If you are planning on going on a long backpacking or camping trip, you need to find the right balance between the weight of food and your caloric and nutritional needs. Being in the backcountry for days or weeks takes a good deal of advanced planning when it comes to food. This is especially the case if you are going on a backpacking trip in which you plan to hike every day—and even more crucial if you are thru-hiking. […]
According to FEMA, in 2015, there were 79 natural disasters in the U.S. in which 94 people lost their lives. As of June 25, 2016, there were already 43 disasters with a loss of 79 lives, including the severe weather that devastated parts of West Virginia during the fourth week in June. According to meteorologists, this latest incident is the worst flash flooding in the U.S. since 2010. Torrential rains and high water destroyed more than 100 homes, washed […]
If you are thinking about setting up an emergency pantry in your house, that is a laudable goal. However, you need to keep in mind that selecting the right foods is just part of what it takes to be a successful food prepper. It is just as important to pay close attention to storage methods and be aware of things that can decrease the shelf lives of products or even render them useless. Shelf life is defined in two […]
Of the estimated 240 million adults 18 and older in the U.S., research indicates about 8 million are vegetarians, and of those, about one million are vegan. According to surveys, the needs of people interested in vegetarian meals differs, which can certainly also apply to vegetarian meals ready to eat. Some consumers may have preferences that include vegan, low-sodium, gluten-free, locally grown, organic, gourmet, kosher, etc. While there are more companies offering civilian vegetarian MRE options these days, they […]
You are on what is supposed to be an enjoyable hike during a camping trip and lose your water filter bottle down a ravine. It’s hard to enjoy the rest of your hike because you keep wondering how you are going to filter your water. Given that humankind has been filtering water as far back as 2000 B.C., it stands to reason that there are ways to do so even without modern conveniences. There are a variety of options, […]
In addition to the usual things you need for traveling abroad—a valid passport and vaccinations for certain countries—there are a few other things to think about if you plan on camping overseas. The laws regarding camping and related activities vary by country, and in fact, some countries do not allow wild camping. It is important to do extensive research before embarking on your trip. While laws vary greatly from country to country, camping etiquette is pretty much universal. That […]
Do you ever wonder how people managed hundreds of years ago, without all the modern-day conveniences most of us take for granted? Did our ancestors forgo doing the laundry or did they employ a rudimentary means (relative to contemporary methods) to clean what had to be rather smelly clothing? They certainly didn’t walk, ride their horse, or take a covered wagon to their local supermarket to buy a large jug of laundry detergent!
Soaking laundry in cold or hot […]
Perhaps you have always dreamed of taking a camping trip with your beloved pet. You’ve pictured your black Labrador Max gleefully splashing and dog paddling in the campground lake while you prepare your fishing gear. Maybe you are a cat person and never considered bringing your tabby cat Pepper along because she is so independent. Yes, it is true that cats are more autonomous than dogs, but with a lot of preparation, camping with felines is a possibility. Whether […]
Water is essential for survival and an absolute necessity when preparing an emergency supply kit. In the aftermath of a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Water in your home may be cut off or contaminated with raw sewage. If grocery stores are open, the huge demand for bottled water may deplete shelves within minutes, without a viable way for stores to promptly restock.
How Much Water Should You Store?
Most experts suggest storing at least one gallon of […]
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 […]