Making a DIY Portable Wine Cooler for Camping

portableReuniting with the nature like camping is an exciting adventure. Spending some time with the great outdoors is a refreshing way to unwind and take a break from the noise, pollution and stress from our everyday lives.

And while majority of the camping public choose to stock up some beer and Gatorade, wine enthusiasts like us are different by opting for a little ‘winey’ camping experience.

By that said, it will be sad if we are just going to toss some warm glass of wine because we haven’t thought of bringing some wine cooler. That would really stress up what’s supposed to be a ‘stress-free’ adventure. Now, these DIY tricks for having your wine served at the right temperature.

Step 1 Choose an Icebox

Bringing simple plastic coolers are not so ideal in a camping because of their solid lids and thin foam lining are not capable of keeping your drinks cold for quite a while. The most reliable and practical to bring is a simple icebox and you can even use it for different purposes.

First, we want to add some few features to our box to add more insulation to it. We have to consider that the more insulative the box is, the longer it will take for the ice to melt. Second, the thicker the walls of the cooler will be, the slower the heat transfer is thus, keeping the inside of the cooler much colder for long.

You also have to consider the size of the cooler to fit at the back of your car so you need to find the proper size that’s suitable for different arrangements of the ice and beverage containers. For me, I chose a box with 7” X 10.6” internal size and 10 inches in height. However, this tutorial is also applicable for different box sizes.

For the materials, I used a 1.5” EPS to achieve a 3” thickness of the walls although you can choose other thickness if you want thinner or thicker walls.

Step 2 Assembling

Cut the panel sizes with a hot wire cutter or the circular saw with your desired measurements and assemble it using polyurethane glue or anything similar in the market. They have an excellent bond strength and fill the gaps in between the edges as it expands.

Clamps are also necessary to hold the box intact while the glue is not completely dry. If you don’t have clamps, tapes would be equally helpful to hold the sheets tight.

Step 3 Final Touches

Since your cooler is intended to sit in the car or outdoors during camping, it is necessary that we minimized the heat absorbed by the box through giving it a reflective surface. The cheapest way to do this is to cover the entire surface of the box with an aluminized mylar sheet also known as emergency or space blanket. This material is only very cheap and is very effective if you can’t put your cooler in the shade.

To properly attach it, you will have to spray some adhesives like 3M Spra-Ment. Remember that not all spray adhesives are applicable for foam boards. Once all the films cover your improvised cooler, you can secure all the edges with a clear adhesive tape to reinforce all the corners.

Step 4 Ready to Use!

Once everything has been assembled, it is important to let the box air out before using it. Then your specially made wine cooler is now ready for testing. There are also some really nice wine coolers at winecoolerlab.com

There could also be some ways you can keep your wine or other beverages cold. One natural and easy way is to dip the wine bottle in a nearby river for some time to let it cool before drinking it. But you have to make sure to never let the mouth of the bottle touch the water to prevent it from getting contaminated. Tying it off on a nearby tree could do the trick to keep the bottle steady and spout up.

While for those who can’t find some stream or river nearby, letting it rest under the shade for some hour would also be applicable. What’s important is you enjoy this entire camping escapade with someone even more important than sipping a nice cold wine.


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Hunting Fun on Outdoor Channel! Hunting Gear and Protection

Hunting is fun and a great way to involve your family or friends in the wild gaming experience. As long as you have the right gun and gear, your outdoor time can be quite amazing. Shooting using a gun will definitely produce sound, and that is why you will need ear protectors such as earmuffs to prevent impact on your hearing. Experienced hunters know the right shooting protection devices, although they come in different types. Young hunters can use light guns such as pellet guns because they have less nasty kick, and huntingproduce low sound ensuring you will not feel your head ringing afterwards.

We understand hunting enthusiasts are familiar with several safety measures while undertaking their activities. Nevertheless, new hunters may lack enough basic knowledge about protecting their hearing when hunting. This article will remind you about shooting earmuffs, and then we shall highlight a few guidelines on hearing protection while hunting. A good way to protect your gear is to have a sturdy tactical backpack.

 

Choosing Shooting Earmuffs

Noise from gunfire can cause immediate or even permanent hearing damage. Hearing loss may start with ringing in the ears, a condition known as tinnitus. If you have been hunting without ear protection and your hearing is still intact, it does not mean you are already safe next time. Any sound over 85dB is dangerous, and most shots produce average of 150dB. Therefore, wearing ear protection is very necessary no matter how often you go hunting.

Gunshots surpass the normal hearing level that we should be exposed to. The sound is measured in terms of decibels (dB). A person addressing public congregation registers about 60 decibels, while a vehicle engine ranges from 70 to 90 decibels. Gunshots exceed 100 decibels, usually 140 to 150 decibels. Such a loud sound is harmful to the human ear and can cause permanent hearing loss. According to experts, any sound exceeding 100 decibels is harmful and can damage ears.

New hunters usually get basic safety tips which include hearing protection. There are different kinds of hearing protection devices. The quality of each is different from one another, but your choice depends on budget and preference. But we all know that quality of a product is directly proportional to its price. This means the higher the price, the more quality of the item. Below are the three main hearing protection options for hunters.

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Options of Hearing Protection

Ear Plugs:

Ear plugs are the least expensive, and they are available in most local shops. Since they are inserted into the ears, a number of people may not prefer using them. They also don’t allow the hunter to hear the magnitude of the noise, and probably you may not know if an animal is close.

Passive Earmuffs:

Passive earmuffs are like headphones, but they are more improved than earplugs. They usually have a protective layer, suitable for a better hunting experience. They mold around the head and cover the ears fully, hence enhancing hearing protection. Passive earmuffs are more comfortable, and block sound completely. While wearing these hearing protectors, you cannot converse with someone else.

Electronic Earmuffs:

Electronic earmuffs are most expensive compared to both earplugs and passive earmuffs. They are highly preferred by many professional hunters because they filter sound and the user can converse with other people. Electronic earmuffs allow a hunter to hear the magnitude of the noise, and can even know when an animal is close. Gunshot sound is dampened such that your hearing is protected, and still, you can communicate with ease. For serious hunters, electronic earmuffs are the best option to include in your hunting kit.

Hearing Protection Tips When Hunting

WearPlug.com states that for the best ear protection, electronic earmuffs are good for hunters, as they allow the user to communicate and know the amount of noise produced after shooting. You can even hear any form of movement made by an animal, hence prevent missing your hunt. Earplugs and passive earmuffs are only fit to use whenever you are preparing to shoot. This is because they cancel all sounds around you, and probably you may not hear that deer near you.

If you are hunting together with friends, using electronic earmuffs is the best idea. Remember, someone will shoot immediately after spotting an animal and gunfire near you may impact your hearing. If you just have earplugs or passive earmuffs and you are hunting as a group, consider wearing them in advance. However, you can agree to notify each other whenever an animal is spotted. This will enable the next person to insert the earplugs before shooting is done.


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Keep Warm in the Wilderness With a Camping Space Heater

The cold winter season is coming up and if you are a devoted camping enthusiast, you probably wouldn’t want to pause your camping trips till the warm months come. Of course, for winter camping you will need a four season tent, a good sleeping pad that would insulate the cold coming from the ground, and a very warm sleeping bag to keep you warm on those chilly nights. But to really improve your camping experience and if you really don’t like to be cold, you can add a space heater to your camping essentials list.

Since you won’t have a power supply line to connect your heater, instead of the home electrical heater you will need a propane space heater or a portable kerosene heater. If your campground will be offering an electrical line then of course you can also consider an electrical heater. Choosing the best camping space heater, one important thing to keep in mind is safety. If you plan to place the heater in the tent, you need to be sure that your tent has enough space for it and that the walls won’t be too close to each other.

Another important feature for camping heaters it portability. That’s why propane and kerosene heaters are the better option here. To have them powered and running you don’t need any cord connected to it, so you can take it anywhere with you. You can keep it in the tent to warm it up before you go to sleep, or give you heat when you wake up, or take it outside to keep your family warm in the chilly weather as you gather around for dinner or lunch. With a good variety of options available, you can find a model that would suit your preference and needs. You can find more compact or more powerful units.

If you are a backpacker, you obviously wouldn’t include a heater to your gear list as it will add too much additional weight and you want your backpack to be as lightweight as possible. But on the other hand, if you are car camping and driving directly to your campsite, then a camping space heater can be an excellent addition, if not a must have item.mr. heater big buddy

My camping heater of choice and one that I have been using for many years is Mr Heater Big Buddy. Mr Heater brand has a series of tent heaters and this model is one of the biggest among them. The highest setting of the unit offers 18,000 BTUs, which is the power enough to heat up about 400 square feet. I’ve got a big family and so accordingly I also have a big family tent. The high power of this propane heater is perfect to keep the large space inside our tent comfortably warm. The lowest setting of the heater is 4,000 BTUs.  I decided to purchase it after reading some nice reviews on www.homeair.org

Alternatively, if you have a small tent, you can opt for the standard Buddy model. Its highest setting is equivalent to the lowest of the Big Buddy’s.

For even distribution of the heat and for keeping all the corners of the tent equally warm, the Mr Heater heaters feature a fan blower system. To keep your mind at ease, the units are also equipped with essential safety features.


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Battery Operated Blenders – The Perfect Solution for Healthy Meals While Camping

Many of us have gotten used to having a blender in the kitchen and it has become one of the most essential tools there. The blenders today keep developing and giving us new options. We are given more blending options and evolving functions. From the many options we can also choose either a basic blender, a blender food processor combo or even a battery operated blender. If you are an avid traveler and camper, then a portable battery operated blender can be very handy. With such a blender you can enjoy a nice smoothie or a strawberry daiquiri or some other blend right in the outdoors. This blender you can take anywhere with you, be it camping, tailgating or picnicking.

coleman-battery-poweredAmong the best battery operated blenders, stands out the Coleman rechargeable portable blender. This unit was designed specifically to fit the needs of campers, mariners, tailgaters and of those who use it at home. It’s lightweight and incorporates a durable and powerful motor. It’s convenient for camping, as it offers many functions for preparing a variety of blenders and its lightweight makes for convenient portability.Full charge takes about 24 hours and this will give enough power to make about 20-30 pitchers of blends. The full pitcher is 48 ounces and you can measure your mixture using the measurement markings on the container.

Another popular battery operated blender is Margaritaville DM-900 Frozen Concoction Maker. It also operates without any battery-operated-blendercord. You just charge the 18-volt Ni-Cd battery pack and then you can use the charge to blend up to 80 drinks. It’s the perfect choice for those who love frozen drinks. It shaves ice and prepares your favorite drink. You can also create your perfect consistency for your taste by switching the shave only or the blend only controls. The 36 ounces container can prepare up to three drinks in one blend. The pre-programmed settings of the blender also include options for you to choose to prepare either one, two or three drinks in one cycle. You can read more about battery powered blenders on Blender Judge.

Battery powered blenders are obviously not something that you could include into your backpacking gear. But if you are car camping, it can be a great addition to your cooking gear. They are great and extremely convenient for making various blended drinks, but also can be a big help in preparing different foods. Their functions allow more versatility in cooking camping dinners and lunches.If you follow a healthy diet, then a battery powered blender can become a useful tool that would help you stick to it even when away from the city utilities. You can fully charge it and operate the unit on batteries your whole camping trip. With the unit at hand, you can always prepare any healthy smoothie or shake in just a matter of seconds and then enjoy it as you sit with your family around the fire.

The models we have mentioned are the most popular models of this kind of blenders and which are perfectly suitable for taking camping or other outdoor activities. With a battery powered blender you get the convenience of preparing your favorite meals and drinks anywhere you go. They are compact, so you easily through it in the car with your other camping gear and essentials. This type of blenders is also quite affordable, but this doesn’t mean that they are less durable and not as powerful. Coleman and Margaritaville, especially, are designed for heavy use and offer good durability. You can check more blender reviews on www.blenderjudge.com


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Choosing a Family Camping Tent

Tents are available in all shapes and sizes. In all the stores and catalogs you will find a wide variety of options. But the right one for you might not work for someone else. So choosing the perfect tent for your family, you should first check its certain features and consider several factors.

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Size

The most important feature of the tent is its size. You can find tents sized as two man, one man, four man and so on. However, it’s always better to choose a tent that is sized for at least one person more, better two, than you plan to fit in. The size rating of the tents means only the number of people you can cram into it without also offering any extra space that could be used for gear for example. So there’ll be four of you, it’s best to have a four man tent. A four man tent might fit comfortably four people only if there are two adults and two very small kids. Each person should have at least 30 square feet of floor space.

If you are camping with your kids and camping by car, you can choose a bigger tent, since you won’t have the issue of carrying the heavy load. There are many space tents that will give not just enough space for comfortable sleep, but also enough extra space to store your gear, for the kids to play and to stand up in full height.

Shape

family-tentThere are various standard tent shapes, such as dome, A-frame and others. The most common shape is probably the dome shape. It’s constructed using two or more poles that are intersected and form a round or square form. They usually offer quite good space inside, offer great strength and are not that heavy. They also offer good overhead room, so in some of them you can comfortably stand up.

The A-frame tents feature a two-legged frame at the outer ends, so the interior has triangular space. It provides good headroom, but the poles are quite heavy, which is required for rigidity. This shape is becoming less popular.

 

Fabric

Most of the tents you will find now are made of nylon. It’s a strong material that well withstands the weather. The waterproofing feature is provided by the coated nylon. Check that the tent has good ventilation, for which it should have windows made of nylon mesh. The floor of the tent should be made of stronger and rip-stop fabric.

Weather

Different weather conditions will have different demands on the tent. Strong winds will require the tent to have sturdy poles and strong fabric. Rainy weather requires good waterproofing. So get a tent that has a rain fly and it will protect you from both rain and sun. The floor should also be made of coated nylon and keep the tent dry inside.

If you will be camping in cold weathers with snow, then a better option would be a mountaineering tent or a three-season tent. For cool weather you can also consider a smaller tent, as your body heat will keep it warmer inside than with a bigger tent. However, you might consider using a tent heater. In this case a bigger tent would be more suitable, as in a small tent having it will not be as safe due to the closeness of the walls.

Seams

For the strength and protection of the tent, it should also be reinforced with nylon tape. The stitched tape into each seam makes it stronger and extra weatherproof. For it to be also waterproof, the seams should also be sealed.

Poles

Mostly you will find that all the poles of the tents are made from fiberglass or aluminum. Also, usually the poles are linked with an elastic shock cord, which makes it easy for setting them up together for putting up the tent.

Cost

One more thing to consider is your budget. For a higher price you can find a stronger tent that is made of thicker fabric, stronger poles and is more protected for different weathers. It will be able to better withstand heavy rain and strong winds. Generally they will last longer and will be in your use for many years.

However, if you are just starting out, you might want to start with a less expensive tent. Most likely your first trip will be during a warm season and with some “civilization” close by. After you gain some experience of the outdoors, you can upgrade to a more advanced and a more expensive tent.

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How to Select the Right Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

When you are advised to the right classification, try on a few sets. Most runners need to go up a half size from their road shoes, taking into account one-fourth to a half inch of squirm room in the toebox. While you need to have the capacity to move your toes around, make sure your heel is cozy and secure, avoiding any slippage that is unnecessary.

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As a result of different foot shapes, shoe companies have created models to suit runners of all types. In the selection procedure, make sure to adjust your foot type to the best possible shoe classification. Level footed harriers have a tendency to incline toward a higher stability shoe, as they help avert overpronation. Nonpartisan runners can frequently keep running in numerous sorts of footwear, however most often go for a moderate stability shoe. Runners with high curves are most recommended to go for a padded shoe, giving padded sole cushioning flexibility.

If ever you have plantar fasciitis you realize that you can’t ignore the consistent foot pain. Whether you go running or just to get goods from the grocery store. Whatever you do, any place you go, it tails you. In basic words, it makes your life living more difficult than it already is. That matters a considerable measure particularly if you love running. The best weapon you have against it are quality running shoes specifically designed for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis is fundamentally viewed as a condition where the fascia is liable to excess load and reacts with physiological changes and pain. The sole point is to diminish load on the plantar fascia through footwear choice. This may be a piece of the administration of the condition however can demonstrate exceptionally supportive in lessening side effects particularly in the intense stages.

There are 3 grounds to how you can choose the right pair for Plantar Fasciitis: reduce achilles load; support the arch and reduce effects of the ‘windlass mechanism’.

running with plantar faciitisReduced Achilles Load

Extra load on the calf complex and Achilles tendon has been associated with excess load on the plantar fascia. Utilization of a heel raise has been indicated to diminish Achilles load. The hypothesis then, is a shoe with a reasonably high heel section and heel to toe drop ought to help diminish weight on the plantar fascia.

Supporting the Arch

Research has demonstrated that supporting the curve utilizing orthoses can be successful as a part of managing plantar fasciitis. No doubt then that a shoe that joins curve support may offer assistance and comfort. On a useful clinical note is that inflexible curve supports sometimes aggravate side effects because of weight over the delicate plantar fascia, so a padded curve support may be a good decision.

Windlass Mechanism

The point here is to diminish great toe dorsiflexion by selecting a shoe with a genuinely firm unbendable toe section as opposed to one that allows a considerable measure of movement. Late research analyzed extra toe dorisflexion during strolling. They thought about extent in a standard shoe, the shoe in addition to a firm carbon fiber insole and range when barefoot. Normal great toe dorsiflexion was 28.2° in a standard shoe, this dropped to 24.1° with the expansion of the insole. Whether this is clinically significant and what constitutes a ‘standard shoe’ is difficult to tell from this study on only 10 subjects, none of which had plantar fasciitis. One fascinating discovering however was that, when barefoot, normal toe expansion is higher at 48°, almost twofold the range seen with a standard shoe with insole. This has suggestions for barefoot running where you may expect extra load on the plantar fascia from increased toe extension. Be that as it may it is critical to take note of the limitations of this study, not least the way that it’s looking at walking not running.

Features that good Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis should give:

Super Comfortable Cushioned Back that’ll protect your heel from future damage. This will make your feet feel comfortable.

Shock Absorption Mechanism to disseminate the force, at whatever point you strike your heel on the ground. This guarantees that any specific piece of your feet doesn’t get full effect, while you’re running.

Shoes with strong heel counters, and super adaptable toe-box. Alongside that, a firm padded sole to keep your curve at a right point.

For general maximum safety of the fragile fascia, the shoe should only be able to twist from the front half while staying inflexible at the back half.

All in all, you simply need shoes with great support and cushioning for your feet. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that you need shoes that give maximum comfort.

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