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No Stress Guide | First Aid Packing

No one plans for an emergency on an outdoor excursion, but they can happen. Below is a helpful checklist of items from the American Red Cross and camping enthusiasts to stay safe and have fun while exploring. Print this list out, check the items off.

First Aid Kit:

o   2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)

o   25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)

o   1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)

o   5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)

o   5 antiseptic wipe packets

o   2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)

o   1 blanket (space blanket)

o   1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)

o   1 instant cold compress

o   2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)

o   2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)

o   Scissors

o   1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)

o   1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)

o   5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)

o   5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)

o   Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)

o   2 triangular bandages

o   Tweezers

o   First aid instruction booklet

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Camp Prep | Etiquette

Campgrounds are amazing temporary towns with tents, RVs, and cottages instead of houses, townhomes and apartments. That’s why it’s so important to follow the Golden Rule when adventuring outdoors so everyone can enjoy their camping vacation with these campground etiquette tips: Help Your Neighbor Out Have an amazing time on your trip? Pay it forward. Leave the extra firewood, clean up your area, h...
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Five Great Camping Apps To Try

Although camping means unplugging to recharge your body and mind, that doesn’t mean you should be without these 5 great camping apps.

Download and try these 4 apps when you head to Sunset Beach Resort or your favorite campground.

For Exploration:

Project Noah App

Project Noah


Virginia's Eastern Shore is full of nature! Project Noah will allow you and to document the world around you by easily adding pictures of wildlife to the “my spottings” section. From there you can catalog species or find out what missions are happening near you.

Perfect for: nature enthusiasts, children, families

For an Easy Bedtime:

Sleep Pillow

Sleep Pillow


Spending time in a cabin, cottage or RV, but want the sounds of tent camping as you drift off to sleep? Sleep pillow is a must download camping app!

This app allows you to pick from a variety of sounds and mixes like falling rain and crackling fire, which is perfect to ease into a little R&R after a long day outdoors!

Perfect for: couples, families, children

For the Perfect Playlist:




Planning a campfire party? You’ll definitely want to have music. It’s essential for setting the tone from pumping your group up for a day of activities to chilling out around the campfire.

Spotify offers an amazing selection of streaming music. Be sure to create playlists before your trip for the perfect jams during the trip!

Ideal for: families, groups, teens

For #Fitness Goals:

 map my hike

Map My Hike


Interested in keeping your fitness up while on vacation? That’s easy to do at Sunset Beach Resort or your favorite campground! MapMyHike from Under Armor allows you to track your route including workout details such as duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled, all on an interactive map.

Ideal for: active types

For Safety:


 Red Cross

First Aid American Red Cross



The American Red could be a literal lifesaver. It includes everyone from step-by-step advice to videos and quizzes. Awesome feature: Preloaded content comes standard so you have instant access to all the important instructions even if you don’t have internet.

Perfect for: couples, families

Other great camping apps to try:

What are your favorite camping apps?

Camping in Virginia

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Originally published March 31, 2017, updated October 6, 2017

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How to Get the Indoorsy-Types Outdoors

In every friend group, there are those who would prefer to binge-watch every episode of Stranger Things than venture out of the house to explore nature. However, using the right approach can help to lure your indoorsy friends off the couch and into a tent! Use these tips to warm-up your indoorsy friends to the outdoors and guarantee your relationship will remain intact: Do All the Heavy Lifting Al...
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Romantic Camping Ideas

If you're planning a romantic camping trip, remember: Virginia IS for lovers. Our campground, conveniently located near the gorgeous Cape Charles' LOVEwork sculpture, is the perfect backdrop for a weekend of reconnecting. With cozy cabins, spacious RV sites, onsite dining, and stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay, your loved one will be requesting a romantic camping trip every anniversary. With ou...
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Think Outside the Tent

Think Outside the Tent at Sunset Beach Resort

Close your eyes and say the word camping. What comes to mind? 9/10, we’ll bet a tent in the woods is the first image that pops up. And, while tent camping is a wonderful go-to experience; there are many other options at your fingertips.

Car Camping

Driving to a campsite with a tent or RV? Not a problem. Cars are a wonderful choice for shelter, especially if you’re staying at a location with bath houses, hook-ups, and on-site food. Pack up a hard top with food, blankets, pillows and small activities. Fold the seats down for optimal beauty sleep and crack the windows for airflow and to hear nature.


RVs are certainly a step-up from tent camping. They offer spacious areas to cook, hang out, and sleep. You’ll want to find an RV campground that offers fun extras like Sunset Beach Resort where all RV sites are equipped with:

  • 50/30/20 amp service
  • Sewer hookup
  • Water hookup
  • DISH Network television service
  • Complimentary internet Wi-Fi service
  • Space for one vehicle
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
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Don’t own an RV? No problem! Sites like RVShare.com are a great way to source and rent.

Hammock Camping

Sometimes hooking up a hammock and relaxing is the best way to camp. Plus, if you don’t enjoy the firmness that comes along with sleeping on the ground this is a great option. You’ll also get a front row view to the sky!

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Cottage Living

Want a true glamping experience? A cottage is perfect for just that. Cottages are often outfitted with multiple bed options, fully functioning kitchens and porches perfect for relaxing. You’ll be able to experience all the beauty of nature without sacrificing creature comforts.

Learn more about Sunset Beach Resort’s cottages.


What’s your favorite way to camp?

Learn more about the Sunset Beach Resort located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

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Why Fall Camping in VA is a Must

When the hot temperatures are behind us, camping takes new form. Brisk mornings, fall foliage, warm comfort foods and snuggly clothes all come together to make autumn camping a must-do for any outdoors enthusiast. Why? Easy… You’re in control of the campsites During late spring and summer, campsites on the water get reserved quickly and seemingly stay reserved. However, booking a campground in the...
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RV Hacks | The Bathroom

That’s right; this post is all about the RV bathroom. We’ve searched the internet to bring you the top 5 best hacks for mess-proofing your bathroom. Keepin’ your tooth brush clean Sitting your tooth brush on the countertop is basically asking it, so don’t do it! PVC Pipe Toothbrush Holders are a great way to make sure your tooth brush doesn’t drop to the floor. Bonus tip: Use fun letter stickers t...
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Why Millennials Choose the Great Outdoors

Millennials are heading to the great outdoors now more than ever.

So how does a millennial connect – and stay connected – in the great outdoors? CBS News shows us how a new generation is making camping their own.

Why Millennials Choose Chesapeake Bay KOA Resort & Beach Club:

  1. The Views. You simply can’t beat waking up in the morning to a private beach.
  2. The Excursions. Sunset Beach Resort offers a shuttle service to take you to day long adventures on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  3. The Amenities. We’ve got plenty of water sports to keep you entertained all day long from kayaking to paddle boarding, we’ve got you covered. Plus, did we mention we have two pools? Well, we do!
  4. The Lodging. Looking for a week outdoors? Or, what about a weekend getaway in a cozy coastal cottage? Or, maybe you just want a hotel room for a little R&R? No matter what you’re looking for, it’s here at Sunset Beach.
  5. The Drinks & Food. Happy Hour anyone? We’ve got local craft brews and eats for you and your crew to enjoy.

Learn more about Chesapeake Bay KOA Resort & Beach Club located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

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No Stress Packing Guide | RV Necessities

You’ve mapped out your camping trip, now it’s onto making a list of items to pack. Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered with this simple list. Print it out, check it off and camp!

First Things First:

Nuts & Bolts:

  • Allen wrench /hex key sets
  • AxeShovel
  • Bailing wire
  • Battery distilled water
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Charcoal
  • Bungee cords
  • CB radios
  • Chairs & Table – folding
  • Crowbar
  • DC test light
  • Diagonal Pliers
  • Electrical tape
  • Emergency road kit with approved triangle reflectors and flares
  • Emergency warning light (trouble light)
  • Extension cords
  • Extra bulbs, fuses
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid kit
  • Flashlight batteries
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Fuses
  • Gas Stove w/bottle
  • Grease
  • Grill
  • Hammers
  • Hatchet
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • Hose clamps selection 1/2 in. to 3 in.
  • Hydraulic jack
  • J-B Weld
  • Jumper cables
  • LED lights, lantern or mantles
Learn more about the Sunset Beach Resort located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.
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Prep to Camp With Your Pup!

Now that the days are getting longer, there is ample to time to hang outside with your four-legged best friend.  Here are a few important tips for taking your pup(s) on backpacking, tent camping, or RV adventures.

1)    Refresh your dog’s campsite etiquette

Before you embark on your tail-wagging outdoor exploration, give your dog an update on basic commands including come, drop, and stay. This refresh will help your four-legged friend stay clear of other campsites or out of danger.

The Art of Manliness Guide, Adventures with Fido: How to Camp with Your Dog, recommends these five commands:

  • Whoa:  Use this for stop, freeze, don’t move.
  • Come:  Self-explanatory.
  • Down:  Lay down, don’t move until I tell you it’s okay.
  • Okay:  We’re cool.  As you were.
  • Leave it:  Whatever is in your mouth, drop it

Also, this ASPCA guide to training your dog for outdoor adventures is a great refresh.

2)    Pest Protection

It is so important that before your dog heads the outdoors, he or she is protected against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, heartworm and other outdoor pests.

Talk to your vet ahead of time about the following:

•    Flea and tick preventives

•    Heartworm medication

•    Vaccinations

•    Rabies shots


3)    Pack for your pup

You don’t need to pack heavy, but here are a few ‘musts’ to ensure your puppy remains safe, hydrated and engaged:

•    A dedicated doggy bottle for water

•    Collapsible food and water bowls

•    Dog backpacks for excursions

•    Leash/collar

•    Toys

•    First aid kit:

The U.S. Forest Service recommends carrying the following dog-specific first aid items, many of which you probably already have at home:

•    A bandana for a makeshift muzzle

•    Flat-bladed tweezers and a small container of mineral oil for tick removal

•    An emergency fold-up blanket (space blanket) for treating shock or cold

•    A folding tool that has needle-nose pliers for extracting a large thorn or a porcupine quill

•    Booties for protecting injured paws (toddler socks work great!)

•    A small first aid book with instructions for treating pets

•    The name, phone number, and directions to a nearby veterinarian or pet emergency clinic

4)    Have fun!

Dogs make excellent camping companions. So, this spring or summer take fido out for an unforgettable adventure you won’t soon forget!

Sunset Beach Resort is a pet-friendly campground. We offer a Sandy Paw Dog Beach and a Beach Barks Dog Park.

Learn more about the Sunset Beach Resort located at 4271 Wise Point Ln, Cape Charles, VA 23310.

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From the Guestbook

The resort has breathtaking views, clean upscale accommodations, friendly, helpful staff, and a fabulously family friendly RV park. We are having a wonderfully relaxing vacation!
Rita Sisk, Yorktown, Virginia

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