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Outdoor Safety Tips

March roared in like a lion in many parts of the U.S. and April continued to be unseasonably cold. Eventually, summer weather will be here, and with that comes a surge in outdoor activities. These activities bring the potential for getting bitten by mosquitoes, suffering sports- and recreational-related injuries, becoming dehydrated, and getting exposed to

Backpacking 101: Keys to Success

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to take a backpacking trip through the beautiful backcountry wilderness, but you don’t know where to start. It is important to do thorough research ahead of time so your backpacking trip turns out to be as grand as you dreamed it would be. There are several steps you need to take

15 Nifty Camping Tips and Tricks

While you might be tempted to just wing it when you go on a camping trip, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. If you are a first time camper, you may struggle a little to pitch your tent, but doing that, building a fire, and tying simple knots are just the basics and you’ll

A Cost Analysis: Choosing Food the Wise Way Can Save Money

Feeding your family while camping can cost quite a bit if you figure in the cost of grilling equipment, camping stoves, coolers, and food. If you are camping with a family of five, it may be helpful to figure out tactics ahead of time to stretch your budget. Unless you actually sit down and calculate

Curtailing the Costs of Camping Food Waste

The 2014 American Camper Report indicates that 40.1 million Americans, or 14 percent of the U.S. population ages 6 and older camped in 2013. The same report shows that 27 percent of campers like outdoor cooking, and 35 percent cook at night. It is estimated that 70 billion pounds of food are wasted in America

Camping Water Safety: Fishing, Boating and More

The most popular activity people participate in during camping trips is hiking, but polls indicate that many campers enjoy recreational activities involving water such as boating and fishing. Here are a few insightful stats from a 2015 outdoor recreation trends report. About 87 percent of campers participate in other outdoor activities while camping. Number of

Edible Plants in the Wilderness

Perhaps you embarked on a solo backpacking trip and only have a few granola bars and water with you. Somehow you’ve veered off your planned route and now you are hopelessly lost. You are hungry and scared, but you did your homework and know that the wilderness has a potentially abundant supply of food that

How to Use and Make Natural Antiseptics

If you are a Baby Boomer or older, you may fondly remember having bright red liquid lovingly applied to your skinned knees by your mom or the school nurse. Mercurochrome, generically called merbromin, was used frequently back then to clean superficial wounds. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that it was “not

Prairie Home Companion: Making Tonics and Tinctures

The words tonic and tincture may conjure up images of life on the prairie, circa 1800s. Indeed, both Native Americans and early settlers made their share of medicinal products to help cure a wide range of maladies. The holistic medicine and back-to-nature movements have created new generations of consumers who swear by DYI remedies. Let’s

The Versatile Orange: Starting a Campfire and Other Uses

Oranges as we know them today harken back to about 314 BC in Southeast Asia. In Western countries, oranges were considered primarily a dessert fruit prior to 1920. These fruits not only pack a healthy dose of vitamin C, but have other uses that don’t involve eating the tasty flesh or drinking the juice. Here

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