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Wilderness and Disaster First Aid and Medical Care

There are many situations where you might need to receive or administer immediate first aid without the benefits of high-tech medicine. Learning basic first aid as well as CPR is a good idea for anyone old enough to take a class. You never know when these skills will come in handy, and in some cases, be lifesaving. Perhaps you are an avid camper and come across a fellow camper in the midst of a medical crisis—there are no doctors […]

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Gluten-Free Survival Food Guide

Perhaps you have celiac disease or have chosen to live a gluten-free lifestyle due to other health concerns. You know that doing so can be challenging under normal circumstances, especially if other people in your family are not following this diet. Once a week, somebody brings delicious looking bagels and cream cheese to your office. When you go out to dinner with friends, that basket of freshly made Italian bread looks pretty tempting! Living gluten-free takes time and energy […]


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 the powerful rays of the sun, which over time can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Facts and Stats

More than 100 million Americans ride a […]

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 before you leave home and best practices to follow while on the trail.
Physical Preparation
It is important to condition your body and be in tip […]

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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 master these pretty quickly. While you’ll likely have a great time, some moments in the great outdoors—away from modern comforts—can throw you for a […]

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 all the costs involved, you may spend more than you anticipated and perhaps more than you can afford. Some people don’t mind the challenge […]

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 every year. While there are no specific studies on the amount of food wasted during camping trips, it stands to reason that since Americans […]


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 campers participating in water-related activities: Fishing: 18 percent, Kayaking: 14 percent, Canoeing: 11 percent, Boating: 6 percent, Rafting: 5 percent, Wakeboarding: 3 percent.
Boating participation has increased, […]

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 doesn’t require hunting animals. Here is a short guide to edible wild plants, including tips for finding them. It is paramount to know how […]

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 generally recognized as safe and effective” as an over-the-counter antiseptic and banned its sale across state lines. While this bright red medicine is still […]