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  • Give the Gift of Gear: for the Outdoor Enthusiast

    Give the Gift of Gear: for Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Hello again, from the helpful elves here at Emergency Essentials! We hope you're having a happy holiday gift shopping experience this year—our goal is to make it even easier and more pleasant for you. In that spirit, here's the final installment of our gift guide:

    Excellent Ideas for the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List

    Under $25: Let’s start with the basics. We know that there is no such thing ever as too many multifunction tools. Most of the outdoorsy types we know have whole dresser drawers full of pocket knives and Leathermans, and are still (always) on the lookout for the perfect one. Here, then, is s must-have for any such collection: the card-style, 11-function survival tool. Fits easily into a pocket or wallet, making it one that your giftee can use on the trail or off.

    And we have to mention this screaming deal. Normally $24.95,  the Military Spec Prismatic Sighting Compass is on sale this month for only $7.99! Not your run-of-the-mill pocket compass, this fancy-schmancy version is as precise as a GPS, but with no battery to run out on you in the middle of a four-day excursion. And it comes with a neat little carrying case.

    Under $50: Speaking of screaming deals, what would you say if I told you you could get your beloved outdoorsman a four-man tent for under fifty bucks? How about a lightweight, ultra-compact Twin Peaks Mountain Trails tent with all the bells and whistles (rain fly, mud mat, etc.)? This is the perfect tent for a multi-day hiking trip, or to keep in your car or pack for unexpected overnighters.

    Under $100: Just because these outdoor nuts willingly sleep on the hard ground in all weather doesn't necessarily mean they like it (okay, some do—guess that’s why we call them “nuts”). Give the gift of comfort this year with the Klymit Static V Luxe Sleeping Pad. The unique chamber design keeps the sleeper supported and warm through the night, and it rolls up so compact, your camper won't even notice it in his or her pack.

    Over $100: We’ve saved the best for last. The Grand Poobah of all gifts. The most cherished and most coveted by all who enjoy the cold and wet. Yes, folks, you guessed it. It's the Kelly Kettle. More specifically, we’re talking about the Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Basecamp Combo, which includes not only the speed-heating kettle and stove, but a pot for cooking, a support grill, and a can of FiredUp fuel and firestarter. This really is our favorite outdoor accessory, and we know the outdoor fanatic on your list will love it. They might even stay inside long enough to thank you.

    What do you think? Any great ideas for the campers and hikers that we've missed? What are you getting your outdoorsman/woman this year? Or, if you are one, what's at the top of your wish list?

    --Stacey

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: gear, outdoors, gift guide

  • 10 Must-Have Items for Camping

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     10 Must-Have Items for Camping

    When the weather warms and nighttime comes late, camping calls. Camping trips can provide a much-needed change of pace and change of scenery for families always wired in or on the go. But if you’re what you might call “indoorsy,” the thought of packing up food, clothing, warmth, and shelter so you can leave your home—with its ready access to food, clothing, warmth, and shelter—might sound daunting, no matter how idyllic it might sound to sleep under the Milky Way.

    Do not be daunted. With a few pieces of the right equipment, camping under the stars can be easy to arrange. And you and your family can be one step closer to living a life of comfort outside your comfort zone. Here are ten camping essentials that will help you finally make friends with the great outdoors.

    1. Water. Any outdoor experience will require you to be well hydrated, so easy access to water is key. Most maintained campgrounds provide clean water access for campers, but you’ll need containers to trek the water from wherever it is to where it needs to be. Water carriers vary from handheld water bottles (Emergency Essentials 32-oz yellow water bottle), to backpack containers (Blue Camelback Cloud Walker 70-oz Hydration Pack), to multi-gallon containers that can serve your whole family (Reliance 5-gallon Collapsible Fold-A-Carrier).

    10 Must-Have Items for Camping: The Reliance Fold N Filter

    2. Food. Camping families are hungry families, so high-quality, tasty food should be your priority. But outdoor living begs for simplicity. Look to easily prepared foods like the Emergency Essentials MREs and Mountain House meals for delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts.

    Here are some ideas:
    Breakfast: Serve up Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham, Red, and Green Peppers with a side of Mountain House Granola with Blueberries and Milk for a warm, filling start to the day.
    Lunch: After a morning of walking, hiking, or fishing, your crew will be ready for a satisfying lunch. Try Mountain House Chicken Salad Wrap Filling with Multigrain Snack Bread for a hearty sandwich. Serve something like an Oatmeal Cookie for a post-lunch snack or dessert.
    Dinner: When camping, the evening meal is a time for friends and families to share the highlights of their days’ explorations, while settling them in for a night outdoors. Meals like Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles, MRE Italian Bread Sticks, and Mountain House Garden Green Peas will open mouths for food and conversation.
    Dessert: End the day with a sweet treat like Mountain House Raspberry Crumble or a MRE Fudge Brownie with Chocolate Chips, and you may find yourself dreaming of happy things, no matter what the temperature is outside.

    10 Must-Have Items for Camping: Mountain House Pouches

    3. Stove. Cooking over a campfire can be exciting and tasty, but bringing a portable stove, like the Stansport Propane Stove, will allow you to prepare a wider variety of foods with more predictability and less work (win, win, win), giving you more time to explore and enjoy (win, win!). (Quintuple win!)

    10 Must-Have Items for Camping: Stansport Stove

    4. Utensils. So easy to forget, but so helpful to have. A three-in-one set of sturdy utensils, like the Basic Chow Set, can be useful for prepping food, cooking food, and eating food. Take it from the sadly expert: sticks are not nearly as effective.

    5. Light and fire. A little light at night can transform a campsite from spooky to cozy. You can choose from a variety of portable light options, including personal gear like the Princeton Tec Quad 4 LED Headlamp (great for night reading in your tent or finding your toothpaste) or the High Uinta Gear Pathfinder 9 LED Flashlight, or community lights, like the Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lumen Rechargeable Lantern. If you’re going to light a fire, to roast marshmallows or to warm you up on a chilly night, then bring Fire Lighters, which are reliable, easy to light, and require little or no kindling.

    10 Must-Have Items for Camping: Fire Lighters

    6. Sleeping bag. Perhaps the most critical piece of equipment for a restful overnight excursion is a comfortable and warm sleeping bag. Bags like the Slumberjack Latitude Mummy Bags (available in regular, long, and for 0-degree Fahrenheit and 20-degree Fahrenheit weather) are designed for reliable coziness.

    7. Tarp. According to expert campers, a tarp is many times useful due to its versatility and water resistance. You can use it under your tent as ground cover. (Tip: A tarp used for this purpose should be a few inches shorter than the width and breadth of your tent, so any water dripping off your tent will absorb into the ground and not drop onto your tarp and slide toward your tent.) You can position it above your cooking, eating, or lounging area, to keep off rain or to limit sun exposure. And, if you’re really adventurous, you can erect it over your sleeping bag and gear and camp without a tent at all!

    8. Tent. If you’re inclined toward a more comfortable arrangement, a quality tent can provide you with protection from the elements (and mosquitoes!) and much-needed privacy. Mid-size tents, such as the Slumberjack Trail Tent 3, provide ample space for the gear and sleeping bags of three adults, while not being hard to erect or heavy to carry.

    10 Must-Have Items for Camping: Slubmerjack Trail Tent 3

    9. Toilet paper. When in need, campers can use certain leaves, pieces of clothing, or rocks (sandstone is not recommended), but you may find your bathroom experiences to be much less memorable if you remember to pack some good old-fashioned toilet paper. One roll can do wonders.

    10. Assorted plastic bags. Making friends with the outdoors means leaving it better than you found it, so remember to bring a few garbage bags, kitchen trash bags, and gallon-size zip-top bags, to store your empty cans, discarded wrappers, leftover food, and wet clothing. The right-sized plastic bag can help prevent a soggy, smelly end to an otherwise successful camping adventure.

    With these ten must-have items, your camping trip can be easy to arrange, happy to experience, and satisfying to remember. Go camping! The beautiful world is waiting.

     

    --Sarah Brinton

    What else do you consider a must-have item for camping? 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: outdoors, camping, shelter

  • Need a Father's Day Gift?

    Tired of getting Dad that same old plaid tie each year for Father’s Day? Are you looking for a new gift idea that your dad will truly love? If your dad is “the rugged outdoorsy type,” or just wishes that he could have more time to hike, camp, or use awesome tools, we've got the perfect gifts for him.

    All of these Father’s Day gifts are on sale, so you can get your dad a great gift at an excellent price. Just make sure to have your order in by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Sunday, June 10th 2013, and we guarantee that you'll receive your shipment in time for Father’s Day or we'll refund your shipping costs!

     

    Outdoor Glacier II Hydration Pack
    Perfect for a day hike or bicycling trip, help dad stay hydrated and cool by getting him the outdoor glacier II hydration pack. With a deluxe padded back with an Airway™ cooling system, this hydration pack can holds a 2-liter Cyclone bladder with neoprene hose cover. Now on sale for 34.99 (originally priced at $59.99).

    Outdoor Glacier II Hydration Pack from Emergency Essentials

    Bear Grylls Survival Tool Pack
    Bear Grylls Survival Mini Tool Pack includes the Gerber Mini-Multi Tool that will help your dad to survive in hostile environments. The pack is light weight, but packs a punch for its small size! It also includes a nifty pocket survival guide. Now on sale for $64.99 (originally priced at $85.00)

    Bear Grylls Gerber Ultimate Knife
    This drop point blade includes a diamond sharpener, fire starter rod, and a steel pommel base for hammering. It also comes with an Emergency whistle! Now on sale for $47.99 (originally priced at $62.00)

    Bear Grylls Ultimate knife (by Gerber) from Emergency Essentials

    Gerber Shard Key-chain tool
    This Titanium coated pocket tool will allow your dad to carry the basics with him while preparing him for any type of emergency. Now on sale for $4.79 (originally priced at $7.00)

    High Uinta Gear™ Multifunction Tool
    With more than 13 functions, this tool will come in handy for your dad’s fix-it needs. Now on sale for $3.99 (originally priced at $9.99)

    2-Pound Hatchet
    The Perfect tool for driving in tent spikes or nails, this 2-pound Hatchet includes a carbon steel head and fiberglass handle with a no-slip grip. Now on sale for $18.99 (originally priced at $24.95)

    Vario Dual Technology Microfilter
    If your dad’s on a camping trip and runs out of water, the Vario Dual Technology Microfilter is the perfect tool for creating a premium drinking water system. With a high water output (it can fill up to 2 quarts per minute), and an extended cartridge life, this tool can filter up to 500 gallons per cartridge. This tool also can attach directly to the most popular water bottles and is easily adjustable to provide maximum water output. Now on sale for $69.99 (originally priced at $94.95!!!)

    Katadyn Vario Water Filter from Emergency Essentials

    Lighthouse Lantern and USB Power Hub
    Ok, this is pretty cool! What dad doesn’t want a lantern that includes a USB outlet port for charging portable devices like your cell phone while camping! This lantern also has a built-in hanger and provides 6 hours of use with a four hour charge. Now on sale for $34.99 (originally priced at $49.99)

    Alpine 5 Degree Sleeping Bag
    With its double-layer construction and compression sack, keep your dad warm in adverse camping conditions with the Alpine 5 Degree Sleeping Bag. Now on sale for $37.99 (originally priced at $67.95)

     

    These two items aren't on sale, but since the way to a man’s heart is reportedly through his stomach, you might want to consider them anyway!

    Jerky Spices 6-Pack
    Help your dad turn ground or whole meat into delicious jerky! Seasons up to 6 lbs. of meat. Comes in two flavors—original and teriyaki—priced at $6.95 each.

    Yoder’s Canned Bacon
    Most dads love a good slice of bacon, so consider getting him a can or two of Yoder’s Canned bacon. Each can comes with 50 slices of pre-cooked bacon packed for long-term storage, so your dad can enjoy it this Father’s day or on Father’s days in years to come. Priced at $16.95 ($.34 per slice)

    Yoders Bacon from Emergency Essentials

     

    Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there! And for the rest of you, be sure to order your gifts by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday to get them to your Dad in time for Father’s Day on June 16th!!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Dad, Father's Day, essential gear, outdoors, camping, gifts

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