AmericanTrucks’ COVER UP GIVEAWAY | June 2019

Enter Daily to WIN Truck Bed Covers for YOU and 4 of YOUR Friends!

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PAOLI, Pa. (June 5th, 2019) – At AmericanTrucks (AT), we love our customers and our customers love their trucks. A recent survey of our “truckstomers” revealed that bed covers, AKA tonneau covers, are one of the most popular product categories on AT’s site. With their popularity, and AT’s massive selection of bed cover styles, the time is here to announce a product giveaway featuring truck bed covers for the month of June 2019.

AT’s “Cover UP” giveaway isn’t just giving away a single product and calling it a day—NO WAY! By visiting AT’s truck bed covers page and entering, you could have the chance to win a bed cover for yourself as well as 4 of your truck-owning friends! Don’t have any friends? Keep them all for yourself—a value of up to $5000! Visit the entry form on AT’s bed cover page for the official rules and be sure to enter daily for your best chance to take home the grand prize!

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About AmericanTrucks

AmericanTrucks is regarded as one of the best, most reliable online aftermarket retailers providing parts and accessories for F150, F250, Ranger, 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 for more information.

SOCKWA – The ultimate go-to shoe for hikers, campers and backpackers

Contact: Patrick Malleret
Telephone: 1905 334 1811    
March 12, 2019

Oxnard, California, March 12, 2019

There 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.

Your 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….

While 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?

Camp 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.

Why 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

There 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

Camp 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

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 clean.

3. Give your boots time to dry out

It 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

After 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 in gold.

5. Give your feet a chance to breathe

A 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

Camp shoes come in all shapes and sizes, however, there are some common themes that run through any camp shoe worth its salt.


Weight 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).


You’re 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.

Quick drying

This 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.


In 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

Generally, 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.


You’ve 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

The 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.

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Jeep Clubs Clean-Up Trails & Build Good Will

ExtremeTerrain’s Clean Trails Program – $20,000+ Donated

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Andy Newhall
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PAOLI, Pa. (May 29, 2019)

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.

Leaders of trail projects can visit the page, and sign-up through the easy online application. Members of the ExtremeTerrain team will notify grant winners within just a few days and get a package of trail cleaning supplies shipped out soon thereafter.


About ExtremeTerrain 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 best prices while also ensuring the conservation and protection of off-road trails. Visit

Top F-150 Camping Mods | The Haul

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Get your F-150 Camping Ready

PAOLI, 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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Parts included in this video: Rightline Gear Full Size Truck Tent, Rightline Gear Truck Bed Air Mattress, Smittybilt High Performance Air Compressor, Surco Hauler Hitch Basket, Jammock Truck Hammock, ARB 82 Quart Fridge Freezer, Tailgate Pong, & Husky Gearbox Under Seat Storage Box.


About AmericanTrucks

AmericanTrucks is regarded as one of the best, most reliable 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 for more information.

7 Common Mistakes in Hiking and How To Avoid Them

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 hikers!

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 figure out.

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 the car.

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

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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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10 Significant Beginners Tips for Trekking

Many people 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.

Trekking is 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

You are 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 fit

Before your 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 wisely

A proper 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 equipment

Make sure 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.

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Tip7. Go at your own pace

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

Bring enough 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 trek.

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 lightweight food.

Tip10. Check your budget

There are 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!

5 Considerations In Choosing The Right Equipment For Mountain Climbing

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:

   Mountain Boots

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.

  Trekking Pole


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.

All-Season Tent


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 any expedition.

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.

How To Cast a Fly Rod

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.

The fly rod casting stances and movements

  1. The stance

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 outwards.

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.

  • The movement

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.

Last note

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.

Enjoy your fly fishing.

6 Must Haves On Your First Camping Trip

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 camping.
  • 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 as well.
  • 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.

5 Tips For Business Travelers To Japan

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 and services.

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 movies.

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.

About the Author:

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

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