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A Style-Guide To A Cooler Backyard

Posted on: June 18th, 2014 by Quik Shade

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Have you always wanted to do something with that big backyard you have, but were never really sure what exactly that change might be? It doesn’t even have to be a big back yard, just something that you know you can work with but haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. With a bit of know-how, the right people, and a bit of an investment, you can have one of those cool backyards that people enjoy coming of to your house to hang out in. Here is a brief list of some of the things you can do in order to get that backyard you want, the one that you can entertain guests and just kick back in and enjoy. It may take some time and some money, but in the end it will be worth it.

Start with the Perimeter

Details make all of the difference, and such as a great frame makes that masterpiece painting all that much better, so does the peripheral of your backyard. Take a look at your fence and the condition your house is in, and the garage or tool shed if you have it. It’s hard to have a nice backyard with a dilapidated fence that could fall over in the next strong wind, and a house where the paint is peeling and the trim is chipped. Get to work there first.

Once your fence is in good order and same with the house (or id that is the case already) then take a look at the plants around the backyard. Should they be removed? Changed? Trimmed back? Can you add more? Some people like to set up potted plants and accessories like hanging lamps or maybe something like a garden gnome… just to give the place some character. Be creative with it!

A Patio

It is actually not too common for someone to have a patio of any kind in their backyard. This is not including concrete walking spaces or areas you can set up a table to two… but a bona fide wooden patio. If you already have one, what condition is it in? Does it need to be painted, sanded, or replaced entirely? This is the main area in which you will be hanging out and entertaining guests at, so it needs to shine. Again, adding some accessories like hanging or potted plants or what have you will only make the area better.

Take a look at the chairs, tables, awnings, and other things you have out there. To keep things linear,  ask yourself if the color of the patio furniture matches the house? The fence? Should they be replaced? Paying attention to those kinds of details will make your backyard more inviting and comfortable to be in.

Tables, Chairs, Plants, Oh My!

If you cannot afford a patio, then work with the space you have. Set aside an area for the a tables chairs, and the canopy. Make sure you have a canopy for those hot sunny days, and even those rainy ones where you still want to go outside and enjoy the weather but not get wet.

Setting aside an area can also be used with things like potted plants. You could even build something like a small fence and have some plants growing through it to give the sitting area an enclosed feeling while keeping it pretty and fresh at the same time.

Et Cetera

Once the details are taken care of, the fence is mended, the house has been cleaned and/or painted, the tables and chairs are out, the plants are watered and everything is where it should be, take a step back and ask yourself what is missing. Do you want to add a firepit? A barbecue? Maybe a walkway from the backdoor to the seating area with some of those solar-powered lights to illuminate the pathway? Something like that. The possibilities are infinite and all it takes is time and some creativity and it will all come together, maybe even better than you thought it would. 

Three Great BBQ Recipes For Ribs

Posted on: June 16th, 2014 by Quik Shade

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Sweet Cola Ribs

The preparation time for this recipe is 15 hours, but it’s worth it. Get started in the morning so when dinner rolls around you’re ready. It should serve about 4 people. First, for the sauce, In a saucepan, over medium heat, add in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add in these ingredients:

  • – 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • – 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • – 2 cups of ketchup
  • – 1 can of cola
  • – ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • – 2 Tablespoon (TBSP) of brown sugar
  • – ½ TBSP of fresh ground black pepper
  • – ½ TBSP of onion powder
  • – ½ TBSP ground mustard
  • – ½ TBSP of lemon juice
  • – 1 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce

After you have added all of those ingredients, bring it to a boil. Reduce the head to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

To make the dry rub, whisk all these ingredients together in a small bowl:

  • – 2 TBSP of salt
  • – 2 TBSP of brown sugar
  • – 2 TBSP of garlic powder
  • – 2 TBSP of onion powder
  • – 1 TBSP of ground cumin
  • – 1 TBSP of chili powder
  • – 1 TBSP of black pepper
  • – 2 racks pork spare ribs (about 3 pounds each)

Rinse and dry the ribs you are going to use and then place them on a clean cutting board. Pull off the membrane and trim off the excess fat. Liberally seasons both sides of the ribs with the rub you just made. Wrap them with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge for about 12 hours so that the rub gets into the meat as much as possible.

Preheat your grill to 250 degrees F. Use hickory and charcoal, and set up the grill for indirect heat. Place the ribs, meatier side down away from the coals. Cook them for 1 hour and 15 minutes for an even cook. Then coat the ribs in the Cola Sauce and cook for another 20 minutes. Be sure to save some of the sauce for dipping!

Backyard Baby Back Ribs

This takes about 2 and a half hours to cook with an overnight prep, and it serves about 8. First off, you’re going to need about 4 ½ pounds of baby back pork ribs, or 2 full racks. Start by placing each rib rack on an extra-wide, heavy duty sheet of aluminum foil. The sheet should be 4-inches wider than the racks at each end. Season the racks thoroughly with kosher salt.

You’re going to need a rub, of course:

  • – 1 ¼ cup of dark brown sugar
  • – ¾ cup of chili powder
  • – ¼ cup of garlic powder
  • – 2 TBSP of ground thyme
  • – 1 TBSP of cayenne pepper
  • – 1 TBSP of allspice

Take 3 tablespoons of the rub and sprinkle it on the racks. Turn the ribs meat side down and tightly seal each foil pouch, then put them in the fridge overnight on a half sheet pan.

The next day, when you’re ready to go, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Combine ½ cup of orange juice, not fresh squeezed, and margarita mix in a measuring cup. Open an end of each pouch and divide that mixture between them evenly. Reseal and place them with the sheet pan in the oven for 2 hours.

After that is up, remove the pouches from the oven and open them on one end, pouring the remaining liquid in a heatproof measuring cup. Reseal them and put them in the fridge for about 8 hours along with the cup. Once this is done, the fat from the liquid would have solidified at the top of the cup so you can remove it. Transfer the remaining liquid to a saucepan and add ⅓ cup of honey, ⅓ cup of ketchup, 1 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of espresso powder, and ⅛ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Whisk it all to mix it up. Set over a medium high heat and reduce to a glaze for 10 minutes.

Set a gas grill to medium high heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Cut each slab in half and place them on the grill, flesh side down. Close the lid and reduce the heat to medium. Let them cook for 3 minutes, then flip them. Do this two more times. After this is done, cut them up, add them and the liquid you made into a bowl and toss them to get them covered, then serve.

Tyler’s Ultimate Barbecued Ribs

You’re going to need kitchen twine and a broiler for this one.

Ingredients:

  • – 2 slabs of baby back ribs, or about 3 pounds.
  • – Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • – Extra-virgin olive oil
  • – 2 slices of bacon
  • – 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • – ½ an onion
  • – 3 smashed garlic cloves
  • – 2 cups of ketchup
  • – 2 TBSP of Dijon mustard OR 1 TBSP of dry mustard
  • – 1 cup of peach preserves
  • – 2 TBSP of brown sugar
  • – ¼ cup of molasses
  • – 2 TBSP of red or white wine vinegar
  • – 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • – 1 teaspoon of ground paprika

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Put the ribs on a baking sheet and season them with the salt and pepper, and drizzle them with the olive oil. Stick them in the oven and let them bake for 1 ½ hours, low and slow.

Meanwhile, we make the sauce. Wrap the bacon around the middle of the thyme sprigs and tie with the kitchen twine so you have a bundle. Heat a 2-count of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thyme bundle and cook for 3-4 minutes to render the bacon fat and give the sauce a nice smoky taste.

Add the onion and garlic and cook slowly without coloring for 5 minutes. Add all of the rest of the sauce ingredients and give it a good stir, then cook it on low. Cook slowly for 20 minutes to get the flavors mixed together. Put some sauce into a separate bowl for basting, and save the rest for serving.

Baste the ribs with the sauce and let them continue cooking, basting twice more over the span of 30 minutes. When they are done cooking, take them out of the oven and let them cool. When you’re ready to eat, preheat the broiler for 5 minutes and broil the ribs, basting them with sauce. They should become crisp and charred. Pick the onions and the garlic out of the sauce and serve with the ribs. 

Top Ten Items To Get For The Outdoorsman In Your Life

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Quik Shade

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Sleeping Bag Onesie

It takes the normal mummy sleeping bag and turns it into something that can be gotten around in. It has openings in the top for the arms that can zip up, the opening for the face so, you know, you can breathe at night, and the bottom is made of two slots to slip your legs in to. Then, they separate via zipper at the bottom so you can get up and walk around! Sure, it looks strange, but it is probably pretty warm and great for getting up out of the tent in the morning and heading over to the campfire without even getting out of your sleeping bag.

The BioLight Camp Stove/Charger

This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Have you ever been on a camping trip or a long hike, and your MP3 player runs out of batteries? Ever wanted to cook something AND charge your MP3 player at the same time? Well, that didn’t occur to use either, but hold the phone! With the BioLight Camp Stove/Charger, you can cook the can of noodle soup AND charge your MP3 player from the energy the heat creates at the same time. Just wrap that cord in foil so it doesn’t melt.

The Pocket Shower

This is something several people would have wanted a long time ago. This is a simple bag you will with water and hang from the branch of a tree, then twist the nozzle at the bottom and take a shower!

Fire Crystals

This isn’t something that is necessarily essential for survival, but it is pretty cool. These are little crystals that you throw in the fire and they change the colors of the fire. Tell a ghost story, and at the best part, throw some of those in and make those you are with think you have magical powers.

Inflatable Tents

Yes, they exist, and they are for the lazy. But that’s alright. These are basic tents that have no stakes or poles, and you just fill them up with air and you have some sturdy shelter for yourself out in the wild.

A canopy

This is something simple that most people overlook, wish they had when they were out camping with the family, tell themselves they are going to get once they get back down the hill, and then forget about once they get home. Get a canopy! Not ideal for backpacking, but when you’re in a campsite with the family, the kids are off on a hike and it is time to relax, you’d wished you had a canopy to set up the chair underneath so you can get back to that good book as opposed to trying to find some shade from a tree.

The Waterproof Solar Lamp

Now, one might ask… a waterproof solar lamp would be charged by the sun, but if it is waterproof, which prevents rain from damaging it, then why would the sun charge it if it is raining? Take into account those backpacking trips where you fall into the river, or a sudden rain hits (as it can in certain parts of the country) and then dissipates quickly. Waterproofing isn’t only for the rain. This thing charges in about 5 hours time, so leave it out during the day, which then leads to about 15 hours of light.

Solar Fire Starter

This simple and yet effective item is a small reflective plate with a fork poking up out of the middle of it. It looks like a small satellite dish. You put some small firestarter material in teh fork, holding it up to the intense UV rays that the dish reflects, which eventually causes it to light on fire.

A Flashlight That Lights the Way Ahead and the Path at Your Feet

For lack of a better name, this item is made to might up the path ahead of you and what is down at your feet so you don’t trip over roots are rocks while you walk at night.

Glow in the Dark Tape

This is useful for more than just camping, but is ideal for putting on things like zipperheads to the tent, your flashlight, your shoes, and maybe even laying out a path from one thing to another so you can see your path at night. Who knows?

The Most Majestic Sunsets In The World

Posted on: June 11th, 2014 by Quik Shade

the-most-majestic-sunsets-in-the-worldAmazing sunsets are things you remember. They quiet the noise in your head and make still the scene around you, giving pause to the rush that can be everyday life. Who hasn’t taken a moment to stop and take in a great sunset that is happening right there with you? Looking up and taking in the fiery colors and illuminated clouds, with the shadowy silhouettes of birds flying over and appreciating the end of the day will surely make you feel a part of the world around you.

Like viewing things such as a solar eclipse, knowing where to find the best sunsets in the world has become something that people take seriously, and make it something like a hobby. Luckily, they have amassed some good information for us to convey to you, so you can know where to go if great sunsets are your kind of thing. Let’s see where we can go around the world for that perfect sunset.

Manhattan?

Yes! Strangely enough, Manhattan has some of the most unique sunsets due to the entire city being on a symmetric grid. The sun coming through between the buildings, through the haze and reflecting off of all those windows, makes for an interesting and uniquely beautiful sunset. It is so famous that it has gained it’s own name: Manhattanhenge.

Santorini, Greece

One of the most beautiful islands in the world also hosts one of the most beautiful sunsets. Set in the famous Greek Islands, Santorini was at once a full island, but is now more of a crescent shape. Thousands of years ago, an active volcanic fissure underneath the island exploded and took away maybe half of it. The remaining part of the island is technically the edge of a crater, a very, very high one, and the Greeks build hotels and homes ontop and spreading down the inside of the crater. As a result, one gets some absolutely amazing sunsets from way up there.

U Bein Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar

When you watch a sunset from atop the world’s longest teak bridge, you get to see one of the best sunsets in the world. Set across the Taungthaman Lake, this 1.2 KM wooden bridge allows you to walk out onto what would seem to be the center of the lake to view the sunset. You will feel like you are standing on water and seeing something beautiful, which should make for an unforgettable sunset.

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Taking a trip over to Africa, we head down to one of the more stable countries on the continent to get a view of one of the best sunsets around. When the sun goes down and things take a pause, the savannah goes blood red and the sky matches it, peering through the dust and sand to taint the picture into one of true beauty. The best time to head over is July through October when the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest come to the Mara from the Serengeti.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Northern Territory, Australia

One doesn’t always have to see the sunset just in the sky. Sometimes, the sunset is best view upon something else, like a mountain or the surface of a lake… or maybe even a huge rock. The domed Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) in Australia rises up 348 meters above the desert plain, extends five kilometers beneath it and has a circumference of about 9.4 kilometers. This huge rock is part of a range of large domed rocks called The Olgas. When the sun starts to set over the Australian plains and hits these rock faces and lights them up with reds and oranges, the world quiets down and one is mystified by these ancient bodies showing off their stuff as they have done for millions of years.

10 Ways To Make Use Of Your Summer Vacation Time

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by Quik Shade

Go to the Beach
The summertime is the best time to go ahead and take a trip to the beach, with the sun and the cool offshore breeze to make one feel relaxed. Don’t forget your sunscreen, because we all know what a bad sunburn feels like. Pack up the family and invite some friends, bring the chairs, a good book, some food, maybe the boogie board… and don’t forget to bring a canopy or two to keep the sun off of you and provide a nice shady space for people to come back to.

Go For a Hike
Who doesn’t like to take a day and get away from the craziness of the city life? Going out into nature can be extremely therapeutic for you, and provide some good memories to go back to when a day at the office gets to be a tad too stressful.

Visit Some Museums
With the way the year seems to fly by and we use the weekends to relax, things like going to a good museum and seeing art or learning about something important in history seem to go by the wayside. Take some time to go out and see a local museum, learn about local history or see some good pieces of art that may affect you in a positive way.

Go Camping
When going for a hike just doesn’t cut it, try taking a trip out into the wilderness for a few days and really unwind from a busy schedule. Going out into the wilderness and experiencing the quiet, the wind through the trees, more stars in the sky than you’ve ever seen before at night, campfires, so on and so forth… all that will help one to really get back down to the ground, Make sure to pack accordingly- do some research on this if you’re inexperienced. The elements can be brutal out in the wild, especially the sun, so make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and maybe that canopy you’ve been meaning to make use of.

Visit a Resort
Although expensive, going to a resort and taking some time to really relax and have yourself be provided for is a great way to feel like you’re on top of things. Take the family to a remote or expotic location and kick back, enjoying the good food, the spa, extracurricular activities and the quiet.

Attend a Music Festival
Summer is when all the great music festivals come out and rock the town for a few days. Not only is there music, but food, things to buy and entertainment are abound. Music festivals are springing up everywhere across the country and you can easily find one that fits your tastes.

Visit Family
The years fly by and people get older. Family is important and if yours is scattered across the country or the world, make sure to take some time and go see them. The work year is busy and people seem to have less and less time for family. Make sure to take a week or two and go see them while you still can.

Visit Friends
Same with visiting family, friends can be some of the most important people in your life. Make sure to take time to see them and keep the friendship alive. Wherever they may be, go there and not only will you get to see your friends but experience a new place as well.

See The Country
On the same coin, going out and visiting places in the country where you live is something everyone should do. Too many people stay confined to their local areas and never branch out, trying and experiencing new places. Our country specifically, the United States is massive and has so many good places to go out and see. Try it out!

Try Something Daring!
Do you have a bucket list? Ever wanted to try something like hang-gliding, rock climbing, bungee-jumping, sky-diving… any of those? The summertime is a great time to get out there and try those things out. You only live once and what a story you’d be able to tell your friends if you went out there and did such adventurous things.

5 Best College Football Games To Tailgate This Season

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Quik Shade

Football Game

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Who doesn’t love a good tailgating experience? Those who don’t may have had a bad one at one point or never even tried it at all. With the trucks and the barbeques and the beer, the music, the neighbors, the fans, it is definitely a good time to be had by all. But one of the best ways to have a good tailgating party is to know where to go. The venue can make or break a tailgating scene, and it would do well to know where the best spots are in the country.

College football and tailgating have become so linked together it is almost impossible to see one without the other these days. Sure, NFL tailgating is where it started, and remains strong to this day, but the college tailgating scene is vibrant and energetic and has it’s own flavor. It might take a road trip, but hopefully it will be worth it. Here is a list of some of the best places to get your college tailgating done.

Florida State

Taking place in one of the most picturesque campuses in the country, the Florida State tailgating scene is one of the most expansive in the country. With the great weather, the beautiful sunshine, the palm trees and the enthusiastic fans, heading off to the world of Tallahassee to get the grill cooking and the canopy set up (they don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing) is guaranteed to give you one good time you will not forget.

Harvard

One might not expect Harvard to be a place to get your tailgating on, but over the years, this Ivy League college has become host to a very unique tailgating scene. One has to drop by and get set up for the competition against Yale, otherwise known as The Game. With great fans and heated games, as well as a large parking lot to set up the truck and open up the cooler, going to Harvard for your tailgating needs is a great idea and should be done at least once.

UCLA at the Rose Bowl

UCLA hosts its games in the beautiful city of Pasadena, California, at the infamous Rose Bowl. The parking lot there is massive (there are a few, even) and getting your tailgating on there is a great way to meet the locals and get to know what it is like to be a part of the Bruins fan scene. With the great weather that Southern California provides, as well as Old Town Pasadena not being too far away, this a great place to come not only to tailgate or watch a great football game, but experience a interesting local culture and a fine area to live in, with lots of history and class.

Army, West Point, New York

Once again delving into the realm of unexpected places one might find a good place to tailgate, the Army football games at the West Point Academy provide a relaxed atmosphere, one where you can join the cadets training studiously at the academy, along with their families, friends and the alumni. Despite other college campuses, the people at West Point don’t take the games as seriously. This is not to say they don’t care, but when it comes to the idea that they are going to be serving our country in the armed forces, making life-and-death decisions on the battlefield, a football game is where they go to relax and just enjoy the moment.

Arkansas

Now, there is something different and special about doing a tailgating party somewhere in the South, with a capital S. Let’s take a look here at Arkansas. The game does not confine itself to the stadium, for if one took a walk around Fayetteville on game day, you’d know that there was a game on for sure. With Southern gentility and friendliness, one is sure to have a pleasant, relaxing experience set up out under the canopy with the ice chest open down in the parking lot of the game. Try it out!

 

7 Overlooked East Coast Camping Destinations

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by Quik Shade

Camping Destinations

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The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Virginia

Claiming parts of the Appalachian Mountains, these two national forests stretch from one end of VIrginia to the other, and then down into parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. These parks are one of the best places to go if you’re looking to view some of the beautiful fall colors, spot some exotic birds or lose yourself on some beautiful, winding trails that take you to secret places to rest.

Lily Bay State Park, Maine

Located on the Eastern Shores of Moosehead Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Northeast, Lily Bay State Park is a beautiful location where one can go fishing, enjoy a 2-mile trail along a beautiful swimming beach, go boating, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, New Jersey

Encompassing 3200 square acres of wilderness, the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, this nature preserve is a great place to get away from the craziness of the New Jersey city life. WIth over 20 miles of hiking trails, year-round camp sites and locations to hook up the camper, this place will give someone a good sigh of relief when they arrive.

Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina

Located in a rustic beach setting, Myrtle Beach State Park offers 312 acres of shady, wooded areas in which one can go hiking, fishing, swimming in the ocean, and even hook up the camper if one wanted to. There are recreational piers, an interactive nature center and a tourist area known as the Grand Strand located nearby for anyone who might want to venture around and see what the place has to offer.

Anastasia State Park, Florida

The best time to camp in Florida is during the winter months. This is when it is coolest and the weather is the best for camping, as opposed to the rest of the year when it can get quite hot and humid. Anastasia State Park features 1600 square miles of wilderness, a large beach great for those long walks, a tidal salt marsh, coastal and upland maritime docking, and also an archaeological site where stone was mine to build a nearby fortress many years ago, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Blue Spring State Park, Florida

One of the larger campgrounds in Florida, Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2600 acres of land. It includes one of the largest springs in the state. Blue Spring is a dedicated Manatee refuge, and is host to one of the largest and still growing populations of West Indian Manatees. The St. John’s river goes through the park, which affords people the opportunity to fish, swim and canoe. In the spring itself, people can enjoy 73 degree water and go swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Lake Waramaug, Connecticut

For those who think that the beauty of Connecticut lies in the shores of the Long Island Sound or maybe along the banks of the Connecticut River (such as in the town of Essex), then please consider Lake Waramaug. Tucked quietly away in the Litchfield Hills, surrounded by low, quiet hills, this place is one of the most tranquil, cherished campgrounds in the state. With a total of 77 campsites located near the banks of the lake, one can take a small walk over to the waters to go fishing for bass, swimming in the clear water or take the canoe out for an early morning paddle. This is a great place to get away from it all and we recommend you go and visit it someday.

How To Survive In The Outdoors For 24 Hours

Posted on: June 2nd, 2014 by Quik Shade

Going out into the wilderness for fun and adventure is something that many of us very much enjoy doing. It is a relaxing and meditative way to get away from the hustle and craziness that is the life in civilization. But sometimes, going into the outdoors for an extended period of time or for something like a very long hike can have hazards to it.

There have been many cases throughout history of people heading out into the wilderness and getting lost, some of them unfortunately never coming back. If only they knew a few things about living in the wilderness for a short amount of time, just a few different skills one can pick up and prepare for easily, then they may have been able to make it out alive.

The Outdoors

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Be Prepared!

Being prepared is the key to survival in the wilderness. Ask any Boy Scout about this and they will surely give you an ear full. When preparing to leave on a trip, take into account all that you might come across, including an extended, unexpected, stay.

For the purposes of this article, it would be difficult to put into detail every single thing one should take in order to be fully prepared. But here we will outline the most essential pieces and ideas that one might need in order to be fully prepared.

Nourishment

Taking enough water for at least two days is a good idea. Yes, it’s heavy, but if you consider the idea of being sparing, only drinking a small amount when thirsty as opposed to large gulps, then you can make your water last a long time. Taking a water purifier is also a good idea just in case you run out. They are not really that big, nor heavy, and the water that comes from them is at least safe to drink. It may not taste great, but it will work. Taking small bits of food in a good quantity, like trail mix, energy bars, and other small things like that will help you be able to stay nourished for a good time, although starving to death in 24 hours has probably never happened.

The Elements

Keeping away from the elements is one of the most important factors when it comes to staying alive in the wilderness for 24 hours, because that is what will do the most damage. If it is hot and sunny, be sure to take sunscreen with you and know where to find shade during the day.

Take two plastic trash bags with you as well. They are compact enough to be stored in the bottom of a daypack, and will either keep the rain off of you when it starts to get wet, keep the sun off of you if utilized properly (like in a scenario where one is in the desert) and keep you warm at night.

Taking a flashlight and glow sticks are a good idea for illumination at night and possibly signaling down someone else for help. The last thing someone wants to have happen is twisting an ankle or falling down an unseen slope when moving around at night.

Be Smart!

Speaking of, when people get lost, their first instinct is to start looking for the way back, which usually gets someone more lost. If you are lost and it is getting dark, then just stay put and wait for the light to come back before trying to figure out where you are.

Some people may think that climbing a tree and trying to look around is a good idea, and in some cases it can be, but one, it is dangerous. If you fall out and break something, this is only going to make things worse. Second, most of the time if you get to the top of a tree and look around, all you see is other trees. The best way to “get up high” and see where you might be is to find a tall hill or ridge where you can get a vantage point.

Hopefully these few tips and pointers will give you an idea of how to be able to survive in the wild for at least 24 hours. Be prepared, take the elements of where you are going into consideration and don’t make things worse for yourself. If someone would like to be able to know more about this, there is a plethora of information on the web, as well as classes and books designed to help people know more about this very subject.