Don’t Leave Home Without Lodging A P.I.N.

Huge Wilderness

By Oceana Setaysha

Most people, even passionate outdoors people, believe that survival in the wild during an emergency situation is all about your wilderness skills. But did you know that one of the best things you can do to ensure your survival if something goes wrong is actually done in the preparation stage?

We call it the P.I.N. It means Planned Itinerary Notification, and it’s a document that you can fill out prior to your trip that makes it easy for people to find you if something goes wrong. We’re about to explain why you need one.

The Benefits Of The P.I.N.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that lodging a P.I.N. before you head off is a good idea. But if you’re not a generally cautious person (not a great idea if you’re a wilderness lover), the benefits may not immediately be clear. Let us lay them out for you.

A P.I.N. Lets People Know Where To Look:

rescue-helicopterIn a P.I.N. you outline all the areas that you’ll be travelling in on your trip, including the routes you’ll be taking and the areas you’ll be passing through.

Using this, rescuers can figure out your daily speed and see where you might have met difficulty. This cuts the search area down enormously if you go missing on your trip, meaning you’re likely to be found much faster.

 

A P.I.N. Lets People Know When To Look:

A P.I.N. will include your intended start date, intended finish date, and anywhere you’ll be touching base on the way. These dates are crucial because it cuts down on the time that people will waste wondering if you’re ok. If you don’t show up on the date you nominated, people will know something is wrong.

A P.I.N. Tells People Who To Call:

Police on missing person caseYour P.I.N. has the names and contact details of your next of kin, just in case something happens to you and you need their help. This might be because you’re in danger, can’t be found, or because you’re injured and can’t make medical decisions.

In any case, it’s smart that the people who care about you can be there to help.

 

A P.I.N. Tells People About You:

The P.I.N. has places for you to tell the authorities and other relevant parties about yourself. If something goes wrong they won’t just have your photograph (which is a smart idea), but also an idea of your own wilderness skills and abilities. This may give them a better idea of what you’ll do in an emergency.

Tips For Filling Out Your P.I.N

There are a few things to think about when you’re filling out your P.I.N, to make sure you get the most out of it. Here’s what we’d suggest.

Be As Specific As Possible:

Completing the Planned Itinerary NotificationA P.I.N. is of no use if it’s not specific enough. Take your time in filling it out, and make sure you give as many details as you can.

If your P.I.N. is vague the people who are trying to help you will take even longer to figure out where you might be, which is not what you want if you’re in trouble.

 

Have A Clear Plan And Stick To It:

When you write up your P.I.N. you’ll be asked to map out your trip plan. We get it, sometimes trips don’t go exactly to plan, but if you leave a P.I.N. with the authorities or people that you love, it’s important to stick to it. If you want more leeway, then adjust your trip schedule accordingly, but understand that you’re risking people taking longer to find you if something goes wrong.

P.I.N.s Aren’t Just For Walking:

Car and caravanA P.I.N. isn’t just useful for walkers, it’s also a great idea for people travelling in motorised vehicles, campers, bikes and on watercraft.

On the P.I.N. you’ll have the opportunity to describe the vehicles you’ll be using, which you should do in as much detail as possible.

 

Who To Give It To

One of the key things in making the P.I.N. work for you is to give it to the right people. Now in the case of the P.I.N. this isn’t just your family or friends who aren’t attending the trip with you, but also the local police, the park rangers in the area you’re travelling, your accommodation base if you’re not travelling with all your gear, or a local business owner in remote areas.

Choose wisely who you give your P.I.N. to, you’ll need to trust the person to get you out of trouble if something goes wrong, and not forget their responsibilities. At the same time, don’t just leave your P.I.N. with one person. The more people who are out looking for you when you’re in trouble, the better!

 

There are a few options for completing your Planned Notification Itinerary (P.I.N.) after downloading it.

Planned Itinerary Notification (P.I.N.)You can:

  1. Type your information straight onto the document and email it to whoever you like;
  2. Type your information straight onto the document and print it out for people who may not have email;
  3. Print out the document and hand-write the relevant information in the spaces provided and then scan & email or copy and hand printed versions to whoever you nominate.

The document has built-in email and print buttons you can use at your convenience.

Download the Planned Itinerary Notification pdf document for free by clicking below:

click here arrow iconPlanned Itinerary Notification (P.I.N.)

Play Safe…Never take your personal safety for granted!

 

 

 

 

Stay glam while camping

Happy Glam woman by her tent.By Betsy Green

Our love of the great outdoors can often be a little less fun when we feel like we have to sacrifice some of our beauty essentials and simply can’t feel as great as we usually do.

Sometimes as women, we can be a little disgruntled about camping as we feel that we simply can’t maintain our usual high standards of living. We love to keep our hair fresh and our makeup flawless, even when we are lying underneath the stars.

The good news? You can still be the most fabulous version of you possible while enjoying the great outdoors and all the wonderful life experiences camping has to offer.

Enjoy luscious locks – every day

Dry ShampooFancy having a beautiful, fresh head of hair every day that isn’t greasy or dirty? We understand that camping can’t always offer you that gorgeous hot shower or bath you and your hair needs which can lead to a tad of frustration cant it ladies.

Say hello to your new best friend, DRY SHAMPOO. Dry shampoo is incredible for taking camping. A quick spray leaves your hair feeling fresh, fragrant and clean. Dry shampoo gives it texture and eliminates grease making it the perfect addition to and glam traveler’s luggage.

A bath in your handbag

Fresh bath wipesWe all know that feeling when we get a little bit grubby when camping if we haven’t had enough access to hot water. The best thing you can do to ensure you stay, look and feel fresh is make sure you have some fresh bath wipes.

These wipes can be used all over your body so you can clean yourself from head to toe without having any embarrassing walks to and from the camp showers. You will feel fresh while smelling delicately fragrant.

Portable urination device

uriwellOk ladies, we all know that sometimes when camping in the middle of the night we are caught short and we simply hate emptying our bladders into a bucket – but hey it beats running across a dark campsite in the dark! Not only is peeing into a bucket awkward it isn’t exactly quiet either.

Your perfect solution – a portable urination device such as a Uriwell or Go Girl. A Uriwell is a portable urination device which is discreet and can go in to your rucksack easily so not only can you use it in your tent you can take it on your travels too should you be out on a trek or long walking expedition. Its unique design includes a hermetically sealed lid minimising odours and spills.

 

The holy trinity of Glam makeup essentials

If you love wearing your makeup and cannot stand being without then when you go camping you need to take 3 essentials – all of which will stay put and keep you feeling confident and glamorous.

waterproof mascaraFirstly, waterproof mascara is a must. This will keep you looking glam even if it rains and will stay on all day. Another option is getting semi-permanent lashes glued in at your local salon.

Secondly a super stay lipstick will ensure you keep your colour all day long with one application!

Last but not least, a tinted moisturiser. This is better than a foundation when camping because it keeps your face moisturised but ensures you get that flawless look.

With these 3 items you can ensure you feel as fresh as a daisy without bringing your whole makeup bag and more!

 

Ladies, camping doesn’t have to mean you have to be a grubby version of yourself! You can stay beautiful and glamorous for the whole duration of your amazing trip enjoying the great outdoors!

Woman Washing Her Face

 

Camping with Children: All you need to know

Family Enjoying Camping Holiday On Campsite

By Oceana Setaysha

For many the idea of camping with children is a far off dream that, in reality, has proven to be something of a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be like that!

Plan The Trip Together

The first step for getting kids involved, no matter their age, is to involve them in the planning process. Kids will always feel more like they ‘own’ the trip if they’ve had a hand in planning it. Talk to them about the activities you might do, the food you might eat, and the games you’ll play in the car. Involve them at the beginning and it will be easier to maintain their interest throughout.

Do You Research Before Deciding On The Spot

It’s important before you embark on your camping trip to make sure the spot you’ve picked is appropriate for your children. Avoid obvious dangers if your younger children tend to wander, like proximity to a body of water, or a large forested area. If this is your first trip start with a simple outing to a maintained campground with some facilities, to get everyone used to the process.

Camping with children - find the right spot

Do A ‘Test Night’ Camping In Your Backyard

If you’ve never camped with your kids before, get them really excited by having a ‘camp out’ in your own backyard. If you don’t have a backyard, just set the tent up in your living room and spend the night camping out and enjoying non-electronic pastimes like card games, story telling and so on.

Make The Car Ride As Fun As Possible

Having kids in the car, especially if it’s a longer journey, is often a struggle for parents. While it can be tempting to just buckle in and bear it for the journey, both you and your kids are likely to arrive at camp pretty grumpy and over done. That’s why it’s a good idea to provide some in-car entertainment. For younger kids audiobooks and colouring is a great idea, while for older kids something interactive like trivia testing, sing-alongs and reading is perfect (as long as they don’t get carsick).

Involve Them In Setting Up

Just as you involved your kids in the planning process, so too is it a good idea for them to be involved in setting up camp. It gives them more ‘ownership’ over the space, and also makes it easier to wrangle them into packing up later. Try and give each of your children a chore to do in setting up, whether that’s collecting firewood, putting out chairs, or unpacking bedding from the car.

Happy family on a camping trip in their tent on a sunny day

Camping with Children: Be Safety Conscious

There are a lot of things to be cautious about when travelling with children. You should make sure that you bring with you a first aid kit, extra warm clothes (in case of a wash out), a torch for each individual (including one spare), some itch relief cream, sunscreen and sun protection. Also make sure you take the time to explain to your children about the dangers of eating berries and mushrooms they find around the campsite. Ideally, you should do a walk around with your kids when you arrive, to make sure they’ve familiar with the general area, and know where to go if you aren’t around and they need help.

Plan An Activity (But Have A Backup)

Camping in itself can be a fun thing to do, but it’s always nice to have some kind of special camping activity to look forward to. Depending on where you are, this might be bird watching, nature sighting, fishing, canoeing or swimming. Hiking, walking and geocaching are also good camping activities for active kids. However, make sure you have some kind of backup entertainment, like books, a board game, or something else simple you can do just in case it rains.

Plan Familiar Meals

Kids are likely to use a lot of energy when they’re running around having fun on a camping trip, and so will you chasing after them. That’s why you should provide high energy foods for them during the trip. Remember camping foods should be simple to pack, cook and clean up. Familiar meals are best, so try to adapt a meal you cook regularly, that your children like, to be cooked on a campfire, BBQ or camp stove.

Bring The Camera

Family camping trips are full of fun, excitement and memories, so make sure you bring your camera to capture some of these moments. Investing in a hardwearing camera, something shockproof and even waterproof, can make the process of capturing those memories less stressful. It’s great to have a camera that you can take with you anywhere your family goes, that can put up with your kids using it, and that takes a picture you aren’t soon to forget.

Mother and daughter

So, when’s your next trip?

 

Choosing the Best Knife/Blade for You

Choosing your best knife among many

By Mitra Cazaubon

Rambo or House of Flying daggers, you can’t seem to figure out which knife fits you. You’ve checked every survivalist store and can’t seem to find the right blade. Your hands are in the air, and you’re about to call it quits. It’s not all over; there are simple ways to find the best knife for you.

Firstly, you need to understand it’s your knife, not Rambo or Bear Grylls. So ask yourself. What environment will I be in, jungle, snow or desert? Also what will my knife be doing?

  • Save my life/ self defense
  • Cook/ peel a fruit/ open a can
  • Cut small branches, bandage, rope, fish etc
  • Making a spark.
  • Digging a hole
  • Cutting a trail

No matter how insignificant, put it on your list then prioritize them from one to ten, one being the most important. You won’t find a blade that does everything, but you will find one that specializes in at least two tasks. After you have completed your list, pull out your kitchen knives and hold them one by one, and decide which has the best handle length for you. If your hands are small, like mine, then big handles will be uncomfortable after continuous use. Finally, pick the blade length that is most comfortable for you to work with and measure it. Above 3 inches would be best. Now you have solid information to start your search.

Before we go into the types of knives, and important features you need to look at, there are some vital tips to keep in mind.

Your knife needs to be on you at all times; so a comfortable fit on your person is essential; belt, pocket, back etc. It’s best for any camping gear to have more than one function. You save on weight and space. In the end, the best knife is the knife you have on you.

Some common knives include the switch blade, multi tool, survival knife, pocket knife, folding knife and machete, to name a few. Survival knives are best suited for the outdoors; based on material, durability and design. There are some features that set them apart.

Important features for your best knife

Most survival knives are between 7” to 11” long. As ladies that could be a bit bulky, but don’t worry most brands have the small versions to their popular counterparts. So keep your hand measurements, comfortable blade lengths and handle size in mind as we go through these features.

A range of knife choices

Full Tang

Survival knives are usually full tang meaning the metal runs the full length of blade. This makes it more durable and less likely to break or fail at the finger guard. Folding knives tend to be weakest at the joint. Full tangs are great for batoning.

The Blade

Fixed blades are sturdy and are less likely to have mechanical issues as would a pocket or folding knife. Ensure the knife you choose is either a high carbon steel or stainless steel. High carbon steel is better at making a spark than its stainless steel counterpart. But stainless steel won’t corrode as easily thus making it great for marine or other wet environments. On the other hand high carbon steel will need to stay dry to prevent rust. Serrated blades (saw like teeth often located close to finger guard) usually stay sharp for longer and are mainly used for cutting coarse micro fibers. Depending on how high on your priority list cutting coarse material is you can choose between fully serrated, partially serrated or non serrated blades.

Sturdy Handle

Some survival knives have hollow handles to store small emergency gear or fire lighting equipment. This is a great feature if you have storing items as one of the priorities on your list. Be careful when choosing this type of knife as most of them are not full tang. A solid grip and a comfortable finger guard are great safety features to prevent your hand from sliding down the blade. Good handle materials include: rubber, 550 cord and hardwood. Make sure your knife has a grip for both wet and dry conditions.

Sheath

Your knife’s sheath is very important. It is what attaches your knife to you, unless you are going for a neck knife or pocket knife. See to it that your knife and sheath have a solid lock and doesn’t fall out if shaken. Best materials for sheaths are kydex and leather. For wet conditions, kydex would be the ideal choice.

 

Choosing a knife is important. Your life may depend on it; take time to choose the best knife for you. Be sure to watch the reviews of the knife you choose before purchasing. It will be your new companion so get to know all you can.