How to Make an Inexpensive 1200Wh Portable Power Station for Camping and Vanlife
Portable power stations are expensive. I needed a portable battery-powered power station that I could use to power my electronic devices such as my laptop and a small refrigerator. I also wanted to charge my phone and cameras without draining my car battery. I decided to make one that fits my needs.
What's the Cheapest Satellite Phone?
Are you considering a satellite phone for camping, hiking, overlanding, or boating? For reliable off-grid communication with the outside world, there's really no alternative to a satellite phone, but can you afford one? Here's the pros and cons of the three major providers of satellite phone plans.
Which Two-Way Radio Is Best for Outdoor Adventures?
Choosing a two-way radio for outdoor recreation depends on multiple factors, including distance, etc. Here's some advice to help you pick the right two-way radio device for camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures.
How to Make a Fuel-Free Reusable Lighter Using a Floor Mop (With Pictures)
Learn how to make a 100% fuel-free, windproof and flameless lighter using a floor mop, (or string or rope), perfect for everyday use, camping or as a survival tool.
Freeze Dried vs. Dehydrated Foods: What's the Difference?
Storing food is always a smart thing to do. Besides saving you a lot of time and money, it prepares you for the near future should a disaster strike. But between freeze-drying and dehydrating, which method keeps your food fresh the longest? Let me help with that.
Ultimate Lighter Reviews: Pros, Cons, Tips and Tricks
Everything you never thought you needed to know about lighters. You'll never look at a lighter the same again! Find reviews, tips and hacks for 10 of the most common types of lighters.
Top 5 Reasons to Keep a Book in Your Evacuation Bag
An evacuation bag is the thing to grab whenever one must leave quickly. Stocked with critical items, space is limited but here's why adding a book could be a smart move.
Victorinox Climber Review: The Perfect Pocket Knife (and Gift)
"Victorinox Climber? But I'm afraid of heights!" Don't worry, my friend! So am I. Contrary to what the name implies, the Climber is a pocket knife for anybody, not just outdoorsy people. Read my Victorinox Climber review for more info.
Klik Belts 2-Ply Tactical Search and Rescue Belt Review
When you are out on a search, the last thing you want to think about is your pants falling down. This review of the Klik Belts 2-Ply tactical belt tests out a trouser securing device that won't let you down. From a search and rescue perspective, this may be the ultimate outdoor belt.
Survival Skills: Directions Without Compass or Maps Using Airplanes, Trees, & Ants
Do you find yourself lost in the mountains without a compass or maps to guide you home? Don't worry, you can still get out alive! Learn how to navigate with methods such as airplanes, trees, ants, a puddle of water, and a needle. And be better prepared next time!
Alternatives to GoTenna for Off-Grid Communications
For off grid communications, GoTenna has some merits. However, if you're looking a GoTenna alternative, there are options that may work better in the backcountry.
5 Survivalist Measuring Hacks Using Everyday Objects
Here's a collection of emergency or handy tricks and hacks using everyday household items to get measurements in a pinch (with photos). These could even be used for fun and educational party tricks!
How to Repel Mosquitoes, Midges, and Summer Biting Flies
Mosquitoes and biting flies can ruin a summer evening. Here are some of my tried and tested strategies to help you repel biting insects.
How to Avoid Poisonous Plants and What to Do if You're Exposed
Learn how to identify poisonous plants like poison oak, poison sumac, and poison ivy, and what to do if you are exposed.
Midge Attack! Or, How to Repel Midges During the Summer Months
Midges are a nuisance during the summer months. Here are a few tips to help repel them.
How to Create a Bug-Out Bag (72-Hour Bag): Packing List
What is a bug-out bag, and how do you create one? It's a bag you plan to utilize in case of an emergency, and it's packed with your survival needs. Find out what to pack in your bag, including the most important necessities, with this list.
Field-Testing the Esee Izula Neck Knife for Survival and Backpacking
Named for the Bullet Ant, the Esee Izula neck knife is the perfect companion for wilderness adventures. Backpackers will love the simple elegance and survivalists will admire the stout construction.
What Would Happen If You Were the Last Person on Earth?
Have you ever thought about what you would really do if you were the last person on Earth? Here's an insight into what such a scenario may look like.
How to Wash and Waterproof a Rain Jacket
Did you know that your backcountry rain jacket might need to be waterproofed again? Here are instructions for cleaning and conditioning the DWR on Gore-tex, Mountain Hardwear's DryQ Elite, Marmot's Precip, and many more waterproof breathable garments.
How to Purify Drinking Water on Camping Trips and Disaster Situations
Did you know that our water supply can potentially be attacked by toxic and biological threats? Having safe drinking water is essential to avoid infection, sickness, or even death. Here are water purification methods you can use during a camping trip or a disaster situation.
How to Wash and Waterproof a Softshell Jacket
Do you know how to wash and waterproof your softshell jacket? Take care of your technical garment by following these helpful hints to properly maintain the DWR on your softshell apparel. By following just a few steps you can restore breathability and waterproofness to your jacket.
Backpacking Gear Review: British Army Pattern MoD Survival Knife
Survival knives are a favorite of backpackers, bushcrafters, trekkers, and regular old campers. The British army MoD (Ministry of Defense) survival knife is a robust, multi-use tool that has been military proven for decades, and trusted by the likes of the SAS (Special Air Service). This is my own take on this bomb-proof knife.
Homemade Oilskin: My Experience Reproofing Cotton and Canvas With Wax
Oilskins are hard-wearing, durable, tough, waterproof and windproof, and last for generations. Here's my experience applying wax to clothing and a shoulder bag.
Oak vs. Poison Oak: Can You Tell the Difference? (With Photos)
Before you head into the outdoors, be sure you can identify poison oak so you can save yourself from a nasty rash and lots of misery. Join me on my video walks and study the provided photos to learn to recognize poison oak through every season.