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9 Gear Picks Under $150 for Adventure Dogs

My pet dogs, Hitch and Porter, represent 2 extremes when it concerns taking a trip with family pets. Porter, a saved Lab-boxer mix who’’ s scared of his own shadow, is an outright delight in the cars and truck. He snuggles silently in the rear seats, doesn’’ t make a peep, and sometimes rests his head on my shoulder or balances on the center console to get a keep an eye out the windscreen. Drawback, an 11-year-old Lab-pointer blend with the personality of a young child who enjoys everybody simply a bit excessive, is an awful road-tripper—– he barks persistently each time he gets in the automobile. It got so bad that our veterinarian suggested a moderate sedative for long flights. To our terrific misery, we discovered on a 14-hour journey that it just revved him up more. Unbelievely, my marital relationship endured that drive. A couple of months later on, I purchased a truck , in part so that Hitch might ride in the camper-shell-covered bed and bark to his heart’’ s material, far from our ears.

Over the years, we’’ ve taken a great deal of journey with our puppies and experimented with a great deal of pet equipment . While I’’d argue that purchasing a pickup was the very best thing I ever provided for my canines, due to the fact that they get to go more locations and I wear’’ t need to stress over them destroying the rear seats, there are a couple of other things I’’ ve utilized for many years that keep all of us—– 2- and four-legged animals alike—– pleased.

.Orvis Dog Weekender Travel Kit ($ 89).

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Keep your puppy’’ s food fresh, dry, and arranged with this rugged set . It includes an airtight nylon-canvas bring case that holds a four-to-five-pound food bag and 2 bowls, ample for a vacation. The interior lining is Easy and bpa-free to tidy, and outside pockets keep devices like leashes arranged.

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.Lazaga Ultrasonic Bark Controller ($ 25).

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I never ever believed I’’d have the ability to ride in a car with Hitch once again, however the Lazaga made it possible. This small box connects to your pet’’ s collar and discharges an ultrasonic frequency when they bark that human beings can’’ t hear, however frustrates the pet enough to get him to stop. It ’ s really efficient however safe.

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.Ruffwear Pack Out Bag ($ 35).

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I am not a fan of leaving bagged canine poop on the side of a path to get when you return —– I’’d love to see the numbers on just how much of it really reaches the dumpster. This waist pack fixes the issue by making bring your canine’’ s poo on the path hands-free and simple. Its water resistant nylon lining keeps a complete bag from smelling, and the low-profile style fits easily versus your waist.

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.Nemo Helio LX Shower ($ 150).

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Rubber flooring mats can assist keep your cars and truck tidy throughout an experience, however if you’’ re on a especially muddy or long objective, you—– and your animal—– are going to require a bath. Unlike other portable gravity showers that require to be hung up and supply very little pressure, Nemo’’ s light-weight building rests on the ground and is pressurized by a foot pump; a couple of stomps offer you a seven-to-ten-minute full-power rinse. The difficult, 5.8-gallon polyester bag won’’ t leakage, and the setup functions as an excellent tool for washing equipment and meals.

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.Nite Ize SpotLit LED Carabiner Light ($ 9.50).

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These battery-powered, weatherproof lights are important for outdoor camping. They’’ re very little larger than a pet dog tag however put out enough light to keep an eye on your puppy in the dark from lots of feet away. Like a headlamp, you can set it to flash or radiance, and it lasts as much as 20 hours prior to you require to alter the batteries.

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.Carhartt Chore Coat ($ 40).

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The quilted nylon lining in this coat assists pet dogs remain warm on cold nights, and its duck canvas external has a waterproof finish that keeps them dry if things get windy and damp. Crucial, this workwear-inspired task coat will make your furry buddy appearance method more elegant than all the other canines at the camping area.

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.Ruffwear Highlands Sleeping Bag ($ 100).

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Dog beds are large and too huge to take a trip with, however this pup-size, synthetic-fill sleeping bag weighs simply over a pound and loads down into a 12-by-7-inch stuffsack. Your family pet can lay on top of it in the automobile and huddle inside it on cold nights.

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.Whistle Go GPS Tracker ($ 100).

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Whistle’’ s most recent tracker is water resistant approximately 3 feet deep and includes real-time GPS area tracking by means of AT&T ’ s cellular network and Google Maps. Aside from providing fantastic comfort when on the roadway with your family pet, it can be set to track veterinarian consultations and medication in addition to display scratching, sleeping, and licking.

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.Yeti Boomer 8 Dog Bowl ($ 50).

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Don’’ t trouble with lightweight, retractable, or material canine bowls; they won’’ t withstand long-lasting abuse and will ultimately leakage. Like all things Yeti, this bowl is constructed to last. It holds up to 8 cups of food or water, and the double-walled, non-insulated stainless-steel building guarantees it will hold up to difficult journeys (and the dishwashing machine) for many years to come.

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4 Not-So Surprising Alternatives To Toilet Paper

So all the groceries and stores are out of toilet paper. Don’t panic! Check out these alternatives to toilet paper that will do the job, too!

4 Alternatives to Toilet Paper

When emergency conditions arise, it’s common to see holes on store shelves. The average American knows to stock up on canned goods when the power could go out from a big storm. Bottled water is always a big seller if the threat of unsafe tap water lurks.

But, the coronavirus pandemic cleared the shelves of an entirely different good: toilet paper.

Faced with the possibility of being quarantined for 30+ days, panic buyers filled their carts with toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels. Baby wipes and other common toilet paper alternatives also disappeared from shelves.

So what happens if you were late to the TP party, and now you’re in a pickle?

Luckily, there are alternatives out there that will do the same job while your toilet tissue is on backorder. And no, you don’t need to resort to newspapers or leaves just yet.

1. Install a Bidet

In a departure from rubbing your bottom at all, bidets are a great sanitary and environmentally friendly option that can be easily added to your toilet.

If you’ve traveled to Europe, you will likely have seen a separate bidet installed next to the toilet. Bidets are available for as little as $20, can be affixed to the toilet you have and tied into your existing plumbing.

An added benefit of bidets is that you aren’t throwing anything into your toilet that could clog it (like those wipes, tissues, and paper towels some people bought up).

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2. Towel Scraps = DIY Wipes

Go through your linen closets and pick out the towels and washcloths you no longer need. Cut them into smaller squares to use as toilet paper. These will be washable in hot water the same way that cloth diapers are.

To get the most out of your towel scraps, turn them into DIY wipes. Soak them in a solution of water, liquid soap, and baby oil. Prior to use, you can store them in Ziploc bags or wipe containers that you have on hand.

3. Repurpose Other Paper Products

Maybe you’re low on toilet paper but had just stocked up on tissues or napkins.

Our homes are full of paper products other than toilet paper if you look around. Some people have even resorted to using coffee filters.

Be sure not to throw paper alternatives in your toilet! You will end up spending your entire TP budget and more on a plumber.

4. Take a Shower

If you are truly out of options, hop in the shower after using the restroom. An extendable showerhead will get the job done much more efficiently than toilet paper ever did.

Just be sure to give your shower a good scrub after using it as a makeshift bidet. After all, nothing works better as an alternative to toilet paper than washing with water and antibacterial soap.

Keep in mind that only Western societies commonly use toilet papers; the majority of the world gets by without it on a daily basis! In fact, an estimated 4.2 billion people live without toilets at all.

So as you ration your squares or resort to wiping with that coffee filter, remember that this is indeed a First World Problem.

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Turkey and Bear Seasons Are Opening: What Hunters Need to Know

Some hunting seasons are already open for spring, others are fast approaching, and the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing. Here’s what hunters need to know.

Snow is melting, spring is here, and gobblers are strutting around the country. But it’s important to take safety into account as COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S.

The quick (and yeah, a little killjoy) takeaways are the following:

If you’re traveling far enough to restock on supplies or use public facilities, you’re traveling too far.
Some hunting seasons are affected. Check in with your state fish and game agency before heading out for a hunt.
Most public facilities, campgrounds, and recreation sites are closed. And dispersed camping might be off the table.
Some public lands — including many state lands and wildlife areas — are currently closed.
It’s best to hunt alone, with immediate family, or with roommates. Social distancing still applies while hunting.

With travel and public land closures very much in limbo, be sure to know the facts before dusting off the old turkey gun and heading to your favorite spot to call in the toms. And if you’re holding a spring bear tag, the same advice applies.

Currently, most hunting seasons and dates are going on as normal. But a bevy of other issues might interfere with your annual camp. Here’s the best info we were able to dig up.

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Affect Hunting

To be blunt, this is a bad time to travel far from home. And while some states don’t have specific orders in place, COVID-19 now affects everywhere in the country.

There are currently travel restrictions in place for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for the next 2 weeks. Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control breaks down the questions you should ask yourself if you’re considering traveling domestically.

If you live in an area that’s sheltering in place but allowing outdoor recreation, your best bet is to stay near home. Use cautionary measures while getting gas. Pack all your own food, drinks, and necessities to minimize contact with others.

Now for some tough love. If you plan for a long trip that requires you to cross state borders, stay at campgrounds, or resupply, it’s probably best to put it off until next year.

Rural areas across the U.S. are pleading with people to stay home as to not over-tax healthcare facilities. So as much as it sucks, the responsible thing is to cancel big trips. The turkeys will be there next year.

If you must make that trip, remember to check shelter-in-place guidelines for the places you must visit along the way. And do everything in your power to provision your trip from door to door to minimize contact with people along the way.

Coronavirus and Hunting Seasons

Local and state authorities manage many turkey hunting lands. So if you plan to hunt a state-managed wildlife area, park, or forest, check with local authorities before heading out the door. We checked in with a few states to see how COVID-19 will affect the turkey season.

This list is far from all-inclusive, so check with your local authorities before heading to the field.

Nebraska: Nebraska today suspended the sale of nonresident spring turkey hunting permits. Nonresidents who have purchased permits will be able to use them, but they won’t be able to purchase additional permits.

Nebraska Game and Parks will contact nonresidents with turkey permits through email within the next week with information, including potential refunds. As of writing, Nebraska’s hunting season is still open and camping is still permitted.

Alabama: Most Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources outdoor facilities remain open for recreation. However, some offices may be closed to the public.

Colorado: Colorado has a shelter-in-place order through the first half of the turkey season. Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed all campgrounds, dispersed camping, and camping facilities at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areas.

While the hunting season is open, hotels, restaurants, and camping facilities are closed across the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers tag refunds to those canceling their plans.

Florida: For those hunters yearning to fill an Osceola tag, Florida hunting remains open. Most public land in the state is also open for hunting.

However, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed all designated campgrounds on the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system for a minimum of 30 days beginning Monday, March 23.

In areas where it’s currently allowed, dispersed wilderness camping (camping outside of designated campgrounds or where no permit is required) is open only for groups of fewer than 10 people.

Kentucky: Fishing and hunting for 2020 are still open per statewide seasons/regulations. Open-air sites such as public lakes and streams, as well as WMAs, remain open.

State offices and facilities are closed to in-person contact with the public to minimize health risks. Until further notice, please use this website, call at 800-858-1549, or email for assistance.

Minnesota: Hunting is open for turkey and WMAs, state forests, and Scientific and Natural Areas are open for recreation. Campgrounds, group camps, and remote campsites — at all state parks, state forests, and state recreation areas — and most other facilities are closed.

Missouri: Nature centers, visitor centers, and staffed shooting ranges are closed. Otherwise, the hunting season is open at this time.

Montana: All seasons are on as scheduled. But state parks, fishing access sites, and WMAs remain open for day use only, with camping prohibited and public bathrooms closed. All FWP offices are closed as well.

Washington state: One of the harder-hit states by COVID-19, Washington already closed several seasons. The state has also canceled the youth turkey hunt scheduled for April 4-5.

Six game management units that were scheduled to open on April 1 for spring bear hunting are closed pending further evaluation. Nearly 90% of spring bear permit holders in northeast Washington would be traveling from outside the area, according to WDFW.

Recreational fishing and shellfishing are also closed until April 8.

Federal, State Land Closures: Know Before You Go

Around the country, public lands closures are affecting both recreation and some hunting and fishing opportunities. Many recreation sites like camping areas are now closed. Even many popular trailheads of otherwise open land are closing to mitigate potential contact.

Some places like the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are entirely closed to all recreation. Others like the Gallatin National Forest have specific measures in place for recreation sites. All DNR lands in Washington state are currently closed to the public. Washington state has even closed all recreational fishing and shellfishing.

It’s wise to call ahead or check online if you can. If you’re hunting national forest lands, you can check the specific forest on the USFS site. Many sites have moved to day use only, so even dispersed camping might be affected as well.

As we head into the field, we also must minimize risks to first responders. Although backcountry travel isn’t typically associated with turkey hunting, many bear hunters do go deep in the mountains. Consider the terrain and mileage you’re taking on. Be conservative with backcountry travel until COVID passes and avoid calling for help.

Social Distancing and Hunting Camp
Illustration by Jasmine Lilly Creative

Although it’s possible to maintain 6 feet of distance while hunting, attending a shared hunting camp with folks from outside your household is likely a no-go at the moment.

This is a good time to test your solo turkey hunting skills, provided safety remains top of mind and you’ve mitigated the other risks mentioned. And hunting with roommates or immediate family members is certainly within bounds.

I know we all know the basics by now. But, if you do encounter other hunters, maintain the 6-foot rule at a minimum. And practice your usual hunting etiquette of social distancing, which is clearly much, much more than 6 feet. Or two labrador retrievers, which is a bit easier for us hunting folk to remember.

Final Thoughts

Spring turkey hunts can provide a bit of respite as 3 out of 4 Americans are currently under some sort of shelter-in-place mandate. If you’re lucky enough to have private land or permission to hunt on private land, you can avoid many of the issues others will face. And if asking for permission, please call or email rather than knocking on doors.

Other seasons will also see their share of changes. Spring bear hunters should follow these same steps in considering their hunting plans. And all sportspeople should pay attention to their local fish and game websites in order to follow possible date changes, closures, and, of course, reopenings as COVID-19 continues to spread.

We hope this information helps as you navigate the strange new ecosystem of a pandemic. Good luck if you head to the field — and stay safe out there.

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