Archive for February, 2008

Always Maintain a Camping Checklist

Few things are more enjoyable than getting your family together and spending quality time for a few days outdoors on a camping trip. You may be very eager to get away however it is important that you plan and prepare everything in advance. You may never know what nature has in store for you and good preparation will make that a no worry issue.

That is why every camper should have a camping checklist with them before leaving for the outdoor experience. Feel free to use the one below as a starter list.

Below is an extensive campering checklist that can be personally categorized into categories similar to:
Camping  – Personals Camping essentials – Camp fire – Sleeping system – First aid kit – Children and baby supplies – Clothing Kitchen – utensils and gas appliances
Camping tent equipment – tent, ground sheet, mallet, spare pegs, spare poles, spare ground sheet, peg extractor, fabsil (tent reproofer), shock cord repair kit and tent repair kit.
General essentials – driver’s license, ID card, money, GPS or compass, map, pocket knife, binoculars, flashlights, battery packs, bulbs, lantern, water, canteen, rope, radio, camera, lots of films, clothesline, clothespin, foldable table, lounge chair and clock.
Personals – grooming and hygiene kit such as tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, towels, insect repellant, soap, deodorant, sun block, lip balm, comb, sunglasses, toilet paper and a trusty sewing kit
Sleeping gear – sleeping bags, camp beds, mattress or camper mat, pillows, air bed and pump, blankets and air bed repair kit.
Clothing – a cozy pair of shirt and sweat pants, gloves, jackets, sweater, thermals, hiking boots, sneakers, sandals, socks of varying thickness, underwear, wellies, fleece, swimsuits, pajamas, tank tops, hats and bandannas. Not to mention waterproof jackets and trousers.
Children and baby supplies – for babies, baby food, milk, diapers and baby wipes, pacifier, bottles, bibs, spoons, blankets, high chair, play pen, stroller, stuffed toys, tub and books. For toddlers, games for rainy days and for traveling, pencils, crayons, papers bucket and shovel, kites and frisbees.
Camp fire checklist – matches, wood, shovel, axe, kindling, newspaper, extinguisher and campfire permit.
Kitchen utensils and cooking supplies – food container, insulator for frozen food, pots and pans, thermos, aluminium foil, fuel, stove, matches or lighter, disposable utensils, dish towels, bottle and can opener, knife, trash bags, zip lock bags, mugs, bowls, coffee pot, spatula, dish soap, table cloth and skewers for campfire barbequing or marshmallow toasting.
First aid kit supplies – medicines for flu, fever, headaches, stomach ulcer and allergy. Band aids, antiseptics and antibiotic cream for wound. Tweezers to take out splinters. Pocket tissues are advisable.
Before leaving home checklist – lock all doors and windows, turn off all lights and appliances such as television and computer, hold all mail, water the garden, adjust the thermostat and make pet arrangements.
The above camp checklist should be used as a guide. Use it and add to it. Modify it so that is is more fully tailored to your particular needs. Keep it stored with your camping equipment so it will be easy to locate the next time you go camping..
 
  

Finding the right Camp Stove

If you like to cook when you go camping, getting the right camping stove is very important. Some of you may have some terrifying experiences with those early monsters. They were prone to flare ups, leaks and failed to stay lit. The modern day camp stove differs so much that they make it fun to cook even when doing it the outdoor way.

They have self starters (push button) flame controls and self cleaning fuel-jets. The greatest thing is that competition has kept the price of camp stoves down so you can purchase a camp stove at an economical price.
When comparing liquid gas and compressed gas (propane) Camp stoves you will see they both can be bought with their own set of fearures and controls. You have to decide what works for you. Cartridge stoves are generally lighter and more maintenance free. Some like cartridge stove because they simmer better then liquid gas stoves.
 On the other side liquid gas stoves are less expensive and they are more environmentally friendly, there is no cartridge to discard. Liquid gas stove also burn hotter.
Camp stoves range from about twenty dollars for a single burner compressed gas stove to about two hundred dollars for a twin burner that can use multiple fuels. When you make the decision that you need a new stove these are some things to consider before buying.
First you need to consider what type of camping you are going to do such as backpacking, car and tent, camper, and then what type of camping environment you will be exposed to. This will determine if you need a light weight stove, how much space can be allotted to it andwhat type of fuel will be best.
 A liquid gas double burn is great for the car and camper but it may be two heavy for long distance backpacking and hiking. A canister stove will be lighter but may take up more room even after the canister is empty. You also need to find out what kind of fuel is readily available in the area you are going to be camping.
Lighting your gas camp stove is very important. Although many stoves utilize push button lighting features you need to be prepared with matches and or a lighter.
You need to keep in mind the climate you will be in. A liquid gas stove will have a stronger flame and will resists wind and moderate rain.
You will need to check the accessories that come with the stove, things like wind screen and adaptors for different fuels. You may want to consider carrying along a repair kit. Higher quality camp stoves usually include a repair kit of commonly needed parts.
In camping, weight is always a consideration. Camp stoves typically weigh anywhere from one to five pounds. If you plan to backpack,you may want a lighet camp stove than you could manage easily in a camper.

How much will you expect from your camp stove? Will you want to just boil water or do you want to cook a full meal. A single burner propane stove will be all you need for that. If you want to fry eggs and pancakes at the same time a double burner liquid gas stove will work better.
It might be noted that for safety reasons you should not use any cook stove in a tent. They can catch fire easily and will also fill small enclosed spaces with carbon monoxide fumes. You should only use your stove in a well ventilated area. Camping stoves are a great way to enhance your camping experience

Get a Good Camping Air Mattress

If you like the outdoors and enjoy nature, then you may be planning a camping trip to get away from the daily grind of

civilization and rough it a little. If you are like many people, then you may not want to take thr term “roughing it” to

the extreme. One place where roughing it isn’t always that nice, is your sleeping gear. Roughing it should not mean

that you can not get a good night of sleep.
That’s when having a good inflatable camping air mattress can really make a difference. After all, how much are you

really going to enjoy the nature trip if you don’t get a good night’s sleep? If you find it difficult to sleep well, you might

be a little cranky the next day, or you might end up with aches and pains from either the cold, damp ground or those

twigs and rocks that poke and prod you through your sleeping bag.
In such instances, having a quality air mattress can save the day, or even the whole trip.For many years, the Coleman

camping air mattress has been a favorite choice of outdoorsmen. Why not take advantage of these lightweight addons

that can have such a dramatic affect on your enjoyment of the outing.
 When you need to travel light, the air mattresses are easy to tuck into your luggage or roll right up with your sleeping

bag. They are even light enough to include with the backpacking gear without giving up other essential items yet will

not add significant weight to your load.There are a number of other manufacturers of camping equipment and some of

them also make camping air mattresses.
 However, the Coleman camping air mattress is a favorite among sportsmen, hikers, campers and the like because of

their reputation for making quality, long lasting products. Some inflatable models come with the air pump built right

into the unit.
Others have padded surfaces and velour toppers, which can be added for comfort or removed for increased portability.

For most campers, they choose the most simple inflatable air mattress style, which inflates manually. This makes them

more convenient and lightweight.
The vinyl that is used in a camping air mattress is typically of a very high-quality, is long-lasting and durable. However,

there are limitations to any type of inflatable. One area of special caution, if you have a active pet that chews or

scratches, make sure to keep them separated from your camping air mattress.
As with all air beds, you will also need to take care to keep sharp objects away and if sleeping out of doors on the

ground, be sure to check for sharp rocks or sticks that can cause damage.
If you plan on being out in the wilderness for any length of time, it is a good idea to carry along patching material so

that you can make repairs in the field.
While the camping air mattress is certainly not indestructible, it is designed to survive considerably harsh conditions.
Investing in good quality camping air mattresses can prove to make your camping experience much more pleasant.

Seaboard Marine Polymer Sheets

  Seaboard High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is simply the toughest marine grade polymer sheet available. Seaboard is UV stable, scratch resistant, extremely impact safe, yet it is easy to machine and fabricate for the most demanding marine and boat applications. Manufactured by Compression Polymers Corporation.

This product is absolutey the highest grade and longest lasting material for your boat construction projects. It is virtually impervious to Ultra Violet light and the unique surfave construction almost eliminates scratching and dirt accumulation. There are similar products on the market but not COMPARABLE products.

Seaboard Products are manufactured by Compression Polymers Corporation.

SEABOARD: Seaboard High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is simply the toughest marine grade polymer sheet available. This UV stable product has scratch resistance, excellent impact, and stiffness, yet it is easy to machine and fabricate for the most demanding marine and boat applications.

SEABOARD LITE: The same tough Seaboard product at a 1/3 less weight. Seaboard lite has a tough Seaboard skin with a foam Seaboard core.

SEABOARD DS: Seaboard DS is a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) foam core product with a specially formulated skin to add stiffness and Dimensional Stability.

SEABOARD UTILITY: A light gray foam High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) for non-exposed applications. This material is not UV stabilized, yet it provides an economical, light weight choice of material.

CELTEC MARINE: A rigid foam PVC that offers light weight and strength for the boat manufacturing process. Its closed cell structure does not absorb water and acts as a water barrier. Because of its staple pull and screw pull strength, Celtec Marine is ideal for applications in marine upholstery, seat backs, seat bottoms, trim for rough fiberglass openings, brackets, cabinets, draws etc.

SEABOARD GRIP-X: Is a special formulation to enhance traction in marine environments and add a safety element to playgrounds. This slip resistant material performs in wet or dry applications.

Boating News and Products

New Generation Marine Anti foul Paints – the Boating and Fishing industries are Optimistic

A revolutionary anti foul paint offered by LuminOre Industrial & Marine Coatings Inc. of Ventura, Calif., is catching the attention of boat owners worldwide. LuminOre marine coatings just might be the marine industry’s anti-foulant solution.

 On the West Coast – with the first enforceable regulations to control cuprous oxide from leaching into marine waters from paints used on boat hulls, the marine industry is searching for new solutions to the age-old mariner’ s problem of marine fouling. Anticipation runs high over a new composite metal application offered by LuminOre Industrial & Marine Coatings Inc. of Ventura, Calif. Indications are that it could be the marine industry’s anti-foulant solution.
LuminOre Industrial and Marine Coatings has a primary goal to introduce novel industrial and marine coatings based on various metals, including copper, and a patented cold-spray application process . They are bringing cutting-edge, molecular technology to combat marine fouling. One of the primary factors making LuminOre’s patented process unique is that the copper metal is not held in suspension, but is instead a chemical reaction between the metal molecules and the polymer binder that actually creates a true composite metal.

They proclaim they are committed to developing sophisticated coatings that are more effective and more environmentally friendly than currently available marine applications. LuminOre’s patented cold-sprayable process allows a thin layer of metal to be applied over any substrate, in virtually any configuration or design. Coatings look, feel and act like hot-cast metal, yet no heat is needed in application. From foam to fiberglass or plaster to paper, the LuminOre process adheres to most any surface other than skin and water. Once cured, the product has many of the characteristics of a cast metal, including texture, luster and heat conductivity, and it’  non-galvanic.”

The new anti foul application offers very low toxicity to the environment and to non-target organisms. It is low maintenance and, therefore, low cost over the life of the product. Research indicates this new product has prevented the growth of invertebrates on LuminOre -coated surfaces and that the product is effective against a wide variety of salt and fresh water species. Testing has shown it effective for greater than four years in an aggressive fresh water environment, and effective for greater than eight years in an aggressive fouling salt water environment with little or no maintenance.

Copper is a natural anti-foulant and has been used on the hulls of ships for hundreds of years. But, unlike the days of old when ships’ hulls were clad with copper sheeting using nails as fasteners, the patented cold-spray LuminOre coating can be directly applied as a retro-fit or during the molding process when building the boat. LuminOre marine materials can be used on fiberglass and wood as well as steel and aluminum because there is no galvanic reaction.

It’s benefits have been demonstrated by field research. Testing over the past several years, has shown LuminOre to be an excellent deterrent to marine organisms attaching themselves to hulls or structures beneath the water line. In the Great Lakes, marine fouling from zebra mussels is an annual multi-billion dollar problem.

Test metal plates coated with LuminOre in an active zebra mussel bed for five years have remained free of any hard growth.

LuminOre’s anti foul product is applied using conventional spray equipment, and is available in aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, iron, nickel-silver, stainless steel, X-metal and Z3. This protective coating  withstands the harshest of environments, is non-conductive of electricity and anti-corrosive. .

All toxicology tests have been conducted and EPA submission is still underway for LuminOre copper product and, therefore, not yet available for distribution in the United States.

Camping and Sleeping Bags

It seems that in this day and age we are so busy that we do not seem to have enough time for all that we want to do, and that includes spending more time outdoors. We spend our days working and our nights too tired to enjoy anything else.  One of our greatest and most natural routes to mental and physical health is to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some great resources to get you outdoors and enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyles.

In todays marketplace, a wide range of sleeping bags are available. Several issues you will need to consider when deciding on what sleeping bag to purchase include:Temperature and climate will be major factors involved in your decision. Temperature ratings of sleeping bags assume that the camper is going to be laying a ground pad beneath the sleeping bag. If you will be using the sleeping bag mainly in the summer months or possibly even indoors, cabin, or RV, then a simple rectangular sleeping bag or a summer season sleeping bag should do-the-trick. If you are expecting moderate to cold weather, then you should-consider-buying a sleeping bag that is designed primarily to provide-you-with-warmth. When planning a trip in colder conditions ensure you-are-aware of what the coldest temperature will be and select a sleeping bag that is rated for those same conditions.

Will you be carrying the sleeping bag on your back, in a canoe or in the trunk of your car? If you will be carrying your sleeping bag in the trunk of your car, then weight and bulk is not important.

If you know you will be back-packing your sleeping bag or transporting by canoe or small boat, then you will have to consider size and weight of your sleeping bag. When choosing, consider the following:

Mummy style sleeping bags are a great choice for backpackers that will be physicallycarrying the sleeping bag. By design, they are cut in a narrowing pattern. This can reduce a bag’s weight by up to a one half pound. Down insulation is a great choice, especially for backpackers.

Down is light and packages compactly.

When you are ready to use the sleeping bag, the loose insulation effect comes back easily with a couple of shakes.

Synthetic filled sleeping bags usually weigh more and require more space than down filled sleeping bags, but they excel in wet conditions. Synthetic filled bags continue to insulate when wet and they dry quickly. For this reason, synthetic filled sleeping bags are a good choice when camping in wet conditions and during canoe and kayak trips. Sleeping bags will be found in many shapes. Rectangular with a hood, or a mummy shape. Rectangular sleeping bags give you more room but do not retain heat as well. If you are a person that needs to move around when you sleep and staying warm is not your highest priority, maybe a rectangular sleeping bag may be your best choice. Rectangular sleeping bags normally do not include a hood to keep your head warm. Rectangular sleeping bags with hoods are a good alternative to maintain full body heat. Keep-in-mind, because these sleeping bags have a-larger-space-volume, they will not hold the heat in as efficiently as a mummy bag.

Of course the alternative – the mummy style sleeping bag is a smaller size and therefore there is not as much room to move around. This smaller size requires less energy to heat up during night-time than the larger rectangular bag. Mummy bags are a good choice if space, size, weight, and keeping warm are important. Remember, a good sleeping bag can mean the difference in comfort when camping and hiking. Just decide what what you need most in a sleeping bag!
Your Pre Trip Camping Gear and Equipment List
tent and associated set up equipment
bedding, ground cover or cots
lights and batteries
cooking device and fuel
navigation aids (compass, GPS etc.)
communication – FM radio, two way radios, cell phone)
generous first aid kit
water supply if required
insect repellant and sun screen
camp chairs
food supplies as required for your situation
recreation equipment
appropriate clothing and rain gear
required medications
maps and permits