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Do You Have an Emergency Evacuation Plan?

Pumpkin-spice-everything, mums, and Labor Day vacations are actually not the most pressing to-do of your September. It is National Preparedness month here in the U.S. It is a time to reflect on who and what is most important in your life, and to make plans and take action to protect them in case of an emergency. And yes, once you've done that, then by all means, please go enjoy all the vacations and pumpkin-spice things with those wonderful people in your life.

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Simplify Your Fishing Trip with Nite Ize

Our family loves to fish. And now that summer is here, we are in the thick of it. From quick lunch breaks on the creek to packrafting trips down some of the most iconic American rivers, we are soaking up every minute. To say that getting a family of four ready for a multi-day fishing trip is logistically intensive is an understatement. Really, even just getting ready for a fishing afternoon with little kids can be trying. But, I can confidently say that using Nite Ize products on your fishing outings can make it all go much smoother. From packing, to trailering, to camping, to gear organization, there is a Nite Ize product to make it better.

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Step Up Your Summer Party Game

Amplify your backyard BBQ

Summertime is in full swing - swimming, camping, hiking, picnicking – it’s all here and we’re soaking it up. That also means it’s everyone’s favorite backyard-BBQ season. In true Nite Ize-style, we have some tips on how to take your next party to the next level.

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Father’s Day Gifts for the Adventure Dad

Father’s Day Gifts for the Adventure Dad

This is your friendly reminder that Father’s Day is June 19th! This year, our gift guide pays tribute to the Adventure Dads of the world. Adventure Dads are a special, creative breed of parent who get out and explore, and love to bring the kids along with them. Their bravery may take you abroad with teachings of the unknown or may simply lead you around the neighborhood for fearless critter-catching and impromptu backyard camping. With one of these rarest of dads, every outing can become a life-long lesson, and better yet, a cherished memory.

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A Day in the Life of a ColoRADo Dog

A Colorado dog's life

Hello. My name is Frankie. I am a good girl. Occasionally I make questionable decisions, but my mom says it’s just when I have too much energy. Fortunately that doesn’t happen too often, because we live in a land called “Colorado”. Here, every day is an adventure and I get to use up all my energy. In case you’re curious, here’s a peek into what our typical day in Colorado looks like.

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms on the Move

Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms on the Move

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and of course, like a good child, you’ve already found the perfect gift for that saint you call “Mom”, right? Or if you’re a partner in charge of helping the kids pick out presents, your handmade cards and thoughtful gifts are ready and wrapped, right? ….right?

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TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY TIPS (AND TRICKS)

TRICK OR TREAT

Halloween is the perfect time to embrace all the feels of fall, bring out the decorations, connect with neighbors, and binge a little (or a lot) on sugar. This year, let Nite Ize help you keep the kids seen and safe as they haunt around the neighborhood. Here are a few of our pro tips for having the most spectacular, spookiest, and safest Halloween night of all.

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15 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR EMERGENCY GO BAG

Emergency supplies

National Preparedness Month is here again, and it is a great reminder that if you still haven’t built or updated your emergency kit, there’s no time like the present. A Go Bag (also referred to as a Bug-out Bag) is a pre-packed kit that will be your lifeline in case of an emergency evacuation situation. Some disaster scenarios don’t leave time for thorough planning in the moment. Fires, for example, move fast – so should you. In these instances, you aren’t going to be able to take your time to gather up everything you want to from home. A Go Bag is about making sure you have what you need and getting away quickly and safely. After working in the survival and medical industries over the last two decades and experiencing my own fire evacuation due to living in California, I have compiled a list of items that I have tested and strongly recommend.

Before you start compiling your kit, here are a few helpful considerations:

  • Build it out for the number of people in your household (including your pets). My bag (pictured above) is built for five: two adults, two small children, and one dog for 24 hours.
  • Consider the type of disaster you are most likely to encounter where you live. For us, it’s likely grass fires or floods, so we should be able to reach a friend’s home or red cross shelter in 24 hours or less on foot. If you live in earthquake or hurricane territories, you should pack enough supplies for 72 hours as those disasters can take out a much larger area of infrastructure at once.
  • Determine where you’re going to keep your kit and communicate exactly what it’s for to all members of your household (you can even label it as an extra reminder). I recommend putting it in a place that you would pass on your fastest way out of the house, like a coat closet or hook near the front door.

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MOBILIZE FOR SPRING ADVENTURES: FAVORITE ACCESSORIES FOR LIFE ON-THE-GO

Hiker

Spring has sprung and the smell of summer barbeques is so close we can almost taste them. Meanwhile, thoughts of springtime adventures stir in our minds. Whether your spirit of adventure leads you to explore new local parks or faraway destinations, we have a few tips and tricks for adventuring safer and smarter with your smartphone. For better or worse, smartphones and technology have generally changed the way we explore and experience the world around us. Rather than packing up maps, a camera, a video camera, a GPS, and relying on the kindness of strangers to lend directions, we bring along one trusty, compact smartphone.  So, here are a few ways we recommend keeping your device protected and accessible on your next adventure, as well as a few ways your phone can keep you safe and enhance the experience.

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ORGANIZE: TACKLE THAT JUNK DRAWER IN 4 STEPS

Organized Drawer

The official first day of spring is this weekend and you may already have the itch to start cleaning. Last spring, we all may have been a little gung-ho, purging our closets and diving into home improvement projects that we may, or may not, have had the skills or know-how to do. This year, I suggest easing into your spring cleaning with a little smaller task – tackling your junk drawer.  Let’s be honest, we all have (at least) one, and it probably gets cleaned out less than every few years. So, allow me to help you find the motivation to clear out the chaos and bring calm to the place in your house where little items make the biggest mess.

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