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Permaculture – Part III – Resources to Get You Started

As promised, here is Part III of this series on Permaculture.  Resources to Get You Started.

Books on Permaculture at Amazon.com

Audio (all from The Survival Podcast):

Video (there are hundreds of hours of free video out there, but this will get you started):

18 Part Video Series on Permaculture – by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture

Permaculture – Part II – Introduction to the Solution

As you may have figured out from Part I, I think the solution to most of our problems is permaculture.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture, as I’m using it, is a system that seeks to mimic nature for landscaping and gardening. In reality, it quite a bit bigger than that. From what I’ve read, when you start using permaculture for landscaping and gardening, it quickly becomes part of the rest of your life. You use it in decision making, construction, and so on. But why? Why mimic nature? We’re not intended to live wild, right?

Think about an old growth forest. The soil is soft, rich and black. Big, tall trees. Ground plants are abundant, but not crowded. There is great water retention, which helps to feed all of the trees and plants.

In the Spring, just enough sunlight gets through to help seeds germinate in the forest floor, attracting browsing animals and insects who in turn help to fertilize the soil with what they leave behind and carry the seeds to other parts of the forest. The rain replenishes everything and is stored in every living thing as well as the soil itself.

In the summer, there is shade and mottled sunlight on hot days. It usually feels cooler as a result. Plants are thriving. The shelter of the trees mitigates the damage that the weather and wind would cause to the soil and smaller plants. The trees are full and lush and pulling nutrients from deep within the soil with their root systems and converting them into leaves, seeds, nuts, and fruits.

In the fall, the leaves, fruit, nuts, and seeds fall. The microbes and insects sustained by the rich soil break down everything that falls quicker than most compost piles. Everything that falls is either gathered by wildlife and consumed (and then deposited as fertilizer and dormant seed), stored for winter and eaten later (and then deposited as fertilizer and dormant seed) or is quickly converted into mulch.

In the winter, the mulch protects the soil and seeds from the cold and ravages. The fruits and nuts provide food for wildlife over the winter. The natural fertilizer and compost continues to replenish the soil, providing nutrients to help the trees over-winter.

Then the process repeats.

No maintenance by man is required or even beneficial really (in fact, it’s often harmful). Nature does its own pruning, pest control, and so forth. Importantly, nature doesn’t till.

Great, amazing even, but my lawn isn’t an old-growth forest.

You’re right, but you can mimic these processes on the small scale. Moreover, with good plant selection, you can achieve a balance that will feed the wildlife you want to attract, push away that which you don’t, and produce an abundance of food, medicine, and flowers for yourself and your family. All without much trimming. All without much weeding. All without ANY tilling or chemicals.

Permaculture has been used to turn desert plots into lush green mini forests that are largely self-sustaining in less than a decade. It’s a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight, but with a little intervention, we can help nature along to where it ultimately wants to go and speed up the natural process quite a bit. We can create micro-forest, more or less, in a few years instead of old growth forest over a century or two.

Okay, but how?

Here is where my lack of expertise is going to shine like a polished turd. I’ve only just begun to learn, but this is what I’ve gathered so far:

It all starts with building up the soil. You have to put in some labor reestablishing the nutrient profile that decades of abuse via modern lawn “care” has destroyed. Usually this means bringing in compost, natural mulch, and manure. It does not involve tilling. Nature never tills. You’re going to be building up the soil, not digging into it.

Take the long view. Nature isn’t in a hurry, you shouldn’t be either. You can still have your traditional garden and even a grassy lawn for as long as you need to hang on to that. Indeed, even with permaculture, you’ll likely need to plant some annual vegetables every year if you want them.

Set up positive feedback loops. Those familiar with Dave Ramsey will get this concept immediately, but for everyone else, this means do small things simultaneously to address the larger problems. Two things will happen – 1) the small, quick changes will help you feel better about the whole process; and 2) the small things will make the big things easier.

For example, you can build up the soil in a small section of your yard and begin a medicinal herb garden (in a permaculture style), or you can add a water feature, some humming bird feeders and so on – these are quick and will make you feel good immediately. But you can also plant some fruit trees and crops that take a few years to establish like asparagus and grapevines. If you do it with some good prior planning, the presence of the water feature and/or medicinal herb garden may actually help the trees, grapes, and asparagus to grow because they attract beneficial insects and wildlife. The medicinal herbs, with a little preparation will also help you stay healthy physically and the water feature can help calm you mentally. Really…where’s the downside? And, oh by the way, this is one less area you have to mow and weed.

Think multi-function/multi-use. Your permaculture inspired lawn and garden will eventually incorporate plants that will provide food, shelter, medicine, and beauty – not just for you, but for local wildlife as well. It will help to keep a balance between helpful and harmful wildlife and flora. It will heal your home. But a key to this, given limited space, is to create an environment where everything serves as many purposes as possible. This way you have backups for your backups for your backups. If there isn’t enough rain, your lawn will still thrive when others require outside support. Same with insect problems – your healthy lawn and garden will withstand the pressure while others are eaten as easy, sick prey. In fact, your only real worry will be how to mitigate the impact of the stupid crap your neighbor does – like spraying for bugs and weeds.

Think Differently. Give away convention and embrace the new (and simultaneously ancient) method. This is easy for most once they realize how much less work the new method is.

Read and Educate Yourself about Permaculture. I’ll be recommending some resources in the next post – Permaculture – Part III – Resources to Get Started.

Now – for something fun – a visitor to the blog yesterday left me a comment that was truly hilarious and sums up the problem better than anything I’ve ever seen – thanks Dustin – Here’s that comment:

Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:

God: Hey St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the Midwest? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect “no maintenance” garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

St. Francis: It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

God: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It’s temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

St. Francis: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. The begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

God: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it… sometimes twice a week.

God: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

St. Francis: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

God: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

St. Francis: Yes, Sir.

God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

St. Francis: You are not going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

God: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s a natural circle of life.

St. Francis: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

God: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

St. Francis: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. The haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

God: And where do they get this mulch?

St. Francis: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

Permaculture – Part I – Identifying the Problem

It’s not very often you come across someone or something you were basically unfamiliar with, but that has eloquently  put into words your very own feelings and thoughts about something.  For me, it happened fairly recently when I started reading about permaculture.

As usual, I’m not an expert, but I’m learning the basic principles and I think reviewing them here might provide both a helpful introduction to the concept for those who don’t know about it and help me to solidify my own thoughts and understanding.

In this first post, I’m not going to offer any of permaculture’s solutions.  I just want to point out the problems that we all face with lawns and point out some of the causes.

1.  Our big, green, decapitated grass lawns are not a very good idea. I actually don’t do most of what I’m about to describe, but I’m going to use “we” anyway.  When we build a house, we either opt to use rolls of sod (pre-laced with chemicals and fertilizer) or we seed the ground.  We water profusely for days and apply chemicals to keep the weeds from growing while the grass takes hold.  Once it does, we mow weekly, water, and still spray at least annually to keep out the weeds.  We apply fertilizer and even more seed.  If we have trees, we water, spray and fertilize those as well.  Then in the fall when the leaves come fluttering to the ground, we rake them all up (at least once) and send them to a landfill or a compost heap.  We edge the edges, trim the hedges, and prune the shrubs.  All with the intended goal of trying to beat, dig, claw, and poison nature into submission.  Is this really why we’re put on this earth?  I don’t think so.

Did you ever stop to think about why we do this?  Is it because the lawn is pretty?  Maybe it’s just me, but I’ll take a forest any day.  If you look at the history of Western Civilization, it’s likely that we began doing it as a way to imitate the wealthy.  Our forebears wanted to be able to suggest to the neighbors that they were wealthy enough to be able to have useless land that didn’t produce food, and that they had herds of grazing livestock large enough to keep it pristinely and uniformly chopped down.

Basically, we do all of this work to appear wealthier than we really are.  This is the same thinking that causes a newly married couple with no kids to purchase a 5,000 sq. ft. house, a sedan, and a sporty little mercedes.  In other words, this is the same thinking that got us into the credit crunch we’re in and caused the housing market to go kaput.  Don’t believe me? Then ask yourself why you look down at your neighbor who doesn’t mow often enough.  It’s either because you think it will hurt your own property value (proving my point), or because you feel like it’s a sign of an irresponsible loser.  Let’s look at that latter assumption – someone realizes they aren’t on earth to slave and toil over worthless grass and chooses to devote their life to something that’s important and they are a loser?  Someone opts out of a system that poisons the soil for generations to come and they are irresponsible?  Folks, this whole process – this whole way of thinking – is dumb.  I think we have a duty to opt out.  Am I suggesting you just let your lawn go wild?  No.  I’m suggesting that you have a responsibility to find a better way.

Looking at our lawns, pristine as they are when well maintained, they are water hogs, deplete the soil of vital nutrients, contribute to erosion and flooding, and require more maintenance than most farm land.  The only thing our modern lawns do well is ensure that we have an abundant work load, poisoned earth, and/or a big bill for chemicals.

2.  Most of the problems we have in our yards and gardens are caused by our modern yards/gardens and perpetuated or worsened by how we try to solve the problems.

Insects/Birds/Pest Animals – If I plant something, it will eventually send out signals via odor, color, or even chemicals to certain insects, birds, and animals saying “come and eat.”  It’s the plant’s way of ensuring it gets pollinated.  That’s WHY plants are beautiful and have distinct aromas.  Our typical response is to lather the plant with some chemical in order to keep away bugs.  In the process, we poison ourselves and the land and even more seriously, we destroy the systems that would help our plants to thrive.  When we apply insecticides, we upset the balance of predator/prey in the insect world.  It’s a lot like an engine…every piece serves a purpose and pursues its purpose with total dedication.  Plant, animal, or insect – usually, the purpose is to live and reproduce.  Sometimes that means insects eating plants, sometimes insects eating insects,  birds eating insects, birds eating rodents, birds eating plants, et cetera.  If we take away any one piece, then the others quickly become imbalanced.  If I kill the predatory insects, then the prey insects will have a population boom and my garden will suffer.  The same is true for any imbalance we create.

Weeds – Our lawns mimic prairies and savannas.  Speaking relatively, those are VERY temporary stages in land development.  They give way to taller growth, and fast growing trees, and eventually to large trees and deep growth forest.  Nature knows that, even if we don’t.  Nature will try to help the land progress into the next stage.

The way this progression happens is through the introduction of transition plants.  Plants like dandelions and plantain, which we call weeds, are the transition plants for prairies/savannas.  They serve many purposes (as do most plants), but their roles as transition plants are to 1) crowd out the grass and kill it off so that the grass will decay and replenish the soil with specific nutrients needed by the next set of plants; 2) attract insects and animals that will help to bring in the next group of transition plants; and 3) to pull nutrients from deep in the soil to the surface, readying the soil for the next set of transition plants.  Those plants will then fulfill their roles and add another complete set of nutrients and seeds to the soil for the next type of plants and eventually (in 100 years or so) we’ll have a deep growth forest – the natural state of things for most of the inhabited land of our planet.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.  Instead, we spray herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals onto our grass often with the horrific justification that we’re doing it so our kids have a place to play (might as well just scatter glass on the lawn at least that doesn’t cause cancer).  It’s a constant battle, and we may appear to be winning for a few years even, but in the end, the weeds will come back.  We can fight the weeds, but we’ll lose.  We can’t fight nature.  Nature always bats last.

3.  Grass produces very little food. You can, in fact, eat most grass seeds.  You can also eat many of the weeds that sprout up in a grassy lawn (though if you apply chemicals, or live near someone who does, I don’t recommend it).  But in terms of efficient land use for food production, lawns score pretty poorly unless you happen to be a grazing animal.  A lot of us add a fruit tree or a nut tree or a grapevine or a garden, but it’s usually a token gesture at best.  Plus we do these things in such a way that they create a ton of work for us – usually because we’ve sprayed them with the same poisons we’ve put all over our lawns.

In summary, the current model is labor intensive, harmful to the environment, unsustainable and completely pointless.  It’s also practiced by the vast majority of Americans.

What if there was a different way? A way that would provide us with medicine and food as well as physical and mental sanctuary?  A way that is self-sustaining because it provides its own water retention, tools, mulch, and weed/pest control?  A way that would both attract and feed local wildlife while still keeping them out of your food?  A way that, once established, requires comparatively little work on your part?  A way that instead of fighting nature, mimics it and uses it’s own “rules” to achieve a positive result?  There is.

Things to Take Hiking

Whether you are hiking on your own or with a group of people, there are many things that you should take hiking gear with. This article is not really as important item to take with hiking, but very important things to wear when hiking. Many hikers love high-top hiking shoes because they give them extra-much-needed ankle support while they hike. Here is a short visual guide to hiking shoes.

You can go ahead and choose the high top hiking shoes of your choice. The thing that makes you go with a hiking shoe instead of something like hiking pants is the fact that the shoe provides you with more protection and traction. If you are going to be taking a lot of time hiking then you might want to take hiking shoes. Most people think that hiking shoes only come in black, brown and grey, but you can now find hiking shoes in many different colors and patterns. Black and grey are very common hiking shoes colors; however, you can also purchase hiking shoes in other colors like red, pink and yellow.

To go with a good pair of hiking shoes, you will need a pair of socks. Socks are a must when it comes to taking hiking with you. They help keep your feet dry and warm and also prevent you from getting chaffed while hiking in the woods. In addition, socks can protect your feet from cuts and scrapes if you happen to fall while hiking.

Another thing that you should take with you is some water with you when you go hiking. Water is also important when it comes to taking hiking to ensure that you stay hydrated throughout your trip. Water and food should always be prepared ahead of time so that you do not have to worry about having water or food supplies at all during the trip. If you do not have a tent with you when you go hiking, then you can still take along a sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are great for two reasons: first of all they are very easy to carry; and second, they give you an option of keeping your cool if the weather becomes extremely cold.

One important part of taking the proper clothing and hiking gear with you is protection against the elements. You may be worried about the weather, but the truth is that you do not have to worry about the weather if you are wearing the proper clothing. or gear for your hiking adventure.

There are also several different places where you can purchase hiking gear or clothing. if you do not know where to look, then you can simply buy online for your hiking clothing. Although purchasing online may cost you a little more than buying it in local stores, it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Dog Hiking Gears For Your Dog

When shopping for outdoor hiking gears for dogs it is great because it helps keep it fit and healthy just like we do with ourselves. Hiking with your dog increases the bond between you as a dog owner and your pet and more importantly it is great fun for you as well.

There are many different things to consider when purchasing gear for your dogs while hiking and most of these will help keep your dog comfortable. For example, you should consider what type of terrain your pet will be going on so you can decide if a hiking boot is the best option for their hiking needs. If your dog is going on long distance hikes then a hiking boot is not an ideal choice as they are not designed for such terrain.

You should also consider where you are going to be hiking as there are many types of dog hiking gear available for these trips. One of the best options for this type of trip is the harness. This type of product is made to hold your dog securely in place while keeping him or her from getting tangled up in ruts or in some cases even getting wet. This will allow your dog to have more freedom of movement and will also keep them safe as you are hiking.

One of the best accessories for your dog is a hiking boot that will help protect your dog’s paws. This can be especially important for active dogs, as they will need to exercise their paws and feet. One of the main things to keep in mind is to make sure you pick the right size boot for your pet. Some boots can be bulky for some breeds, so you may want to choose a shoe that your pet can wear in the rain and will not hinder them.

Dog walking is a great way to get some exercise and get some much needed attention from your pet. The main thing to remember is to stay safe as you hike with your pet. Remember that even if you are hiking in dry climates make sure you take all necessary safety measures. such as wearing a protective jacket, sunglasses, thick shoes, and a backpack to keep you protected from the elements while being out in the elements. Make sure you do not forget to check with the local authorities before taking your pet hiking.

Dog hiking is great fun for both you and your pet. It can be an adventure to go on and a great exercise for you as well. Remember to take your time to choose the right type of gear and make sure that you follow all directions so that your pet has a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

Hiking Tents

Hiking tents are typically designed to be a light, compact, portable and sturdy shelter for one to four people that can be taken on a long hike, making it ideally suited to be used as a carry on. The tent is also designed so that it can be quickly put up and down so you can move from one spot to another, allowing you to get your bearings as you walk.

If you’ve never had to use a hiking tent before, the best way to understand how they work and what you need to look for when you’re shopping for one is by understanding exactly what the main features of a hiking tent are. These basic characteristics help you narrow down your selection, making it much easier for you to choose the perfect tent for you.

One of the most important things to think about when choosing a hiking tent is comfort. If you’re hiking in conditions that are extremely cold or windy, then the tent should provide adequate warmth to keep you warm even in the middle of the night. The more comfortable the tent is, the more likely you are to stay warm and avoid getting sick while you’re out hiking.

Another feature to consider is how well the tent is protected against rain and snow. You want to make sure that you’re not having to remove your tent in the middle of the night to have it treated because it’s been subjected to the elements. Some hiking tents have some sort of waterproofing seal on them that will help protect your investment.

Most hiking tents come in different sizes and shapes, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. You can choose between small and large tents depending on how many people you intend to test with. For larger groups, a large tent would be the better option, since it provides more space than a small tent.

Another important aspect to think about when you’re shopping for hiking tents is whether or not they have compartments and other accessories that can be attached to them. This will allow you to carry items like flashlights, extra sleeping bags, first aid kits, camping gear and other small accessories with you on your trip. If you need them, you’ll be able to bring them along with you. However, it’s important that the accessories aren’t too bulky or uncomfortable for you to carry them in your backpack.

A major consideration when purchasing a tent is the material of the tent itself. If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather, you might want to consider a tent made of aluminum or other lightweight material. This material will help keep your tent from getting damaged in severe weather.

Choosing the right kind of tent can be difficult if you don’t know what you want. With a little research and some basic questions about the features, you should be able to find a quality tent that will meet your needs and help you enjoy the outdoor adventures that you plan to take.

Whether you’re going to a national park or an inland lake, it’s important that you understand how to properly prepare for a camping trip. Take into consideration any safety issues that might come up before you set out on your trek. Make sure to bring all the necessary safety equipment, including sun block, flashlights, water, a first aid kit, sunscreen and gloves, and other necessary camping gear. Even a simple mistake could end up causing injury, so be careful and take your time to learn about the area you’re going to.

When you’re done hiking, it’s important that you take all your gear with you and store it in your tent. If you plan to go hiking with your family, you might want to consider buying a few tents so everyone has their own. Since the camping season changes, so do your tents so check the seasonal cost to find one that’s suitable for your budget.

One very important consideration when purchasing your first tent is the size. Be sure to measure the area where you’re going to put it, as well as the distance from the ground to the tent. The bigger the tent, the bigger the space you’ll need to cover so it will be more comfortable and easier to get around it.

It’s also a good idea to consider your weight when shopping for hiking tents. Since they are going to be outdoors, it’s important that you bring something lightweight that won’t weigh too much. There are some lighter and smaller tents available, but you might want to consider getting a more heavy-duty tent if you plan to carry a lot of supplies with you.

Hiking Checklist For Planning Your Next Outdoor Adventure

It is vital to have a hiking checklist in your back pocket to make sure that you can carry all the things you need on your trip. Whether you are taking your dog on a hike or just want to check into an area to hike, you will need plenty of supplies, and a hiking checklist is your key to getting everything you need. By creating a list of what you will need for each trip, you will know exactly what you will be carrying and you will be able to keep track of what is on your checklist.

The first piece of equipment you will need in your hiking checklist is a compass. If you are planning a hike to a location where the compass isn’t available, you may want to consider using a flag to help point you in the right direction. A compass will also come in handy if you have lost your way. It may be easy to lose your way on a hike, but it is still vital to have your compass. By knowing which way you are going, you are able to see which direction you are heading in.

Another thing you will need to include in your hiking checklist is food. You don’t want to spend too much money on food, and if you plan on doing many hikes, you will need enough to last you through the trip. Make sure you bring a good variety of foods, and pack food backpacks instead of eating on your hiking trip. This will allow you to take out some of the food you pack and eat it when you need it most, while still leaving enough left over for another day of hiking.

If you are going to hike long distances, you may want to invest in a backpack instead of just a daypack. A backpack can be more versatile, and it will allow you to carry additional supplies with you on your journey. A backpack will allow you to pack more, and it will also allow you to move more easily on the trail. You will have a bit more freedom in your movements, and you will be able to explore more of the areas you are hiking in.

One thing that should never go overlooked in your hiking checklist is water. If you are on a hike with other hikers, you will need a lot of water, especially if you are going to be in a situation where you will have to cross streams or find yourself in a river. You will also want to bring some form of a shelter to get you through these situations. A tent will provide shelter from the sun, while keeping you dry, while also providing a place to sleep if you need to while you are sleeping.

As you are planning your trip, make sure you keep track of your equipment. Make sure to keep a separate list of all your equipment, and ensure that you keep a record of when it was last used. If you plan on spending more than a few nights in a campground or motel, make sure you have the tent, sleeping bag, food, tent poles, cooking equipment and all other necessary equipment with you. Make sure to label them properly so you won’t forget them while you are hiking.

If you are going to take along your family on your next hiking adventure, make sure you consider bringing them along as well on your hiking checklist. Having children around will help to keep you focused on what needs to be done while you are hiking and it can help keep them from forgetting anything important. You can also give your parents a sense of security knowing that their children are taking part of your experience, instead of just being in your way.

Make sure you take your checklist with you when you are packing for the trip. You don’t want to leave anything behind because you didn’t put it away or you didn’t bring it with you when you left it. Make sure you carry the items on hand to avoid any unnecessary trips back home.

Tips For Buying the Right Sleeping Bag

A typical sleeping bag is simply an insulated cover for an individual, basically a lightweight blanket that’s closed using a zipper, usually in such a way as to form a box, that serves as portable camping bedding when an individual is camping outdoors. They are also great for use on boats and RVs.

sleeping bags

As there are several different brands and styles of sleeping bags available, it’s important to first determine what exactly you’ll be using your sleeping bag for. For example, if you’re an experienced backpacker who’s taking along a tent accessory such as rain fly, you might want to choose a smaller, more portable sleeping bag. This is especially true if your camping experience is limited to short trips during the summer months, where you’ll be sleeping outside and likely have no idea how to make do without your tent or other gear.

For those who’re more accustomed to overnight trips and long trips outdoors, you might want to choose a large sleeping bag or even a twin sized bag. These are better for individuals who’re used to sleeping in a tent or on a boat. A large sleeping bag could even double as a tent for you when you’re camping out in the open air.

A variety of different sizes and shapes are available for every level of camping enthusiasts, from the backpacker’s style of camping to more rugged outdoor activities. Most bags are made from waterproof fabrics such as goose down or synthetic, yet there are also options for waterproof fabric materials. Some types of sleeping bags are specially designed for use in extreme weather conditions. For example, backpacking tents may have extra thick material to take the brunt of a heavy downpour, while camping tents often come with heavy weather seals.

Sleeping bags are typically available in two different sizes, large (up to 62 inches) and small (under 32 inches). They also vary depending on the weight, which is measured in ounces. If you’re an individual who sleeps alone, you might want to select a medium size. if you’ve never had anyone over to sleep with you before.

If you have a family, consider buying an extra large bag for each person so that all sleep separately and share one mattress. In general, a large sleeping bag will provide sufficient space for a single person to sleep comfortably, but if you do sleep in a group, consider getting a twin size.

When selecting sleeping bags, it’s important to carefully consider how comfortable they are and their ability to provide warmth to the individual. You may want to consider buying an inflatable type instead of a traditional bag since inflatables are more comfortable and can keep you warm in cold conditions.

If you want to save money, consider buying sleeping bags that are ready-to-assemble. This way you don’t have to buy a huge number of them. You can also purchase the bags in bulk to save money on shipping and handling.

Other than cost, the quality of the sleeping bag will play an important factor in comfort. Many people find that down, synthetic, or wool is the most comfortable choice. Others prefer cotton.

It’s worth taking the time to compare prices. There are many online retailers that offer a wide range of prices and different brands, so you can choose a bag based on your budget and preferences. While prices are certainly going to vary, you should always check out all the different styles and brands to make sure you get the best deal possible.

Remember, the sleeping bag you pick shouldn’t only be the cheapest, it should be the one that provides the most warmth and comfort. In the end, you’ll be glad you chose the right bag for your next camping trip or adventure.

Things To Consider When Buying Camping Backpacks

Camping backpacks are very useful especially when you are camping outdoors. These backpacks are designed to be used for camping and other outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting and fishing. They are designed so that they are lightweight and easy to carry around and they can be put in the car trunk. There is also a wide variety of them to choose from and that is why they are so popular these days.

There is a wide selection of camping backpacks available for you to choose from. They come in different sizes, colors, and features and you will have a hard time choosing one without shopping around. When you shop for these backpacks, there are many things that you need to consider before making the decision. Here is a list of what you should look for in a camping backpack.

The first thing that you should consider when shopping for a backpack is the size of the backpack. You need to know the weight that you are going to carry in it and the amount of space that you are going to leave in order for you to put everything you need inside. You should also consider the weight that you are going to carry. If you plan on doing any hiking activity that requires you to carry heavy items such as tents, sleeping bags and food, then you need to consider a hiking backpack.

Another important factor to consider when shopping for your backpack is its functionality. There are many camping backpacks that are lightweight which make them easy to carry around. They are also easy to pack in your car because of their small size. There are also the ones that are designed to fit in your bag or luggage. There are even those that are made to be hung from your tent. When choosing a backpack that can fit easily into your bags or luggage, you will be sure to get the maximum use out of it.

Another factor that you need to consider when shopping for a backpack is the durability and performance. You should choose the backpack that is durable since it will be used in outdoor conditions for a long time. You should also choose a backpack that is durable because it will last a long time because there are several factors that will contribute to its durability. Some of the most common factors that will contribute to the durability of a camping backpack are the material that is used and the stitching that is used.

In buying outdoor gear, you should also consider the quality of the product. This is another factor that will contribute to the durability of your product. You need to make sure that the materials that are used for making the backpack are not easily damaged by elements such as sunlight, water and temperature change. The stitching should also be able to withstand these changes and you should also look for a backpack that has a padded back, which will help protect your lower back from unnecessary pains.

10 Essentials For Camping

If you’re thinking about going on a trip to camping this year, it’s worth reading up on the top ten camping essentials. Hopefully, this will give you some great tips on what you need to have on your camping trip.

10 essentials for camping

Here are the basics: Food: This will depend on where you’re going, but if you’re in the mountains then you’ll need a lot of food. If you’re on a farm, you’ll also need to consider what the weather is like.

Rain gear: When it starts pouring down you’ll need something waterproof to keep your foot dry. You may also need a rain coat for the cooler parts of your camp. This also makes sense if it’s the middle of the night and you can’t see in the rain. Also check out what the campground does about camping in the rain.

Waterproof matches: A small portable stove will only suffice so long as you’ve got water and match on hand. Having a backup water supply also makes sense. In addition, make sure you get a waterproof container to keep your match in.

First aid kit: These are important for any outdoor activity and especially when camping. Make sure you know how to use it properly. Also, have it ready in case of emergency. You may not find anything more useful than first aid.

Camping Tent: It’s vital that you have the right tent for your needs. While you don’t need one specifically designed for camping, having the proper size will help you stay dry and warm while you’re sleeping. You also need one with room to store your camping gear in.

Bug Spray: You may not want to have your bug spray on you at all times. However, it’s good to know where you can use it, especially when you’re hiking in the forest or other areas that have mosquitoes.

Sunglasses: Not everyone wants to wear them, but you need to have them for driving. Especially if you plan on being out in the rain and need to stay dry while waiting for the car to arrive. You also need to bring sunscreen because it protects your eyes from the sun and wind. You also need to make sure that you’re ready for anything that comes your way.

Sun Hats: Sun hats to protect your skin and help keep your head dry. Even though you may have no desire to wear one while camping, you should at least carry a hat with a face mask so you’ll still be protected even if you’re out in the woods. Sunglasses may also come in handy.

First Aid Kit: When it comes time to get ready for a trip to the hospital, you’ll want to have first aid ready. You need to have a kit so that you have everything you’ll need, even if you don’t feel comfortable putting it all in a bottle. Remember that medical kits are different from camping ones because they aren’t meant to last forever.

Fire Extinguisher: This is also an essential item. If you’ve ever been camping and forgotten to have a back up in case of a natural disaster or an accident, this can be just what you need. You never know when one of your supplies might be used as a tool to destroy your tent, your campfire or your personal belongings.

Insect Repellent: When you’re camping in the wilderness you need to protect yourself from bugs. You should also have insect repellent if you plan on spending time outside. This also gives you peace of mind because you won’t have to deal with them in the future.

A good pair of hiking shoes will help protect your feet when you’re out in the woods and out in the rain. A pair of hiking pants will keep your legs warm during the colder months of the year and keep them from getting soaked and damp. The right sleeping bag will keep your body warm in the winter. It’s also best to check out what kinds of materials are appropriate for the climate you’ll be out in.

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