Mini Guides and Advice to Help You Choose Your Oudtoor Gear and Services

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Preparing for a hiking or camping trip can be a daunting endeavor, especially if you haven’t explored the outdoors in the past. One of the most difficult things is selecting the right camping equipment for the trip. There are so many options available …

Unlike the primitive days where fire or the starry night sky were the only sources of light outdoors when evening sets in, modern innovations allows us the benefit and convenience of outdoor lanterns for illumination al fresco. Whether on a camping tri …

“Ordinary” insurance just doesn’t cut it sometimes, especially for people who have special needs. Full-time RV owners and travelers, for example, have insurance needs that regular auto insurance just can’t provide. This is why a Good Sam Club insurance …

Boats can be expensive, but that’s no reason to allow yourself to be taken advantage of. If you’re looking for a good deal on a boat, looking at used boats for sale is the ideal solution. Below are some good precepts to keep in mind as you perform your …

The key factor in choosing between hiking shoes and hiking boots is the wildness of the terrain you plan to traverse. Determining your chosen route will help you to decide which type of footwear will best suit your needs. Hiking shoes are designed to s …

With spring in full bloom and summer fast approaching, it’s that time of the year when the outdoors are most alive. For campers, hikers, and outdoor lovers in general, there’s nothing more satisfying than putting shorts on for the first time after a lo …

When enjoying an evening in the woods, it can get very dark, very quickly. It’s thus vital to ensure every camper has efficient and proficient lighting available to avoid accidents and mishaps. Stumbling around in the dark can make any outdoor trip unp …

An outdoor backpacking trip can be a fun and potentially life-changing experience.  But it’s important to take the right outdoor gear with you in order to have a successful trip. Here is the gear that you definitely should consider: The Essentials Back …

A pair of boots is arguably the most important piece of gear in your hiking equipment arsenal.  Why?  Good boots will help safeguard both your comfort and safety on a long walk or hike. Unfortunately, if you’re having problems on your hiking excursion …

When spending time in the great outdoors, it is vital to choose the correct outdoor clothing. Why? Bad choices in clothing can lead to extreme discomfort and can ruin any outdoor activity. There are a variety of variables that must be considered in ord …

To survive in the wilderness with your family, you need both knowledge and gear.  Here are the essentials… Before You Go: 1.Learn first aid and CPR. Every member of your family over the age of 12 should know these life-saving skills.  In addition, to h …

Camping is a fantastic way to spend time with family and friends in appreciation of the great outdoors. Further, through camping you will be able to get away from the stresses and pressures of day-to-day life.  This laid back recreation can provide tim …

Going camping is a great family activity, especially during the summer when the kids are out of school. It’s a fun way to get everyone outdoors enjoying nature and it can be relaxing for parents as well. However, when a family takes children camping, t …

Preparing for a hiking trip can be a daunting endeavor, especially if you haven’t explored the outdoors in the past. And one of the most difficult things is selecting the right camping equipment. There are so many options available that it can be confu …

For many people, life in the great outdoors is the best way to live. The fresh air, city free environment is an appealing lifestyle. Of course, few activities allow you to experience the outdoors like boating. But if you have a boat that you use very o …

Whenever one is camping there is always the possibility that something could go wrong. This makes having some type of survival camping gear on hand important. From unexpected storms to getting lost while hiking to a campsite, numerous things may occur. …

When planning for an outdoor hiking or walking excursion, it is important to choose the right footwear for your feet. Wearing the wrong shoes for the wrong activity can lead to painful aches, blisters, bruising, and unexpected falls. However, not every …

There is nothing quite like a camping trip. The smell of the great outdoors, the sight of a roaring fire at night, the cozy comfort of a snug tent- these experiences combine to create a fun and relaxing time like no other. However, in order to have a s …

Camping is a time honored, traditional recreational past time. Nothing quite matches the feeling of sleeping out in the woods, under the stars with the scent of  campfire smoke lingering in the air. However, with the wide range of camping tents that ar …

Wilderness survival takes both knowledge and solid outdoor gear. So by having the right equipment and knowing how to use it, you can survive almost any outdoor setting. Survival Essential: Water In order to stay hydrated, a good survival pack includes …

There is a special kind of resplendent beauty surrounding Mother Nature when she is blanketed in cold, white, glittering snow. But to fully enjoy the outdoors during the winter season, you have to dress appropriately.  Here is what you need to know: Wi …

Wilderness survival kits are available for different types of outdoor ventures. For example, there are cold and hot climate kits. And there are outdoor survival kits that can be used for water-based experiences. There are also survival kits that come e …

Shopping for most women is all about finding something that’s not only comfortable to wear but also could make them look their best. That’s still possible when it comes to hiking shoes for women. Just don’t expect the shopping process to be quick and e …

Women – not to worry because we’ll discuss your footwear selection in the next post, but for now, let’s concentrate first on the guys. It’s an unfortunate fact that when it comes to hiking shoes, the men are really blessed with more choices. Guys – let …

You don’t see them used much in the outdoors except when, say, people from the CDC have been called in. Most likely, the only times you’ve seen inflatable camping tents used before is in movies – they’re typically white or semi-transparent in color and …

Looking for a place to do your, umm, thing can be a pain when you’re camping outdoors and there are no modern toilets available. Your only choice would be to either dig a hole or hold it until you get back to civilization. Thankfully, technology has al …

A camping toilet was like nirvana for me when it was created. I’m a girl. I can sleep on the ground. It’s okay even if I don’t get to take a hot shower. But one thing I have an absolutely hard time tolerating is answering nature’s call by simply diggin …

Top Camping Tools and Equipment that People Forget to Bring on Their First Trip There will always be one or two things you will end up forgetting if it’s your first time camping. But the chances of having your first trip suffer from your partial and/or …

I admit it. The first time someone suggested camping during winter I laughed out loud and shook my head, thinking that only fools would ever dream of voluntarily freezing themselves by camping in the dead of winter. It just makes no sense, right? But b …

Let’s Talk about Waterproof Camping Tents You see, this is the part where many first-time campers get things wrong. When they go shopping for a camping tent, the majority of novice or rookie campers are primarily concerned about getting a good night’s …

The Basics of Rock Climbing Gear Having a complete set of rock climbing gear is one of the keys to having fun in this sport safely. Although rock climbing isn’t classified as an extreme sport per se, it still involves a greater risk of danger than othe …

The Beginner’s Checklist to Outdoor Gear Is it your first time camping? If so, you can use the checklist below to ensure you haven’t forgotten to take any essential outdoor gear with you. Campground – Outdoor Maps I’m assuming you know that you should …

How to Clean Your Hiking Shoes If you want your brand new hiking shoes to last for a long, long time, then you need to take good care of them. Clean them properly and thoroughly right after your trip. If you allow the dirt to cling too long to your sho …

How to Choose the Right Outdoor Lighting for Your Next Camping Trip If it’s not your first time camping then you already know how vital choosing the right outdoor lighting is. If it is your first time then you should keep in mind that moonlight isn’t a …

Water Purification Systems for Camping Use If you’re planning to go camping for at least a week or longer, it would be troublesome to take with you a week’s supply of drinking water. For a more practical, not to mention convenient, way of ensuring you …

Have you ever seen someone wearing Vibram FiveFingers Flow Shoes? To be honest, I think they look cool…and they kinda freak me out. On the one hand, I’m a big fan of going barefoot. I’m the first guy to take off his hiking shoes and wade in the river …

I’m a child of the 80s. I grew up watching Super friends on Saturday morning, spent a lot of time reading adventure and comic books, and never missed the Internet…because…well…it didn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. I love this age. I have a smart p …

Have you ever arrived late at a campsite?  You thought you understood the directions MapQuest gave you, only to turn right when you should have turned left.  The end result – you get to your designated campground at night, and have to set up camp under …

Today’s reader survey is short but sweet – the 5th Wheel Camper. This is different than many of our reader surveys, which tend to focus on tents and other “roughing” it gear. But no matter, because everyone loves a camper – your trusty home away from h …

Honestly, I love this feature – reader surveys on their favorite Gear! Today, we look at “Bacon’s” recommendation – Mountain Hardwear What is your name ? Bacon What is your favorite camping or hiking equipment? Mountain Hardwear makes some pretty damn …

Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter (Spring 2010) I’m rather squeamish about what I put in my body. I try to face away from the kitchen when I eat out. I’d rather not know if the “chef” is wearing gloves, if the kitchen is clean, or, frankly, if the food pr …

Yaktrax Pro Ice and Snow (Fall 2010) Having grown up in New England, I’ve slipped and fallen more times that I can count in the winter. If you’ve grown up in a cold environment, you know what I’m talking about. It’s not after a fresh snow storm that’s …

So I’m going to start this entry with its title – Have You Heard of Geocaching? I ask this question, because, honestly, I hadn’t…until now. I consider myself a pretty outdoorsy type a guy. Like many of you, I grew up camping and hiking, but before th …

The ideal set of hiking gear will always depend on four essential factors: your destination, its weather, the activities you wish to pursue, and the duration of your camping trip. How to Choose Your Hiking Gear Based on Destination Consider the terrain …

So this is one of the first in a series of reader gear recommendations. We start with that stalwart of man’s claim on nature – fire. And what is more representative than man’s ability to produce fire on demand than the good old Bic Lighter? What is you …

As with any outdoor activity, having the best equipment and gear will make hiking not just safer but more enjoyable as well. There are many ways the wrong hiking gear could hamper your trip. Ill-fitting boots could make you less flexible and even cause …

Top Family Camping Gear to Make Everyone Safe and Happy Camping with the kinds can either be a joy or a pain depending on how much preparation you’ve done for your trip. When shopping for family camping gear, remember to prioritize comfort, size and, w …

How to Choose Bags Good for Birding and Other Birding Equipment Besides looking for bags good for birding, there are other supplies and equipment that you should shop for to enjoy a safe and productive birdwatching excursion. Canvas Bags These are prob …

How to Take Care of Your Binoculars for Birding Binoculars for birding are not inexpensive and require diligent care and maintenance. Here are a number of tips to ensure that your binoculars are stored properly and stay safe during use or travel. Store …

How to Choose the Best Family Tent To make sure you purchase the best family tent for your outdoor vacation, make sure to consider the factors below when you go shopping. Season or Weather Conditions A basic family tent is affordable but can only provi …

Shopping Tips for Camping Tents Your outdoor vacation can be easily ruined with the wrong choice of camping tent. It might seem like fun to try roughing it out in the woods, but come night time when you and the kids are tired, camping tents that are to …

What’s the Best Camping Trailer for You? Are you looking for a camping trailer to make your next outdoor trip more comfortable? If so, here are a few suggestions to help you make the right purchase. Travel Trailer This is one of the most popular types …

What Kind of Camping Lantern Do You Need? The days of camping in the dark and sweating blood and tears just to build a fire are long gone. Why expend so much energy on such a simple task when you can just use a camping lantern? Source of Power Camping …

Tips for Safe and Proper Usage of Camping Cookware It’s not enough to have a complete set of camping cookware with you. If you want to enjoy fresh and healthy food during your camping trip, you need to be familiar with the proper use of camping cookwar …

The Buyer’s Guide to Folding Camping Chairs Frederic Arnold invented the first foldable chair in 1947. More than seventy years have passed and folding camping chairs have considerably evolved since then. Now, campers have the luxury of choosing from a …

Top Camping Accessories You Must Never Forget to Pack Whenever you go camping, it’s often the little things that are most important and you end up forgetting. Make your next trip different by ensuring that you have all your bases covered and you’ve got …

How to Choose the Ideal Pair of Birding Binoculars Every June, the Devils Lake State Park celebrates the Sullys Hill Birding and Nature Festival. During this time, keen birdwatching aficionados will be able to enjoy delightful sights of their favorite …

Steps to Buying the Perfect Folding Camp Chairs Here are seven quick easy steps to buying the perfect folding camp chair for your needs. Step 1 Determine your budget. Basic folding camp chairs would cost a little over $20 – maybe even less if you’re wi …

Top Utensils or Equipment that Your Camp Kitchen Should Include When choosing which utensils or equipment should make up your camp kitchen, you need to consider what kind of camping trip you’ll be taking, the number of days your trip will last as well …

Tips for Shopping for the Ideal Camping Cot The ideal camping cot depends on where and when you plan to camp as well as your personal needs. Size More specifically, consider the length and width of the camping cot. Will it be able to accommodate your h …

How to Choose the Best Camp Equipment With the best camp equipment, you’ll be able to create a home away from home no matter when or where you go camping. Tent The first thing you should consider is its size. It must be large enough to accommodate you …

How to Choose the Best Camping Chairs for Your Trip There are a number of factors to consider when you’re on a shopping trip for camping chairs. The price is an important factor, but there are other just as important things that you should take into ac …

If you’re going to travel on foot to reach your camping site, you’re probably concerned about how much weight a camp grill could add to your pack. Thankfully, modern camp grills nowadays are compact in size and made of lightweight materials, which make …

Buyer’s Guide to Camp Cots Compared to sleeping bags, camp cots offer more space and comfort but you’ll have to furnish your own blankets. They are, however, heavier to carry and this could be a problem if you’re traveling on foot or if you have little …

Camp Chairs – What’s the Occasion? So what is the best camp chair for you? That depends on your needs: Long-Distance Camping Trips Unless you have your own butler with you to carry your things then you’ll need to consider how much added weight you can …

What is the Best Camp Chair for You? To answer that, you’ll need to ask yourself another question. What are you looking for in a camp chair? Price Are you working with a very strict budget and interested only in purchasing the most affordable camp chai …