Be Blister-free On Your Outdoor Vacation

Rather than lengthy travel overseas or costly vacation rentals along a popular beach, you have decided to try an outdoor vacation. From the many choices of outdoor vacations available, from kayaking to authentic dude ranches, you have opted for a simple hike through a beautiful forest or wilderness. Depending on the location, you may simple get in the car and drive to a nearby state park or forest after which you will find yourself amidst beautiful scenery away from the nearb…

Rather than lengthy travel overseas or costly vacation rentals along a popular beach, you have decided to try an outdoor vacation. From the many choices of outdoor vacations available, from kayaking to authentic dude ranches, you have opted for a simple hike through a beautiful forest or wilderness. Depending on the location, you may simple get in the car and drive to a nearby state park or forest after which you will find yourself amidst beautiful scenery away from the nearby urban environment.

So, after a few hours you have been on the trail and decide to make your way back. You have several miles to go, but realize you have blisters. This can turn an enjoyable hike into misery.

Blisters result from the friction between your sock and skin and, therefore, the inside wall of your boot. The best hiking boots and socks can even allow for slippage of the foot inside the boot, that which can lead to potential for blisters caused by the painful friction.

A good pair of socks can help minimize this problem. Though cotton, silk and wool are some of the more common materials, hikers today have a variety of choices. When combined with traditional materials, Lycra and some polyester materials can do a good job as well.

Other features of socks are important to help reduce this slippage and friction also, and the new construction methods in socks are contribution much. For instance, thicker sections and a lack of ridges can help socks reduce the friction. Their thermal properties and moisture-wicking capabilities also help improve the general environment around the foot inside the boot.

Your selection of a proper, quality hiking boot can also contribute to minimizing the possibility of friction and, ultimately, blisters. Yes, many stiff hiking boots will loosen somewhat as you wear them, but it really is important to find a boot that fits right and is comfortable right away.

If you decide to remove your boots during the hike and slip them into a cold creek, be sure to dry your feet off completely before re-booting. Also, make sure there are no ridges on your sock and gravel inside the boot.

However, if you still feel a blister forming, remove your boot and use some water to rinse off the area. Disinfect the area with anti-bacterial cream or alcohol if you have it. Then, puncture it horizontally by using a clean, disinfected needle and squeeze out the fluid inside. Do not tear off or remove the skin, but rather place a bandage over the area to serve as an 밶rtificial skin?until it heals.

Once at home, treat the area better with Benzoin or another anti-bacterial cream. Though not in ever case, you may need to cut away the flap of skin but only if a good portion of the skin has become loose. Otherwise, it will fall off or decay on its own.

As you see, selection of you hiking gear is important. Be prepared so you can enjoy the entire hike from beginning to end!

Avoiding Pests On Your Camping Vacation

Camping can be a fun and inexpensive outdoor vacation for the entire family. It provides fresh air, stunning views and a chance for the family to bond. There are some downsides to vacations in the great outdoors though; pests can be a nuisance and even a danger so come prepared and know what to avoid.

Wasps are a species that includes yellow jackets and bees and they’re common in warm climates. They nest in trees and under overhangs in the late spring and early summer. …

Camping can be a fun and inexpensive outdoor vacation for the entire family. It provides fresh air, stunning views and a chance for the family to bond. There are some downsides to vacations in the great outdoors though; pests can be a nuisance and even a danger so come prepared and know what to avoid.

Wasps are a species that includes yellow jackets and bees and they’re common in warm climates. They nest in trees and under overhangs in the late spring and early summer. Sometimes they뭠l nest in the ground which is particularly hard to see and therefore more of a danger. They뭨e attracted to sugar, cooking meat and other human product odors such as perfume and hairspray. While they뭨e not aggressive, if a nest is upset it can make for a painful situation.

First off, keep an eye out for nests which look like honeycomb cells. There will usually be a few flying around the outside. A small, newly developed nest can be knocked down and the wasps will fly away without harm to you. However, if the nest is large and has many layers then stay clear and don뭪 bother it since doing so will lead to getting stung. Pack a can of wasp spray if you are particularly afraid or allergic of these pests.

Another common pest that can ruin your camping experience is the mosquito. Unlike wasps that sting as a defense mechanism, mosquitoes sting you to feed off your blood. They뭨e more annoying than they are harmful and only in remote areas can you contract an illness or disease.

There are many products available to repel mosquitoes and you should bring supplies with you since usually nothing will be available at the campsite. Sprays and lotions containing deet is the most effective for repelling these pests. There are also less effective all natural sprays and lotions available. Citronella candles also help to deflect them but should be used along with topical products to ensure the least amount of contact.

Ticks are common in wooded areas and are best avoided by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts especially if you뭠l be brushing against foliage. These are more annoying than anything else but there is a chance of contracting Lyme disease.

Stay away from dark, dank, secluded areas since dangerous spiders prefer these as dwellings. Most people will not intentionally come into contact with any spider but be especially careful if you see a Black Widow, Brown Recluse or Violin Spider.

Taking a vacation in the great outdoors is certainly enjoyable but be aware of the pests that can dampen your trip.

A Different Approach Than Self Catering Vacations

An outdoor vacation can be a far different experience than more self catering, traditional vacations. For instance, when visiting a coastal city there are probably many other travelers in vacation rentals or hotels whether in the local city district or lined along the beach. But, they are probably there to relax and have as much fun as possible. Hiking is a different story, though.

Those residing in urban environments often forget why decided to hike. They probably came t…

An outdoor vacation can be a far different experience than more self catering, traditional vacations. For instance, when visiting a coastal city there are probably many other travelers in vacation rentals or hotels whether in the local city district or lined along the beach. But, they are probably there to relax and have as much fun as possible. Hiking is a different story, though.

Those residing in urban environments often forget why decided to hike. They probably came to get away from the busy city life to enjoy some peace and quiet in beautiful scenery. To allow others to enjoy that, and enjoy it themselves, hikers should heed to a few general, common sense rules.

First, a long-standing rule among hikers is the 뱎ack it in, pack it out?expression. Basically, the goal is to leave the area like you found it. Do you leave items you brought, including trash, water bottles or other items you may have with you. This is important to keep the area clean for other hikers as well as yourself in the future.

Fragile toilet paper can even take weeks to deteriorate, and possibly months. It is recommended that you bring a roll, but if you use it and are not able to find a container in which to dispose it, you should bury it. To 뱎ack it out,?a small plastic bag can retain the odors until you are able to dispose of it in a container.

If you must urinate in the wilderness area, be sure to do so away from water sources and trails, at least at a distance of 100 meters. You should eliminate feces into a small hole far off the trail and cover it with dirt.

The peace and quiet of a hike is a significant part of the pleasure. Hiking trails are not purposed for the exciting things in a city that often bring about loud noises. When hiking, you should keep you voice and music low. Fortunately, with portable music devices today, loud music is not as much of a problem unless you insist on singing out your favorite song for all to hear.

If you are planning to set up a camp, use a Coleman or other portable stove to cook your food and set up in an open area. But, when you are finished, do not leave anything behind that won뭪 day within at least a day. You should do the same when you are fishing or partaking of other activities.

Of course, avoid wildlife as much as they seek to avoid you. Some, though, should be avoided with no question, including bears, skunks and mountain lions among others. Bears are not always gentle creatures. Though they typically avoid humans, this is not always the case as some have killed and eaten them. Take the same safe approach to large cats. They are predators, and you do not want to be their prey.

Generally, use common sense and be considerate of other hikers. This can ensure a pleasant hike for both you and other hikers enjoying the experience!