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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Rendezvous! We 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.
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.
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 Rendezvousis 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.
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 Rendezvous
Suwannee River Rendezvousis 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 Gardens. This is a 68-acre facility with 24 collections of bamboos, the largest herb garden in the southeast United States, water lilies, and much more!
Another place just southeast of Suwannee River lies the beautiful Ginnie Springs. This 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 Park. This 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Loaf of bread
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
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.
Vegetables such as sweet peppers and onions
Meat (optional): sausage, beef, chicken, ham
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.
A comfortable sleeping pad is one of the best pieces of camping gear you can have in your tent. Not only will your sleeping pad provide much-needed cushioning when you’re sleeping on the ground, it will also help keep you warm when the weather gets chilly. But which type is right for you?
As their name implies, air pads need to be inflated, either with your breath or with a hand pump.
Pros: Air pads are great for backpacking trips because they’re very lightweight and comfortable.
Cons: The lighter and more compact the air pad, the more expensive it tends to be. They can also deflate somewhat during the night, and are prone to rips and tears.
Self-inflating sleeping pads combine open-cell foam insulation and air. Some are foldable and designed for backpacking trips, whereas others roll up, and are best for car camping trips.
Pros: Self-inflating pads offer excellent insulation and make it easy to adjust the firmness by releasing or adding air. They’re also made of stronger fabric than air pads, which makes them a good choice if you’re traveling with pets or children.
Cons: Self-inflating pads are less compact than air pads, and heavier than simple foam pads.
Closed-Cell Foam Pads
These basic backpacking pads are made of dense foam.
Pros: You can carry them outside your pack without fear of damage, since they aren’t prone to punctures or damage. They also offer good insulation.
Cons: Many campers find foam pads to be the least comfortable type. They also tend to be stiff and bulky.
Ready to enjoy a relaxing camping trip by the shores of the Suwannee River? Give us a call or contact us online to book your next trip today!
Your backpack can make or break a day of hiking. Choose the wrong backpack, and a light load can feel like a ton of bricks. Choose the right one, and you’ll feel like you’re barely carrying anything at all. Here’s how to fit a new hiking backpack:
Pay Attention to Length, not Height
Don’t choose a backpack exclusively based on your height—the length of your torso is a far more important measurement. Use this helpful guide and a friend to properly measure your torso, or visit a local outfitter to get an accurate measurement.
Measure Your Hips
Once you’ve gotten your torso measurement, it’s time to measure your hips. You’ll be carrying most of the load on your hips with a well-fitting backpack, so this is an important measurement to consider. Use a tape measure to determine the circumference of your hips, and check the bag’s hip belt size to ensure it’s a good fit. If not, many manufacturers offer interchangeable hip belt options to accommodate different body types.
Adjust the Straps
Ideally, your shoulder straps should be flush with your shoulders and upper back. If there’s too much space between the bag’s straps and your shoulders, you’ll need to shorten the suspension or try a shorter model. You can also adjust the load straps on the top section of the backpack to keep the weight evenly balanced over your hips.
Ready to load up your new backpack and do some hiking this summer? We’d love to see you on the campgrounds at Suwannee River Rendezvous! Book your campsite online or give us a call today at (386) 294-2510 to learn more!
Don’t let sweltering temps keep you from camping in July and August. Make the most of the season with these tips to help you stay cool during your next summer camping trip.
Take Your Tent Apart During the Day …
If you’ve ever retired to your tent after a long day in the sun only to find that it feels like an oven, you probably know that your tent acts like a greenhouse during the daylight hours, trapping heat from the sun’s rays. Take it apart when you’re not sleeping to prevent this from happening.
… Or Skip the Tent Altogether
Why not switch things up this summer and sleep in a hammock? You’ll stay cooler and enjoy the twinkling stars overhead as you drift off. Just be sure to check the weather to make sure you won’t get caught in the rain overnight.
Use a Pop-Up Sunshade
You can use a sunshade to divert the sun’s rays away from your tent or social area, making it more comfortable to sleep past sunrise and be outdoors during the day.
Wear Light-Colored Clothing
Dark colors absorb solar radiation and make you feel hotter. Light colors, on the other hand, can keep you cool by reflecting the sun’s rays.
The more water you drink, the cooler you’ll feel, while avoiding heat-related maladies like heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Bring a Portable Fan
Make the heat and humidity more bearable when you BYOB (bring your own breeze). These days, you can even find portable fans that plug right into your phone and use its battery for power!
Now that you know how to stay cool when the mercury rises, it’s time to book your next summer camping trip. If you enjoy swimming, kayaking or canoeing, you’ll love staying at Suwannee River Rendezvous. Give us a call at (386) 294-2510 to book your spot today!