Like he points out, you don’t tend to see too many larger cooksets available for purchase that would be able to accomodate more than a person or two.
This KingCamp Climber 3 Cookset, unlike most options out there, is definitely big enough to cook for an entire family and is perhaps the most complete backpacking cookset out there, and for a reasonable price…
I really do enjoy DIY projects and none more so than projects with hidden compartments, lol. This particular bookshelf has its compartment in the bottom, so you can watch him build the entire project or maybe skip to near the end to see the final assembly and compartment location…
is a natural part of our planet’s ecosystem, but for inhabitants of flood-risk
areas, high water is the harbinger of destruction and even death. In America’s
most flood-prone states, like California, Florida and Arizona, up to 25 percent
of housing units sit within a 100- or 500-year floodplain. Flooding can occur
nearly anywhere rainfall touches, and as climate change shifts toward more
dramatic weather, the damage caused during the wet season is becoming
exponentially worse for residents of these areas.
damage from flooding can destroy your home and vehicle. Six inches of moving
water is enough to sweep you off your feet, and two feet of moving water can
make a full-sized car float. In places like New Orleans, Puerto Rico and New
York City, the harsh realities of flood damage have seen people lose everything
after getting overrun by high water from hurricanes and tropical storms.
addition to the risk of long-term damage to your possessions, the short-term
realities of surviving a flood can be daunting. Navigating flooded streets can
be extremely dangerous and is not always a viable solution. Staying put has a
different set of risks, and might require you to get by without power for
1. Understand Your Flood Risk
you live in a floodplain, you probably know it. Maps like those available
through FEMA and the NYU Furman Center can provide information about the risk
of flooding in different regions of the country. However, for many people,
flooding is just a fact of life. It’s a risk that comes with living in the area
they can afford or that they wish to call home. With all indicators pointing to
our weather only becoming more extreme, you should have a plan to prepare for
the next flood.
fall into 100- and 500-year categories based on how frequently you can expect
severe flooding in the defined area. The first step in actively preparing to
face a flood is understanding how at-risk you are. We recommend visiting
resources like the Furman Center
Flood Zone Hazard Map, which can give you an accurate depiction of your risk of flooding at
a high level, with the ability to zoom in on detailed areas down to the street
2. Know How to Stay Informed
you pay attention to weather forecasts like most adults, you probably have some
idea of when to expect wet weather. While it can be easy to rely on television
and the internet, simpler forms of communication — specifically,
radio — tend to be favorable in a
flood scenario. Your county or city weather service will issue a flood watch
when weather conditions show signs of potential flooding. If the flood watch
changes to a flood warning, you should be prepared to move quickly or get your home ready to
sure your entire family is familiar with emergency phone numbers to call for
your area to check for evacuations and flooding updates. If internet access is
available throughout the flood, you will be able to receive updates via social
media and using online resources from NOAA, FEMA and others. These agencies
offer phone services you can sign up for beforehand as a redundancy. You should
also have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio on hand to receive updates if
you lose power and internet connectivity dies.
3. Be Prepared to Evacuate
flooding is challenging for most people to ride out comfortably. Know the
quickest path to high ground from your home, and have a vehicle fueled up and
ready in an area where it won’t be off-limits if you need to get out quickly.
Know where to find all medication your family needs, as well as all essential
documents. Store these items ahead of time in waterproof containers so they
won’t get damaged if things get wet before you leave home.
keeping a bug-out kit stashed in your evacuation vehicle to make your exit more
efficient, as well as a survival kit in place in your home if you can’t
evacuate. Talk to your family ahead of time, so everyone knows where to gather
and what route to use in the event of an evacuation. During an evacuation, keep
your radio on and listen for updates. If you get separated from loved ones,
consider having them coordinate with friends or relatives to ensure everyone
leaves in time.
4. Make Your Home Flood-Ready
you may need to stay with your house through the flood, but that even if you
don’t, you’ll want to have a safe, dry place to come back to after it subsides.
That means you need to plan to protect the home itself, as well as provision it
for the people who will stay there. Making your home flood-ready can be a long
process, so you might want to get a head start on some of these things before the
wet part of the year. For example, homes elevated on stilts are naturally safer
than those closer to the ground. Move appliances like your water heater,
furnace and electrical breaker to the house’s upper floors to limit the chance
of their exposure to floodwaters.
possible, do not install electrical outlets lower than 12 inches off the
ground. You should know where your home’s breaker box is and how to disable all
power if needed. A gasoline generator can be an invaluable resource during a
flood, and is something homeowners who live in flood-prone areas should think
of as a must. Make sure to keep a supply of usable fuel on hand if you do have
one. It is possible to rig your car up to function as a generator in a
desperate scenario. However, not everyone will have the equipment or know-how
to do this, so if you don’t have a permanent one installed, consider a visit to
your local hardware store ahead of time to purchase a stand-alone unit and some
your home’s plumbing, install pressure-sensitive check valves that will stop
floodwaters from entering all drains, showers, faucets and toilets. You can use
plugs as a last resort — however,
thinking ahead and using valves is much safer. Use sealing compound to seal any
cracks in the basement or first-level concrete walls.
5. Protect Your House From Rising Waters
move to preparing the house to be safe from floodwaters approaching outside.
You can construct a levee or berm using packed earth with enough lead time.
More high-tech solutions include inflatable barriers like the AquaDam perimeter
which provided a temporary water-filled floor barrier. Seal off all windows and
any vents into the house that are close to ground level.
should augment your barricade with sandbags, which can be an arduous task, so
plan your time accordingly. A good rule to keep in mind is that it takes about
an hour for a team of two to build a 20-foot wall of 100 sandbags. Use this
basic math to work out the time it will take to complete a barrier for your
entire home when making the difficult decision to stay or evacuate. If you keep
animals or livestock, consider moving any fencing or enclosures so they have
access to high ground to get away from floodwaters if needed.
finding burlap bags, shovels and sand can be a challenge in a flood, it’s a
best practice to have these items ready to go ahead of time and stored in an
easy-to-access place. Sandbags not only help hold back water, but can absorb
some of what hits the ground, making them invaluable in a home-protection
situation. In some communities, their local government makes sandbags available
to residents, so check online to see if there’s a way to have some delivered
for you before things get bad.
you have extra time, consider moving furniture in the home to a higher floor to
make your stay more comfortable and reduce the chance of water damage. Remove
any floor coverings like rugs and welcome mats from the ground floor of your home
and move them to higher ground. Leaving them will almost certainly result in
insurance, while it can be expensive, can make the difference between losing
everything and a swift recovery for those who live in problem areas. If you
know your home is at risk of severe flood damage, consider speaking to your
insurance company about coverage. Ultimately, not even the best-prepared house
will be 100 percent safe from a serious flood. Insurance can help you and your
family rebuild or relocate and avoid a painful reality if things get severely
6. Stock Food and Water
water and food are essential if you’re going to remain in your home, and you
should have plenty of both. Fill bottles with fresh water and store them
somewhere that is not at risk of flooding, so you won’t need to risk getting
wet to retrieve your supplies. Make a stockpile of canned and nonperishable
food items you can prepare without power. As a backup plan, have at least one
method of purifying water that doesn’t rely on electricity, such as a gravity
filter or iodine tablets, so you and your family won’t have to go without
drinking water. Floodwater is never safe to drink.
integrate the food you’ll rely on during a flood with your regular pantry.
Instead, store it separately, so you don’t use it all, and set a reminder to
check the dates on items, so you don’t find they’ve expired right when you need
them. You can consider storing your emergency rations in a watertight container
such as a large cooler or chest, which might make it easier to transport if you
need to relocate the food to a higher area in preparation for a coming flood.
you’ve probably already concluded, pre-packaged sealed items that don’t go bad
quickly — such as soups, canned meats
and vegetables — are the safest items to eat
during a flood. You can use military rations such as MREs if you have them, as
well as meal-ration bars packaged in a way that seals them from contact with
floodwater. Avoid items with snap closures or twist-off caps, which can become
contaminated more easily. If at all possible, do not consume any food that
touches floodwater, as there can be waterborne bacteria and other contaminants
such as gasoline and industrial chemicals and human waste swept up in the
you have power and want to attempt to cook during a flood, make sure to
clean and disinfect all kitchen equipment. This tip is crucial if you need to boil
water to purify it. If your home draws water from a well, it is not safe to use
following a flood. Continue to drink and cook with your emergency water supply
until you can verify the well water is safe to drink. Disinfect and test any
well water before using it.
7. Know How to Ride out the Flood
the preparatory work in the world can’t stop those floodwaters from coming, so
being safe in a flood also means understanding how to safely endure the hours or days when you have to remain in
your home. If you are in a secure location to stay indoors, turn off the power
and make sure you have your emergency rations near you. Have your radio, phone
and any other communications devices ready, and pay attention for updates from
authorities. If you need to venture out, wear waterproof clothes and use a car
with ground clearance unless it’s not an option. If you get caught on a flooded
road, leave the car and move to high ground.
Avoid beaches and riverbanks, as well as any low spots where floodwater may pool. Notify your friends and relatives of your location as soon as possible, and if you did evacuate, only return to your home after authorities declare the area safe. The aftermath of flooding can be disastrous. However, if you take these precautions, you stand the best chance of getting through it safely and preserving your home in the best condition possible.
It’s gardening season and I figured it would be fun to start with a video on worms. 🙂 This particular video is sort of an update on a previous video he did on how to set up a cheap worm bin, if interested.
You can skip to about the 5:45 mark to get to where he shows you the worm bins and then listen to his advice and tips on how to get the most out of your worms and to keep them healthy and well fed…
Never know when you might need to make one of these to move something heavy out of the way or to pull a vehicle out of the ditch. That said, I sure am glad they invented the come-a-long power puller because this would take forever, lol…
For many people, family is their number one
priority. As parents, we go to work in order to provide food and shelter for
our children, we try and provide the best education, and give them what we
lacked during our own childhood.
However, many people forget to teach their
children how to respond to an emergency. Even as parents we may need to
reevaluate which areas in our home are the safest and which are the most
dangerous during a crisis.
While government agencies have an emergency
plan for a whole assortment of situations, it’s prudent that your family has
one as well.
Follow this family survival training guide and
keep everyone safe during an emergency.
1. Family Emergency Plan
Step number one is to hold a family meeting to
create an emergency plan. This needs to be created as a whole family in case an
emergency happens while you guys are separated.
Identify Areas of the House
The plan needs to cover the various areas in
the home and what is potentially dangerous.
Go over safe spots that will protect you from
falling objects or debris (heavy tables and desks), as well as potentially
dangerous areas in objects, such as:
Hanging light fixtures
Heavy objects on shelves
Tall furniture that hasn’t been
secured to the wall
Create a Home Evacuation Plan
Next, you’ll want to cover the fastest
evacuation route and potential contingency routes. Teach your kids how to
escape a home during a fire. Practice a home evacuation plan with multiple ways
out of every room in the event of a fire. You can even make a game out of it by
timing your family to see how fast they can get out.
Go over the basics of how to react to the
sound of a smoke alarm. Instruct them that if the alarm does sound, to get low
and crawl out, which will greatly enhance their chance of exiting safely.
Never forget to include the tried-and-true,
stop, drop, and roll if someone has actually caught on fire.
During a crisis where evacuation isn’t the top
priority, everyone in the house should know where and be able to shut off the:
Show everyone when, why, and how to turn them
Tailor the Plan to Accommodate for
Just as every disaster comes in different
shapes and sizes, so does every family. A plan for one family may not be
adequate for another.
Make special preparations for family members
Required to take specific
Unable to communicate with
During this phase of family emergency plan,
make sure that when helping family members who need special assistance in order
to evacuate, to get:
Mobility devices (wheelchairs,
After Disaster Meeting Plan
Sometimes a disaster can strike while everyone
is separate, or the disaster can actually separate you from your family. If
this is the case, then it’s vital that family members know where and how to get
back together, or at least get in touch.
The family emergency plan should include:
A meeting place
Local emergency shelters
The number of out-of-state
If possible, organize a plan with a neighbor
or nearby friends to pick up each other’s children in the event of an
emergency, and possible house them until the crisis has passed.
2. Stock Up on Supplies
Now that everyone has been instructed on what
to do if there is an emergency, it’s now time to prepare for a potential
disaster. When there is a hurricane warning, it’s not fun to wade through the
sea of people trying to get their hands on that last can of tuna, it’s better
to already have it at your house.
Take stock of your emergency supplies and
organize them. You’ll want to have multiple of some items to store in different
parts of your house. The majority of people have heard, “Two is one and one is
none.” Sometimes things go awry and your flashlight breaks or gets lost, it’s
better to have another one handy, just in case. However, try not to keep them
together, because if you can’t get to the room that they’re in, then you might
as well have none.
After finishing the family emergency plan, you
should have an idea of where your family spends the most time, and consider keeping an
emergency stash in these locations. Most people spend the
majority of their time in either the kitchen or the living room, so it’s best
to have a backpack or a plastic container in these locations with your survival
You may also want to keep an additional kit in
your bedroom, in case something happens while you’re sleeping.
Your basic emergency kit should include:
Water – one gallon/person for 3
Food – 3 days’ worth supply of
First aid kit
Sanitation (garbage bags, wet
Manual can opener
Cell phone with chargers and a
Infant supplies (if applicable)
Maintain your emergency kit at
least once a month to see if they are stored properly
Having items that have multiple uses and can
act as a backup for another major item should also be kept handy.
When storing your food supply, keeping mind
Place dried food, sugar, and flour
into air-tight sealed jars to prevent rodents and pest from getting to them
Store you supply out of direct
light and heat in order to extend its usability
Store them off the ground to
prevent and potential contamination
3. First Aid Supplies and Training
Disaster usually come with injuries, and for
many people, they may be stranded for up to 3 days by themselves. If the
disaster is severe enough, emergency services could be down, and treating
injuries will fall on to you.
It’s time to put together a first aid kit, and if you
don’t know how or it’s been a long time since you’ve administered first aid or
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), it’s time to take a course.
Courses can be found for both adults and
children, and can be found at various locations such as Red Cross, hospitals,
and community centers.
There they can teach you how to treat common
disaster injuries, such as:
When building your first aid kit, keep in mind
that you won’t know what you’ll end up needing to treat, so make sure your kit
Bandages (variety of types;
butterfly, triangular, rolls, etc)
4×4 individually sealed sterile
Aspirin or acetaminophen
Saline for eye irrigation
A first aid manual
Eye cup or small plastic cup to
wash out eyes
Emergency (foil) blanket
Keep this kit with your other emergency
4. Earthquake Preparedness
Every city within the United States is at risk
of an earthquake. It doesn’t matter the magnitude of the quake, any size
ranging from 5 all the way up to the terrifying 8.0, can cause immense damages
Given that there are hundreds of
earthquakes over 3.0 in the United States every year, it stands
to reason that everyone should understand what to do in the event one strikes.
However, if you take the correct course of
action then you can save lives and reduce your risk of death and injury.
If you find yourself inside when the plates
begin rattling, then you should follow three simple steps in order to reduce
your chances at being hurt.
Step 1. Get Down
When you feel a quake coming on, drop to the
floor and keep low. You want to avoid windows in case they shatter as well as
any tall unsecured furniture which may topple. They make specific earthquake
resistant versions of many items now, such as windows, that you should take
advantage of if your area is prone to quakes.
Step 2. Take Cover
As soon as you’re able to find cover, get
underneath of it. This can be anything from a table, desk, or any other strong
furniture which can help protect you from falling debris. If you are in an area
without adequate coverage, find the corner of an interior wall and curl up
while protecting your head and neck with your arms. Once again, avoid any
windows that can break or any heavy objects that can fall.
Step 3. Hold On
If you’ve managed to get cover under a piece
of furniture, then hold onto it. You may have to move from your location, and
you want to bring it with you like a protective shell. Once you’ve found a
safer area, maintain that position until the earthquake has ceased and you are
out of immediate danger.
The more you plan and drill with your family,
the easier it will be for them to react correctly to any emergency. If they
know they right steps, then the fear will become more manageable for them
because they won’t need to make snap decisions. Plus, going through family
survival training is an excellent way to teach children to begin trusting in
their own skills to get out safe.
Ben Brown is the owner of The Prepping
Guide. Involved in Military for many years and write about Personal
Security, Preparedness, Prepping, Survival, Self-Sufficiency and Readiness for
Safety, both Physically and Digitally.
I’ve never tried to dig a well myself nor have I ever tried dowsing rods, but this guy apparently swears by them. The first several minutes of the video is him finding the best place to dig, while the rest is him digging the well and installing the piping and pump. It’s a pretty neat process to watch straight through…
The shotgun is one of the most valuable
survival firearm one can own instead of a rifle or pistol. It possesses a great
force of firepower compared to shots fired from a pistol. Therefore, owning the
right to say that “no one really wants to be hit by one” when it is draw out.
The main advantage that labels a shotgun
as a good survival gear is the variety of ammunition. It generally means that a
shotgun fires at least 8 to 26 large lead pellets from a single shot every time
the trigger is pulled.
This is advantageous especially when we
are not experts in aiming or in a chaotic state that our ability to aim has
been blindsided. It increases the possibility of landing a bullet on the
attacker without needing to constantly reload.
There is a wide range of shotguns offered
in the market and each with different capabilities. Understand the
characteristics of each shotgun to be able to select a suitable shotgun
for survival needs.
Choose a suitable gauge
The fundamental of operating a shotgun is
to fire numerous rounds of round lead pellets down a smooth bore barrel.
Shotguns barrels are usually chambered in gauges instead of calibers.
A gauge represents the number of lead
pellets it takes to enter the barrel to make a pound. The most familiar gauge
sizes for shotguns are 10, 12, 16, and 20 gauge being the easier ammunition to
find. It’s important to select a gauge size that is suitable for your usage.
Recoil is typically the significant factor
that decides what gauge size you will pick as not many can handle the recoil
produced. If the recoil for a 20 gauge is too much to handle, consider going
with a 20 gauge. But if a 20 gauge is overly powerful as well, you can choose
the .410 bore as your last choice.
Other sizes are too rare and you will have
a hard time finding ammunition on the shelf at a megastore.
Break open shotguns
This shotguns are classified as those that
break open on the hinge to insert or remove shells. They are included in
classes which is the single shot, over under and side by side.
Break open shotguns can come with single
or double triggers and a wide selection of barrels. A double barreled break
open shotgun with two triggers means that each trigger represents one barrel.
So by pulling two triggers at a time, you will be firing two shots straight but
you will most likely be abusing your shoulders.
These shotguns are the easiest to maintain
and with good quality performance it can go up to 150,000 rounds without any
problem. Break open shotguns with side by side or over under class usually comes
with exchangeable chokes resulting to different shooting characteristics of
However, the drawback of a break open
shotgun is the limited amount of rounds they can shoot without reloading. As
each shotgun only offers a maximum of two barrels, you are only able to fire
twice and needing to break open the shotgun to reload thereafter.
Unlike break open shotguns, a
semi-automatic shotgun has a single barrel and majority comes with a magazine
tube that stores additional shells. This reduces the number of reloads you have
to perform after firing a few rounds.
Semi-automatic shotguns is classified to
two basic cycling actions. They can either be recoil driven or gas operated.
Shotguns that are recoil driven are usually inertia or kinematic driven.
Despites the difference in name, both mode operates similarly.
If the shotgun is kinematic driven, the
recoil of the shell releasing will push the bolt back discharging the used
shell and loading the shell from the magazine tube. If the semi-automatic
shotgun is gas operated, some of the expanding gasses from the shell releasing
are spread out through ports in the barrel ejecting the spend shell and
reloading the next shell afterwards.
Anyhow the difference in method, both
operate by using the force from releasing shells to recreate the action which
in return lessening the recoil of the firearm. However, these shotguns do
require a certain level of maintenance to keep them operating properly.
Instead of releasing gasses which are carbon
filled like how normal pistols would, the gasses are spread throughout the
ports in the barrel. This result to having barrels that are congested with
carbon particles leading to further cycling issues. Fortunately, they are easy
to take apart and reassembly so there is no reason for you to not clean it.
The reliability of a semi-automatic
shotgun is definitely less than the break open shotguns or pump shotguns. Its
only major disadvantage is the cycling problem. The spring within the barrel
has an expected lifespan of firing approximately 10,000 rounds before wearing
out even though with constant cleaning. However, this does not label the
shotgun as incapable.
A pump shotgun is the one where the
fore-end can be shift forward and backwards. This cycling movement is
controlled by shifting the fore-end to the direction of the receiver to
discharge the used shell and then forward to load a new shell.
The pump shotgun is usually single
barreled with a magazine tube to store additional shells. Therefore, the
movement rate of the fore-end is controlled by the speed of the user.
The recoil force from this shotgun is
greater than a semi-automatic shotgun because it does not spread out energy
throughout the port of the barrels. There are many other guns classified under
this category such as riot guns, tactical shotguns and self-defense guns.
However, it requires less maintenance and
greater reliability compare to semi-automatic shotguns. It will still be able
to fire even after years of not cleaning just that probably its performance is
Nonetheless, here are the few common
series of survival shotguns for you to consider:
Mossberg 590 Mariner
The Mossberg 590 Mariner is a 9 shot 12
gauge shotgun which means that it can store up to 9 shells in the magazine
tube. It is a tactical pump shotgun with a single barrel that fires smoothly
with a reasonable price tag for newbies.
The production of this firearm’s barrel is stainless steel making it sustainable for harsh environments. This is suitable as a survival kit as storage in any condition will not affect the well-being of this firearm.
Mossberg 500 Lineup
The Mossberg 500 series is slightly similar
to a Mossberg 590 Mariner but instead of a stainless steel barrel, it is
manufactured based on an aluminium receiver. This lightens the weight of the
shotgun remarkably. However, it prevents the use of majority sidesaddle slug
A shotgun sidesaddle is an accessory used
by owners for convenience to carry more shells on their firearm. This series
comes with a polymer safety button and trigger assembly. But the Mossberg 500’s
magazine tube cannot be lengthen due to the fact that the barrel is fixed to
the end of the magazine tube.
The Remington 870 series consists of a
wide range of selection with more that 30 different models. Its level of
reliability is better compared to a shotgun from the Mossberg series in terms
of having a smoother pump action. Furthermore, the Remington 870 is the perfect
choice for hunting
small game too, in addition to being an excellent
In a scenario of unexpected home
intrusion, you would want to be loaded with as many rounds as possible.
Shotguns from this series can be equipped
with an extension tube to store 7 additional shells. To acquire this extension
you must first remove the dimples from the magazine tube to attach the
accessory. But by doing so, bear in mind that you may compromise your ability
The model most suitable for home defense
would be the Remington 870 Express Tactical 18” barrel with a synthetic stock.
It comes with a multiway synthetic stocks with a 18.5 inch or longer barrels
making them versatile for both female or male user.
However, the Remington 870 uses a safety
push button that is not as obvious as the Mossberg making it less safe to have
around younger ones.
Winchester SPX Defender
This shotgun is known as the Winchester
Super Pump X Defender with a 12 or 20 gauge size. It’s probably one of the best
value tactical shotgun out there with great performance, light weight, short
barrel and all within a reasonable price.
The shotgun comes with a 18 inch slim
barrel receiver made of aluminium. This results in lighter weight allowing
smaller shooters to operate the shotgun with just a single hand on both the
grip and the trigger.
Many shooters believe the Winchester SPX
Defender to be one of the fastest performing reloading action out there. These
shotguns loads and ejects shells smoothly and reliably without jamming up.
When the shotgun is fired, the tension of
the spring produced by the shell pushing towards the rotating bolt partially
opens the spring by itself and begins the pumping action.
However, just like the Remington 870, the
safety push button is not as obvious. Its difficult to reach as it is place in
front of the trigger guard. This makes it unsafe to have around children or
Benelli Nova Pump Tactical
The Benelli Nova is classified as a pump
shotgun that shoots 12 gauge and 20 gauge. The barrel comes in different length
variation such as 18, 24, 26, and 28 inches. It can operate on any load of
weight such as a light 2¾-inch load to 3½-inch magnum load.
This shotgun is extremely reliable as it seldom has a problem even when cycling with different shells. Besides that, it is able to handle extreme weather conditions as it is made of part corrosion proof-polymer.
However, similarly with the previously
stated shotguns, the safety push button is extremely small on this model making
it difficult to find. Another downside would be the limited ability to
customize accessory for this model due to its single-piece receiver. This also
limits the magazine tube to only holding 5 shells at a time.
There you have it, a detail guide for picking a suitable survival shotgun. Take some time to understand the shotgun that you have selected to purchase. This will help you familiarise their functions and be able to react quickly during hectic timings. Bear in mind that having a shotgun lying around can be dangerous, therefore do not have it in plain sight.
bars can only sustain you for so long before you begin to crave variety. While
the uninformed can get by on 48-hour trips into the wilderness, there are a lot
of advantages to making yourself comfortable during prolonged outings. That
means mixing up your diet, understanding how to pack nutritious food that won’t
weigh you down and even what to do in an emergency if you run out of food or
something happens to render the food you packed inedible.
our reliance on restaurants and grocery stores, you can trace everything you
eat back to nature. That means with a proper understanding, you can feel secure
about where your next meal is coming from, even when you’re on the trail for
weeks on end.
The Basics of Outdoor Eating
of the activities we associate with the outdoors are highly active. Hiking,
camping, climbing and backpacking all put severe strain on your body, so it’s essential that you carry
enough fuel to see the journey through safely. Your choice of activity will determine how
sensitive you need to be to things like water usage and weight. If you’re
heading out for a pleasant day hike, you can probably get by on a small pack of
perishable foods like fruits and nuts, dried meats and nutrition bars. Once you
commit to a longer foray into the wild, however, things start to require more
is the cornerstone of your outdoor nutrition plan. You might know humans can survive
for several weeks without food. However, without water, you’ll be weak and
unable to help yourself get home within as little as 72 hours. You should carry
water for drinking on any excursion outdoors, but for longer trips, you’ll need
to plan to identify water sources and carry equipment to clean water for use in
cooking and cleaning as well as for drinking.
in an emergency, you may have no food, water or both. This situation is when
your knowledge of edible plants and water filtration becomes paramount. If
something goes wrong and you lose the food and water you brought, your backup
plan could be the difference between a safe return home and a tragic ending to
your journey. This guide will explore these topics using a few different
scenarios to help you craft practical and enjoyable meal plans for your outdoor
Short Trips and Day Hikes
you’re planning to return home the same day, you can give a little less
precedence to weight and longevity in food. Since your food is the majority of
what you’ll be carrying, you don’t need to be as weight-conscious, and it’s
best to bring slightly more than you think you’ll need unless your hike is
brief — for example, two hours or less.
combination of simple and complex carbohydrates, along with some protein, will help you feel
energized on the trail. It’s best not to choose only sugary options like candy and cookies,
which make excellent marathon snacks for outdoor runners, but can lead to
spikes in your blood sugar and consequent lows that will have you feeling
drained long before it’s time to go home. Of course, pack your water bottle or
use a backpack with a water bladder to make sure you stay hydrated.
items like granola bars claim to fit the bill, and while some do, many of these
are mostly sugar. Instead, look for healthy fruits such as bananas that provide
potassium to avoid cramps and protein-rich snacks like dried meats. If you are
doing a trail run and need some sports nutrition, you can use salt tabs and
some exercise nutrition products like gels and fruit chews that contain
caffeine as a short-term pick-me-up if you’re comfortable with it.
Weekend Backpacking and Camping
the fun begins. Depending on how long your hike into camp is, you may be able
to use a car to bring in items that would otherwise be impractical. For the
sake of this guide, let’s imagine you need to backpack in. Some of the foods
that you would have used in the day hike section will still make excellent
on-the-trail snacks, but consider their shelf life if you’re spending multiple
days out. Compact munchies like mini peanut-butter packages and trail mix bags
hold up well.
it’s time to settle down for a meal, you have some options that wouldn’t be
available for a longer excursion. You will need to pack a camp stove for most
of these, which is essentially a grill plate you can place over a fire. More
rugged survivalists may choose to use a self-contained fuel-burning unit like
those available from MSR and Jetboil. Bring a brush to clean your cooking
equipment and a pot to boil some water, as this is a critical element to many
camp meals. Bring plenty of water. If you’re car camping, this is simple. If
not, use a high-volume filtration device and scout out a water source near camp
beforehand using mapping software.
goods like hot dogs can make a fun campfire meal on night one, before they thaw
out and get smashed in your pack. Canned goods like chili and soups make a
quick, easy meal, too. You can cook and eat an entire bag of easy
mac-and-cheese in the plastic bag if pasta is your thing. Just make sure you
bring the right equipment to open them or you’ll go hungry.
team at The Adventure Bite has published a wide variety of recipes dedicated to whipping up
premade foil-wrapped meals. These use fresh ingredients wrapped in foil bundles
you can place on the grill plate and cook while enjoying a rustic evening around
the campfire. They are too heavy and perishable for use in alpinist adventures,
but make for a delicious end to your day on shorter journeys.
true outdoor gourmand will learn to cook on a Dutch oven, which opens up a huge
number of options around the firepit. You can cook breads, stir-frys, steaks
and pancakes in one of these cast-iron camp stoves. However, before you go all
Gordon Ramsay on your expedition, make sure you know who will be carrying the
Dutch oven. These things are seriously heavy, and so is pancake mix. If it’s an
overnight trip or you’re hell-bent on having flapjacks for breakfast, go for
it. If you’re more concerned about how heavy the pack on your back is, maybe
choose a different option.
packages are a fun way to expand on what you’ve brought without adding weight.
If you’re camping somewhere cold, make sure to stock up on hot cocoa mix, which
makes an excellent complement to instant coffee for a mountain mocha to help
you rise in the morning. Serve this sweet wake-up call with some instant
oatmeal, perhaps with a handful of dried fruit, and you’ll be well-fueled for
another day on the trail.
or not to pack a dedicated lunch is up to you, as many outdoors enthusiasts
prefer to nibble along the way to cover more ground. You can find easily
packable options like mini-flatbread, salami and cheese at most supermarkets
for a quick sandwich option you can munch on while moving. Of course, this is
one meal you can cover entirely with snack items like those we touched on in
the day hikes section. Just make sure you divide what you pack appropriately,
considering what you’ll eat on day one and what will need to hold up longer.
Ultralight Backpacking and Mountaineering
for long-duration expeditions where you need to conserve weight to ensure you
can cover enough ground begins to narrow the number of options you can get at a
conventional grocery store. Nutrition bars are still appropriate, and you
should probably pack more of them than you think you’ll need, because they tend
to hold up well as emergency rations. Don’t worry — you don’t have to live on
tooth-shattering cold Powerbars for the whole trip. It gets better, and the
usual dried nuts and fruit still work for a day snack.
you’ve set up camp with a nearby water supply, you’ll want to filter off enough
water to prepare for the evening meal and for your company to drink. It’s
advisable to have multiple water filters as well as backup purification
measures like iodine tablets available for this type of trip. A collapsible
reservoir is another great addition to your pack that will keep you from having
to refill the filter and put things on hold.
your camp stove up using a compact fuel canister and get some water boiling.
Freeze-dried meals have come a long way since the crunchy porridge of the
1970s, and you can now enjoy everything from beef stroganoff to cheesy
chicken noodle casserole in freeze-dried format. The pouches are lightweight,
and you can cram them into a compact layer in your bag. To prepare them, you’ll
tear off the top of the pouch and pour in the specified amount of boiling
water. Reseal the pouch, wait for the specified amount of time and voila, it’s
time for dinner. Invest in a set of lightweight or folding utensils and a metal
bowl you can wash with boiled water for easy after-dinner cleanup.
and lunch take on a more utilitarian format when counting grams. Oatmeal from a
pouch, dried fruits and nutrition bars are probably your best bet here. Dried
meats are a great way to add some protein and variety to your diet, and can
make the outdoor experience feel that much more authentic.
and mountaineering are challenging and dangerous, and sometimes things go
wrong. When they do, your knowledge of your environment can help you feel
confident you have a safe way out. Remember to bring those backup water
purification measures, if your filter freezes and cracks or fails some other
way you’ll need them to avoid getting sick.
for nourishment, if you have a weapon and are comfortable hunting game in an
area where it’s legal, meat is at the
top of the wilderness food pyramid. That doesn’t mean you should feel compelled to
mindlessly kill animals, but in a life-or-death situation, the nutrition meat
affords you will be far more substantial than what you can gather from edible
still offers a variety of good options. Many insects provide a good source of
protein. For example, when charred over a lighter flame, caterpillars and
grasshoppers are not reminiscent of a crunchy French fry. Look out for bird’s
nests, which can yield nutritious eggs, and if there are trees that bear edible
nuts in your area, you can forage for those and get more nutrition from those
than leafy greens. Pine needle tea is a famous camping recipe that can stave
off hunger pangs for a short time and is easy to make by boiling pine needles
should have a basic understanding of edible plants, which you can gain from
reading a guide like this one from Popular Science. Many mushrooms, wild
berries and aquatic plants are all safe to eat, but make sure you’ve identified
them correctly. If you absolutely must, conduct an edibility test in five
steps, allowing plenty of time between each to make certain you don’t react.
Smell the plant, rub it on the skin of your elbow or inner arm, kiss it and
then take a tiny bite. If all goes well after 15 to 20 minutes, you’re probably
safe to eat more.
Plan and Enjoy Your Journey!
Truthfully, modern technology has made what used to be the exclusive province of the hardiest people into a pretty straightforward affair. It’s important that you get it right, which is why we can’t say enough how critical planning is for a longer trip. But if you consider the size of your party and how to accommodate for water needs, all that’s left to do is choose what’s on the menu. Sure, you might have to give up that cherished favorite dish for a week, but the days of eating the same meal thirty times in a row are long gone. No matter what Applebee’s has to say on the topic, eatin’ good can and does happen, far from yours or anyone else’s neighborhood.