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Camping with Notel Mobile Sleepers

Camping with Notel Mobile Sleepers

Every summer my friends and I save our money to plan a trip to a concert series somewhere. In high school, we convinced our parents to let us take a trip to see the Vans Warped Tour. In college we would do Dave Matthews or Watershed at The Gorge. Last year we checked out the ACL music festival in Austin, Texas. (We haven’t decided if the infamous Coachella is one we want to travel to see, but it’s definitely in the options canon).

Festivals are unlike any vacation you will ever take. There’s a special bond...


Must Needs for Any Medical Emergency

Must Needs for Any Medical Emergency

I have taken many CPR and First Aid classes and refresher courses. There are procedures outlined to follow in the most perfect of situations. 

Top 7 Uses for Notel Sleepers

Top 7 Uses for Notel Sleepers

If you haven’t yet heard, Notel sleeping systems is a genius new product that is sweeping the world of car camping. It uses straps to suspend the lightweight sleeping surface from the grab bars of your SUV or truck, and gives you the room to stretch out for a comfortable, dry night’s sleep in the safety of your car. As an added bonus, the suspension allows for you to store your gear underneath the sleeper, keeping it dry and safe as well. This product is drastically improving weekend camping expeditions, but is useful in many other situations as...


There’s Only 1 Wrong Way to Build a Campfire

There’s Only 1 Wrong Way to Build a Campfire

I went camping with friends this weekend, and dug up an old cliché.

        It was pre-dinner. We brought brats. My friend’s husband went to start the fire.

        “Woah. You’re a tepee fire starter?” I was shocked.

        “What? You’re from the log cabin camp?”

        Isn’t the whole world?

        My dad taught me how to start a fire when I was ten. There was no “two schools of thought” on...


Why Tent It When You’ve Got a Car?

Why Tent It When You’ve Got a Car?

When we arrived in New Mexico it was already dark. We pulled into a camp that looked deserted, but at every turn the headlights would illuminate pods of tents clustered together.

I was a rookie. When I started firefighting, I was unaware that I could be “called out” on two to three week excursions with pieced together hand crews from around the area. This was my first roll down to the southwest, and I was terrified.  

“Does this look like a good place here?” My boss asked as he turned into an empty plot of ground...


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