Thursday, January 17, 2008

Peat moss backpacking tip

You can cut the top off an old fleece hat and use it as a neck gaiter. Just be sure it isn't too tight. Keeping your neck covered is a great way to prevent too much heat loss.
Peat moss was used as a surgical dressing during world war two, and had distinct advantages over cotton, including antiseptic and astringent qualities. It is soft, and absorbs a lot of moisture too. Keep this one in mind for emergencies.
Don't hang a wet sleeping bag by one end to dry it out. The insulation can shift and clump up. Lay it out to dry, or hang it horizontally across some bushes or branches.

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