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The Complete Camping List

nature-17Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the time of year and the length of your trip. Add or remove items to suit your individual needs.   Printable Camping List

Shelter

__Tent, or camping trailer__Ground cloth/tarp __Extra stakes __Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes __Axe or hammer __Mat for tent entrance __Dust pan/brush

Bedding

__Sleeping bag __Sheets/blankets __Pillow __Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp __Air pump __Repair kit for air mattress __Utility bags for storage

Cooking

__Large water jug & water bucket __Coolers/ice __Thermos __Stove with fuel/propane __Matches/lighter __Charcoal/firewood/buddy burner __Dutch oven/tin can stove/box oven/etc __Campfire grill/BBQ grill __Fire starters/newspaper __Tablecloth/thumb tacks/clips __Plates & bowls/paper plates & bowls __Silverware/plastic silverware __Measuring cups __Heavy-duty aluminum foil __Paper towels __Trash bags __Dish soap __Clothes pins __Cooking oil/Pam spray __Containers for food storage __Potholders/oven mitts __Pots and frying pans with lids __Soap for outside of pots and pans __Cook utensils-spatula, knife, spoon __Tongs __Skewers/grill forks __Can opener/bottle opener __Folding table __Dutch oven __Pie irons __Mugs/paper cups __Mixing bowl __Cutting board __Ziplock bags __Napkins __Dish pan __Dish rags/towels __Scrub pad/brillo __Seasonings/sugar/condiments __Potato peeler

Clothes

__Shoes/boots __Jeans/pant/belt __Shorts __T-shirts __Socks/extra socks __Hat __Bandana __Sweatshirt/jacket __Underwear __Sleep clothes __Rain gear __Swim suit/towel __Laundry bag

Personal

__Shower shoes/flip flops __Towels/washcloth __Soap in plastic case/shampoo __Tooth brush/tooth paste __Deodorant __Comb/brush __Razor __Feminine products __Toilet paper __Shower bag or 5 gallon bucket __Camping shower/shower pump __Other personal items __Personal medications – take extra

Miscellaneous

__Sunscreen/chapstick __Lantern with fuel/mantles __Extra batteries/bulbs __Compass/GPS __Bug repellant/candles __Whistle __Water filters/purification/treatment __Camera/battery/film/video (see photo jigsaw puzzles) __Books/magazines (a Kindle would be better) __Candles __Maps/directions __Misc. tools __Backpack/fanny pack __Fishing gear/license/bait __Radio __Musical instruments/song books __Camp chairs __Sunglasses __Hammock __First aid kit __Tissues __Saw/axe __Park map/guidebooks/trail maps __Lantern pole or hanger __Collapsible drying rack __Popcorn __Marshmallows, Graham crackers, Hershey bars (Smores) __Flashlight/batteries __Pocket knife __Plastic grocery bags __Binoculars __Rope/clothes line __Canteen/water bottle/coffee pot __Bungi cords/straps __Cards/games/toys/golf __Duct tape/electrical tape __Notepad/pen __Reservations info./confirmation __Cell phone/charger & 2-way radios/walkie talkies __Small shovel __Safety pins __Money/ID/credit card/quarters __Bikes/helmets __Travel alarm clock __Work gloves __Umbrella __Hand wipes __Drinks/snacks __Small sewing kit __Fire extinguisher __Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee __Scissors __Watch

Tell someone of your plans – give details of where you are going and when you expect to return, give directions and possible alternative roads that you may take, provide cell phone numbers, vehicle description and license plate numbers, hand-held radio channel and codes that you will use, and provide local authority phone numbers (State Police, Game & Fish Commission, Sheriff Dept, etc.) for the county or area that you will be in.

Basic First Aid Kit

__Personal medications __Roll bandages __Adhesive tape __Antiseptic wipes __Sterile gauze pads __Cotton swabs __Tweezers __Safety pins __Scissors __Bee sting kit __Sinus medications __Tissues __Bug repellant __Sunscreen __Notepad/pen __Sterile compresses __Splinting materials __Personal information/contact person __Feminine products __Ipecac __Razor blades __Plastic bags __Small bottle of water __Blanket __Other personal needs __Small mirror __Triangular bandages __Misc. Band Aides/bandages __Anti-acids (Tums, Rolaides) __Antibiotic cream __Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol/Naproxin __Hydrogen Peroxide __Ace bandages __Sunburn lotion __Burn ointment __Snake bit kit __Eye drops __Poison ivy cream/cleansers __Heat/cold packs __Small flashlight __Latex gloves __Antibacterial soap __Thermometer __Coins for emergency phone calls __Antibiotic soap __Butterfly bandages __Twine __Mole skin for blisters __Road flares __First aid manual __Nail clippers

Additional First Aid Tips

  • Take a First Aid class and a CPR class – keep current on this information
  • Keep supplies in a well marked, durable, waterproof container
  • Keep the contents organized
  • Know how to use everything in your first aid kit
  • Inspect content often, re-supply as needed
  • Keep readily available at all times

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Beautiful Northern Lights

Nothing is more spectacular than the northern lights and these can be viewed as early as late June depending on the season’s climate.  The cooler the better for the ‘lights’ to make their presence known.   Enjoy a campfire, watch the bright, twinkling stars and wait for the northern lights to appear ……beautiful!

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Happy, Happy New Year!!

Time is like a flowing river, no water
passes beneath your feet twice, much
like the river, moments never pass you
by again, so cherish every moment that
life gives you and have a wonderful
NEW YEAR!

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Time to Put the Boat Away……

Eagles in the SnowWhen the sun sets on another boating season, it is time to get your boat ready for the cold winter months. Taking the necessary steps to winterize your boat will safeguard the vessel and its motor against the elements so it is ready to use when the warm weather arrives. Winterizing your boat also will preserve your investment. Follow these guidelines to prepare your boat for the cold winter months.

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1   Fill your boat’s fuel tank to just about capacity. Leave enough room for it to expand. Add gasoline stabilizer to prevent the fuel from degrading over the winter. The stabilizer also curtails the oxidation process and impedes varnish and corrosion.

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2   Close the fuel valves to avoid potentially destructive interior condensation. Any thru-port exhaust ports should be sealed with duct tape and the fuel filter and water separator will need to be replaced.

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3   Coat the spark plugs. Take out the engine flame arrestor and “shoot” fogging or two-cycle oil into the carburetor while the engine is running. Turn off the fuel supply to burn off an excess fuel. With the engine off inject oil inside the cylinders.

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dSpin the engine several times to coat the spark plugs. Put the plugs back in but do not connect the wires. This will keep your boat’s pistons from being subjected to air, dampness and other caustic materials when not in use.

4   Fill the engine block with antifreeze. Bleed any remaining engine coolant from the engine block and manifolds and fill with the proper antifreeze for your model boat. Antifreeze containing propylene glycol is environmentally friendly and recommended by nearly all manufacturers.

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5   Change the engine’s gear oil. Flush and replace the lower unit gear case lubricant if your boat has an inboard/outdrive engine. This keeps the internal parts free of water damage.

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6   Disengage the battery and store in a safe, dry place for the winter. The battery should be fully charged when put away. Retain the charge and maintain the water level while the battery is in storage.

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7   Inspect your vessel’s propeller and hub. Look for dented or bowed blades and widespread wear. Change damaged parts and perform needed repairs when winterizing your boat.

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8   Prepare the plugs and bulb sockets. Spray the contact points on all plugs and bulb sockets with a moisture displacing lubricant. Wrap the plugs with electrical tape to keep them dry.

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9   Clean your boat before storing it for the winter. Remove surface dirt with a washcloth or soft sponge. Check with your local marina before using any commercial product or soap on your boat’s exterior. Any “over-the-counter” glass cleaners or vinegar and water solutions are safe to use, as are most vinyl cleaners and protectants.

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10   Cover your boat, even if it will be stored in a heated garage or another type of storage facility. An 8- to 10-ounce cotton canvas is recommended to protect your vessel from grime, dust, insects and bird excrement. It should be tight fitting

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Fall Time at Wawang Lake

It’s that time of year where nature is pleasing to the eye of the beholder and many folks will make trips out to our area to capture these magnificent colors of fall.   As nature displays her beauty we get ready to shut things down for another great season of fishing & hunting and we invite you to enjoy the following video.

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Take a little time to enjoy our fall colors at Wawang Lake…….

 

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Ward Off Problems with 10 Garlic Uses

garlicGarlic isn’t just for keeping away Dracula. In fact, the notion that garlic warded off vampires is centuries old and is connected to the fact that garlic is a natural remedy for cuts, mosquito bites, and coughs. Garlic can also be used for making glue, fishing, fighting infections and treating cuts and more.

So, while garlic might come in handy on Halloween for fighting the undead, it’s also important to know what you can use the plant for during the rest of the year. Here are a few little known facts of what you can do with garlic:

Mosquito repellent
If you want to ward off all those blood-sucking vampires from knocking on your door this Halloween, garlic is the way to go! In fact, the notion that garlic wards off vampires might have come from the fact that garlic is a natural mosquito repellent.

It’s not clear exactly why mosquitoes don’t like garlic but it probably has something to do with the plant’s compounds being harmful. You can repel mosquitoes by either hanging garlic cloves around your deck or campsite or by applying garlic extract to your skin.

Garden pesticide
A lot of commercial pesticides can be harmful to the environment and dangerous to keep around your family. Garlic is a natural pesticide and is just as effective as many commercial options. Mince three garlic cloves and add them to a tablespoon of mineral oil and let them sit for 24 hours. Strain out the garlic and add the oil – along with a teaspoon of dish soap – to a pint of water and apply through a spray bottle to your plants.

Fish bait
If your town is running through a worm shortage, don’t fear! Just place a bunch of small marshmallows in a bowl of garlic powder or crushed garlic. Cover the bowl and allow to sit. When you go fishing, just apply the marshmallows to your hook and toss them in the water. The garlic will attract bass, trout and other kinds of fish.

Glue
Garlic can even be used as an adhesive. Crush garlic cloves. Apply the garlic juices to paper and hairline cracks in glass and it will act as an adhesive. Apply the sticky crushed garlic and it’s juices to the cracks and paper and wipe away the excess. Chinese people have been using this method for centuries.

Cough syrup
Garlic is so potent that it can help you suppress that cough and get rid of your sore throat. Boil a quarter pound of garlic cloves in a cup of water. Add honey and sugar for taste. You can also create a garlic tea by soaking a clove of garlic in a cup of water.

Did you know?
An item that wards off the living dead is called an Apotropaic. Garlic is a common example of an apotropaic for vampires.
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Vampire folklore has been connected to rabies. Centuries ago, people would be bitten (sometimes by bats) and start to exhibit symptoms such as hypersensitivity to light and garlic. This would cause them to become nocturnal and eventually to have bloody froth at the mouth and at times, bite others. Little understanding of the disease began the folktales of vampires.

De-icer
In 2008, Ankeny, Iowa, must have smelled pretty potent when they used garlic salt to remove ice off the roads. The garlic salt, which was unfit for human consumption, was donated by a local spice producer.

Athlete’s foot
Garlic is also a natural antifungal! You can use it to combat athlete’s foot infections and cut back on the itching. Add a few cloves of garlic to a warm foot bath and soak your feet for 30 minutes.

Cuts and abrasions
You can use garlic to help treat cuts or abrasions. Gently wash the area of the wound with soapy, warm water and pat it dry with a clean cloth. Peel a garlic clove and bruise one side of it by slamming it on the table or an edge. Then gently apply the bruised area against your cut or abrasion for 5-10 minutes. Garlic contains allicin, which inhibits the growth of several kinds of bacteria and protects against infection. If the garlic stings, remove the garlic instantly.

Ear infections
For centuries, people have used garlic’s anti-bacterial qualities to fight infections – including ear infections. Now, don’t chop up a bunch of garlic cloves and jam them down your ear. Instead, crush garlic cloves with a press and place it in a teaspoon of hot olive oil for five minutes. Strain the garlic and allow the oil to cool. Carefully place a few drops of the remedy at a time down your ear canal. You can also purchase garlic oil made for this purpose.

Splinter removal
Splinters are painful to remove and many times you need a quick, easy solution to get the splinter out. Instead of waiting for the piece to remove itself, place a thin slice of garlic over the splinter and hold it in place with a bandage. The garlic will help the skin work the splinter out within a few hours.

How are you using garlic?
What do you use garlic for? Have a great recipe or use for garlic? Comment below and let everyone know!

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BEST Mosquito Bite Remedy EVER!!

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When mosquitos look at kids, they see little targets everywhere.  One evening outside means days of itchy welts.  Big golf ball kinds of welts!  You can go through a lot of Benadryl every summer because it’s been the only thing that gives them any relief, but there is a better, safer, cheaper way to get rid of that itch.  Soap!  Just rub a bar of dry soap over a mosquito bite and feel better instantly.  Seriously!

COMMENT:  Claudia’s poor little legs were covered with mosquito bites that were even keeping her awake at night.  The anti-itch creams weren’t working for long, and giving her Benadryl during the school day just wasn’t practical, so I turned to my old friend Google.  A quick search led me to TipNut, where I found the perfect remedy to make my sweet girl feel better.  A plain old bar of soap!  And it works!

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Boat Trailering Tips

Here is a short video with some helpful tips and reminders so that you will get to your destination safely so that you can enjoy your fishing vacation without worry.

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Prepare Your Boat For The Upcoming Season

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There seems to be a direct correlation between melting snow and the increasing need for anglers to get on the water. Just consider how many countless hours you, or your friends, have spent sharpening hooks, organizing and reorganizing your tackle box, and the cash you spend on pre-season shopping for supplies.

But here’s a question: how many of you take the time to properly prepare your boat for the upcoming season? There’s no better place to invest your anxious energy than boat and trailer tune-ups and tinkering. Here’s a list of some things you should do before you hit the water this season.

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Get The Engine Running
If you didn’t get your engine winterized, you’ll want to do the annual maintenance in the spring, such as: changing the oil and filters, lubricating parts, and cleaning spark plugs. If you winterized your boat, some shops will include a spring start-up in their package to ensure all is working well after the winter. Hooking up a hose to a pair of “ear muffs” or using other flushing kits will allow you to start your engine on land — always a good move before the first outing.

Check Hoses And Connections
You’ll want to check all the hoses and connections from your gas tank to your engine. Have any of the tubes cracked over the winter? Are there any signs of wear and tear visible on tubes or the gas tank? If so, replace worn parts at the beginning of the season. Don’t forget to add new gas to that tank, too, fuel stabilizers will keep gas uniform over the winter, but you want fresh gas running through the engine as soon as possible.

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1The Blessed Battery
Batteries are a crucial component in boats today. They power fish finders, trolling motors, lights, livewells, and the list goes on. Many guys will have both a cranking and a deep cycle battery in their boats. The cranking is strictly for starting the outboard; the deep cycle is for electronics. Both types of batteries should be charged differently, but charge them fully before your first run on the water. This is also a good time to clean grimy battery terminals with a wire, battery brush.

Working On Wires
A battery is useless without a network of wires to transport its energy to the gadgets on your boat. Check all the wiring in your boat, looking for kinks and cracks in the wiring, replacing sections of wiring if necessary. Tighten any loose connections and replace any year-old electrical tape with new product to ensure the seal will last the season. While inspecting your wiring, also consider tucking some of it away to tidy your boat. There are a variety of products available in the electrical section of hardware stores, such as plastic tie-downs, that will help you organize your boat’s wiring.

Safety Kit
You should already have the appropriate safety gear and equipment to comply with the boating regulations for the vessel you operate. Check this equipment at the beginning of the season and add supplies. This includes replenishing supplies from your First Aid kit that might have been used up over the summer. Replace weak batteries with fresh ones. Ensure you have spares for some basic boat equipment (such as fuses and spark plugs). Also return any items to your boat that you may have removed during winter storage, such as anchors or a tool kit.

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Inspecting trailer tires for wear and tear, greasing bearings, and adding air to the recommended pressure levels are three key steps for spring trailer-tune up. Getting a cover for your bearings doesn’t hurt either and will keep tires grease-free.

Trailer Tune-Up
Don’t forget to check your trailer at the beginning of spring. Start by inspecting your tires, looking for adequate treads and ensure there are no cracks or bulges on the sides. Replace worn tires (if necessary) and add the proper air pressure before any outings. You’ll also want to replenish grease levels and repack your bearings if needed. Next, ensure all the lights are operating properly and check the wiring. Finally, inspect the winch and straps, tightening any loose nuts and bolts, but also checking the strap for signs of wear and tear, replacing if needed. This is important; the last thing you want is the strap snapping when you’re cranking your boat onto your trailer.

Tuning and tightening up your boat as you wait for season-opener is a smart investment of your time. It keeps your boat in good shape, but it’s also an opportunity to spot any potential hazards before they become major problems. Don’t get sidelined this season with boat problems that could have been prevented with a little spring tune-up.

Stay safe and have fun on the water this season!

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Turn Soda Cans Into a Portable Camp Stove

When you’re camping, there’s nothing quite like cooking your own meals under the stars. For a handy camping stove that’s lightweight, portable and easy to make, try a beverage can stove. Made of two aluminum soda cans, they weigh almost nothing, yet can generate enough heat to boil water. These stoves are also great to have around for emergencies.

Things You’ll Need

  • Two aluminum soda cans
  • Hobby knife
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Hardcover book that is about one inch thick
  • Stapler

Step 1:The stove has three components: the top section, the bottom section, and an inner wall. Find a hardcover book that is about 1” thick. Place a black marker on the book with the tip touching the side of a soda can, and spin the soda can to create a level mark around the can. This can will be for the bottom section.

Mark the first can

Step 2:Fold back the front and back cover of the book, and place the black marker on the stack of inner pages. With the marker tip touching the side of the second soda can, spin the can to create a level mark around the can, resulting in a line that is about a quarter inch lower than the line on the first can. This can will be for the top section.

Mark the second can

Mark the second can

Step 3:Lay the can for the top section on its side. Using a sharp hobby knife, cut the bottom of the can, just inside the outer rim. For safety, it is best to be patient with this step. Keep running the blade in a circle until the metal weakens and the circle pops out.

Cut out the bottom of the can

Step 4:Turn the can upside down with the hole you just cut at the top. Cover the rim with masking tape and mark 16 equidistant points. Using a push pin and hammer, punch a hole at each of these marks, and then remove the tape. The tape helps to keep the push pin from slipping as you hammer it into the can. You now have your top section completed.

Punch holes on the rim

Punch holes on the rim

Step 5:Now that the top section can is prepared, cut off the rest of the can, using the black line drawn on the can as a guide. It is easier to puncture the can with a hobby knife and then cut along the line with scissors. Repeat this step with the second can — the one that will be used as the bottom section of the stove.

Cut out the bottom of the can

Cut out the bottom of the can

Step 6:Measure the height of the bottom section. From some of the excess aluminum, cut a strip of metal that is about ¼” higher than the height of the bottom section. This will become the inner wall of the stove.

Cut a strip for the inner wall

Cut a strip for the inner wall

Step 7:Roll the metal strip so it fits snugly in the bottom groove of the bottom section. Staple the ends of the strip where they overlap to keep this inner piece at this size. You now have your inner wall.

Size the inner wall

Size the inner wall

Step 8:Cut three squares on the bottom of the inner wall to allow fuel to travel from the center cavity to the outer rim.

Cut three slots in the inner wall

Cut three slots in the inner wall

Step 9:Cut eight vertical slits in the top section up to the line where the printing on the can starts. When it’s time to connect all the pieces, these slits will help you slide the top section into the bottom section.

Cut slits on the top section

Cut slits on the top section

Step 10:Place the inner wall piece within the bottom can, making sure that the openings you cut are at the bottom. The inner wall should fit snugly in the grooves in both the top and bottom sections. Slide the top section between the inner wall and bottom section.

Assemble the stove

Assemble the stove

Step 11:Fill the inner cavity of the stove about half way with denatured alcohol. You can find denatured alcohol at hardware stores in the paint aisle. Place the stove between two bricks that are slightly taller than the stove. Your pot will sit on the bricks and be elevated above the stove.

Place stove between two bricks

Place stove between two bricks

Light the stove

Step 12:When it is time for cooking, ignite the fuel in the stove with a match or lighter. As the fuel heats, flames will come out of the holes on the rim of the soda can.

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