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10 Awesome Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Dad

MultiToolKnifeFather’s Day may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t surprise your dad with a “just because” present. If your dad is an avid outdoors man (as are most dads), we’ve listed a few gift ideas here that would make his day – whatever time of the year it is. 1. Multitool / Multi-purpose knife   This nifty gadget is a must-have for every true outdoor enthusiast. Your dad can get a ton of use out of this gadget during hiking or camping trips.   2. Liquid fuel camping stove The great thing about liquid fuel stoves is you can use them all-year round. Butane camping stoves tend to freeze up in cold weather. Liquid fuel stoves work under any weather condition, making them perfect for camping.   3. Down jacket   If your dad isn’t the type to let cold weather get in the way of an amazing...
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Solar Panels for the Modern Day Camper (Part III)

240W Flexible Solar Panel by MaxrayPart three of our solar panel series.  If you are yet to decide what type of solar panel to buy, the third part of our article can help you make a decision. “What type of solar panel should I get?”  The answer depends a lot on what type of outdoor activities you enjoy doing. There are various types of portable solar panels that fit just about any outdoor need. But if you have not yet decided what to get, we have listed a few suggestions.   For the road trip and boating enthusiasts – Making sure that your cellphones, walkie talkies and GPS devices are fully charged all the time is important. You just do not know when you might need to call out for assistance while you are off on a road trip in remote areas or out on the sea.  Harnessing solar energy is an easy, practical solution to...
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Solar Panels for the Modern Day Camper (Part II)

shutterstock_70716481Part two of our Solar Panels for the Modern Day Camper series.  Part two enumerates the many advantages of using solar panels for your upcoming outdoor adventures. “So what are the other advantages of using solar panels?” A portable solar panel  is a lifesaver for you if you love off-the-grid camping. In fact, they are just as important as your sleeping bag, blankets and any other camping gear. Don’t worry we will tell you why.   Solar panels are a reliable power source – Given where these panels get electricity, you do not have to rely on fuel or plugged – in electricity sources for all your power needs. As long as you make sure your portable solar panels get a lot of sunlight, you have got everything covered.   Solar panels help keep you and your travel companions entertained – Entertainment is very important when you are staying for several...
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The Ultimate Camping Checklist

shutterstock_15715693Camping is a great way to get away from the daily hustle and bustle of city life. Restorative, peaceful and open to adventures, going on a camping trip allows you to take a breath of fresh air and get a well deserved rest. Whether you are planning a solo or family camping trip around Australia, being prepared to spend several days outdoors is essential to your safety and comfort. And because we want to make sure that you enjoy your time off, we have come up with an ultimate list of camping gear you must have. Oh and this list is printer-friendly by the way, so you do not have to write down anything. Just print this list and tick off your camping essentials: Print your Ultimate Camping Checklist So, are you ready to prep for the ultimate camping adventure? Let’s start! We have broken down our list into three main categories: Camping Equipment, Camp Kitchen, Clothing and Personal Items. Beyond this camping checklist you...
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Solar Panels For The Modern Day Camper (Part 1)

glamping australia solar panelsThis resource piece is a three-part series that will discuss what solar panels are, how they work and why they are ideal for camping. You will also find product recommendations based on the type of portable power solution you need.   Camping is not the same for everybody. For those who travel light, camping can be as simple as setting up a two-person tent or spending the night on a pickup bed. Others take the comforts of home with them: sleeping in a 25 – foot campervan complete with a working kitchen and bathroom, air conditioned sleeping areas and for some – even satellite TVs. Either way, a portable solar panel has become a must-have for the modern day camping enthusiast. And why not? Camping solar panels have proven vital to the success of off-the-grid camping where access to the main power grid and fuel is unavailable. To start with, you...
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Steps to Breaking In Your New Portable Generator

Top 6 Do’s and Don'ts When Using Caravan Generators 2So your new portable generator has just been delivered. Yay! But before you start planning your next camping trip and backyard barbecue, you need to break in your generator. Yep – you read that right. In fact, the first few hours of using your portable generator will have a huge impact on how long it’s lifespan will be. The thing though is, you have to do it correctly so you get the most out of your investment. Before anything else, let’s quickly discuss the obvious question.   “Why do I need to break in my portable generator? Can’t I just use it as soon as I get it? Won’t that be the same as breaking it in?” The answer to the last two questions are both NO. Here’s our answer to the first: Breaking in a petrol generator means letting it run a cycle for a certain amount of time and...
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Camper’s Guide To Buying Portable Solar Panels

11-Things-You-Need-to-Know-22With its vast wilderness, breathtaking mountain ranges and gorgeous beaches, Australia is truly a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. So it is not at all surprising that a camping trip is on every Aussie’s list of activities every year. So while you no doubt have ticked most items off your camping equipment checklist, there is one particular item that you should not go camping without. While “being one with nature” is the main goal of camping, it would not hurt to remember that you drove out of the city to avoid stress. And we cannot think of anything more stressful than having a dead battery because you’re charging your phones and running your caravan’s AC, fridge and lights on it for hours. So what now? You certainly need to keep your phone charged (how will you take photos and videos of your trip?); you need to keep your food fresh (and your...
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First Timer’s Guide To Buying Solar Panels

the best portable power source for camping 1Whether you decide to harness the power of the sun for your home or for outdoor use, it can be a bit daunting to buy solar panels for the first time. This is why in this post, we answer some of the most common questions and provide an easy, quick beginner’s guide to buying a solar panel. What are solar panels? Solar panels – or photovoltaics – are made of either monocrystalline or polycrystalline solar cells. Each panel is made up of a large number of semiconductor cells that convert sunlight to DC (direct current) electricity. The most common solar panels are those fitted to a roof, which can be used to power households. There are also folding solar panels available for people that need a power source while camping or for general outdoor use. Before you can start using solar energy though, it needs to pass through a power inverter....
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First Timer’s Guide To Buying An Inverter Generator

Top 15 Starter Pack Camping Gear_Camping GeneratorWhether you’re at home or on the road for an outdoor adventure, you rely heavily on electronics to communicate and well, to function, really. Unfortunately, electronic devices run out of juice over time and require charging so you can keep on using them. And if you’re camping or have power interruption at home, keeping your gadgets powered up can be a problem. The solution? A stable, clean power source than traditional generators are able to provide.   Enter the inverter generator. Favored by many today for their power needs. Not only are these machines quieter and produce stable energy, their lightweight and portable design make them perfect for camping and caravanning. They are actually often used for backyard or garden parties, even. So if you’re looking at available generators for sale and planning to purchase a generator for the first time, you’re in luck. As avid campers ourselves, we understand the...
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10 Signs Your Air Mattress Needs Repair or Replacement

10 Signs Your Air Mattress Needs Repair or Replacement It is always nice to have an air mattress at home, whether you use it on a daily basis or only when it is needed like when you have a guest sleeping over. You can even bring it to outdoor activities like camping and glamping. But what if you need your air mattress now but whilst you’re pumping air into it, it is not inflating as fast as it should. If you think a hole is the only problem you might experience with your air mattress, then you might be surprised to encounter other issues. You don’t have to worry, though, because there is a solution to every problem. It is best that you are aware of all the issues you might have in the future when it comes to your air mattress. Before getting started with the list of these issues, here are the essential reminders for you before...
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15 Creative Uses of an Air Mattress

15 Creative Uses of an Air Mattress Are you considering getting an air mattress soon? Maybe you have used one once and liked the experience, or perhaps you are curious about it. Whenever you make a purchase, you want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth. If you are like most people, you would want to know if you can use the item that you’re buying for many times and for more than one purpose. Fortunately, you would be happy to know that there are a lot of different uses for an air mattress. Some of these are so fun that you probably would not think they are possible. What else can you use your air mattress for? Read on to know more about them. 1.    One grand sleepover If your daughter is at the stage where sleepovers are the highlights of her year, you can earn yourself some points by throwing a fabulous...
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How to Set Up Your Inflatable Hot Tub Indoors

How to Set Up Your Inflatable Hot Tub Indoors If you like the idea of relaxing in your own spa at home but you do not want to build a permanent hot tub, then an inflatable spa is what you are looking for. You can place your inflatable hot tub almost anywhere as long as it has a flat surface. It does not matter if you want it placed outdoors or indoors. You can even have it in your basement. This is because it is portable, and you can bring it anywhere. If it is your first time owning an inflatable spa, you are probably still apprehensive on how to set it up correctly. You might be worried you could be doing it in an unconventional way. This is especially true if you are setting it up indoors. Setting up an inflatable hot tub indoors can be more challenging than outside your home where there is more ample space. Before...
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Top 9 Tips for Choosing a Durable Inflatable Spa

Top 9 Tips for Choosing a Durable Inflatable Spa Owning portable and adjustable furniture and equipment can be very practical and convenient. This is especially true if you love moving things around and converting your space into different rooms once in a while. Not only does it save you from spending on high initial costs and succeeding maintenance expenses; it is also very useful for extended travels, camping, and other outdoor activities. If you’re a home buddy, then having your own backyard resort can be fun. You can install and set up these products anytime, anywhere, and without spending too much time and money. These products range from indoor furniture to outdoor recreation equipment, such as inflatable hot tubs, inflatable spas, air beds, and blow-up mattresses. There are several online sellers of these various equipment and camping gear. Many reviews are also available online. This can take many hours of research. The task of choosing the right brand and...
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How to Protect Your Above Ground Pool from Rain Damage

How to Protect Your Above Ground Pool from Rain Damage Does it look like it’s going to rain? Sometimes it can be worse, as the guy on the telly says a storm is heading your way. Among other concerns, you would not want that above ground swimming pool lying in your backyard to be ruined by, odd as it may sound, rainwater. Flooding caused by heavy rain and wind from severe weather can loosen the soil on which your pool is standing. As you know, above ground pools need to be positioned on flat surfaces such as yards. If this basic foundation gets eroded by heavy rain, it can lead to serious damage on the pool’s structure. Also, the grass and flower shrubs planted near and around the pool can be at risk from any voluminous overflow of rainwater collected by your pool during a storm. Gardens usually benefit from rain during a normal drizzle, but strong torrents brought by...
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Top 8 Water Treatment Tips for your Above Ground Pool

Top 8 Water Treatment Tips for your Above Ground Pool Most Australian households see above ground pools as a welcome addition into their homes. Whilst the question of whether owning a swimming pool makes financial sense is still up for debate, nothing beats the refreshing feeling of diving into your own pool especially under the harsh Aussie summer. Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and games for owners of above ground swimming pools. There are tonnes of things you should know before you purchase and install one in your backyard. Aside from that, you need to prepare yourself (and your wallet) for the pool upkeep and the regular pool water treatment to prevent possible bacterial and fungal growth in your pool. Why is pool maintenance important? If you want to maximise your swimming pool’s lifespan, then you should faithfully stick to a regular maintenance programme; else, you could cut its longevity up to 25% of its supposed product life. Besides, skimping...
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Top 10 Advantages of Using an Air Bed when Camping

Top 10 Advantages of Using an Air Bed when Camping Years ago, camping was almost synonymous to rugged, rough, and hard experience. It meant moving out of your comfort zone to commune with nature. With hiking and camping becoming a popular weekend hobby, different camping gear, air beds, and equipment have been developed and are now readily available online and in stores. Nowadays, even first time campers can enjoy the outdoors because of the various options available. One such option designed to make your sleeping in camp better is the camping mattress. Choosing the right bed to lay your head and rest during a camping trip can mean being 8 refreshed and ready for a new day of activities. A lot of campers agree that the bed can “make or break” your camping adventure. There are different types of beddings available now, including sleeping bags, hammocks, cots, sleeping mats, and folding camp beds. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages...
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Top 10 Reasons a Family Must Have a Portable Generator When Camping

Top 10 Reasons a Family Must Have a Portable Generator When Camping To say that Australians enjoy camping is an understatement. Most people would tell you that camping is one of the best activities that you can do if you want to unwind and give yourself a break from your busy life in the city. It is understandable that many love this activity because Australia has some of the most amazing reserves and state parks that are also popular camping destinations. There are those who like a quick getaway and just spend a night outdoors, but for many, camping is a multi-day activity with friends or family. Of course, it is even more popular now because it has come a long way from what it used to be – a caveman-like adventure devoid of any comfort. Now, everything that people enjoy in their homes can be replicated in the great outdoors somehow. If you have the best camping gear, you will surely...
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14 Ways Camping Gear Can Take Your Camping Experience to the Next Level

14 Ways Camping Gear Can Take Your Camping Experience to the Next Level Camping can be an individual or a group experience with friends and family. It involves walking, hiking, and basic survival skills like selecting the correct camping gear, cooking, building a fire, pitching a tent, or even as simple as selecting your campsite. Other considerations include bringing portable solar panels or portable generators. Gone are the days when communing with nature means starting a campfire for lighting, building a bare tent, and taking a dip in the pond or river. Each individual who goes on a camping trip has different needs based on the things they prefer or cannot live without. Some bring things for the comfort, some for the pleasure, and others for the security they provide. No matter what the reason is, camping gear is designed to make your camping experience more enjoyable, easier, and worry-free. Aside from bare essentials like a tent, clothes, water and socks, other necessities are...
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19 Camping Gear That Can be Used as Survival Kit

19 Camping Gear That Can be Used as Survival Kit Camping is a one-of-a-kind experience. Camping trips can give you lots of fun and enjoyment in the Australian outback and wilderness as well as in organised recreational parks, famous beaches, and hidden coves dotting the country. These are perfect venues to create lasting memories with friends and loved ones. You will treasure and remember such memories for a long time, if you find them pleasant and trouble-free. With vast arid deserts and thousands of kilometres of coastlines, Australia’s weather can be unpredictable. Even in summer, a sunny and scorching day can end with a heavy downpour. Emergency situations and accidents especially in rugged terrain can happen anytime that may endanger lives. Thus, it is good to always be prepared with the right equipment and camping gear when exploring the great outdoors. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or a novice camper, you can face any emergency if you bring along...
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12 Signs the Kids Have Outgrown their Camping Gear

12 Signs the Kids Have Outgrown their Camping Gear Camping is a great way to spend quality time in nature with your kids. Bringing them on camping adventures allows them to explore and appreciate nature, lets you connect more with them, and helps them become more active, healthier, and happier. In addition, camping helps improve their cognitive development. If you always bring your kids to camping adventures, you probably already have their camping gear prepared and tucked away in storage for the next camping trip. However, are their camping equipment still fit for the next trip? Let’s find out. Your kids grow fast although you may not notice it. They start to outgrow their clothes and they find new hobbies and interests. The same applies to their camping gear. If your kids love camping and spending time with nature, it is important that their camping gear is up-to-date and still perfectly fit them for an easier and comfortable camping...
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