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How do camp showers work?

Daydreaming about wild camping adventures this summer? You should look into a camping shower so you can set up camp wherever you like without having to worry about washing facilities. No more trekking to a shared cobwebby shed with a dribble of water, or scrubbing down under a freezing cold standpipe. You might be thinking, “Okay, but how do camp showers work? Are they that much better?”

How do camp showers work? And how to use them

The portable solar camp shower lets you set up your shower wherever you like. Rig up a stand, use a tree branch, or your car. It’s completely portable and private. Hook the bag on something above you and it’s basically a proper shower.

Camping shower in use

The sun warms the black water bag to heat the water and gravity does the job of the power. You have a proper shower head to use just like a real shower.

If you are off the beaten track it’s so much nicer to have a real shower instead of stripping off under a standpipe blasting you with freezing cold water. Or strip washing with a mucky, soapy bowl of water, or just settling for baby wipes. Wild camping doesn’t mean you have to go full Swampy.

If there are washing facilities maybe you don’t want to go near them with a ten foot pole. You can set up your camping shower anywhere, so give yourself some privacy out in nature.

It’s great for festivals too. The camping shower folds down flat so is easily packed away and very portable. It holds 20 litres, which is great for cleaning up but just slips into your rucksack.

Camp showers work without electricity, just the sun’s warmth and gravity. It’s a cheap and eco-friendly option. You don’t need to connect to any water source. So you really can use it anywhere, then pack it up and it moves with you for next time!

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Where should personal attack alarms be kept?

Personal attack alarms are highly recommended to give you confidence and security when out and about. We’ve talked about “how does a personal alarm work?” but where should personal attack alarms be kept? Some of our advice was missing a good breakdown on where you should keep your personal alarm.

So where should personal attack alarms be kept?

The key to where you keep your personal alarm is that it should be easy to get to. There’s no point having it buried in your rucksack or floating around in the bottom of a full handbag. You might need to get to it quickly. So it needs to be close to hand.

A lot of people worry about accidentally setting their alarm off. But if you choose the right place to keep your alarm this won’t be a problem either. Also, most alarms can be quickly disabled by replacing the pin to avoid false alarms.

How to use a personal alarm has more ideas on setting up your alarm but let’s look in detail at where to keep your alarm.

Epic Traveller’s personal attack alarm comes with a keyring attachment that gives you lots of flexibility. It doesn’t need to go on your keys, or be kept loose. The keyring means you can attach it to something else. This might be a loop or strap on the straps of your backpack, so that the alarm sits over your chest. This means it is easy to grab hold of quickly. And having it attached to you means you only need one hand to pull the pin out and sound the alarm.

You could also attach it just inside your bag or a coat pocket. If you don’t want it displayed and visible for all to see then this is a good option. Sometimes showing you have an alarm can be a deterrent, but sometimes it attracts extra attention.

Finally, keep your alarm in the same place so that you can act on instinct if there is an emergency.

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What are ski ties used for?

Maybe you’ve seen ski ties in the shops and just thought, “okay, nice, but what are ski ties used for?” Or you’ve yet to be introduced to this simple but super-convenient little item.

So we are going to talk about ski ties – what are ski ties used for, how they can make a difference to your trip, and why you need them.

What are ski ties used for anyway?

Ski ties tie your skis, right? But that doesn’t paint the real picture of what they can do for you and how they can help.

Ever felt like you were juggling your skis as they slipped this way and that while you carried them? Or painstakingly propped one up only to have the other slide and knock them both down? Ever glanced at your skis and seen one where there should be two?

That’s what you need ski ties for. Skis are expensive bits of kit and can get damaged easily. Get those unruly mind-of-their-own skis under control. Ski ties are so simple but so useful you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them.

The touch fastener ties securely hold your skis together. They are padded, so no scratches, and strong. They come in packs of two to use one at either end so there’s no slipping around. Slot your skis together and fasten them down.

Ski ties are used for all sorts of scenarios. Carrying your skis yourself or atop your luggage. And for storing your skis safely whether at the bar after a day on the slopes, or at home in the garage.

They are easy to whip off and crack out your skis when you are ready. The ties will then slip into your pocket or bag until you need them again.

Epic Traveller’s ski ties are fantastic value, pick up a pack or two now and keep your kit together.

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Is A Backpacking Tent A Must For A Family Touring The Mountains?

The exposure to the infinite energy that prevails in the landscapes untouched by human filth is enough to bathe you in the shower of sound mind and health. You should submit yourself to nature so that the forces of nature can heal you. The magical touch of the characters healing power can empower you so that you can control your mind and choose happiness. When you get close to the fresh air of the mountains, the purest waters of the Hill Rivers and the virgin soil of the unattended lands, you are sure to forget the rest of the world and indulge in the bill of being with the Mother Nature because the alliance between you and nature is eternal.

What Are Backpacking Tents?

Backpacking tents are very much like ordinary tents, but they differ regarding mobility. Regular tents are made up of sturdy materials and are foldable at the cost of enormous space, on the other hand, backpacking tents are robust yet are made up of super thin materials and are foldable at very less space, say inside a backpack. Backpacking tents are made keeping in mind mobility as the priority. Once out of the bag, they take the shape of regular tents and are sometimes even better. Because companies like the travel gears that develop these shelters spare little expense, the tents can be a little pricey.

Backpacking tents

How To Choose A Backpacking Tent

Although backpacking tents are very mobile and reliable, they still differ in certain key factors, like size, shape, capacity and even quality. Apart from these fundamental factors of size and capacity, other technical factors also require consideration while choosing the right backpacking tent.

  1.    Livability or comfort of living

Livability refers to the support or conveniences the users derive from the shelters. It differs from design to design and brands.

  1.    Seasonality or weather withstanding ability

The material and design of the tent will ensure different weather conditions could be tackled.

  1.    Weight

The ratio of money spent to load carried is often a large factor when it comes to lightweight tents!

Taking the plunge!

Setting up a tent in the great outdoors requires a base footprint to protect the tent from wear and tear from unknown sharp objects often found in open spaces. They are often sold separately so watch out. Available backpacking tents are usually for 1-4 people. Budget is important. If you are the type of person who wants more space than average, then choose tents designed for capacity more substantial than your group. Say if you are going in a group of 3 people and want more space, then purchase a tent for six people capacity. Not only the size but the other factors also influence the quality of time spent inside. Some shelters have separated compartments for more privacy whereas others have more pockets for storage and some come with an extra sturdy frame for enhanced security and support.

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Using a personal attack alarm at home or abroad

A personal attack alarm gives you peace of mind whether you are travelling the world or just at home. It’s a vital piece of security kit with lots of clever uses and something everyone should think about carrying.

No-one wants to feel unsafe or worried when they are going about their business in the UK or travelling overseas. But unfortunately there is always the chance of attack or accident. When you carry a personal attack alarm you can have a little more confidence in your ability to deal with such a situation. If the worst should happen, you can

Epic Traveller’s personal attack alarm has a clear, 120dB alarm that is unmistakably loud and urgent. It’s a great way to ward off attackers or summon help.

A mugger, for example, is looking for easy pickings that will not cause much fuss. A personal attack alarm is the very opposite of that. It puts the odds much more in your favour by drawing attention. It might be that you only need to threaten to set your alarm off, in order to defuse the situation.

These people prey on the weak and a personal attack alarm is a way for you to take back some of that power.

There are plenty of other uses for a personal alarm. Students walking alone or partygoers travelling home at night are under threat of sexual assault as well as muggings. Lone workers closing up at work are vulnerable to robberies. Schoolchildren can ward away bullies or predatory adults. For the elderly it provides reassurance that should they slip or fall they can call for help, without a complicated or expensive home monitoring system.

Find out how a personal attack alarm works and check out some more top gadgets for travel as well as travel locks and other security essentials.

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Camping shower ideas for your epic travels

So you’ve got your great portable solar camping shower and you are ready to take unlimited warm showers with no need for electricity. You could just sling it on a tree and shower away. But most of us might want to think about getting a bit more privacy or a bit more cleanliness. So here are some fantastic camping shower ideas to really up your game.

Rather than using a plastic cover under your feet, that can gather water, make some holes in your “shower base” or use a base of wooden slats that can be folded up or rolled away.

There is plenty you can do for more privacy

These options range from a full, separate shower tent or makeshift shed, down to hanging a blanket or two. When you are choosing your showering spot, think about how you can rig up a little shelter too.

REI suggest using hula hoops to rig up a makeshift shower curtain that you can hang up. Or you can use string or your travel washing line to hang a shower curtain.

If you are staying in the same spot a little longer you might want to put a bit more effort into your showering arrangement.

Even one shower panel can make a big difference in feeling more permanent. This could even be a pallet repurposed as one wall of a makeshift bathroom. Or use some pipe to make a more solid shower curtain rod. Combine a panel and a curtain and you’ve got a very nice setup.

Don’t forget to use earth-friendly, biodegradable washing products like soap, shampoo and shower gel. You should rinse down the area you are using after each wash to dilute and wash away any build up. When you are finished with your shower, remove all the litter and all of your clever adaptations.

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Top gadgets for travel

There are lots of great gadgets for travel that will make your life on the road easier and more fun. Here’s our list of the top gadgets for travel.

Worldwide travel adapter

You don’t need to carry a dozen different plugs and converters with you. Or do a mad dash round the airport looking for an electronics shop. One worldwide travel adapter is all you need. The clever design lets you mix and match your sockets and outlets. There’s even a separate USB port.

Battery pack

And speaking of having power at the ready, make sure you have a backup battery pack with you. Your phone will be getting a lot more use than it does at home so keep it well charged.

Biometric fingerprint padlock

This is a very cool high tech gadget – a biometric fingerprint padlock. So much quicker than fumbling around with keys. It unlocks in less than a second. And it’s so much safer too, with no keys to lose or get stolen.

Audio jack splitter

An easy way to share a phone, MP3, DVD player or other device. Plug the jack into the normal headphone port and then plug your headphones into the jack. It splits the audio so you can watch or listen together. Perfect for those long bus or plane journeys. Plus it helps conserve battery power by only using one device at a time.

Travel door alarm

This door stop alarm is a very clever piece of kit. Wedge it like a doorstop under your closed door and it will sound an alarm if the door is opened or tampered with. Gives you peace of mind whatever your accommodation so you can sleep soundly.

So those are some of our top gadgets for travel. Check out all the Epic Traveller electronics and if you have any top tips of your own then leave them in the comments!

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How does a personal alarm work?

We recommend a personal attack alarm a lot on Epic Traveller. So it’s about time to answer the question of how does a personal alarm work? As well as go over what you can do with one and exactly why we think personal alarms are such good ideas.

To start off with, how does a personal alarm work? Essentially, they are like a sound grenade. With grenades, you pull the pin and the thing explodes. With a personal alarm, you pull the pin and you get an ear piercing sound blast.

It’s the same principle. There’s a circuit within the device and when that is broken something happens – the alarm sounds, the grenade goes off.

It’s all mechanical, not electrical. So it’s a physical movement, not like pressing a button to set off a sound. So triggering the sound doesn’t rely on any computing power or things that could easily break.

That doesn’t mean you can go dropping your personal alarm down the toilet or driving over it – it still has electrical components to make the sound. But there’s a lot less that could go wrong.

Personal Alarm

You can see the pin and where it fits into the alarm in this picture. Pull that out and an ear splitting 120db alarm goes off. To switch it off, if there is a false alarm or help arrives, you put the pin back in. Which means you can use it again and again.

There are a few different ways you can set up your personal alarm and you can check out our article on how to use a personal alarm which includes some handy hints.

So there’s the answer to how does a personal alarm work? A personal alarm gives a real sense of security when travelling. Hopefully you will never need to use it but it is there if you do.

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9 Items Every Man Needs While Traveling Abroad

While traveling to various destinations comes with area-specific vitals, some are fundamentally necessary no matter where you are in the world. Below is a list of nine items every man needs while traveling abroad.

  1. Torch

You can never tell what is in store for you after darkness falls. From open drains to slippery cobblestones, a LED flashlight is necessary as it casts a big pool of light and illuminates vast areas. If you are in the wild, opt for a head torch, so your hands are free to engage in other things.

  1. Earplugs

Though we cannot control the sources of noise, we can intervene to make it less troublesome. Quality earplugs are a necessity for every man on a trip. They come in handy in blocking aircraft noise and are perfect for people who are easily distracted by noise. Get some comfortable plugs to ensure you get sound sleep.

  1. Hat

Whether you are traveling to a place with rain or sunshine, a wide-brimmed and well-fitting hat is a must-have. Get a durable hat that is crushable for easy carriage. A waterproof one comes with the added advantage of protecting you from drenching.

  1. Knife

Every man traveling abroad should pack a Swiss knife. It has multiple uses, and you never know when it might come in handy. You might need it to dig stones, trim some broken fingernails in the wild or for the removal of wine corks. Find creative ways of packing it but do not leave it in your carry-on as it might be confiscated at the airport.

  1. Adapter Plug

Have a universal adapter plug that has three holes compatibility for 3-pin plugs and a USB charge port the better for you. You do not want your gadgets running out of charge while traveling.

  1. Zip-lock Plastic Bags

These are essential for separating items especially if you are unlikely to get a chance to unpack. You can put your dirty clothes in them, separate dry ones from wet ones as well as store any leaky items to avoid getting messy.

  1. Day Pack

This one is necessary for tossing things on during your daytime adventures. You can use it to store your water bottle, guidebook, foldable umbrella, raincoat or portable electronic devices. It can also act as a spillover bag when traveling back in case you shopped excessively.

  1. Water Bottle

Buying bottled water can be quite expensive. Carry your own with a water bottle to save. Opt for a model that stays put and is tight enough to avoid leakages and spillovers.

  1. Portable Internet Device

You can opt for a broadband modem or portable Wi-Fi router to cut on costs of airport Wi-Fi. A mobile internet hotspot can also come through for you in case you find yourself without reliable internet. Any of these will serve as an emergency backup and keep you connected even when there is no Wi-Fi.

About the author

Ian Leaf is a traveler and artist. He has been around the world since childhood. He grew up watching his mother painting, which made him develop an interest in art.


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Alternatives to a money belt

Why do you need alternatives to a money belt? A money belt is a great way to keep your valuables, documents and cash safe. But it’s not always appropriate. Maybe you are wearing something that won’t work with a money belt. Or the items you want to secure won’t fit. So you want to look into some alternatives to a money belt.

Alternatives to a money belt

A travel safe protects valuables that you might want to leave in your room. Some are large enough to hold laptops or digital cameras. Hotels or apartments often provide a small safe, and hostels may have lockers. In either case you might trust your own safe more.

Padlocks don’t just have to be used on your locker or main suitcase. You can use them on your rucksacks and other bags too. Most thieves are just opportunists and looking for a quick, easy job. They don’t want to waste time dealing with padlocks or cutting. Padlocks can secure the zips together so bags can’t be opened, hold items together, attach straps to objects that can’t be moved.

Epic Traveller has three different padlocks from a biometric fingerprint padlock to flexible cable padlocks and trusty standard padlocks. Check out our article on travel locks and more security while travelling.

When you are out and about on your travels consider a personal alarm. You can scare off attackers or thieves and call for help at the same time. Back in your accommodation a doorstop alarm will alert you if anyone tries to enter the room. You can use a personal alarm to secure windows and doors too.

Reconsider the money belt though. EpicTraveller’s belt has a minimal silhouette and a discreet shape. There are plenty of compartments to keep you organised. And you can upgrade the strap for extra security.

Those are some of our top picks for alternatives to a money belt. Or you can mix up your security options with a combination of locks, safes, an alarm and maybe a money belt too.

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