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Surviving Harsh Conditions

While traveling is a vacation for most it can be a lifestyle for others. When you become a year round, full-time traveler you may begin to find yourself looking into more adventurous places to travel. This is exciting but also a handful for many reasons. Your personal safety should always be your first priority. There are so many health and safety products to choose from out there too ensure your safety while traveling through harsh conditions. Here are two destinations where the conditions are quite different but equally difficult to tough out!

 

Antarctica

There may not be a colder place on the planet than Antarctica. Many people do not realize that Antarctica is actually a desert. There is very little precipitation and large sheets of ice cover not only the entire land mass but most of the surrounding water as well. The conditions of Antarctica get so dangerous that it is only open to tourists during the summer months of November to March. Where you’ll be lucky to see the temperature hit a high of 14 C. This time of year carries 24 hours of daylight with it, making it somewhat of a surreal location to be. This is much more favorable than the winter months which are home to 24 hours of darkness and temperatures around -40 C. This combination makes the sea surrounding Antarctica impossible to navigate. While these are the temperatures for the surrounding islands, which most people travel too, the interior is much colder. If you have it in you to handle the SouthPole you’ll face summer highs of -15 C and winter lows around -80 C. Good luck with that excursion! But don’t let the harsh conditions scare you. There is much beauty to be found in the Antarctic landscape.

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The Australian Outback

Australia is always a hot spot for travelers of all shapes, kinds, and sizes. This is for several reasons. It is home to beautiful beaches, wonderful people, and great cities just to name a few. But Australia, like many other countries, has its dangerous side. Here it comes in the form of the Australian outback. You may find yourself wanting to take an expedition through this area. Before you do you should know that spiders, snakes, and crocodiles all call it home. This desert takes up much of the Australian continent as it lies smack in the middle and its dry air and burning hot sun is what keeps most of the people near the coast. I mentioned snakes earlier and one snake in particular that lives there is the Inland Taipan which is the worlds most venomous snake. It isn’t known to kill humans, but the saltwater crocodiles that live there are. The scariest part is that these creatures aren’t the most dangerous thing in the desert, its the heat. Alice Springs is a town in the middle of Australia and temperatures regularly hit 45 C. If your car breaks down and you aren’t prepared with emergency materials such as water, a radio, or spare parts you may have trouble ever getting to another destination. There are places to get safety equipment to travel with and it doesn’t have to be expensive. PureSafety has deals for every type of traveller so make your trek through the Outback a memorable one, not a deadly one.

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5 Tips to Have A Successful Camping Trip

I read a great article, here, with lots of camping tips, but I wanted to make one of my own. I hope it’s useful to you. Camping season is here, inspiring many city dwellers to pack up and head out into the wild to try and get some peace, some quiet, and some fresh air during their days off.  That being said, a camping trip will only be peaceful and fun if you properly plan ahead and make sure that you’re prepared for your trek out into the wild.  Here are our 5 top tips that will help you have the camping trip of a life time:

 

Hike to Your Destination

If you plan on driving right on in to your camp site, then get ready for crowds and a noisy campground – you’ve been warned!  Any time that you can drive directly to a site means that you’ll have 5 to 10 times or even more people being around you at any given time.  So if you’re going for “peace” and “quiet”, choose to hike to your site. Tours such as Kakadu tours in the Australian outback will offer endless peace for people chasing some serenity.

Even if you have to only hike a couple of kilometres/miles down the road to get to your camping destination, you’ll be cutting down the amount of people around you and giving yourself the promise of a far more relaxing camping experience.

 

Eat Well

Why is it that when people think “camping” they immediately think “hot dogs”? Even if you’re camping for only two days or so, you’ll undoubtedly tire of hot dogs by lunch time on the second day.  Add some variety to your menu and throw in some of your favourite treats from home.  Haul along that watertight cooler and throw it in the lake if you want to have some cool bevies to enjoy as you lounge in the lake under that hot afternoon sun (though don’t forget to tie the cooler down!) and bring:

  • A camping stove
  • At least one frying pan
  • A plate, bowl, and set of utensils for everyone coming along on the trek.

 

Comfortable Accommodation

This depends on how tough you are and how lightly you sleep. If you are a slave to comforts and can’t stand the idea of being away from your bed, then make sure you bring an inflatable mattress and a pillow. In for a penny, in for a pound; if you love comfort, you could always glamp and get a big fancy bell tent from one of the higher-end tent stores like Boutique Camping in the UK, or make sure you have a look on Glamping Hub if you’re living in America. But, if comfort isn’t that important to you, and you don’t want to carry something so heavy, then the smallest, light weight tent you can get hold of will probably do. After all, you’ll probably spend most of the time outside and only use the tent for sleep.

 

Bring the Essentials

This means bringing along a real first aid kit (not just band aids and some antibacterial cream), a compass, rain gear, matches, a map, and water.  It’ll only take you a few minutes to put these things together, but it’ll be well worth it should you need to use them on your trip.  Some other essentials include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • Rope
  • Bear spray
  • Propane

 

Be Friendly With Campers and Park Staff

To get the inside scoop on where the best trails are or what the history of the area you’re camping on is, then you need to make friends with the experienced campers in the area as well as the park staff.  Get friendly with the ranger and the camp host.  Even saying “hi” to them every morning while you cook over your Bunsen burner stove will go a long way in helping you get the information on the area.

 

Less Is More

When it comes to camping, you don’t want to go all out and bring every single thing that you think that you may need.  Stick to the “less is more” principal and bring along only the basics.  Don’t bother spending a ton of cash on you camping gear and just stick with what you know you’ll definitely need.

 

 

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