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are a million tips and lists to be found about what exactly you need when you
are going hiking, campaign or backpacking. Camp shoes are one of the items that
are often forgotten and sorely missed.
camp shoes are a welcomed break from the daily grind of a backpacking or hiking
adventure. It may seem like an unnecessary addition to your go to gear but the
having a great shoe that you can slip into at the end of a long day on your
feet wearing boots is priceless….
camp shoes may not make any essential backpacking list there is no denying the
comfort they bring to the trail. At the end of a long day, there’s something
special about being able to kick off your boots and throw on a comfortable pair
of camp shoes and unwind.
What are camp shoes?
shoes are an extra pair of shoes that are used while backpacking. They are used
during evenings at camp and the occasional river or stream crossing to avoid
getting your hiking boots completely soaked.
are more and more campers opting for Sockwa as their camp shoe? The following
is a list of essential properties that we believe each camp shoe must have:
Benefits of camp shoes
is an argument among the hardcore backpackers on whether or not camp shoes are
worth the extra weight. While they may not be the “right fit” for everyone,
there are a number of reasons to consider adding camp shoes to your backpack.
1. Camp shoes work great for river crossings
shoes will keep your boots dry during the inevitable river or stream crossing.
Wet boots and backpacking are a recipe for disaster when hiking long distances.
Throw on your camp shoes at the river crossing and you won’t be the one
suffering through wrinkled feet and wet skin with blisters.
2. Keep your feet clean at camp
shoes help keep your feet clean at. Taking your boots off at camp and kicking
your feet up is one of life’s greatest joys on the trail. After you get them
off you can clean them off and throw on your camp shoes to dry out and stay
3. Give your boots time to dry out
gives your boots a chance to dry out at night. Hiking in wet boots means there
is more slippage, which in turn leads to more blisters. Having an extra pair of
shoes to slip is going to give your boots a little extra time to dry out.
4. They are more comfortable than boots
spending hours in your boots there isn’t a better feeling in the world than
kicking off your boots and letting your feet breathe. The refreshing feeling of
taking your boots off at night and having a comfortable shoe is worth is weight
5. Give your feet a chance to breathe
series of back to back days hiking or backpacking in boots do a number on your
feet. Having an opportunity to let your feet breathe will preserve the
condition of your feet in the long run.
What to look for in the best camp shoes
shoes come in all shapes and sizes, however, there are some common themes that
run through any camp shoe worth its salt.
is always at the forefront of every backpacker’s mind. Looking for ways to cut
weight from every piece of gear becomes a source of pride on the trail. A
general rule of thumb is to keep camp shoes at 10 ounces or less, there is
obviously wiggle room either way, but the lighter the better. Sockwa weigh in
as one of the lightest shoes available with an average weight of 5oz (142g).
going to have to find a place for them somewhere in your backpack, therefore,
you want them to be compact. A good pair of camp shoes is small or breaks down
into a small area that is easy to stuff into a backpack. The Sockwa US M13
(Sockwa’s largest size) actually roll up into a 3” x 2” ball that can be made
even smaller with elastic bands.
is especially important when they are used as an alternative to hiking boots or
bare feet when crossing rivers or streams. They need to be either 100%
waterproof which is basically rubber or made of a quick-drying synthetic
material. Sockwa are water resistant not waterproof but they are made of either
neoprene/lycra or aeroprene/lycra which makes them quick drying.
a perfect world, you spend a third of your backcountry day in boots, a third in
bed, and a third in camp shoes. You probably won’t be walking circles around
camp but your water source could be a quarter mile away. Your camp shoes need
to be walkable for trips to the backcountry toilet and on the hunt for
freshwater sources. Sockwa have the thinnest outsole of any shoe on the market.
That same super tin outsole also has a fantastic tread design to help traction.
Easy on easy off
laces should be avoided when choosing a pair of camp shoes. After 8-10 hours
walking in tightly laces boots the last thing you want is more laces to deal
with. Look for a slip-on style shoe that can be kicked on and off with ease.
The existing range of Sockwa shoes are all slips on.
been in your boots all day and your feet are a sweaty and stinky mess. Camp
shoes are supposed to be a break from the daily grind of backpacking and to let
your feet air out. Camp shoes should give your feet a chance to breathe. Sockwa’s
X8 model is constructed with a breathable upper called aeroprene which is a
superior hybrid of neoprene.
Sockwa is The Best Camp Shoe
best camp shoes are the ones that you feel most comfortable in. They will be
breathable, comfortable, and able to handle wet conditions better than a pair
of hiking boots.
ExtremeTerrain, the auto parts retailer known for customizing Jeep Wranglers and Toyota pick-ups, continues to give back through the Clean Trail Initiative program in 2019. Launched in 2015, the program seeks to reward local clubs and organizations with small, project-specific, grants to be used for trail maintenance and restoration. In the approximately 4 years since it started, the program has given out $21,650 in trail project grant funds.
The community of off-roading and 4×4 enthusiasts sometimes
get a bad rap for their treatment of trails. There is a negative impression
that many members of the off-roading community work hard to combat. There are
dozens of non-profit organizations filled with conscientious 4×4 owners around
the U.S. that organize excellent programs to clean and maintain the trails they
use, while also educating the community of fellow 4-wheelers about the proper
rules and regulations that govern lawful use of public and private lands.
ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trail Initiative program was designed
with these very organizations in mind. The clubs and groups that are out in the
woods, are the front-line ambassadors for the good name of law-abiding,
conscientious members of the Jeep and 4×4 community. Therefore, any little bit
of support that the e-comm parts company can supply to these great folks is
helping to bridge the divide between non-motorized outdoor recreational
enthusiasts and the OHV community.
As 2019 ramps up into the spring and summer season, the need
to support trail clean-ups and stewardship increases. Therefore, ExtremeTerrain
is rededicating itself to the program. Application for 2019 trail grants are
being accepted right now! It is very easy to submit a grant request.
About ExtremeTerrain ExtremeTerrain.com
is a leader in providing enthusiasts with aftermarket Jeep Wrangler and Toyota
Tacoma parts. Located just outside Philadelphia, PA, ExtremeTerrain is
dedicated to providing Wrangler and Tacoma owners with the best parts at the
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trails. Visit http://www.extremeterrain.com.
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Get your F-150 Camping Ready
Pa. (May 15th, 2019) – Thanks to the recent growing popularity of overlanding, truck
camping has become trendy due to its relaxing nature and simplicity. With that,
Justin Dugan from AmericanTrucks recently put together this episode of the Haul titled, “Top F-150
Camping Mods”, with some helpful suggestions to help get your truck or F-150 into
camping ready mode.
Creature comforts do not have to be disregarded even when you are
roughing it. So with that, Justin selects what he considers the right truck accessories and parts to make any camping
experience an enjoyable one!
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online aftermarket retailers providing parts and accessories for F250, F150, Silverado,
Sierra, and RAM. Catering to the needs and demands of late-model truck owners
and enthusiasts, AmericanTrucks provides the best parts with support from
genuine truck experts. Located just outside of Philadelphia, AmericanTrucks is
dedicated to offering the truck community with the highest quality of parts and
customer service. Please visit https://www.americantrucks.com for more
If you’ve decided to go
on your first hike, and want to make sure you don’t make all of the basic
rookie mistakes, then we have a great list for you below.
We’ll go over all of
the most common, but lesser-known mistakes, so you really know what you’re getting
yourself into. These tips should make sure you make it home unscathed. Did you
know wearing brand new hiking boots is a no-no? Neither do most first-time
Below we’ll highlight the
most common mistakes in hiking and how to avoid them below.
Tackling Too Much, Without Realising It
When it comes to the
great outdoors, each and every one of us is motivated to challenge ourselves
and do our best, particularly when it comes to camping and hiking. However,
away from the comfort of our homes, what constitutes a challenge can be hard to
You might see a long
scenic trail, or find a campsite that’s a few kilometres walk away and think
it’s going to be a breeze to get to. Though you might soon discover you’ve
indeed bitten off more than you can chew!
Our advice to avoid this
mistake is to always start off on smaller, beginner trails which will help you
gauge what your level of expertise is. From there you can build outward and go
on more difficult hiking trips.
Wearing New Hiking Shoes
Fantastic hiking shoes
are essential, but that doesn’t mean you need brand spanking new hiking boots
for your hike. If you’ve ordered some new shoes and the walk will be the first
time you’re wearing them, then you can expect two things – blisters and pain.
To make your hike
memorable, in a good way, you should have your hiking boots for a few weeks
before you set off. In these few weeks, wear them every single day around your
house for a few hours. You’ll soften the soles and the collar and that way you
won’t be dealing with blisters.
Choosing to Wear Denim
We suggest saving your
denim jeans for the mall or dinner with friends, as this material is going to
be a menace the entire time you’re on your hike. Denim jeans won’t dry from
sweat or rain quickly, they don’t stretch, and you’ll feel like you’re trapped
after just half an hour.
Avoid denim at all costs
and opt for wind pants, stretch pants or even yoga pants. These are versatile,
dry quickly and are going to be worlds more comfortable than denim.
Starting a Hike Before 9am
Of course, you’ll agree
that hikes are best enjoyed during the day. With that said, you’ll want to
start your walk so that you have plenty of daylight, especially if you’re not
camping! That said, you should make sure you enough sun left to get you back to
We suggest having your
hike begin at 9am at the latest and also take with you a flashlight and loads
of batteries for emergencies. If there’s one thing you don’t want to be doing,
it’s scaling a hillside or cliff face in the dark.
Forgetting at Least 2L of Water
When you go on a hike,
water should be your top priority. Not your pack, not your outfit and not your
hat. The thing on the top of your mind should always be, ‘do I have enough
water.’ You’ll need more than one bottle, that’s for certain, so be sure to
have plenty of spare backpack
space for water bottles.
We suggest packing at
least half a litre of water for each passing hour. If you expect to walk all
day, then you’ll need to carry at least 2 and a half litres. If you’re
concerned you don’t have enough space for this much water, take a water filter
with you and collect water on the trail – or carry an extra pack for water.
Ignoring the Weather Forecast
You often see stories on
the news about hikers who ignored their local weather conditions or figured the
forecast was just a guide. Don’t do this! If there’s rain, hail or even a
blizzard expected, you need to adjust or cancel based on this forecast.
Additionally, if you’re
out on a trail and it starts bucketing down, you’ll have more to worry about
than getting wet. There’s the chance of rising water, rivers bursting their
banks and slippery paths. If you’re not following the forecast, this could be a
recipe for disaster.
Leaving Snacks at Home
Most people don’t realise
that hiking burns a tonne of calories, and you’ll need something to replenish
these calories with. Trail mix is aptly called that for a reason, consider
buying half a kilogram of trail mix from your local supermarket for just a few
dollars and you’ll have plenty of calories to get you through part of your day
hiking. Plenty of grains are essential too, so pack a few sandwiches.
A rule of thumb is to
remember that the average person burns upward of 500 calories per hour on a
hike, so food is essential.
And Off You Go!
Now that you have an idea about some of the most common mistakes in hiking, and also how to avoid them, you can set off on your next outdoor adventure without the worry! Engage in some excellent activities like bird watching, nature drawing and even journalling to make the most of your next hike. But remember, be sure to take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
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are familiar with hiking. Sometimes, they even misinterpret it for trekking.
Trekking is actually different from hiking. Hiking takes place in a place with
beautiful scenery and usually with a trail. On the other hand, trekking can be
done in any surroundings. It can be on paved road or inside a wilderness.
Trekking usually last from days to months and can be quite challenging.
good for your physical and mental health. With trekking, you can get as close
to nature as possible as you want to be. Want to go trekking with a bunch of
friends? Take note that trekking is not for beginners. You also need to know
how to hold your trekking pole properly. If it is your first time to do trekking, you
should undergo proper orientation and lots of planning, not to mention, getting
the right advice from people who have done trekking.
It is you
first time to do trekking? Do not worry because trekking may be challenging but
it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. Besides, professional trekkers start from
being a beginner, right? Here are 10 significant beginner’s tips for trekking
you should consider following:
Tip1. Choose an easy trek first
excited for tough treks because you want some challenge and that is normal.
However, if you are a beginner, you should choose an easy trek that suits your
level. That way, you can enjoy the trek and your view. It would be less
intimidating too for your first long distance trek.
Tip2. Get your body ready
It’s easy to
walk but can you walk several days straight, with a pack bag on an uneven
terrain? Worst, you can’t rest on your familiar, comfortable bed at night.
Months before your planned trekking, you can prepare your body by walking
regularly or if possible, walk long distance.
Tip3. Make sure you are physically
trekking adventure, do a medical check up to ensure that you are healthy. While
trekking, you may experience cold, cough, stomachache, etc. It is your
responsibility to ensure that your body is fit and healthy to do trekking.
Tip4. Plan properly
While it may
be exciting to get lost in the wilderness, it might not be fun at all in
reality. You cannot rely on your mobile phone’s GPS alone as it may not
function at all times. Read guidebooks, check online forums or you can ask
friends that already tried trekking before.
Tip5. Choose your trekking season
schedule is a must for your trekking. Remember, winter season is not ideal for
beginners. Remember to do last minute weather check before you go.
Tip6. Invest in good trekking
you have good footwear that is suitable for trekking. You are going to wear it
for a long time, make sure it is of great quality and can protect your feet.
Also, consider getting a comfortable backpack. The last time you want is a
carrying something that is uncomfortable.
This is not
a race. You will get there eventually. Listen to your body – rest if you want
to and take many breaks as you need. Trekking is a challenge but it should also
be an enjoyable experience.
Tip8. Stay hydrated
water. And LOTS of it. Choose a container that is large enough to last you
until you reach your destination and more. Make sure that your water bottles are
BPA-free products，You can find the best water bottles manufacturer in here. Better to have excess water
than to find yourself thirsty and dehydrated. Drink lots of water during your
Tip9. Pack lightly
Do not bring
unnecessary things – it will just make your bag heavy. The clothes to bring
must be quick-drying and at the same time provides insulation to your body.
There is a big possibility the temperature in your trek location will suddenly
drop especially if the weather becomes bad. Pack lightweight equipment and
Tip10. Check your budget
important factors on trekking such as expenses on food and accommodation.
Consider these things and plan your budget. You should carry more than what is
expected so to cover unforeseen expenses that may come up.
That’s it – follow these trekking trips for beginners you are
ready to go on trekking adventures. Don’t forget to enjoy the experience and
make lots of memories!
Bringing the right gear is essential whenever you are opting for a
mountain climbing activity. This set of equipment will ensure your safety while
taking a hike on rocky trails or climbing uneven terrains for your next
adventure. Thus, taking careful considerations in choosing your equipment for
your mountain climbing is an essential thing.
From body and wearable gears to emergency tools and equipment,
everything should be well-examined. In this discussion, we are going to unveil
the essentials you need to carry on.
1. Opt for All-Purpose Equipment
When choosing tools to use in your next mountain climbing activity,
picking multi-purpose tools is the best choice. You cannot only save more money
in the long run, but it is also a useful tool for you. Here are some examples:
This gear will serve as your lifeline for any of
your mountain climbing adventures. Making sure that your footwear provides
ultimate support and comfortability is as essential. Mountain boots can usually
withstand harsh weathers; they are also lightweight that can be a lesser hassle
for your ascend. Furthermore, they are also waterproof, sturdy, and the best
support for effective utilization for different types of terrain.
Another essentials are your walking or trekking pole. They are not just useful for walking or climbing uneven terrains but even when crossing streams if necessary. It also provides excellent assistance and reduces pressure on your knees, hips, ankle, and lower back.
Food and Water Storage
One of the essentials you need to carry for your
adventure is ensuring your food and water with you. Opting for food and water
storage that are multi-purpose is highly required for such an activity. Picking
the right one will significantly help you in storing clean water to use for
drinking and other uses. Please must remember to choose the BPA free water
bottle for health. You can find the reliable water bottles supplier here.
Investing in an all-season tent is one of the
wisest decision you could ever make. This is one of the useful tools you can
have especially for your mountain climbing adventures. Tents serve as your
primary protection against harsh weather conditions which may unexpectedly come
up on your way. One which can withstand harsh winds and extreme precipitation
is a great need. When shopping for a tent, check its pole design which is the
best way to identify its strength and withstanding capacity.
Grappling Hook or Crampons
Other useful tools you should consider are
grappling hooks or grapnel. This can be used when climbing slippery surfaces.
Another alternative which you can use are crampons which can be attached to
your shoes or boots. They are ideal for walking in snow and heavy ice
pavements. Make sure that you pick the ones which perfectly suit to your boots
to give you more versatility on your expedition.
2. Choose Lightweight Equipment
Another consideration you need to make is the weight of your equipment.
This is very important, especially for mountain climbing. To cut the hassles
and tremendous effort in ascending, you need to reduce the weight you are
carrying. Thus, remember always to choose to pack and bring lightweight types
of equipment with you.
3. Pick Sturdy and Safe Equipment
Mountain climbing is such an extreme sport that needs absolute
measurements and considerations for the equipment to use. Your safety is above
all the most important. Thus, double checking on your equipment and making sure
only to pick the best and high-quality equipment is a must. Don’t forget the
safety measures needed in handling your equipment before divulging yourself in
4. Specifically Designed Equipment
There are items which are specifically designed for mountain climbing.
Whether it is a footwear, bag, helmet, gloves, or socks. These gears are
equipped with additional features and designs that are more suitable for
climbing. Better use equipment that is highly preferred by users and insiders
than those items which you usually use for daily use.
5. Pick The Right Harness
Choosing a good harness is your best bet when it comes to your mountain
climbing adventure. Comfort is one of the best things to consider when choosing
the right ones. You should never overlook it since this is the type of
equipment which you will constantly use when climbing. For first timers, you
may try around different models to ideally find the right fit for you. Make
sure that it is the right fit for your legs and has a substantial amount of
padding that adds protection.
The Bottom Line
Mountain climbing is such an extreme sport and outdoor activity to take
on. It does not work for everyone; however, if you are a persistent type, then
it may work for you. Before indulging in such adventure, knowing how to pick
the right equipment is as essential. It serves as tools to reduce the risks and
maximize the fun of mountain climbing. Thus, identifying the right equipment to
use does not just give you safety, but even more, elevate your experience.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to
fly rod? If so, then you are at the right place. In this piece of work, I will inform
you how to cast a fly rod, and you will be able to catch fish from lake or
stream because you’re doing a proper fishing tackle right from the start. Read
on to learn the basics of how to cast fly fishing rod properly.
But before that, you should know that learning
how to cast a fly fishing rod could be frustrating for both novice and
experienced trout fishermen and women. No one was born a master. That is why it
can still be hard for you who are thinking that you have been in fly fishing
for a number of years. This piece of work is still demanding for you. Why? Because,
it can be a good way to sophisticate what you already know. More so, it can be
away to correct what you have been doing wrong.
Moreover, being able to cast a fly
fishing rod is one of the pure joys of fly fishing. A skill requires practicing.
However, if you are comfortable with it, your casting is fluid and effortless.
Am very sure that a look at the back of
a large brown trout sitting under a low-lying leg, and then putting the dry fly
right in front of his nose, is a satisfying experience that any angler thinks
about. If you place your fly line exactly where you want it to be, it can increase
your chances of catching your dream fish.
These beginner fly fishing techniques
will help you to throw the telescopicfishing rod appropriately and improve your stance when you are already
on the move. This is just a technique to enhance your stance, and you will need
many “fishing weeks” to put them into practice!
All in all, let us see some of fly
fishing techniques for beginners and even those that experienced.
fly rod casting stances and movements
First, lay the pole at your feet and
stand in an open area at least 20 meters away from both the front and the back.
Act as if you were holding a brush in your dominant hand and stand with your dominant
foot just before the non-dominant foot.
Keep your upper arm relaxed, and your elbows
bent 90 degrees. Move your forearm, wrist, and hand horizontally forward, with
the imaginary brush at about your waist. Imagine that the paint drips with
paint and you try to paint the paint forward without spreading the paint
To do this, gently move your forearm
forward and keep the brush aside. If you move your wrist too early, the paint
will be sprayed everywhere. To keep the paint on the brush, you should minimize
the handle of the brush when moving the arm forward. As your forearm moves
forward, you move your wrist forward at the last second and try to hurl all the
paint on the brush right in front of you.
As you move forward, move your body
weight forward onto your forefoot. This entire stance is a flowing movement.
Now you reverse the process. Imagine
that the brush is saturated with color again. Slowly bring your forearm back,
keeping your upper arm relaxed and relaxed, and let your forearm guide the rest
of your body. Slowly turn your shoulders back while holding the brush angle
steady, so the paint does not splash if you move your forearm past your body,
back the brush again and try to hit the paint directly behind you.
After learning about the stance, next
is to learn how to move either backward or forward and not spoil your stance. You
can see that each time you move forward and backward, you take a short break at
the extremes while allowing your forearm to swing in conjunction with a wrist
grip to drop the line directly in front of you and directly behind you.
Practice this movement only with the
body. If you feel you have mastered the movement, move your forearm from a
horizontal position at waist level at an angle of about 45 degrees, like a
thrower throwing the sidearm. Practice the movement again and move slowly until
the movement is performed directly above the head.
Take frequent breaks, so your arm does
not get tired, and your stance stays well.
These simple steps don’t require much
of you. However, if you follow these guidelines, you have a cast that will give
that dream catch. One thing that you have to remember is that, at the start, it
can appear challenging but on a consecutive employment of this techniques and stances,
nothings will seem challenging.
Camping can be difficult if you are a
first-timer and don’t have much experience with the outdoors. There are a lot
of things that you need to prepare and for and take with you when you go
camping, because you may not have the facilities available to you like when you
are at home. Of course, you will need to take the essentials with you, such as
a tent, some bedding, and some food for the trip, but there are a number of
other things that you should take with you that will help you out if you get in
a bit of a pickle.
Duct tape – When you go camping and you are
far away from the city, sometimes things can go wrong and you will need to find
a quick way to fix them. Duct tape is something that is great to take
with you when you go camping because it can be used to fix a number of things
that you may need to fix while camping. Whether you have a hole in your tent,
need to plug up a blow-up mattress or you want to seal up a container of
leftovers, you can use duct tape to fix a number of issues that you face while
First-aid kit – If you are camping out in the
bush and there aren’t any other people for miles, it might be a good idea to
take a first-aid kit with some of the essentials with
you. This could include anything from some bandages and dressings to a salve
for burns or even some antihistamines for serious bug bites. Make sure that your
kit is well stocked with the things that you may need so that your trip can
continue even when things go wrong.
Water bottles and buckets – Usually you will
have access to fresh water if you are camping in a certified campground, but
you will need to transport your water back and forth from your campsite if you
want to be able to have a drink or wash your hands when you need to. Taking a
number of vessels with you that you can put clean water it is always a good
idea. You should also fill up any of the water bottles that you have while you
can so that you have fresh water on site and while you are travelling.
Swiss army knife – A swiss army knife is an
essential tool for campers and there is a reason why the tool is used by
campers and travellers worldwide. The tool in a compact device that holds a
number of different tools that you can use on the go, so you will be able to carry a number of essentials all at once to use
when you need them. Most swiss army knives include things like a knife, a pair
of scissors, a can opener, a screwdriver and a corkscrew, but every swiss army
knife is different, so you may find one that has other tools that you may need
Matches and fire-starters – Fire is an
essential part of camping, so being able to make one quickly and easily will
work to your advantage on the campsite. A lot of people think that they will be
able to make a fire with some twigs and their bare hands, but because this is
so hard to do, you need to have a backup for when things go wrong. If you want
to make a small fire that burns slowly, then a standard box of matches will be
fine. However, if you want to start a fire quickly that will be big enough to
generate a moderate amount of warmth, you should invest in some firestarters,
as well as your standard matches. The key is to test them out somewhere safe
before you take them camping so that you will know how they work and how
quickly the fire spreads when you use them.
Lighting – When it comes to camping, making
sure that you have adequate lighting at all times is very important. When
you’re out in the wild, you will notice that it gets dark very quickly, so you
will need to have some lights with you that you can turn on easily when you
need them. Getting some solar powered lights, like the ones from Outbax
Camping is a good idea because you will be able to charge your
lights during the daylight and then use them at night-time when it gets dark,
without having to worry about battery life or charging on the go. If you are
staying at a campground that does not have a lot of lights or facilities
available, it can be tricky to see at night, so take some lights with you like
a torch or a lantern just in case.
When you go camping for the first time, things
may be a bit different from the way that you have expected them to be.
Sometimes when you are out in the wild, things can go wrong but if you are
prepared and consider the best ways to act in a crisis, you will be fine and
continue to have great trip despite any issues. Making a list before you go is
always a good idea, so that you will be sure that you have everything you need
and that you will have a great time camping no matter where you are.
The local businesses and
industries have adapted itself according to the trends of the global market.
Now trade in business is no more localized and central in nature. The outreach
has expanded and consumers all around the world are given access to the goods
What if you, as a business owner,
think of expanding your outreach. Start off with Japan!Due to the expansion of
industrialization in Japan, you cannot skip on this country. So, are you going
on a business trip to Japan?
Japan is a challenging country to
develop cordial business termsdue to its cultural differences and the language
barrier that you MUST overcome. For a successful business venture, you have to
familiarize yourself with the traditional and cultural practices of the country
you are visiting.
Professional experiences of
various business leaders have reported difficulties in having a successful
business deal with Japanese. Therefore, some of the useful tips are:
Have Your Business Card with You
A business card is a professional
way of representing your business and introducing yourself to Japanese business
associates. It is one way to create potential future business relationships.
Japanese prefer to work with non-Japanese associates who are well-versed in
Japanese mannerism, cultural practices, and spoken language.
You have to convey a message to
them that you are not solely interested in their business or a mutual deal;
rather you are well aware of the fact that your way is not the only way.
As for the etiquettes of
exchanging business cards, you have to present your business card with great
respect and have to hold it with both hands (with the information printed
facing upwards). If you have been given a card, don’t just throw it away or
place it somewhere in an instant. Instead, show respect, receive the card, and
place it in your pocket as if you would consider it later on.
During the initial meetings, exchanging business cards will help others to identify the hierarchy and, yes, status as well. Moreover, during your introduction to a Japanese business authority, mentioning your academic qualification is considered as an added bonus.
Learn the Language
When it comes to successful
business with Japanese, communication is the key. Be it that you want to
connect with high-level management or simply develop a bond with the business
partner, you must know the language.
Instead, language skills will help your business partner understand the fact that you are malleable with regards to your work. If you are adamant to learn the language as soon as possible, here are the best ways to learn Japanese.
Be Punctual and Stay Formality
The business culture of Japan is pre-scheduled,
and short-term. Most of the attendees arrive about 10 minutes earlier than the
scheduled meeting time to leave a good impression on the higher authorities.
Moreover, time culture permeates the business events as well, where you have to
be on time or else you may be glared at.
Shaking hand with the business
owners is rarely considered appropriate. Traditionally, they show respect to
their colleagues and authorities by bowing briefly when greeting or passing by
one another. Bowing is symbolic of respect as you might have seen it on TV or
Status matters a lot in Japanese culture, so you may have to put efforts to gain recognition among the upper-level management team. Or else if you have one team member from among the higher authority, you can gain respect, recognition, and status quite quickly.
Bring Gifts and Souvenirs
Exchanging gifts is a cultural
practice towards the end of a business meeting. Basically, the Japanese never
return empty-handed from their traveling tour. So, whether they are visiting
your country or you are visiting Japan, exchange gifts. Gifts pave your way to
strengthen the business bond and increase the chances of winning the deal.
If you are stuck with choosing a gift, go with Australian wine, or macadamia chocolates (for the one having children at home). Wrap it nicely and present it with both hands.
The Meanings of Bows
No doubt, bowing is a show of
respect, but it has various meanings in different situations. For example, a
long, deep bow is symbolic of extreme respect or gratitude for the person. It is
suitable for formal occasions or meetings.
However, in a multicultural board
room, a short bow will suffice. After a brief bow, have a handshake if you find
out the associates to be forwarding their hands for it.
All in all, formality and respect are the highest values that can pave the way to win the potential client or business associate.
Lara Smith has worked for Wall
Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and
subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is
obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.