Summer is back. Spend time outdoors and enjoy the camping season with friends or family. There are things that you must pack as you prepare for camping. You may get caught up in camping excitement and forget some necessities you cannot bear not to have. Here is a list of must have supplies for every camper;


When going for a wild camp where there are no facilities like shelter, hanging ropes and hiking ropes provided, packing your rope is critical. If possible, wrap a reflective line for housing purposes. The reflective rope is ideal in that you can see the tent ropes at night, reducing chances of tripping and ruining your tent.



It is easy to forget a flashlight when heading out because it may serve no purpose. However a flashlight lights up the way for you when camping out late in the night, or when you need to use a bathroom or have a midnight snack without having to light up the tent.


The thrill of camping is to sit around a fire in the evening and exchange some sweet nothings or experiences of the day. A camp fire lightens the mood and relaxes campers. Leaving your house without a match sticks is lethal less you start the fire the old way. A fire also warms the carried food and you as well. Never leave matchsticks behind even when you have fire crystals.

Sleeping pad

Do not dare ruin the fun of camping with a restless night because your sleeping bag is not comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep! Always remember to pack a sleeping pad for a beautiful morning and maximum camping fun.

Navigation tools

Camping is an escape route to modern technology and the hustles of technology privileged life. As much as you can carry your mobile phone to access the GPS or the one in your car, there is no need of going back to the one thing you are taking a break from, carry maps, compass, and use radios for communication. Learn how to read maps and navigate.



The weather is never constant; hence forecasting. Carry clothes and other gear that will not render your camping experience as horrific. Pack some warm clothes should it rain. Pack some boots and extra clothes and blankets. There is no need to huddle or crowd in one tent for warmth.

Hanging cupboard

With a hanging cabinet, there is no reason to worry about the condition of your cooking items or food. The cupboard is like a bag but has shelves where you can arrange your snacks, peanut butter, sauces, ketchup, cooking oil and other items. Why starve yourself in camps when you can carry a mini-kitchen in the form of a hanging cardboard with you?

Swiss army knife

Unless you are a scout or ranger, the chances are that you will forget a pocket knife. The knife comes in handy when you need to cut ropes, twines, stripping wire insulation or just for whittling. The Swiss army knife occupies little space. You can also pack a hobby knife for making precise canvas cuts, or cut tapes, wood, plastics, and stakes.

First aid kit

Last but not the least, first aid is paramount. Never travel without a first aid kit. You have to be prepared for accidents and when out in the camping grounds there may be no hospital, or the hospital could be miles and miles away. The package does not need to be sophisticated. Just throw in some bandages, Elastoplasts, wound disinfectants, inhalers, straps, and painkillers.


After confirming that you have all these critical camping essentials, you can look forward to your camping adventure!

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Europe is home to some of the most exciting cities in the world with unusual architecture, vibrant nightlife, retail opportunities galore and exquisite restaurants. However, Europe has so much more to offer than the urban buzz as it boasts beautiful beaches, canyons, waterfalls and so much more. If you are planning a Eurail trip, then the following natural wonders are all locations you should include in your itinerary.

  1. The Northern Lights, Sweden

Every year between November and March, a spectacular natural light show takes. You can view the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, from many locations but Abisko, Sweden is probably the best destination. Abisko Turist station and Abisko Ostra station are the two arrival points in the area when traveling by train. Head here from Stockholm by taking the night train first to Boden and then Kruna to Abisko.


  1. Dolomites, Italy

Although Europe has many outstanding mountain ranges, the Dolomites beat them all in terms of beauty and magnificence. This expanse of 18 peaks reaches a height of almost 11,000 feet. It is an outdoor activity lovers’ paradise, with activities to enjoy including paragliding, hiking and mountain biking. In fact, due to the altitude and terrain, the Dolomites are used as a training ground for Olympic athletes. Reaching this mountain range is easy as the train from Bolzano takes just 47 minutes. Alternatively, take the train to Trento as this is just an hour from Verona Porta Nuova station.

  1. Chamonix, France

The main feature of this area is that it is home to the highest cable car in Europe and Chamonix is the starting point. You then ride in the car to Aiguille du Midi at 12,605 feet. From here, you can enjoy breath-taking views across Mont Blanc and the Alps. A trip here by rail from Lyon takes just over four hours and you will connect in St-Gervais-les-Bains.


  1. Salou, Spain

A feature of many vacations is visiting stunning beaches and few are as fabulous as the beaches along the Mediterranean coast of Salou. Llevant Beach is one of the main attractions at this popular tourist spot as it features a lovely promenade and rocky coves. Other attractions you can enjoy here are the evening lighting and musical performances and the Font Iluminosa, an impressive fountain you will find on the seaside walkway.

  1. Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Characterized by steep rock faces and high mountain peaks, the Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the best locations in Europe to enjoy the mountain scenery. The Schellenberger Ice Cave is a special feature of the park and can only be visited as part of a guided tour. There are several ways to get here, including a trip by cable car or a three-hour hike. A high-speed train from Munich to Salzburg is the fastest way to arrive followed by a bus ride to the national park that takes approximately 45 minutes.

  1. Norway’s Fjords

It is the opinion of many that the fjords of Norway are the most outstanding scenery in Europe. The trip here also offers some beautiful and varied scenery to enjoy as you travel. Starting from Oslo, board the Oslo-Bergen train and make your way to Myrdal station. Here, transfer to the Flam Railway to Flam station. The final part of the journey is a boat cruise from Flam through the fjords to Gudvangen.

  1. Thermal Springs in Saturina, Tuscany, Italy

In the historic town of Saturina, Tuscany, the hot springs have been in use for thousands of years. They are open all year and are free to use. Another attraction here is the two waterfalls. Albinia is the closest railway station. To visit the springs from the station, you will need to first take a bus to Manciano and then a further bus to Saturina. In spite of this trip taking in excess of an hour, your final destination makes the effort worth your while.

  1. Bled, Slovenia

Bled is a city in Slovenia that is accessed by train from Ljubljana, the country’s capital. The highlights of a trip to Bled are Bled Gorge and Lake Bled. The best way to explore Bled Gorge is rappelling; a fun, safe and extremely popular activity. When visiting the lake, be sure to check out the tiny Bled Island as this si the only natural island in Slovenia.


  1. The Beaches of Dubrovnik, Croatia

No matter what type of beach you prefer, the diversity of the coastline of Dubrovnik means that there are beaches to suit all tastes. Famous for both their beauty and the vibrant nightlife, some of the most popular beaches include Banje, Copacabana and Uvala Lapad. Scuba diving is a great way to explore the wonderful aquatic life off the coast if you are looking for a fun activity to enjoy during a visit to the beach. You might also like to take a boat trip to the nearby Elaphiti Islands. To visit Dubrovnik, you must take a train to Split and then travel by bus. Unfortunately, the train line in Croatia does not extend to Dubrovnik.

  1. Krimml, Austria

Austria’s highest waterfall is located in Krimmmi and it is this that attracts so many tourists. At an impressive 1,247 feet, the sights and sounds of the waterfall are nothing short of spectacular. The waterfall is situated in Hohe Tauern National Park and there are a great many activities you can enjoy, including visiting the glaciers and high peaks. It is possible to reach the peaks by in a three-hour train ride using the train from Salzburg with a connection in Zell am See.

These are just some of the wonderful natural sights you can enjoy if you are traveling by train around Europe. There are many more delights you can explore when you spend time in this diverse and interesting continent.

P.S. If you’re a frequent camper or mountaineer, you may want to invest in an outdoor generator, as I call it. Nowadays you don’t need to cut yourself off from the rest of the world just to enjoy nature. Think about it! 😉

Anyone with a keen interest in nature or wildlife photography is likely to have seen an image at some point in their life that has completely astonished them. It may have also made them wonder how the photographer has captured the shot and whether this is something an amateur photographer can also achieve. Using the following tips can help you improve your wildlife photography skills and to achieve better results.

Research is Key

It makes sense to do your homework before you set off for a stint of nature photography, even if this is the part of the job that professional nature photographers really dislike. Try to find out about the location you are visiting the wildlife in the area and any potential risks you may face.

Packing the Right Gear

Without the right gear, you have little chance of getting the quality of photographs you want to achieve. However, this does not necessarily mean that you need the most advanced pieces of kit or the latest must-have technologies. Perseverance and patience are much more important. Ultimately, the equipment you need depends on the type of photography. For example, if you are taking shots of animals and can’t get too close, then a great zoom lens is a must. On the other hand, if you are trying to get great landscapes, a wider angle lens may help you capture more of the scene.


Of course it will also be a no-no to run out of camera power, or smart phone battery juice. It may be best to bring a small generator meant for the outdoors so you can snap away even after several hours, days, even weeks.  

Choose the Right Bag

Having the right bag really does make a difference and can both save you time and help things to run more smoothly. Find a bag that easily accommodates the gear you regularly pack. It can help to read some reviews online to find the bag that is most suitable for you.

Dress for Comfort

Getting the right shot hardly ever involves turning up at a location, taking one photograph and then going home. The reality is, you might have to walk a good distance to find what you are looking for and then sit for hours waiting to capture the perfect image. Therefore, dressing sensibly and comfortably is vital. Wearing shoes that are suitable for the terrain is essential. You should also dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Find Out About Access, Permission, and Permits

While some locations are free for members of the public to access, there are certain areas that have restrictions in place and you may need to apply for a permit or permission to enter the area and get the pictures you want. This often applies to State or National Parks.


It is not always possible to park close to where you are having your photography session. Before setting off in your car, it is advisable to find out where the nearest places for parking are that you can safely leave your vehicle.

Consider Weather Conditions

Checking the forecast before you set off is essential. If you are unprepared for bad weather, you are potentially putting your safety at risk and also risking possible damage to your equipment. A really bad weather forecast may even necessitate a change of your plans and rearranging your shoot for another day.


Think About Time

Some parks and natural areas have set hours of operation and you will only be able to access your chosen location within these hours. Knowing this in advance will help you to plan your times of arrival and departure and give you a timeframe for capturing the images you want. Another time-related consideration is the active times of the wildlife you want to capture. For example, to photograph nocturnal animals you must visit an area with access at night. The daytime hours and hours of darkness will also influence your plans, so it is best to check out the times of sunrise and sunset.

Opt for RAW Format

Although using RAW format uses up a lot more memory space on your camera, there is so much more pixel information than in JPEG images. This is helpful in the post-processing stage when you want to make adjustments. Some photographers describe RAW image files as being uncooked or unprocessed images.

Take a Tripod

One of the most common mistakes made by photographers is to leave their tripod at home in the mistaken belief that they will not need it on that day. This is how even the best photographers miss fantastic photo opportunities. Always take your tripod with you for a nature or wildlife shoot just in case. You never know when you might need it and you will not want to regret deciding to leave it at home.

Wildlife and nature photography has the potential to be both rewarding and enjoyable. These tips can help you to make the most of the photographic opportunities available to you. While capturing breath-taking images is your main purpose, it is also important that you put down the camera from time-to-time to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.