Coping with Food Sensitivities When Camping

camping food

If like me, you enjoy outdoor sports your food intolerances can be a right pain in the neck. When you are camping, even spending a day hiking, or climbing you need to take your own food.

This becomes tricky when you have a food intolerance because the foods you can take are limited by the fact there are so many ingredients that you cannot eat. Many dehydrated foods and energy bars contain big no nos for those who suffer from food intolerances or, worse, an allergy.

The problem is that the majority of energy bars and dehydrated meals contain a lot of the most common allergens. That is to say, wheat, gluten, dairy products, eggs and chemicals like MSG. So, grabbing a handful of protein bars is just not an option nor is taking a bunch of pot noodle/pasta foods to give you energy. So, what do you do?

Make your own energy bars

Well often, the answer is to make your own foods to take with you. If you do this, you are in control. You can choose ingredients that you know do not cause an adverse reaction in you and use them to make the food that you take with you.

energy bars

For example, you can make your own energy bars in the form of flapjacks made from grains that you know agree with you. Cake and bread made from gluten free flour also works well. For a quick burst of energy allergen free chocolate or homemade date bars are great.

Make your own vacuum pack foods

Provided you can heat up water, you can use allergen free pasta to make a quick dish. Experiment at home first.

Pour boiling water over a little pasta in a cup and leave it for at least 10 minutes. Surprisingly it is often cooked through at this stage. If the pasta is still not quite cooked tip away the water and pour more freshly boiled water over the top and leave to stand again until the pasta is cooked.
Add a sauce to enjoy a warm allergen free meal. You can make the sauces at home and cook them down as far as possible, so that the sauce is concentrated and takes up as little space as possible. Vacuum pack the sauce into individual servings and add a little extra boiling water to create a nice pasta or rice sauce. You can also make boil in the bag dishes and vacuum pack them. Dried fish also works well for those who can eat it.

Take sliced meats with you or preserved meats to give you a protein hit. Boiled eggs work well provided you can eat them. Homemade pasties, scotch eggs and similar items are good too, but not if the weather is very hot because you will not be able to keep them cool enough to keep them food safe.

Double wrap everything

How you wrap these homemade snacks and meals is extremely important. Take the time to double wrap everything and if something is soft put it in a hard casing. Yes, it takes up more space and is heavier, but at least you know for sure your food will be edible when you come to eat it.

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Buying Insurance for Your Horse and Horsebox

Horse Insurance

We know that many of our readers love riding and a significant number of you own horses, so we felt a few articles related to horses and riding would be useful. This one is about buying horse insurance and insurance for your horsebox.

Owning a horse is a pleasure, but it is also a big responsibility. You want to do everything you can to protect your horse and make sure that they are looked after. Here is a quick overview of what can be included in a horse insurance policy.

What does horse insurance cover?

Vets fees – If your horse falls sick or is involved in an accident the vet’s fee can be high. It can be very difficult to cover the cost of getting your horse fit again, so most horse insurance policies cover vets fees. You need to check how much coverage is provided and which treatments are included and which are excluded.

Public liability – Should you be found legally liable for causing injury to someone else while with your horse, or damaging their property, public liability or third party horse insurance will cover the cost of compensation. Accidents happen it only takes your horse to be spooked and run away, so this coverage is important.

Permanent loss of use – this element of a horse insurance policy provides coverage should something happen to your horse and it stops you using your horse for an activity for which it is insured.

Saddlery and tack – This type of coverage covers you if your tack or saddles are stolen or damaged. The damage can be because of an accident. It can also be as a result of a flood or fire, but that type of damage may be covered by your contents insurance.

Horsebox insurance


Good quality horsebox insurance is important. They are an expensive piece of kit that needs a good level of coverage. If you come across a cheap policy, you need to be suspicious and check what is missing from the policy. In most cases, if you read the terms and conditions carefully you will find there is something important missing from the policy.

Buying the right insurance for your horse
Which policy is right for you depends on many factors. Start by thinking about which elements you need to include on your policy.

Shop around

Quite a few firms provide horse and horsebox insurance, so it is important to shop around as you would for any type of insurance. To be able to do this effectively you need to fully understand the policy you are buying and your options.

Where to find out more

This article has been put together with the help of thatsinsurance. The owner of this site has worked in the insurance industry for many years. Importantly, he owns several horses, and has been involved in the horse-riding world for many years. This means that he has an in-depth understanding of horse and horsebox insurance.

He also provides information about travel insurance and other types of policy you may need, so his site is well worth bookmarking.

Buying Outdoor Boots

outdoor boots

What to Bear in Mind When Buying a Pair of Outdoor Boots

If you walk, hike, ride, take part in motocross or a long list of other outdoor sports you need good footwear. Specifically you need a good pair of boots. Here we take a quick look at what you need to bear in mind when you are buying any pair of boots.

Always buy quality

New boots are often expensive, so it is important to take your time and buy the right pair. A high quality pair of boots will last you for years, so you do not want to be stuck with an unsuitable pair, or a pair you do not like the look of.


Buy a pair designed for the job

The most important thing to consider before you buy a pair of boots is what you want them for. If you want them for work and are a construction or factory worker, you need to buy a pair with safety features, such as steel toecaps, ant-slip and anti-puncture soles. Hikers should buy boots that have thick but flexible soles and are made of good quality leather. They also need to have good ankle support, be waterproof and easy to lace up.

Buy boots that suit your foot type

If you have flat feet, high arches, bunions or unusually wide feet make sure that you take those conditions into account, so that you do not end up a pair of boots that makes things worse. Only buy boots that are made of breathable material so that your feet do not get damp and become susceptible to fungal diseases such as athletes’ foot. If the boots you like are not already waterproof treat them with a waterproofing spray before you wear them to ensure your feet always stay dry.


Buy your hiking boots in the afternoon

To get the best fit, buy your boots in the afternoon rather than the morning. Your feet swell slowly during the day, so if you buy your boots at the end of the day you can be sure that they will not be too tight. Take a pair of socks with when you buy your boots even if it is in the summer. That way you can be sure that they will not be too tight during the winter. Try both boots on, with the socks and lace them up completely. Walk around the shop for a while to make sure that they are comfortable and look good.

Look after your boots

To motivate yourself to look after your boots, buy the polish, brushes and deodorising spray you need to look after your boots once you get them home. Clean them on a weekly basis and check the heel and sole for signs of wear. If you find any wear, get it repaired immediately. Doing so quickly will mean that the repair is cheaper and that your feet and back do not suffer. Wearing footwear with worn heels means you are walking lopsided which can lead to bad posture that in turn leads to back problems.

Buy good quality boots, that fit properly and are built for the job and you will not suffer with foot problems. Look after them and you will in the long run save money and be able to enjoy your sport, hobby or pastime even more than you do now.

What is Glamping?


If you have never heard of glamping you are probably wondering what on earth it is. Well it is nothing to do with woodwork and clamps, if that is what you are thinking. Glamping is a clever new word made up from the term glamorous camping. It is basically camping with all the luxuries from home.

There are no half measures in the glamping world

If you have a huge trailer, you can enjoy a low-end form of glamping, by taking some of your home comforts with you. However, the experience you get if you camp this way is not really that different from ordinary camping and probably would not be considered by most as glamorous or luxury camping.


No fuss luxury camping

Real luxury camping means visiting a campsite with tents that have been pre-erected for holidaymakers and are full of all of the best quality mod-cons. They are rented out by the week or the night. All the campers have to do is to turn up with their clothes and move in.

It is very much like staying in a caravan. However, when you go glamping the tent you stay in is decked out more like a hotel room than a caravan is. You usually get proper beds with full linen, a built in shower and a full size toilet.

Romantic glamping

romantic glamping

The top end tents include a canopy bed and may also have a luxury bath included. Some providers place the bath opposite the bed, so that you can enjoy taking a bath while watching TV while your partner relaxes on the bed.

Glamping for the family

family glamping

Luxury tents are primarily designed for couples. However, more and more providers are catering for families, by including separate areas for children in the tent.

Self-catering glamping

If you want to cook for yourself, you can. Most tents have a small kitchen and indoor dining table included. However, if the weather is nice you can cook outside. Most sites have barbecue areas and in some parts of the world, they even still include a gas barbecue with each tent. Each tent has a wooden deck and outside eating facilities.

Most luxury tents have wooden floors meaning they are warm and cosy even if it is raining outside. There is no tripping over lumps and bumps in the floor, which is a problem in a regular tent.

Despite being really, luxurious glamping is relatively inexpensive. It is slightly more expensive than taking a holiday in a standard pre-erected tent, but not to the point where most people cannot afford them.

Unique experience glamping

There are many different forms of glamping. The big providers in Europe like Eurocamp have been providing pre-erected tents for many years. They now set aside a quite area and erect luxury tents with all of the mod-cons. This is glamping in its most basic and vanilla form, but there are more exciting ways to try glamorous camping. Here is a list of a few of them:

safari glamping

Safari camping
Festival glamping
Tree houses (not strictly camping or glamping, but still fun)

treehouse glamping
Tepee camping
Ice camping

Ice glamping

If you have bad memories of camping giving glamping a go is well worth trying. It is a great way to learn to love a tent and experience the great outdoors, without having to give up any of life’s little luxuries.

How to Shop for Functional yet Stylish Skiwear

Stylish Ski wear

Many people forget that skiing is a sport when they go out to buy their skiwear. However, you need to bear in mind that skiing is a demanding sport that takes you to what is sometimes a dangerous and hostile environment.

Mountains can be dangerous places

When the sun is shining, mountains are glorious, safe places to be, but once the sun goes down or it snows a mountainside rapidly turn into a potentially dangerous place. Without the sun, the temperature on a mountainside rapidly drops well below zero and you can quickly suffer from hypothermia if your ski-suit is not built to protect you from the elements.
Therefore, it is very important to buy skiwear that will protect you as well as look good.

Three layers for protection

Your skiing outfit needs to be made up of three distinct layers of protection. The outer layer has to be wind and water resistant (or better still waterproof), the middle layer keeps you warm and the inner layer wicks your sweat away from your skin.


The best inner layer

The inner layer must be very lightweight, but be capable of absorbing any sweat. For skiing, the best inner layer is thermal underwear.
It is important to make sure that you only buy a good quality well established brand, so that you can be sure that it will be effective at absorbing any sweat. Sweat left on the skin can quickly chill a person when the temperature drops drastically.

The right middle layer

Your ski-outfits middle layer has to be sufficiently light and thin to allow you full freedom of movement, but also needs to keep you warm. Fleece is probably your best choice for the middle layer of your skiing outfit; failing that lightweight wool or polypropylene are the next best materials. This layer also has to be lightweight enough to take off and put in your backpack when it is very hot on the mountainside.

ski wear layers

A good quality outer layer

The outer layer of your skiing outfit should be a lightweight un-insulated shell. The majority of the best quality ski suits or skiing jackets and trousers are made from closely woven nylon or polyester. Make sure that what you buy is wind resistant as well as waterproof.

Good quality accessories


In addition to your three layers, you also need to buy good quality gloves, eye protection and a hat. The sun on the mountainside is much brighter than normal so good quality goggles or sunglasses are essential. You lose a lot of heat from your hands and head so good gloves and a hat is essential.


Buying skiwear online

With skiwear, it is hard to judge the quality, so it is something you should consider going shopping for in the real world. If you do that you can visually check the quality of the fabrics.
However, that does not mean that you cannot shop online for skiwear. Snow and Rock are a great example.You can use what you learn while shopping offline to inform your decision about which brands and materials to look for online.

It is important to read reviews when shopping for skiwear online. Using other people’s feedback will help you to make the right choices.

Order your skiwear well in advance and as soon as you get your parcel try the skiwear on. This is important because it gives you time to send back any items that are not suitable or do not fit and order something else or get your money back.

An Overview of two great sports bike manufacturers

As you know, we love cycling. It really is one of the best ways to get outside, stay fit and give yourself a bit of an emotional and mental high.

On this page, we are going to take a quick look at two of the best leisure and sport bike manufacturers in the world. They are both very different companies, one is very new to the market and the other has been making bikes for decades. Each has a unique approach to bike design and manufacturing, so between them they provide a fantastic way to find the perfect bike for you.
Please read on:

Felt Bike

Felt Bikes

Felt Bikes is a relatively new company in comparison to the wide array of other bike manufactures who have been around for 100 years plus. However, this is where their strength lies.
From the very start Felt Bikes made sports bikes and nothing else. Their bikes are not just city bikes that have been evolved to meet the needs of sports cyclists. They were all designed from scratch for one specific cycling sport.

The Range of Felt Bikes

The range of felt bikes is growing all the time. They currently build and supply mountain, track, road, BMX, cruiser and cyclocross bikes to the world’s sportsmen and women. They have a well deserved reputation for building the best trial bikes available.

felt bmx bike

Each bike is designed on the computer to be as light and strong as possible. Right from the start they use wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics to get the most efficient design.
Buying Felt bikes is getting easier all the time as they expanding their list of distributors and suppliers on an almost daily basis. The firm is based in the US, but now sell in 33 other countries including most European countries. The internet is a great place to find and research their bikes.

Orbea Bikes

The history of Orbea bikes is long and illustrious. The company was originally formed in 1840 and started by making guns and rifles. In 1930, they expanded and began to design and produce bicycles. Now this is their core business.

The great thing about Orbea bikes is that they produce a wide range of bikes. Everything from high spec mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes to city commuter bikes.

orbea bikes

Buying Orbea Bikes

The huge choice of bikes they sell can make buying one a bit of a daunting prospect. Luckily, they make it easy for you. Firstly, they name their bikes by usage type and present them to the public for sale in this way. So, if you want a city bike you do not waste time skimming through mountain bikes and other sports bikes.

Orbea bikes use a wide array of distributors and suppliers to sell their bikes and, fortunately for you, many of them have their own websites. This makes finding out about each bike is easy to do. Plus, of course, on-line you can compare prices as well as specs. Take your time and do your research and you will find the perfect Orbea bike for you.

A Quick Overview of Mountain Bikes


Mountain bike that has grown like crazy, you can now enjoy the sport in most parts of the world. If there is a steep slope out there, the chances are at some point someone will build a trail over it.

Over the years the bikes used have evolved, so we though now was a good time to write a quick overview of the different types that are available. This is literally an overview, nothing detailed, just a way for you to get your head around the basic types.

Hardtail Mountain Bikes

Hardtail mountain bikes have a full suspension, but only on the front of the bike. This is the type of bike most people get started on, they are considerably cheaper than full suspension bikes.
In addition, they are mechanically simpler. This makes these bikes easier to maintain as well as cheaper.

Hardtail Mountain Bike

They also tend to be lighter. However, riding one of these bikes is challenging. The ride is less forgiving, make a mistake and you will come off, but that said they are a lot of fun. An awful lot of people that save up and buy full suspension bikes find themselves turning to their old hard tail every now and again as a way to mix things up and make things a bit more challenging.

Rigid Mountain Bikes

For most people the idea of hurtling down a mountain on a bike with no specialist suspension sounds completely mad. To a large extent, we agree with them.

rigid mountain bike

Rigid mountain bikes have no suspension to speak of. They are tough and unforgiving bikes. However, they are a great way to hone your technique. When you ride one of these bikes, every little mistake you make is highlighted. Forcing you to take notice and learn to ride better.
Certainly not for beginners, but great for the more experienced rider who wants to push themselves.

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

If you enjoy mountain biking you will know just how good full suspension mountain bikes are in comparison to hard tail and rigid bikes. These bikes, sometimes called dual-suspension bikes, allow you better control at high speeds and over obstacles.

Full suspension

Not everyone likes them, which is why some riders still buy hard tail or rigid bikes. However, generally speaking, a full or dual suspension bike offers better control. This leads many riders to feel safer on the bike, which gives them better confidence meaning that they ride better. They also put less strain on the riders back and arms.

As you can see for most people, the full suspension bike is a good option. If you can only afford to buy one bike, make it a full suspension one.

To help you here are few quick buying tips:
Buying Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Before buying a full suspension bike, it is wise to go somewhere and hire one for the day. If you can, try out all three kinds of bike before making your final decision and beginning your search for a bike.

The best selection of full suspension mountain bikes is to be found online, like Evans Cycles. There you can see every model available and can easily compare the specs. Take your time and compare each model. Never buy simply on price. Make sure that you choose the correct frame size and go with a bike whose overall weight you are already used to.

Whichever bike you buy take your time, do your research and if you can hire and try before you buy.