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7 Insider Camping Tips to Make Your Fall Camping Adventure a Success

7 Insider Camping Tips to Make Your Fall Camping Adventure a Success

Autumn is almost here, bringing chilly mornings and beautiful fall foliage, making it a perfect time to head out on a camping adventure. The heat and humidity of the summer months is gone and you’ll even enjoy better rates at campgrounds during the fall. Of course, you’ll need to be well prepared for your fall trip or the cooler weather can cause you problems. Use these camping tips from the pros to ensure your fall camping adventure is a success.

Tip #1 – Pay Attention to the Weather Forecasts
The weather fluctuates quickly during the fall months, so make sure you pay attention to the weather forecasts in the area you plan to be before you head out. Even if it’s warm one day, warm weather quickly turns cold in the fall. Make sure you’re prepared for colder weather, rain, and even snow.

Tip #2 – Choose the Right Sleeping Bag
You’ll want a cold-weather sleeping bag that will protect you for temperatures even lower than those you expect to encounter. Some of the best options are mummy sleeping bags, since they keep the heat close to your body.

Tip #3 – Choosing Clothing You Can Layer
Since the weather can be warm one minute and then quickly turn cold, make sure you choose clothing you can layer. Choose layers that are also water-resistant. It’s a good idea to have thermal underwear, wool shirts or fleece jackets, an outer jacket that is water and wind resistant, a winter jacket, dry socks, shoes and tough boots, gloves and winter hats, a rain poncho, and extra clothing in case you get wet.

Tip #4 – Be Sure You Have Dry Firewood
During the fall months, it’s often tough to find dry firewood. You’ll need a good fire, so make sure you take along some dry firewood.

Tip #5 – Bring Along Carbs and Fats
Eating right is important for staying warm when you’re camping. Fuel up with carbs and fats, since they help your body stay warm. Healthy fats also help you out while you’re burning extra calories hiking and carrying your camping gear.

Tip #6 – Pack a Survival Kit
Make sure you pack a good survival kit, because you never know what can happen when you’re out in the wild. Important essentials to have in your kit include:

• Duct tape
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Waterproof matches
• First aid kit
• Toilet paper
• Water purification tablets
• Bandanna
• Pocketknife
• Compass (or GPS)

Tip #7 – Take and Protect Your Smartphone
Even if you want to unplug for your fall camping adventure, it’s a good idea to take your smartphone, especially since you can use GPS apps to help you out on your adventure. Just make sure you keep your smartphone protected. Choose a rugged case that can withstand drops, and make sure it’s waterproof. You can also find options that offer solar charging to make sure you keep your phone charged up throughout your camping adventure.

Soul Surfing: The New Wave of Surfing

Soul Surfing: The New Wave of Surfing

The term soul surfer isn’t new – it’s been around since the 1960s when a surf instrumental with the same name was created Johnny Fortune, a So-Cal guitarist who happened to be a surfer himself. But there’s a new wave of soul surfers today who are forgoing the commercialism and competitiveness that’s become such a huge part of the surfing industry for the pure joy and thrill of hitting the waves.

Surfing as a sport has continued to grow within the past 20 years, and surfers like Laird Hamilton, the late Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Sally Fitzgibbons, and Bethany Hamilton have pushed the sport and made it famous. But genuine soul surfing isn’t about scoring a perfect 10, snapping, cutting, and snapping at waves, or winning heats. It’s about feeling the power of a wave, gracefully merging with that powerful energy, and taking a ride that’s so perfect everything else fades away while you’re inside that barrel.

Soul surfing doesn’t just look at surfing as a competitive sport or an athletic endeavor. Soul surfers ride for the unique lessons they learn, whether those lessons are learned during an epic wipeout or an incredible, perfect ride. It’s all about connecting with nature and the power of the sea. It’s about finding themselves as they become one with the power of the ocean.

For the new wave of soul surfers, getting out on a board is more than just a diversion for a sunny day, it’s learning how to be aware of your surroundings, being patient, disciplined, mindful, active, and hopeful. Perhaps Gerry Lopez, pipeline master, said it best: “…those moments when we completely focused on riding a wave are actually kind of spiritual…religious moments.”

When you’re a soul surfer, you want to spend every moment possible out in the waves, and while it’s great to unplug, staying connected is important, even when you’re in the water. Stay out there longer on the waves and protect your phone with Snow Lizard’s SLXtreme phone cases. 

Activities To Take Your Summer To The Extreme

Activities To Take Your Summer To The Extreme

Nothing says summer like the swash of water on sand. But if you think a day at the beach is all about laying around in the sun, think again! From cliff diving to jet skiing, we have five ways to pump your summer full of extreme adventure.

Cliff Jumping

It doesn't get much more extreme than deliberately throwing yourself off a perfectly good cliff and into the water below. Two of the most famous jumps in the country are in Hawaii, where the custom originated: Kahekili's Leap on the island of Lanai, and Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach on Maui. 

Jet Skiing

If you're not a fan of gravity, how about speed? There's no replacing the thrill of a jet ski -- basically a motorcycle with zero risk of pavement burn. You can rent these personal watercraft in many seaside resorts and even larger lakes. California's bays are especially good for jet skiing.

Extreme Tubing

Water skiing is thrilling, but it's been around for decades. Swap those skis in for a water tube and you'll be right back at the cutting edge. This activity is best done with friends, anywhere that high-speed jet boats are allowed -- and if you have a good driver at the wheel, it can also be surprisingly family-friendly.

Water Jet Pack or Flyboard

Water-powered jet packs that strap to your back and flyboards -- think a hoverboard powered by water jets -- are the newest trend in extreme water sports, and they're popping up in more and more popular recreation areas. Hit up professional outlets like Jetpack America, in San Diego and Las Vegas, for the most fun.

Paragliding

Not quite ready to trust your life to a water-powered jet back or flyboard? Try a parachute instead. You and a tandem instructor will strap yourselve into a giant parachute glider, then sprint downhill until it catches the air and off you go. You can try paragliding anywhere from the mountain slopes of Alaska to the dramatic desert landscape of Sedona, Arizona. 

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