Monday, September 30, 2019

The future of interactive access to information

Monday, September 9, 2019

Secure your Gmail using PGP Grade Security.


FlowCrypt is a tool that allows users to send and compose emails within Gmail with PGP end-to-end encryption. The plug-in is designed to be user-friendly, so even those without any encryption experience can easily protect their Gmail content. It adds an easy-to-use Secure compose button to the platform, and saves encrypted drafts for convenience. FlowCrypt also features the ability to send encrypted attachments through your Gmail account.

We at 2Create360 really love this added sense of security.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

How to Craft a Consistent Instagram Feed for Brandability

How to Craft a Consistent Instagram Feed for Brandability
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By: Alice Kotlyarenko  April 11, 2019 5 minutes

Pick three Instagram accounts you love and scroll through their feeds. What do they all have in common? The chances are, each of them employs an Instagram theme.

An Instagram theme is a visual style you recognize right away, just like you recognize Picasso’s art, Charlie Chaplin’s moustache, or certain architectural styles of buildings.

There are quite a few things that go into crafting a consistent Instagram feed. In this article, we’ll walk you through creating a recognizable theme for your own Instagram feed.

Step 1: Decide What Your Instagram Is About

Is your Instagram the diary of a beach bum, or does it showcase your favorite fashion looks? Perhaps you’re into minimal architecture, or maybe you post portraits of people you see in the city.

An Instagram theme starts with the subject. Just like a media outlet, you need to figure out what your Instagram is about. It’s fun to just post whatever catches your eye, but you’ll have a hard time creating a consistent, recognizable feed if your photos are all over the place.

Step 2: Choose Colors, Filters, and Borders
Now that you know what you’re going to post, you need to decide what it’s going to look like. While subjects help make your feed more focused, it’s the visual qualities that tie your photos together.

Your second step to a uniform Instagram theme is sticking to similar colors. The easiest trick is just using the same filter on all photos, so that it tweaks the colors and light in the same way (here’s a more detailed explanation of how Instagram filters work).

If you notice you can’t make all of your photos look good with just one or two filters, it might be because your subjects and lighting are too different.

Much like using filters, adding frames to your photos is a quick and dirty trick. White borders instantly make your posts more recognizable, and by following a rule—say, only square photos with a thin white frame, or portrait and landscape photos posted in turn—you add a geometric pattern to your feed.

If you like more control over your photos and are willing to invest more time in editing, try and develop your own color palette. Start by generating a color scheme from a photo you like, and play with editing to see what controls produce the look you want. Many photo editors allow you to create your own presets, which you can then apply to new photos like filters.

Step 3: Balance Out Colors and Subjects
To be clear, being consistent doesn’t equal being repetitive. You don’t have to post photos that all have the exact same shade of blue, or limit yourself to landscapes only. On the contrary; combining several types of shots will make your Instagram feed more interesting.

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By: Alice Kotlyarenko  April 11, 2019 5 minutes

Friday, May 10, 2019

8 Nifty Apps to Identify Anything Using Your Phone’s Camera

8 Nifty Apps to Identify Anything Using Your Phone’s Camera

For many people, your phone’s camera is one of its most important aspects. It has a ton of uses, from superimposing wild creatures into reality with AR apps to taking sharp pictures even at night.
But you might be missing out on another major ability your phone’s camera has: it can work as a visual search engine and identify just about anything you see in the world. Here are the best identification apps for Android and iPhone.

1. Google Lens: For Everything

Google has brought its search engine chops to your camera. With computer vision, its Lens app is capable of recognizing a ton of items. Google Lens understands a wide range of items including animal breeds, plants, flowers, branded gadgets, and more. The biggest exception is people.
Plus, for compatible objects, Google Lens will also pull up shopping links if you’d like to buy them. There’s not much of a setup process. You simply install the app or launch it from the Google Assistant and point it at an object. Google Lens will let you know if it’s found a match by displaying a little blue icon on top of the item.
Instead of a dedicated app, iPhone users can find Google Lens functionality in the search bar of the main Google app. We’ve looked at some of the interesting uses for Google Lens if you’re curious.

2. Pinterest: For Design and Art

Similarly, Pinterest has a visual search tool where you take a picture and the app fetches links and pages for the objects it identifies. Pinterest’s solution can also match multiple items in a complex image, such as an outfit.
Like Google, it shows you shopping links through which you can directly purchase the product.

Pinterest’s visual search is primarily designed for what the social network is known for, like designs, outfits, and other similar categories. For purposes such as exploring nature, you’ll have a better time with Google Lens.

3. Snapchat: Amazon-Powered Visual Search

Snapchat comes with a nifty visual search engine too. It’s powered by and integrated with Amazon’s vast database of products. The concept is identical to the above.
You take a picture of an object you’re interested in. If successfully identified, Snapchat will bring up an Amazon card so you can visit the listing. You can also scan barcodes instead of tapping the item, for a quicker response.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Different Types of Pushups.

Different Types of Push ups.

The push-up has long been used to develop strength in the arms, shoulders and chest. However, the push-up is also a great core exercise. During the exercise, the trunk and hips should remain as stable as possible to create a lever for the working muscles. The deep core muscles, such as the transverse abdominus, become actively engaged to stabilize the spine and pelvis so that the force generated by the pectoral, deltoid and triceps muscles can move the body around the axis of rotation at the toes (or knees, for modified push-ups).
This is one reason why the push-up is often done incorrectly; many people simply don’t know how to activate all of the muscles required to successfully complete the exercise. In this article, you’ll learn how to develop a consistent method of progression that can help your clients learn how to successfully perform this beneficial exercise.
Before one can learn the push-up, it’s important to first develop the strength of the deep core muscles to maintain stability around the spine so the arms and shoulders can move the body. This is the role of the first three exercises described below—they create the foundation. Have your clients perform these exercises consistently for at least four to six weeks before progressing to the more challenging exercises described later in this article.
The first step is to develop the proper strength and placement in the wrists and shoulders. This can be done in a quadruped or all-fours position, which reduces the amount of weight directly on the arms. Position the wrists under the shoulders, the knees directly under the hips and keep the spine in a neutral position. Push the hands into the floor while pushing the upper back and shoulders up to the ceiling. The goal is to push the hands down into the floor while pressing the shoulders in the opposite direction to create tension in all of the muscles. The hands have a high number of sensory nerve endings; when they are placed directly on the floor for a plank, the pressure of the hands pushing into the floor helps to engage and activate many of the muscles responsible for shoulder strength and spinal stability. Hold for 20-30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds and repeat for three to four repetitions. This exercise should be performed as part of warm-up when working on improving the push-up.
Modified High-plank
A common way to do the plank exercise is with the elbows on the floor directly under the shoulders. This position does not allow for proper strength to develop between the hands, shoulders and the muscles responsible for stabilizing the spine (see above). Doing a modified plank with the knees on the floor (instead of the feet) and the hands on the floor helps strengthen the connection between the palms, shoulders and spine by using a shorter lever (the distance between the hands and knees versus that between the hands and feet), which results in less resistance. This is helpful for developing the strength to do a push-up. Start by holding for 20 seconds, gradually progress to holding the modified plank for 45 seconds. After each plank, have the client rest for the same amount of time he or she held the plank and perform three to four sets. Once the client can do four sets of 45 seconds, he or she is ready for a greater challenge.
High Plank
The high plank is basically the “up” position of the push-up; practicing high planks helps develop the wrist, shoulder, upper-back and core strength to maintain a stable body throughout the entire range-of-motion of the exercise. Place the hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart so that the thumbs are pointing toward the midline of the body and the fingers are pointed the same direction as the head. To increase stability while pushing the hands into the floor, rotate the elbows to point back toward the feet to increase the strength and stability in the shoulder joints. Instruct the client to squeeze the thigh and glute muscles to increase stability around the pelvis (this is a more effective cue than “contracting the core,” which doesn’t address any specific muscle). Start by having the client hold the high plank for 20 seconds and rest for the same amount of time as the plank; perform three to four sets. Gradually increase the time up to 45 seconds. Once the client can hold a high plank for four sets of 45 seconds, it is time to work harder.
During the lengthening phase of muscle action, there is more tension within the muscle fibers so the muscle is capable of generating higher levels of force. Placing the emphasis on the lengthening phase of muscle action by practicing the lowering phase of the push-up can help develop the strength to control movement of the body through the entire range of motion. Have your clients perform the following exercises for three to five weeks before progressing to the full range of motion of the push-up.
Modified Negative Push-ups
The word “negative” is used here because the weight is going down (as opposed to up), which causes the muscles to lengthen and increases the tension in the fibers. This is an effective strategy for initiating strength gains. Start in a modified high-plank position with the knees on the floor and the hands slightly wider than the shoulders. Slowly lower the body to the floor for a count of five or six seconds. At the bottom of the movement, encourage your client to return to the starting position in a way that feels comfortable to him or her. Working on the lengthening phase of muscle action can help develop the strength that will be used later for the complete range of motion of the push-up. Begin with two sets of six to eight repetitions, rest for 45-60 seconds after each set. Gradually add one or two repetitions each workout until the client can perform 10-12 reps with control. Have the client work up to completing four sets, resting 90 seconds between each one.
Negative Push-ups
Once your client can easily perform 10-12 reps of negative modified push-ups, it’s time to progress to the full version. Assume a high plank position with the feet approximately shoulder-width apart. Keep the hands pressed into the floor and the thigh muscles squeezed while slowly lowering the body toward the floor. At the bottom of the movement, place the knees on the floor and return to the starting position. Start with two sets of six to eight repetitions and progress to performing two to three sets of 10-12 reps.
Modified Push-ups
Many people are familiar with modified push-ups, but these are obviously not the best starting point for learning the push-up, especially not for those who first need to develop a foundation of core strength. While the normal push-up has the feet and hands as the points of contact, bending the knees and placing them on the floor shortens the lever of the body significantly thus reducing the amount of resistance. Place the knees together on the floor so that they are bent and the feet are in the air. Keep the hands about shoulder-width apart with the fingers pointed away from the knees. Slowly lower the body to the floor and then push the floor away to return to the original starting position. To increase stability of the core, encourage your clients to grip the floor with the hands and squeeze the thighs to engage the deep spinal stabilizers. Start with two sets of six to eight repetitions and rest one minute between sets. Gradually progress to performing 10-12 repetitions and then start adding sets. Once your client can perform three to four sets of 10-12 reps of modified push-ups, it’s time to progress to full push-ups.
Full Push-ups 
To perform a full push-up, start in a high-plank position with the legs hip-width apart. Press the hands into the floor with the fingers pointed away from the feet. Contract the thigh and glute muscles to increase stability and slowly lower the body toward the floor. Press the hands into the floor to return to the up position. Start with two sets of five to six repetitions, resting for one minute between sets. Gradually add repetitions until the client can perform two sets of 10-12 repetitions and then start adding sets.

How to Make a YouTube Video: 5 Tips for Beginners

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Bear Safety while outdoors.

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    The best method to avoid bear encounters

    • Remain alert.
    • Shouting regularly or singing loudly is far more effective than using bear bells.
    • Keep your ears open. Do not wear headphones or earbuds while on trails.
    • Watch for fresh bear signs. Tracks, scat and digs indicate that a bear has been in the area. Leave the area if the signs are fresh or if you encounter carrion.
    • Travel in groups and during daylight whenever possible.
    • Keep your dog on a leash or leave it at home.>
    • Be cautious about bear safety & fishing.
    • Carry and know how to use bear spray.

    If you encounter a bear

    • STOP! STAY CALM. Your calm behaviour can reassure the bear. Screams or sudden movements may trigger an attack.
    • NEVER RUN - running may cause the bear to pursue you.
    • Pick up small children and stay in a group.
    • Bears may approach or stand on their hind legs to get a better look at you or to pick up your scent. This is their way of identifying you and is not an aggressive response.
    • BE HUMAN. Speak to the bear calmly and firmly. This indicates that you are not a prey animal. Appear passive.
    • If you have bear (pepper) spray, get your hands on it and be ready to use it. Take note of the direction and strength of the wind.
    • Keep your backpack, hiking poles and other equipment - they can provide protection.

    If the bear approaches you

    • Remain calm and prepare to use your bear spray.
    • Assess the bear's behaviour and try to determine why it is approaching.

    If the bear appears defensive
    • A defensive bear may be feeding or protecting young or you may simply have surprised it - this is why it is imperative that you shout or sing regularly while on the trail.
    • A defensive bear will appear stressed or agitated and may make noise.
    • Try to appear non-threatening.
    • Talk in a calm voice.
    • Whenever the bear is not advancing, slowly move away without turning your back to the bear.
    • If the bear continues to advance, stand your ground and keep talking. If the bear approaches to within 4 metres (12 feet or about a car length), use your bear spray.
    • Note that some brands of bear spray can be used at a distance of up to 9 metres (30 feet) depending on wind and weather. Always check the instructions on the bottle when you purchase it.

    If the bear does not appear defensive
    • Young bears occasionally test their dominance or are curious. In the rarest of cases, a bear could be predatory.
    • Speak in a firm voice.
    • Move out of the bear's path.
    • If it follows you, stop and stand your ground.
    • Shout and act aggressively.
    • Try to intimidate the bear. Pick up a stick and/or raise hiking poles above your head to appear larger.
    • If it approaches to within 4 metres (12 feet or about a car length), use your bear spray.

    If a bear attacks you, it is important to know if the attack is defensive or predatory.

    Defensive attacks are the most common.
    • Use your bear spray.
    • If the bear makes contact with you, play dead! Playing dead involves lying on your stomach with your legs spread apart and your hands interlaced behind your neck to protect it. Having your legs spread makes it harder for the bear to roll you over. Remain still until you are sure the bear has left the area.
    • Defensive attacks usually do not exceed two minutes in duration. In most cases, injuries are relatively minor. If an attack lasts longer, it is possible that the defensive attack has become predatory.

    Predatory attacks occur when a bear stalks you along a trail and then attacks, or when an attack occurs at night.
    • Try to escape! A car or building may provide safe refuge. Climbing a tree is an option but offers no guarantee of safety. Black bears are excellent climbers and grizzlies have also been known to climb trees. If you choose to climb a tree, get as high up in the tree as you can as quickly as possible. Once you have a safe perch, prepare to use your bear spray.
    • If you cannot escape, DO NOT play dead.
    • Use your bear spray and fight back! Make lots of noise, throw rocks, hit the animal with a branch or your poles - do everything you can to dissuade the bear from continuing the attack.

    Bear Safety & Fishing

    • Clean fish at designated cleaning stations. If no station is available, clean fish inside a plastic bag or bucket. Then seal the guts in a plastic bag and deposit the waste in a bear proof garbage container.
    • Fish with friends. Make lots of noise and keep an eye on each other.
    • Stay attentive near lakeshores, rivers and creeks. These areas are used by wildlife as travel routes and feeding sites. Be alert and make as much noise as you can when fishing and moving about in these locations.
    • Seal your catch in plastic bags and wash your hands.
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When I was kid, my social network was called “outside”.

When I was kid, my social network was called “outside”. 

I love getting Repinned by
a stranger. It validates my
good taste.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Benefits of Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that use the individual's own weight to provide resistance against gravity. ... Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.

Camping Hacks to Make the Outdoors More Fun

Camping is a fun way to step out of social media and get back in touch with the Great Outdoors. Unfortunately, some equate camping with incredibly heavy packs, hoards of bloodthirsty mosquitos, and dirt. While dirt is an essential part of camping, unrelenting mosquitos and heavy packs don’t have to be. Here are some clever tricks and hacks to make your camping experience more delightful for you and your family.
1. Sage bundles are great for keeping nagging mosquitos at bay. Make a bundle and set it over hot coals. The smoke is a deterrent to mosquitos and other annoying pests.
2. Emergency toilet paper is always a good thing to pack. A good idea is to stick a back-up wad in an Altoids container, along with some cotton balls and some extra matches — just in case.
3. Duct tape is extremely useful stuff when camping, but you never really need an entire roll. Instead, wrap duct tape around a water bottle or knife sheath. It shouldn’t stick to itself and you’ll know exactly where to find it when the time comes.
4. Cabbage leaves are great for wrapping meat. Stick your meat straight onto the coals and cook without worrying that your meal might crisp into charcoal. You can bring your own leaves or find food-safe wild alternatives. In the northeast, skunk cabbage or burdock leaves are great options.
5. Whistles are important to have, in case of an emergency. Did you know you can make one out of an acorn cap? Learn more here.
6. Drinking straws can function as single serve spice and ointment containers. Cut plastic straws into 1/2 inch pieces, seal one end closed with a lighter, and fill with anti-biotic ointment, toothpaste, salt, pepper, paprika, you name it! Just seal the remaining end with a lighter and you’re ready to trek!
7. Wax-dipped cotton balls are great emergency fire starters. Make them at home with candle drippings and toss them in your Altoids case until you need them.
8. Toothpaste always adds unnecessary bulk to a pack. Instead, dry out toothpaste dots and dust them with baking soda. Once they’ve dried, toss them in a bag and viola! — you have preportioned toothpaste dots that take up 1/4 of the space of a traditional tube of toothpaste.
9. Getting lost is no fun, which is why biodegradable trail marking tape is so important. If you are out camping with your kids, make sure they have a roll of this trail tape to mark their way while on hikes. It is super fun for kids to use and helps to prevent disorientation on longer treks for the young and old alike.
10. Matches are great to have, but the box striker is often worn out or faulty. Instead, glue sandpaper onto your matchbox — or on the bottom of that aforementioned Altoid tin. Matches will light more easily, and it can double as a knife sharpener in a pinch.
11. Tea tree oil has yet another brilliant use — tick deterrent! Just mix a couple of drops of the oil with a little water and spray yourself; especially your ankles and boots. If you dislike the smell of tea tree, consider this: Lyme disease is way worse than smelling a little pungent for a couple of hours.
12. Cooler too big and bulky? You don’t need it. Hard cheeses, like parmesan and aged cheddar, and waxed cheeses can go quite a while without refrigeration. You can get powdered milk/buttermilk to make pancakes. Eggs can go without refrigeration for a significant period, or you can buy powdered egg if you find that unsettling. If you are really ditching all refrigeration, cured hard sausages and jerky are great substitutes for fresh meats. There you go, your canoe will weigh 30 pounds less!
13. Extra water is always a good thing to bring, but why not make it multi-functional? If you are bringing a cooler, freeze a couple of gallon jugs of water in lieu of ice blocks. They will keep everything cold and provide back up water when they melt. If you need your ice to last for a while, add 1/4 cup of salt into one or two jugs (make sure to label them, since you don’t want to be drinking salt water). Salt water melts more slowly than fresh.
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What to Take Camping.

Camping Gear Check List provided by Montgomery Parks   

This list was created for anyone new to tent camping. Not only does it list what you’ll need to camp, it gives a brief explanation of what it is, why it’s necessary to take along, and/or a helpful tip. While it’s pretty comprehensive, you may discover things that you need to pack for your personal interests/needs or for specific activities you have planned for your camping trip, such as boating, swimming, or fishing.
Items are grouped in categories and then prioritized as 1, 2, or 3. Anything labeled a 1 is essential to your camping trip. If you can’t take it, then don’t go camping. Anything labeled a 2 is something that will make your camping life a little easier. Items labeled 3 are considered pure luxury, and you can do without. Also, items labeled as a 2 may actually replace an item labeled as a 1, and some items labeled as a 3 may actually replace an item labeled as a 1 or 2. Make sure to go over your list carefully, so you aren’t packing duplicate items that serve the same purpose. Within this list, each item is highlighted in bold, followed by a brief narrative about the item. Please note: This list does not include everything, and you should check your own needs to make sure you pack everything for your personal health and well being while camping.
Camping Gear Priority 1 items
  • Tent and all of its parts- poles, rain fly, tie-downs: Make sure you have all of the parts to your tent before you leave for your camping trip, so there are no surprises when you start to set up camp. Setting up your tent in your backyard before your trip will help you practice setting up camp, and show if anything is missing, torn, or broken.
  • Ground tarp: Place it under your tent as a moisture barrier between your tent and the ground, and to protect your tent from damage by rocks or sticks. Make sure to tuck the tarp under your tent. The tarp should not stick out past the footprint of your tent. This helps to prevent rain water from running under your tent.
  • Tent stakes: Take what you need for your tent and tarps. Also take more than you need as spares, because they will bend and break.
  • Standard claw hammer: Used to hammer stakes into the ground, and to remove them at the end of your trip.
  • Multi purpose tool / Leatherman: This one tool can be many tools. You can get ones that have a range of 5 18 tools in one. They are very compact, and no campsite should be without one.
  • Small shovel: This will be great for helping to manage your campfire.
  • Leather work gloves: These can come in handy for handling firewood and such.
  • Water bucket: If you plan to burn campfires, it's a good idea to have a bucket of water nearby for flare ups, and to extinguish the fire when you are done. NEVER leave a campfire burning unattended.
  • Sleeping bag: A one piece unit that serves as your bedding. Consider where you will be camping, and use one that is rated for the lowest temperature you will be camping in.
  • Pillow: For a better night's sleep, it is best to use something to support your head. If you forget a pillow, you can stuff some clothing into your sleeping bag's stuff sac. It won't be like home, but it's better than nothing.

    Sleeping pad: You should use some type of sleeping pad under your sleeping bag. It serves as insulation between you and the ground, and gives you some comfort from the hard ground.
  • Lantern: These come in all shapes and sizes, and can be fueled by gas, propane, or batteries, or can be rechargeable. Find the one that suits you best, and be sure to have all of the fuel for it that you will need for the duration of your trip.
  • Flashlights: These come in all shapes and sizes, and can be fueled by batteries, or are rechargeable. Find the one that suits you best, and be sure to have enough batteries that you will need for the duration of your trip. You may want to make sure you have one flashlight per person in your party.
  • Extra batteries: Make sure you bring enough extra batteries for all of your devices you will be using on your trip, i.e. flashlights, lanterns, cameras, cell phones.
  • Insect repellent: Pack some type of repellent so insects don't become a pest and ruin your trip.
  • Canteen / reusable water bottle: If you plan to hike during your trip, don't forget something to carry water to drink. No matter what the weather or temperature, you need to stay hydrated.
  • Maps (road & trail) / directions / guidebooks: Regardless of where you are going, be prepared with the information you need to get there, and then to enjoy it.
  • Rope / clothesline: Bring plenty of this, as it can be used as guy wires for tents, clothes lines, or to tie down tarps. It's very versatile, and no campsite should be without it.
  • Duct tape: This can be used to fix everything in some form or fashion. No toolbox should be without it.
Priority 2 items
  • Larger tarp: Use to make various shelters as needed to protect your camp from sun or rain.
  • Dust pan and whisk broom: Use to sweep up dirt that accumulates inside the tent, and for a final cleaning before you break camp and pack up the tent.
  • Mat / throw rug: This one item goes a long way to help keep the interior of your tent clean. Use it to wipe your feet prior to entering your tent. You may also want to consider removing your shoes before going into your tent to prevent tracking dirt inside.
  • Bow saw: Needed to cut firewood or kindling in campgrounds that allow it. NEVER cut a live tree or any other plant life at a campground. Be sure of each campgrounds rules regarding firewood before cutting anything.
  • Fire extinguisher: If you plan on burning campfires, you can use one of these in lieu of a bucket of water. Either way, you must have something on site to extinguish fires.
  • Wrench set: Use to repair or adjust camping equipment. If you only have one piece of equipment with nuts and bolts, at the very least take the necessary size for that piece of camping equipment.
  • Sheets and blankets: If you don't choose a sleeping bag for your bedding, you can use sheets and blankets instead. This works best for warm weather camping.
  • Air mattress: This is a level of comfort above a sleeping pad. Air mattresses come in all sizes. Some are self inflating,
    and pack small, while others require an air pump and are bulkier to store. Pool float types aren't good for winter camping insulation.
  • Air pump: If you decide on an air mattress, you may want to invest in an air pump to blow it up.
  • Air mattress repair kit: If you choose an air mattress, then a repair kit is a must. You do not want to get caught without one when you need one.
  • Bungi cords / straps: These can be used for so many things, and every campsite should have a few on hand.
  • Citronella candles: These are great for lighting your picnic table area and for keeping the insects away.
  • Camp chairs: These are not completely necessary, but they are great to have with you. The alternative is to sit on a log, stump, or picnic table bench.
  • Leaf rake: Before you pitch your tent, you'll want to make sure there are no sticks or rocks in the footprint where your tent will stand. This item makes that task a cinch and does a thorough job.
Priority 3 items
  • Screen room / canopy: Unlike tarps, these have their own support structure and set up and pack away with little effort.
  • Cot: This is a level of comfort above an air mattress. While it will elevate you off the ground, it is bulkier to store.
  • Blankets or old comforter: Beyond the basic bedding you pack, you may want to take an extra blanket or comforter. They can be used for extra warmth at night, for a picnic, or to lay on the ground for stargazing.
  • Broom: Use to keep the inside of your tent clean.
  • Lantern pole / hanger: You can easily set your lantern on top of your picnic table. But if you want to illuminate more of your campsite, this will do the job.
  • Silicone spray: This is used as a water repellent. You can bring it along if you like, but you should have already treated your tent and/or rain gear at home before your trip.
Kitchen Gear Priority 1 items
  • Cooler / ice: It is important to keep foods at their proper temperature to prevent spoilage and sickness.
  • Cooking grate: This one item will allow you to heat water or cook over a wood fire. Many campgrounds have them on their campsites. You can call ahead to where you will be camping to confirm if they have one, so you know if you need to bring one with you.
  • Lighter / waterproof matches: These are important for lighting your cook stove, campfire, and/or propane lanterns. Take enough for your whole trip.
  • Firewood / charcoal: These are the most basic fuels you can use for cooking or keeping warm.
  • Fire starters / newspaper / kindling: To start wood fires, you'll need dry newspaper and kindling. You may want to bring some with you in case it rains during your camping trip, or if your camping location has been thoroughly picked through and doesn't have anything to work with.
  • Paper plates / bowls / cups or washable plates / bowls / cups: You will need something to eat your meals on. Paper products are very convenient, but are wasteful and generate trash. Washable products simply need to be cleaned, and can be reused, making them a better choice for the environment.
  • Plastic ware / silverware (spoons, knives, forks): You will need to use something to eat your meals. Plastic ware products are very convenient, but are wasteful and generate trash. Washable silverware simply needs to be cleaned, and can be reused, making them a better choice for the environment.
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil: This comes in handy for covering cooking grates, making aluminum foil dinners, and for storing leftovers.
  • Paper towels: These can be used for cooking, and cleaning up your camp meals. Squeeze flat for compact storage.
  • Trash bags: Bring plenty to bag any and all of the trash you generate. If you generate small amounts of trash, you can use plastic grocery bags. Make yourself familiar with each campground's trash policies. Some will collect it from your site, while others require you to take it to a central dumpster.
  • Biodegradable dish soap: Needed to clean all of your dinnerware and cookware.
  • Pot holders: No matter which method of camp cooking you use, these are invaluable. Pots and pans heated on a campfire or propane/gas stove tend to get hotter than they would cooking at home on a range.
  • Skewers / grill forks: These are great for basic camp cooking to include hot dogs over the campfire.
  • Can opener / bottle opener: This is really dependent on what types of foods you bring along to cook/eat, but you really don't want to be without them if you need them.
  • Insulated paper cups / mugs: Use for your hot beverages. Washable mugs are better for the environment.
  • Dish pans / wash tubs: Use to wash and rinse your pots, pans, and dishes.
  • Dish clothes & dish towels: Use to wash and dry your pots, pans, and dishes.
  • Steak / paring knives: Regardless of your meal plans, it doesn't hurt to have sharp eating knives on the trip.
  • Large water jug: You may not have a water spigot on your campsite. Filling a water jug and setting on your picnic table will make it convenient for you to have access to water on your campsite during your trip.
  • Stove top coffee pot: If you're a coffee drinker, you may want to brew your own each morning. If not, you can simply use instant coffee or tea bags. Either way, this pot is useful for heating water.
Priority 2 items
  • Stock pot with lid: This pot is perfect for heating water, and cooking large items such as corn on the cob or
    popping popcorn.
  • Frying pan with lid: This is a basic for camp cooking. Many meals can be prepared in a frying pan.
  • Metal spatula: A basic for cooking with the frying pan.
  • Trivet: If you're cooking something extremely hot, you will want to protect your tablecloth and picnic table when serving.
  • Thermos: This can help to keep coffee or soups warm for longer periods of time without using up your propane, gas, or firewood.
  • Propane or liquid gas stove: To cook food or heat water, you will need some type of heat source. If you don't choose firewood, then this will be the most efficient and convenient method.
  • Propane canisters (full) / liquid fuel: If you choose a propane or liquid gas stove, then you will need to bring the fuel for it. Make sure you have enough for all of the cooking you will be doing for the duration of your trip.
  • Dutch oven: This cast iron cooking pot is versatile, and can be used to cook and bake many meals like breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
  • Tablecloth / clips: A flannel backed vinyl tablecloth will instantly transform an outdoor picnic table from dirty to clean. And they are easy to keep that way as you simply wipe clean at the end of each meal. The clips will help keep the tablecloth on the table in the wind.
  • Measuring cups: If you plan to do more than basic meals, you will need these to measure ingredients for recipes. To eliminate bringing these, you can pre‐measure ingredients and bring them in reusable containers.
  • Measuring spoons: If you plan to do more than basic meals, you will need these to measure ingredients for recipes. To eliminate bringing these, you can pre‐measure ingredients and bring them in reusable containers.
  • Cooking oil / Pam spray: If you plan on cooking more than basic camp meals, these will be a staple for meal preparation.
  • Plastic food storage bags or containers: Use for storing food, snacks, and to save leftovers. Ziploc style bags work well.
  • Small and/or medium sauce pan: Use for cooking side dishes.
  • Cooking utensils: Bring a variety of utensils for various cooking needs, ladle, long handled spoons, serving spoons, straining spoon.
  • Pie irons: These can make quick and simple camp meals.
  • Mixing bowls: If you plan to cook more than basic camp cooking, these will come in very handy.
  • Cutting board: For meals that require chopping and cutting ingredients, this is a must.
  • Napkins: Use during snack and meal times. If you want to be environmentally responsible, use a handkerchief/bandana that can be hand washed at night to be used again the next day.
  • Steel wool pad / Brillo: Use to scrub really dirty pots and pans.
  • Griddle: Use to make pancakes or to fry bacon.
  • Chip clips: Use to keep opened bags of food fresh.
  • Plastic wrap: Use to store food or leftovers.
  • Wax paper: Use for food prep or for leftovers.
  • Collapsible water carrier: As long as you have something to hold water on your campsite, you don’t necessarily need this. It is very convenient as it packs very flat and stores well.
  • Tongs: For grilling, frying, or cooking corn on the cob, these are a good thing to have on hand.
Priority 3 items
  • Small propane or charcoal grill: For grilling, you may choose a small propane or charcoal grill. Remember to bring fuel for your grill.
  • Charcoal chimney: This device makes it easier to light charcoal for cooking on a grill, or Dutch oven.
  • Folding table: Most campsites are equipped with picnic tables. Whether they do or don't have them, you may want to bring along a folding table for an extra working surface, or to serve as your main table.
  • Potato peeler: Bring along if you need to peel fruits, vegetables, or potatoes.
  • Cheese grater: Bring along if you need to shred cheese for a recipe.
  • Colander: This will be needed only if your planned meals call for it.
  • Corn cob holders: These can be nice for eating corn on the cob, but you can always use your fingers.
  • Drinking straws: These may be helpful for kids' drinks, but they produce trash and are not an environmentally
    friendly option.
  • Vegetable brush: Use for cleaning off vegetables. To eliminate the need for this, pre‐clean fruits and vegetables at home first.
  • Whisk: Use to scramble eggs or for mixing batters. This can be eliminated by simply using a fork.
  • Twist ties: Use on plastic bags that are not self sealing.
  • Smoker: For more advanced camp cooking, you may choose to smoke meats for a meal.

A big part of any camping trip is the food. You need it for energy, you need it to keep warm, and you need it because
nothing tastes better than camp cooking! To make your trip more of a pleasure and less work, plan all of your meals ahead of time. Once you've done that, break the list down as to what ingredients you need. Then, only pack those ingredients. You can either pack your ingredients in reusable containers, and cook at your campsite. Or, you can precook everything at home and simply reheat it at your campsite. Whichever method you choose, remember that any meats or dairy products will need to be kept at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage and sickness. If you use nonperishable foods, you won't need to worry about
refrigeration. Tip: Precook and premeasure any meats that will be needed in recipes, vacuum pack them, and then freeze them.
Keep them frozen until you cook them in a recipe. Until then, they can help to keep other things cold in your cooler, along with the ice. Following is a list of foods that are very basic, and that can be used for the simplest of menus.
Priority 1 items
  • Salt & pepper / seasonings: Consider your menus, and bring the seasonings that will best suit your meals. At the very least, bring the salt and pepper.
  • Sugar / sweetener (Equal or Splenda): Consider how much you need for recipes, and have some for your hot
    coffee or tea.
    Non dairy creamer: Bring along for your hot coffee or tea. Powdered works best as it doesn’t require refrigeration.
  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, steak sauce. Consider your menus, and bring the condiments that will best suit your meals.
  • Cereal: Breakfast doesn't get any easier than this.
  • Hot dogs: These are already precooked, but still need to be stored at the proper temperature until used. They can be cooked over a campfire using a stick. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
  • Bread: Use to make sandwiches for a quick and easy lunch.
  • Fresh fruit: Bring fruits that don't ripen too fast, or require refrigeration.
  • Drinking water: Confirm that where you are camping has potable water for your use. If they do, you can bring your own water bottles and fill them on site. If they don't, then bring enough bottled water per person / per day.
  • Milk: It's good for you and a must if you choose to do cereal for breakfast.
  • Coffee / tea bags / hot chocolate: Hot beverage options for breakfast or around the campfire at night.
  • Granola bars / snack bars / dried fruit: These are great for snacking, and don't require special storage.
  • Marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey bars (S'mores): No camping trip is complete without S'mores. Don't forget all of the ingredients to make this campfire treat.
  • Peanut butter: This non perishable item can be used for all of your meals and snacking too.
  • Jelly: Goes great with peanut butter for sandwiches.
Priority 2 items
  • Pancake mix / Bisquick: This mix is very versatile and can be used in many recipes.
  • Pancake syrup: If you plan on having pancakes, this is a must.
  • Meats: beef, chicken, pork, fish. Bring only the meats you intend to use. It is important to store them at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage and sickness. To more easily prepare recipes that include meat, consider precooking and cutting meats at home. Then vacuum pack them in premeasured amounts and freeze prior to your trip.
  • Spaghetti / pasta / elbow macaroni: Even if spaghetti isn't in your meal plan, any of these pastas can come in very handy to create one dish meals using odds and ends, or leftover ingredients from other meals.
  • Spaghetti sauce: If you choose to make spaghetti for one of your meals, bringing readymade sauce will make meal prep much easier.
  • Rice: This can come in very handy to create a one dish meal using other leftover ingredients, or as a side dish.        
  • Stove top stuffing: This can be used as is, or to create a one dish meal.
  • Crackers and cookies: Prepackaged snacks keep you energized for camping and hiking.
  • Butter / margarine: Used in cooking, or to make a sandwich.
  • Bagels: These can be great for breakfast. They can be toasted on a cooking grate over a small fire.
  • Cold cuts & cheese: Use to make sandwiches for a quick and easy lunch.
  • Eggs: Bring only if a specific recipe or meal calls for it. Remember to store at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage or sickness.
  • Bacon: Bring only if a specific recipe or meal calls for it. Remember to store at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage or sickness.
  • Sausage: Bring only if a specific recipe or meal calls for it. Remember to store at the proper temperature to prevent spoilage or sickness.
  • Canned fruits and vegetables: Bring only if a specific recipe or meal calls for it. Canned goods are best as they won't spoil before opened. Also, they can be used as an emergency meal that can be eaten cold if your fire/heat source doesn’t work.
  • Soda / juice / powdered drink mix: Bring as an optional beverage other than water. Mixing your own drinks is more economical, and requires less storage space.
  • Chips / pretzels: A quick and easy snack or side dish for a meal.
  • Muffins: You could make these at home to bring along. They're great for breakfast and snacking.
  • Popping corn: Pop corn can be a little difficult to make while camping, but it’s a great camping treat. Don't forget the vegetable oil.
Clothing & Personal Care Priority 1 items
  • Shoes / boots: Bring at least two pairs of footwear that are best suited for where you will be camping. Spare footwear is a must in case your main pair gets wet.
  • Jeans / long pants: These are a good idea for cold nights at your campsite, or hiking in areas where there is tall vegetation, as they serve as good protection from ticks.
  • Shorts: These are a good idea for camping in warm to hot weather.
  • T-shirts: These are very versatile, and can be used for anything from hiking to sleep clothes.
  • Socks: Bring plenty of socks. For good health, always keep your feet dry.
  • Hat: Hats serve many purposes, protecting you from sun and rain.
  • Bandana: This is the most important item you will ever pack. This one item can be used as a napkin, a sweatband, a bandage, a trail marker, and so much more. Don't forget it.
  • Sweater / sweatshirt / light jacket: It's important to dress in layers for better comfort in changing temperatures. Each of these garments adds a light layer of warmth for just that purpose.
  • Underwear: Bring enough for the whole trip unless you have the option to do laundry.
  • Bra: You may want to pack an extra one, as they could get wet and dirty while camping.
  • Sleep clothes: Bring something to sleep in. Optionally, you can sleep in your clothes, or even just a T-shirt. In colder weather, completely change your clothes before bed to prevent getting chilled from perspiration in the clothes you’ve been wearing all day, even if they seem dry.
  • Rain gear: If you camp long enough sooner or later, it will rain on your camping trip. The best way to handle that is to be prepared. A traditional rain coat is best, but you can always wear a plastic rain poncho in a pinch.
  • Shower shoes / flip flops: No matter how clean a bathhouse/shower is, you should always wear shower shoes in a public shower. It's the healthy thing to do.
  • Towels and washcloths: Depending on the length of your trip, you can pack smaller by only taking one towel per person and one washcloth per day per person. Simply reuse the towel each day, and hang it up to dry between use.
  • Soap: Bring a bar of soap in a plastic soap case.
  • Shampoo and conditioner: Pack these in small travel size containers.
  • Tooth brushes in tooth brush holders / tooth paste: Don’t forget oral hygiene when camping.
  • Dental floss: Don’t' forget to floss.
  • Mouth wash: Camping is no excuse to skip your oral hygiene.
  • Deodorant: Bring what works best for you.
  • Comb / brush: Bring what works best for you.
  • Razor: Men and women may want to bring one of these for their personal needs.
  • Shaving cream: Consider carrying a travel size, as you won't need much for a short trip. Or, just go "Grizzly Adams."
    Feminine products: Bring what you think you will need. This is one of those things that you don't want to be without when you really need it.
  • Toilet paper: Regardless of how well a bathhouse is maintained, if a campground is busy, they may run out of toilet paper before the next servicing. So you're not left without, bring along some from home just in case.
  • Personal medications: Don't forget to take medications for anyone camping with you. You may even want to take extra, in case some is lost, or ruined by the weather.
  • Sunscreen / sunblock: If you plan on camping in an area that will have a lot of sun exposure, make sure you have this for everyone in your party.
  • Sunglasses: You should always protect your eyes for the sun, just like your skin.
Priority 2 items
  • Shirts: short sleeve and long sleeve. A variety of shirts is a good idea. You can dress in layers for chilly days, or wear long sleeve shirts to protect you from ticks and the sun.
  • Heavy coat: Consider the weather where you will be camping, and take this if you're expecting colder weather. It is better to have it, than to wish you had it.
  • Hooded sweatshirt: If you don't bring a light jacket, this is a good alternative. It's especially nice because it has a build in hat.
  • Laundry bag: This is good method to collect dirty clothes throughout your camping trip. Or, each person could turn their dirty clothes inside out, fold them, and place them back in their luggage.
  • Lip balm: This is good for both hot and cold weather exposure to protect your lips.
  • Hand / body lotion: Sometimes exposure to the great outdoors can dry your skin. This can help to relieve dry skin.
  • Hair pins: These are great for keeping your locks under control while camping. You may even discover some impromptu emergency use for them.
  • Swimwear: This is dependent on whether there is some place to go swimming where you are camping. Not all campgrounds have a water feature, and not all water features (i.e. lakes) allow swimming. You may want to ask about this before you pack
  • One "nice" outfit: No matter where you decide to camp, you may choose to drive to a local restaurant for a dinner out.
  • Hair spray: Camping is the perfect time to "let your hair down." But if you really feel the need to keep your locks under control, bring this along.
  • Blow dryer: Consider letting your hair air dry. If that's not an option, then don't forget to bring this with you. Unlike hotels, campgrounds don't provide them.
  • These items can be packed into a toiletry bag, so everything is in one place and ready to go to the bathhouse at a moment’s notice. These items can be fragrant, and some fragrances attract insects. Be mindful of that when choosing what to pack for camping.
First Aid / Emergency Kit
Consider the following information when creating and updating your first aid kit.
• Take a First Aid class and a CPR class: keep current on this information
• Keep supplies in a well marked, durable, waterproof container
• Keep the contents organized
• Know how to use everything in your first aid kit
• Inspect content often, re-supply as needed, paying close attention to expiration dates
• Keep readily available at all times
Priority 1 items
  • Antiseptic wipes: All wounds regardless of size should be cleaned with some type of antiseptic.
  • Latex gloves: Use for any first aid treatment to prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens.
  • Tweezers: This is an essential for any first aid kit, for removing splinters and other small objects.
  • Personal information / contact person: You should carry information on everyone in your party should the worst happen and they need medical attention.
  • Band Aids: Pack lots of assorted sizes of band aids, as they are the very basic first aid item for minor injuries.
  • Aspirin / ibuprofen: A basic pain reliever or fever reducer would be a good staple to keep on hand. If you have children in your party, make sure you have varieties for their age.
  • Coins for emergency phone calls: You will most likely have a cell phone with you on your trip, but wireless service is not available everywhere. Pack some change so you can make a call from a pay phone if necessary.
  • Antibiotic ointment: This can be used as an antibiotic treatment to ward off infection and promote healing.
  • Whistle: These are used to "call" for help if you or a child become lost or injured in a remote area. Whistling is preferred over yelling. You will lose your voice yelling, but can easily continue whistling until help arrives.
Priority 2 items
  • Sterile gauze pads: For a variety of first aid needs that require more than a Band Aid.
  • Bandage tape: Use with the sterile gauze pads for large cuts and scrapes.
  • Cotton swabs: For a variety of first aid needs, especially small delicate cuts and scrapes.
  • Rubbing alcohol: This can be used for a more substantial antiseptic cleaning, beyond using wipes.
  • Calamine lotion: This is a good first aid treatment for rashes, like ones caused by poison ivy.
  • Safety pins: These can come in handy for many things for first aid and beyond.
  • Scissors: Needed for cutting gauze and bandages to fit.
  • Bee sting kit: These specialty kits bring instant relief to bee stings. If anyone camping with you is allergic, remember to bring their EpiPen pen.
  • Pocket size facial tissues pack: To build a larger first aid kit, you can add these as they can have many applications.
  • Ipecac: Use to induce vomiting in the event something poisonous is swallowed. Check with a medical professional before doing so, as sometimes vomiting can cause more harm to the victim.
  • Triangular bandages: These can provide a variety of first aid uses.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: This is great for cleaning out wounds.
  • Ace bandages: In the event of pulled muscles or sprains, these can come in very handy.
  • Burn ointment: This can help relieve the pain from burns, possibly caused by campfires.
  • Antibacterial soap: You may want to wash your hands thoroughly before working on anyone's wounds.
  • Butterfly bandages: To bandage small cuts, you can use these.
  • First aid manual: If you’re building more than a basic first aid kit, then you'll want to include one of these. It will give direction on types of wounds, types of care, and life saving techniques such as CPR.
  • Nail clippers: Some injuries will involve the hands and feet. This may be just the tool needed to fix broken or split nails.
Priority 3 items
  • Solarcaine spray / sunburn lotion: If you're camping in an area where sun exposure will be high, this would be good to have for sunburn relief.
  • Imodium AD: Take along just in case. It is better to have it than to wish you did when you really need it.
  • Tongue depressor: This could actually have a variety of first aid applications.
  • Note pad / pen: These can be used to journal someone's injury, or to relay information to a medical team if conditions warrant.
  • Splinting materials: For a more elaborate first aid kit you can be prepared for anything if you carry this.
  • Razor blades: These can come in handy for fine cutting or shaving.
  • Plastic bags: These can be used to store new first aid supplies, or to dispose of used first aid supplies.
  • Small mirror: If you're building an emergency survival first aid kit, this is a must.
  • Anti acids: These are good to have for people who are prone to heartburn, but can also come in handy for someone that gets an upset stomach.
  • Eye drops / eye wash: These can be good for washing out foreign debris from someone's eye.
  • Hot / cold packs: These can be useful if someone sprains/pulls a muscle, has swelling, or a bump on the head.
  • Oral thermometer: Fever can be a symptom of serious injury or illness. You may want to take this along to monitor someone's condition.
  • Twine: To build on a larger first aid kit, you can add this as it can have many applications.
  • Mole skin: This product is used to lessen the pain of blisters.
  • Road flares: If you're building an emergency survival and first aid kit, these are a must.
  • Small flashlight: This is a must if natural lighting is not adequate for administering first aid. You may not need to pack an extra one, as long as you have one with your regular camping gear. Miscellaneous items.
Priority 1 items
  • Deck of playing cards: One deck of cards can provide hours of entertainment for your whole camping party, or for a solitary person. This packs small and can be played anywhere, especially in your tent when it's raining.
  • Pen & paper: The possibilities are endless, as this can be used for both emergencies or for entertainment.
  • Small sewing kit: This could come in handy for mending clothes as well as some pieces of camping equipment or for first aid.
  • Watch: When you're camping, you should be relaxed, and not too worried about time. But if your party splits up for hiking or some other activity, these will be essential to know that everyone is where they are supposed to be and when.
Priority 2 items
  • Pocket knife: These can come in very handy for a variety of things on a camping trip.
  • Camera / battery / film / memory card: Capture the memories of your camping adventure on film, or digital.
  • Daypack / fanny pack: For small excursions on the trail or for sightseeing, don't forget something to carry the day's worth of supplies (water, snacks, first aid, and guidebooks).
  • Liquid detergent / fabric softener: If you're planning a trip longer than just for the weekend, you may want to bring this along in case you need to do laundry. Call ahead to see if your campground has laundry facilities.
  • Binoculars: If you plan to do some birding, or stargazing, these will come in very handy.
  • Compass / GPS: Bring this along if you'd like to do some orienteering while on your trip, or for Geocaching.
  • Water filters / water purification treatment: If you plan to camp in a remote area that doesn't provide potable water, you will want to pack and use these. Call ahead to where you plan to camp and ask about potable water.
  • Fishing gear: If you plan on camping somewhere that fishing is allowed, bring everything you will need. Be aware of the local Hunting & Fishing Regulations, and obtain the proper licenses/permits.
  • Radio: You may choose to bring this along to listen for weather alerts, or to hear the news. If it doesn't run on batteries, make sure you get a campsite with electricity.
  • Collapsible drying rack: If you don’t use clothesline, you may want to consider one of these to dry towels, clothing, or swimsuits on.
  • Travel alarm clock: If you have any place special you need to be during your trip, you may want to have this to make sure you get there on time.
Priority 3 items
  • Musical instruments / song books: For entertainment at your campsite, you might consider making a little music.
  • Hammock: This is a camping luxury. If you plan to use one, make sure you have trees or posts substantial enough to support it.
  • Umbrella: If you don't bring any other rain gear, you may want to at least have this, so you can still function in the rain.
  • Books / magazines: Enjoy the quiet time while camping to read a book, or catch up with your favorite magazine.
  • Animal, Bird & Plant ID books: If you plan on hiking during your trip, you may want to carry these along so that you can identify the plants and animals you encounter.