Practice makes perfect. Yes, this saying is pretty much right. The same holds true for hunting. For you to ace that hunting trip the next time around, you must invest time, effort, and material, such as targets, for you to practice and get a hold of your skill. This article presents you with a guide on selecting the best hunting targets as you practice.
1. Seek the help of a professional
If you are a newbie, one of the best ways for you to really choose the right practice hunting targets is to ask for the advice of a professional hunter. These professionals have been in the game and industry for a longer time than you have, so they know what hunting targets are best for you to practice on.
When practicing how to hunt, what sometimes matters is not how often you spend time practicing, but the quality of the practice targets. Remember, different targets require different hunting skills, so you must make sure to master these all.
2. Read online blogs or watch videos online
If you do not have any personal, first-hand access to any expert around you, do not feel discouraged. There are still many avenues for you to learn online, such as the following:
Reading blogs, such as this one that talks about how best to catch mackerel as a target
Watching videos, such as those that talk about hunting different types of targets
These blogs and video narratives can be of help, as they are also coming from the first-hand experience of the author or the characters in the video. Plus, the bonus part is that you will actually get to interact with the authors who are hunting experts themselves, as they, too, post their contact details. That way, it is still like having a one-on-one experience with them when it comes to selecting the best hunting targets for your practice sessions.
3. Select the hunting targets that are also the cheaper options
Hunting is an expensive sport. For you to hunt legally, you have to enter legal reserves or pay a particular sum of money for every animal that you successfully hunt. However, there are ways for you to still maximize your practice sessions even through choosing cheaper targets. When you are still practicing, this is not yet the real deal. Hence, you do not have to spend a lot of money to purchase your practice hunt targets.
For example, if you wish to perfect how to hunt a deer, there might be cheaper options for you to practice with that might have the same behavior and speed of a deer in the wild. To make sure you have the best value for money practice choices, do select your options carefully and strategically as well.
4. Choose the target points that best match the size and style of the broadheads you will use
When you wish to go hunting, attention must be given even to the tiniest of details. For example, you must put thought and effort as well into making sure that your target points should best match the size and the style of the broadheads you will use. Doing so is crucial, even if you are merely practicing.
In hunting, broadheads refer to the arrowheads used in the hunting bow to kill your prey. For different types of prey, different arrowheads are also needed when choosing your target point. Examples of arrowheads include:
Bodkin points, which are used for longer flights
Blunts, which are used for target shooting, shooting stumps
Judo points, which are used on grass and debris
Broadhead, used to kill prey as fast as possible
Be sure to match your target point with your arrowhead. When you do the same, you are making your practice session closer to how it will be in reality.
5. Don’t be afraid to go into the wild
Even if you are merely practicing, this is also still an excellent opportunity for you to practice with nature. You can also use tree stumps as hunting targets during your practice time. Through this, you are making your practice session closer to what the situation and atmosphere might be in reality.
Remember that when you are out in the wild hunting, you are no longer confined to a single box, or to one type of tree stump, or other vegetation that you might stumble upon. It is crucial, therefore, that you include these as practice hunting targets as well.
Selecting the perfect hunting targets for your practice shots can be quite an intimidating thing to do. However, remember that it is a step that you cannot forego, as practicing well can lead you to perfect your skill. Before going on that next hunting trip, make it a habit to give yourself time to ace that hunting skill of yours.
Fishing is not only fun, but one of the best recreational activities you can do over the weekend or during a holiday. Singapore has many legal places for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy. Whether you are in the island state for a vacation, business, or employment, fishing is an activity that you can enjoy with your family at any time. Among the many in Singapore, here is a list of the best.
Pasir Ris Town Park Fishing Pond
If you visit this location, you will see couples and families fishing together. It is adjacent to Pasir Ris MRT station, and thus is easily accessible. The park itself is a beauty that you will definitely enjoy. It is legal to fish here, though they charge for the service. They allow the use of hooks for the big fish in the main pool. Prawning is also possible. The common fish available include snapper, Taiwan ngor, bass, and others.
If you have a passion for fishing barracudas, this is the perfect location to visit. Fishing is allowed only at the far end of the jetty but still gives enough room for everyone who wants to cast their hooks into the water for a catch. Families can hang out here and enjoy a wonderful afternoon fishing and enjoying the water and waves.
Punggol Point Jetty
Although it is small and crowded most of the time, it is a perfect legal location to go fishing if you have a passion for it. Seeing other people around you fishing is also a part of the experience. If you have just got a Singapore visa and are planning to live around the northeast of Singapore, this is a perfect place to visit. The common fish around this jetty are barramundi, grouper, and rabbit fish, among many others.
Changi Beach Park
This location is known to be a fishing spot for people who do not need to rub shoulders with other anglers. It is serene, quiet, and rarely crowded. You can fish late in the evening with your partner for more fun. While here, expect your catch to include goatee crocker, javelin grunter, and many other types of fish.
This fishing location is on the eastern part of Singapore. They have a restriction on the bait available for use as they do not want the quality of water compromised. Peacock bass and various types of catfish are the common catches you will come across. Due to being such a serene location, lone anglers can be seen here passing time or meditating as they throw in their hooks.
The fishing jetty is located at the far end of Jurong Lake. This makes it a preferable location for many people living around this area. Just like many other fishing locations in Singapore, it is highly controlled with only artificial bait allowed. As you enjoy fishing soon hock, bass, and some other types of fish, remember to keep the jetty and water as clean as possible. Otherwise, the authorities will take action against you.
Moving to Australia and indeed any foreign country at all could be difficult but it could also be easy, it all depends on you. What you do, how you do it, and when you do it all determine how easy or difficult the process would be.
Most people who tend to complain about how big a deal it is to move are mostly guilty of leaving so many important aspects of their trip to just few days to take-off or they just botch the preparation process.
With the right information at your fingertips, a strategic plan on how to make your trip less stressful and enjoyable, and your resolve to get things done at the appropriate times, moving to Australia should be a walk in the park. That's what this article is all about, to show you how to do it efficiently.
Put on your research hat
Nobody ever went for grocery shopping without knowing beforehand which store to go to, what goods to buy, how much would be required, or how to make payments. Research prepares you for what is to come when it is time to move. This research should cover aspects such as:
What flight to use
This is where you get to compare prices to be sure you get the best possible deal. You don't want to pay for a ticket only to find out there was a cheaper alternative you could have used.
Where you would stay
Except you plan on sleeping on the streets (we hope not), you would also need to figure out where to stay. It helps if you already have someone in Australia who can help out, but if you don't you can either book a hotel online or pay for an accommodation.
Information about Australia
You must know about the place you are going to live, the people around there, the language, the culture, and so on. No surprises. Find out all you can and be sure it's an area that resonates with you before making the move.
At least the basics should do just fine. You may be surprised to find that what isn't illegal in your country is actually a crime in Australia. So find out. A lawyer can help out with this.
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Get a reliable company to handle all shipments directly to your doorstep in Australia.
Plan the trip
The research was to learn all you will need to make an effective plan. Now that you know, you must plan. Planning your trip makes is essential if you are to have a hitch-free move.
Leading up to the big day, every day should be dedicated to achieving something. This will greatly reduce the stress for you as the work would be evenly spread out. To make your plan even more strategic, take a leaf from Ausmove's moving (to AU) checklist and incorporate all vital steps you would need to take along the line.
Work with a to-do list
When you have your plan in black and white, it is time to decide what should be done first and on what days. A to-do list will help streamline your activities so you end up covering all bases with time to spare.
It is best practice to do those things that are urgent first before those that can be left till later. This includes ensuring that your visa, passport, and ticket are taken care of; without these, obviously, there would be no move.
Pack your bag, not the scrap
It is a general rule of thumb to only pack what you would need and either leave behind non-essentials or sell them off. If you choose to pack everything including the junk you'd incur a higher shipping fee and those things would end up taking valuable space in your new home.
Also begin packing the essentials some two or three days before moving, so as not to forget anything important.
If you have kids, get them onboard early
If you have children, don't make the terrible mistake of thinking that your kids don't have a say in the matter because they do. Let them know early about the move and get them on the same page with you to avoid issues.
Your moving to Australia should be what is best for the family and not just for you.
Seek legal and financial advice
Matters bordering on finance and legal implications surrounding your move can be overwhelming if you are not deft in those areas. And because this is an important part of moving, getting help is advised.
Employ the services of a professional to simplify the complicated processes and procedures while you focus on other things you can handle yourself.
There is no doubt that moving to Australia from anywhere in the world could be a difficult and stressful adventure, but with adequate preparation and planning one can make the trip hitch-free. Follow the guides in this article and you should be on your way to starting a new life in the Land Down Under.
New Zealand is an Island country located in the South Western Pacific Ocean. It has over 600 Islands with a population of 4 million people. The surrounding sea is used for recreational and commercial purposes.
By reason of its location, most of the inhabitants have a passion for the marine industries and boat making. Neville Crichton established the first Superyacht in New Zealand in the mid-1980s.
New Zealand, although being a small isolated country, is renowned globally in making award-winning Superyachts.
Superyachts are Luxury yachts with a professional crew. The minimum length of a superyacht is 24 meters. In addition, it should have at least the following accommodation:
• Sun Deck: the topmost deck with a Jacuzzi & a Gym.
• Upper Deck: where the owner’s suite, Captain’s cabin, bridge, sky lounge, and dining is located.
• Main Deck: has entrance amidships, study, stateroom for bodyguards or personal assistant.
• Lower Deck: Engine room, crew quarters, guest cabins, and external swim platform.
Depending on the size of the superyacht, other luxury yacht tenders maybe added, example; Helipad, Medical center, Club, Satellite communications, Cinema, Steam rooms, personal watercraft, and Sauna.
With all these features, it’s worthy to note that Superyachts are aesthetic, charming and built for luxury. Everyone will love to own one. If you’re interested in having someone build out your own superyacht (or maybe just a standard catamaran) check out Marine Services boat sales category.
These are five of the best Superyachts built right here in New Zealand:
This Superyacht is 67.2 meters (220.47ft) in length. Alloy Yachts built it in 2011 with exterior design by Philippe Briand and interior design by Christian Liaigre.
It is built to accommodate 12 guests in 5 rooms. Its accommodation includes a Master suite, 3 double cabins, 1 twin cabin, 1 convertible cabin, and 3 Pullman beds. It is also capable of accommodating 11 professional crews.
Luxury Features of the Vertigo yacht are:
• Individual climate control
• Deck Jacuzzi
• Beach BBQ set up
• Outdoor movie viewing
• Wet bar
• Water toys (Wetsuits, floating pool, wakeboards, water-skis with adjustable binding, bikes, scuba diving equipment, Kayaks, Topaz sailboats, and Paddleboards,
• Tenders (Jet Tender with Jockey console, Custom Limo Tender, Nautical Yamaha 150Hp outboard engine).
The Vertigo Superyacht has won numerous awards. This include:
• World Superyacht Awards 2012: Best Sailing Yacht in 40m + size.
• World Superyacht Awards 2012: Sailing Yacht of the year.
• Showboats Design Awards 2012: Exterior design and styling award: Sailing Yachts.
• Showboats Design Awards 2012: Interior layouts award: Sailing Yachts.
• Showboats Design Awards 2012: Recreational area for guest use award.
2. Red Dragon
This Superyacht is 51.77m in length. Alloy Yachts built it in 2008 with engineering work by Dubois Naval Architects and interior design by Wilmotte & Associates. It was last refitted in 2010.
The Red Dragon has 5 suites to accommodate 8 guests. It is also capable of carrying 10 professional crews onboard.
Luxury features of this yacht include:
• Night vision camera
• Kaleidoscope video & audio
• Full Crestron system
• 100 inches projector screen
• Swimming pool
• LCD Television monitors
• Retractable Bimini top
• iPod Docking
• Individual climate control
• Water toys (Scuba diving equipment, sailboats, wakeboards, inflatable water toys).
Tenders (Castoldi Jet Tender, Zodiac Crew Tender)
This Superyacht has a Caterpillar C32 engine with a 1,400 horsepower with a fuel Capacity of 46.200 liters.
The Red Dragon was a finalist in the World Superyacht Award 2009 for Best Sailing Yacht in 45m + size range.
3. Big Fish
This Yacht has a length of 45m. McMullen & Wing built it in 2010 with exterior and interior engineering by Gregory Marshall. Ann Motion Design and Chief Stewardess Jenny Nicholson did its furnishing and décor.
The Big Fish can accommodate 10 guests in its 5 cabin: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP stateroom, 2 double, and 2 twin cabin.
Special features of this Yacht includes:
Widest swimming platform for yachts below 65m
Full Height windows (custom laminated with heat, sound and ultraviolet ray proof).
Epoxy infused granite stone decks
Audio Visual Kaleidoscope
Water toys (Sea Doo Jet ski, Water skis, Single ski, Kayaks, Kite Surfers, paddleboard, scuba diving, and snorkeling equipment).
Tenders (M & W custom tender, Nautical RIB with a 20 HP outbound engine).
It won the following awards in 2011:
Showboats Design Awards: Naval Architecture Awards: Motor Yacht.
International Superyacht Society Awards 2011: Best Power 40m-65m
Inmocean is 41.15m in length. Fitzroy Yachts built it in 2008 with Architectural design by Dubois Naval Architects and interior design by Adam Lay Studio. Southern Spars produced the Aluminum and carbon fiber rigs used in its construction. The draft is 4.3m and it also has a beam of 8.5m.
This yacht can accommodate 6 guests in its 3 cabins: 1 master suite, 2-twin cabins, and 2 Pullman beds. It also has accommodation for 5 professional crews in 3 cabins.
Luxury features of Inmocean Superyacht include Teak Decks and individual climate control. It also has a 17 ABS tender with 90 HP.
Inmocean was a finalist in World Superyachts Award 2009: Best Sailing Yacht Awards 30m – 44.99m seize range.
Finally, the Neptune. This superyacht was previously known as Onra. It is 25.6m in length. Fitzroy built it in 2004 with the architectural and exterior design from Judel-Vrolijk. It was last refitted in 2017 with modern styling.
It has accommodation for 6 guests in 3 rooms: 1 master suite, 1 double cabin, 2-twin cabin, and 1 Pullman bed. It also has the capacity of carrying 2 crews onboard.
Neptune is a long distance sailing Superyacht, which has a cruising speed of 12knots. Its beautiful furnishing is comfortable and elegant with individual climate control.
It is built with the following features:
Speed 9 knots with a maximum of 12knots.
Fuel capacity of 5800 liters
Water capacity of 1,500 liters
The Neptune Superyacht makes use of a 300 horsepower diesel Engine manufactured by Lugger.
Survival is the most basic instinct of all the creatures living in this world. As a human being, we are also characterised with survival in the harshest of environments.
Although we are always safe when not exposed to nature in any way. Sometimes our hobbies and activities to take us in the wilderness or in the open where we are quite exposed to the environment, nature, and all the wild animals living in their habitat. In such an environment, our safety and welfare are always going to be fragile.
Sometimes we don’t mean to get into these types of situations too, but we can always end up in them. Bad times or bad luck doesn’t always inform us before coming. So for this reason, it is wise to have some survival and hunting tools all the time that can help us navigate our way to safety.
You always need an insurance policy to make sure you have a good chance to survive in any dire situation. When you are on trekking, hiking, mountaineering, off-roading, or a hunting tour, it is important to carry items that can help you survive in the open if anything doesn’t go as you have planned.
Difficult times always come unannounced, so it is better to prepare for it instead of regretting later. Following are some top survival and hunting tools to carry on your next outdoor tour.
How to plan your trip and reach the destination successfully?
Planning a trip to your hunting or trekking destination may sound stress-free on paper, but it is no way near easy. You actually have to plan each and every detail, and even then you may have to improvise most of the time on your trip as things don’t go as planned sometimes.
However, there are a few ways that can help you plan and execute a near faultless trip. We recommend you to acquire the services of a renowned travel agency known as Dream World Travel.
They are highly trained in their work and provide complete professional assistance to all their clients. Their travel consultants can help you plan a perfect trip, along with finding the most suitable hotel accommodation, airline tickets, travelling transfers, car rentals, and any other important aspect that is needed to be satisfied before embarking on your journey. So be wise, and always consult them for their immaculate services.
Top hunting and survival tools
If you are an outdoors person, you need to invest in top hunting and survival tools. These tools will always come in handy when you are in a situation of emergency or crisis. These tools are also quite interesting, and their application can help you survive any mishap on any trip. Following are those items that we recommend to carry all the time in your backpacks when going into the wilderness for a short or a long trip. Do carry these items, as they can save your life any unlucky day.
High-energy protein bars
When you are on trekking trail in any dangerous condition or watching your prey in its natural environment, you should know that trouble can come unannounced anytime. Trekking, hiking, hunting, or any outdoor adventure entails a person to be in perfect shape and fitness. You need to prepare yourself physically so that there is less chance you find yourself in any kind of trouble.
However, even the toughest trekkers or most knowledgeable and skilled hunters can come across life-threatening issues.
To tackle these issues, you need to keep a sharp brain that can think of different ways around. So in order to keep your brain functioning, you need maximum energy in your body. For this reason, you need to keep high-calorie energy bars in your backpack.
They occupy only a small space in the rucksack or any other bag you are carrying. These high-calorie snacks are far better than carrying snacks that take up a lot of space and are also a burden to carry on your shoulders.
A flashlight is a rudimentary tool for every outdoor person. Although people do carry it most of the times, it is important to carry one that is powerful and long-lasting. Not every flashlight is powerful enough to last long, or provide a longer assortment to signal your rescuers. To satisfy this need, you have to spend your money on a powerful flashlight with a long-lasting battery. This instrument will also come in handy even if there is not an emergency.
Blowing a whistle can allow you to produce a voice signal. This voice signal can be picked from far off areas, and if blown with the wind, it can further enhance its range. A powerful whistle can alert your rescuers from a long distance, from which they can detect your location easily.
Tools such as Paracord bracelet may seem like a fashion accessory of an outdoor person, but in reality, it is a lifesaving tool. It is made up of very long thin ropes that can be used in times of emergency. You can use it in many ways such as binding broken pieces of your vehicle, creating a hammock, sewing your backpack, making a pulley, cutting a piece of wood, making a trap to capture prey, and etc. Some paracords are also equipped with a fire-starting mechanism, a whistle, and even a compass.
Firestarter is the most vital part of a survival kit. Keeping it in your backpack, and knowing how to use it can actually save your life in dire situations. When you can make a fire, you can keep yourself warm along with keeping all the wild animals away. It helps you to develop your camp and shelter which is imperative to survive the night. Fires are also visible from a long distance as well as from above the sky, so it can help in signalling your rescuers too.
Portable Water purifier
A light portable water purifier is a basic tool to carry when going on trekking or a hunting trip. It will help you cleanse water by purifying clean water from all the unhealthy contents. Drinking water straight from rivers or streams is not wise in any kind of adventure. If you do so, you are most likely to fall ill with a stomach bug. So to avoid any trouble with your health in the wilderness, always take a portable water purifier on all your outdoor trips.
Swiss Army knife
A Swiss Army knife is a comprehensive set of knives, fork, spoon, and cutters. In some SAKs, you can also find small flashlights or fire starters. It is a stimulating gadget but it does make your life on the trail much easier. It can also save your life in dire situations. So always keep one in your survival and hunting kit.
When you are lost in the wilderness, a compass will always guide you to your destination. It can also guide you to safety when an emergency situation arises. You are assured to never get lost wherever you go if you know how to use this amazing direction device.
When you feel like you won’t be able to reach your anticipated destination for the night due to some unforeseen delays in the face of an emergency or injury, a bivouac shelter will always help you survive the gruelling night. It has hoarded a lot of lives in the very extreme conditions, and every traveller must carry one in his or her rucksack just in case. There are a lot of stories that can attest to the fact that a bivouac shelter has saved lives in extreme locations such as deserts, high altitude plains, mountains, and etc.
Axe or a sharp spade
You can use an axe or a sharp spade to dig a ditch, cut a tree for shelter, leaves, or food, or even hang a hammock to escape insects and other animals on the ground. Axe and spade are also going to be helpful for other endurance tricks as well, so carrying this tool is essential for every hunter, trekker, mountaineer, and outdoor person.
Camping equals thrilling adventures and unforgettable memories with friends and families. Added to it is quality time together—ah, a perfect way to make the moments count!
Don’t you feel grateful after every camping excursion? A sense of contentment that overpowers your mind with a feeling of ‘how blessed you are?’
I have already started to miss the campfires, the BBQ, the togetherness, the fear, the adventure, and what not—it’s fulfilling.
So, once you are clear about your next camping destination, you have to start packing for it. The rule of thumb for camping is pack less, simple, and outdated. Seems strange? Obviously, it is the toughest challenge to carry it all, so why not. Let’s explore the hacks that I have to tell you before you will start guessing:
Waterproof your Stuff
Waterproofing your stuff is the most important thing to do when going into the wild. At first, waterproof your shoes using beeswax or waterproof spray or else they would be all dirty and non-washable. Honestly, it saved me from a lot of hassle and wastage of money!
Secondly, waterproof the matchsticks by keeping them in plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes. Attach the igniting strip on the inner side of the plastic container. In addition, invest in waterproof protectors for your smartphones and other tech gadgets.
Invest in Travel Wallets
Wallets are waterproof as well. The next question must be that from where can we get them? Tactical Peak gets you the adventure-friendly travel wallets.
A variety of wallets having varying types of survival tools is what you’d be getting as an added bonus!
Read more by clicking here and let us know if you have anything better in mind?
Take Doritos with You
No fire igniting wood? Kindle fire with Doritos or Fritos. These oily chips can easily start a fire that will last for hours. Continue the BBQ and stay warm!
Coffee Bags are Life-Saving
Can’t live without coffee? Fill the coffee filters with your favorite ground coffee and tie the top securely. Whenever you need coffee, fill your cup with hot water and place a coffee bag to get an energy boost.
Inside your tent or outside, a bunch of foam floor tiles would be the best way to prevent discomfort. In the wilderness, you cannot expect to have a smooth ground, so these tiles are a life-saver. They keep the insects, dirt, and mess, out of reach. Plus, they are super-light in weight; hence, easy to carry.
Learn Who’s your False Friend
Not every plant is edible. A lot of plants are thought to be safe and edible but, in reality, they are not. So, be mindful of what effects different plants have on you or your pup. The plants to which your pup is allergic to should be avoided. You may be allergic to some of them too. Therefore, know who your ‘false friend’ is.
Carry Dozens of Lightening Instruments
You MUST not run out of options in the middle of the jungle. Plus, everyone should have a torch so that if they are accidentally lost, they have their complete gear until you find them. Batteries, power torches, candles, LED light, and oil lamps; take it all with you.
Did I miss out on something? What are your hacks for camping?
About the Author:
James Graham is a digital nomad who is obsessed with travel and all outdoor activities. In his free time, he likes to hunt and explore new places. You can read his blogs at https://tacticalpeak.com/category/blog/.
Camping offers a myriad of benefits to all kinds of nature lovers, from hikers and budding mountaineers to hardcore earth worshippers. Being close to nature even for just a while improves physical, psychological and spiritual wellness. But in order to fully reap the benefits of camping, it is essential to be prepared with the right gear and equipment.
The most important item of equipment is of course the tent, and a great camping experience can only be achieved if you have the right tent that suits your purpose and preferences. If you are planning to purchase a new tent, or upgrade an existing one, the best place to start before setting foot in a showroom is to browse some websites of retailers of outdoor products like MO Tackle & Outdoors to get a feel of the type of tent that will best for your trip.
If you are new to camping you may find the range of tents that are on offer bewildering. Tents come in many different shapes, sizes, materials and configurations, and also serve different functions. This guide will help you to navigate the choices once you understand that there are essentially eight different types of tents that are used by campers today:
Basic Ridge Tent
The basic ridge tent, often called the ‘A-frame tent’ because it forms the shape of an ‘A’ when erected, is one of the oldest types of tent. If you can’t visualize how the basic ridge tent looks like, you can check your apps for the tent emoji or icon — that classical illustration of a tent is the A-frame tent.
When to use it: This easy-to-assemble tent is a good choice for rainy weather camping as its formation allows raindrops to slide off instead of pooling on top. It offers little head room, so this is best reserved for trips where you’ll be spending more time outdoors than in the tent itself.
These days, the dome tent has surpassed the basic ridge tent in terms of popularity. You can identify this type by its distinct dome shape that is created by the pair of poles that intersect at the top and bend towards the base. This dome shape gives the tent much better headroom, which is a comfort when you’re changing clothes. Most dome tents come with a flysheet that you can place over the top that can be used to control the sunlight that enters the tent and help deflect rain in wet weather.
When to use it: The lightweight material of the dome tent is perfect for fair-weather hiking. It offers good ventilation and can withstand light rain showers.
As the name suggests, this type of tent is shaped like a tunnel with flexible poles that extend from one side of the tent to the other. Guylines reinforce the stability of the tunnel tent, allowing it to endure strong winds and heavy rains.
When to use it: The tunnel tent is recommended for group camping trips as it has adequate space for a large number of people and their camping gear.
Geodesic and Semi-geodesic Tent
Before it made its way to the world of camping, the word ‘geodesic’ was mainly reserved for mathematical phrases that describe the shortest line between two points on a spherical surface. The geodesic tent is characterized by the poles that crisscross at the top to reinforce the structure of the tent. A semi-geodesic tent, on the other hand, shares the same qualities as the geodesic tent but with fewer poles.
When to use it: The crisscrossing poles reinforce the stability of the tent so as to help it survive extreme weather conditions such as strong winds, which is a common problem in high altitude hiking. Because of this quality, the geodesic tent is the tent of choice of many Mt. Everest climbers.
When the pop-up tent hit the outdoors market, it instantly became a craze among nature enthusiasts because of the almost zero effort it requires to set up. All it needs is a little uncoiling and unfolding et voilà, it is ready for occupancy.
When to use it: Most pop-up tents are made of lightweight material that is only suitable for fair-weather hiking and camping. They are a decent choice for when you would much rather spend your time exploring than tent pitching.
The inflatable tent is another type that requires little effort in setting up. In place of poles, it has hollow panels that need to be inflated to stabilize the structure. While the thought of air stabilizing the tent doesn’t sound impressive, you may be surprised to know that inflatable tents are rather sturdy and actually do very well in a variety of weather conditions.
When to use it: As inflatable tents tend to cost more than other types of tents, it is often a choice of ‘glampers’ who enjoy the tranquil beauty of nature and the familiar comforts of home. Inflatable tents have become popular among luxury camping resorts in countries such as Thailand, Australia and Costa Rica.
The backpacking tent is a variation of the dome and geodesic type tents – but usually more elongated – and is designed to reduce weight as much as possible. A no-fuss tent, it is lightweight, easy to pitch, and has ample room for the contents of your backpack. The backpacking tent stands low so it doesn’t offer much headroom but its stability in windy weather winds more than makes up for that.
When to use it: It’s a better choice that other types of tent if budget is not an issue, because true backpacking tents use the lightest materials possible to reduce weight – but these usually cost more than the materials used to construct other types of tents.
8. Cabin Tent
Also known as the Family Tent, this type of tent is the largest, heaviest and usually most expensive of all. It’s a full-height tent that can only be taken on camping trips with a motor vehicle, or a motorcycle and trailer, because it’s too heavy to carry when backpacking. It’s the roomiest type of tent and some luxury models boast separate ‘bedrooms’ that are zipped compartments off the living area.
When to use it: This type of tent is idea for family vacations when camping at one spot for more than a few days. It’s not suitable for overnight trips given the time that it takes to set up the tubular steel frame and the fact that at least two people are required to place the tent fabric over the frame.
Knowledge of tent types and when to use them takes you one step closer to a good camping experience. Aside from understanding what type of camping trip each tent is designed for, it’s also important to take account of the terrain where the tent will be pitched, the season in which you will be travelling (winter models are generally much heavier and more bulky in all categories) and how many people will be available to assist in pitching the tent.
The great ocean road is a great road that winds alongside the Southern Ocean. One of the biggest attractions in Australia, it begins about an hour outside of Melbourne’s city centers and extends all the way to the South Australian border. The entire road stretches about 400 kilometres (249 miles) and is often travelled by tourists over the course of a few days, it makes for a terrific road trip abroad.
If you are entirely unaware of this particular road, you might be asking yourself why people would choose to travel all the way to Melbourne, Australia just to see a road and it would be understandable. So far all that can be gleaned about this road is that it is really long and it goes by the ocean. However, over the rest of this article we hope you will finally glean why this has been referred to as the best road trip on the planet.
What can you accomplish on the great ocean road?
There are few stretches of road along which you are able to experience as much in one trip as the great ocean road. And while you can feasibly experience all of these in a journey of only 2 – 3 days, it is very likely that at the end of the journey, you will simply turn the car around and try to enjoy yourself all over again. Of course, you should always have insurance. So, as you embark on you adventure of the great ocean road while you enjoy travel safety with State, here are things that will blow your mind.
The scenery: We have already established that the great ocean road runs along the Southern Ocean, and while this is in itself a greatly majestic view, it is far from all on offer. The waves at Bells Beach are known around the world for their grandness, Lorne is at the core of Australia’s art community, and Anglesea offers you one of the best natural lands a person can actually relax in. All of these are available scenery for those who simply want to see more than they experience. And of course there are the 12 Apostles, the biggest attraction of the great ocean road. See it right from the road or take one of the available helicopter rides to get a better view.
Nature: Why go on such an epic road trip if you won’t get the opportunity to experience the splendor of nature. This is available in abundance on the great ocean road. Along the great ocean road you will witness the splendor of rainforests, old volcanoes, coastlines, waterfalls, and rivers. All of these with their own unique wildlife and ecosystems, many of which is available nowhere but in Australia. The highlight of all these is without a doubt the Otway fly treetop walk. This is a walk that happens just over the Otway rainforest, elevated to 600 meters you allow you view the magnificent stands of trees right from the top.
The Food: Have you ever wanted to experience as much of the great and diverse foods of Australia as you are able to pack into one single trip? Well, the great ocean road is the precise trip to do so. On this journey you will be given the opportunity to pick your raspberries at the Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm and your own blueberries at the Shoebridge Blueberry Farm. The Lorne Fisheries Co-Op will give you direct access to the freshest catches by local fishermen. Wineries are another fixture of the great ocean road. Whether it’s the Basalt Vineyard or Bellbrae Estate, you will be given to find the best vintages right at their source.
The wildlife: Australia is home to a number of animals that do not exist anywhere in this world. It is the only place you will see these animals in their natural habitat as you will see during your trip. Watch Koalas live their cute and gentle lives at the Great Otway National Park, Anglesea will give you the best sites to watch Kangaroos frolic, and at Logan’s Beach you just might get the opportunity to watch right whales calve, if you are there between the months of May and September. Looking for something a little more educational and you should join the Seals by Sea tour for a chance to learn all about fur seals as you observe them in their natural habitat.
The Culture: The Aboriginal people were the first settlers of Australia and naturally have a long history with the place. This history has produced a wonderfully welcoming culture and art whose beauty cannot be understated. This is evident in the playing of the didgeridoo, the ancient preserved artifacts, the sacred rock art that dates back over 22,000 years and the stories of an ancient culture. All of these are present in the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Geelong. At Tower Hill, you are able to hire an aboriginal guide who will lead you through the ancient sites of their people and tell you of the intricacies of their cultures.
The Highlights of The Great Ocean Road
We have already mentioned a few features that represent the best of the best in the great ocean road. But just so you are familiar with the rest, here are the highlights of this journey.
The Twelve Apostles
Loch Ard Gorge
Walks in Port Campbell National Park
Bay of Islands
Appollo Bay Hostel
The Lorne to Appollo Bay Drive
There are many reasons to journey down the great ocean road and these represent the best of those reasons. However, arguably the best feature of this journey are the people you will meet along it. These people are all too happy to help you as you make your journey, whether you are a Foreigner, tourist or a local, and they will certainly make you appreciate Australia and eager for a return.
They say it right: by connecting with nature, anyone can uplift their mood undoubtedly. For this reason, and to break away from the pollution of big cities, I recommend you to go camping. Where, you ask? Here is a list of 5 best places for camping in the United States, go ahead, read on ...
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Crater of Diamonds State Park
Ever dreamed of discovering buried treasures? Make your dream come true by vacationing out in the Crater of Diamonds State Park located in Arkansas. You can go out in quest of precious gems and stones that would be wholly yours to keep. Moreover, you do not need to worry a bit about not having diamond hunting equipment as it is easily available on rent on the site. However, it might get a bit hot out there while you look for diamonds, in that case, the adjoining Diamond Springs water park is the best way to chill while you are surrounded by the most exquisite forms of nature.
Devil’s Tower KOA
Devil's Tower is for those who chose to prefer supernatural over natural. Camping at Devil’s Tower KOA might give you a chance of having a close encounter with the supernatural. Yes, you’re right; this is the exact place where the classic movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was filmed in 1977. Not only this, but Devil’s Tower is also a perfect camping place for animal lovers. You can cherish and appreciate the beauty of nature as you sight deer, bald eagles, coyote, fox, and other animals. Enjoy all this while staying safe in the camping cabins that are available on-site.
Fruita, Capitol Reef National Park
If you are looking for a relaxing yet fun camping trip in the wild out there, Fruita will surely not let you down. This camping ground in Utah is an excellent option for spending quality time and de-stressing away from the noisy city. Surrounded by a plethora of amazing sceneries, views of red rock desert, and fruit orchards, nothing can surpass the serenity of Fruita. You can even plan on harvesting ripened fruits by your own hands.
Assateague Island, Maryland
The island offers various activities for those who want to try everything. Other than camping, you can go swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, paddle-boarding, bird watching, fishing, crabbing, ocean kayaking, biking, and above all, you can go hunting! I know the hunter inside each one of you is already excited for this one, but if you wish for it all to go as you imagined, don’t forget taking the quality Barnett wildcat c5 crossbow for hunters with you for the best experience of your lives.
Sparks Lake, Oregon
Visit as many oceans, deserts, or orchards as you like, but nothing can be compared to the utterly phenomenal and exceptional beauty of a crystal-clear lake surrounded by magnificent mountains. In addition to this, the camping trip is made even more fun when there is plenty to explore in the area. Have the opportunity of waking up to the stunning view of North Sisters and Broken Top Peaks from your campsite. Wade on in!
A huge number of drownings in the U.S. are a result of ignorance. Ignorance in terms of not wearing lifesaving jackets. According to the United States Coast Guard, 9 out of 10 deaths occur on inland waters. That translates to 90% of drownings happening just on the edge of safety.
Even shocking is the fact that the victims owned a personal flotation device, but they didn’t wear them. The U.S. Coast Guard requires all owners to equip their vessels with life-saving jackets approved by the Coast Guard. However, the type of jacket and the number will depend on the number of people on board the vessel and the type of vessel as well.
But before you walk into a store to buy life jackets, you have to know which type of life jacket you’ll require and what time to wear it.
Personal Flotation Devices
These devices are commonly known as PFDs and can also be called vests or life jackets. These life-saving devices are common in boating, cruise ships and watersport activities and are also used for worker protection on bridges, ship repair, docks and oil rigs located offshore.
PFDs use the principle of buoyancy to help a person keep their head above the water if the person cannot do that themselves. In that regard, there are various ratings for various PFDs. The ratings will depend on the type of buoyancy needed and the application required.
For that, there are 5 types of PFDs approved and required by the USCG and other law enforcement agencies.
· Type 1: 22lbs
· Type 2: 15.5lbs for near shore buoyancy
· Type 3: 15.5lbs which is a flotation aid
· Type 4: 16.5lbs
· Type 5: this ranges from 15.5 to 22lbs
Adults will need an additional 22lbs of buoyancy compared to the weight of their body. that is according to the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturer’s Association.
The following is a list of the different types of PFDs and when the USCG recommends their use.
The Offshore Life Jackets
These jackets fall in type 1 PFDs and are the best regardless of the situation or waters. Whether remote water, rough seas or open ocean. Also, these jackets can be used on vessels hired by passengers and commercial vessels.
Near Shore Vests
These vests fall in type 2 PFDs and are used on waters near the shore where rescue is fast-coming. In addition, these jackets will turn the wearers face up while in the water. The jackets can be used for other boating activities.
These aids fall in type 3 PFDs and will be used for activities listed on the device. They include:
· Water skiing
As you can see, these devices are built for watersports and some will inflate once you hit the water. Besides that, the USCG recommends that the devices be used on calm inland waters where rescue is fast-coming.
These are type 4 PFDs and as the name suggests, these devices are thrown to people in distress. Some of these devices include horseshoe buoys, ring buoys and seat cushions. Note that these devices are not wearables and therefore shouldn’t be worn by persons.
Special Use Devices
These devices fall in type 5 PFDs and are meant for special conditions and uses. Some of the uses include water skiing, kayaking and windsurfing. Some of the PFDs in this category include hybrid PFDs, deck suits and vests among others.
They work like the inflatable vests which will inflate once you hit the water.
Now you understand the need for flotation devices on boats or any other vessel for that matter. You also understand the different types of PFDs and when to use them. The next time you engage in water activities, make sure you have one of these PFDs with you to save lives.
For more on safety, you can visit aceboater.com and enroll for a boating license.