We have all had our exploration fantasies: alone in the woods for weeks, surviving off the land among dangerous animals and the unrelenting forces of Mother Nature.. However, many of us have stuck to pitching tents in the backyard, fearing the very real dangers and isolation of the backwoods.
The truth of the woods lies somewhere in between. Spending extended time in nature can be a great experience if you’re prepared, but it poses some extreme hazards if you’re not. So saddle up your packs and follow these five tips to stay safe in the green.
1. Pack the Necessities
If you’re backpacking or camping away from civilization, you’ll need to make sure you have plenty of food and water sources. Iodine capsules or boiling both work great for sterilizing natural water — preferably from rivers or streams where the water is moving — and freeze-dried or dehydrated meals and trail mix is the best food for its weight. If you are hiking or camping in a dry area, pack plenty of water or thoroughly research alternate methods for finding it in the wild before your expedition.
If you are bringing a canoe with you, your food and water options expand nicely. Packing a gas or propane stove can help you cook your food and boil your water. Smaller backpacking stoves are also a great addition, but they’re not strictly necessary depending on your confidence in starting fires. Never overlook the importance of a little mess kit or metal plate and silverware.
2. Pack the Important Luxuries
Don’t forget the small stuff, either. When you’re out in nature, the last thing you want to do is call off your trip early because of poor planning or seemingly minor oversights. Forgetting a tiny luxury at home (like bug spray or sunblock) can lead to some unbearable and inescapable situations in the rough. Remember, there’s no “inside” to run to when you’re getting chewed by mosquitos and your skin is turning pink.
To note: Toilet paper is lightweight, a great fire starter and biodegradable. Not to mention, it beats wiping with leaves.
3. Research the Wildlife and Terrain
Bear territory? Blackfly season? Wildfire warnings? You should factor all of these when you’re packing and planning. It’s important to ride the line between careful preparation and psyching yourself — and your friends — out.
However, anything that poses a legitimate danger or potentially alters your trip requires some flexibility in your plans. Bear spray, bug spray and knowing where and when you can set fires could all come into play. When in doubt, look online or ask the locals.
Proper hiking attire, rain gear, water shoes or other terrain-specific gear goes a long way and will become more obvious the more you research an area.
Pack a book, bring your whittling knife or a fishing rod. Once you’ve staked camp, you’ll have a ton of free time, and keeping yourself busy takes priority. The isolation of the great outdoors starts to weigh the heaviest when the boredom sets in, and working on a little project while admiring the beauty of your surroundings makes for the best experience.
Leave the phone at home unless you want pictures — you probably won’t have reception after a certain point, and technology is a great way to ruin the camping experience.
5. Consider Your Companions
Running solo has its allure, but you should never be alone in the woods before you have some experience under your belt. Friends help with setup, keep you company and prevent serious emergencies. With that in mind, bring along people who enjoy the outdoors and are willing to pull their weight.
Once you’re sure you have everything you need, focus on having fun! Many of us can’t get outdoors as much as we’d like to, and spending a week in the woods can be just what the doctor ordered.
Sure, everyone forgets to pack something, and there are always unforeseen complications — roll with it and use common sense, and you’ll have a wonderful time regardless. After all, there’s nothing quite like seeing nature up close and personal.
SpaceX Is Sending A Japanese Billionaire On A Trip Around The Moon
A few days back, SpaceX tweeted that they had signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard their BFR launch vehicle, with a cryptic Japanese flag emoji providing the only clue as to who the passenger might be.
Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at a press event at SpaceX’s headquarters and announced that Japanese fashion magnate Yusaku Maezawa would be the first person to make the journey around the moon. The BFR Lunar Mission will last an estimated four to five days and will take place as early as 2023.
Maezawa is the 42-year-old Japanese billionaire founder of the custom clothing online retailer ZOZO, with a reported net worth of $3.6 billion. Needless to say, he’s got the wherewithal to afford such an extravagant expenditure.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” Maezawa said during the press conference. “Just staring at the moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I do not pass up this opportunity to see the moon up close.”
But that’s not all. Maezawa is inviting six to eight artists from around the world to join him on this mission to the Moon. The billionaire said he will invited painters, sculptors, musicians, and architects from around the world. Upon their return all he requests is that they create a work of art using their stellar trek as inspiration.
“These artists will be asked to create something when they return to Earth,” said Maezawa. “These masterpieces will inspire the dreamer inside all of us. Needless to say, we’ve always been inspired by the Moon. Take for example, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and The Beatles’ Mr. Moonlight.”
If successful, Maezawa and the people who join him will be the first humans to travel to the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972. But before history is made, the BFR needs to be constructed, and they’ve got five years to do so. An ambitious time table, but Musk and team believe they can do it.
The BFR Lunar Mission is the first step in Elon Musk’s master plan, as he wants humanity “to become a multi-planet civilization as soon as possible” and that he hopes to “make people excited about the future.”
Mission accomplished Elon, 2023 can’t get here soon enough!
You’ll Never Run Out Of Power Again With The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omars Electronics, but all thoughts are our own.
How many of you suffer from charge anxiety, worried about one of your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) running out of juice when you’re out and about? We’ve all been there, frantically searching for a free outlet to plug into and get charged up.
As someone who travels frequently, this is something I constantly struggle with, as it’s easy to drain your battery on a cross-country flight while playing Candy Crush or watching movies… especially if the airplane you’re on doesn’t have a USB port or power outlet.
To combat this, I always travel with a “pocket power bank”, which can charge up my phone or tablet in an emergency. But they’re not good for much else, as these little power banks simply don’t have a lot of juice, not to mention the fact that you can’t charge other devices, like your laptop (assuming it doesn’t draw too much wattage), DSLR, Bluetooth headphones, or drone.
So what’s the alternative? The 20,100 mAh Novoo AC Power Bank is your energy solution to keep your laptops, tablets, smartphones and other digital devices charged anytime, anywhere. Not only is that a CRAZY amount of battery capacity (enough to charge a smartphone more than five times), but you can charge multiple devices at once, and it supports three different types of ports: USB, USB-C, and an AC outlet.
It’s that last one that had me perk up and take notice, as I am rarely able to get through a long flight without my laptop running out of juice. With the Novoo AC Power Bank, I can plug in my laptop when I’m running low on juice and keep on going. It’s also handy if you’re traveling abroad and don’t want to buy a power adapter, or if you’re camping out in the woods. Simply charge this bad boy up before your trip, and use it to recharge your devices instead.
This actually would have been a lifesaver when I visited London last year, as I totally forgot to pack a power adaptor in my haste. Both my laptop and GoPro ran out of juice while I was out there, and I had no way of charging them back up. But if I had the Novoo AC Power Bank with me, I would have been good to go. Talk about a rookie mistake!
Best of all, the Novoo AC Power Bank won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack, as it’s only a little bigger than a soda can, measuring in at 80mm x 80mm x 155mm and weighing just 2.12 pounds. So what are you waiting for? If you’re constantly worried about running out of power, pick up the Novoo AC Power Bank (using coupon code NOVOOESS for 15% off) and leave that charge anxiety behind.
While you’re at it, make sure you check out the other sweet gear that Omars Electronics offers for power users, like their Omars 10-Port Hub (use coupon code OMARS10P for 15% off) and the Omars Beast – a crazy huge capacity 26,800 mAh 90 watt AC power bank (use coupon code NOVOOTPB for 10% off).
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Here’s Your Chance To Shop Local While Giving Back To A Worthy Cause
There’s no question that online retailers like Amazon have changed the game, allowing people to purchase virtually anything with the simple click of a button, and have it delivered within a few days. It’s super convenient for sure, but at what cost?
Over the years, we have seen these massive companies put the little Mom & Pop shops out of business. But fear not, because today’s younger generation is looking to change of all of that, all while giving back to some worthy causes.
Currently, 75% of millennial consumers consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause. And they want to support the Maker Movement by purchasing unique and innovative products made by inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman.
One company helping to facilitate this movement is IndieDoGood.com, which helps connect small businesses with consumers through their website, with tons of unique and innovative products to choose from. And best of all, they donate 5% of your total purchase price to your favorite charity. Seriously, how great is that?
You can check out this video to learn more about the IndieDoGood story.
The company was founded by Ron and Sue Otten, driven by their passion for giving back to charities and local communities along with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.
Here are a few products on IndieDoGood.com that caught our attention:
Shore Boards started by building hollow-wood paddle boards, that can even be customized and are gorgeous pieces of art. These top-quality boards are handmade for all types of board sports including Stand Up Paddle Boards, Longboards, and Wakesurf boards. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way these boards are made and provides some insights to this home-grown artisan company.
MotionWise Standing Desk
Studies have long shown many health disadvantages of prolonged sitting, they call it “Sitting Disease”. As someone who spends most of my day sitting in front of a computer screen, I could definitely benefit from MotionWise’s creatively-designed standing desks that provide improved blood flow throughout your body, increased energy, better posture, while actually helping you to burn more calories while working.
Hammer Head Swim Caps
Hammer Head Swim Caps is the world’s ONLY protective swim cap. Did you know that water sports have more ER visits than football, rugby, and hockey? Hammer Head swim caps protect swimmers thanks to a patent-pending layer of honeycomb material inside the cap that helps to absorb and dissipate the shock of impact with the wall and other swimmers.
These are just a few examples from the ever-growing catalog of unique products available for purchase from IndieDoGood.com. So what do you say, who’s ready to support the Maker Movement while doing some good for your favorite charity?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by IndieDoGood, but all opinions are my own.