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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: shelter, camping, outdoors

  • ‘Tis the season for sparkly lights, snowy mornings, cozy firesides—and, of course, great sales on emergency preparedness supplies. Whether your idea of a perfect winter evening is a night of online gift shopping or curling up with a warm mug of something sweet, we can make it happen. Here are some of our top sales picks for the month of December:

    Great gear

     Teton Scout 3400 Backpack

    • In the event of a power outage, stay weather wise with the Kaito® Voyager™ V1 Dynamo Solar Radio. Regularly $30, buy it this month for only $21.99—and comes in a variety of colors including a cheery Santa-suit red to boot!

     Kaito Voyager VI Dynamo Radio

    • Winter is the perfect time to beef up your emergency supply stash. Get lots of birds with a single stone when you take advantage of our big sale on pre-stocked Trekker emergency kits. Buy a one-person, two-person, or four-person packs right now for 40-45% off individual component pricing.

     Trekker IV-Four Person emergency kit

    Stocking stuffers

    • Need a small gift that packs a big spark? Try the Sparkie™ Fire Starter by Ultimate Survival Techonolgies. This one-handed fire starter is easy to use, has a retractable flint-based bar and built in carbide striker, and can light over 100 fires!, regularly $10.99, on sale for $5.99.

     Sparkie Fire Starter

      High Uinta Gear Multi-Function Tool

    • A bit too much peanut brittle this season? Show Santa’s hygienic side and fill their stockings with our Fresh and Go™ Toothbrush. Get a five pack right now for only $4.99, usually $14.75.

     Fresh N Go Toothbrush

    Christmas cookies, prepper-style

    • First, grind your own flour with the Victorio Hand Grain Mill. (You know you’ve always wanted to do that!) Take advantage of a great deal on this durable, high-quality grinder, available for only $44.99 (impressive—we know!)

     Hand Grain Mill

    • Next, mix up the cookie dough in the Bosch Ultimate Mixer Bundle. This comprehensive kitchen workhorse comes with endless attachments for year-round practicality, and is on sale right now for only $479.98 (regularly $574.96).

     Bosch Ultimate Mixer Bundle

     Snapware 10-piece Canister Set

    • Finally, steal a couple of Santa’s cookies and enjoy them with a cup of hot chocolate. Our Hot Chocolate Combo includes four fantastic flavors in large cans, and is on sale just in time for hot chocolate drinking season! Regularly $83.80, get all four now for $69.99 (also available in small cans).

     Hot Chocolate Combo (large cans)

    Hurry and take advantage of these sales, before the elves get them all!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: camping, sale, gear, holiday gifts, monthly sale, preparedness gear

  • Winter Camping Tips

    For some of us, winter brings a whole new set of adventures that summer just can’t offer. Some ski or snowboard, others snowshoe, and still others love to sled. For many outdoor enthusiasts, winter camping sparks their excitement; they see it as an adventure and a challenge. One of our bloggers, Stacey, says that her “own husband is one of these lunatics enthusiasts who believes that unless there’s 18 inches of snow on the ground, it’s not a real campout.”

    Whether you ski, snowshoe, sled, or go winter camping, it’s important to know what supplies you need for the weather you may face.  In her Insight Article, Stacey focuses on tips that every winter camper should know before heading out the door.

    For more information on how you can stay safe and happy while enjoying your frosty adventure this winter, check out Stacey’s Top Ten Tips for Winter Camping Insight Article.

    To get yourself totally prepped for this winter season (especially those of you who plan to be out in the cold), check out these other articles:

    “First Aid for Hypothermia and Frostbite”

    http://beprepared.com/blog/8804/first-aid-for-hypothermia-and-frostbite/

    “Emergency Shelter”

    http://beprepared.com/insight/7136/emergency-shelter-2/

    “Staying Warm in the Outdoors”

    http://beprepared.com/insight/7142/staying-warm-in-the-outdoors/

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, preparedness, camping, Survival, emergency preparedness, winter camping

  • We recently moved to Salt Lake City from Nebraska. We have purchased online from Emergency Essentials, and love the fact that we can go to a retail store. We purchased several MREs from one of the scratch and dent sales. We also purchased heaters to go along with them. We love to mountain bike, hike, walk, and just enjoy the outdoors.

    Couple hiking on a trail

    On one of our recent hikes in the mountains, we took along a couple of the MREs. We stopped along the way, and spread out our blanket, made some coffee with our ultra-light stove, and cooked the MREs. They were wonderful and tasted awesome. They were also light and took up very little space in the backpack. The heaters also served a dual purpose. We were able to utilize them to heat up water to clean up our utensils and coffee pot.

    MREs with MRE Heaters

    MREs are easy to pack for a mountain bike excursion, as they take up so little space in a bike bag or hip pack. You can stop anywhere along a trail and have a meal, giving yourself the energy and nutrition to continue.

    Light weight, convenient, tasty, multi-purpose, and easy to pack. So many benefits from such a small and inexpensive product. One other benefit of the MREs is that you can use the box that they are in to light a fire if necessary. The box and plastic sleeve that is left over are easy to pack out and clean-up is simple.

    It is really hard to believe that these things can taste so good, considering it is a pre-packaged food product. We will continue to purchase MREs and use them in our adventures. I am sure we will discover new uses for them as time goes on.

    Jeff and Sherry, UT

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, camping, MRE, backpacking, emergency food, meal ready to eat, hiking

  • 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: gifts, camping, outdoors, essential gear, Father's Day, Dad

  • Emergency Plan for Pets

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    Today as I was looking through a few news sites online I ran across an interesting article from CNN about making sure you have an emergency plan set up for your pets. I was mostly surprised by how similar the suggestions for pet emergency kits were for the suggestions for human emergency kits. Here are a few tips from the article that particularly stood out to me:

     

     

     

    1. Try camping, or at least learn a few skills - It's important to keep in mind that many hotels and other places you might think to stay during an emergency may not allow pets. If you find yourself in this situation, you will probably be happy that you have some camping supplies like a tent or water filter set aside and a few skills that can help you get through until you find a more permanent place to stay.

     

    2. Invest in sturdy pet carriers - No matter where you end up during an emergency, your pet will need to sleep somewhere. Get a carrier now and have your pet sleep in it and get used to it. Make sure it is big enough for your pet to be comfortable in and that it has space for a water and food bowl.

     

    3. Carry copies of documentation - It is pretty common to hear that we should keep copies of credit cards, birth certificates, marriage certificates, and other important documents with our emergency kits. The same thing applies to important papers for our pets. Some papers that you might want to consider are lists of medications or allergies, vaccination records, and disaster contacts.

     

    4. Carry photos that show you with your pet - This can work as proof of ownership. You can put pictures of you and your pet on it's carrier and also carry them with you in your emergency kit.

     

    Click here  for more ideas of what you should consider when working on preparing an emergency kit and plan for your pets and to read the article from CNN in it's entirety.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: skills, Emergency plan, pet, camping, carrier, documentation, photo

  • Scrambled Egg Mix

     

    I have been backpacking and camping in the great outdoors for many years. One of my favorite breakfasts while camping is the EGG-stremely Easy Omelet. I like cooking this breakfast because I don’t use a single utensil during preparation and it is simple to prepare. If you can boil water you can make the following:

    EGG-stremely Easy Omelet

    Ingredients:

    Directions: Mix Provident Pantry Scrambled Egg Mix and any of the above optional ingredients with water in a heavy-duty zip-top bag. Be sure when you are done that the consistency is equal to that of an egg. Drop the pouch into boiling water for apx. 5 minutes. Time may vary. Watch your pouch and when the ingredients are done (like a normal omelet) pull it out and have breakfast. Yes, this can be eaten without even a spoon. Remember to pack out the bag. Keep the environment clean. Happy camping!

    Add 2 Tbsp Scrambled Egg Mix to plastic bag
    Add enough water to make it the consistency of an egg
    Put in boiling water for about 5 minutes
    Ready to Eat!
    Adding optional sausage
    Ready to eat with added sausage
    Submitted by Don

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, camping, Food Storage Tips, scrambled eggs, backpacking