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Healthy & Easy to Make Campfire Recipes

There are several methods for cooking over a campfire, from placing food on a long stick to fancy camp stoves or grills. It’s important to keep in mind that the flames should not be bright orange and yellow – what you are aiming for is a bed of hot coals with very low flames.
Perhaps you are going camping for the first time and the reference you have in mind is a bunch of cowboys eating cooked pork and beans […]

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Beyond S’Mores: Sweet Treats to Cook on the Campfire

Yes, it’s true that s’mores are the perfect campfire treat, and in fact, have been enjoyed by millions of campers since 1927. There are many variations, but basic s’mores consist of roasted marshmallows and chocolate between graham crackers. You don’t need to stick to the classic recipe – but marshmallows still are a key ingredient in many campfire treats because they are delicious when roasted. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, try one of these […]

Enjoy a Great Camping Experience: A Brief Guide & Bucket List

If you love camping and are looking for the perfect campground, you might not have to travel outside your own state—or you could opt for a long road trip. Perhaps you have been wanting to visit one of the many beautiful national parks and your dream vacation is to camp under the stars. The National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) offers more than 45,000 facilities at over 1,700 locations that you can reserve, but make sure you do so well […]

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Natural Methods for Repelling Pesky Mosquitoes

If you have ever been on a camping trip and been plagued by mosquitoes, you know this can put a huge damper on a fun-filled trip. Nasty bites and intense itching can last for weeks, not to mention the risk of contracting the West Nile virus or a more exotic virus like Zika. Insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535 tend to be the most effective, but not everyone wants to use products that can potentially harm one’s […]

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The Long Shelf Life of Powdered Eggs: An Essential Survival Food

Convenient to store, easy to prepare, and lasting up to 25 years, powdered eggs are a magical lifesaver when it comes to survival. So you may be wondering whether powdered eggs are nutritious, what they contain, and how to store and cook them.
Powdered eggs are not an egg substitute because they are made with real eggs. If you are allergic to real eggs, you will have the same issue with the powdered variety. Production begins when eggs are washed […]

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A Guide to Vegetarian Emergency Food Storage

If you are a vegetarian, chances are you are already quite resourceful about obtaining adequate nutrition from non-meat sources. Preparing for emergencies requires the same kind of savvy, but with extra effort because fresh vegetables and fruits have a short shelf life. The foods that you choose for an emergency food kit should require no refrigeration, minimal or no preparation or cooking, and optimally little or no water. Every emergency food kit should include a minimum of one gallon […]

Camping with Kids? Try These Games on Your Next Camping Trip!

Perhaps you went camping with your family when you were growing up and have fond memories. Now, you wish to recreate that magic for your own children. There are a few simple steps to ensure a fun time is had by all. First, you should teach your children that it is possible to unplug and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, away from smartphones and video games. Older children in particular may balk at this idea, but planning fun […]

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Non-Food Items to Keep in Your Emergency Kit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50 percent of adults in the U.S. do not have the resources and plans in place to deal with a possible emergency. Preparing a well-rounded emergency kit is an important step to ensuring the safety and well-being of family members should disaster strike. When you are preparing an emergency kit, there are some obvious items such as flashlights, food, and water, but many people forget other important items. […]

Typical Patterns and the Unpredictability of El Niños

It is not difficult to understand an El Niño in theory, but each one plays out in reality with a good deal of variance. Considering that weather itself is generally unpredictable, it is not surprising that forecasting the patterns and potential impact of an El Niño each season is also not an exact science. The basics are as follows:

Under normal conditions, Pacific trade winds blow over the region, typically moving from east to west, pushing the water at the […]

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Are You Prepared for the Tornado Season?

Although tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, tornado season is already underway, with destructive tornadoes tearing through Texas during the second week of March. Perhaps you live in the downtown area of a major city and believe you are completely immune from tornadoes. While it is true that the odds are lower due to high buildings creating much smaller potential paths, tornadoes have hit downtown areas. St Louis seems to be especially prone to this weather […]