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Soak Up the Sun

Soak Up the Sun

Soaking up the sun has many benefits to your health, and to your pocket too. It’s free, after all, isn’t it? Whenever I have some time, I go out and just sit or walk in the sun. I want to feel it penetrate my skin and get to my bones if possible. It is like a sort of therapy for me because it makes me feel lively, hopeful and happy. I can go from sad to bubbling with joy in a matter of minutes in the sun, gay like a butterfly.

Sun therapy has been used for millennia for different purposes. Today, it is referred to as heliotherapy.

Here are some of the benefits that you  can enjoy from soaking up some shine:

It is a free, ready source of Vitamin D

kids playing on a seesaw

When small kids do not get enough vitamin D, they can develop a condition called Rickets. Now, there are many foods, especially the large-leafy varieties that have a lot of vitamin D. However, a free and ready source such as the sun does not need you to cook.

You just have to bask in the sun and your skin gets all the vitamin D that you need. Note that you do not have to strip like a notorious sunbather. The rays will find their way through your clothes. Vitamin D has many benefits in the body including strong bones, good skin, boosts brain power and immunity to name but just a few of them.

Sunshine can heal wounds

This was discovered way back in the Second World War that soldiers with wounds would heal faster if they were in the sun, as compared to those who were not. Today, sunshine has many health benefits and fast healing of wounds is one of them. If you have a wound, let it get some time in the sun and it will get a speedy healing.

Enhances the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues

Research has shown that exposure to the sun has the same effect on the oxygen delivery to the tissues and muscles as exercise. The blood vessels open up some more, more oxygen is transported to different parts of the body and so on.

Sunshine can get rid of germs and bacteria

In places like Africa, laying out beddings in the sun would get rid of lice and fleas. If the sun was very hot, airing these beddings would kill even the eggs so they would not hatch. This is a good way to control a flea infestation. Today, basking in the sun can help your skin heal, help your body get rid of the toxins through sweating. However, remember to drink some water.

Boosts the operation of the immune system

woman with hat laying on the beach

Exposure to the sun leads to the production of more white blood cells, which are responsible for enhancing the defense mechanism of the body against diseases.

It can lower blood pressure with no side effects

While blood pressure is a manageable condition, many of the medicines used have serious side effects. When you bask in the sun for some time every day, you lower blood pressure, naturally and without worrying that there will be a loss of Coenzyme Q10 or other. Besides, drugs for controlling blood pressure cost money, but sunshine is free of charge.

Softens hardened arteries

With age, you could suffer from a condition of hardened arteries. This affects blood circulation. However, medical journals show that exposure to sunshine helps a lot and softens these arteries thus enhancing your circulatory health. Claim back your circulatory health with a session in the sun every day. It is free of charge!

It’s Getting Cold

It’s Getting Cold

For me, camping is my way of de-stressing. Thus, I take every opportunity that I find to do it, be it in spring, summer, fall or winter. I think it is the best way for a person to have some alone time, away from the concrete jungles that our cities have become.

However, camping is hard when you are alone. It is much better when done by two people or more. Thankfully, I met my husband at a camping retreat many years ago and I guess our love for the wild was one of the things that drew us closer. Thus, most of the time we camp together as a family, our two sons included.

Camping requires the best gear such as you can see on https://campingstyle.co.uk/best-3-season-sleeping-bag-reviews/. If you do not have the best gear, you will face the elements without protection. You can be sure you do not want to do that. Our current sleeping bag has seen better days and we think it is time to get a new one. That’s why we are shopping for a double person sleeping bag.  

Having a double sleeping bag is advantageous because they are quite spacious. You will have a lot of room to wiggle around before you get the perfect sleeping position. Sharing a sleeping bag with your partner ensures that you keep each other warm. Two people are better than one, even when camping in the cold. One big benefit of having a double sleeping bag is that you can reduce the number of items on your hiking gear list.

One would think that buying a sleeping bag is as simple as deciding between the down fill and the synthetic fill one. However, it is far different from that. You have to bear more things in mind.   

Some of the things you need to check before buying a double camping bag include:

Inner lining – Polyester or fine nylon is the best for lining sleeping bags. Cotton or flannel are also popular lining materials but they trap moisture when it is cold, thus they are not recommended.

Outer fabric or shell – The best fabrics are nylon and dryloft since they are breathable and water resistant.

Two-sided zips – These ensure that you don’t disturb your partner when you wake up.

Hoods – Get a double sleeping bag with hoods since much of the body heat is lost through your head.

Here are two double sleeping bags that I have reviewed for you:

30° F Big Agnes Big Creek Double Sleeping Bag

30° F Big Agnes Big Creek Double

Big Agnes Big Creek 30F is a synthetic sleeping bag that weighs 5 pounds. It is best suited for temperatures as low as -1 Celsius, which makes it ideal for a cold weather camping sleeping bag. If camping in weather colder than -1° C, you would need to look for a different sleeping bag on campingstyle.co.uk.

Big Agnes Big Creek is comfortable and soft. It has built-in pillow pockets that help to hold your pillow. It also comes with an integrated built-in sleeve on the bag’s underside to hold sleeping pads in place.

Pros

Gives you an option to snuggle or sleep separately

Comes with hoods and pillow pockets to make your sleep more comfortable

It’s comfortable on the skin

Separate zippers reduce chances of disturbing your partner

It is breathable

Cons

It can be quite bulky

 

TETON SPORTS Cascade 2-Person Sleeping Bag

TETON SPORTS Cascade 2-Person

TETON SPORTS Cascade Double Sleeping bag is a lightweight but warm sleeping bag. This sleeping bag is actually a 3-in-1. It can be unzipped to make two single sleeping bags. It is good for those days that you feel you want to sleep alone, or when you can’t see eye to eye with your partner but you still love each other camp together.

It can also be used as a blanket when you have a bonfire. This double sleeping bag comes with two matching pillows that are made from the same lining fabric. The soft taffeta shell is durable and it can be used for quite some time before you need to buy another. Check this page for more information about this and other double sleeping bags.

Pros

It can be used in 3 different ways – it’s a 3-in-1 sleeping bag

It comes with a compression sack where you stuff your bag for easier transportation

It comes with two pillows which reduce the size of your camping gear list

The anti-snag zippers make it easy for getting and out of the bag

Cons

It is not as warm for -1 Celcius temperatures; you will need a blanket.

Camping in the Cold

Camping in the Cold

My family and I have been camping for many years now. I picked the outdoor bug from my dad and I am glad I passed it on to my children. My wife initially did not love camping, but seeing as she was the minority, she had to join us.

I do have a lot of experience and many memories of incredible fun. However, I also have my more-than-fair share of nasty memories. There was that time in Texas when a copperhead crawled her way over our sleeping bag, chasing after a rodent that had come into the tent. I also remember once shivering so much from a cold I thought my body would drop out of the skin. I had underestimated the weather some, and I paid dearly for that.

And that is where I got my most important lesson for camping in cold weather. I learned that no matter how much experience you have in camping, the weather is not a respecter of persons.

If you are preparing to camp in cold weather, here are a few tips for you:

Keep your eyes peeled for the weather

tent cover in snow

That is right, you have to keep your eyes peeled for the weather. Know the forecast for the days that you will be camping and then carry the appropriate gear for the weather. Plan your trip well, know the nearest places you can turn to should the weather turn quite nasty, like a blizzard or something.

Camp in a well-sheltered place

Do not set up your tent right in the way of 70 mph winds. You should find a good, and a nicely sheltered spot to do that. It is not too hard.

Follow my tips below:

The sheltered side of a large boulder or rock – Rock solid would be perfect for breaking the winds and preventing your tent from toppling over or from being shredded to pieces. Besides, in cold weather, the winds make you feel much colder.

Wood shelter – This does not mean that you should set up your camp right under the trees. Keep it some distance away. The reason is that trees in the wilderness have dead branches that are likely to drop over your tent. Some are big and they can cause serious hazards.

Stake your tent firmly – When the weather is cold-nasty, it is not the time to go camping with a pop-up tent. Soft and light is good for beach camping, but for alpine camping, you may need something stronger and firmer. Stake your tent firmly to the ground.

Do not sleep on the cold hard ground

This is very important – you should not sleep on the cold hard ground in cold weather. That would be nasty on your bones. Bring a sleeping pad made of foam, and make sure it is a closed cell foam pad. That should insulate you from the hard ground.

Know how to insulate a tent

happy couple on a sleeping bag

You do not necessarily have to buy a 4-season tent and even if you have one, you may still have to insulate it to make it warmer. Firstly, do not bring your wet hiking gear inside the tent. It will sip up all the warmth. Secondly, you should sleep close to your camping partner. Two people get warmer faster.

Bring a camping tent heater

Today, there many cordless heaters, light in weight and portable that will run for hours keeping a tent warm. Carry one, and only turn it on when you feel the cold is too much to bear. You will be glad you brought it along.