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5 Unique Ways to Use Paracord

Everyone seems to have their own creative ways to use paracord while outdoors and there are a million and one tricks when using it. Some are useful. Some serve no purpose at all. Here are five unique ways to use paracord.

Fishing Line:

First, you’ll cut a desired length of line. Now, pull one of the inner strands out of the paracord and use it to attach your fish hook.

Tourniquet:

If you spend any amount of time in the woods, you need to know how to make a tourniquet. This first-aid essential is imperative to surviving in the wilderness You need to find a small stick and tie a hitch knot around one side then wrap the paracord around the affected body limb and tie another clove hitch knot to the stick. Now, just twist the stick around until it’s tight.

Boresnake:

.To begin, make sure your paracord is long enough to fit down the barrel. Now, cut off a small piece of cloth and tie a knot around it and put some oil on it. As a last-ditch effort, you can now clean some of the residues from your gun barrel.

Dental Floss:

For this, use only a small piece of paracord. First, pull out the inner rope then take that rope and split it apart to have a small enough piece to fit between your pearly whites. Now, you can still have hygiene while hanging out in the woods.

A Spear:

After you find a nice long stick, you want to cut a notch in the end of it for your knife handle. Next, tie one side of the paracord to a tree. This is going to help you wrap the knife with plenty of pressure ensuring it stays tight. When you’re done wrapping it, you can finish it off with a couple of half hitches to keep your paracord and knife in place.

What other cool ways do you guys have for using paracord? Comment below to let us know some of your unique paracord uses!

 

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Omeals Taste Test & Full Review

So your feet are sore from a day on the trail, or your arms feel like wet noodles from a long kayaking trip. Whatever your adventure, you’ve burned tons of calories and hunger slams into your stomach like a Tyson one-punch knockout. But when you’re away from the comforts of home, the options for a hot tasty meal are few and far between. These type of trips often call for food that won’t spoil easily, forcing many to rely on dehydrated or freeze dried backpacking meals that have a long shelf life. However, most of these meals lack flavor and require the addition of boiled water to make them edible. Which of course means you have find a way to boil the water. And also means you to find firewood, get a fire going, and bring a pot of water to a boil.  Depending on the weather, getting water to a roll can often take longer than your stomach would wish. The team at Omeals were tired of this hassle and did something about it. They created a super easy and fast way to have homestyle meals when you’re out enjoying life. Omeals are not dehydrated, and only require 3-5 oz. of water to ignite the heating pad.  Conveniently, you don’t need to use drinkable water since the water is not used to rehydrate the food. Forget about the fire as well, since you won’t need that either. In order to eat a premium outdoor meal all you need is salt water, dirty water, or any water.  

How it works

  • Tear open the package and remove all the contents.
  • Tear open the heating pad package and reinsert it and the food pouch back into the Omeals bag.
  • Add 3-5 oz. of ANY liquid into the Omeals bag.
  • Seal Omeals bag.
  • Let sit for 3-5 minutes
  • Heat pad should be activated within 1 minute. Once activated, the Omeals bag with expand, the water will begin to boil and steam will escape out of the designated steam vents on the Omeals bag.
  • Remove the food pouch from the Omeals bag. Be careful as the bag will be very hot and steam may still be escaping the bag.
  • Once the food pouch is removed, carefully squeeze the food pouch so to mix the contents. This will help make sure the food is evenly heated. If you believe the food needs more time to heat, reinsert the food pouch into the Omeals bag.
  • Once ready, tear open the food pouch. You may enjoy your hot meal directly from the food pouch using the spoon provided.

My Take

Omeals are O-mazing! (cheesy I know, but they also make cheese bites as snacks!) We recently kayaked 9 miles to camp on an island in the Florida Keys and all we brought to eat were Omeals. On the two-day trip, we each took five different meal choices: lunch, snack, dinner, breakfast, lunch. For the complete experience, we left without a camping stove – unnecessary weight. By the time we got to the island, 9 miles of kayaking on the ocean had us starving. We pulled the kayaks up on the sand, quickly unloaded our gear, and broke out lunch. In order to activate the heating pouch we used ocean water. Within minutes we could hear the water boiling. As I sat there listening to my lunch boil in the salt water, it hit me how much more convenient Omeals are than dehydrated meals. The last time I ate a dehydrated meal it was for breakfast on a camping trip. While it did not rain the night before, the morning dew left all the twigs and branches soaking wet. Finding dry wood for my camping stove took a long time. Once I got the water to a boil I was already cranky and had spent more time than I wished on preparing our first meal of the day. But this trip we had Omeals – we didn’t need to search for firewood or get a fire going.  We were eating lunch within minutes.  As for the taste, I truly enjoyed the flavor and texture of each meal I tried. It did not matter if it was vegetarian, beef or chicken, all of them were good. Each one we tried, we would gladly eat again.   There is however, a trick to make sure the food gets fully and evenly heated. I figured this out since the first few meals, while mostly hot, had some cool spots. That being said, to ensure my entire meal was nice and hot, I very carefully (do this at your own risk) removed the pouch out of the bag after a couple minutes of sitting in the boiling water. To protect my hands I wrapped the pouch in a small towel and mixed the food by squeezing it in different places. Once mixed, I place the pouch back into the bag for a few more minutes. Perfectly heated all the way through.  All in all, we loved our Omeals. There is something special about being able to prepare a hot meal in minutes while in the middle of the ocean on a kayak. Preparing each meal was actually an experience in itself – fun to hear the water boil with such little effort. I am glad I got to try them, and will absolutely be taking Omeals with me on future trips.  
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Southeastern Expeditions – Two Day White Water Rafting & Camping Trip

If you are anything like me, then you live for those days at the end of the week where an alarm clock need not exist. A self proclaimed weekend warrior trying to make the best of the precious time outside the 9 to 5. After a long week these sacred two or three days are meant to relax, get outside and hang out with friends and family. On some days off I am perfectly content doing nothing at all, but there are many times I itch for adventure.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

For The Camper…

…who needs a lightweight water purifier that has your H2O gunk-free in 15 seconds | Grayl Ultralight Purifier Bottle | $59.50

…who is always playing Trunk Tetris with their camping equipment | LEKI Sub 1 Folding Camp Chair | $110

…who can’t quite afford that RV yet | VW Volkswagen T1 Camper Van Camping Tent | $349.95

…who needs an easy way to bring fuel along for that morning hike | MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker | $59.90

…who low-key wants to have one of their wildlife photos published in National Geographic |  Dolica Ultra Compact Tripod | $65.24

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Grayl Ultralight Giveaway!

Want a Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier of your own?

We’re currently having a contest and giving one away!

To enter, all you have to do is follow us on Instagram and tag at least two friends in our launch post! Click here to follow us and tag your friends. Good luck!

Contest ends on September 29, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. We will announce the winner live on our Instagram account on September 30, 2017.

Good luck and help us spread the word!

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How To Survive A Hurricane Using Your Camping Gear

I was joking with a friend the other night that I don’t like surprise camping. When I’m gearing up for a weekend in the woods, I’m in the mindset of having zero power and getting bit by no-see-ums with a cold beer in my hand. Completely cool with roughing it.

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Can’t Sleep? Go Camping.

Fix Your Internal Clock By Going Camping

The disconnect between Mother Nature and humans has plagued our sleep cycle since Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb.

If you feel restless during the hours when your head is supposed to hit the pillow, you’re not alone. Artificial light leaves us feeling unrested. Twenty seven percent of American adults report that they have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights, according to a 2016 Consumer Reports survey. Of the 4,023 participants included, 68 percent struggled with sleep at least once a week.

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Summer Giveaway! Enter To WIN The Velocity Grill

For the first time ever, CampingIsEasy.com is giving away a brand new Velocity Grill to one lucky winner (a $280 Value). The Velocity Grill is not like any other grill on the market. Don’t miss this opportunity to win! Read our review to learn more.

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The Lost Art of Star Navigation

“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Nearly a thousand years ago, the primitive Māori departed eastern Polynesia on canoes. Becoming the first on the island, they arrived on the empty shores of what is now known as New Zealand over the course of two decades without the aid of instruments or tables. Instead, they relied on the stars, weather patterns and currents to find their way.

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10 Survival Myths That Will Get You Killed

“Nature is an outcry, unpolished truth; the art—a euphemism—tamed wilderness.” 

― Dejan Stojanovic

 

When caught in a real-life snowstorm, there is no Saint Bernard waiting to bound up to you with a cask of warming whiskey around its neck. Also, your cat would 10/10 eat your face if left alone with your corpse. Do you really think a bear is going to be picky?