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…

DIY Backpacking Cooler

Today's trail tip is inspired by this 'pin.' Have you ever finished up a long day of hiking and thought to yourself, "Gee, I could go for a cold drink and a cold bag of M&M's right now?" If you have (and you don't mind packing a little extra bulk and weight) this tip is for you. How much extra weight and space in your pack are you willing to give up for a cold drink at the end of a long day on the trail?

DIY Waterproof Matches

I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love the layout and easy to find recipes, DIY ideas and tips. But, I'm also skeptical (especially when it comes to outdoor related pins)-do all of those tips and ideas really work? We're adding a new segment every Monday where we test and evaluate a Pinterest "trail tip". We're looking at if the tip actually works, a cost/time analysis and if it required a trip to the store for any special tools. Once we've thoroughly tested the 'tip' we'll give you our verdict-useful or useless. ***** Today's DIY trail tip is inspired…