I normally use a Saywer Squeeze system to filter my water when I am out hiking and backpacking. If you have ever used one, you know that filling the bag that comes with it is next to impossible. I know most folks use a cut off bottle to do it. But then when you do finally get it filled you have to awkwardly fill your clean bottle in the weirdest of positions. I wanted something easy to fill that I could just let gravity do the work so that is why I did some research on YouTube and found a system I liked. In this video, I show you how to make one for yourself using a filter and bag you can get on Amazon. The filter is called a hyrdoblu and I tested it fully this weekend and it works great. The flow rate is acceptable and filling up the bag is very easy no matter what kind of water source you are using. The best part of it is that the filter is relatively cheap on amazon. You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2yKt33y You could also use a dry bag of whatever size you like, for instance in the video I am using a 2L dry bag, but you could use a larger one for group camping. Here is an example of one that comes in many sizes: http://amzn.to/2xX9PZm
For my upcoming trip, I wanted to make sure I was able to prepare my own foods while van camping. I also wanted to make sure whatever I chose did not take up a lot of space in my van. In this video, I demonstrate the portable butane single burner stove I found on Amazon
Trying to find ways to keep food cold on the road is a challenge. There are many options for coolers and portable refrigerators out there but most of them are pretty pricey. In this video, I talk about my new cooler purchase and how it is a pretty good value for the money.
I am still making preparations for an epic 18 day road trip. One of my concerns is being able to stay clean in remote locations. In the video I talk about a couple of products I will be using to keep fresh and clean as a daisy.