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. 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 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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Native American Fry Bread Recipe

Fry breads ready

This bread is an easy and delicious one that pioneers learned from contact with Native Americans. It did not require yeast – simply the flour, salt and baking powder from their staple supplies and some oil in which to fry it. The secret is in not over-kneading the dough otherwise …

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How to make Traditional Corn Dodgers

Corn dodgers

Well, there really is no one-and-only traditional recipe to share. The pioneers were out on the trail so they made do with what they had, and families developed their own methods. Corn dodgers basically included the staples that were carted along in the wagon – cornmeal, salt and some bacon …

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How to Make Pinole – Bug Out Bag Food

pinole porridge

When the pioneers crossed America they encountered local tribes, many of whom used pinole. The Mexicans also used pinole – and the tradition has been kept alive in these cultures, resulting in delicious yet healthy food for survivalists, and anyone in fact who would like to try pinole. photo by …

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