Lighter “Hack” to Avoid Wasted Fuel When Not Being Used (video)

I assumed that most folks know this but maybe not. I do this with most of my lighters that I don’t use regularly to ensure I’m not wasting fuel and, worse yet, so that I’m not expecting to rely upon a “dead” lighter when needed the most! Realize that you really should cinch the zip tie tighter than even he shows in the video because they can work loose but also understand that you may need to also cut the zip tie to get it off if you cinch it very tightly. Skip to about the 0:22 mark to get to the idea…

5 Minute Hammock Tarp (video)

Dave Canterbury shows us how to turn an 8×8 oilcloth tarp into a hammock in about five minutes. You’re going to need a few more items besides just the tarp, specifically two metal rings (not sure where he gets them but perhaps large carabiners would work instead) and two lengths of 1″ webbing (he carries two 25-feet lengths), but the idea is fairly simple to implement as he demonstrates…

Crusader Cook Kit (video)

Looks to be a nice little cook kit made in the U.K. but can be found on Amazon. The one on Amazon includes the cooker, canteen, and lid but doesn’t seem to have everything shown in the video (the fire starting supplies and whatnot) so don’t expect all that’s shown in the video to be included in your order.

That said, the cooking system is the important part; you can check out their U.K. order page here or if you’d like to order from there. According to the video description if you use the phrase “FUNKYPREPPER” you get free U.K. shipping so be sure to purchase from Amazon in the U.S. Here’s the video…

Sunjack CampLight USB Light (video)

I’ve reviewed the Sunjack Camplight previously but figured it would be a good reminder that camping season is coming up (yeah!) and that this particular setup has something new: an on/off switch so you don’t have to unplug the light and the ability to daisy-chain multiple lights together which I think is a good idea and something I wish they had when I reviewed the camplight.

Here’s a link to buy the daisy-chain bulb but pay attention as there are different versions of the bulb you can buy like he says. Finally, here’s the video review…

USA-Made Dream Hammock System + Bug Net (video)

Dave Canterbury shows us a USA-made complete hammock system made by Dream Hammock. I’m not quite sure which model of hammock this one is but there are several to choose from, though, I’m guessing it’s the ThunderBird at about $145. Overall, he’s pleased and particularly likes the strap system (it’s easy to hang), the fact that it’s completely self-contained, includes the bug net, and can pack away fast, among other things…

Earbuds Case Fire Kit (video)

This video just goes to show you really CAN put a fire kit in anything, even an old earbuds case. 🙂 Personally, I would prefer an Altoids tin for the size and because it’s likely more waterproof than an earbuds case, but I like the effort.

She’s added a good variety of fire starting supplies and gear, including fat wood, lighters, stormproof matches, “trick” birthday candles, various fire starters such as live fire, and something I’d never knew could catch fires… guitar pics.

I might have also included a Sweedish firesteel and maybe charcloth like she said but all-in-all it’s a good start…

28 Brilliant Winter Camping Tips (video)

I really like this guy. He’s soft spoken but brings plenty of useful wilderness advice in each and every video. This time he gives dozens of tips and tricks about camping in the cold, mostly regarding staying warm inside his tent. Though a lengthy video it’s a good one to take the time to watch through if you have any interesting in cold weather camping…