TRAVEL & ADVENTURE BLOG Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
WHAT BLACK KNIGHT INDUSTRIES IS ALL ABOUT
Black Knight Industries is a resource for all things adventure, travel and lifestyle related.
I’m Charlie Knight, and I live out of my comfort zone. I’ve been travelling since I was very young and, at 42 years old, it’s looking like I’ll be travelling until I’m very old too! I love being in the great outdoors with hiking, biking, fishing, and boating being some of my passions.
If you’re in search of adventure in this big, bad world that we live in, I hope you’ll enjoy my stories from my escapades and my travel tips and advice.
I also offer my readers consultations over Skype to help them plan their trips so get in touch if you’re in need of an adrenaline rush but you don’t know where to go or what to do.
If that’s YOU, you can contact me here.
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With summer just around the corner, people everywhere are excited about their outdoor activities. They are planning for barbecues and more in the back yard. They may be planning trips to the beach. Camping out in the woods and long fishing trips. The problem is, many people sacrifice their summer fun out of fear. They fear the insects that also enjoy the summer’s warmth. Do you know how to enjoy bug free outdoor adventures? Or are you one of the people who chooses to stay indoors?
The Bugs of Summer
There are many outdoor sports and adventures to have on a summer’s day. For many, it is the only time that they can truly get outside. Winter’s snows have melted, and temperatures are enjoyable. The thaw that comes in spring, gives insects a place to thrive. It is often compounded by spring showers. Mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks, no see ums, and more use damp places as a breeding ground. No matter how much you do around your home to prevent them, you will still find them. They are searching for you. They can travel miles to get to you. Are you ready to fight back?
Stopping Insects from Biting
There is never going to be a way for us to eliminate the entire population of biting insects. They live and breed faster than we can kill them off. In the past, we have used bug repellents to keep bugs off us. However, there is some concern that using DEET to prevent mosquito bites will cause health concerns. This means we have to look at other options.
Often, you can use essential oils to keep mosquitoes, pesky no see ums, and other insects away. Lemon, eucalyptus, and citronella are all very popular options. You do have to be careful though. Applying essential oils directly to your skin without a carrier oil, can be bad for you as well. There are mosquito clothing options that may also allow you to enjoy your summer to the fullest.
If you end up with pests in your home, you have other options as well. Indoor and outdoor traps are always a good idea for giving you control over pests. There are also foggers for around the home, tablets you can put into a body of water near your home, and more.
Take Back Your Summer Adventures
After the winter’s chill, we all deserve to have a lot of adventures during the summer. There is no reason for us to let the insects of summer have all the fun. There are plenty of natural repellents out there that can help you enjoy your fun season to the fullest. You should be able to go watch a sporting event or participate in it without bugs. Your family should be able to enjoy camping or spending time together. Are you ready to live out some big adventures without worrying over what types of insects may bug you?
When spring is in the air, there is also excitement over the many things that you can do. There are camping trips, vacations to the beach, and boating adventures to enjoy. You can see them on the horizon and taste the water spray on your face. The thing is, often big problems follow the fun in the sun that you want to experience. Therefore, our BlackKnight guide to boating safety for spring is filled with helpful insights to how you can truly make the most of your adventures.
Preparation is Key!
When we first start thinking about all the fun that we can have, we often forget some of the most basic safety precautions. We forget that we need to pack the sunblock. We may overlook the fact that our boat’s motor hasn’t been run in several months. We may even forget to check the weather forecast thoroughly in our excitement to climb on board. All these things could mean that your fun will end up being not-so-fun. We encourage you to plan and think about how to stay safe on the water, before you ever attach the boat trailer to your truck.
Important Things to Check This Season
One thing that should be done without you needing a reminder is that you should give your motor a thorough check. It is important. Whether you are going out in the middle of the ocean or the middle of a lake, you want to know before you go that you can make it safely back to shore. Your battery should also be something obvious since they do often go bad over the winter months when you aren’t using them often. You may want to use a battery monitor to make sure that your marine battery can hold enough charge for your boating trip.
You should check your life vests to ensure that they are not damaged or rotting. This is often one of the least thought of items on a boat because we do not use them most of the time. They simply get stored away and used only when emergencies come up, which is hopefully never. If you are going out into the ocean or the Gulf, you should also make sure your GPS is working properly so that you can find your way back home, even if a sudden storm rolls in. For this, you may also want to consider having a way to reach out for help. Flares and an emergency radio are all good ideas.
Enjoy Spring to the Fullest
A sad truth is that we often spend all winter cooped up, waiting for spring. Then we get excited by the possibilities once spring rolls in and we forget the basic rules of boating safely. Taking the steps to ensure you have everything fully prepared could save a life in the middle of an unforeseen problem. Having the right equipment in good working order, can make the entire boating trip much more enjoyable and safer for your family. Can you think of a reason not to?