Sunday, November 18, 2012

Family Fun With a Water Trampoline

Are you thinking about purchasing a water trampoline in order to have some fun and enjoy it with members of your family? A water trampoline is similar to the traditional trampoline with the main difference being it is designed to float on water. It is excellent for lakeside residences or even areas where there is enough water to have an enjoyable time. The water trampolines such as RAVE Sports and the Island Hopper brands are known to be the absolute best when it comes to safety and excellence. Some factors that one should consider when they purchase a water trampoline are:

The most popular models such as Island Hopper and RAVE Sports are models that are available in 15 feet and 20 feet in diameter. They are large enough to accommodate a whole family and even friends that want to come along. In order to decide which size is suitable you should take into consideration the amount of space that you have. In order to have a great time you must make sure that there is a decent amount of space around the particular trampoline and it is away from the other boats and also the dock. There are even those trampolines that come in sizes that are 36-42 inches high and are 15, 20, or even 25 inches round. There are numerous sizes to select from, and you should always go with the one that will ensure the safety of your family and allow you to have a fun time on the water.

Durability is another consideration with the old adage "you get what you pay for". You want one that will hold up in saltwater, humidity and sunlight. The material that they are made up of is totally UV resistant.

Materials of the trampoline should be protected against any sort of wear and tear from usage. Most warranties are for one year and protect you against manufacturer defects.

Be sure to purchase a foot or electric pump that you can use to inflate the tube. These trampolines can easily be stored in off seasons so there is no need to worry. It is a wise decision to use a high quality inflator or even a shop vacuum to inflate and also to deflate it. There are even some water trampolines that can be used on land, they are the ones that have an inflatable tube that will provide support and connect the trampoline mat.

In order to keep individuals safe there are springs that connect the tube to the jumping mat. There is also a safety pad that covers all the springs. In order to get the best experience the quality and safety is very important. You should not go with the water trampoline that is cheap, but should examine the product properly before making a purchase. The water trampolines are now a lot lighter than before and are simple to install, they also provide a lot more jumping surface so there is a less of a chance of individuals getting hurt. The water trampoline will allow you to feel safe and avoid all kinds of accidents and injuries. While you are using it you will be able to have fun all summer with the new trampoline that you have purchased.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cheap Camping Gear for First Time Campers

If you're a first time camper then you don't want to spend much on camping gear, especially when you might not like it. On a sunshiny day, few things are better than an evening outside the tent, but if you're unfortunate and the hail comes in horizontally from the west, I'm willing to bet you won't be going again.

I recommend giving it a try on the cheap before you fork out too much. Here's a few options.

Buying a Tent

If you're an average family (if there is such a thing) and have a couple of kids then you would think a 4 person tent would be good enough. Think again. A four person tent is design to fit four people lying on their backs on regulation sized sleeping mats. That's not your family. You need a bit of room so I would recommend at least a 5 or even a 6 person tent. Look at the next section and you'll understand why.

Sleeping Arrangements

Air beds take up a lot of room but I recommend you get some because a weekend of no sleep could be the end of your camping dreams. Forget about the foam mats, they are just torture, get one double air bed (if you're on speaking terms) and two singles, you won't regret it.

If you're camping in the summer you'll be able to get by with two season sleeping bags which are fairly cheap. Take some thermals and a blanket just in case.

The Kitchen

Those kids need grub. You could take them to the pub but if you want to save a bit then invest in a stove. All you need is a single burner and some butane gas and that'll sort out all the meals. Get some bacon, some sausages and any other meat product you can think of and off you go.

Forget about pots and pans just dig into the back of your cupboards and grab some old stuff. All you need is a pan, a frying pan, knives, forks and a few cups and you're ready to go. Buy a big bottle of water and some washing up liquid on the way.

Other gear you might need from the house

Don't forget some soap for your pits and your toothbrush and towel. Toilet roll is useful I find. If you have torches take them along. Grab some warm clothes just in case and that's it. Hope you enjoy it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Camping Holidays - Advantages and Disadvantages

The advantages of camping holidays begin with adventure. A family can go wherever they want and camp there for as long as they have. From a camping base a family can go for walks out into the wild and see nature in its true habitat. They can also make their way over to huge lakes to fish or swim, and if they find an adventure park they can spend the day zip lining around the trees as fast as they can go, which is fun for everyone.

This is also where the disadvantages begin however, because some people like the routine they have and won't want it disturbed by living in a tent for a week or two. Sometimes there are no shower facilities and people will need to use a solar shower, which isn't a problem for most, but some people could feel self-conscious about their body when using one. Toilets are another big disadvantage if a camp site doesn't have the facilities provided, as people will need to go and dig themselves a hole to use, or use a communal one, which many consider to be worse.

For others the freedom of being in the outdoors outweighs all disadvantages relating to homely comforts such as showering and using the toilet. They also enjoy not being able to use their mobile phones, as these are an invasion which can ruin a holiday if someone is using theirs constantly. Whilst camping, people will also be away from the thick smog of the city, something many consider to be unhealthy. The great outdoors has nothing but fresh air, and most people consider this a huge advantage of camping holidays.

To break it down to a list of the core advantages and disadvantages, this is what most people think of camping.


1) Adventure

2) Seeing Wildlife

3) Clean Air

4) No Mobile Phones

5) No Internet

6) No Traffic

7) No Interruptions


1) No Toilet

2) No Shower

3) No Food Provided For You

4) Living In A Tent

5) Bugs

6) Little Or No Electricity

7) Nothing Much To Do If You're Not Adventurous

In conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of camping seem to be entirely based on opinion. What people need to realise is that camping can be great fun as long as everyone is involved in enjoying themselves, because once someone isn't having fun, the trip is ruined. If worst comes to worst, building a huge camp fire and staying up late into the night is something everyone enjoys doing.

Emma Darling and her family have been on many camping holidays with both of her daughters, which is why she knows so much about them. For her the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but she really wanted to give people a breakdown in this article to help them decide. She has written lists like this before for Dorothy and Theodore, and found this type of article best for getting the points across to the reader on these subjects.