It is an excellent instrument for preventing cheating or inadequate shuffling. Your dad could save time and energy from shuffling cards. He could also focus on the game without worrying about the burden of shuffling.

Poker Chips Set

Poker chips are little discs that are used in place of cash in gambling. You wouldn’t require a casino to experience the excitement of elevated gambling or poker. This all-inclusive dealer package includes everything you desire for a game night with friends or family with this poker accessories pack. A fantastic gift for our loved ones of all ages.

Every chip is meticulously crafted from resin composites and placed to mimic the weight and looks of the casino-grade ceramic chips. This poker kit comprises compelling materials and has a frosted finish for a stronger grip and longer life. Once you gifted this to your dad, he will be delighted as you can play with him like both of you are bonding in the casino.

Drinking Game Roulette

Roulette Drinking Game comes with sixteen numbered shot glasses, metal plate frames, and a revolving roulette wheel featuring shot glass holders. Now, the rules are very different from the normal roulette game. Use drinking roulette at the next game night or movie night. Load the shot glasses of the preferred beverage and set them in a broad frame rim.

Everybody scores throughout this entertaining drinking game of skill, regardless of what number the ball falls on. Simply spin the wheel and find whose number is called. When the number in the shot glass matches the number performed, empty the cup and turn it again. Fathers enjoy such a special roulette game as they can get a random drink or shot with their favorite friends!

It shouldn’t require more than enough to thrill your father. A good relationship or something that shows how much he means to you is the greatest present you can offer him. On his birthday or Father’s Day, give him something one-of-a-kind gift that he would love.

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How to Make More Money Without Giving Up Family Time

When you are a parent, you realize there are two things you never seem to have enough of; money and time. Raising a family can often be an expensive task and is also a busy one. Many moms and dads feel like they don’t spend as much quality time with their kids as they would like, as other essential commitments such as work get in the way. Finding ways to make extra money without sacrificing time spent with the kids can be challenging, and you may be considering working extra hours or taking on another job on the weekends. But, there are other ways to increase your income without missing out on precious time with your family; you can even do them when the kids have gone to bed. Here are some money-making ideas that you can try in your spare time at home without spending time away from your kids:

Start Online Trading

If you have always fancied dabbling in the world of trading, then why not give it a try? Thanks to modern technology, trading is far more accessible to people than ever before. Using online trading platforms and brokers, it is possible to trade CFDs, which is a popular form of trading that you can try at home. Many people enjoy the process of learning all about trading, as there are so many different ways to do it. Once you have become familiar with how to trade, you may feel ready to try for yourself and see if it becomes a successful way to make money for you.

Launch an eCommerce Store

Many people love shopping online and enjoy the wide range of choice available and the convenience of having your goods delivered to your door. During the pandemic, the popularity of online shopping increased even further while bricks and mortar stores stayed closed. Each of these factors combined means that eCommerce can become a lucrative second income stream. Who knows? Your eCommerce store could be so successful it becomes your main job rather than merely a side hustle. 

If you want to gain the benefits of running an eCommerce store without taking the time needed to arrange for delivery of the items, you could choose to use a dropshipping model instead. Dropshipping means shipping the goods is handled on your behalf, so you get to make money while spending more time with your kids and less time packing up orders.

Share Your Expertise

Making the most of your existing skills and knowledge is an excellent way to make some extra money at home. Maybe you are a talented artist and can spend some time painting or sketching each evening and then sell your art online. Or perhaps, you have experience teaching others new skills. If so, you could set up an online training course and share your expertise with people across the world. Whatever your area of expertise, there should be a way to monetize it and make some extra cash for you and your family.

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