We are always on the lookout for new, cool, and useful products we think would make hiking easier, more comfortable, and/or safer so when we learned about the Stay Alive Survival Packs we were very interested in checking one out. Stay Alive Pack's goal is simple- to help you be prepared, be proactive, and STAY ALIVE! Founder Tamar Tashdjian has traveled the world and witnessed the disparities between the rich and the poor and how that affects people's safety and well being. She also witnessed the lack of healthcare, resources, and education pertaining to surviving natural disasters and made it her goal to change that. Stay Alive Packs was founded in 2018 with the mission to provide individuals with the education and resources they need in order to survive in natural disasters and emergency situations. They produce emergency backpacks and first aid kits that are created with high-quality items that have been tested over time. Stay Alive also focuses on providing charity to groups that don’t have the resources necessary to survive emergencies.
This is a mission we can get behind 100%!
We were stoked to get our hands on their Outdoors Backpack- a perfect pack for anyone that will be headed out on a day hike. If hiking a long day hike or multiple day hike the survival kit can be moved easily to your pack of choice. We preach all the time about always carrying your 10 Essentials and this pack covers all of them and more. It is so handy to have this all in one place ready to go for your next hike. In fact, this would be a perfect pack to leave in your car at all times. The survival kit fits nicely in the pack with room to spare for snacks and other personal items. The pack itself may be simple, but what is included is amazing, especially for hikers without a ton of experience that don't know what to pack. You know you will have everything you need for an emergency with this pack.
The pack includes:
Emergency blanket: (Qty. 1)
Poncho: (Qty. 1)
Sawyer Water Filter – Mini: (Qty. 1) Also includes (1) 16 oz water pouch, (1) straw, and (1) cleaning syringe.
Lighter: (Qty. 1)
Hot Packs: (Qty. 1)
Storm proof matches: (Qty. 1 box)
Tinder: (Qty. 2)
Compass + Carabiner: (Qty. 1)
Flashlight: (Qty. 1)
AAA Batteries: (Qty. 4)
Whistle: (Qty. 1)
Para-cord 550: (Qty. 1) Includes 9 strands-7 white, 1 red tinder, 1 fish line.
Tactical knife: (Qty. 1) Features glass breaker
Ibuprofen: (Qty. 4 tablets)
Aspirin: (Qty. 4 tablets)
Non-aspirin: (Qty. 4 tablets)
Benadryl: (Qty. 2 tablets)
Burn Gel + First Aid: (Qty. 2 packets)
Hydrocortisone Cream 1%: (Qty. 2 packets)
Triple Antibiotic Ointment: (Qty. 2 packets)
Sunscreen SPF30: (Qty. 1)
Alcohol Pads: (Qty. 8)
Antiseptic BZK Towelettes: (Qty. 6)
White tape: (Qty. 1)
Exam Gloves: (Qty. 2)
Ace Bandage Wrap (Qty. 1)
Cotton Swabs: (5 half)
Band-Aids: (Qty. 15)
Scissors: (Qty. 1)
Tweezers: (Qty. 1)
Nextemp: (Qty. 2)
Safety Pin: (Qty. 2)
If a larger pack with emergency items for multiple people are needed Stay Alive Pack offers a superior pack that is bigger with more supplies. You are also able to purchase the survival kits without the packs as well. Overall, we think this is an awesome product and recommend it for all hikers. You can get your pack here.
Use code SURVIVAL10 at checkout for 10% off!
We are so excited for our next issue that will be live July 31st! Articles include:
Wild Women in Hiking with Anastasia Allison, Founder of Kula Cloth and Musical Mountaineers
The Unspoken Custom of the White Owned Wilderness
Diet Culture & Hiking
How Your Home Can Help Your Hiking
What Hiking Teaches us About Ourselves
Fall Hikes in Southern California by Scott Turner
Hiking my Feelings with Sydney Williams
And our newest addition- a series of survival articles by Duke Brady- Survivalist, Scientist, and Guide who survived both Naked & Afraid and Naked and Afraid XL!
We think this issue will be our best one yet!
Looking for a new summer hiking hat? Maybe a cute tank you can wear both hiking and out? Check out or new styles below! You can purchase them here:
Palomar Mountain State Park re-opened recently and we got a chance to head up and take a nice 6 mile hike in the fog and drizzle. For us, it was perfect hiking weather as we head into another hot Southern California summer. If you’d like to hike Palomar Mountain State Park, check out Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park’s website for hiking maps and trail descriptions.
Check out our favorite local trail- the Santa Margarita River Trail in Fallbrook, What’s your favorite local trail?
Thin Air is the outdoor industry’s first fully interactive virtual outdoor media show which will debut September 15-17th. Thin Air is a Brand-to-Media show that has set some pretty admirable goals. Connecting brands and allowing their stories to be told to a thousand bloggers, YouTubers, Instagrammers, podcasters, journalists, freelancers, editors and other content creators to drive sales is just one of the goals. Creating an inclusive and accessible culture that allows opportunities for even the smallest brands while being a leader that is paving the way on how to hold a large show in a time when we are unable to gather in person is another. Thin Air is based on understanding the needs of the outdoor industry as whole, including the small brands that normally are unable to participate in an event like this due to high costs that include booth fees, travel costs, marketing materials, and time.
Participants will create their own life-like avatar to navigate through the show just like if they were there in person. Jenna Celmer, one of the creators of Thin Air says “I am excited about the inclusive virtual environment and that the avatars take away the pressure to look a certain way. It allows everyone to navigate as easy as anyone else can. If someone is in a wheelchair, they will have no problem getting from one point to another”. She also says “it is such a great opportunity for small brands and media because the costs are low.” Jenna also told us there will be contests in which five booths will be given away to small brands for free and a “pitch event” for early stage startups that will have an opportunity to win a big prize package that will help get their brand started. Caroline Gleich, a professional ski mountaineer and adventurer, and Rob Lea, mountaineer and adventurer, will be who chooses the winners.
According to their website, the platform for the show allows for real-time voice conversations, digital assets that tell each brand's story, immediate exposure and immediate sales. Participants will build long-lasting relationships with key media and content creators and can design their own custom booth with logos, graphics, products, videos and more. Keynote speakers, like Hap Klopp, founder and twenty year CEO of The North Face, will share messages for inspiration. There will also be networking events that allow for new connections with the media to be made and to catch up with old friends, even while physically distancing.
Since Thin Air is 100% virtual, the cost to the environment is low. Putting on a large show takes up a gigantic carbon footprint that includes flights, driving, air conditioned/heated spaces, electricity, food vendors, shipping and more. None of this will be needed for the show so the impact is low. For us, this is huge and is 100% something we can get behind. Thin Air is also giving back- 5% of revenues will go to selected non profits that have applied and chosen as a recipient.
For more information or to sign up as a brand, media, or retailer, visit https://gearmunk.com/thinair/
Make sure to stay tuned as we will be covering the show as well and will be sharing our top picks!
If you’re anything like us, we can’t wait to take our first road trip of the summer. Being in lockdown the past two plus months has us itching to hit the road and get a change of scenery. Our dream location would be a place that we can hike and eat and dance and hang with cool people. Flagstaff, AZ is just that place and it is relatively close to Southern California!