Aug 14

Geocaching: Short treasure hunt with GPS

Are you sick of that eternal poles routes? Want more challenge? It takes more and more difficult to motivate for a walk to your children? Like to visit beautiful places both in cities and in the countryside? Would like to get you to special places that the general public does not know where to find? Do you like scavenger hunts and treasure? Then geocaching is for you!

What is geocaching?

geoIt is a relatively new outdoor sport, which was made ​​possible by the expansion of the selective availability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) on May 1, 2000. On May 3, placed the American Dave Ulmer the first cache, which was already found on May 6 on two occasions.

 A cache is a generally waterproof box containing at least a logbook in which the finder writes his name.Now there are in the Netherlands alone thousands of caches hidden. In your area there are boxes of all sizes hidden. Sometimes the boxes are smaller than a roll of film, sometimes they are as big as buckets. In the smallest caches is only a paper (logrol) the name of the finder to note, in larger caches are often many small stuff (goodies) as erasers, key chains, tops and other small toys.These goodies are especially good with the children’s taste. It is intended that these toys are exchanged for something of at least equal value.

 Although the value attributed to this kind of stuff quite subjective, yet it feels its intent to do. It should also be fun for the next cacher to find the cache. The cache found, log on to www.geocaching.com where you have a free account is required to make first. Of course you have to find caches required. Device with GPS Most smartphones nowadays you can get along without caching. GPS and geocache app A handheld GPS device is a must if you are looking for a more robust device that can take a beating and with the battery life. New are pretty pricey stuff, but they often Marketplace allows you to tap the head for a few bucks.

Types caches

There are three main types can be distinguished, namely the traditional caches, multi and mystery. 

Traditional The traditional (tra) is the simplest form of geocaching. On geocaching.com is the coordinate where the cache is found just given, and you can go directly to where the cache is hidden. However, it pays generally bother to read the cache page carefully because most caches are placed in particularly beautiful places, or in places where interesting things to say about this.

Multi A multi cache a lot like a scavenger hunt. On the site you will find the starting coordinate, and there is an indication must be found to determine the next point. (Waypoint) At the end of the journey sufficient data are collected to determine. The end coordinate Many multi-’s run through a special area where the cache page can tell you more. Many multivitamins are particularly suitable as original city tour, where you will see more than a beautiful church or a special Geveltje. 

Mystery When a mystery is the intention to go home to the puzzle. On the cache page is a puzzle that must be the coordinate at which the cache is located can be determined. Solved first stateSometimes it can be controlled via a checker on the site or the solution is correct.


To make it even more fun, there are coins and travel bugs (TB) that have to travel. From cache to cache Tb’s shape similar to military identification tags. These trackables each have a unique code and are owned by a cacher that she sent on tour. Often get the TB’s and coins an assignment (eg TB wants to visit caches that are on the water to a rubber bath duck). Trackables These are just like the caches logged on internet and so the owner can follow the journey of his or her trackables. For the finder is an additional challenge to the contract by trying to satisfy.


Basically, you have a good pair of walking shoes, a GPS device and a pen to write, so plenty to go geocaching in the log.Depending on your goals, needs and preferences, you need more. There are caches which must be dived whether or whose walking twenty kilometers. Climbed The cached page is here, often using icons, information given. This will be the necessary equipment to be adjusted. Provide adequate food and drink, because when the proper route is not immediately found, a journey may take longer than expected. A first aid kit is not a luxury. Be aware of ticks and careful nature. And above all, beware of muggles(non-cachers) and try unseen log. There are informative books about GPS and geocaching, but there is also fiction where geocaching plays a (big) part.

Jul 14

Camping, what do you need?

Camping is very popular. Comfortably in a tent, caravan or motorhome to spend your vacation. In what ways can all camping and what are the pros and cons of camping? What to take and what should you think? Some things you really should not forget when you’re camping, and some things simply need to know.

Camping . Camping can be a variety of ways. One chooses to camp in a small double tent, and the other chooses a Turnkey tent with real beds.

Camping Tips

If you own a tent purchased but have never camped before, there are some tips that you will have many. as a novice camper

  • Put the tent before first few times on holiday. So you can see exactly how the tent should be set and whether any are missing, such as pegs and guy ropes and the like. You will be useful in setting up and taking down the tent, and that routine will soon come in handy. This saves an enormous amount of hassle as you once, have arrived tired from the trip, camping and tent camping is to set up.
  • Find out in advance what the camping ground. For hard surfaces, you need more than a patch of grass with earth. Different pegs
  • Mark the poles that belong together, that makes searching
  • Also try your camping gear in advance of. What is still missing and everything works well?
  • The tent is waterproof and the zippers are still intact and they run smoothly?

Important Tips

Before you go on holiday, it is wise to properly prepare for the trip and the route, set up the tent, the stuff that you should not forget the passports or other travel documents must be in order and all insurance (travel, Cancellation insurance, accident and health, auto, etc.) must be in order.

  • Medications for travel, food and drink, money, travel documents, other
  • For pneumatic repair adhesive strips and extra valve with it, and a foot pump
  • Take sleeping bags with a tight fitting zip it, and take into account cold nights
  • Bring a kettle for morning quickly cook in the wasgebouw, water is convenient. For larger tents with electricity is a kettle of course very convenient.
  • If you do not speak the language of the holiday: buy a book “How and in what … (language)”, where you are in the language of the country still pretty good with saving
  • Do not forget the rubber mallet striking the stakes and extra guy lines and pegs additional
  • Also make sure you have extra cash on hand, such as a bank account, where you can. Contingencies may prove unexpectedly needed and nothing is on vacation so annoying as to be without money in a foreign country
  • Please debit and e-dentifiers (or whatever fits with your bank) for online banking with
  • Dotted the trip well in advance and make sure that you reach the site on time. In the dark setting up a tent, is a very difficult job.
  • Also take matches, some flashlights with batteries and toilet paper with you
  • Share your luggage into two parts, the part that you pass on the camping needs and share what you already need along the way too. That saves a lot of searching.
  • Take a small emergency supply of food and water, just in case you can not do directly. Messages on the site Consider, in this case, for example crackers with toppings that does not spoil, canned food (+ can opener), drink a cooler.
  • Medicines and a first aid kit and sunscreen and sunglasses remember
  • Jerry can take so you always have water at the tent and not have to take any cup
  • If you are traveling by car: road
  • Pay outstanding bills so you are not faced with unexpected surprises for homecoming

Camping in a tent, caravan, motorhome, boat or beach house
If you rent a tent or caravan, you will find there everything you need for camping. Learn more about renting a turnkey tent in the article: tent rental, tent or caravan ready . You may also consider bringing a beach house to rent . On a yacht or sailboat is also a relaxing holiday.

Camping Tips for setting up a tent

  • Put the tent on a level piece of ground, not down a hill or mountain, in connection with completion of water.
  • Do not put the tent under pine trees. Since resin drips off and fallen branches and needles on the tent. If you put your tent under a tree can suffer from bird droppings on the tent and other inconveniences.
  • Choose the tent preferably a shady place, with sufficient space around it to also enjoy some sun and sit outside
  • Take the piece of land free of twigs and stones and the like
  • Get plenty of flashlights with batteries and a string to hang a flashlight
  • Let the zippers close to the design and assembly of the tent, associated with stress on the fragile zippers. You can then carefully tensioning and not putting the zippers under too much stress. Canvas material must be tight and smooth.
  • Moisture condensation in the tent is often, therefore, ensure that adequate ventilation. Air the regular stuff and leave wet gear to dry as quickly as possible

Disadvantages of camping

Camping in tent and its major disadvantage is that there is less luxury and comfort than a hotel or cottage. The toilet and the shower is down, not in your tent. There of course chemical toilets that you can carry and empty daily. Also, you should be able to insects or other unexpected visitors from nature can be when you’re camping, such as a mouse or a mole. But for many people, camping is just a challenge and has the charm. If you suffer from your back, or if you really want to have a private bathroom at your disposal then choose a caravan if you still want to camp.

Jul 14

Additional movement in Summer

Many people come on vacation a few pounds on. Laze and overeating are two reasons for this. To avoid getting heavier, you can of course be careful with food, but also move more. And for that extra movement, you do not really in the gym because you can reach the smaller things too!


holidayIs there a destination on your pool or sea nearby? Go at a quiet time (eg early morning) laps. With fifteen laps, you’ve already burned. Around 115 calories They also train your leg muscles!


Take early morning or late evening stroll. At these moments, it is often not so hot and there are not many people outside. Will you have to train your muscles a bit? Then walk a trail with stairs or hills, or go hiking in the mountains! A walk on the beach you will also burn more calories than if you just walk across the road. This is because the sand is heavier and therefore you your legs a little more to lift.

Additional movement on the beach

It is wonderful to be baking a whole afternoon on the beach in the sun, but the beach is also the ideal place for fun activities. Take a beach set them to go play tennis or go snorkeling in the sea.

Take the stairs!

Take the stairs is a small effort and still has effect. Most people take in their hotel or apartment building elevator, while you’re often just as fast with the stairs.

Participate in activities

Most hotels and campsites organize fun (and sports) activities. Often activities are announced at the reception or when you arrive a leaflet. So do once in a while along with that one beach volleyball tournament or take a lesson aqua aerobics. Besides that it is very nice and you have some extra moves, you will learn in this way also another new people.


Is a pleasant musical evening organized at your vacation spot? Throw those hips loose and dance nice watch! Along rather than to At many holiday destinations there are animation teams present which often organize dance classes.

Small exercises

Take your (hotel) room or in your tent a few minutes to some abdominal and leg muscle exercises to do. You will also need to do them no attributes and if you stay on vacation is still a little form.

Walk instead of taking the car or bus

Is the city or the supermarket your vacation spot? Go shopping or running errands. If the weather is nice, a walk always delicious and so you’ll come again for additional movement.

Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water and you’re good rub yourself with sunscreen when you exercise in the sun. Also in the water and burn quickly, so please do not forget to smear.

Jul 14

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