Build a Field Latrine When Society Fails!

Field latrine in an Army motorpool

Because society has caved in doesn’t mean your bladder and your guts quit working. We dislike to discuss it in an amenable organization; however, it’s valid.

If you drink the wrong water or eat the wrong nourishment, your insides will correct requital for you no doubt. Be that as it may, even under ordinary, non-irresistible conditions, consistent, substantial capacities will make it basic that you plan and fabricate legitimate “lavatory offices” that won’t make you and your gathering wiped out by welcoming and spreading ailment.

So it will wind up noticeably basic for you and your gathering to build satisfactory field washroom offices that you can oversee well, that are powerful and as sterile as you can make them, so you don’t pull in illness.  It’s important that it’s built well and with precision.  Try a laser level (battery operated) from a site like this.

As indicated by military rules, restrooms must be worked to avoid tainting of sustenance and water. They ought to be built no less than 100 yards downwind and down angle from your nourishment arrangement site, and no less than 100 feet from any ground water source like a lake or stream.

Never put your field lavatory above the slope of the nourishment arrangement site, and for extra insurance, don’t burrow your toilet at the ground water level or in places where the substance of the restroom pit can deplete into the water source [we can’t stretch this enough!].

The objective is to fabricate your restroom sufficiently far from indispensable living spaces yet sufficiently close for less demanding access. Furthermore, you ought to likewise burrow a waste dump around the edges of the toilet to keep water and other surface water out.

Also, you should put some hand-washing framework outside of every toilet zone, and ensure everybody washes their hands in the wake of utilizing the restroom, to eliminate odds of spreading sullying.

The Ultimate Hike and Snorkel Adventure: The Island of Kauai in Hawaii

Most people don’t think about hiking and snorkeling in the same breath.  They’re usually two different things that need to be done in two separate locations.

Not if you live in Hawaii, though.

There are probably hundreds of good spots to snorkel in the State of Hawaii that takes a little bit of a hike to get to.  However, if you’re looking for a decent “through” hike and a snorkel adventure at the same time, then hiking the Napali Coast on Kauai is your dream destination.

A couple of our friends are doing this trek in a few weeks and they laid out a little bit of what they’ll be doing.

Kalalau Trail

This is an 11 mile hike one way that ends at a beach called Kalalau where they’ll be snorkeling for a day and then heading back after spending two night.  (So, one day in, camp, snorkel the next day, camp…and then turn around the 2nd morning.

This isn’t a “tourist hike”, either.  (that’s what we call walks that are billed as “hikes” for tourism and marketing purposes.  This is an ACTUAL hike.

The challenge of the Kalalau Trail is not without some serious dangers and the trail will play upon your body and mind.

The trail literally tracks along uneven cliffs with sheer drops.

Why Snorkel and Hike?

Our friends seem to be the kind of couple that doesn’t just want to camp and enjoy the rest after a long hike…they want more adventure on the “other side of the curtain” (as they call it).  They’re not adrenaline junkies but they are “experience junkies”.  LOL  They hate when we call them that.

And, yes, carrying extra gear into an area just adds to the toll on the body and mind.

What to Pack?

We asked them and they said, “Everything you need for a through hike PLUS snorkel gear”.  Okay, wiseguys…well, we know what kind of hiking stuff you need but where did you get any idea on the type of snorkel gear that’ll be best?

They told us about a page that has a great snorkel gear buying guide and you’ll notice that the page even has a subject that covers travel sized snorkel fins…which is what our friends opted for.  Other than that, they said full face snorkels masks, fins, towels, and mask defogger.  They both know how to swim but they also got inflatable snorkel vests so they could do more relaxing on the water than physical exertion since the hike is going to take a lot of out of them.


We can’t wait to hear the stories and see the pics and videos that come out this trip they have planned.  We wish them a great and safe trip to Hawaii to snorkel and hike the Napali Coast.  We’ll be sure to post an update once they’re back from their trip.

Safety Tips When Camping In a Hammock

Couple laying together in hammock while camping

Camping in a hammock is a top choice for several adventure travelers since they are durable and lightweight. You can virtually set it anywhere and engross yourself in the beauty of nature. However, to set up your hammock for a comfortable experience and to ensure camping safety, some precautions must be taken.

Here are some Hammocking Safety Tips:

  • Before you hanging your hammock, check your equipment. Ensure there aren’t any defects or signs of substantial wear on the suspension or the hammock. (reference)
  • When picking a hammock spot,use a strong trees that can bear your weight. You should void saplings as they can bend and cause damage to your precious camping tent.
  • stay away from dead trees since they can snap under the weight. Also, ensure that you don’t set up your hammock underneath dead branches. This is especially crucial When camping in the winter When ice and snow accrue on the branches.
  • To ensure camping safety, Avoid hanging your hammock above sharp rocks. While falls are unlikely, keeping an eye out for any hazards that may be on the ground is always helpful.
  • For optimum comfort, ensure you hang the hammock ropes at a 30 degree angle. This will give you the perfect center of gravity for stability and can withstand even the strongest wind.
  • Always lie diagonally. Lying in line with the trees can curve your spine a little too much and toss you off balance.
  • Ensure you have a mosquito net and a tarp to protect yourself from bugs and other biting insect that might be out there to destruct your camping experience. Today, many hammocks come with the mosquito net and the tarp.


Hammocks are a simple, easy to use, comfortable, and versatile way of camping. When camping in a hammock, you are guaranteed of a sweet, warm and different experience each day. However, basic comfort and safety are vital to enjoying a truly relaxing camping trip.