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Category: Travel

Travel is a lot of things to a lot of people. It can include things like local travel, cross-country travel, foreign travel, adventure travel, overlanding, thru-hiking, backpacking, and everything in-between. Join us as we cover it all through trip reviews, adventure ideas, tips, techniques and more.

everyday carry tourniquet

Should I carry a tourniquet?

It can be a pain to carry all the stuff we “need” on a daily basis, but the weight and bulk can add up. If it becomes too much, we start looking for stuff to leave at home based on nothing in particular other than, “What do I use the least?” While this has some merit to it, maybe we should rethink the things we leave at home in terms of how critically important they could be in the rare situation we find ourselves needing them. If you’re not carrying a tourniquet on a daily basis, we hope we can convince you to change your mind.

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How to choose a gray man backpack – 9 features to consider

We are fortunate to live in a day and age where our options for backpacks are seemingly limitless. However, this overabundance of choices can also make it extremely difficult to make a decision on what to buy. When buying a backpack with gray man use in mind, there a few features and attributes you need to be mindful of. Let’s discuss what to look for when it comes time to make that next purchase.

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Gray man communication: How to talk to anyone

You don’t have to enjoy talking to people to be able to carry on a conversation and diffuse situations. However, you should be good at it. It is an important skill which is vital across numerous aspects of life. Let’s take a look at what communication is, why it is important, and a few of the techniques you can utilize if the need ever arises.

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Gobi gear segsac traveler 18.5l

Gobi Gear SegSac Traveler 18.5L Stuff Sack – What fits inside?

A stuff sack is a great option for lightweight travel, from going on a cross-the-world flight or spending time camping to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. To make using them even easier, GOBI GEAR created a segmentation system that creates five compartments in each stuff sack. Let’s take a look at how to organize and fit in enough gear for a multi-day trip into an 18.5L size stuff sack.

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How to build a Tier 2 Secondary EDC Kit

Secondary EDC is gear that is carried in a separate bag or container but is still with you as you go about day-to-day life. Learn about this second tier of EDC and get inspiration on what types of gear you should consider as you build a kit unique to you.

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Easy make-ahead camping pancakes

If you’re overloading, car camping, or taking a short backpacking trip, good food is important. We wanted to share one of our go-to recipes for camping pancakes. Made from ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen, you’ll be surprised at how easy these are to make.

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Traveling as a gray man

Maybe you live in a safe neighborhood in safe town, and you try to be prepared for what can come your way. But, the reality is no matter how “safe” you feel, bad things happen all the time. Learn what travel means to a gray man and how you can be better prepared as you move from one place to another.

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6 Tips on how to cross an international border

You’ve got a lot of valuable gear that is critical for your trip and you are entering a country with people that have the authority to not let you enter. They can go through and confiscate your stuff, and even have the authority to detain or arrest you. It’s serious and should be taken that way. But, what can you do to make your border crossing much easier? Here are six lessons we’ve learned when crossing a border, specifically in developing countries.

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Raft Grand Canyon National Park

Love adventure travel? Raft the Grand Canyon

Option Gray founder Cody Martin takes us through his trip rafting the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. He calls it a five-year trip. Why? Because this “once in a lifetime/bucket list/you have to do this trip” could easily be yours if you put a little bit of cash away every month. Any dream is not unreachable … It’s setting and achieving small goals, which ultimately allow you to achieve the big goal. Follow along with his recount of the trip, and get inspired to start planning yours.

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