Gear Review: How Does the SteriPen UV Water Purification System Work?


The Steripen is a UV water purification system.  It’s a small hand-held device that emits UV rays to purify water by killing bacteria, protozoa and viruses.  It takes 4 AA batteries and weighs about 5 ounces.  The Steripen UV water purification system is one of the best ways to completely purify water while camping and […]

Gear Review: Pros and Cons of The Lifestraw Water Filtration System


First developed in 2005, the Lifestraw was originally designed to filter out micro organisms from water in sub saharan Africa.  It was created as part of an initiative to help the world’s poor get access to clean water.  Today Lifestraw-brand products are being used in water projects in over 64 countries.  Okay, that’s enough on […]

Gear Review: What Kind of Backpack to Buy? Top Loader vs Side Loader


If you’re thinking of quitting your job and hitting the road in hopes of a more fulfilling life, then the first thing you’ll need is a good backpack to transport all your crap around the world.  As you start shopping for packs you’ll eventually notice that there are a variety of sizes, colors and brands…each […]

Gear Review: How to Set Up and Take Down The Coleman Pop-Up Tent

Coleman Tent

If you’re like me, the most annoying part about camping is putting up and taking down the tent.  So rather than fumble with all those poles and pegs, I decided to streamline my camping experience and buy a “pop-up tent”.  The idea here is to have a tent that can be set up and taken […]