It is common to hear “Eco-friendly”, “organic”, and “recycle” in almost every aspect of our lives from food to cleaners and more. We have found some interesting ways to incorporate this lifestyle choice into camping.
Whether you are looking for ways to avoid exposure to unnecessary chemicals, reducing waste with recycling ideas, or just think it would be fun to try some of these cool new projects, we have tips for you!
There are bug repellents using essential oils, making your own cleaning products, fire starters, camping lights, and some regular household products that you can use for bug repellents. We have posted these Eco-friendly tips and more on our Pinterest page for you.
One of the most frustrating problems for us when we take a family camping trip is that we always seem to forget something important. To solve that problem, we made a camping checklist for what to take camping. We looked around and found a couple sites that have camping checklists, thought about what we always forget, and made a custom checklist for our own family camping trips.
We are also working on “mini lists” for the kids. That way they can be independent and pack for themselves, but we can also be sure that they pack what they will need for the trip.
Now, when we are getting ready to go camping, we get out the lists and everybody can work together to get packed. If you are interested in making your own camping checklist here are some of the sites that we found helpful.
Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to get ready for a fun camping season. For many of us, that means opening up the camper, dewinterizing, freshening up, and we are ready to camp.
Washing the Camper– It’s a good idea to clean the outside of the camper regularly to remove sap, debris, dust, and to check for damage and wear. You can find many different products for cleaning campers at your local RV dealer or outdoors store. Cleaning the outside of a pop-up camper isn’t much different. We have found some great tips for you about cleaning a pop-up camper.
Awning Care– There are a lot of products specially made to reach and scrub awnings. You can also take this time to check for rips or tears in the awning and to be sure the moving parts are in working order.
Tires-To prevent breakdowns while traveling, be sure to check your tires for correct air pressure, signs of wear, and damage. This is an important safety precaution and should be on a list to check before every trip you take, as well.
Roof Care– To keep your camper properly maintained, you need to get on the roof at least once a year to check all of the vents and seals. This will help to prevent water leaks before they happen and could save you a lot of time and money. We found a short video with more information about this on youtube.
Dewinterize– Before you use the camper it is important to get all of the anti-freeze out of the water lines. Here is a helpful site with information on dewinterizing the RV.
Check Inside– You should peek in all cabinets, closets, and drawers to be sure you didn’t get any visitors over the winter (squirrels and mice like to find places to burrow).
Clean- All that is left to do is to wipe away the dust to freshen up the camper and it’s ready to pack for your first camping trip!
We have pinned all of these camping tips on our Pinterest page along with many more tips and hints for you.
We are so excited to announce that John Kuhn is scheduled to appear here at Pineland on Saturday, May 3. He is the starting fullback for the Green Bay Packers and also an awesome player on special teams.
John will be signing autographs and some lucky person might have the chance to challenge him to a game of darts.
The Dart Tournament will start at 1 PM on Saturday, and is limited to 40 two-person teams. Be sure that you sign up now to guarantee your spot. Dart Tournament Registration. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 teams.
We hope that you join us for Packer Day at Pineland. All proceeds will be donated to the Gilbert Brown Foundation. This is a once in a lifetime chance to meet both the unbelievably talented Green Bay Packer John Kuhn and Packer Legend Gilbert Brown.
Stay Warm. You need to be prepared for any type of weather…including snow. If you are tenting you might want to have additional insulation or padding to put between the ground and your air mattress or you might even consider renting a yurt, camper, cabin, park model, teepee, or other camping rental that some campgrounds now offer. They offer the camping experience with a touch of indulgence (some even have cable TV!).
Dress in layers. The mornings and evenings can still be chilly but the middle of the day can get warmer. Layers can be added and removed easily to adjust to the current weather conditions.
Don’t forget your first aid kit. Click here for a quick “how to” if you want to make your own camping kit.
Prepare for rain. We all know the old sayings “April showers bring May flowers”, but the weather in Wisconsin is unpredictable at best. A tarp and rain ponchos can really come in handy when camping and you don’t want to forget a deck of cards or a good book.
Flashlight!!! This is one of the most commonly forgotten items and one of the most needed. People forget how dark the night really is when you get away from the city lights.
We just can’t wait to share the exciting news with you…2014 is going to be an amazing year and we are looking forward to seeing all of you here! There are new activities, entertainment, and more fun than EVER at Pineland. Stop in for a drink at the Clubhouse, get a day pass for Funland, or stay and camp with us for a while. Go to our website for more information or follow us on facebook, twitter, and more!