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Top 5 Heated Clothing Options For Hunters in Freezing Temperatures

You won’t find any list or blog post about preparing for hunting season that doesn’t list clothing as a necessary purchase. It’s not just an option to dress warmly when you plan to spend all day watching for game, perhaps in subzero temperatures.

But modern advancements in clothing mean you don’t have to wear so many layers that moving becomes cumbersome. You can swap out bulky clothing for thinner, thermal clothing with battery-powered heaters to keep you warm.

Below, you’ll find the top five heated clothing options for hunters.

1. Heated Gloves

Normal gloves are often bulky, reducing your dexterity. However, heated gloves have a lower profile, so you can grab your weapon or even snack while in your tree stand without having to remove your gloves, which defeats the purpose of wearing gloves, to begin with. You’ll also find heated glove liners that you can slip into your favorite pair of gloves if you don’t want to purchase a new pair entirely.

2. Heated Shirts

You’ll find heated hunting gear for both men and women, and shirts are one thing that comes in different profiles for a man or a woman. A heated shirt will be snugger fit for a woman, keeping heat that much closer to her body. A shirt like this the perfect base to go with your vest, sweatshirt, and jacket. Some shirts even have ports for you to charge your phone.

3. Heated Socks

You’ve probably stuffed hand or foot warmers into the toes of your boots to keep warm in the past. Perhaps you’ve stomped around in an attempt to keep your heart pumping and temperature up. But extremities like your fingers and toes are the first body parts that feel the cold sink in. That’s precisely why heated socks make so much sense. The combination of battery-powered heat and wool keeps you cozy and warm no matter how cold it might be outside.

4. Heated Jackets

If you’re a practiced hunter, then you know to wear warm layers well before you even put on your jacket. A warming jacket can combat even the most extreme winter weather, so you don’t have to miss a day of hunting.

For people who want to wear their own jackets, a heated vest worn over the base layer but beneath the jacket offers comfort without compromise.

5. Heated Seats

Okay, so this last one isn’t something that you wear, but it’s something an avid hunter might want to take out to the woods, anyway! A heated seat or seat cushion keeps your backside warm as you wait for the perfect moment to strike. You won’t be rustling around and making noise, which could scare away your pray, as long as you’re comfortable.

Of course, you don’t have to be a hunter to enjoy heated gear. Winter sports enthusiasts also enjoy heated jackets, gloves, and even caps. And you might like the heated gear enough to wear it after hunting season has finished but the weather is still cold.

 

Starting The Summer Break At The Spray Park In Celebration Park

Spray Park at the Celebration Park in Allen, TX

Summer is just around the corner my friends.  What are your plans to beat the heat? Are you heading to the beach or to a cold place this summer?

While you are in the process of finalizing your summer vacation plans, take your kids to splash park or a spray park near you. Children enjoy anything involving water fun during the summer.

My cousin and a few mom friends took our girls to the spray park in Allen.  It is quite a bit of a drive but we like it there better because the spray park has more than five water play equipment that the children enjoy. Next to the spray park is a big playground  with swings and all.  There is also a pavilion with tables and chairs for picnics. For some relaxation time, visitors can also enjoy having a good conversation under the shady trees along side of the spray park.

Banana Boat Sunscreen and sunglasses.

There is so much joy in the children’s eyes splashing and playing with the water in the spray park. Just don’t forget to re-apply your trusted sunscreen on your little ones’ skin for protection against the harmful sun rays. My darling daughter and I use Banana Boat Sunscreen Spray with SPF 50+. It is non-greasy and easy to apply sunscreen spray. Important:  Close eyes when spraying on the face. Sunglasses are an essential this summertime, too. They protect your eyes from harmful glare of the sun. For glare sensitive people like me, I always wear sunglasses outdoors. They are a must-have accessories.

So whatever you decide to do outdoors this summer, always bring sunscreen and wear sunglasses.

Vacation in Punta Cana- Special Things to do

The Caribbean country of the Dominican Republic is a fantastic tropical island destination that offers white sand beaches to stroll along, great seafood dishes to try, water sport activities galore, friendly locals and spa opportunities. In addition, the Punta Cana hotels are hard to beat with great prices throughout the year and with most offering spectacular views. If you’re thinking about planning a trip to this island escape, you’ll find that there are plenty of activities and attractions to choose from, making it so that you’ll have trouble deciding which ones to partake in. To help you decide, here’s a list of some of the best things to do.

Go Golfing

If you love a good game of golf, you’ll find plenty of those around here. In fact, Punta Cana is known for its beautiful ocean front golf courses that offer views of the Caribbean ocean during your entire golf game. You’ll also find that most of the courses were designed by top golf designers, making for some rather good games. Most courses also offer drinks and food, as well as a club house of some sort.

Manati Park

A half day activity, Manati Park is great for the entire family with lots of different birds and reptiles on display. Here you’ll find a Taino dance performance and a playful parrot show along with flamingo, iguana and crocodile exhibits.  Prices here are a bit on the high side, but in the end worth the cost.

Ziplining

There are several companies within Punta Cana that offer ziplining tours, and all of them seem to get great reviews. If you’re not afraid of heights, or at least looking to get over that fear, then ziplining through the jungle is perfect for you. Generally these tours last a few hours and are a great way to build up an appetite before heading to the beach for some lunch.

Whale Watching Tours

During part of the year, hundreds of humpback whales gather in the Samana Bay, offering guests and locals alike a chance to see these gentle beauties up close and personal. On a whale watching tour, you’ll board a boat where the crew’s knowledge about whales will be on display the entire time, allowing you to ask questions about their behavior, size, eating patterns and migration paths. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these creatures and tours are kid friendly.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is great for those who don’t mind strolling along beaches, on jungle paths and through town. With a horseback riding tour, you’ll find yourself enjoying some time in nature as you take in the area from a different point of view. These tours also vary in time length, making them an easy activity to fit into your day.

Remember, the longer you make your trip, the more activities you’ll be able to enjoy. This means that even though weekends getaways are great, a week or two in the country will allow for a lot more exploring.

Guided Horseback Riding In Beaver’s Bend State Park

Guided horseback riding at the Riding Stables in Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

 

My horse’s name was Roy…and K’s was Molly.