Camping & Survival

Fall Camping—We Can’t Wait!

Finally, our temperatures dropped over the Labor Day weekend! To take advantage of the perfect weather, my friend threw an impromptu BBQ, so we could enjoy the last weekend of the summer and dine alfresco. As we were watching the flame and coals do their thing, my friend brought up something we all thought about all summer, but haven’t actually had a chance to do: camping! Believe me, if you have ever tried sleeping in a tent when it is 108F, you will not do it again! Fall is upon us and it is time to hit it outside; warm days and cool nights—I can’t wait!

Single Burner Butane Camp Stove

Want it? Buy it! Item: CAMP-355

Single Burner Butane Camp Stove
Single Burner Butane Camp Stove

Personally, I prefer to cook over a real campfire, not a charcoal grill when I’m camping. There is nothing like hobo packets, hotdogs on twigs, and s’mores from a real wood fire when you are out roughing it. However, in the morning, when I need coffee STAT, I do not want to wait around; that’s why I always bring along a gas burner. Plus, you can whip up a mean omelet that rivals even the best five-star restaurants. This little stove takes mini butane canisters and it all packs up together in a little carrying case, which is a bonus for me because I really hate lugging so much bulky stuff out to my campsite. If you are just using it for coffee and breakfast, one canister should last you all weekend. For 10 bucks, man, you can’t beat it!

SOG Hand Axe

Want it? Buy It! Item: 62930

SOG Hand Axe
SOG Hand Axe

If you are building your own fires, you will need to chop wood- either purchased wood (always too big) or found wood, none of it will ever be the right size. You need a good, sturdy axe to chop it all up. It gives you something to do, and plus, chopping stuff up is just fun.

The SOG hand axe is built to be a handy tool on camping trips, especially camping trips like mine- not too primitive, but no air conditioned cabins or RVs either. The G-10 scaled handle gives you a good, non-slip grip. A solidly-built axe, with a 2.4-inch, 420 stainless steel blade, already sharpened and ready to go!

50% Wool Blanket

Want it? Buy it! Item: CAMP-217

50% Wool Blanket
50% Wool Blanket

I heard a rumor that it dropped down to 48F at some point this morning. If I had been in a tent with just a sheet, believe me, I would have been freezing! And not happy. Hey, I am hot-blooded, what can I say? Either way, if it really is going to get that cold while I am camping, I will want a blanket. Being out in nature, camping, and getting chilly while sleeping comfortably and having this nice warm wool blanket to throw over me just sounds snuggly, doesn’t it? If not, you can always use it as a picnic blanket, card-playing blanket, concert blanket, dog blanket, moving blanket, sun-bathing blanket, star-gazing blanket, book-reading blanket, emergency blanket… should I continue?

Camo Rope

Want it? Buy it! Item: ROPE-110

Camo Rope
Camo Rope

It is always a good idea to have some rope with you everywhere you go. On camping trips, you can use your rope to tie down your cooler lid so raccoons cannot take all your food, or tie stuff up in a tree to prevent bear raids, and tie your float to a tree, so you don’t get too far off shore while you’re lazing in the lake. With the leftovers, you can make bracelets and beer cozies! Totally bargain priced, this super strong camo rope is made of polypropylene that holds 750 pounds and is 75 feet long.

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