Camping

First Aid & Safety

No one wants to think there will be any mishaps, but unfortunately they can occur. the saying comes to mind ‘Be Prepared’. It can save a lot of grief, pain and misery.

Essentials, which can all be easily placed in a plastic container:-

Small general First Aid Kit, to include plaster, bandage, antiseptic etc. Large crepe bandage, for any sprain or joint dislocation.

Pain killers Antihistamine for bites or allergies Insect repellent Burn cream Diarrhea medication mobile cell phones are great & I’m sure most people will take one, but I’d recommend that you do not leave the phone switched on permanently this will preserve battery life should you do need to make an emergency call.

That’s it folks, so go on, get out there, it’s truly a wonderful experience. Escape from the pressures of life. I guarantee you will remember it for many years to come. *s*.

Safety First Steps

So your thinking of trying out camping, yes you could head off into the great unknown, but without a few basic trial camping trips that would be utter madness and dangerous.

Where ever you are in the world, chances are there will be camping sites somewhere near you, excluding the obvious of course. There are many camping sites advertised on the Internet and in local directories.

The traditional format after choosing where to go, is to pull up -pay a fee and you are allocated a camping area. Just a note, if they are very busy you may not have too much choice in where you are allocated.

It is always wise to check the site’s availability well in advance in case you are required to pre book, especially in the peak holiday season.

The basic necessities such as toilet, shower, fresh water will usually be nearby. More often than not there will be heaps of other facilities available, but this will vary greatly. I\’ve even heard of a site that has it’s own cinema! What facilities they have is particularly important for example, if you don’t intend to do a lot of cooking, you’ll need to know if there are cafes or restaurants on site or close by.

Should you be thinking of camping within a reasonable distance to home, it’s a good idea to drive out and check over the site that way you’ll avoid any nasty surprises.

Different sites have different rules especially regarding open fires, pets, children and noise levels, again you will need to check prior the leaving home.

Tent

Tents are often available to hire locally or on site, but perhaps you could borrow from a friend. The main factor whether you borrow, hire or buy is to keep in mind the size. Is it totally waterproof with adequate ventilation for the number of occupants?

Always try to allow enough room for each person and their gear.

Ventilation is essential unless you want to wake up in the morning surrounded by serious dampness, so the tent will need to have a waterproof outer layer with an inner liner, together with a ground sheet.

Believe it or not modern tents today are so simple to erect, it’s even possible for one person to manage this. I do however highly recommend a trial run in your back garden, especially if you borrow or buy a tent. There’s no guarantees when you arrive on site as to the weather conditions, wind and rain can play havoc to an experienced camper let alone a novice, so do try to practice putting the tent up.

Tent Living Area

If you are going to use a family tent, there should be a reasonable area just inside the entrance to both store outdoor gear such as boots, coats, rucksacks etc, with enough area should the weather turn bad to all eat & relax in. It’s doubtful you would be able to set up a dining table for six, but hey, this is camping. If tent bound, grab your sleeping bag roll it up into a make shift seat.

Two areas you must allocate.

1 TORCH, be very strict about where the torch lives, make sure it is near the entrance and everyone knows it’s whereabouts, should the call of nature come in the night, or there is an emergency.

2 Designate an area for wet or muddy boots & coats. It’s a good idea to always take shoes off when you enter the tent, this does avoid dirt being carried around the tent.

Equipment

This is really most important it can make or ruin a holiday if not correct, so well worth getting organized and double check everything.

It’s quite a good idea if possible to allocate different tasks to family members.

With some equipment there are three options, buy, rent or borrow, to keep the costs down, it really depends on your budget and whether or not it’s just a one off trip.

Campfire

If you intend to light a camp fire you will have to pack firelighters and possibly some charcoal. You can send out volunteers to collect wood and kindling – lots of it, especially if the weather has been very dry.

Before building your fire do remember to check wind direction, the last thing you want is sparks or smoke blowing into your tent, or anyone else’s.

To be honest there are several ways to build a fire, but safety must come first. Always start off with a small fire and build up as needed. I like to use bricks or stones laid out in a circle, this contains the fire and enables you to place a metal mesh over the top once the flames have died down, to cook on. A very useful gadget is the two handled mesh clamp.

Simply place your food between the mesh, close and away you go. Potatoes are great, but the foil is best 3 or 4 layers thick because the heat can even through foil burn your spuds.

Avoid cooking large pieces of meat i.e. chicken quarters to avoid raw meat inside and burnt on the outside. Burgers, sausages, bacon, fish, steaks, chops, kebabs are perfect for cooking on an open fire or BQ served up with a fresh salad and heated bread (wrap in foil & heat for 5 mins.) Wonderful.

When you have finished cooking, you can kick away the stones and enjoy a tranquil evening around the fire – we never did sing camp fire songs, so I apologise there are none included here *s*.

If leaving your fire early always remember to put some earth over to extinguish, NEVER use water.

Cooking

To me camping isn’t camping unless you can light a camp fire (sorry to say not all camping sites allow this always check1st).

To me camping isn’t camping unless you can light a camp fire (sorry to say not all camping sites allow this always check1st.

Cooking & Eating Utensils

BBQ forks skewers etc.

Handled cooking mesh Kettle Frying Pan Plastic cups & plates Cutlery etc. Bowl Can Opener Scissors Sharp Knife Chopping Boar.

I usually take a couple of cooler boxes and each morning when I make a trip to the local shop I pick up a bag of ice, this divided between a couple of boxes will keep all your food fresh for 24hrs. It is important with fresh produce such as meat, milk etc. to keep them well chilled. Sorry Guy’s you’ll need to bring your own cooler for the Beers *s*.

Gas Barbeque

Instant, easy and great flavour. OK not quite back to nature, but almost. I do suggest you pack a small portable gas BBQ.

They are not expensive to buy, or maybe you could borrow one, but ideal and perfect for cooking breakfast and boiling the kettle on. Cooking methods are basically the same as for an open fire.

Keeping Food Fresh

The simplest solution is to use a mobile fridge, which can plug into the car. However these can be expensive, unless borrowing.

Lighting

If your a good sleeper and comfortable moving around in the dark then over night lighting is not important. For most especially young children (in a strange environment), some form of lighting will be essential.

When I started camping my children were aged over 10 years and I found the simplest and economical form of lighting were T lights (they burn approx. 6hrs).

These MUST how ever be placed in a VERY SECURE container. Two of these gave enough light to enable someone to get up safely and find the torch by the tents entrance should nature call. However if there are younger or lots of children then a manufactured battery overhead light will be required. On the point of safety I would NEVER use an oil or paraffin burner light.

Sleeping Bag

This unless you already have will be on the ‘to buy’ list. Not available to hire and personally most people wouldn’t lend such an item. These days sleeping bags are not expensive, that is unless you are planning to take your trip in the middle of winter when a more substantial bag will be needed.

Unless you are extremely hardy an inflatable base mattress will be required, kids are normally quite happy without or just with a roll-up rubber mat, but us older beings do benefit from a thicker mattress. Pillows are OK, but a little bulky to pack try just taking a pillow case, this can be used to store extra clothing and be utilized as a pillow at night.

Bad Weather

Don’t get caught out with bad weather -it’s usually forecasted. Be prepared, pre cook earlier to eat later in the tent, or else if you have an overhead canopy outside you can place the BBQ just under at maximum distance from the main tent.

Choose food that will cook quickly, i.e. burgers, this will limit the time the BBQ is lit and avoid unnecessary smells & smoke entering the tent. Don’t look on the downside when you get a touch of bad weather, there’s something quite cosy about being snuggled up when the heavens open outside.

Visit India For A Great Adventure

India is located in the southern part of the Asian Continent. Area-wise India is the 7th largest country in the world, and is a democratic country with the second largest population.

The Indian economy is the world’s fourth largest in terms of buying power. The economy is ranked 12th at exchange rates in the market. The Indian economy has rapidly progressed in the last 10 years.

The country boasts of an extensive culture (the major reason behind the vast India travel expedition) as the country has had major increase in the culture over the pages of history owing to the vast number of invaders and immigrants. The invaders and immigrants bought their own culture at the time of inhabiting the country and influenced the native culture greatly. The country of India is the Traveler’s paradise. India travel is an experience which is bound to be extremely rich in memorable moments. The great heritage of the nation is one of the major attractions. The various monuments and the architecture of the country are a major attraction as the visitor is bound to be spell bound. The historical monuments like the Qutub Minar and the Taj Mahal are just two examples of the beauty of the country.

The very fact that Taj Mahal is amongst the Seven Wonders of the World alongside various other fabulous structures is a clear indicator of the architectural masterpieces that the country of India possesses.

The Indian sub-continent provides various opportunities to the adventure travel loving people. The people who embark upon adventure tours to the Indian mainland are assured to have the time of their lives. The country has various mountain ranges, high cliffs, rivers and seas for all sorts of adventure sports like rock climbing, paragliding and white-water rafting.

India travel is perhaps the most competitive site which takes care of the entire trip of travelers to the country. A person can make reservations to hotels in India through the site and can get the entire itinerary for the trip. India hotels help the person to book hotels throughout the country.

India travel offers the best packages and also deals in adventure holidays in India. The site also takes care of the people who are on all India tours.

An all India Tour is probably the best deal for the normal person as it enables the traveler to get to know the Indian culture and India Travel makes it possible.

One Place With Different Culture, Language And Ethics

India is the land of cultural diversity. It is the biggest pluralist society in the world. The cultural and linguistic variation among the 29 states in India is what makes India different from the other countries. Irrespective of the castes and language variations, Indians remain united. Thanks to the cultural and traditional values that the Indians preserve in their motherland.

India is home to internationally famous places. The Taj Mahal remains as the symbol of the tourism in India. It also pronounces the architectural excellence of the Mogul rulers in India. India Tours will not be complete without an Adventure Tours package in it. The irresistible Himalayan Peaks and the Kanchenjunga are calling the attention of the travelers with backpacks. Utilise your adventure holidays to the fullest with a Jungle safari, Lake Trek, Fishing, Skiing, and Paragliding, etc. The wildlife in India offers a large resource of research materials for the botanists and the zoologists with the rarest species of flora and fauna.

The architectural monuments hail the saga of the great emperors who ruled India in different dynasties.

If you are planning an India Tour, it is time for you to arrange the travel plans. The India Tour service is offered under different categories such as Adventure Tours, Wildlife Tour, Religious Tour, etc. The growth of tourism helped many related businesses to flourish in India. Among them include the Hotel and Restaurant services, Resorts, Transport & other infrastructure facilities, and Travel & Tourism services. The travel agencies function as professional guides to provide the correct information and services to the tourists. They are well-organized and competitive. The hotels in India face a tough competition each other. Therefore they try to satisfy the tourists with outstanding services. The hotels in India enounce the glory of the Indian culture- the hospitality. Before you take your dairy to make your travel plans, make up your mind. Why not go for a professional guide who will take care of your entire holiday needs? There are many tour operators in India with large networks across the country. They will make you feel-at-home with their dedicated service.

How To Lighten Dark Hair

Lemon juice is not the best solution for dark shade hair because it will leave nasty orange streaks. In this case, try henna powder instead available in health stores. Mix the henna powder with a light herb (like chamomile) and mix this with a boiling water to make a thick paste. As the solution cools down, apply it to your wet hair through comb.

Put a plastic bag over your hair, and let it sit between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The darker the hair the longer it should be dyed with henna. Remove the bag and rinse your hair . If you don’t want to wait for 2 hours, then you can opt to dry your hair under the sun. As a point of pre-caution though, henna can be a bit strong so you can try it to small section of your hair first to see how samples of how it might come about. What I use meanwhile for my brown hair is cinnamon. Damped your hair moderately and apply a small amount of conditioner to make the cinnamon stick. Mix a small amount of conditioner to the cinnamon to make a thick paste. Evenly apply it to the hair by using a brush. Make sure that the brush is wet and has nice teeth to get the cinnamon gliding smoothly to hair strands. You can also opt to rub the paste all over the hair .

After applying the cinnamon, gather the hair in a loose bun and hold it together with a pony tail. For best results, leave the mixture overnight (6-8 hours). Use a saran wrap to cover the hair. It is also advised to put a plastic bag all over the head for full protection. Rinse the hair the following day. For curly hair, use shampoo in rinsing. If you are entirely not confident about yourself getting these instructions perfectly done, then again, I recommend you go to hair experts in the salons. There will be more work to do if you didn’t get the hair shade you desire, and we don’t want any of those sorts to happen. Like in my own experience, I had a professional to handle my hair color at the beginning.

I would also like to point out that maintenance is entwined with colored hair . You have to recolor your hair in a particular number of months or even weeks (depending in your hair color) as roots will grow. Covering a grey hair for instance with a permanent color will have you having it re-colored every 6 weeks. My roots become evident after 1 month. It’s just a good thing that I’ve learned the trick of the cinnamon that I don’t have to go to the salon every time my roots start bugging me.

How To Improve Dark Hair

Lemon fruit drink is not the most excellent solution for dark shade hair since it will leave nasty orange streaks. In this case, try henna powder as an alternative available in health stores. Combine the henna powder with a light herb and mix this with a boiling water to make a thick paste. As the solution cools down, apply it to your wet hair through comb. Put a plastic bag over your hair, and let it sit between thirty minutes and two hours. The darker the hair the longer it be supposed to be dyed with henna. Remove the bag and rinse your hair. If you do not desire to wait for two hours, then you can opt to dry your hair under the sun. As a point of per-caution though, henna can be a bit strong so you can try it to small section of your hair first to see how samples of how it might come about.

What I use in the meantime for my brown hair is cinnamon. Damped your hair moderately and apply a small amount of conditioner to make the cinnamon stick. Mix a small amount of conditioner to the cinnamon to make a thick paste. Evenly apply it to the hair by using a brush. Make sure that the brush is wet and has nice teeth to get the cinnamon gliding easily to hair strands. You can also choose to rub the paste all over the hair.

Later than applying the cinnamon, get together the hair in a loose bun and hold it together with a pony tail. For best outcome, leave the combination during the night (six to eight hours). Use a saran wrap to cover the hair. It is also advised to put a plastic bag all over the head for full protection. Rinse the hair the following day. For curly hair, use shampoo in rinsing.

If you are completely not confident about yourself getting these commands perfectly done, then once more, I advise you go to hair experts in the salons. There will be additional work to do if you did not get the hair shade you desire, and we do not want any of those sorts to come about. Similar to in my own experience, I have a professional to handle my hair color at the beginning.

I would as well approximate to point out that continuation is entwined with colored hair. You have to re color your hair in a particular number of months or even weeks (depending in your hair color) as roots will grow. Covering a grey hair for instance with a permanent color will have you having it re-colored every six weeks. My roots turn into evident after 1 month. It’s just a good thing that love educated the trick of the cinnamon that I do not have to go to the salon all time my rots start bugging me.

Healthy Hair

Healthy Hair : Stop Shrinkage & Damage

One of the best ways to avoid shrinkage and maintain the hairs moisture is to use a hair diffuser.

If you are wearing a curly style and want to avoid a lot of shrinkage a diffuser helps to gently dry the hair but still maintains the hairs length while it is wet.

Detangle the Hair – always handle your hair with care.

Never pull or tug on the hair especially when it’s wet. If your hair is tangles take one hair at a time and slowly and gently pull the hair so it slides smoothly out of the tangle. If you get too impatient and pull the hair it can easily tear causing unnecessary breakage. Detangle gently from the ends upward using the fingers first followed by a wide-tooth comb. An excellent detangler is Infusium 23 or Terax Crema Conditioner.

Healthy Hair: Deep Condition Braids!

If you are wearing braid extensions don’t forget to condition them. Since braids can remove the natural moisture content from our hair underneath, it’s essential to moisturize. A great tip is using a bottle with a diluted mix of water and a few drops of vitamin E oil. Spray this mixture on your braids to promote moisture penetration.

This with help prevent knotting of the hair as well as shedding when the hair is taken down. A good moisturizer is also important on the day you’re going to take out your braid extensions. Take Down Hair Moisturizing Cream is an excellent braid remover. Also, after washing your hair always be sure your hair is completely dry to avoid bacteria and mildew from forming. A great tip is using a micro-fiber towel to help absorb water quicker.

Healthy Hair:extensions Need Pampering Too…

If you are wearing artificial or human-hair extensions it’s very important that you care for yourscalp during this period. These extensions can wreck havoc on the hair because they remove the hairs natural moisture content but also they stop moisture from reaching your hair.

While wearing extensions (regardless of whether they are artificial or not) always treat your scalp with a gentle massage using a scalp moisturizing cream or natural olive oil. A great scalp massage cream that’s not too oily or expensive is the Head and Shoulders Soothing Lotion for Dry Scalp Leave-in Treatment or the Jane Carter Solution Scalp Nourishing Serum. Carol’s Daughter also has a line of scalp treatments available as well.

Steam Treat Your Hair

Steam treatments promote easy absorption of water and moisturizers from conditioners to deeply penetrate the hair shaft. Use a steam treatment especially when deep conditioning your hair. Simply use a warm towel to cover wet hair after a shampoo wash or a steam cap for 20-30 minutes.

Follow it with a warm then a cool rinse.

The warmth of the steam will open up the pores and help remove any dirt on the hair and scalp. The cool rinse will close the pores and hair shaft to further protect the hair from any damage. This is an excellent routine to do every two weeks.

 

Essential Ingredients For Your Curly Hair

Naturally curly hair requires moisture to restore it and keep it looking shiny. Ethnic curly hair especially needs to have lots of moisture. However, most ethnic products contain low end oils that weigh down and coat the hair, while non-ethnic products dry the hair – not adding enough moisture keeping it looking dull.

These natural ingredients add and maintain the hairs natural moisture balance keeping it looking shiny, bouncy and manageable.

HAIR TIP: If your scalp is itchy or flakey, pour some diluted mixture of water and Sea Breeze or Witch Hazel on a cotton ball and dab it on your scalp to take away the itchiness or flakes.

02 Cluttering Up Your Investing With Layers Of Complexity

You know the saying: Keep It Simple Stupid. OK, I’m actually not calling you stupid (after all, you’re reading this, so there’s no way you’re stupid)!

But there are a lot of people out there who seem to think they sound smarter by throwing around a lot of fancy-sounding investing jargon. A lot of that jargon centers around the “technicals,” or, put simply, the price and volume movements of a stock. But for people who like to impress others, it’s fun to toss around terms like Bollinger bands, stochastic, MACD, the Relative Strength Index, and other obscure terminology. Maybe you believe a speaker sounds intelligent and sophisticated by using these terms. But the record really speaks for itself: Top growth investors of the past century, including Jesse Livermore and Nicolas Darvas didn’t use any more indicators than absolutely necessary. Fancier and more sophisticated isn’t necessarily better, when it comes to getting top-notch results!

Here’s the key to utilizing only the tools you need: Treat stock charts as something that can help you identify the best times to buy and sell.

Sounds simple, right? Good news – it is simple!

But people who like to seem sophisticated treat chart-reading as an end all unto itself, rather than as a tool to help you recognize buy points and sell signals.

Repeat after me: Charts are a tool to help your investing. They shouldn’t be turned into a second career. You don’t need 37 different oscillators to understand whether a stock is showing strength and being bought or sold by professional investors. We suspect that much of the reason people rely on these tools is to they can boast (to themselves, anyway): “This is complicated. I’m cool because I understand it.” No, no, no. The idea is to make good investing choices, not to tinker with the tools. The name “technical analysis” for chart reading is unfortunate. It scares many people off, and, simultaneously, gets many others (the geeky ones) excited about something complex with its own set of impenetrable jargon.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Chart reading doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective. There really are only a few basic elements you need to understand in order to make charts work for you, not the other way around. If you’re interested in learning some basics of chart reading, we’re here to help you with that at Simple Growth Investing. So relax. It absolutely doesn’t have to be as difficult at you might have thought.