With the popularity of Viking life trending as of late with the successes of Vikings and Game of Thrones, gear fashioned in the Viking essence has become a hot ticket this year. The Viking style has been capturing our imaginations so much so that there might not have been a more popular halloween costume in the past few years (besides all those sketchy clowns with red balloons). With the faux reminiscence of living in more primitive days all the rage these days, authenticity becomes desire, and desire becomes reality in the marketplace.
When it comes to survival gear, a blade can go a long way toward one’s survival in most situations, and there’s no one better in the world than Sweden’s Fallkniven. Their craftsmanship, forging, finishing, and beautifying capabilities are premier and it shows in each and every one of their blades. First, I bring you their A1Pro survival blade.
As the chilly transformation from Autumn to Winter works its way across the landscape, heating becomes an important topic for all people. Personally, I live far out in the country and must rely on propane gas to get me through the winters, but since there are times when the system fails, and I must run electricity through my generator, which doesn’t handle the whole house heating system, I am always flirting with the possibility of literally being left out in the cold during the worst of the snowstorms. So, that realization has led me to research and test out alternative heating sources.
While heating my home with propane gas is not the cheapest, nor my preferred method, it is difficult to find alternatives that are sustainable and green to the earth. Sure, if I could afford a total switchover to solar panels then I would. If my home had the physical capabilities of employing a wood burner, then I would love to go that route as the smell of burning firewood is delectable and so comforting. So, since modern technology and circumstance dictate my options, I have moved toward a source of heating that is portable and easy to setup in minutes in case something happens.
Cooking is one of the great pleasures in life, not only because you’re preparing a dish to eat which brings others together, but also because cooking is one of the most therapeutic things we can do. So, if you ever find life to be too overwhelming or stressful, focus on nothing but cooking a meal for yourself, and others. Maybe it’s as simple as focusing on nothing but the task at hand, but there is indeed a healing property to cooking. Eating can also be quite therapeutic, but without the experience of preparing it yourself, the value is lessened and so is the payoff.
Functionality is to be expected but when it comes to the perfect daypack, it’s often that fashion and class are lacking more often than not. And since good looks aren’t always guaranteed when it comes to travel day bags, it can take some looking around, especially if you’re within a constricting budget. My significant searched and found her preferred day bag in the form of Madewell’s stylish Prague Satchel, which is a duffel-style bag that works great for strolls around foreign destinations.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of testing out one of the finest pieces of luggage on the market, by none other than Victorinox. Every year, the Swiss Army release new lines of knives, watches and travel gear, and from my experience, they’re always at or near the top. Top in design, construction, longevity, security, and overall quality. And I realized that this year is no different when I considered their new Lexicon Hardside collection.
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