6 Questions I Ask Myself Before Every Hike

Lately I've been thinking a lot about safety on the trails and being prepared for the unexpected. You know, everything from a flat tire on the way to the trailhead, to a twisted ankle or a diaper blow-out. When we leave Laramie and head to the mountains anything can happen. We've written a lot about planning hikes and packing for hiking trips but with our frequent hikes this summer the whole planning & packing process has become somewhat automatic. There's danger there. The danger is complacency. To prevent that I've made a checklist with 6 things I ask myself before…

What to Pack for a Day of Snowshoeing

Last night Santa packed around lumps of coal for naughty children all over the world. But if you were a nice kid and he personally delivered a pair of snowshoes underneath your tree you've come to the right place. While that Christmas turkey cooks it's time to take those snowshoes for a spin! As part of our Wednesday snowshoe series we've discussed the history of snowshoeing, why to snowshoe, how to choose a pair of snowshoes, what to wear snowshoeing and what gear you need to snowshoe, and where to get snowshoeing equipment. Today we're getting ready to go snowshoeing by…

4 Rules to Pack What You Need (and Nothing More)

Today we welcome Stratton Lawrence to the blog as we continue with packing week here at Just Trails. Stratton is a freelance journalist and blogger for eBay.com, who writes a wide range of travel and outdoors related content based on his personal experience as a serial traveler and adventurer. We like adventure around here...but we'll let Stratton do the talking! When J.J. Cale first sang, "Travelin' light/ it's the only way to fly," he was certainly a man ahead of his time. In August, my now-wife and I flew to Scotland for our wedding. But even for a small family affair, the trip required…

How To Pack For Any Adventure

I have a confession. The contents of my daypack never look the same from day to day. Sure, I have the basics (food, water, first aid kit, map, GPS, diapers & wipes, knife, emergency fire starter kit, headlamp etc) but it evolves from there depending on a multitude of factors. Since we're talking about packing this week on the blog today we're sharing a checklist with you that we use when we pack for an adventure. Rather than go down a list (headlamp...check, food...check, socks...check) we try to put a lot of thought into where we're going, what we're going…