Tips for Cooking while Camping

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Ever wondered if you can eat the same luxuriously tasting food, while enjoying the warm blaze of a campfire, under a clear starry night with nothing but silence surrounding you? Cooking while camping is a cumbersome job. As camp stoves can be bulky, and heavy people often chose the BBQ, as it is often the easiest piece of equipment to transport. However, many other methods for cooking outdoors do not require much equipment. Some options are as follows:

  1. Wrapping food in aluminium foil and putting small packages amongst hot coals will lead to success, and is fast.
  2. Use a grill over hot coals for grilling a range of marinated vegetables and meats; this will also yield a tasty meal.
  3. Measuring out food portions before going on your trip will minimise the work once you are outdoors, even pre-cook a dish so you just need to warm it up in the coals.
  4. Managing your fire is essential for cooking while camping; this ensures you get the perfect all round temperature needed.

Have a go and explore some ideas, just remember that meat must be cooked thoroughly. If you are going ‘outback’, do ensure you have done your planning and food organisation, and that you are clear on what your DIY camping kitchen system requires – no shops around the corner for anything you forget.

Backpacking in Australia alone can be a great adventure

Is backpacking in Australia alone safe?

For decades Australia has been a very popular destination for backpackers. With traveling becoming more and more popular among women, a lot of people wonder if traveling alone in Austraia is safe. The first big advantage that someone backpacking in Australia alone might experience is that the main language spoken Down Under is English. Yes I know, English is not everyone´s main language, but I am sure we can agree that communicating in English for most travelers is easier than other languages. Therefore asking for directions, safety information and help will not be a big issue. And since Australia is used to women backpacking in Australia alone, they have a good structure to receive those travelers. Most deserted areas have a registration point from which they will start out a search if they have not heard from you for a determined period of time. The majority of hostels possess all female dorms, so that will allow you to sleep with more ease. Another advantage of using hostels is that you will meet a lot of people so that you go out you can go as a group. But even though Australia is a relatively safe country, of course, you will need to use some common sense. Do not wonder off into the bush by yourself, do not get drunk with unknown people and don´t take rides from strangers.

Saving on petrol: Tips and tricks for Australians

Saving on petrol - Cheap Tuesday

We live in harsh economic times and one thing that we constantly worry about is filling up the petrol tank. This is a list of the top 5 ways for saving on petrol.

1. While it may seem ridiculous it is an undeniable fact that if you fill up your tank on a Tuesday it will be cheaper. They don’t it call ‘Tight Ass Tuesday’ for nothing! You can save anywhere from 5 – 15% on fuel costs by filling up on a Tuesday, however if that is not possible just try to avoid the weekends.

2. Shopping markets, Woolworths and Coles own the majority of petrol stations in Australia and as such they will offer fuel vouchers if you do your weekly shop in their supermarket. You can receive discounts anywhere from 4c a litre to 12c a litre.

3. A big tip is to also get a jerry can if you are travelling long distances to remote areas of Australia you will notice that the fuel prices will increase, however if you have a jerry can of fuel ready for such an occasion you can beat the rising cost.

4. Many people will tell you that saving on petrol is just a matter of staying at a consistent speed, reducing your braking and accelerating power. We can’t confirm this to be true, however, we have noticed driving on a highway for an extended period of time can reduce how quickly you use fuel.

5. If you want some tips to save fuel while driving then we suggest you carpool with some friends. Get together and drive around this beautiful country all whilst saving on fuel. Carpooling for school runs, shopping or travelling to and from work is also a good idea.

Save money at home

Save money at home
Many homes end up paying high bills and are missing out on savings because they have not taken measures to save money at home. Saving money is an art that requires creativity. In most cases, it does not require you to sacrifice anything, but you must be disciplined and responsible. You can save money at home by: • Reducing utility bills. • Having a home saving concept for coins. Almost 40% of all home expenses go into paying utility bills. If these can be reduced to about 20-30%, the money that is saved can be used for other things, like going for a holiday. Research has shown that being irresponsible accounts for almost 25% of the expenses on utility bills. Irresponsible behaviours include: • Not turning off the television and lights when not in use. • Not using energy saving appliances. • Using faulty electrical gadgets. • Leaking taps. These are common things that many people ignore. None of these situations require much effort, time or money to solve. For example, turning off electronics that you are not using is a simple and effective action. The other way to save money at home is by initiating a saving concept at home. Have you noticed how we ignore coins and just throw them everywhere? You can get a box to collect your coins. Instead of setting coins wherever, every member of your family should learn to put their coins in that box. You can call it a ‘bust bin’ for coins. Remember, a penny saved can earn you a dime and, eventually, even more money!

5 Packing essentials for the Caravan Holiday

Packing essential for a Caravan Holiday

I have always enjoyed going out in a caravan. There are some of my friends who also accompany me and they enjoy every bit. But I need to do a lot of planning before venturing out. A caravan can be parked besides a lake or in between a mountain but there are things which should be there inside. Recently I went for a month-long tour across the outback and missed many things. Then I thought to make an exhaustive list of articles to be carried. Here is the list of 5 essentials for a caravan holiday.

  • A Satellite Phone – Normal phones may or may not work in wilderness. Do not take chances. Carrying a satellite phone is a necessity when you are travelling. There is a new gadget which can turn your iPhone into satellite phone.
  • Power Inverter – Batteries can be charged using the Caravan engine, and to light the interiors during night you would require a power inverter.
  • Portable Solar Panels – This is the free way to charge. Portable solar panels help to charge batteries and also heat water without worrying about the fuel. Here is a nice deal. Use the solar energy which is in fact the original source.
  • First Aid Kit – An essential item for every travel, but for caravan travel it becomes very necessary. When you are camping 100 miles away from nearest town it can help. Make a kit after a check up with the doctor to ensure that the first aid kit is complete.
  • Water – Store at least 80 liter water and refill when you are near a town. Every individual requires 4 liters of water daily just for drinking.

Is there anything you would add to the list? Let me know.

With our Caravan we Go Wherever our Hearts Take Us

When I talk to my friends I find that quite a few of them turn their noses up at camping or caravanning. My guess is that they think its for those who are battling. They don’t know what they’re missing. If I had pots of money and could stay in 5 star luxury, I would still choose camping, because I’m an outdoor lover and I certainly get my rewards. I find caravanning a fantastic way of pulling into any campsite that takes your fancy, and doing just what you want and when you want. I’ve seen far more places this way than some of my friends who seem to spend all their time saving for that bit of luxury they insist on.

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Australia is such a huge country with plenty of opportunity for enjoying the splendour of good weather, of nature, and of course its simplicity. For me there is nothing nicer than sitting in a comfy camp-chair with a crackling fire, and listening to the sounds of the night or even the ocean as you enjoy simple but delicious food on your lap. This is such an enjoyable, relaxing and affordable way to see our country, and with a little bit of planning, you make sure that each spot you choose will live up to your expectations.

Some things you miss while backpacking

There is so much talk about essentials while backpacking. Today I will tell you about small things which make your travel better and are generally missed out.

Clothesline/Clothespin

Clothesline/clothespins – You may pack a dozen undergarments but you will eventually have to wash them. At this time a  nylon rope or clothesline will work wonders. The clothespins will keep the clothes in place. You did not think it as important but it is very handy and hardly takes space.

ear plug

Ear Plugs – A hostel bedroom with snoring companions can ruin your travel Ear plugs keep all noise at bay when you are getting the sound sleep.

Garbage Bag

Garbage bag – This is multipurpose and cheap. It can keep you and your backpack dry when it rains and can work as a waterproof bag while carrying wet clothes.

Nail Clippers

Nail Clippers – They are multi purpose. They will help you cut your nails, open beer bottles and cut tin boxes.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer – You may not always get enough water that you can spare for washing hands before eating. Hand sanitizer is an excellent option. carry one while backpacking.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera – Just carry some aloe vera stems in a plastic bag. They are excellent remedy for sun burn, insect bite and also for indigestion. A wonderful companion for backpackers.

Economic Backpacking

Backpacking Economically

Backpacking is fun, but how do you keep the fun flowing if you are on a budget. You still want to follow your favorite pastime? Here are few tips to backpack but do it the economic way.

  • Carry energy bars – Skip the afternoon meal and carry chocolate bars to keep up the energy. Lunch is the most expensive food when you are backpacking.
  • Do not drink at a pub – Drinking at a pub will cost you money. Instead you can buy the alcohol at the local store. Then you can just enjoy your evening with your drink in your camp. Economic way for intoxication.
  • Use Public Transport in the city – Taxi always are expensive. So, while in the city use public transport. You will see the city better and save lots of money in the process too. Walk short distances to save money too.
  • Pack less things – While packing make sure you are not packing a horde. Pack only essentials. More the backpack is heavy and exceeds the allowed luggage limit of the airline you will have to pay more. So weigh your backpack before embarking on the journey and skip paying extra.
  • Do not bring valuable articles – Backpacking does not require flaunting jewelry. Just keep them at home. You might lose them in a hurry and be at loss.
  •  Cook in your camp – Carry the camper’s stove and use it to cook food at your campsite. You will save valuable dollars when not eating out.Just be a bit aware not to carry matches in an airline. It is not allowed.

Packing your backpack right

The right backpack can truly change your life. I have packed enough things for a two week trip in my 35 liter backpack (bought courtesy of https://www.ferratum.com.au/)and I never once had to repeat my outfit.

How is that even possible, you ask? You just have to pack it right! First of all, while packing, make sure that you use all the compartments given to you. Roll all your clothes, instead of packing them flat. This will save a lot of space for you. You could store your socks, scarves and other such small items inside the shoes that you are packing as well. You could follow the zones of packing- put the heavier pieces at the back of the backpack, so that the weight is equally distributed.

How to pack a backpack

Most backpacks have side zips that can be used for storage purposes- these do not extend the width of the backpack too much, so the dimensions will remain the same (you will not get into any trouble with airplane baggage limits, so don’t worry). Also make use of the zipper on the top of the bag- it is actually quite large, and can fit most of your t-shirts and such.

While packing, make sure that you put all your liquids/makeup in a pouch and put it right on top. This way, you can access it easily when at the security check in the airport.

Backpacking is a liberating Experience

When my brother pushed me into backpacking I was furious at him. But now I thank him daily now. If he had not done it I would be half empty. It really brings social skills to fore. Backpacking helps you connect with people you would have never met. Only last year I met a buddhist monk and learnt a lot about life from him.

Backpacking is Fun

Backpacking is Fun

We can indulge in the sports like paragliding and bungee jumping from locations unheard. It is great test of mental and physical strength. Also it helps us to grow as a person. Self motivation is the first thing you will learn. Hiking always requires you to motivate yourself. Nobody else can be better at it.

It also helps to develop various life skills. A few of the skills you will learn are budgeting skills and skill of handling different set of people. Nobody is there to protect you so you also learn survival skills.The better you get at the survival skills the more you grow confident of yourself.You have to get the finances, plan the trip and you are the one living the dream You become a complete manager.

So, go ahead and start backpacking now. You will be set free as I am.Backpacking in Australia is really exciting. You get diversity, from mountains to deserts and also great water bodies to waddle across. The animals make the experience even better. The rocky coasts are the best place to doze off after a hectic climb. The beach is another place to recharge your batteries before indulging in another hike. Happy Backpacking.