What to Bring for a Hiking Trip

Hiking is a great way to get exercise and see the world at the same time, but most people aren’t prepared for a hike. They sometimes underestimate the strenuous task of hiking up a mountain or a steep trail. It’s important to be prepared for a hike, but what does that mean exactly? Here are soe essentials you should always bring for a hike!

What to bring on a hiking trip

Hiking Boots or Shoes

Whether you’re going up a steep incline, or you’re on a trail, you’ll need to have the proper footwear to get through it. The conditions of a trail could be rocky, muddy, slippery, and even snowy, which means you’ll need a hiking boot or shoe to make sure you have the right traction, so you don’t slip and fall. 

Water, Water, and more Water

You’d be surprised on how much water you actually need when hiking. Many times, we tend to think we know how much water is enough, but weather conditions come into play when hiking. You may not realize it until half-way up the hike that you’re out of your water. It’s recommended to plan for a half a liter per hour during your hike. 

Rain Gear

Sometimes you can get stuck in the rain on a hike. You should always pack a good rain jacket that is waterproof, so you don’t get drenched on the hike. Make sure to pack an extra shirt or shorts just in case those get wet on the hike. 

Tools, Gadgets, First Aid Kit

Other important items include a first aid kit, flashlight or headlamp, knife/tool, sun protection, and of course food and snacks for your hike. You never want to be hungry or without energy on along hike. If you’re going on a long weekend hike, it’s recommended you bring a tent and camping gear to split up the trip and have a place to stay overnight. 

At Suwannee River Rendezvouswe provide camping, lodging, and adventure activities here in Mayo, Florida. Contact us at 386-294-2510 today to learn more!

5 Essential Items You Need for Camping

If you’re an avid camper or you’re a newcomer, you probably understand that there are essential items you’ll need to go on a successful camping trip. These are just basic camping items that will make your camping experience more fulfilling. 

Camping Essentials

Camping Tent 

If you’re tent camping, you’ll want the tent to be durable, dry and easy to set up. The Coleman Sundome tent is your best bet for success on a camping trip. It only takes ten minutes to setup, and it is set at a very reasonable price. It has great ventilation and it keeps water from getting in. It is the perfect tent for a small camping trip. 

Hammock

The Eagles Nest DoubleNest Hammock is the perfect hammock for you to bring on a camping trip. A hammock is not necessary for a camping trip, but it will enhance the trip even more. If you go on a long hike to watch a sunset, you easily pack your hammock on the hike and set it up along the way. 

Camp Cooking 

When it comes to cooking on your camping trip, you need to have a few things in order to have a meal. Most camping sites are supplied with a firepit, so you don’t necessarily need a grill. Having an easy cooking set is vital to be able to have different meals around your campfire. The MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit is an all-around kitchen set for your necessities. You’ll also need to have a utensil set that works well in the outdoors. 

Backpacking Rucksack

For those looking to go on long hikes and backpack to their camping site, an Osprey HIKELITE 32 is your best bet for a small backpacking trip. It’s compact and back-supporting to make your trek a little bit easier.  

Footwear – Hiking Boots 

Having the proper outdoor footwear is crucial to a camping trip. Check out our blog post on the top hiking boots you should consider grabbing before your next camping trip. 

If you’re looking for the perfect place to bring your family or friends on a camping adventure, check out Suwannee River RendezvousWe have everything you need for a fun-filled camping, hiking, and adventure getaway in Mayo, Florida. Contact Suwannee River Rendezvous at 386-294-2510 today. 

Why You Should Go Camping After the COVID-19 Crisis

Camping has been many family’s tradition for generations. Getting out in the wilderness comes with plenty of great benefits regarding physical and mental health. After the country is able to open up, camping will play an important role in getting back in touch with nature and your loved ones. 

Benefits of Camping at Suwannee River Rendezvous

A Down to Earth Experience

There’s a beautiful experience when it comes to camping. Everything from organizing your gear, packing up the car, and setting up camping is a down to earth experience. In reality, you’re setting up a home for the next few days. 

Creative Problem Solving – When camping, there are always moments when problem solving is required. Cooking, setting up camp, preparing for bad weather, lighting a fire, and much more involves creative problem solving. You’ll always run into problems, and creative problem solving with your family or friends creates a great bonding experience. 

Physical & Mental Health Benefits

Getting outside is always a good thing to do. When we have been stuck inside for a few months, the outdoors seems like heaven. Well, it is heaven to be honest with you. With camping, you’ll get the exercise, stress relief, and escape you need to improve your productivity, mood, and physical activity. 

Whether you’re hiking, making simple meals, mountain biking, swimming, or doing other activities, you’ll most likely improve your sleep as well. If you have been struggling with sleep during the quarantine, camping might be a good reset. 

Suwannee River Rendezvous Offers the Camping You Need

Suwannee River Rendezvous is your best place to get out camping in Florida. We have everything you need when it comes to camping. From kayaking and canoeing to hunting and fishing, escape to the outdoors with us. If you’re looking for a place to camp in Florida after the quarantine, contact Suwannee River Rendezvous at 386-294-2510. 

Places to Visit in Florida After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sure, we’re all stuck indoors practicing social distancing and staying healthy and safe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan our getaways and trips during this time. Florida has plenty of places to offer for your next trip and leisure vacation. 

Here is a list of beautiful places to getaway to after the COVID-19 Pandemic is all over. 

Suwannee River Camping and RV resort

Suwannee River Rendezvous

Suwannee River Rendezvous is a camping and RV resort located in Mayo, Florida. With plenty of activities to do like fishing, hunting, canoe and kayaking, and other swimming and entertainment activities. We have lodging and RV camping areas for however you like to enjoy your “camping” traditions. 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Just southeast of Suwannee River Rendezvous lies the Kanapaha Botanical GardensThis is a 68-acre facility with 24 collections of bamboos, the largest herb garden in the southeast United States, water lilies, and much more!

Ginnie Springs

Another place just southeast of Suwannee River lies the beautiful Ginnie SpringsThis place has so much to offer from scuba diving to snorkeling, and even tubing the great Santa Fe River. Ginnie Springs offers camping, lodging, and electrical hookups for RV’s and campers. If you plan your trip right, you could easily hit all of these spots in Florida. 

Washington Oaks State Park

Located directly east of Gainesville on the coast of the Atlantic is Washington Oaks State ParkThis beautiful state park in Florida consists of gardens surrounding an ancient live oak in the middle. With trail hiking, biking, and fishing along the coast, you can relax and enjoy a beautiful piece of Florida’s nature. 

Start Planning Now to Explore Florida for When the Coronavirus is Over

We understand the difficulty of staying in and quarantining ourselves. It’s not easy on anybody, but it is necessary if we want to protect our citizens and keep them healthy during the pandemic. What we can do is plan our next Florida vacation. Contact Suwannee River Rendezvous at 386-294-2510 to start planning your first stop along an amazing adventure!

The Importance of Family Camping Trips

There are plenty of times where you and your family are planning vacations or trips, but you can’t quite sure decide on what to do. A family camping trip is something you should consider. Yes, you may not enjoy the sound of “camping,” but there are plenty of options Suwannee River Rendezvous can offer to you and your family.

Family Camping Meals

The Benefits of Camping

When camping with your family, you’re creating memories that can be cherished for years to come. Camping allows you to explore and adventure with the ones you love. There are many reasons why families camp, and here are some of the most beneficial:

  • It reduces stress – families deal with daily stresses all the time, whether it has to do with school, work, sports, social situations, or other events. Camping will make your family embrace the wilderness and forget about your everyday stresses.
  • Stronger relationships – you may build stronger relationships with siblings and parents. Sometimes our day-to-day activities don’t allow us to build strong relationships but being out in nature and exploring can rekindle those, especially when it comes to a fishing excursion.
  • Unplugging – unplugging from all unnecessary distractions in our lives can be extremely healthy and beneficial to family members. It forces us to talk and gain a deeper understanding of each other when we aren’t so connected to the internet, TV, or social media.
  • Great Meals – cooking when camping is always a great time because it gets the whole family to participate in the prep and cleanup. Your family can learn new recipes and creative ways to cook. If you’re looking to take a small break from the camping cooking routine, you and your family can always check out the Cookin’ Shack at the Suwannee River Resort and Campground.

Camp with Suwannee River Rendezvous!

We invite families from everywhere to come join us at Suwannee River Rendezvous in Mayo, FL to stay at one of our lodging facilities on our campgrounds and resort.

Our place is filled with exciting exploration opportunities and activities including fishing, hunting, kayak and canoe trips, entertainment, and events.

Contact us at 386-294-2510 today! 

Why an RV is the Best Road Trip Vehicle

When we think of road trips, we think long, uncomfortable car rides with our friends to a destination that may not be worth the trip. Road tripping in an RV is where the game is changed for the better. The beauty of riding in an RV to a vacation destination is that there are plenty of stops you can make a long your trip.

Many places in the United States off RV Camping Parks like Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Camping.

RV Road Trip in Florida

You Don’t Have to Pay for Hotels

Owning or renting an RV allows you to have a home on wheels when traveling on the long road. You won’t have to worry about looking for costly hotels along the way that can make a dent in your budget. You have the opportunity to make your own meals and get a good sleep comfortably in your vehicle.

Boondocking is also a great way to save money on a long road trip in an RV. The benefit of boondocking is it’s free!

An RV Makes the Drive Much Better

Just imagine being stuck in a small car packed with your family or friends. There is no seat open for comfort, so you’re stuck up against each other. This is where the misery comes out during a road trip. No one enjoys being miserable in a car ride. With an RV, you have the space and comfort to enjoy the scenery outside and the drive.

What Can Do in an RV:

  • Play Board/Card Games
  • Play Musical Instruments
  • Cook food
  • Sleep comfortably
  • Read/Watch Movies

You Can Still Enjoy the Outdoors

If you’re looking for an authentic way of traveling, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors, you still can! At Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, we have plenty of opportunities for you and your family to stop, stay, and take in the beautiful outdoors of Florida. Don’t let the RV lifestyle fool you. Just because you can go into a comfortable vehicle to eat and sleep, does not mean you’re not roughing it.

Contact Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground at 386-294-2510 today!

What to Look for When Purchasing Hiking Boots

Picking out new hiking boots can be a challenge because you want to make sure you get the right fit and look, while making sure they’re good quality. There are different hiking boots for different terrains, so it’s important to know what kind of trails you’ll be exploring.

Hiking on trails in Florida

Exploring Light Trails

You’ll be able to wear an ankle-high hiking boot or shoe when the trail is well maintained.  You’ll want to make sure the hiking shoe has a good support and durable sole. Many of these types of shoes are not waterproof, so you’ll need to keep that in mind. The Danner Trail 2650 and the Women’s Trail 2650 are perfect for long miles on light terrains and easier trails.  

Tougher Trails

If you’re serious about exploring the wilderness and want a book that you can put a good amount of miles on, the Danner Skyridge and the Women’s Danner X Timbers Jag are your best options. Both of these are 100% waterproof and are meant for a variety of terrains. You can wear these everyday out walking or on some long hiking trails.

For a Mountaineer

The mountains and rougher trails call for a more durable and rugged boot that can do some lifting in rough conditions. The Mountain 600 and the Women’s Mountain 600 are the best all-around hiking boots from Danner. These have awesome grip for any type of surface ensuring a successful hike up in the mountains or on a windy trail in the woods.

There are plenty of hiking areas around Mayo, Florida and where the Suwannee River Rendezvous is!

For your next camping trip, stay with Suwannee River Rendezvous. We have so much to offer when it comes to camping, hunting/fishing, kayaking, and much more. We offer lodging and RV camping as well. Contact us at 386-294-2510 today.

Fun and Easy Camping Meals

Many unseasoned camping vets have trouble figuring out what to make for camping meals. Some people aren’t prepared before going on a camping trip with the family. We want everyone who is going camping to know that there are easy camping meals for the whole family to enjoy.

Campfire frittata recipe

Mountain Pies

Mountain pies are extremely easy and fun for the whole family. What you’ll need is a cast iron pie maker, which you can purchase at a very reasonable price at many different stores.

Ingredients:

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Loaf of bread
  • Butter

This can be an easy nighttime snack around the campfire or even a dinner meal for family and friends. The benefit of this meal is that it’s cheap and tastes great when camping. All you have to do is spread butter on 2 slices of bread, add sauce, pepperoni and cheese on one slice, throw in the cast iron pie maker, and cook over the fire. Remember to flip the pie maker!

Campfire Frittata

For a little bit more of a meal, the campfire frittata is a delicious one. This one is an easy quick recipe that will be great for the family waking up in the morning before the daily camping activities. You will need a cast iron skillet to cook the meal in over a fire. Note: a lid is recommended, so you don’t burn the bottom of the eggs before cooking the top.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Vegetables such as sweet peppers and onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms
  • Meat (optional): sausage, beef, chicken, ham
  • Cheese (optional)

To make sure you don’t burn the bottom of the eggs is to layer the bottom of the pan with vegetables. Then, pour the scrambled eggs in the skillet on top and add the meat and other ingredients. Use the lid to cover the top and keep an eye out for when the eggs are done.

For more easy and delicious campfire meals, check out these awesome ones!

Suwannee River Rendezvous

At Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort & Campground, we offer an amazing place in Mayo, Florida to go camping and adventuring. From kayaking to hunting and fishing trips, we have it all. We also offer lodging at our grounds. Contact us at 386-294-2510 today!

Four Clever Ways to Make Coffee at Your Campsite

Camping CoffeeIf you’re like us, you need your morning cup of coffee whether you’re at home or on the road. The good news is, making coffee when you’re camping is easier than you might think. Check out these four clever ways to make coffee at your campsite:

Cowboy Coffee

All you need for this classic method of campsite coffee brewing is a kettle and a campfire. To make cowboy coffee, boil water in a kettle, then remove it from the heat source and let it cool enough to stop boiling (about 30 seconds). Then, stir in two tablespoons of coffee grounds per serving. Let it rest for two minutes, then stir again and let it rest for two more minutes. Once the grounds settle to the bottom, pour the coffee as slowly as possible into a mug to minimize grit.

MacGyver Coffee

If you really don’t like drinking your coffee unfiltered, you can make coffee at your campsite using a thermos, a fastener such as a rubber band and a mesh coffee filter or cotton cheesecloth. You can find detailed instructions for this method here.

Coffee Bags

You can either buy coffee bags (essentially tea bags for coffee) or make one yourself with a coffee filter and twine. All you need to do is throw it in a cup of hot water to brew your coffee.

French Press

No need to bring your French press from home—these days you can find French press coffeemakers designed specifically for camping.

There’s no better place to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee than the Suwannee River Rendezvous campground and RV resort. With plenty of hiking, swimming and entertainment options to enjoy, you’re sure to having a relaxing, refreshing time when you stay with us. To book your next trip, just give us a call or contact us online today!

Money-Saving Tips for Your Next RV Adventure

RV Refeuling RVs make it easy to hit the road and explore, but as with any trip, the costs can add up. The good news is, you can stay within your budget by keeping these money-saving tips in mind during your next RV adventure:

Save at the Pump

Minimize your fuel expenses by using apps like GasBuddy to find the cheapest nearby gas prices, or by using a credit card that offers rewards on gas purchases.

Drive Smart

Did you know that the way you drive can have a noticeable effect on your gas mileage? Don’t speed, make sure your tires are inflated to correct pressure and avoid driving aggressively. Maneuvers like excessive braking and rapid acceleration burn up gas fast.

Channel Your Inner Chef

One of the advantages of having an RV is that you have a built-in kitchen! Skip the fast food—it’s not ideal for your health or your budget. Visit grocery stores and farmers’ markets instead to find ingredients to make your own meals. Have leftovers at the end of the day? Keep them for tomorrow and save even more money!

Travel During the Shoulder Season

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect season for an RV trip. Campsites that are pricier in the summer often lower their prices during the autumn months, and you’ll still get to enjoy beautiful weather in most parts of the country.

Looking for an affordable, comfortable campsite for your next RV trip? You’ve come to the right place! At Suwannee River Rendezvous, our RV resort comes equipped with a variety of amenities including free Wi-Fi and pool access! Give us a call at (386) 294-2510 to learn more or to book your reservation today!