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Cooler Packing Tips for Picnickers

Hey, it’s Owen here. I wanted to share couple of my tips and thoughts on how to effectively pack coolers for your next camping or picknic trip.

No better joy explains the part at which picnickers seek maximum pleasure while camping. And experiencing joy to the fullest is guaranteed through sharing of freshly preserved foods, among invitees, which are best enjoyed while relaxing in the shades in a sunny afternoon.

There are a couple of times whereby camping experiences are being ruined by a distasteful meal, which is usually caused by the insufficient use of reliable resources for preserving the delicacies of perishable food items.

picnicConsidering the hot climate, and the influx of bacteria, keeping food fresh can be a daunting task. Therefore, careful planning and packing beforehand is necessary so as to avoid contaminating food items and poisoning in the process.

In this case, we shall be examining the steps for preserving fresh food with the use of (good) coolers, while considering camping or picnicking as a form of relaxation.

Ensure Visiting the Kitchen before Camping

A lot of picnickers are carried away by the euphoria of a splendid outing without considering the preservative methods that could have averted a disastrous picnic experience.

In order to avoid such an occurrence, it is advisable thatpicnikers who plan to host a small or large number of friends should ensure that their food items are proportional to the amount of resources that will be available to retain the fresh taste of their food items.

Such was the case with a neighbour of mine, who decided to send out invitations for a celebration, having been awarded a contract running into a hugh amount of money. On the D-day, arriving at the venue, I noticed that while the invitees were being served glasses of champagne, there was an unpleasant look on the faces of these guests. Some could hardly breathe, others were yet having a good time, not detered by the nauseating smell which greeted the atmosphere.

It was later on discovered that my neighbour’s wife decided to fill up a cooling apparatus with meat and host of expensive drinks, owing to the large number of invitees that turned up for the event. The effect of that clumsy arrangement left a host of individuals unperturbed, and feeling reluctant to attend an event at which my neighbour announced a new date for his first child’s naming ceremony.

So, in order to lessen the risk of cross-contamination, as likened to the scenario created at my neighbour’s camping experience, food items that require a lot of fresh tomatoes, pepper and chilli, in liquid form, could be frozen and kept in a separate cooler.

Also, wine, beverages and table water could be well arranged in a cooler, covering it with a nylon, before placing a frozen soups in the cooler along with the drinks, depending on the picnickers descression: this is permitted if there are limited resources for food preservation.

Employing this strategy will save a whole lot of picnickers an embarrassing situation, who are planning to execute a well-crafted event to soothing the tasting experience of their invited guests.

Ensure your Coolers are Airtight

There are times whereby the large number of invitees received unexpectedly into a host camp could leave the camp host disorientated by the idea of meeting the appetite of these large sums of people.

So, in a bid to meeting with time and considering the merger resources, picnickers unnecessarily over pack food items into a cooler, without considering the air that will thaw up most frozen items in a loosely closed cooler.

A better way of avoiding this messy situation is ensuring that food items are properly arranged in coolers in such a way that air will be compact, leaving food items and beverages stay cool and fresh for a very long time.

Freeze Meats at High Temperature for Extended Trips

frozen-meatStoring up food items can be of great challenge, especially if the food item for camping are meats. If you are planning an extended camping trip, freeze the meat before putting it in the cooler.

This way the meat will stay cold long enough and you reduce the risk of spoilage, and of course a nauseating smell.

However, there are times whereby a camp host is inaccessible to using electric power supply for freezing up meats for extended trips. Here, before embarking on such an extended trip, it is advisable that the camp host employ other forms of preserving meat if power is unreliable.

Salting for instance can also be used to preserve meat for extended trips, even if such a food item is placed in a cooler for a good number of hours.

Employ Pre-chilling Methods for Food and Beverages before Camping

Most of the time, picnickers erroneously pack food stuffs and beverages without pre-chilling them. The idea is that, while embarking on an extended trip, food and beverages would have soked up frost.

Unfortunately, after serving the beverages, one would notice a disgusting look on the faces of invited guest, who are forced to gulplukwarm beverages. So, the idea of pre-chilling saves the unrealist thought that coolers are designed to make food cold, after filling up a cooler with ice and warm beverages or food items.

Avoid Using a Single Cooler for Storing Multiple Foods and Beverages

Considering how exciting picnic outings can be, cooler lids are constantly detached from the cooler on several occassions. This is due to the rushing demand of picnickers who are delighted by having a taste of whatever food items or beverages that have been provided by the picnic host. Initially, children are the culpable ones, who are always visiting coolers at picnics indiscriminately.

Such an action could ruin a picnic, if all the food items and beverages are all loaded up in a single cooler. Providing a separate cooler for beverages will not only keep your meat fresh, but also avoid cross-contamination of food and beverages when visiting the coolers at regular intervals, during the course of the picnic.

Avoid Placing Ice at the Base of Coolers

Placing ice on top of coolers has a unique benefit, because cold usually travels downwards when cooler lids are closed properly; a lot of picnicker are ignorant of this dynamic technique for keeping food items from thawing after a very long time on an extensive trip.

Leaving ice at the base of the cooler will sparingly chill food items at the top of the cooler, leaving out other items less chilled. A picniker could decide to crush a large block of ice into smaller chunks and spread them over the food items, layer by layer, in a cooler for proper chilling effect.

Fill up Coolers Excessively

ice-cubesYou should never consider leaving your cooler empty. The purpose of filling up empty spaces is to keep the cooler airtight. This method keeps the frost compact, therebyallowing the foods items retain their freshness.

Leaving coolers half-filled with ice on many occassion can leave picnickers dissatisfied to seeing their food items degenerating, especially when such food items are not frozen or pre-chilled before hand.

Never Consider Using the Wrong Ice

The choice of one’s cooler should be determined by the type of ice oneneeds for different types of occassion: for soft-sided coolers, choose ice packs instead, while hard-sided coolers can accommodate larger chunks of ice.

Soft-sided cooler can retain a small amount of beverages and as such will require less heavy ice blocks unlike the hard-sided coolers which are capable of retaining a large amount of ice blocks, coupled with the heavy amount of meal needed for picnicking.

On this note, you must take into consideration these icing techniques in preserving food items that are capable of losing their taste at the slightest exposure to long hours of warm temperature. You do not want your summer picnic ruined? Follow these icing steps religiously.

Thanks Guys, to the next one.

Cheers, Owen

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Essential Tips For Camping in Your Van or SUV

When you head on a camping trip, you might decide that instead of staying in a tent, you want to stay in the back of your van or SUV. This is a good idea whether you are concerned about the weather, feel safer in your vehicle, or you don’t have camping gear but need a place to crash for the night. These tips will help you to set up a comfortable and safe place in the back of your vehicle to camp out overnight.

Pull Out Any Seats Not Being Used

The seats in the back might be getting in the way of you having a comfortable bed, so pull out any of the ones you don’t need. If you are traveling alone or with a significant other, pull out all back seats to make room for a bed. If you have kids with you, just pull out as many as you can. An SUV with three rows of seats still has plenty of room for sleeping areas if you pull out the second and third rows. You might have enough room for setting up cushions and blankets or even enough room for a twin-size air mattress.

Set Up Your Sleeping Area

epd17_cargo_spaceWhen camping in a van or SUV, you want to have a comfortable sleeping area in the back. This might mean packing less items with you if there isn’t a lot of room, but remember you can also tie down some of your suitcases and gear on the roof. Depending on how much room you have, you can set up sleeping pads, foam cushion, or mattresses. A big van with no back seats would probably fit a small mattress or air mattress. Others require the use of sleeping pads and lots of blankets for cushion. The latter is a good idea because you can roll them up during the day to leave room for daily activities.

Cover the Windows For Privacy

This is an optional step, but many people can’t completely relax in the back of their van or SUV if people can peek in the windows and watch them sleep or relax. If your van has tinted windows and you aren’t using a flashlight at night, nobody will be able to see you anyway. However, if you don’t have tinted windows or you have lights on inside, they might be able to. All you really need to do is hang some curtains over the windows in the back and close them at night. It’s easy and inexpensive.

Keep the Back Organized

ford-backDon’t just throw your suitcases wherever they fit and take up the entire back space for sleeping. This causes a lot of chaos and makes it frustrating whenever you need to find something. If you lack proper space for your belongings. Consider building a short frame in the back of the van, and having your mattress on top of it. Below the frame should be open, where you can place your luggage, gear, and other items you bring with you.

These are simple tips, but they do make a big difference in how well you can sleep in the back of your vehicle.

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Summer Plans: 7 Fun Things to Do During Summer as an Adult

If you’re an adult, you ordinarily spend most of your summertime just reminiscing about all the fun you used to have as a kid. However, adult life doesn’t have to be that boring. There are a plethora of activities you can always engage in to stay lively during the summer. Think about spending some time doing the things listed below.

1. Go for a swim

go for a swimThis is the best time to get out that swimsuit you’ve been dying to put on. It even gets better if you live close to the beach. It is always more enjoyable if you tag along a few friends. Besides swimming and sunbathing, participate in lively games such as beach volleyball. You just might end up making more friends with an impromptu trip to your city’s favorite beach. This may also present the opportunity to network and make friends who will be a positive influence in your life.

2. Take up a home project

Remember that tree house you’ve always promised your kids you’ll build? Well, there could be no better time to do this than summertime. Go get those wooden planks and have fun building with your kids. In the end, they’ll really appreciate the time you spend with them. Alternatively, you can start a gardening project if your home lacks one. Find out the best plants that can thrive all year round and start planting them. You’ll find yourself busy enough to get over disappointments you may have suffered in the recent past.

3. Tour your favorite destination

Establish a routine of saving some money to tour the destinations you always admire at least once every year. The destination may be local or overseas. All that matters is your overall satisfaction. There’s nothing wrong with spending your hard earned cash touring the world. Ensure that the money you have is sufficient for the whole trip.

4. Spend quality time with your loved one

loveThis can go a long way in improving your relationship with your spouse. Find an activity that you both love but have had limited time to partake in so far. It could be something as mundane as watching a movie together at home. For some outdoor fun, try watching a local sporting event live together. Of course, you’ll need to book tickets in advance for this. You can also find out whether any concerts will be held nearby soon. Such simple acts always strengthen bonds.

5. Master a new skill

If your schedule allows it, look for one or two skills you’d like to master. If there are local classes available, place an enrollment request. You can improve on your cooking skills, learn a new language or start attending a martial arts class. These activities can give you a great sense of achievement once completed. If there are yoga classes available nearby, why not enroll for one?

6. Volunteer at a local charity

In case you feel sufficiently philanthropic, look for local charities to assist those in need. Gather some of the items that you no longer use at home and give them away whenever you can. You will always feel better knowing you made a positive impact on someone’s life. If you feel you are up to the challenge, consider offering free mentoring sessions to young people around your neighborhood.

7. Take your family camping

campingLet your family have some fun. Rent an RV and pack up for a camping trip. Ensure you have all your essentials in place just avoid inconveniences. If you reside close to a camping spot, you have your work cut out for you. Some tour companies even have camping packages at really attractive rates. Finding out more about them is prudent.

The keys to a happy life lie squarely in your hands. All you should do is select an activity that works for you and take part in it. With so many activities to choose from, this should be a walk in the park.