Different Types of Campers – People NOT Trailers

People camp in all different types of tents and trailers.  While I prefer a trailer these days (with air conditioning), one of my fondest memories was my very first camping trip and we slept in the back of the Toyota 4-Runner!  There are all different types of people that camp and you could find a variety of reasons why they do it also.  This info-graphic is so true and a cute way to describe the different types of folks that choose to camp!

7 Types of Campers

What is it about the outdoors that keeps us coming back for more each summer? Is it the crisp clean air of the Alpine mountains? Or, is it Papa Todd’s famous crock-pot dinners? For me, I am still trying to figure out exactly why I “choose” to go camping. My experience usually involves crying kids, mosquito bites, the frustration regarding the lack of toilet paper and anything else that would have been convenient to pack.

Everyone has a different experience when camping in the great outdoors. Take a look at the 7 Types of Campers and see where you fall. Are you “The Underprepared Camper”,”The Reluctant Camper”, or do you find yourself in my group, the so called “Daycare Campers”?

The “Roughin’ It” Camper

You know who they are. The ones flooding CBS with applications to be on the show Survivor. Those who tape every episode of Survivor Man and Man Vs. Wild. Why, I bet every scout master in the world could fit into this category. Why must I get up at the butt crack of dawn Mr. Paul Bunion, why?

The Overprepared Camper

While Bear Grylls packs only a buck knife and his never ending knowledge of the wild outdoors, the Overprepared Campers find a way to pack everything including the kitchen sink. Bug spray? I got it! In 5 different strengths and scents. Oh, you have a sensitive skin type? No problem… make that 6 different types of bug spray.

The Underprepared Camper

For those of us not as fortunate as those camping with mother Karen and her mini-mart of supplies, we get to look forward to West Nile Virus, the luxury of using pine cones instead of Charmin, and a clear view of the stars over the comforts of any type of shelter. Who would’ve thought flip flops aren’t meant to be worn in the woods? Not these campers.

The Reluctant Camper

The Reluctant Camper doesn’t know what to pack and isn’t interested in packing it in the first place. Reluctant Campers would much prefer to connect with nature by”Googling it”. A 4G connection and a spare battery is the first thing they pack.

The Daycare Campers

When has it ever been a good idea to give kids fire sticks, knifes, and the freedom to roam in the wild? How about letting them stay up 4 hours past their bedtime all the while giving them 20 juice boxes right before bed? Sure, sounds like a recipe for “fun” to me. Right?

The Party Camper

We all know who they are. We either camp alongside em’ or we pick fights with em’. It’s hard enough for the Daycare Campers to get their kids to bed without their drunken nature calls and laughter. But who can blame them? You are in fact sitting in the woods around a camp fire doing pretty much nothing. Why not spice it up a bit?

The Retiree Camper

For breakfast, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Brunch is soda crackers and cheese. Lunch, grilled chicken and green tossed salad. Dinner, cock pot roast with baked potatoes and asparagus. Nobody knows camping luxury like the RV crew. If you see them parking there MTV crib next to your 4 man dome, it’s probably cause they need a cheap laugh at your expense.

So, if nature is calling you back into the wild, make sure you grab your sticks and obsidian. Let’s make our pioneer ancestors proud and reclaim our heritage that once dwelt in a tent. Nature has nothing on us. Now, where’s my phone? I better get online and order a new air mattress.

Thanks airbeds4less.com

Are You Prepared?

I think I am colder now 6 days after the official start of Spring than I have been all winter! I am so ready for my friend Spring to come and see me. I am ready to play outside and just bask in the radiant beams of the sun. I need to get outside of this house and work in the yard and work in the camper. Alot of work has to be done if it is going to be ready for play time this summer.

I went to visit my son Kellan and his girlfriend this evening. He got a tent for Christmas and he has been working on his list of things and he is gathering his gear for his first camping outing on his own. Because they have been young college students and usually have to work on weekends, we have not been able to share this part of our lives with them. This summer things are different and they say they are coming with us. I am so excited!!!

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Kelland and Chelsea at Christmas

So what kind of things do you have on your list to get ready for all the summer excitement? I will be going through and restocking soap, deodorant, new toothbrushes, paper products, etc. We camp alot and having all the basic essentials in the camper for the summer to make it easier for us. We can be ready to leave the house usually within 30 minutes if we wait to go to the grocery store when we arrive at our destination.

Kellan’s birthday was this month and I decided to get him some camping gear for his birthday. I was quickly overwhelmed not knowing exactly what he would need. So I decided to get him all the basics. Charcoal, lighter fluid, a GOOD knife, large tarp, marshmallow sticks, lighter, bug spray, paper plates, forks, etc. Get the picture?  You thought I forget the marshmallows didn’t you! There was a pack of my favorites included – Campfire marshmallows.

Spring is coming and with that it usually brings a variety of weather.  One of the things you will need is a weather radio.  Severe weather can strike at any time and I take the weather radio along with us when the weather is questionable.  Weather radios are very reasonably priced.  I think I paid $30.00 for the radio.  Mine has many features.  It runs off batteries or ac/dc and it has a flashlight.  I can’t stress how important it is to own a weather radio and it is really important to have one available while staying in your camper trailer.  It literally could save your life.  Where we park our camper for the summer there is no TV signal.  That took some getting used to!  We depend on the weather radio while we are staying in the camper.

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There are also several good apps that are free or available for purchase to help you monitor the weather. Our local TV station is KFVS-12 out of Cape Girardeau, MO.  They have a weather app that allows us to see a radar and keeps us informed via the app and Facebook on where the most dangerous weather is. My husband is a big fan of Accuweather. It is also free. The Weather Channel has an app also.

Several radio stations and daily newspapers in the area send out text messages on the current watches/warnings as a service to those who sign up to receive them.  While I do receive these, I don’t rely too heavily on it.  I have noticed that the notifications don’t come in a timely fashion after the alert was issued.  These are great to receive but a weather radio is always going to give you the most update accurate information.  Don’t forget the batteries!

Scout the GPS App

We are looking for a car for one of our daughters and my husband and I headed over to Murphysboro, IL to check out a few cars that we saw online.  It had been awhile since I had been in that part of Illinois.  While I was putting in the address into our GPS, my husband says hey try this new app called Scout by Telenav that I got yesterday.  Truth be known – I already had the address in the GPS!  He really wanted me to try it so I pulled up the app and put in the directions.  Now I am not really of fan of most GPS apps.  I just don’t like the look of most of them.  I have been using the Maps app on my phone some.

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It was very easy to operate and get the directions started and it has a route planning FEATURE!  Loved loved loved this Scout app!  It let me choose which route that I wanted to take with all the information I needed on one screen (miles to destination, time it would take me there, and a map showing each highlighted route).  It is a battery killer so beware if you leave it running in the background it will run your battery down!  But it is well worth the purchase price of FREE in the Itunes store.  If you are looking to give it a try then head on over to the Itunes store and look for Scout by Telenav.

Five Things I Want NOW!

I have spring fever….BAD!  When March hits I start thinking about these 5 things.  These things are Awesome!  These things I usually only get when it is warm outside.

1.  Fried Potatoes!  Not just any fried potatoes but fried potatoes that are cooked outside on the griddle.  They are YUMMY!!  They are also made by the hubby.  It is his speciality.

2.  Ice Cream.  Ok I have had ice cream several times recently and it wasn’t warm outside but there is ALWAYS room for ice cream when it is warm and because I am so cold natured it usually comes to mind a little more when it is warm.

3.  Camping!  I love love love camping!  For me it is a break to not think about anything except for what is right in front of me and that is usually my sweet husband, crazy kids, friends and family.

4.  Showering Outside!  Hmmm, I bet I got your attention on that one.  We have a bathroom/shower house on wheels, 4 walls with no roof.  It is literally the best shower I have ever taken.  EVER!

5.  Just Being Outside!  There are so many beautiful things that spring and summer have to offer.  The sounds, the experiences, nature and all its beauty.  I am so looking forward to hanging outside, getting the garden ready, visiting with my neighbors, swimming, hiking, and really just experiencing all that God has given us!  Hurry up spring!  This girl is ready!

Job 28:10 – He cuts out rivers among the rocks; and his eye sees every precious thing.