Friday, December 4, 2015

Gifts Ideas for Camping-Glamping Cooks+Tailgaters


Campers with limited provisions or all the space -ever-all NEED clean-safe drinking water ... and several sized portable purifying systems-are on the market, affordably...taking the guess work out of should we, or shouldn't...

LifeStraw® filters started out offering an ultralight, backpack friendly straw water filter for easy safe drinking on the go, anywhere...and now has a high volume MISSION purifier with advanced ultra filtration membrane w/ a 0.02 micron pore size removing virtually all virus, bacteria and protozoa---filters up to 4750 gallons of water-as pictured above...every purchase ensures a child in Africa is provided with safe drinking water for a year. WIN WIN.
LIFESTRAW Mission $199.95 hangs from a tree...or wherever---roll-top dry bag has shoulder strap for ez carry and has fill marker windows to see water level

ZEROWATER is sold in loads of mass merch places-including Target, Walmart---makes water pitches and these handy portable filtration tumblers with replaceable filters that twist right into the lid (works with a lot of different water bottles) ---nifty- change colors indicate when one needs a new filter too!
Note- a five stage filter technology removes particles, and makes water taste great- but does not purify microbiologically unsafe water. Good for travelers to municipalities or RV parks in USA...where the water needs taste help but is safe to drink.
for new home well as holiday times...not glammy but the gift of good taste...  CamelBak makes our fav-the RELAY water pitcher ($36.99) for removing non-microbiological stuff like chlorine/chloramine from water...with a drop in 2 Filter tech- plant based activated carbon FRESH filter that is pricier ($12 per or $28.50 3 pack) but much longer lasting than competitors...PLUS...lift the lid to fill it-- -there's no reservoir space-the water quickly seeps down into the 10 cup pitcher at the flow rate of our kitchen faucet, filtered-no waiting like competing pitcher systems! 6 colors-ergo design...100%BPA free.
"Coffee for you, water for all" TOMS Certified Organic Coffee is great give back gift-remind is how safe drinking water is most precious resource on earth. Other gift Kleen Kanteen Insulated mug---mentioned in Part One.

For those headed outdoors- who don't carry their gear on their back...

The entrepreneurial guy behind portable power company GOALZERO-did 'it' again with BAREBONES -a functional lifestyle camping brand that aims to "...inspire a desire to consciously engage with nature...'-and was itself inspired by its founder's global humanitarian efforts.
This OUTFITTER tent is similar to one donated to those in need...pretty cushy by camping standards...reminds us of semi-permanent campsites we lived in -in Africa...made from custom waterproof fabric, detachable all weather cover that features an integrated stove port designed to keep the heat in and smoke out...aluminum bag, packs down into 3 bags =weighs 160lbs

if Armani designed a cooler-it would like these BAREBONE options=starting at $29.99-delivering up to 12 hours of insulation, with a removable anti-microbial liner-ez to clean, magnetic closure, wide top opening, internal frame maintains shape---the outer material is water and stain resistant. Bigger sizes have bottle opening zipper pulls, protective bases, genuine leather trim, removable adjustable shoulder strap, side pockets with magnetic closures, rut resistant zippers/hardwear, fair resistant removable mesh liners...and a back pack design (Maverick $159.99) and and rugged wheel frame rolling cooler (Porter $269.99)

lower right-BAREBONES Chinook vintage inspired fan-indoor/outdoor use good way keep mosquitos at bay, 3 speeds, energy efficient, directional tilt, adjustable legs w/locking hubs...10"power cord, Forest Lantern powered by 2 rechargeable lithium -ion batteries power up to 325 lumen of warm LED light recharges in 4-6 hours-lights up to 80 hours-charges via USB-3 color options 

COOKING FOR A CROWD---or for the outdoor chef -include these portable options that are vehicle friendly---or can stay put-on an outdoor deck...

CAMO is always cool---from"Find Your Fire"  Bernzomatic...easy lightweight- CAMO  3-in 1 Micro Torch Lighter-with pencil point flame, trigger on/off for easy ignition, refillable reservoir holds enough fuel for up to 25 mins on low, 12 on high, continuous flame lock keeps torch lit for ease of use+one hand operation...and good for hard to reach places $29.99-$34.99 available at Blain's Farm and Fleet and Mill's Fleet Farm.

refill easily with Bernzomatic Butane Cylinder with universal fueling tip
Great idea-bring your own grill in this BURNIE All Wood Self-Burning Grill large ($14.95) or medium ($12.95) sizes.

unwrap, light up and enjoy for hours-easy outdoor grilling 100% All Natural Alder Wood, Zero Chemicals-burns itself out when done-so no messy clean-up!

light center fire starter-in 20 minutes ready to go---1.5-2.5 hour cook time

comes packaged in a wrap---
CAMP CHEF-the name sums it up-make quality outdoor cooking 'systems' from pictured above fire pits (new Sequoia w/ built in 55,000BTU burner, clean burning smokeless flame, lava rocks to disperse heat and flame included, matchless ignition, fully adjustable heat control knob-w/ 4 extendable roasting sticks),  portable small grills, cast iron dutch ovens and skillets-to tricked out -stand-up fold out stoves -grills ready for the patio that give Webers' model worshippers something else to oogle.

CAMP CHEF's  Outdoor (portable) Deluxe Oven- carry bag sold separately---has two 7,5000 BTU brass burners, insulated efficient oven box features 3,000BTU heat control technology, matchless ignition, built-in heat gauge, fully adjustable heat-control knobs, removable oven racks, convenient carry handles, non-stick enamel surface...propane powered. $303
MADE IN THE USA (Arkansas)= PK (Portable Kitchen) cast aluminum grill-smoker are BBQ worthy fixtures- date back from the early 1950s Texas backyard suburbia days -and the current design is practically the same. $369.99

Rust proof and durable-crafted via hand poured proprietary mold then hand finished to ensure a tight seal

lift off-portable---told us people slip into cars for camping eats-the Standard PK Cart is also made of raw aluminum $99.99
Outdoor lifestyle creator-SNOW PEAK is one of our fav outdoor exhibitors-the Japanese sleek aesthetic shows up on their  well designed backpack and car camping gear, tableware, cookware, haulers and apparel...urban chic-trendy looking-they actually opened a store in downtown Manhattan recently. Great gifts for the outdoor aesthete on your list...fireplace and grills fold down for easy carry-unique, sturdy and compact-made of stainless steel-the Pack and Carry fireplace is $189.99---drinkware - made from titanium, stainless steel, wood or silicone 
SNOW PEAK Cutlery + Kitchen Tools - beautifully packaged-for chefs who remain indoors too.

MSR has a slew of backpack-carry lightweight cooking accoutrements-including cookware, portable stoves and utensils-like the ALPINE Kitchen set pictured above...$39.95 -with multi-use utensils, Alpine salt+pepper shakers, PackTowel™ Dish style that soaks up/dries fast, a cutting board, 2 squeeze bottles- in a rollaway case made of durable fabric.
MADE IN THE USA from sustainably sourced wood- specialists EPICUREAN...equip kitchens with handsome composite wood items- for a stylish- handsome traditionally rustic and chef utensils are dishwasher safe and can take the heat up to 350ºF-NSC certified....$9.99 +
QVC has some innovative kitchen items that outdoor cooks will appreciate-and then use inside for every day use too. Love the bright colors-by the TV fav- Rachel Ray's Lazy Spoon (soft grip handle-with side notch to rest on side of pots/pans, safe work on non-stick surfaces, dishwasher safe, heat resistance up to 500ºF) and Lazy Ladle two piece set -silicone-great stocking stuffer $21.95