Embarking on a road trip of any kind is an exciting idea in theory- be it a fun family holiday, a weekend getaway for two, or an impromptu automobile adventure- but the laid-back vacation expectation can quickly become a greater source of stress than relaxation, especially since we can’t all take naps in the backseat when the scenery loses its novelty. So how do you prepare to deal with the unprepared? Here are six tips for how to handle all the bumps in the road you might encounter.
Try not to plan your stops.
Though you should of course have loose route to your ultimate destination in mind, be careful not to schedule your drive too rigidly. If you head into the trip with as few specific plans as possible, you’ll optimize the chance of being pleasantly surprised by a stop you wouldn’t have otherwise made. Not to mention, the kids can’t exactly whine a chorus of ‘are we there yet?’ if nobody knows exactly where the next “there” is, can they?
When you pass those billboards, homemade signs and mysterious exits along the road which boast the quirkiest, most obscure wares and forms of entertainment, don’t hesitate to check them out. Many of these paths may provide hidden gems, new favourite pit stops, and the inevitable excitement of even the most mundane unknown. The most at stake is an unplanned bout of fun- or a funny tale to tell if these spontaneous ventures turn out to be as weird as they sometimes sound.
Clean your car before leaving.
Nobody wants to do it, but tidying up all the haphazard wrappers and coffee cups, and even vacuuming the entire interior is the way to go. Road trips mean an even more rapid accumulation of the mess your car would usually rack up over the course of a month, so best not to begin with a foundation from last week. To keep the small space bearable during the trip –
Take advantage of gas stations and rest stops.
They will give you a garbage can to keep the clutter manageable, a toilet for after all those bottles of water are emptied and ready to be tossed, and an enticing array of snacks and treats for the next leg of the journey. The most ordinary of places can always fuel the adventure, even if topping up on gas seems somewhat less than exciting.
Opt for local restaurants instead of fast food chains.
When you pass through towns and cities, try to stop off for lunch there rather than rolling up to a drive-through window again. Ask one of the locals where the best spots to grab a bite are and try out something new. Dining in town will also give you an opportunity to hear about the sorts of things to do there you may not have planned for. Find some good eats on unfamiliar streets.
When something doesn’t go as planned, make it part of the plan!
No trip ever goes perfectly according to plan, and that’s often the fun of getting away. It’s exceedingly easy to allow even minor inconveniences to get in the way of enjoying the vacation. The best way to let go of these stressors is to accept them and take a positive spin on them. After all, some of the most interesting stories and fondest memories find their roots in the happy accidents of the journey, so sit back, enjoy the ride, and remember: you’re in no hurry.
There is nothing more aggravating (or itchy) as a bug bite. Camping and bugs seem to go hand in hand but they shouldn’t make your holiday uncomfortable. All over the web there are hints, tips, tricks, and DIY’s on how to repel these little creeps. Here are 10 helpful Do-It-Yourself bug repellents that won’t cost you a bundle!
1) Adding a Sage Bundle to your camp fire will help ward off the pesky bugs and make the air smell good.
2) In a spray bottle , mix 15 drops of lavender oil, 4 tablespoons of vanilla extract and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water and shake well. Spritz your self with this fragrant mixture and bye by buggies.
3) Speaking of oils, dab one of the following essential oils on your ankles, elbows,shoulders, knees etc. or combine a few drops in some water for a spritz:
4) Dryer Sheets! Yes dryer sheets! Rub a dryer sheet all over to keep mosquitoes away.
5)Avon sells a great product called Skin So Soft. If you hate smelling like bug spray then try this little doozy!
Whatever you try, avoid wearing dark colors, floral scents and know that those pesky bugs like dawn or dusk.
Here are some common mistakes that are made when purchasing a Trailer. Avoid them and seek out the advice of an expert before making a purchase.
Buying before doing proper research or on impulse.
Buying the wrong trailer for your needs.
Buying at a trailer show because “it’s the best price you will ever see!” Wrong! It’s not. Sleep on it.
Buying a trailer without ever having traveled in one. The dream may be far from the reality!
Buying before doing a “mock live in.”
Buying a used trailer with hidden damage.
Stretching financing out too long: Some owners have ended up in bankruptcy by doing this. Never buy with no downpayment. Don’t buy based solely on an affordable monthly payment — you are asking for trouble if you do
Let us help you avoid these common mistakes. Contact us today and ask about our top quality trailers.
Here are some tips for having an awesome trip!
- Book your Trailer rental early. Once you have your vacation date set, call us or use our easy online booking system!
- Be sure to book your campsite early too! You don’t want to prepare for a wonderful holiday, only to have to adjust the location to something less than what you wanted. The Ontario Provincial Parks camping site allows you to book and gives you a wide scope of information regarding the parks, their locations and their amenities. “The early bird gets the site…” Check with them close to 7 am as we have found that is a great time to find open sites. You can also call them at 1-888-668-7275.
- Plan your meals. Not only will this help you to prep before your trip, but it will also help you save time that can be better spent enjoying the great outdoors. Write out your menu and don’t forget the snacks! Your menu doesn’t have to be complicated, a simple layout of meals will save you time and hassle.
- Organize and measure ingredients for any meals (ie Pancakes) ahead of time and pack and label them in ziplock bags.
- Speaking of Ziplock bags, they are handy to store food in while in a cooler full of ice.
- Heavy duty aluminum foil can be nothing but handy while camping.
- Freeze meat before putting in the cooler as it will keep longer and will keep other foods cold.
- When buying ice, buy blocks. It lasts longer than cubes.
- Want to protect your pots and pants from smoke and fire damage, put liquid soap on the outside of your pots and pans before putting them on the fire.
- Supervise your children. Instruct them to stay within your sight and don’t allow them to wonder off. Give them each a whistle to wear around their neck to be used only in an emergency. Agree on a location to meet. Consider ID bracelets. Keep a picture of your children with you in case they get lost.
- Use a throw rug or a piece of outdoor carpet in front of your tent to reduce the amount of dirt tracked in.
- Always have water, snacks, matches and a flashlight even when day hiking.
- Fleece is a good second layer for trapping your body’s warmth.
- Outer layers vary depending on conditions. But these wind resistance, water resistance outer layers should provide convenience and ease of movement.
- Always be prepared with rain gear.
- For maximum comfort and blister prevention, you should wear two layers of socks, a thin polyester sock liner with a thicker outer sock. Make sure to change your socks if they get wet and also at night before going to bed.
- Quality footwear is important for any activity. They provide stability, warmth and comfort. Make sure that you waterproof your boots. If your feet hurt, you will not enjoy yourself. Period.
- Safety with Fire
- NEVER build a fire near tents or other flammable items.
- NEVER use flammable fluids to start a fire.
- NEVER leave fire unattended.
- Build a fire only as big as you need.
- Make sure to completely extinguish fire.
- Scatter ashes or embers out.
- Sprinkle with water. Stir with a stick. Repeat.
- Drench charred logs.
- Repeat until everything is cold.
- Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. You can get sunburn in a very short period of time even on overcast days. Protect your eyes from the strong ultraviolet rays of the sun and reduce glare from off the water or off the snow. Sunburn can ruin any vacation.
- Do not operate stove or store fuel containers around another heat source such as a campfire. Only operate the stove in open, well ventilated areas. Never use the stove in a tent or a confined area.
I was very surprised at how delicious these actually were! I did find I had a lot of leftover orange that didn’t get eaten, but I am sure I could have done something with it. None the less, an amazing recipe. Buy the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and some medium size oranges. I found because of the smaller size of oranges I had, I had to cut each cinnamon roll in half. Place the Cinnamon Roll dough into the orange halves, place on a tray and cover with tinfoil. The orange peel not only keeps the dough from burning, but it adds a nice taste of orange to the Cinnamon Roll. Delicious!!!!
There is only one word for these….FABULOUS! The trick to making these successful for camping is to bake them at home and then ensuring they are one of the first meals you have when you head out to the great outdoors. We used Swiss cheese, bacon and ham but you could really add anything. You could put roast beef, Gouda, cheddar and bacon. You name it you can make it. If you are a die hard camper, you can always put them in the campfire and bake them for an hour before adding the yummy stuff.
These were a hit with the family. The combination of bacon and pancakes is soooooo yummy. I found using the pre-cooked bacon worked best. You could substitute the bacon for fruit or chocolate chips. I did find that my dippers of course looked NOTHING like the picture, but I blame my really rotten camping pan.
This is one of those really fun and easy meals. The whole family quite enjoyed this one. Of course they thought I was insane when I suggested it, but they were thrilled when they got to eat their lunch out of a Doritos bag.
So this isn’t a food recipe but this was a great make ahead idea. Collect your dryer lint and toilet paper rolls. Stuff the lint into the rolls then use them to start your campfires.
Trying to decide whether to buy or not can be a daunting task. There are a few things to consider and we suggest you rent before you buy. This will give you a better idea as to what trailer would work best for you.
A trailer is a great way to get away and go where YOU want to go. One of the down falls of owning a cottage is that it is a permanent location. Have trailer will travel!
One of the most helpful things to do before buying is to make a list of features that are important to you and your situation. Features to consider are size and use. How many people will be using the trailer? You will want a trailer that will comfortably fit your family. When considering size, do you have the right vehicle to tow a trailer? How often will you be using your trailer and where will you use it?
Owning a trailer can be a wonderful experience. It can give you the freedom to travel and explore all that nature has to offer while giving you the comforts of home. It can be an affordable and convenient option. Book a rental with us today to try before you buy. We can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.