How to Pick a Great Sleeping Bag

The 3 most vital elements to a successful backpacking trip include food, water, and shelter. Part of having a decent shelter is picking a great sleeping bag. Sleeping bags come in all shapes and sizes at many different price points. Check out this guide on how to pick the right sleeping bag at the right price for your specific backpacking trip.

Three steps to picking a great sleeping bag:

Step 1: Check temperature ratings

Step 2: Check insulation

Step 3: Picking the right size and weight
Step 1: Checking Temperature Ratings One of the main purposes of a sleeping bag is to protect you from the harsh elements you may face in the wild. This is why before you go on any trip you must know the weather conditions and average climate of the region you intend to hike. Don’t march blindly into a backpacking trip.

Temperature ratings show the absolute minimum temp any sleeping bag can handle. Choosing the right sleeping bag really depends upon the location and timing of your trip. There ar…

10 Killer Winter Trips for Outdoor Adventures

Winter brings with it a whole host of conditions that either deter people from getting out of bed or invite the bold to seek out a new adventure. A couple weeks back I was one of the bold when I hit the Milwaukee Road Trail with my bike in 3 inches of power. Crisp mountain air coupled with beautiful bridges and twisted tunnels made for a sick ride in the snow. It was a fantastic trip on short notice and with almost no money out of pocket. Take advantage of the season with these 10 winter destinations perfect for outdoor adventures.

Goldbug Hot Springs, Idaho This natural hot spring sits tucked away deep in the mountains just south of Salmon, Idaho. The trail itself sits on 4 miles of pristine national forest land rarely traversed in the winter. Depending upon weather conditions visitors may need a pair of snowshoes in order to reach the springs. After clawing your way 2 miles up 1350ft of mountain terrain, reward yourself with a perfect soak in the hot spring. Camping is permitted as…

How to Plan Your First Backpacking Trip

Planning your first backpacking trip can be a daunting task. I still remember my very first trip like it was yesterday. The first few days were great. We made fantastic time and we stayed on target to finish 25 miles in 4 days.

Then on the last day we took a wrong turn. We ended up miles off our course on the wrong side of the mountain in the middle of a downpour. Luckily we found a campground with a 24-hour laundry mat that offered shelter for the time. Finally we made contact with our drivers and scheduled a pickup for 2am. A lot of trouble could have been avoided through more careful planning.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." – Lao Tzu On the flip side, you can never really be completely prepared for every situation. But you can take certain steps to put yourself in the best position for success. It all starts with 3 simple steps.
Build an experienced squad Plan a simple route Pick your gear Step One: Build an Experienced Squad, Your A-Team

How to Pick a Great Backpacking Tent

Shelter on a backpacking trip can make or break your experience. Take time to pick the right tent for the right reason at the right price. Your shelter, your pack, and your tent will weigh the most on your trip. 5 things to consider before picking your next tent:

Best Thanksgiving Day Parades

Before you enjoy that tantalizing turkey or mama’s sweet apple pie, take some time to soak up that holiday spirit at a Thanksgiving parade full of comic book heroes, marching bands, fantastic floats, and of course giant floating turkeys. Here are some of the best parades across the United States.

New York City Travel Guide

The Big Apple, The Capital of the World, The City So Nice, They Named It Twice—call it what you will, NYC is the land of unlimited potential. You could explore the streets and boroughs for a lifetime and still not experience everything the city has to offer. From fine arts to food, fashion to entertainment, history to hotels, NYC has it all. While New York has a reputation for a city that can destroy your budget, deals abound if you know where and how to look.

Typical Costs
Budget Tips
Typical CostsHostels: You can find some 6-bed dorms for as little as $25-35 a night. Typical 2-4 bed dorms are around $75-1oo a night. This is your best bet if you are looking to save money. Unfortunately, opportunities for hostels are slim in NYC. Dorms are a smart way to save money.

Budget hotels: Don’t expect to find a livable hotel room in Manhattan for under $100 a night. Even the cheapest hotels with a simple bathroom will be $100-150 a night. Travelers looking to save should consider stay…

Bedtime Blues: How Do You Get Better Sleep?

If you’re like me sleep is pure fuel—without it, I walk around like a lost zombie. With it, I feel like a million bucks. In a world full of caffeinated beverages, constant phone alerts, and social media it can be hard to get quality sleep. But it all starts with being aware of your needs. This article will help you discover how much sleep you truly need, what could be stopping you from getting that sleep, and practical techniques for getting better rest.

Part 1: Importance of sleep
Part 2: Personal sleep needs
Part 3: Sleep time recommendations
Part 4: Sleep debt
Part 5: Techniques for improved sleep
Part 6: Sleep disorders Why Do I Need Sleep? The average human spends 1/3 of their life asleep. Yet many individuals do not understand why the body needs rest. Rest is just something you do without much thought. It happens almost automatically. And yet few other activities benefit the body with so little effort.

When you sleep your brain enters into recovery mode, helping you unwind an…