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Making a Shelter

Making a Shelter

In a survival situation, making a shelter is critical to staying alive. A shelter keeps you out of the sun, wind, rain, snow, and ice. A shelter can prevent conditions that lead to hypothermia, heat stroke, and frostbite. But most importantly, a shelter can increase your positive outlook, comfort you, and give you a stronger resolve to survive! Sometimes the best shelter can be found and not made. Look for rock outcrops, caves, and low hanging evergreen branches. All of…

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Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag

One of the classic outdoor camping games is capture the flag. It’s a fun game that can last 30-45 minutes. To play, form two (2) teams of at least 4 people each. You’ll also want to pick out a large play area with a natural boundary area. For example, a good space might have a creek, stream, or other prominent terrain feature that can separate one territory from the other. The space should also have clear boundaries, so that it’s…

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Kids ID Tags

Kids ID Tags

Making kids ID Tags is a fun craft and a practical activity for your campers or scouts. Just like military dog tags are used in emergency identification situations, these tags can be used for your campers to wear or identify their belongings. For the craft, you’ll need some shrinky dink paper (see link at bottom of page), an oven or toaster oven, a permanent marker or roller point pen, and some scotch tape. Use can use this ID Tag Template…

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Survival Hax Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Survival Hax Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

Product Test: Survival Hax Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad This product review conducted an in-depth review of the Survival Hax Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad.  We inflated and compressed the pad for several cycles and tested it thoroughly.  Even our 70 pound golden retriever took part as he pounced and rolled on the pad when unsupervised! How does a self-inflating sleeping pad work?  Most are made of a foam pad in a nylon or polyester shell.  When the pad is uncoiled, the foam expands…

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Eureka Silver City

Eureka Silver City

Eureka Silver City Product Review The Eureka Silver City is an outstanding piece of gear for your next camping or backpacking trip. Having used Eureka military-issue tents, my expectations were high for this product…and Eureka came through again! This sleeping bag review is based on my side-by-side evaluation of the Silver City, as compared to my old trusty flannel-lined bag. But before I delve into the review, here are the stats for the product:   Silver City (Long) Dimensions 87”x34”x22”…

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Garmin Rino

Garmin Rino

If you’ve ever been lost in the woods, than add the Garmin Rino to your wish list! I’ve been using the Rino 110 for over 7 years now on hunting, camping, and military expeditions. It’s one of the coolest gadgets that I own. And truth be told, my parents got it for me because of my propensity for getting lost in the woods?! The device combines all the benefits of a medium range FMS / GMRS radio and a full…

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Camping Shovel

Camping Shovel

A good camping shovel should only cost you $10-$50. And depending on your preference, it can be easily strapped to your backpack, clipped to your belt, or stowed under a car seat. The need for a shovel may not be immediately apparent…until you get into the woods. A shovel comes in handy for tent placement – whether you need to dig a small rain trench around your tent or dig up some rocks in your tent’s footprint. But the most…

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Camping Tents

Camping Tents

A Buying Guide When looking at all of the camping tents out there, think about how you plan to use it before you rush into a quick purchase. If you plan to go on a few family campouts a year you might opt for a larger, heavier tent than if you plan to hike the Appalachian trail. You’ll want to look at things like the material, weight, and dimensions to see if the tent will accommodate your whole group. Do…

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GoalZero Torch 250

GoalZero Torch 250

GoalZero Torch 250 Product Review For this product review of the GoalZero Torch 250, I was pleasantly surprised at the versatility, durability, and power of this device.  In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to use it on a family camping trip, some evening outdoor work, and a recent power outage.  In all of these uses, the product exceeded my expectations. GoalZero Torch 250 Product Features Powerful Rechargeable Lithium-ion (Li-NMC) battery with a 16.3 Wh capacity (3.7V @ 4400…

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Gifts for Campers

Gifts for Campers

Gifts for Campers These gifts for campers were compiled from years of outdoor adventures and family and friend’s experiences. We only listed reputable vendors and continue to test products and revise this page for your use. At the bottom of the page, there are buying guides and product review links that delve into features and product details. Flashlights / Headlamps The great outdoors can be a dark place after sunset…which makes light a great gift for campers of all ages!…

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