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June 23, 2013

Kevin Reese: Summer camping just got cooler…

Corsicana — Memories of that spring chill on the breeze are fading fast and the lack of any real semblance of winter means we’re likely destined for another scorching summer. While many of us enjoy camping and outdoor activities year round some things just go better with those sunny summer days! Sit back, relax and enjoy the comforts of air conditioning while getting up to speed on seven ultra-cool ways to create the summer campsite every other camper craves!

Location, Location, Location!

The age old realtor mantra rings as true in camping as it does with brick and mortar homes. Picking the right location can mean the difference between a truly relaxing oasis-hideaway experience and the feeling that you’re simply trying to survive the weekend. Depending on where you are camping, shade can be a precious commodity. The heat of a summer day can be more than oppressive, it can be downright dangerous. Picking a campsite under the canopy of trees is a great way to catch a break from the heat; an even better location might be in a shaded area with a water source close by; nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a quick swim, even better when it’s right outside your tent. Unfortunately, trees and water also offer a great haven for creepy crawlers and flying nightmares.

What’s Buggin’ You?

Summertime camping dishes out a problem few campers battle successfully, bugs! Warm weather, water and our glorious outdoors work together to create an all-out war zone for those not armed with the appropriate weapons. Millions agree, a camper’s arch nemesis is the mosquito. Fleas and ticks can also be a major problem; however, past fights to control them included greasy, messy insect repellents that seemed to attract more than repel! BugBands are a great way to protect your family from mosquitoes, fleas and blackflies around the campground and especially during camp activities. Simply putting a BugBand around your wrist may mean the difference between enjoying your mini-vacation or feeling under siege. ThermaCELL also offers great protection. A butane cartridge and manufactured chrysanthemum scent keep both skeeters and blackflies at bay. ThermaCELL offers individual portable units as well as picnic and campsite styled lanterns. Treating clothes with Permanone or Permethrin is also a great way to protect your family from ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and mites, and generally lasts anywhere from three to four days up to two weeks even with repeated washing. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to be the envy of your camping neighbors who chose flight over a smart fight!

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