Since 2001 it seems like every year there are more and more rules about what you can and can't bring onto a plane, and it can be hard to keep track of any of it. In fact, for an outdoorsman it can be downright confusing as you're suddenly looking at things like barbed hooks on fishing lures, fillet knives, propane tanks attached to camping stoves. If you're like me at that … [Read more...] about Can You Take a Camping Stove on a Plane?
Camping can never be complete without the nightly ritual of a good campfire. The crackle of burning wood, dancing yellow, red, and blue flames that draw the eyes in, giving a hypnotic and peaceful sway unlike anything else. Staring into the flames, to wood that turns a ghostly white glow as it turns into ashy coals - the flames still dancing all around it. Ah, the best … [Read more...] about How to Build a Better Fire: The Best Firewood for Campfires
There's no question that comfort is a pretty big factor for many people when it comes to how much they enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're looking at a camping chair to give the legs a rest after a day of hiking, some extra seating for the tailgating before a college football game, or as a natural piece of gear for a weekend family camping trip to the lake, there are … [Read more...] about Looking For The Best Camping Chairs Reviewed?
A camping safety checklist honestly isn't something I've put much thought into in quite a while. However, sometimes it's easy to get caught up in seeing the world through your eyes and not thinking about other points of view. This is as true of the outdoors as it is anything else. While I'm still a proponent that everyone should spend more time enjoying nature, this focuses … [Read more...] about Your Camping Safety Checklist: Good Preparation Matters!
If you've followed the blog for any amount of time you know that we're passionate about survival, and Shane in particular really loves the bushcraft and wilderness survival/primitive skill area of outdoor adventures. So when he received a really good looking pitch on how you can build everything you need for camping or surviving in the wild, he was all about that! With that … [Read more...] about You Really Can Build Everything You Need for Camping
One of the things that I almost always forget to pack when I go camping is a good portable camping table. It is like I forget how much easier it is to cook and have a functional campsite when you have one. Picking the best portable camping table is going to vary greatly based on the individual’s needs. If you are a hiker, you might be looking for that light weight table that … [Read more...] about The Best Portable Camping Tables Reviewed
Nothing can ruin an outdoor event, BBQ, cookout, or camping trip faster than not having any protection from the rain, the sun, or the bugs. So, when you need a quick shelter for your next outdoor event that is going to protect you from the before mentioned event ruiners- you should think about buying a screen house (sometimes called a screen tent). Screen houses are … [Read more...] about The Best Screen Houses for Camping and Outdoor Fun!
Pup tents is one of those terms that almost everyone has heard at some time or another, and while it often brings up a fairly accurate mental image, for a lot of people they realize they don't actually technically know just what a pup tent is compared to say any other tent. Pup tents aren't just one or two person tents (regardless of what many online websites bring up as search … [Read more...] about Best Pup Tents for Camping
My mind is full of memories of my Scouting days from when I was a youth and truth be told, many of my best memories came from early Cub Scout campouts that would be the first steps towards me eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. Anything with the wilderness always caught my interest, so learning about wilderness survival, the importance of water, and the various ways to get … [Read more...] about How to Purify Water While Camping or Backpacking
Introduction: They don't come often, but we have another guest post today, and this is one I think Jon will like. As he's raising the nephews he's always looking at age appropriate activities to make sure they have the same love of the outdoors that we grew up with, and it can be challenging at their very young ages to figure out how to make it work for everyone. With this … [Read more...] about Best Tips for Camping with Your Kids
Tents for dogs? While this definitely is news to me, I can see the appeal of having some loyal four-legged friends along for the camping trip, especially if you are exploring your own land or have an extremely well trained dog that loves exploring and getting out as much as you do. So what makes a good dog tent? Is a general pet tent the same thing? While at first this … [Read more...] about Top 5 Best Dog Tents: Bringing Man’s Best Friend to Camp
One of the best things about camping is the cooking. I'm firmly in the camp of people who believe everything tastes better when it's cooked over a fire, and that goes well beyond cooking hot dogs, burgers, and making S'mores. Dutch Oven cooking has long been a major part of getting the most out of every outdoor camping meal! Our memories of Dutch Ovens go back to Cub Scouts … [Read more...] about Best Cast Iron Dutch Ovens for Camping