Monday, February 27, 2012

Solar Battery Charger

Bright sunlight is not necessary for this unit to work properly, but it does work faster when full sun is available. If there is cloudy overcast clouds, it can still work fine but it will obviously increase the time necessary to completely recharge your batteries. Our solar battery charger is an essential self-reliant item for emergency preparedness. In an disaster situation one of the first items to disappear from store shelves are batteries. With our compact deluxe solar battery charger you will be able to recharge batteries even on cloudy days!
Unit can charge 4 popular battery size; AAA, AA, C and D Cells. Built in blocking diode prevents discharging when there is no sunlight. Comes with weather-resistant polycarbonate transparent cover that is designed for protection against unpredictable weather and adds a layer of extra protection to the built-in solar panel.
Solar Battery Charger

Tent site

 To test a tent site, lay out your ground cloth and lay down on it to see if it is a comfortable place. Remove rocks and sticks. You can even scrape a small depression where your hip will be, for greater comfort.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Griddles are also great for cooking while camping

You can make pancakes and eggs and many other means with a griddle. French toast is a camp favorite. Blend eggs with milk adding a bit of sugar dip the bread in this and fry on a greased griddle. Butter and maple syrup can be used as toppings. When using the griddle make sure to not get the fire to high it is better to use them over coals so the flames do not hit the food. you can also buy cooking kits at your local outdoor store they will include all the different camping cookware that you will need. Aluminum kit are the most popular.You should plan your meals well in advance of your camping trip. Perishable foods should be prepare first since they can spoil very fast. Make sure to pack certain foods like eggs carefully. Moisture proof food bags are made of plastic great for foods like sugar,flour,mixes ,salt and pepper. Make a list of the supplies and make sure to figure how much the item will weigh. The lighter the better remember you have to pack and carry and also carry out your trash. You can write out the daily menu which will go along way in staying focused when preparing meals during a busy camping trip. Remember to take along a sharp knife this important for cutting and preparing fish and meats. The wise choise of a camp knife is the smallest and make sure to buy it from a reputable dealer.The knife blade should be 4 to 5 inches in length.
Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MRE Survival Food

If you bring soap, make it biodegradable and use very little. Wash away from water sources. Rub water on yourself, lather up, and slowly rinse off by pouring water over yourself. Dome right, you can get a good shower from a liter of water. Washing without soap works well enough on short trips.
There are many who think we should essentially have no contact with nature except to walk through it. I don't buy that idea. Wash up in that lake or stream - just don't use shampoo or soap.Shake off the water and stand in the sun for a moment. When the weather is fine you'll dry quickly from hiking in any case. I often use any clothing I have as a towel, and let it hang from the pack to dry.
A handkerchief can be used for simple "sponge baths." Get it wet and wipe yourself down, or at least wash out your underarms. The handkerchief should be rinsed out away from stream and lakes.
These MRE meals are made by the same manufacturer that makes the miliatry's MREs. They are 100% self-contained, individually packaged, and will store for a minimum of 5 years under proper conditions. The only thing that is different from these MREs and the military grade is they do not come with a stick of chewing gum and a hot salsa packet.
The Ready Store

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lost in the woods with no food?

 The inner bark (the soft white part) of pine trees is edible. Palatability is another matter, and varies from species to species. I have found white pine to be tolerable. Strip some bark off the tree, scrape the inner bark from the rougher outer layer, and boil it for best digestion.

In cold weather, coat your feet with antiperspirant for several days before a backpacking trip. This will stop them from sweating too much. This means drier, and therefore warmer feet.

Pack Covers
Don't use a pack cover. It is just too much extra weight. Most packs are relatively rainproof now in any case. It can help to put the contents of your pack into several plastic bags, just in case the pack leaks. This will add about an ounce - much less than any pack cover.
Whistles
A whistle can be a good thing to have in an emergency. If you bring one, make it a simple plastic one. If it weighs an ounce, you bought a heavy one.
Radio
Bring a radio if you really think it will add to your trip, look for one of those little ones that attach to your belt and have a tiny ear plug. They weigh less than two ounces.

Hiking Gear To Avoid
If you really want to go light, avoid anything that is just "gimmicky," and doesn't add any substantial convenience or value. In this category I would include seats, reflector ovens, forks, coffee pots, neck coolers, binoculars, chemical hand warmers, electric socks, thermos bottles, cups, thermometers, towels, shaving mirrors, tents, and sleeping bags.
Key Points
1. Be sure it is useful, and not just interesting, before adding it to your packing list.
2. Keep your hiking gear lightweight.