Camping – Why You Need a Chuck Box

When it comes to camping, you will need to bring with you a number of different items. However, one item in particular that you should take a look at is the chuck box. These boxes will allow you to store all of your cooking supplies as well as any other personal items. You will also have a clean surface when preparing food, and offer utility features as well. Chuck boxes will make your camping experience far more enjoyable.

Store Your Camp Kitchen Items

Another piece of camping equipment that will come in handy and avoid any hassles is a grub box. This is storage container that will store all the food that you will bring along, in addition to to any other kitchen accessories that you have. This way, you aren’t likely to forget any important items and makes it easier to get ready for camping since all of your utensils and food items are all in one place.

A chuck box in its most basic form is a simple cardboard box. However, if you plan on going camping often or already do, you will want to purchase one that has containers and storage areas for all your items, not to mention one that can seal up and is waterproof in case of rain.

If you are going to prepare food, you will need a clean and sanitary surface to place the food on. A chuck box will also serve as a small table if anyone needs to set their food down momentarily.

Making sure you have all the necessary equipment for your camping trip is key. Be sure not to take too much stuff however to the point where you might lose something or get overwhelmed. However, one item that often gets overlooked are camping chairs.

Leh Ladakh Tour – Visit Monasteries and Enjoy Adventure Sports

Ladakh, the Land of High Passes, is an exotic region in the northernmost Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is marvelously sandwiched between the Great Himalayas to the south and the Karakoram mountain range to the north. The region is composed of two districts namely Leh and Kargil. Leh is also the second largest district in the country. Leh town is the main town and was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. The town is dominated by the ruined Royal Palace also called Leh Palace. It is also famous for Buddhist monasteries and monuments. The Leh palace is built in same style of Potala Palace in Lhasa.

During Leh Ladakh tour tourists will have ample opportunities for cultural tourism and adventure tourism as well. There are many magnificent Buddhist monuments and monasteries (Gompas) in this region which attract travelers from all over the world. Almost all monasteries are located in and around Leh town. Hence, Leh has been also starting point for tourism in Ladakh. It is has been the fist destination for almost all travel itineraries in the region weather it is for cultural tourism or adventure tourism. Hemish, Thiksey, Sankar, Shey, Stock, Stanka, Spituk, Lamayuru, Alchi, Likir, Diskit, etc are among most sought after tourist sites in Ladakh where you can see famous Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and monuments. Noted for marvelous structures and stunning carvings Ladakh monasteries are indeed delights for tourists coming from different parts of the world.

Apart from magnificent Buddhist monuments and Gompas, Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir is also known for its copious nature beauty. Plentiful natural beauty and picturesque landscapes never fail to lure visitors and provide them ample opportunities for ecotourism. Nubra Valley is a prominent tourist place famous for scenic beauty. There is Lake Moriri in the region which is considered to be as one of the largest and high altitude lakes. Zanskar is known for scenic trekking trails and areas. Drass Valley, Suru Valley, Salt Valley, Markha Valley, Padum, Rangdum, etc are also popular tourist sites to visit on Ladakh tour.

Apart from various monasteries and copious natural beauty, tourists can also enjoy various adventure sports during Leh Ladakh tour. Ladakh has emerged as one of the finest destinations for adventure tourism in India. Trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, white water rafting, jeep safari, cycling, motor biking, wildlife safari, camel safari, etc are popular adventurous activities to enjoy in Ladakh. Zanskar Valley, Indus Valley and Markha Valley are most sought after destinations for Himalayatrekking tours in Ladakh.

How Delicious Is Your Tips Booklet?

How does your tips booklet taste? That may seem like a crazy question, especially if you view food as a means to an end rather than the yummy experience many people consider it.

Tips booklets have often been characterized as the appetizer, the “starter” to whet the appetite of the reader so they want more. Ideally the tips are small tastes that are easily digestible, allowing information to be learned without difficulty in small segments.

It can also be a way to determine the interest level of a particular topic. The reader may take a few tastes and find they simply don’t enjoy that flavor, and that’s that. Or, because the information is basic and easy to learn, it can become a welcomed surprise that allows deeper exploration to a brand new area of information, one that may have felt overwhelming or off-putting in the past.

Many tips booklets authors worry about giving enough valuable information in a tips booklet, forgetting that this is the appetizer not the main course. They put as much as possible into every sentence, making it so heavy to slog through, leaving a not-great aftertaste from the experience.

The reader makes a lasting decision from a single experience, never again to darken your door electronically or in person. Your stuff didn’t taste good to them. Of course it is impossible to please everyone who comes to you. After all, some people prefer things that are sweet or spicy or savory when it comes to food. Yes, that carries over to taste in other parts of life. You cannot please everyone.

Some people really do want short tips and they are on their way. Others find those tips to be a good door opener and come back to you for more in-depth information. Some people want to listen or watch a video rather than read. Once you do your tips booklet, you can survey people who have expressed interest in your topic to see what formats to do next, what sub-topics to address in greater depth, what style appeals most to them.

Back to that first taste, though, and how delicious it is. By letting people know the tips booklet is intended as a quick and easy sampler of your knowledge, as a taste to see if they like it, you are letting them know there is more for when they are ready. Your intention is to give them something they enjoy in portions and tastes they like. It is not intended to give them indigestion in any way!

ACTION – View your tips booklet as one small yet important and appealing item on a buffet table of many choices. The tips booklet’s taste appeals to some people who come to eat at your table and gives the opportunity to decide what else they would like to satisfy their hunger from your expertise. While some eat lighter or heavier than others, you will ultimately develop more choices for them as you build your business and know more of what people want. It may be sweet, spicy, savory, or something else.

“Turn your tips into products and your tips products into moneymakers. TM”

© 2013 Paulette Ensign

Planning Your Outdoor Camping Trip

Outdoor camping has so many great benefits but with these benefits comes the responsibility in making sure you have everything you need before you set off on your outdoor experience.

This article will help you prepare for your camping trip and to make your time in the great outdoors an enjoyable and refreshing one.

Suitable Place

When considering taking a camping holiday whether to get away by yourself for some rest and relaxation or with your family or friends, your first task is to pick a suitable place to visit. The last thing you need is arriving at a place that is not what you expected and having to put up with it until you leave.

Travel Time

You need to be aware of the travel times to the places you are considering to stay at before making any final decision, especially if you only have a few days off. You do not want your camping time shortened unnecessarily by long travel times.

Even if you have enough time off to travel longer distances, it is still a good idea not be on the road for too long if you do not have to be, especially if you have a family and it is your first camping trip. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of having a break. By keeping your travel time down to a minimum, will allow you to get the most out of your time away.

Length of Stay

If you are new to camping and have never experienced the outdoors then I would suggest you do not make your first stay too long, as it pays to have a few camping trips under your belt first. These few initial camps will allow you to get the hang of things before tackling a longer stay, as there is always something to learn from each camping trip, especially when you are just starting out.


An important factor that is often overlooked is arriving at your campsite with little or no daylight time left to set-up camp. There is nothing worse than trying to set-up camp in the dark, especially if the weather has turned bad.

Being wet and hungry is not the way you want to start your camping holiday, so the key is to leave as early as you can so you can arrive in plenty of time to set-up.


You will need to do a little bit of research on the camping park you are considering to stay at, either by checking out their website (if they have one) or making phone contact. If looking online, see if you can find any reviews of the camping park in question or if you are making your inquiries by phone then have your questions noted down beforehand.

Examples Questions

What is the arrival and departure time, deposit, cancellation fee, special conditions and restrictions, additional costs, etc. Your questions will be based on the type of camping park you are considering to stay at.

For example, it could just have basic amenities, no amenities or everything you need, like a cook-house, washroom, showers, toilets, etc. The type of camping park you decide on will dictate what additional camping items you will need to take.

I would recommend your first outdoor camping adventure be at a well-serviced camping park that has the main amenities available.

Planning and Preparation

Planning allows for good preparation and this is so important when it comes to outdoor camping. For example, by just forgetting a small item like a can opener can be a real pain when you have to try to open a can with a penknife. Creating a checklist is a must and you will need to go over it a few times to make sure you have not forgotten anything.

Travel Route

Check your map to see if the camping park has any alternative routes in the case of any traffic or road issues occurring on your day of departure, especially if you are traveling in the holiday season. Also, check the weather and road conditions on the day before leaving so you know what to expect and plan accordingly.

Vehicle Service

Book your vehicle in for a service and safety check-up at least a month before your planned camping trip as this will allow for any repairs (if any) to be completed before your leave. Having your vehicle road worthy for holiday travel is very important as a breakdown (that could have been avoided), could ruin the whole trip.


Always make sure you have the right clothing for the right season as this can have a very negative impact on your camping experience.


Another important part of your camping kit is to have the right protective footwear for what you are intending to do while camping.

Tent Setup

If you have purchased a new tent and are not sure how to set it up then I recommend you try setting it up a few times well before your camping trip. The reason for this is that it is a lot easier to know what you are doing beforehand than trying to figure it out on the day of your arrival, especially if you are running out of daylight time.

The first thing you should do after you have unloaded your vehicle is to set-up your tent so if the weather turns for the worst, you will at least have somewhere to shelter.

Portable Toilet and Privacy Tent

When purchasing a portable toilet, it is always a good idea to purchase a large capacity portable unit that will not require to emptied as often as a smaller capacity unit does.

Always check with the park officials beforehand to find out if portable toilets are allowed and inquire where the closest portable toilet dumping station is so if you need to empty your toilet before your camping holiday is over you can plan an early morning trip accordingly without impacting on your holiday.

Your privacy tent size will be dependent upon the size of the portable toilet and needs to be of a strong and durable material with easy access and setup.

Security & Safety

Always let someone know where you are going to stay and what time you will be arriving back. Leave them your contact details, contact them on your arrival at the camping park and when you are leaving. If you are going away for any length of time, arrange for someone to clear your mail and keep an eye on your house or better still, if possible, get them to go in and turn a few lights on and off at night, open and close a few curtains, walk around the yard, etc.