"Just-In-Case" Info and Reminders for Winter Survival

We have heard a lot of stories about snow mishaps during winter. We have heard and read about winter survival. We feel and think like we’ve mastered the dangers in this weather, but accidents are accidents, no matter how careful we may be are inevitable. Unless we are in this situation we really would not know how prepared we actually are. But winter can be fun too. Winter hiking is a popular activity during this weather. So the best thing to do is continuously understand and be aware of all possible situations in a snow mishap. Here are trinkets of facts that are as important as the winter survival kit that you have packed on any winter trip: Hypothermia – …

An Emergency Kit Can Save Your Life

Natural Disasters If an emergency kit can save just one life, it would be worth owning. Natural disasters have caused more than 20,000 deaths in the United States. Must-haves such as survival food, emergency water, shelter, sleeping bag and first aid supplies will give you a better chance of surviving disasters like a hurricane, fire, blizzard and an earthquake. The following article will attempt to outline the many different uses an emergency kit may provide you and your family during natural disasters caused by severe weather, extreme heat, and snowstorms. Severe Weather A disaster kit could have saved one of the 6,000 people that died from severe weather in the United States. Thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, and floods have been responsible …

Firewood – Who Cares What I Burn in My Outdoor Fire Pit?

May-be no one, except those sitting around the fire. However, many people do care what they burn in their outdoor fire pit or fireplace. Reasons include cost, practicality, ease of use, performance, health, even ecology. Since this article focuses on firewood, it is enough to recommend avoiding any temptation to burn solid matter other than natural wood. For instance, an outdoor fire pit or fireplace is not equipped to function as a trash incinerator, into which may be thrown any chemically-treated substance we do not feel like escorting to the garbage can. A frequent mistake by unseasoned fire pit or fireplace owners is using unseasoned or “green” wood. Even if lucky enough to get the fire started, tremendous heat would …

Know the Fabrics to Make Smart Outdoor Clothing Choices

Dressing to survive in the outdoors starts with knowing what fabrics to wear. Different fabrics have radically different properties. Choosing the wrong type, or mixing clothing of different materials, can be disastrous! You may not be able to tell what a garment is made of by looking. A nice, fuzzy, thick 100-percent cotton flannel shirt will be warm and cozy until it gets wet. Then that wet shirt may suck the heat out of your torso and cause hypothermia! On the other side of the equation is wool. My hands-down favorite in the winter, wool, is generally a bad choice for a desert hike in August. Wool traps heat, and while it provides some UV protection, the material will prevent …

An Emergency Kit Can Save Your Life

Natural Disasters If an emergency kit can save just one life, it would be worth owning. Natural disasters have caused more than 20,000 deaths in the United States. Must-haves such as survival food, emergency water, shelter, sleeping bag and first aid supplies will give you a better chance of surviving disasters like a hurricane, fire, blizzard and an earthquake. The following article will attempt to outline the many different uses an emergency kit may provide you and your family during natural disasters caused by severe weather, extreme heat, and snowstorms. Severe Weather A disaster kit could have saved one of the 6,000 people that died from severe weather in the United States. Thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes, and floods have been responsible …