Shopping for a camping day off? Basic Overview of 4 Man Tents

In terms of the ultimate spacious camping experience very little provides more room for a family than 4 man tents.  Since the level of comfort required when “roughing it” is somewhat subjective to personal needs, sizing and pricing out particular four-man tents should be based on personal tastes.  Four-man tents generally are not recommended for backpacking as their increased size equates to increased weight.  But even this can be compensated for if other hiking gear is evenly distributed among the group.

 

Without question, one of the most common issues to address with 4 man tents, or any tent in general is whether or not the tent is easy to set up.  Nothing is more frustrating than laying out a tent and having to work it like a puzzle.  The sooner the tent is up, the sooner the rest of the evening can be enjoyed.  A similar issue to be considered when selecting the right 4 man tent is the durability of the different parts of the tent, be it the poles, the stakes, the rainfly or the seams.  Look into whether a 4 man tent is offered with a store warranty or a manufacturer warranty.

 

Another factor to consider before buying is the actual dimensions of the tent.  A full-sized person taller than 6-foot will need a tent with some considerable length.  Even in this case, a 78-inch length or width will only provide 6 inches of clearance, and for some, this can be a tight squeeze.  Also, consider whether or not the tent will accommodate any camping gear.  A 4 man tent can quickly shrink to a 3 man tent with gear.  Other features to consider are whether the tent has one door or two, or whether or not the tent is a 3-season tent or 4-season.  These are also features that can influence the overall price of a 4 man tent.

 

While the average 4 man tent can weigh in excess of 10 pounds, there are some models of 4 man tents that are considered ultra-light and weigh around 6-7 pounds apiece, making these tents more ideal to take backpacking.  Prices vary wildly on 4 person tents depending on the brand, online or retail, and time of year.  Online vendors can occasionally provide a competitive edge by offering deals on free shipping; direct from the manufacturer ordering can sometimes provide a better deal by eliminating the retail markup, and the internet is full of user reviews on virtually any brand and model of 4 man tents common in the market.  Use all of these resources to find the right 4 man tent for you and your family and happy camping.

 

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Going camping – what should I buy?

If you are going camping or caravanning, it is important to make sure that you have everything that you will need with you, as if you forget anything, it can be hard to locate a replacement item in a rural or remote area.

 

What you go for depends on your personality and preference.  If camping sounds a bit too much like roughing it, but you’re looking for low-budget, domestic holidays, you might consider investing in a caravan. It could serve you and your family for many years of happy holidaying! You can visit Park Resorts to check out the latest in caravan sales.

 

But if you definitely want to head out into the wilds under a bit of tarpaulin, here is a handy checklist to look over before you depart. While not everyone’s camping requirements will be the same, it will nonetheless give you an idea of the items you are likely to need.

 

It is very important to make sure that you have everything that you need to assemble your sleeping quarters, as if not, you may be in for a rough night! Obviously, you will need all the elements of your tent, including the pegs (and a mallet to hammer them in with), guy ropes, the groundsheet, the flysheet, and your sleeping bags or blankets. Other things that you might want to take include an air bed or a roll mat for lying on, and some pillows for extra comfort.

 

If you are planning to cook food while you are camping, you will need a number of different items. These can include some kind of cooker or barbeque kit, fuel to burn in it such as bottled gas or charcoal, and a lighter or matches. Also, you will need such things as pots, pans, cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, and cooking utensils. Don’t forget tin openers, bottle openers, and corkscrews if you are taking food or drink that need to be opened with devices such as these. You may also need some food storage containers, bin bags, foil, kitchen roll and/or napkins, scourers, dishcloths, a washing-up bowl, and some washing-up liquid. Finally, don’t forget the food and drink!

 

It is important to make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit with you that will enable you to cope with most minor ailments and some major ones. Your first aid kit should include sun cream, insect repellents, antiseptic, antihistamines, pain relief medicine such as paracetamol, plasters, and bandages. You should also take some personal hygiene products with you, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet roll, sanitary towels, wet wipes, deodorant, and towels. Also, you should make sure you bring a torch, batteries, and at least one mobile phone. Happy camping!

 

If you’re looking for camping and hiking equipment, Pike Trail got it all.

Gift Suggestions for Your Significant Others

Because most of us are men and those we love have absolutely NO idea what to buy us for the Holidays, we need to give them some suggestions. We all want to look our best at all times- whether we’re just beginning our business careers or are captains of industry.  

Here are some BAD ideas:

  1.     Suits-a man should always choose his own suit, and learn to do so with the advice of his tailor or style consultant. A suit is arguably the most important tool in a man’s business arsenal and a significant investment in his future. I’m not a misogynist but this is man’s work.
  2.     Flannel Shirts- how many men out there need another flannel shirt?
  3.     Ties- the volume of men braving horrendous return lines the Day after Christmas speaks toward this. Let us choose our own ties!

In contrast, below are some gifts that would be welcome additions to our wardrobes:

  1.     Navy Blazer- simply the Gold Standard of the well-dressed man. Every man should have at least one in his wardrobe. I recommend two-a a lighter weight for warmer weather and a wool or wool/cashmere blend for the winter. The navy blazer can be dressed up or down and is appropriate for all but the most formal business situations.
  2.     Tweed Blazer- another traditional favorite for the winter months in cooler climates. Gray is best because it matches more items in your wardrobe. This blazer is a great complement to the navy blazer. What well-dressed man would settle for only one option?
  3.     Charcoal Flannel Trousers- a building block of any successful man’s winter wardrobe. If you already have one pair, perhaps pleated, another pair in flat front is still a great gift. You can never have enough gray flannel trousers.
  1.     Cotton Khaki Slacks. One can never have enough of these either. Currently, no pleats are the rage, may we suggest:
  2.     Pocket Squares are the new tie. Many men now work in a corporate casual environment. Stand out from the crowd. Instead of wearing the standard company-issued polo shirt and Dockers, try your tweed coat or navy blazer, charcoal or navy slacks, and a subtle matching pocket square.
  3.       Loafers are another classic addition to a man’s wardrobe. Loafers are for dressing down and corporate casual environments. Brown matches more ensembles and should be purchased over black. NEVER wear loafers with a suit; leather soles are best, and tassels look silly. A suede slip-on is a timelessly elegant fashion statement. A man can never have enough quality pairs of shoes in his closet.
  1.     Understated sweaters are the final suggestion for an addition to a well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Black, gray, or ivory are great colors to have. Polos work well for everyone:

If you have the neck for it, mocks are another option:

Consult your tailor or style consultant to see which is best for you.

Now you have some suggestions for the loved ones in your life who think you have everything. While we should all pause and give thanks for our many blessings during this Holiday season, who really has everything?

Visit Quatty Wot to find plenty of possible gifts to give to your significant others.

Shopping for shoes? Flat Shoe Myths

lat shoes don’t get nearly as much attention as heels do. They just don’t seem quite as exciting.

But just because flats aren’t necessarily flashy, doesn’t mean they’re frumpy.

Or does it?

I’m going to address five of the most common misconceptions about flat shoes for women, and tell you why these assumed facts are nothing more than age-old myths.

 1) Flats are More Comfortable Than Heels

A lot of people mistakenly believe that flat shoes are always more comfortable than high heels. This is false.

In addition to the fact that some heeled shoes are actually quite comfortable, some flats simply are not. Quite frankly, some of them are downright torturous.

If you find flats uncomfortable, you may want to check out this list of possible causes and solutions.

2) Flat Shoes are Frumpy and Unattractive

While it’s true that many high heeled shoes are undeniably sexy, that doesn’t automatically make flats unattractive.

Sure, some flats are frumpy all on their own. But, there are lots of stylish, sophisticated, and yes, even sexy flats out there. You just have to look for them. And once you find a pair that is chic, be sure to wear them with the right outfits.

Because no matter how posh a pair of suede loafers may look on the shelf, they’re going to look downright awful with a skirt or dress.

3) Flat Shoes Don’t Look Dressy

Don’t mistake “dressy” for “wearing dresses.” Because, while it’s true that you probably won’t find a pair of flats that will work with your favorite cocktail dress, there are plenty of other ways to dress up.

Nice pants, suits, maxi skirts, and even some shorter dresses look amazing with flat shoes. You just need to choose the right style for your outfit.

For example, pointy-toed flats usually look a bit more dressy than styles with rounded toes. If you’re planning to wear a short, summery evening dress, then you may want to consider a pair of delicate thong sandals. Flat tall boots look great with maxi skirts; and evening pants or suits are perfectly matched to classic or smoking-styled loafers.

4) Flat Shoes Are Good for Your Feet

Wearing high heels excessively, or for extended periods of time, is not good for our feet — or for the rest of our bodies. That’s a well-established fact.

But, bad shoes are bad shoes, no matter how high or low their heels are. So, if you wear a pair of ill-fitting, unsupportive, or otherwise unsuitable flats, you can still cause severe damage to your feet.

To avoid pain and problems, you should be measured by a professional to find your proper shoe size and width, and follow all the basic rules for trying on shoes. Once you’ve found a few pairs that are comfortable, consider rotating them instead of wearing one pair every day.

5) Flat Shoes Aren’t as Sexy as Heels

Of course, sexy is in the eye of the beholder, but I promise you that not everyone thinks high heels are sexy. In fact, several people have told me that they find them to be more of a turn-off than anything else.

And, if flats were never considered sexy, how would you explain all the people who are turned on by women athletes that they’ve only seen in cross-trainers?

Granted, few people would probably classify bulky, orthopedic shoes as “hot.” But then again, most people wouldn’t think a woman wobbling on 6″ heels with hoof-like platform soles was oozing sex appeal either.

If you’re not going for the sporty look, shop for really nice streamlined, delicate, funky, or feminine styles — whatever works with your own personal style.

Trust me, if you pull together a nice collection of clothing and shoes that represents who you really are, then you’re perfect partner will find it… well, perfect.

6) Flat Shoes are Old-Fashioned

What is really old-fashioned is thinking that age has anything to do with our sense of style.

A young woman shouldn’t feel pressured to wear heels any more than a healthy, able-bodied 70-year old should be forced to wear orthopedic flats.

Wear the best of what suits you, and you’ll never go wrong. See more fashion tips here at Quatty Wot.

 

BIKINI TRIVIA: History of the Bikini

The history of the bikini begins far before the official introduction of the bikini swimsuit in the summer of 1946. Some historians believe that the bikini may have been one of the first public swimming costumes in existence. Drawing evidence from 300 A.D. Roman mosaics historians point to the bikini as the swimsuit of choice for ancient Roman women. The history of the bikini, however, may begin nearly 2000 years sooner than even ancient Rome! Minoan wall paintings from approximately 1600 B.C. also depict women wearing the seemingly quite popular two-piece bathing costume.

 

The official history of the bikini, under that name, begins in the summer of 1946, just one year after the tumultuous end of World War II. During that summer, as France was seeking to recover from the dreadful effects of the war, two French designers almost simultaneously created and marketed the bikini swimsuit. Barely leading the charge, Jacques Heim, a fashion designer and beach shop owner in the French resort town of Cannes, introduced his swimsuit creation, the “Atome,” early in the summer of 1946. The swimsuit was named the Atom because of its miniscule size (as compared to the then smallest known particle of matter, the atom). Heim intended to sell his swimsuit in his beach shop. To drum up business and increase awareness of the new swimsuit, Heim sent skywriters high above the Cannes sky, proclaiming the new Atome to be “the world’s smallest bathing suit.”

 

Sadly for Jacques Heim, another French fashion designer was also hard at work creating a remarkably similar swimsuit in the summer of 1946. Just three weeks after Heim began marketing his swimsuit, Louis Reard, a mechanical engineer who had decided to dabble in swimsuit design, sent out skywriters over the French Riviera. The message these skywriters carried was simple but powerful marketing: “Bikini—smaller than the smallest bathing suit in the world.” Perhaps due to Reard’s obvious marketing skills or a simple turn of fate, the name bikini became the official tag for the two-piece swimsuit.

 

The bikini made its first proper introduction to the world of fashion design on July 5, 1946, as it was worn and displayed at a Paris fashion show by French model Micheline Bernardini. Reaction to the bikini was immediate and explosive. As one American correspondent put it (in typical Texan style), “All of a sudden, a blond named Micheline Bernardini ambles out in what any dern (sic) fool could see was the smallest bathing in the world, including West Texas. Why folks, that suit was so small that…” Any number of phrases could complete this statement and would adequately describe the male reaction to the bikini. Needless to say, most of those who viewed the new swimsuit were equally shocked and titillated by its minimalist style.

 

The bikini began to be marketed and sold in the United States just one year after its introduction in France. Reaction to the swimsuit was great, but sales were initially quite slow. Men and women alike assumed that the suit was simply too bare and scandalous for conservative American women to don in public. American women did indeed approach the swimsuit quite cautiously until the revolutionary decade of the 1960s, in which bikini sales soared tremendously.

 

The bikini has now become such an entrenched part of swimsuit design that it is a wonder the modern swimsuit is only 60 years old. True to its explosive nature, the bikini has inspired even more shocking innovations in swimsuit design, including the short-lived monokini and the immensely popular thong bikini. It would be interesting to learn if Louis Reard has the foresight to know of the far-reaching implications of the scanty two pieces of cloth that comprised the original bikini.

 

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How to Avoid Spending Too Much Money on Toys

Use Internet Resources to Save Money Shopping for Children

Ideas for smart and budget-conscious Internet shoppers: compare prices and shipping fees from multiple online vendors, check original retail prices, combine purchases.

More and more shoppers are relying on Internet shopping to save time and gas money. By following some simple tips, bargain-conscious parents can save even more money by finding toys for children at the best possible prices.

Research the Price of an Item at Various Websites.

Use the Internet to compare product prices. Savvy consumers never assume that an item is available from only one online retailer or for only one price. Magazine readers often read reviews of products that provide information about an online site where the item may be purchased. A person interested in buying that product should go to that site first to check the product out and make sure that it is what they are looking for. A smart shopper, however, will not buy the product from that site without first checking to see if it is also available elsewhere.

To find and compare product prices most easily:

  • plug the product name and variants of it into Internet search engines to find other retailers that carry it or similar items
  • check at Amazon, eBay, and Buy.com to see if sellers there offer it for a different price
  • find and use online sites that pull prices from many online retailers onto one page for ease of comparisons, such as MSN Shopping, PriceGrabber, and mySimon
  • use an online product tracker site or web service such as TrackerBob or NowInStock that partner with the leading online retailers to keep track of and notify consumers when the most popular, hard-to-get items are available and in stock at different sites

Check Researched Prices Against an Independently Confirmed Normal Retail Price.

Confirm the normal retail price for a product before buying it “at a discount” or “on sale.” Often online marketers will quote a retail price for a product, then cross that price out and highlight the price for which they are offering the item. These online vendors hope to persuade consumers that they will be saving a great deal of money by purchasing the item from this particular vendor. However, some unscrupulous online retailers might be quoting an unfairly high original price to make the possible savings to the customer seem greater than they are.

Smart shoppers should not believe that the quoted pre-sale retail price for an item is actually the normal retail price without confirming that information independently from at least one or two objective sources.

Research and Compare Shipping and Sales Tax Costs at Different Shopping Websites.

The price of an item may be cheaper at one online shopping website than another, but the overall cost of purchasing the item from that site might skyrocket once the consumer adds in the shipping and tax costs. In that case, purchasing the item from the second site is a better deal overall, even though the item price is less expensive at the first site. When examining shipping costs:

  • look for shopping websites that offer flat fee shipping rates
  • look for online vendors that offer free or reduced shipping if the consumer spends a certain amount of money at the site
  • take into account the weight of the item if shipping is determined by that

Compare the Best Price for an Item with the Cost of Buying the Item at a Local Store.

For the sake of completeness, the best shoppers should now phone local retailers and collect information about the cost of the item at actual shops. Smart consumers should not forget to factor in the cost of the gas and the time needed to travel to the local store.

Combine Purchases and Buy Items from as Few Sites as Possible

Once the decision has been made to purchase items online, consumers should save on shipping costs by buying as many of the items on their shopping lists from the same online vendors in as few orders as possible.

Internet shopping grows easier and more convenient each day. With some smart planning, budget-conscious consumers can easily save money by purchasing items for children online.

Safe Online Shopping Tips

Buying Online with Consumer Protection Act and Firewall Protection

Online shopping has become a multi-billion pound business, but so has online fraud. Firewall protection helps, but the Consumer Protection Act is the shopper’s saviour.

The UK’s Internet shopping market is worth more than £21.4 billion, with more than 20 million people buying online in the last year, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

It isn’t surprising that, with the kind of money at stake, online fraud has grown exponentially. However, online fraud isn’t the only risk facing those who do online shopping. There are also company insolvencies and unethical business practices to negotiate.

Secure Internet Shopping

Prior to entering credit card details at checkout, make sure that the web site the purchase is being made at is secure. A secure web site is denoted by the following:

  • A padlock should be displayed on the bottom of the browser frame;
  • The http:\\ prefix should change to https:\\. The additional ‘s’ denotes that the web site is secure.

Use Firewall Protection when Buying Online

Utilising firewall protection is important in terms of preventing hackers from accessing credit and debit card details. If a victim of online fraud, it is possible to contact the bank that issued the card and commence a credit card chargeback to recover any money lost.

Internet Shopping and S 75 of the Consumer Protection Act 1974

The Consumer Protection Act 1974 affords a credit card customer protection on any purchase made that is between £100 and £30,000. If the company the purchase has been made from has gone out of business, it is possible to claim the money back from the credit card provider.

Safe Online Shopping – Register for MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by VISA

Verified by VISA and 3DS are the Internet’s answer to chip-and-pin. Registering for these means that any online shopping payments will require the entry of a password and not just the CV2 code off the back of the card.

According to Apacs, “Consumer uptake of online authentication schemes Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode has increased by 600% in the past two years.”

Beware of Gift Vouchers and the Risk of Business Insolvency

Brad King, the managing director of compareandsave.com, stated that “There is a risk that people may be buying goods from businesses that are likely to collapse during these difficult economic times.”

A number of high profile businesses, including Woolworth’s and XL Leisure, have gone into receivership. Be careful not to buy gift vouchers that will have no value or goods that can’t be returned.

Don’t let the risks of online shopping get in the way, simply be aware of the risks and take a few sensible precautions. If the worst does happen, there are legislative and protective measures in place to help the victim to financially recover.