Things I Cannot Do Without On A Camping Trip

Some of my favorite places to camp in Alaska are Denali National Park, the White Mountain Recreational area, and along the Denali highway. I just become all kinds of excited when preparing for a hiking and camping trip. I pore through my backcountry camping recipes for new ideas and camping gear is strewn across the floor to assist in the decision-making process of what goes this time and what doesn’t.

Certain items, however, simply must be packed. The tent and sleeping bag are a must. The mosquitoes in Alaska have a very bad reputation for picking people up and carrying them off in their sleep and the weather here can change in minutes. Definitely not a place to sleep out in the open sans cover. Camera and binoculars also must be packed. One never wants to pass up a chance to see the multitude of wildlife that is often at a distance (and many times, preferably at a distance) such as bear, caribou, sheep, wolves, moose and the occasional lynx. There are amazing photo opportunities everywhere you look, from the tundra under your feet to the birds overhead. In fact, if photography is a passion, I can think of no better place to live than Alaska.

Unless you are completely self-sufficient and know how to live off the land, I highly suggest bringing food and some sort of water purification system with you. Into The Wild was a great story and movie, but I don’t suggest one follow in that young man’s footsteps – look how he ended up. There are backcountry cookbooks with wonderfully tasty recipes that you can prepare ahead of time and pack for your trip as well as some yummy freeze-dried meals stocked by various camping outlets. Long gone are the days that freeze-dried meant tasteless, these prepared meals are very good and usually only require hot water to prepare. Your water purification system can consist of filters, iodine tablets, or simply boiling your water. I don’t suggest boiling water though, it takes time and precious fuel. Do not ever assume rivers and ponds are safe to drink from without taking precautions.

When it comes to hot water and cooking without worrying about finding wood to start a fire with, my absolute favorite piece of equipment to carry is my little cooker. It essentially is a heat safe, insulated mug with an igniter and little container of white gas made specifically for it. Attach the igniter to the gas container, sit the mug on top of the setup and click the igniter. A knob on the side of the igniter allows you to control the flame. Boil the water, turn off the igniter, add your dried food, mix and there is dinner. You can eat and drink right out of the cup. When finished, simply boil some water again, wash and dry your cup, and put away. It takes away the need for a bulky Coleman stove or the little setups requiring separate bottles of fuel and separate eating containers.

Now, suppose it is a cold, drizzly day, or it is evening and you are comfortably ensconced in your tent with absolutely no desire whatsoever to go outside. Unfortunately you have to go to the bathroom. Now what? Brave the cold and dark? Who wants to do that? Portable urinals to the rescue! This is another handy-dandy item that I absolutely must pack when going camping. It is disposable and turns urine into gel. The package has no odor, does not leak, and is completely self-contained. I consider it an essential when I camp.

So, my suggested essentials are a tent, sleeping bag, camera, binoculars, food, water purification system, compact cook stove and disposable urinals. Take these and have a totally marvelous camping trip. Happy Trails!

Why Take Aid Of a Travel Agent For a Resort Vacation?

Like many other people you might think, why would you need a travel agent for planning a vacation? This kind of thinking is pretty understandable since the Internet has so much to offer. Many people take the aid of the services offered on the Internet. Similarly, before embarking on a trip, most people prefer to get information about that place through the Internet. But you cannot put much trust in this information since there is no verification that these facts are true and correct; therefore, you should always investigate all of your alternatives before embarking on a vacation. Whatever the nature of the vacation you will be taking- from resort vacation to tropical vacation, without a travel agency, planning the vacation can be very confusing and a tedious job!

Planning can occupy a great deal of time and make things less enjoyable. But on the other hand a good travel specialist can save you both time and money and can offer you his in depth expertise. But the greatest advantage of hiring a good and reliable travel agent is that if anything goes wrong while you are at your destination, you can have a tough time solving the problem. Booking the air tickets, hotels, and car rentals can be very irritating. But when it is done through an agent, they are responsible for solving any problems that might arise! These people will not just make the booking but will also confirm the booking for your convenience, thereby making things a lot more relaxing for you! Thus, resort vacations are a lot easier and well arranged when you have a reliable travel agent helping you out.

A travel agent can be of great help if a disaster strikes as well. Disasters like that of losing your passports, missing flights, or falling sick in a foreign land can prove to be very dangerous. But with the aid of an agent, you can expect to overcome these dangers quite easily. Moreover, these agents have access to special deals like discounted hotel rates, specials and promotions which can make your trip a lot more reasonably priced. A resort vacation, with the help of these bonuses, can truly add excitement to your trip.

On the other hand, if you decide not to use a travel agent, you will have to spend a lot of time doing research. You will have to do you own booking online which can make the entire plan quite tedious. But an agent can book the tickets and do much more for you. These are the reasons why most people prefer hiring travel agencies. Once you hire a travel specialist you will be surprised to find how the travel agent may give you a completely different perspective on your trip. The expenses that you will incur for hiring them are quite minimal and highly affordable when compared to the amount of benefits that you can gain by hiring them.

Tips To Improve Your English

English is not as simple as it looks. A lot of things are to be kept in mind in order to actually grasp the essence of this language. There are many tips that can actually help an individual improve his or her hold in the language. Few of the important English writing tips are enlisted below:

The usage of capital letters forms a very important part of a person’s hold in English. Proper nouns, the word at the beginning of a sentence etc. requires capitalization. One must not have the tendency to capitalize random words in the middle of a sentence just to emphasize on it. For example: I Am Not Working. One should understand the exact places where capitalization is used. This requires the knowledge of a lot of terms and also their meanings.

English writing tips may also relate to the punctuations used by one. Punctuations give different meanings to a particular sentence. One needs to know the correct usage. The main function of a comma is to join two sentences which make a single sentence longer. Words like: and, if, but, neither, nor, either, or etc. are used. One needs to exactly know whether punctuation is required or not. Excessive use of punctuations every now and then makes the sentence meaningless. Excessive punctuations should not be given at a time. For example one question mark at one time.

An important English writing tip is the use of quotation marks. One may use single quotation mark or may also use a double quotation mark.

Dividing a written piece into paragraphs is one of the more important English writing tips. Dividing a piece into paragraphs divides the importance of various parts of the essay and actually helps one to highlight each and every part of it. If an essay is written in one single paragraph, after a pint it becomes boring and the most important parts may go unnoticed. Hence it is very important to divide a writing into paragraphs.

Adding headings also improves the quality of English writing. This is also one of the important English writing tips that we have. Headings adds prominence and gives more meaning to the writing as the reader can relate to the given heading and comprehend the writing better. Also, when the work is very long headings help to categorize the writing into different sections which makes the writing more interesting.

Lastly, one of the most important English writing tips is that one should have a clear knowledge and understanding on what he or she is writing on. He or she should have a clear idea about his topic and also know his texts well when necessary. Knowing the actual meanings of his readings may help the writer concerned to add in his or her own personal views. The readings from where one reads up have an author in most cases. Knowledge about the writing style of the author and also the author’s background may help the person to actually comprehend his topic better and come up with quality writing.