Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nifty Ideas: Camping Part 2

Another round of fantastic nifty ideas I have discovered. You too may become inspired by these nifty things and in turn create your own. If you have any of your own nifty ideas please share them with me I'd love to learn about what is nifty to you!

We spent the Labor Day weekend camping in the Shenandoah National Park. As we spent our time enjoying the outdoors I thought about several things we use that make our camping experience enjoyable. Since we have so many favorite things I'm spreading this out over a few entries.

To keep the girls busy and help in getting to the washrooms quickly we brought along their kick scooters. They ride them nearly every day at home and these really are such a great little mobile thing to have. The best part is their pack-ability. Since most kick scooters fold up they hardly take up valuable space in the van. The bonus we discovered was that with this mobility it made for an excellent way for the girls to help with the water fetching.

When it comes to lighting there are several things we find necessary. A good headlamp for each person is a must. Headlamps are such an invaluable resource when in the dark. Having your hands free to do things is so helpful. For me it made supper clean up easier not to mention the walk to the washroom was so much easier when the light is perched on your head. The girls enjoyed taking a night spin on their kick scooters without worry of being unseen. Besides all that if you have to make a midnight trip to a frightened little one's tent it sure is handy to have your hands ready for the needed hug.

Having a lantern for the table is handy for dining in the dark and playing games. The Coleman Stormbeam Dynamo is a crank powered lantern which makes it an excellent one to have for camping and power outages. We have another lantern that runs on batteries and is usually left inside the girls' tent.

A comfortable folding chair is a great place to sit and relax after a long hike. Folding chairs come in all styles and prices. We buy them on sale and use them for many types of outings. I prefer ones with cup holders so I can stuff a ball of yarn in it and knit without worry that the yarn will get away from me. Other people might find the cup holder useful for holding their favorite cold beverage.

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