Which Way Are You Going? – How to Find Directions in the Wilderness Without a Compass

It is a natural human reaction to panic a little when you lose your compass on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. However, it is possible to find directions without a compass. Here are a few tips to help you navigate backwoods territory even without your favorite, trustworthy compass.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun: Since the beginning of civilization, humans have relied on the sun to navigate direction. You know that the sun rises in the east and sets […]

How to Properly Store Grains Long Term

Paleo diet gurus argue that people should not consume grains because 10,000 years is not long enough for the human digestive system to adapt. That is a rather extreme viewpoint, especially when you look at growing evidence that grains have been part of the human diet for much longer than 10,000 years. Moreover, way above average longevity is associated with countries in which rice and other grains are staples of the diet.

People living in what is now Mozambique may […]

Family Disaster Preparedness Plan: Things to Consider

The latest natural disaster to impact the U.S.—Hurricane Matthew—emphasized how important it is to create a family disaster plan. It seems like every time Mother Nature invokes its fury on communities across the country, there are people caught unawares. In some cases, people don’t have the resources to plan ahead, while in other cases, they rely on those in charge of their care to take necessary precautions, e.g. residents of nursing homes.
The most important part of disaster preparedness comes […]

New Humanitarian Aid Delivering Drone Will be Edible

Outlandish movies, in particular in the sci-fi genre are often far more fantasy than fact, even when you fast forward 30 years, however, there are exceptions. The time-traveling cinematic sequel Back to The Future Part II (1989) was prescient in its depiction of several types of technology, including drones. In the film, a bulky camera drone operated by USA Today hovers as the town’s bad guys are arrested. Of course, the cumbersome drone bears little resemblance to streamlined models […]

You’ll Need a Backpack to Survive This – Best Survival Backpacks

Selecting a survival backpack (also called a bug out bag) is a lot different than buying a backpack for a leisurely one-day hiking trip or for your teenager to take to school. Purchasing a high-quality emergency backpack to hold all your survival gear may spell the difference between life and death in natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and mudslides—or if you get lost in the wilderness on what was supposed to be a dream camping trip.
Most people look at […]

The Simple Survival Kit List … Because Anything Can Happen

“The end of the world is on people’s minds. We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is what do you do with that responsibility.” ~ Nicolas Cage
“What are you going to do if it’s the end of the world? You better go out having fun instead of stressing about it.” ~ Kirsten Dunst
Two different takes from well-known actors, both of whom have starred in films with apocalyptic themes. The quote from Cage implies that […]

5 Things Hurricane Matthew Taught Us About Disaster Preparedness

After devastating Haiti, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across parts of Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. While death estimates in Haiti may be as high as 1,332, at least 46 people in the U.S. lost their lives due to the Category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Prior to the widespread flooding in North Carolina, early estimates of total economic losses in the southeastern U.S. stood at least $4 to 6 billion U.S. dollars. The before and after photos of this hurricane […]

7 Essentials in Your Survival Kit

Whether it’s an earthquake, a storm, or a flood; having a survival kit ready can get you a long way towards surviving a disaster. You’ll need solutions for food, shelter, and sanitation because you’ll never know to what extent the disaster can affect the facilities around you. So make sure you’re ready to face such calamities with a survival kit that contains the following:

Food – Pack up some extra food so you have something to eat in case disaster strikes […]

5 Ways to Save Money on the Road

As a full-time RVer, you’re familiar with the costs of living life on the road—you’re subject to a roller coaster of costs, with prices of food, gas, and gear changing as you travel from one place to the next. Most notably, eating on the road can get expensive. It’s tempting to opt for the convenience of diners and fast food while road tripping, but eating out adds up very quickly. Save money on your trip by shopping smart when […]

Backpacking & Camping Food for the Long Haul

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. […]