Gear Review: SnugPak All Weather Shelter

Last year I made the decision to dump the tent and go exclusively with a tarp for shelter when going off in the woods for a night, weekend or longer.  The decision was made because I was interested in reducing weight in my pack and a light-weight tarp sounded like it would do the trick.  […]

DIY Backpacking Turkey Soup in 10 Steps

After Thanksgiving, I do as many other Americans do and cook up a nice big pot of turkey soup, the problem is, I still have 4 quarts canned up from last year since I seem to be the only one in the house who eats it (crazy right?!).  Certainly I could have canned up more, […]

Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages

People in general are spending more and more time learning how to self-sustain themselves through various means to better prepare themselves for anything life throws at them and in many cases save money in the process and increase their knowledge to become more resourceful.  One way of doing this is by landscaping their property with […]

15 Uses for a Space Blanket

A mylar blanket (aka space blanket) is a very inexpensive yet handy item you should always have with you. They are lightweight and take up very little space yet have a variety of uses in various situations. You can purchase 10 of these for under $10 and keep one in your bag, vehicle, jacket, etc […]

10 Every Day Carry Gift Ideas Under $20

Tis the season to be shopping for your loved one’s.  This year give them the gift of being prepared for those little challenges life throws at you every day.  Each of these hand-picked EDC items are under $20 and are sure to make excellent gifts this Christmas. 1. Lighter Bro Stainless Steel Lighter Sleeve Multi-tool […]

Gear Review: Neweer Assault Pack

I carry a backpack with me every day and after using my current bag for several years it was time to find something new.  The previous bag I carried daily was a simple LL Bean book bag which simply wasn’t the right tool for the task but it did the job. It’s only downfall to […]

Custom Topo Maps for FREE

Any time you are heading on a road trip or just a day hike out in the woods in an unfamiliar area, it is a good idea to have a map on hand to refer to in a time of need.  You can find plenty of road map resources online for free but for topographical […]

Three DIY Garden Structures

Depending on the size of your garden, buying commercial products to support your plants as they grow can put a small dent in your wallet.. You can easily make tomato cages and bean trellis’s at home with some sticks and twine while learning lashing as well. Homemade structures like these are how our ancestors used […]

How to set-up a tarp as a tent

For over-nighters, I used to exclusively use a small 2 man tent since they are pretty lightweight and easy to setup.  More recently, I have ventured into the world of using just a tarp to shed some weight and allow a bit more versatility and flexibility to how I construct my shelter while out in […]

Organize your Gear with Grid-It Organizer

If you are anything like me, you carry a bag with you every day or have regularly use a bag with gear for various purposes but no matter what you do, its difficult to organize all those little items which you use regularly.  A company called Cocoon has solved this problem with the unique design […]