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I've been battling the little buggers for half a century. Here's what I've learned. Take them seriously! Most of the time they're only a minor irritant, but at their worst they're very nasty. I've twice had to help people in toxic shock from midge attack. Make sure you're prepared. Know your enemy They don't like sunlight, so are are more active at dawn ...


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You can buy candles that contain citronella. I was pretty sceptical about their effectiveness, but last weekend, we lit two outside the tent and we were able to sit outside relatively unmolested. Best advice - camp somewhere exposed - midgies can't cope with much more than a gentle breeze. And for the love of God, take a midge net - they're hot and ...


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Most of your question is covered in When is the midge season in Scotland?. But I'll answer the non-duplicate question: Is there anything else a part from midge spray I can use to keep them away? Yes quite a few alternatives, these are covered pretty well in this question. To name a few: Lemon Eucalyptus oil Avon Skin So Soft (I kid you not!) ...


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I just was told this last weekend: Lock your tent! Of course thiefes can cut the tent and still steal your stuff but at least your insurance is going to pay if the tent was locked (check the conditions of your insurance and in doubt ask your insurer). Besides that you should not leave your valuable stuff in the tent alone, also if it's just valuable for ...


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Camping is an outdoor sport, with many opportunities for unexpected events. Don't bring anything that can't be exposed to the weather, and don't bring anything that will cause you emotional hardship if it does not return home with you. I have been camping for years, and have never lost anything to theft, nor has anyone I know lost anything to theft. I ...


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This sounds like a great idea. Wild camping is permited under the Land Reform Act. Outdooraccess-scotland have put together a useful summary of how it relates to your access rights. Key points from which are; Does it mean I can camp anywhere? The main places where access rights do not apply are: houses and gardens, and non-residential ...


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Basically it's an open access law, meaning you can camp in any **"unenclosed space"*. So you can't camp in fields, private land, etc. As mentioned you should follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for camping: Access rights extend to wild camping. This type of camping is lightweight, done in small numbers and only for two or three nights in any one ...


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Here are a couple of tips. Make it harder for them to steal anything, roll up your vehicle's windows and lock its doors. Make your stuff less attractive to thieves, cover valuables with a blanket and don't flash expensive gear or jewelry. Exude confidence, look people in the eye, walk with a confident stride, and make it clear that you are not someone to ...


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Caravan parks often have safes for people to use (rent). That's likely your best bet. They're often a bit like the lockers you get in swiming baths. Baring that it's either hide things (Bottom of a sleeping bag works ok but obviously your taking a risk) or take anything valuable with you.


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I would wear shorts to the shower. That way you don't accidentally lose your towel and end up flashing everyone.


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Is it possible to drive the route from Helsinki at this time of the year? In general, yes, you should have no problem driving from Helsinki to Saariselkä towards the end of May. Be cautious of moose and reindeer crossing the road in front of you (or lurking at the edges). How about getting from Saariselkä to the parking lot in Aittajarvi, is it ...


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This seems unlikely—simply facing something orange to the sky doesn't get automatically detected as a request for assistance. In general, if someone isn't searching for you, no one is going to be looking to see it in the first place. A space blanket might be useful in that sense if you've already called for help somehow, or been missing long enough someone ...


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I'll answer the slightly broader question "How should I plan my first backpacking trip in Oregon or California?" (with emphasis on California, since that is the area I know best) Since you are mentioning fishing and hunting, I am going to lead with permits. Make sure that fishing and hunting is permitted in the areas you are considering. Hunting is not ...


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I wear my swimming trunks to the shower. My wife wears a pull over sun dress (light weight, thigh length). We wear our shower shoes, we carry our towels and shower supplies. We usually just take soap and shampoo. The soap is in a small plastic container. We wear the same clothing both ways. Dressing and other hygiene activities are done when we get back ...


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This will be very country and even camp ground specific. Least likely to offend approach is to do what most of the others do. If just one person is doing what you want, don't presume its acceptable, wait till you have seen several people doing it. If everyone is getting dressed to go to showers (unlikely), get dressed. In the unlikely even most people ...


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I've been camping in the UK for many years and the generally people either get fully dressed before heading to the shower, or walk over in pajamas/ dressing gown.



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