Escape in Style With the Best Ultralight Travel Trailers of 2019

first_img The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain Hiker Trailer Miles Branman/The Manual Miles Branman/The Manual Previous The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Timberleaf Next Previous Previous 1 of 4 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Taxa Outdoors Timberleaf How to Shave With a Straight Razor Next 1 of 2 1 of 3 Previous Safari Condo At roughly 2,600 pounds, the Airstream Basecamp barely qualifies as a “light” travel trailer. No matter, because it’s still easily towable by most midsize SUVs. It’s designed to live up to its namesake: as a “basecamp” for your wide-open-space adventures. It boasts all the features today’s outdoorsmen expect in a modern camping experience, including a workable kitchen, a bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a sizable cargo area for hauling your essential gear. The sleek, taut aluminum exterior is beautiful and unmistakably Airstream. Unfortunately, with the name-brand cache comes a sky-high price tag (plus any additional options). Here’s our full review.Bonus: Clever, off-road-centric design features — including an aggressive departure angle and large tires and wheels — allow you to get far, far off the beaten path.Pricing: Starts at $36,400Timberleaf Teardrop TrailerFor the Minimalist Trekker 1 of 3 The Happier Camper/Facebook Next Next The aptly named Hiker Trailer company has one goal: create serious, affordable, off-road-capable travel trailers. Like most teardrop trailers, every model is purely utilitarian and features only the most essential amenities, all packed into the smallest space possible. Basic models offer little more than a durable, barebones aluminum shell that’s intended to be buyer-customized. Deluxe models feature legit off-road-worthy upgrades like beastly 33-inch tires, 3,500-pound axles, and 2-by-3-inch steel off-road frames. Their lightest model weighs just 640 pounds, meaning it’s (almost) towable by anything stronger than a bicycle.Bonus: Hiker Trailer offers so many custom options you can truly build the camper for your budget.Pricing: Starts at $2,890 for the basic 4-by-8-foot modelAirstream BasecampFor the Modern Gear Hauler Teardrop trailers are great for efficiency and portability, but, by design, they’re thin on amenities. The Alto R Series by Safari Condo aims to remedy that problem. While towing, it features a traditional, streamlined teardrop trailer design that the company claims reduces drag by up to 75%. Once at your campsite, however, an electric switch raises the Alufiber (an aluminum/fiberglass composite) roof to reveal a spacious, full-featured interior with panoramic windows. It manages to pack a surprising number of amenities into a tiny space. A king-sized bed, two-burner cooktop, mini-fridge, fixed-flush toilet, and shower are all standard.Bonus: The kitchen, beds, storage, and toilet are all still usable even with the roof lowered.Pricing: Starts at around $29,000Article originally published August 10, 2016. Last updated to include more trailer options and the latest pricing info. The teardrop travel trailer market has exploded in recent years, thanks to their being towable by just about any vehicle (in some cases even a motorcycle). The Timberleaf is minimal and functional with just the right amount of charm. The company’s woodworking skills are evident in the beautiful craftsmanship throughout. Inside, the cabin features a massive skylight, making for perfect stargazing, and ample shelving guarantees plenty of space for your camping essentials. Round back, the hatch reveals a beautifully designed birch galley with a cooktop and pull-out drawer.Bonus: An optional custom-built cooler provides ice retention for days and leather grab handles add a dash of sophistication to your campfire cooking escapades.Pricing: Starts at $19,750 for the Classic Teardrop’s base packageSafari Condo Alto R SeriesFor the Outdoor Transformer Taxa Outdoors Hiker Trailer The Happier Camper/Facebook Next Previous Hiker Trailer Next 1 of 3 Timberleaf Editors’ Recommendations The pint-sized Happier Camper HC1 offers an ingenious solution for travelers looking to take only the most essential elements of home along for the ride. While the retro-modern shell oozes vintage cool, it’s what’s on the inside that’ll interest most road trippers. The clever Adaptiv interior features Lego-esque cubes that are infinitely configurable to suit almost any traveler’s style. The sleeping space, kitchen, and work areas can all be repurposed to however large or small you need them to be. It’s the closest thing to a mobile Swiss Army knife we’ve seen on the travel trailer market.Bonus: The company offers rentals for anyone looking to try before they buy.Pricing: Starts at $24,950Taxa Outdoors Cricket Planning a road trip? Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.Airstream was once the only game in town for sleek, well-built travel trailers, and buyers paid handsomely for the “privilege” of owning one.However, in the last few years, a number of manufacturers have jumped into the game to offer niche solutions for every type of traveler: weekender, hardcore explorer, gear hauler, road tripper, etc. Here are the best ultra-light travel trailers on the market today, no matter what kind of adventure you have planned.Happier Camper HC1For the Retro-Cool Rambler Miles Branman/The Manual Timberleaf Miles Branman/The Manual Safari Condo Previous Taxa Outdoors For the Jack of All TradesTaxaOutdoors’ Cricket is arguably the most love-it-or-hate-it design of any travel trailer on the market. The asymmetrical shell may seem strange, but there’s a method to the company’s madness. Every interior space offers only as much space as is necessary and, even by RV standards, the company crams a boatload of intelligent storage solutions into a tiny package. Perhaps the best part is its diminutive size (15 feet long by 6 feet, 11 inches tall) and weight (just 1,732 pounds unloaded), ensuring it can easily be towed by most four-cylinder vehicles.Bonus: A panoramic, 32-inch by 20-inch rear window ensures the cabin is awash in natural light.Pricing: Starts at around $33,317.Hiker TrailerFor the Off-Road Adventurer 1 of 5 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Happier Camper/Facebook Miles Branman/The Manual last_img read more

How to Build an ApocalypseWorthy BugOut Bag

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Backpacking Checklist: 10 Essentials to Bring on Every Adventure Pack a fire steel (capable of sparking in all weather conditions), several lighters, waterproof matches, and a bit of tinder. For the latter, a handful of cotton balls doused in vaseline work great, as does dryer lint. Both pack down small and allow you to start a fire almost instantly.Most importantly, however, an emergency scenario is not the place to learn how to build a fire. Practice with your own kit at home — in your backyard if you have to — until you feel comfortable starting a fire, even in the rain.FoodStrictly speaking, you’re perfectly capable of surviving 72 hours without food. Sure, you’ll be hungry, but you won’t die. That said, anything you do eat should feel like a luxury. Here, it pays to think like a polar explorer: nutrient-dense foods that are portable and packable. Nuts, canned beans, and dehydrated camp meals (whether self-prepared or mil-spec MREs) are all solid options. Candy and energy bars are great supplements as well.Companies like Huel sell nutrient-rich meal replacement powders that mix into cold water, eliminating the need for cooking. One cup of Huel powder, for example, provides an entire day’s calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates, plus more vitamins and minerals than you’d typically find in over-the-counter multivitamins.MSR PocketRocket 2. MSR/FacebookIf you’re cool with forgoing taste in favor of an ultra-light pack, you can skip food prep tools altogether. If, however, you opt to bring anything that needs preparing, you’ll need to plan for cooking it. At a minimum, your mess kit should include a small metal pot, a lightweight spork, and a metal cup with collapsible handles. Ideally, all the pieces of your kit should nest inside one another to maximize packability. Lastly, you’ll want a lightweight stove —  the ultra-portable MSR PocketRocket 2 is a great choice — plus a couple of fuel canisters. Plan on relying on making and cooking over a fire whenever necessary, but having a camp stove is a wise backup.ClothingLike your survival backpack, clothing is a matter of personal preference. No matter what, you’ll want to think like a backcountry hiker, and that means dressing in layers. At a bare minimum, pack:2 pairs of pants (including the pair you’ll be wearing)2 pairs of underwear (trust us, having an extra pair is one luxury you’ll want to “splurge” on)1 base thermal layer2 mid-weight shirts (1 short-sleeve, 1 long-sleeve)1 mid-weight fleece pullover1 rain jacket1 warm hat1 pair of waterproof hiking boots (ensure they’re comfortable and already broken-in)2 pairs of hiking socks1 military-grade survival poncho (available at most army/navy surplus outlets)1 water-resistant or waterproof insulated jacket (optional; the weight/warmth should be based on the region in which you plan to bug out)Everything in the list above can be mixed and matched to keep you cool and comfortable in warmer climates, and warm in all but the most frigid regions. Remember the old adage that “cotton kills.” All the clothing in your bug out bag should consist of quick-drying fibers designed to keep you warm even when wet. Merino wool is a great all-around choice.ShelterIn terms of survival essentials, having a reliable shelter is on par with fire-making capabilities. At a minimum, you’ll want to keep dry even if you can’t keep warm. Ideally, you’ll be able to shelter in place at home, a friend’s house, or a backcountry shelter. However, it’s wise to pack a backup option in case things really go sideways.Ideally, you’ll be able to shelter in place at home, a friend’s house, or a backcountry shelter. However, it’s wise to pack a backup option in case things really go sideways. The previously mentioned military-grade survival poncho should be designed with built-in grommets so it can double as a make-shift emergency tent in a survival situation. While you’re at it, throw a cheap, reflective emergency survival blanket into your bug out bag as well. They’re available at most dollar stores.ToolsIn a true survival scenario, the tools you carry will be just as important as your survival skills. A multi-tool is essential. Leatherman offers an extensive line of well-built products that, at a minimum, usually include pliers, screwdrivers, a folding knife blade, and wire cutters. This limited toolset should provide everything you need to tackle even complex mechanical tasks no matter where you are.Leatherman Signal. Leatherman/FacebookAnother great tool is a fixed-blade survival knife. The exact model comes down to personal preference, but an overall length of 8-10 inches is versatile enough for splitting wood, chopping, cooking, and a host of other tasks. As a bonus, it comes in handy as a weapon if you need it.Self-DefenseIn a relatively short disaster scenario, odds are good that society will keep it together. After that, once food and water supplies start to run dry, civility can quickly turn to desperation. If things get really bad, you’re going to want some way to defend you and yours.Further Reading8 Self-Defense Weapons that Men Can Realistically Carry (and Use)The Best Fixed Blade Knives for Camping, Carving, and Cutting in General Editors’ Recommendations The term “bugging out” has made it into the public consciousness. It’s a concept often marginalized to survivalists and conspiracy theory wingnuts. Really, it’s part of a sound strategy that every person who cares about their safety and well-being should be aware of.Bug-Out Bag ListBagWaterFireFoodClothingShelterToolsSelf-DefenseLightCommunicationsFirst Aid Kit Again, a fixed-blade knife is a good starting point — it serves several purposes, but you must be confident (and hopefully trained) to wield it as a weapon, especially in self-defense. Beyond that, your preferred method of self-defense is up to you. Many survivalists prefer something compact and stealth like a .357 revolver or another lightweight handgun. For something more robust, shotguns and machetes guarantee a certain intimidation factor, even if you never actually need to use them. Again, please make sure that you are properly trained to handle any of these options.LightA proper fire will provide most of the light you’ll need in a survival situation. However, it’s wise to pack several backup lighting sources. In addition to lighters and waterproof matches, a handful of small, nine-hour candles is a smart choice. Glow sticks, a proper headlamp, and tiny LED flashlights or keychain lights are also ultra-portable and guarantee focused task lighting when you need it.CommunicationsIt might seem obvious, but remember to pack your cell phone. Cell towers are likely to work — at least for sending text messages, if not for making calls — in all but the worst disaster situations. Be sure to pack two ways to charge it, plus a backup battery and solar/hand-cranked charger. Even better, pack a hand-crank emergency radio as most of these include a flashlight and built-in battery for charging your gadgets.If you’re keen to spend a bit more, a satellite phone like those from Iridium can be an invaluable tool. Even in the case of regional cell network outages, a satphone will allow you to stay connected anywhere on earth.First Aid KitIt’s cheap and easy to prepare your own portable first aid kit, and most folks already have the supplies to do so in their home medicine cabinet. However, prepackaged first aid kits often include better quality — sometimes hospital-grade — equipment.Lauzla/Getty Images Adventure Medical Kits offers several great options for around $10-20. At the very least, be sure to pack adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes, butterfly closure bandages, gauze dressing, and rubbing alcohol. Standard household painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, and any personal prescriptions are essential as well.Miscellaneous GearProperly packing your bug out bag with the all of the gear above will prepare you for almost any situation. Some additional useful items include:Cash (useful in many situations)Duct tapeParacordBandanas (these are incredibly versatile)Large plastic garbage bagsDurable work glovesMetal stakes (for your emergency tent)Paper and several pens/pencilsWhistleIf you’re keen on staying comfortable as well, consider packing additional “luxuries” such as:Toilet paperTravel toothbrush and toothpasteBar soapHand sanitizerSunglassesEarplugsInsect repellentIf you are preparing to shelter in place during an emergency situation, here’s everything you should have stocked inside your home. Or you can upgrade to a luxury doomsday bunker.Article originally published on January 3, 2019.center_img How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish In addition to a good evacuation plan, bugging out requires a proper bug out bag (also known as an evac bag, a 72-hour bag, or a get-out-of-dodge bag). Bug out bags are self-contained kits that include all the essentials the average person needs to survive the first 72 hours after a natural disaster, zombie apocalypse, or attack from our alien overlords.They’re so important that whole companies are dedicated to providing would-be survivalists with ready-made bug out bags. Assembling your own is a straightforward and inexpensive alternative, however, that requires common materials found in most tool sheds and garages. Here’s a list of everything you need for a proper DIY bug out bag.BagFirst, and most obviously, you need the pack itself. It should be an actual backpack, although the exact model you choose is a matter of personal preference. The bag should be durable, water-resistant (ideally waterproof), and as lightweight as possible. You should also be comfortable carrying it fully-loaded for several hours over uneven terrain.Jordan Siemens/Getty ImagesIt’s worth noting that you’ll want to fly as under the radar as possible. Stealth is the name of the game here. You want a backpack that looks as low-key as possible — nothing flashy or ornate. Think drab, functional, and military issue. It should be capable of carrying everything you need to without looking like you’re stocked to the gills. Sociologists and preparedness experts agree the first 72 hours after a disaster are critical. If widespread power outages and food and water shortages last beyond three days, society can start to break down very quickly. You don’t want to become a target for the roving hordes of Mad Max-style bandits looking for guns, booze, and snacks.WaterPlan on one liter of water per person per day. In the case of a solo 72-hour bag, that means a minimum of three liters, although a gallon is ideal when you account for bathing, potential spillage, and other unforeseen circumstances. Divide your water stock among several different containers such as a military canteen (good for boiling water), a hard plastic Nalgene bottle, and a collapsible bottle that shrinks down to save space when empty.There are three main types of water purification: boiling, filtration, and chemical. Of course, you can’t possibly pack all the water you’ll need to survive a more long-term situation. In that case, you’re going to need to find and purify water along the way. There are three main types of water purification: boiling, filtration, and chemical. Your best bet is to plan for access to at least two of these. Boiling can be time-consuming (every batch of questionable water should be boiled for at least 10 minutes) and won’t filter out heavy metals, dirt, and chemicals. It is great, however, at eliminating bacteria, virii, and many pathogens. The best portable mechanical filtration systems are ideal for filtering out just about everything. Chemical purification tablets like those from Potable Aqua are a solid backup, and they take up little room in your pack.FireFire is among the most essential requirements in any survival situation which is why should plan for at least three different ways to make it. Fortunately, with some advanced planning, you’re all but guaranteed to always have fire-making kit on hand when you need it.Further ReadingWilderness First Aid: What to Pack and KnowPrep Like a Survivalist With the Best Pre-Made Bug-Out Bags How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide last_img read more

No confidence motion on PM handed over

Nanayakkara said that a group of UPFA members then met the Parliament Secretary General this afternoon and handed over the motion to him and he will now take the next step. (Colombo Gazette) The no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday. Nanayakkara said that, subsequently party leaders of the UPFA met today and discussed the motion.He said that the UPFA party leaders, including the opposition leader, approved the motion to be handed over to Parliament. The no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was handed over to the Parliament Secretary General today.United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member of parliament Manusha Nanayakkara said that the no-confidence motion contains the signatures of 112 MPs. Earlier he had said that 113 MPs were to sign the document. read more