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May 4, 2010

Camping for Everyone: Writers and Artists

Filed under: Campground Destinations,Camping — Tags: , — Simos @ 6:48 am
An inspiring view from Davis Canyon, Utah

An inspiring view from Davis Canyon, Utah
Photo by: Erik Marr (Stock Exchange)

Hello, everybody, and welcome back to AllCampgrounds!

In this continuation to our “Camping for Everyone” series, we’ll talk about camping opportunities especially for writers and artists. Now, this might seem a little odd at first; why can’t these folks go camping anywhere? And, of course, they can. But one of our goals is to show non-campers that “special” camping experience for them, one that can help them proudly say that camping is a hobby. For those with a creative spirit, that opportunity is waiting! (more…)

April 26, 2010

Camping for Everyone: Children

Filed under: Camping — Tags: , , , — Simos @ 4:22 pm
A tent: home away from home?

A tent: home away from home?
Photo by: Ben C. (Stock Exchange)

Good morning, campers! Today on AllCampgrounds we continue our “Camping for Everyone” series with a look at the group that can be some of camping’s toughest customers: children. If you’re a life-long camper, you may be used to roughing it and want your children to appreciate the beauty of nature; but just how to go about it in a media-saturated world where young teens and adolescents send thousands of text messages a month? It can be done! Our handy guide will have your kids camping quick. (more…)

April 12, 2010

Camping for Everyone: Business Owners

Filed under: Camping — Tags: , , — Simos @ 4:25 am
Camping near Woods Canyon Lake in northern Arizona

Woods Canyon Lake in N. Arizona
Photo by: Margaux Sherman (Stock Exchange)

“Camping for Everyone” is a new feature here on the AllCampgrounds blog, intended to help spread the joys of camping to folks who have special concerns or interests in the outdoors.

Though not all campsites are for everybody, there are great camping experiences to be had no matter your level of wilderness savvy; this series will highlight tips and tricks for those outside the “hardcore” camping demographic.

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March 12, 2010

Choosing a Sleeping Bag

Filed under: Camping — Tags: , , , — Simos @ 4:26 am
Picture taken from siting inside a canoe, looking up an unnavigable stream.

One canoeist reaches the “end of the line” – at least for now!Photo by: Matthew Barnett (Stock Exchange)

Hello, everybody, and welcome back to the AllCampgrounds blog. I’ll be taking on the pleasant task of posting here in our continuing quest to highlight the best in camping. Expect my posts to feature news and reviews on the best camp grounds from around the U.S. and Canada. I’ll also discuss the latest tips and gear for campers, both experienced and new. Whether your goal is to go on an intense survival adventure, meet new folks at the RV camp park, or bring the family out into the country to toast s’mores and tell stories, I’ll be providing the info you need to make the most of your trek.

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December 31, 2008

Choosing the Right Sleeping Bag for Your Camping Style

Ahh camping! Enjoy a full day of hiking, swimming, fishing, and playing in the sun and fresh air. The only thing better than a full day of camping is a good night’s rest in a warm comfortable sleeping bag. There is nothing worse than shivering all night long, or not being able to scrunch down because your bag’s too short. And if you’ve ever been camping with kids, you know that sooner or later, someone’s sleeping bag is going to end up wet, one way or another. Choosing the proper sleeping bag for your camping style will prevent a lot of discomfort beforehand.

Down verses synthetic

Synthetic sleeping bags are cheaper than down and usually non-allergenic. They dry more quickly when wet, but are bulkier and heavier than down. Synthetic sleeping bags are easier to take care of, especially if spills or stains are sponged off immediately before setting or drying.

  • It is difficult to wash a synthetic sleeping bag by hand, but it can be done.Use warm water and detergent; pretreat stains ahead of time if necessary. Rinse several times to get the soap out.
  • Wash a synthetic sleeping bag in a front-loading washing machine with detergent. Zip the bag before putting it in the machine.
  • Dry a synthetic sleeping bag in a dryer on low heat, so as not to melt the fibers. It may also be dried outside.

Down sleeping bags are difficult to dry, and take a long time to dry fully. They are more expensive, especially if they are made from goose feathers. Duck is slightly less expensive, but just as hard to dry. Down is lightweight and extremely warm. This makes it a good choice for backpackers. Down sleeping bags do require special care.

  • Make sure your down sleeping bag is completely dry before putting it away to prevent mildew, and clumping.
  • Wash a down sleeping bag by hand with mild detergent.
  • If you must use a washing machine use the gentle cycle, preferably in a front-loading machine.
  • Always shake the bag out after drying it, and before using it to fluff out the down.
  • The best way to dry a down sleeping bag is to lay it out flat.
  • If you use a dryer to dry a down sleeping bag use very low heat and throw in a couple of clean tennis balls to fluff the down and break up clumps. Remember, it takes a long time to dry a down sleeping bag, but don’t turn up the heat or you will ruin your bag.

Comfort Ratings

All outdoor sleeping bags are rated by a “comfort rating” This is according to how warm they keep you in low temperatures.

  • Summer weight sleeping bags keep you warm in temperatures 35 degrees or higher.
  • 3-season sleeping bags keep you warm in temperatures of plus 10 degrees to 35 degrees.
  • Cold weather sleeping bags keep you warm in minus 10 degrees to plus 10 degrees.
  • Winter/Extreme sleeping bags keep you warm in minus 10 degrees and below.

Most children’s character sleeping bags are not designed as outdoor sleeping bags, so if you have kids, check first, and take extra blankets if it gets cold at night.

Size and Shape

Sleeping bags come in different lengths. Make sure you have enough room to be comfortable, but not too much empty space that makes it hard to stay warm.

  • Mummy bags are cut so that they are narrower at the feet and wider at the shoulders. The bag conforms more closely to the body than a rectangular sleeping bag making it easier for the bodies heat to warm the space. These bags are slightly restrictive if you move around a lot in your sleep, but are great for cold weather camping.
  • Rectangular sleeping bags give more room to move around and can usually be zipped together with other rectangular sleeping bags. Heat escapes from the top more quickly than a mummy bag, but some semi-rectangular sleeping bags come with a contoured hood making up for the heat loss

Hope this helps you choose a warn, snug sleeping bag for you and your kids to snuggle-down for a good nights sleep the next time you go camping! (Or at least a comfortable night of no sleep, which often happens with kid campers.)

By Sandra M. Webster

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