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5 Valuable Lessons We’ve Learned Boondocking

As we get closer to embarking full-time with our nomadic idea, we recently had an opportunity to "test" it all out in our newly converted Camper Van and do some serious boondocking.  By the way, our Van is also our tow vehicle for our 76 Airstream Argosy. Scott was able to take off an entire month, driving with our two dogs across the country - landing in the warm desert lands of Quartzsite...

Cooking Nomadic Meals with Recycled Water

At first, cooking with recycled water sounds like a terrible idea. But not really once you understand HOW it will be cooked. Cooking nomadic meals with recycled water is pretty easy and very sanitary. Why? The water never touches the food and it's the science found in a product called Omeals. What are Omeals? Omeals are a pre-cooked packaged food that can be heated in a cooking bag with ANY...

Hello Nomadic Idea, Goodbye BackpackerTV

It's not easy coming to realize that your perhaps your brand plan isn't really...branding well. But to be honest, we had to take a hard look at who we were and what we wanted to be about. We've had this idea about being nomadic for quite some time, but didn't know how to express that with you, our followers. TheBackpackerTV started way back in 2008, the plan was just to curate content off...

Downsizing to be Nomadic

Downsizing doesn't mean you are able to get rid of a lifetime worth of stuff all at once. It's a process just like everything else that one wants to learn. We had several garage sales and each one we had was all together different from the other.  For example, I held on to my parents 70's food tray and ashtray FOREVER. Why? I don't know. I do have a genuine idea however that it was based on a...

Hiking With Your Dog? Can They Get Giardia?

Most hikers and backpackers who adventure out into the Wilderness are pretty familiar with "Treat the Water" before you drink. But how many of us let our dogs drink out of any kind of water source? Humans filter water so we don't get water born parasites like Giardia. But did you know your dog can get Giardia also? In fact, dogs are more likely to get Giardia than humans since they expose...

Top 5 Trail Snacks To Help Provide Energy

For most, hitting the trail is not only great exercise but good for the soul. For others, it's an endurance backpacking trip that can take you miles before your next big juicy burger. I'm sure you could probably hike more than 100 miles without food, if you had to. But hiking is supposed to be a fun adventure, not a race. Keeping your body fueled up with tasty, nutritious snacks while out on the...

The Adventure is in the Journey

In a world of Instagram and other Social Media platforms, we often see the best of the best when it comes to "Adventure". No matter if it's a epic backpacking trip, or a road trip across the U.S. or even living in a camper van and doing what you love. We all get fixed on the fact that "they are living the life". But is it what you think? It wasn't until I was half way done with my 2003...

3 Hot Drinks You Can Make Around the Campfire

With National Hot Toddy Day coming around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to share our favorite hot drinks (with a little somethin somethin) to keep you feeling good around the campfire on a cold night. Of course we always consider weight, and how easy it is to carry with us while on the trail. They are great for a celebration or a birthday or even a toast. HOT TODDY  This...

Outdoor Common Sense Safety Tips

So you want to get outdoors and have fun. So many places to go and visit. Planning that amazing vacation or trekking out into the Wilderness for some long over due quiet time. But sometimes in planning the fun stuff, we forget to have a PLAN for real stuff. What do we mean by "real stuff"? The stuff that you don't think of until that moment of "what do I do now" happens. Real Stuff like being...

Backcountry Water Filtration VS Purification

To Filter or Purify? That is indeed the question! A conundrum many that are new to backpacking face. So how exactly do you decided which safety measure to take when there are countless options available to you? It is actually very simple if you break it down in answering these three questions: Where are you going? What sources of water will be available to you along your route, at camp? What...