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Solar Lights for Camping

Solar Lights for Camping

This is a guest post by Rob Lobitz who plays an active role in promoting alternative energy sources and believes “Earth” day should be everyday.

Your definition of camping might vary quite a bit from your neighbors, but whether you will be sleeping in a tent under the stars, spending a weekend at the lake in your RV or roughing it in a rented cabin for a few nights, you will benefit from having at least one or two forms of lighting readily available. There are several options, from battery operated flashlights to a good old fashioned campfire, but one possibility that you might not have considered is cheap solar lights. Solar powered lights are available in a variety of configurations and several of these are ideal for camping. Learn about the choices presented and decide which of them is right for you.

Solar powered lanterns are ideal to hang inside of your tent at night or carry with you as you walk about in the early morning hours. These solar lights typically use LED light bulbs, so they emit a bright light that increases visibility. In addition, LED lights are durable, making them an ideal choice for the rugged terrain you are likely to experience.

You have probably seen solar powered stake lighting. Perhaps you even have some lining your walkway or edging your driveway. Consider bringing some of these along on your next camping trip. You can push them into the ground to light the way to the latrine, or stick them around the perimeter of your campsite for a bit of extra security.

Hanging solar lights are another variety that many people use in their own backyards. These are also ideal for camping. You can hang them around the awning of your camper, dangle them from trees near your tent or decorate the front porch of your cabin. Along with providing added luminosity, they add an air of fun to your surroundings, which is especially enjoyable if you are camping with a large group of friends. Finally, consider investing in a solar powered emergency light. These handheld lights often provide alternate power sources such as a backup battery or even a hand crank, should you find yourself in a crisis. The light will help you find your way and may help rescuers locate you more quickly. While camping is a fun activity, you should always take steps to keep yourself safe.

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Backyard Camping Before Summer Ends

Although camping in your backyard may not be as glamorous as heading to a local campground or state park, you can have a fun nighttime adventure close to home. Yes, millions of Americans head to local campgrounds each year, but it might surprise you that thousands of families decide to never leave home.

You can get creative when backyard camping.

Popular for many reasons, backyard camping is convenient and easy. No transportation to a campground and the supplies are walking distance away. Backyard campouts are extremely popular with families with children, especially ideal for those with young children.

Camping equipment is also on a case by case basis. If the weather permits and you don't have a tent you can sleep under the stars or a makeshift tent with a sheet. If you have camping supplies galore you can really mimic the real thing. 

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Airstream is Making it Easier Than Ever to Camp without the Hassle of Buying an Airstream Trailer

For nearly 80 years, Airstream trailers are still as super-stylish and environmentally friendly as ever. Nearly 70% of all Airstream trailers ever produced are still on the road and avoiding the landfills. Airstream trailers are definitely built to last. Airstream has teamed with KOA campsites to make camping easier. Brand-new and stationary Airstream silver bullets can be rented without the hassle of buying or towing your own. The first two KOA campsites with these available are in Las Vegas, Nevada and Florida’s Sugarloaf Key.


 

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Green RV Parks

National RV Parks and Campgrounds Go “Green” Naturally and Literally

With the support of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), thousands of privately owned RV Parks and Campgrounds across the United States have the opportunity to Plan-It Green. Proud to take a leadership role in helping those RV parks and campgrounds understand how they can become more “green,” the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) offers its members looking to make the Earth friendly changes to their park ideas to reduce their energy and water usage, and to better manage their waste produced at the facilities, including recycling programs.

If you’re a privately owned RV park or campground and are considering an eco-friendly change in your future, here are some of the perks.

Waste Management and Recycling – By reducing the waste that will head to landfills, you will save your money through reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs.

Renewable Energy – When you chose to start using renewable energy sources; solar thermal, hydroelectricity, or wind, you will reduce your dependency on non-renewable energy sources and save money in the long run. This is a great option if you are in the process of building a new RV park or campground.

If you’re in the process of building a new RV park or campground, there are some ways to incorporate renewable building materials in the construction. Usually you can find salvaged, recovered or re-milled lumber and get a better wood product compared to a new purchase. Instead of using wood for decking or fencing, there are many new products made from recycled plastics on the market. Recycled roofing shingles are another way to incorporate a renewable building material.

Energy Consumption – This is the quickest and simplest way to save money by reducing your energy bill. Ask for an energy audit and find out specific things you can do. Change your thermostat adjustments, even just a little and you can begin to save. And if you have a campground vehicle to travel your site, try to bike instead.

Water Conservation – Some of the ways to save on your water usage is to install low flush toilets, water less urinals and shower/flow restrictors in the bathrooms. You could install drought tolerant landscaping and collect rain to use for irrigation and landscaping.

Appliances – Try to buy energy efficient models. Did you know that in the United States, 26% of all electricity generated is used to operate refrigerators? Then there are solar powered clothes dryers or even just one with a moisture sensor control.

Campgrounds need to adhere to at least 3 of the following to even have the privilege of displaying the Plan-It Green logo:

• Recycle where possible and offer recycling to RVers and campers
• If a product or chemical harms our planet, avoid it
• Conserve water and energy usage after an energy evaluation
• Compact Fluorescent Lighting or EnergyStar products are being used
• Offsetting your carbon-footprint by planting trees throughout the park
• 100% green energy to guests
• Offer Earth friendly tips to your RV and camping guests
• Keep in mind that our precious natural resources are limited

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