Jeanie Beales

Jeanie Beales
Traveler, photographer, writer. I'm eternally curious, in love with the natural world. How people can survive in harmony with nature has fueled my food safety and survival gardening practices. At the age of 12, I found a newspaper advertisement for a 155-acre farm at a really good price and showed my parents one Sunday morning. They bought it and I happily started planting vegetables, peanuts, maize and keeping bees with the help of the local labor. Once I married wherever we moved it was all about planting food, keeping chickens and ducks, permaculture and creating micro-climates. I learned how to build wooden cabins and outdoor furniture from pallets, and baked and cooked home-grown produce, developing recipes as I went along. Over the years on numerous trips to wild places and cities I've learned all sorts of survival hacks, but there is always someone out there who can teach you a new trick so I remain an eternal student and forever humble.

Are Sleeping Bags Safe for Toddlers?

Sleeping bags are designed with a specific occupant in mind and lots will change depending on whether the occupant is a 200lb adult or a 35lb toddler. A child can sleep in an adult sleeping bag, but will the child be comfortable and safe? The short answer is no, sleeping …

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Top 5 Rooftop Tents for Camping and Survival

rooftop tent mounted on SUV

It’s easy to get tent envy when we pull into a campsite and there is that couple who pop up their rooftop tent within minutes and settle down to watch the sun slip below the horizon while sipping a glass of champagne, and popping strawberries into each other’s mouths. Meanwhile, …

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Are Sleeping Bags Fire Retardant?

If you are concerned about how flame-retardant your sleeping bag actually is, and what that little label really means in terms of protection should a fire break out in the campsite, then this article should clear up those questions. A common fear is how much time there will be to …

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Are Sleeping Bags Machine Washable?

Technically yes they are, BUT the more you wash your sleeping bag the more likely it is that the filling may shift and compress and then you lose the loft of the sleeping bag that makes it so comfy. If however it has got so grimy, and the loft isn’t …

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Can You Dry Clean a Sleeping Bag?

sleeping bag

A lot of people are wondering whether or not dry cleaning their sleeping bag is a safe and effective means of getting it ready for the next camping trick. But is it really a good idea? The short answer is No! Avoid dry cleaning because the chemicals are quite harsh …

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Kelly Kettle Full Review

kelly kettle kit

A Kelly kettle is not just another brand of electric or gas kettle, it’s a unique camping kettle that requires just a bit of grass and a few twigs to deliver boiling water in just six minutes. For anyone who has tried boiling water over a fire is a pretty …

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Top 21 Best Dog Camping Gear Items

dog on camping chair

Taking along camping items for your dog has a two-fold purpose – it makes the dog’s trip more comfortable and your own trip hassle free so you can enjoy exploring the outdoors together without glitches. The food your dog eats is not on this list – just make sure you …

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