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Keeping ticks at bay while camping

Once you have your bike gear and camping equipment in order, you might think you're prepared to take on the great outdoors, but have you considered the pests you'll be facing in the wild? Ticks are perhaps one of the biggest threats to hikers and campers for a number of reasons. Not only can they cause painful bites, but they can carry disease. Here are some tips on how to keep ticks at bay.

1. Cover up.

The easiest way to keep ticks from latching onto y
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6 perfect camping spots for spring break

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With spring break approaching, you're probably looking forward to a week of no stress and responsibilities. Ideally, you'd like to take a vacation and get a refreshing change of scenery, but, like most students, you're probably operating on a strict budget. Camping is a fun, affordable option that's perfect for unwinding without breaking the bank. Check out these six spring break camping spots and start planning your getaway today.

1. Allegany State Park, Allegan
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Choosing the right sunblock for those long day hikes

Regardless of what season it may be, the UV rays from the sun can hit you just as hard while your on the trails and cause sunburn and skin damage. Choosing the right sunblock is not only important for your immediate comfort, but also for the long term health of your skin cells as well.

According to Backpacker.com, the right ingredients are the key. Choose a product whose only active ingredients are one of the the following - zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, photo-stabalized avobenzone or
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Getting in shape for a big hike

If you're planning on getting out for that first big hike of the season, you may want to put yourself through a bit of a training regimen before hitting the trails. The winter may have taken its toll on your fitness levels, so follow these simple steps to get yourself back into shape quickly.

If you have a treadmill, start putting some miles on it. Half an hour a day of light jogging should have you ready to go in no time. It's a good idea to work at a progressively steeper inc
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Preventing wild animals from invading your campsite

When packing your bike gear and camping equipment for an excursion into the woods, you might want to think twice about how you store your belongings. Whether you have tasty food in your backpack or scented perfume, the items you bring along may attract unwanted animals.

There are a few ways that you can keep the surrounding wildlife at bay once you establish your campsite. First, make it a point to cover all of your food and store it properly once you're finished eating. When disca
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Bear-proofing a campsite

Campers are generally advised to steer clear of all wildlife when they are at a site, but sometimes the tent itself can attract unwelcome visitors. Chief among these is the bear, an animal that is willing to head in any direction where it smells food.

For that reason, it's important that hikers take pains to bear-proof their campsite, whether in a tent or a designated area.

First, they should be sure to keep food outside of the tent, because otherwise bears may wander r
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How to protect your vision from common problems

When out in the backcountry, the elements can get pretty rough. Wind can kick up gusts of sand and dirt and vast expanses of snow can fatigue the eyes very quickly. Given how sensitive your vision is, it's vitally important that you take steps to ensure it is protected at all times. Here are a few common occurrences when you're out on the trails and how to best deal with them.

One of the most frequent problems to come up is getting a speck of dirt in your eye. Your first instin
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Identifying poisonous plants while in the wild

Even if you're a seasoned camper or cyclist, there are some plants you may be unfamiliar with while traveling through a new region. In turn, you might be more susceptible to exposing yourself to poisonous plants.

To ensure your safety and health while bike touring or camping, there are a few ways you can familiarize yourself with some of the most dangerous plants in the woods. First, know what to look for when it comes to the most common poisonous plants - poison ivy, sumac and oak
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