Forget about the world for a while, and go make lifelong memories in the grand outdoors, bonding with loved ones. Yes, camping is calling out for you. When you live in Australia, it’s always the right time to take to the road, simply because camping is ingrained in our genes; though everything changes, our love for camping doesn’t – we have a timeless affair with camping!
It doesn’t matter what you’re into, whether you prefer more comfort and staying in touch with civilisation, or are seeking a sort of Bear Grylls backpacking experience, there’s the right camping style for everyone’s taste. Just don’t forget to get down to the nitty gritty of packing the adequate camping gear.
Depending on how you camp, this can be starting from the tent with a sleeping bag, dome swag with mattress, or awnings for 4×4, or campervan which leads us to the important point: decide on your camping style, and consider the sleeping, and resting essentials.
If you have a campervan, you have the chance to change the mattress to your liking. Don’t forget, camping gear also includes furniture, in the likes of foldable chairs and table sets, with much-needed armrests and cup-holders. It’s all about comfort and convenience.
In terms of this, there are different aspects to look into when buying camping gear, such as weight, and materials it’s made of, whether it’s compact enough to pack up, and whether it provides enough shelter from the weather conditions (think tent and awnings).
It’s the outdoors, and it gets dark – duh. Having this in mind, it’s never too much to pile up on lighting sources, be that lanterns, torches, or headlamps. Now that LEDs have become popular, and affordable, you can easily find the lighting products that most suit you, resting assured you’d get adequate light output, without worrying about the batteries.
It’s needless to say you have to have some means to find your way around, and while GPS devices are more than acceptable, they’re not always easy to decipher, so make sure you carry paper maps with you, and look well into them prior to taking to the road.
Camping doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. You can still try out new healthy recipes outdoors; for this, it’s important to find the reliable camping cookbooks, and cookware – from campstoves, or Dutch ovens, to pans, pots, and your favourite coffee mug.
In relation, you are advised to think of how you’d freeze specific products. If you can carry more load, you can carry a mini freezer, if not, you can pile up on food that doesn’t go stale that quickly, and use frozen vegetables to keep other ingredients cold.
As for clothing, warm and dry for winter, and lightweight and breathable for summer camping adventures. Good boots are a must regardless of the season, as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, hate, and of course, bug repellents. Last but not least, two essential kits: tools, and first aid, because you never know when someone might be in need of medications, or bandages, and getting out of sticky mud situation.
If you ever wondered what the proof of a timeless relationship looks like, just take the living room and the sofa as an example. That’s an everlasting bond, that no trend or time can break. Sure, some people go for the no-sofa minimalist approach, opting for a pair of armchairs instead, but can they really compare with the sofa comfort?
After all, what’s in a living room without the much needed comfort, right? Picture this: a cosy contemporary sofa bed, its cosiness, and you putting your feet up, relaxing, and calling it a day, as you watch favourite shows, and films.
Don’t forget the sofa is also focal point, so it has a role in the interior décor at the same time. As such, it’s important not to rush into the purchase decision, but take specific aspects into consideration, in the likes of trend, which refers to style, then craftsmanship, related to durability, and of course colour, shape, and size.
Buying a sofa means buying a piece of furniture to stand the test of time, something that you’d use for the next ten years or so; not surprisingly, the contemporary sofa bed can match up that challenge. As a style, the contemporary has made it such a trend because it’s current, and also looking to the future, unlike the past-oriented modern.
The typical smooth, and clean lines of contemporary, in a combination with neutral colours, give you as much decorating freedom as possible, both with covers and cushions. This goes to show this sort of sofa bed can fit in with various interior styles as well. As soon as you’ve measured up the area properly, you can start looking for the sofa bed that would be the perfect fit; small sofas are great for small living rooms, and vice versa.
Having in mind you can easily do the purchase online, where it’s also possible to find better deals, make sure you have it all sorted out in terms of delivery, and getting the sofa bed inside. In case you have narrow halls, doorways, and staircase, it may be advisable to assemble it yourself.
Another aspect of essence is the design, and function respectively. Depending on whether you live on your own, as a family, or get to be the ideal host every once in a while and have guests sleep over, you can choose from compact two-seaters, to those multi-purpose, foldable ones that easily turn into comfy beds. If you consider these aspects, you can’t go wrong with shopping.
Lights are one of the top 5 essentials for any camping checklist, right after the tent, sleeping bags, and food. You simply cannot venture out in nature without some sort of portable light to help you navigate through the darkness. In case you haven’t heard, there are no street lamps on eucalyptus trees deep within the forest, which means you should bring a reliable and convenient lighting solution with you.
Among the various portable lights out there, not one can beat the benefits that LED headlamps offer. They enable you to have hands-free convenience while you’re pitching your tent at night, hiking after dusk, or just looking for something in your backpack. Many experienced campers today rely exclusively on headlamps to guide them through the night.
Before you explore the wide range of LED headlamps Australian stores offer, consider what you are going to be using your torch for. If you’re planning to use it only for things like cooking and walking around the camping spot, a simple model might provide you with just the right amount of convenience.
However, if you plan on heading off to night expeditions, a headlamp with a powerful long distance beam, also called a spotlight, will help you navigate the trail better. If you want versatility, then an adjustable model that allows you to switch between a spotlight and a regular softer beam can be a more cost-efficient choice.
Thanks to the increasingly bright and efficient LED bulbs, even general purpose headlamps can provide you with a good amount of light. However, if brightness is extremely important for you, you should pay close attention to the lumen ratings of the headlamps. Lumens measure the total quantity of light emitted in all directions, and a headlamp with high lumen ratings will consume more energy and produce brighter light. Today, there are some models of head torches that offer 2300 lumens of light, giving you enough raw power to ride through rough mountain tracks with a bike as if it’s still daytime.
Of course, when choosing a headlamp, it’s also important to consider the type of batteries it uses. The benefit of using conventional alkaline batteries is that you can replace them easily with spare ones, if you do carry some with you. On the other hand, there’s a lot more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly choice – lithium rechargeable batteries. A LED headlamp running on rechargeable batteries can be easily recharged from your car’s charger or a portable USB charger. No waste, no pollution. Genius.
Finally, you should also make sure the headlamp you buy is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Consider materials such as military grade aluminium and rechargeable batteries for the ultimate lightweight combination. Also, you’d want to have a secure and snug fit that will prevent the light from falling off but also won’t feel too tight. For that reason, make sure the headlamp comes with an adjustable strap.
Most of the tourists that visit Australia speak about the wonderful things they’ve seen on their trip: the national parks, the beaches, the Sidney Opera House etc. Sometimes, there are those that are quite overwhelmed by other things, like the size of the bugs we got here for example. It’s a standard fact that Australia’s extreme climate has made this place a home for some of the most fascinating insects in the world and while tourists might find it amusing, for those of us who live in Australia, this type of problem can be really exhausting. There are a few ways of coping with this issue, but the most permanent and easiest one is to install security fly screens. (more…)
Now that we’re very well into summer, I’m sure you feel the urge to spend as much time outside as possible, until the cold kicks in again. While you can head out to any park or bar with a nice outdoor terrace, getting there could take a long and exhausting trip which you might not even be in the mood for after a hard day’s work. On the other hand, if you have a nice backyard, you can simply bring your indoors out and enjoy lounging in the fresh air any time you want. Here are some ideas on how to maximise your outdoor comfort. (more…)
There’s no happier feeling in life than finding out you’re about to become a parent. But after the initial excitement, you’ll realise there’s a lot to prepare for and you only got a limited amount time. So, better start now! As a new parent, one of the first things on your mind will probably be the nursery.
When you’re designing your baby’s nursery, everyone is going to voice their opinions (just like with pregnancy and child rearing in general). However, it’s important to remember that there’s no right or wrong way and it’s really all up to you. With that in mind, what you should really strive to achieve is a healthy and safe place that can inspire growth and creativity. (more…)
A few years ago I had to go to my local mechanic to fix up a few problems that my car had developed. He examined it, and told me all of the parts that would need to be replaced. No surprise, the estimate turned out pretty costly, so in an effort to reduce the price, I remember asking him to only replace what I thought were the most crucial components, neglecting the water pump since I didn’t believe it was an important item. Well, after my car broke down two days later because the engine overheated, it can safely be said that I was proven to be very wrong on that point.
One of the best ways to spend some quality father and son time is to explore a hobby together, and there aren’t many hobbies that are more interesting to young boys than operating RC toys. RC toys are the gateway to real cars, and they teach young kids the basics of car electronics and radio technology. But if you aren’t up-to-date with the newest RC trends, you might not recognise all the different types of RC toys available today. Speaking of which, you’ll come across RC cars, RC buggies and RC monster trucks for sale, all of which are very different and offer a different RC experience.
Personally, my favourite RC toys are RC monster trucks, for a couple of different reasons. For starters, they’re extremely durable and can handle any type of terrain. RC cars and buggies are fun, for a couple of days at least, then they become kind of dull because you can’t ride them on any type of terrain. Monster trucks, on the other hand can be driven virtually anywhere, and your kid won’t get tired of them as fast.
That being said, there are even categorisations in the types of RC monster trucks for sale, depending on the type of motor they have. The two types of motors you’ll come across are nitro and electric. Moreover, you can choose between RTR (ready-to-run) and monster truck kits (need to be assembled). For starters, an RTR monster truck is recommended, as you can run it as soon as you remove it from the box. RTR trucks generally come with two channel radios, which is ideal for novice hobbyists. However, this takes away from the DIY assembly experience, which you might prefer.
Electric engines are more beginner-friendly, but less powerful in comparison to nitro engines. Generally, the better the battery, the more powerful the RC monster truck. Nowadays, lithium-ion batteries are widely available, so most manufacturers take advantage of them. Modern lithium-ion batteries are extremely powerful, last long and recharge quickly. Electric RC monster trucks can be extremely fast as long as you have some spare batteries around.
Nitro engines, on the other hand, are for more experienced hobbyists. The sound that nitro engines make resemble the sound of the F1 racetracks, which can be quite exciting. These engines are capable of spinning at high speeds (20.000 RPM and more), and if you compare the power they produce pound-for-pound with the power a car produces, you’ll find out that they have more power than the most advanced super cars. However, nitro monster trucks are expensive, difficult to operate and potentially dangerous, especially if you’re new to the hobby.
The chain on a bicycle is one of the most important parts. In fact, it’s safe to say that it’s the part that puts the whole thing together. It connects the front part of your drivetrain to the rear and through it, pedal power is converted into forward movement. Most of the chains that come with stock bicycles are made of steel alloy, as it’s one of the most durable materials. However, steel alloy is prone to rust and corrosion, so it’s not ideal.
So if the time has come for you to replace your bicycle chain, how do you find a better, more suitable one? The answer varies depending on the type of bicycle you’re riding, as there’s a wide array of bicycle chains available to suit specific types of bicycles. Moreover, different drivetrains accept different types of chains. For instance, a 9 speed cassette requires a different chain than an 11 speed one. It has to be thicker to fit in the narrower spaces between the sprockets.
As aforementioned, the chain must match the amount of gears on your drivetrain in order to fit. Generally, manufacturers produce bicycle chains that are compatible with most cassettes, but that’s not always the case.
Some chains need special rivets to rejoin once they’ve been split, and the old rivets become obsolete. You can learn more about this online or by asking in a bicycle store.
But how do you know when you need a new chain? All chains have limited longevity. Every time it drops into the valley that’s created by the teeth on a sprocket, chainring or cassette, you get friction between two metal surfaces. When you add the grinding paste that a transmission attracts, you get a lot of wear and tear. Eventually, the chain will start to skip over the teeth instead of meshing with them as intended. And that’s your cue that it’s time to get a new chain.
That being said, the state of the chain is of utmost importance for the safety of the rider and the performance of the bicycle as well. They’re oftentimes considered as consumables in the bicycle world, which means they’re expected to be replaced fairly frequently. Of course, you can prolong the lifespan of the chain by maintaining it properly. Luckily, chains are quite affordable components, and replacing it in a timely manner will help you protect the more expensive parts of the bicycle.
Just like any parent preoccupied with every detail of their child’s development, it can be easy to forget all about dental care. After all, the Tooth Fairy hasn’t even paid your kid a visit yet, so why should you go to the dentist so early? Truth is, even little choppers demand as much care as big choppers do. In fact, early dental-check ups are important in order to identify and prevent potential issues with later development and permanent teeth. (more…)