Every once in a great while a product that I am reviewing will take me by surprise. Today, I am referring to Cinch!’s 4 Man Popup Tent… Why? Simply, because they have thought of everything. In the modern age, it’s often the most simplistic product has the greatest success. Sure, there are more extravagant tents out there on the market, but the makers of Cinch! have made this their greatest strength. Much like Apple computer and phone products, simplicity and precision is power.
As our world ever-evolves, more and more of us are coming to the realization that the quality of our food matters, and that by eating low-quality, low-nutrient, GMO/processed foods is lowering our quality and quantity of life. Studies have shown that eating these kinds of bad foods are literally shaving time off our lives, and filling us with disease. Sure, they can be tasty, and they may even make us feel full, but if you understood everything that’s going on inside you after that greasy burger, or that ramen, then I bet you (like me) would start thinking of healthier choices for a more fulfilling life, with longevity.
Greetings my fellow and passionate explorers and travel enthusiasts, today I thought it would be nice to feature something unique, something that may very well change the way you pack and travel. If you’re a backpacker, then carrying a daypack can be a lifesaver. But they can also be a pain to pack when unneeded.
A quality daypack is an important addition to any outdoorsman or camping gear list. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite experiences is trekking through the untouched wilderness. But getting out in it isn’t the same if you’re lugging around your tent, sleeping bag, food, survival gear, etc. And daypacks are even more useful if you’re a backpacker, because when you’ve got a very heavy and bulky rucksack on your back, it’s near impossible to feel comfortable touring shops or leisurely strolling around old town. For backpacking, the right kind of daypack is capable of collapsing down into a small form, so as to not use up a lot of space in your rucksack, but also to feel freeing when you breakdown your necessities and hit the town.
For me, I always carry a daypack, if I’m camping, or kayaking, or backpacking, each scenario is helped by a basic daypack, to help carry but to also keep my things safe and dry. A proper daypack typically is built strong, but very lightweight, and with few features. A daypack doesn’t need to be extravagant or a fashion statement, as they need to be strong and versatile, with just enough comfort as to not detract from ones own experience. I like my daypacks to have one open area with a few small pockets/zippered areas for organization. Some packs come with hydration wells but since I’m not a runner, I feel like that’s not a necessity for me, however if that’s a feature that appeals to you, then beautiful, because there are several styles on the market.
I’ve long been a believer in organic, non-gmo local eating, which stems from my understanding of our connection to Nature, our reliance on healthy eating of natural foods, and from the study of our modern food; it also helps that I have a few amazing (and hippie) folks in my family who share their wealth of knowledge. The year 2017 marks my first full-go, large venture into creating my own organic and completely sustainable garden, and while I’ve gone through the typical trails any first-timer goes through, I’ve also grown to deeply appreciate the natural growing process. It’s not only fulfilling to see all your hard work take shape, but there’s this amazing, special feeling that I receive from eating my own homegrown and fresh vegetables and herbs.
When I’m preparing for an upcoming trip, I always make a list of all the things I’ll need. Because without one, you can bet on me to forget something crucial. In my early days of winging my trips, where I would buy a ticket, and book the first accommodation, then head out, and wing the rest of the trip, I always forgot items, or brought too many. If I forgot things, it’s almost always more expensive to buy abroad, especially if it’s electronics. There was one time, when I started my 9-month trip in Europe that I brought way too much gear in the wrong bag, and on the first day I suffered from weight and pack straps that cut into my arms after less than an hour’s use. Not a great situation. Lists help me balance the issue of weight versus necessity. But what also helps is finding smaller, sleeker, lighter solutions that fit the requirements of the trip.
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