What You Need to Bring for a Backpacking Trip

When you start packing for your trip, there is a tendency for you to include irrelevant stuff that you might not even think of using during your trip. This will add extra weight that you would have to carry and they will get in the way if you want to take something from your bag that you really need at the moment. A lot of people do pack too much or in some cases, too little. To avoid doing either of them, take a look at the most important stuff that will be mentioned in this list so you know which ones to not forget. You can read one best travel backpack review to get an idea of what to really look for aside from referring to this post.

Malaria protection

One way of protecting yourself from malaria is by orally taking drugs that are anti-malaria, but you would need to get a prescription before purchasing them. It would be good to use repellent and a mozzie net to increase protection.

A good backpack

Of course this is needed, but it is one of the most difficult things to master because it will serve you in a lot of ways. It will be your wardrobe, bathroom cabinet, bedside drawer, and others. This is why your backpack has to be something that you have gotten used to. Avoid making a mistake of buying one that is too big and then packing it until it is full.

Earplugs are good

You might think that these are not necessary, but earplugs are good for you for trying to get some sleep. Especially if you have difficulty sleeping in a place other than home. You will encounter all kinds of noises during your travel, be it from people or everything else around you, so earplugs are going to come in handy.

Scopes Can Help With Your Hunting

Scopes can Help your with your hunting

They help with your hunting because they let you see your target better and from a magnified view. You can easily see your target with your own eyes, but if you use a scope, you will feel like you are actually standing in front of your target and ready to take it down. Anyone who has been using scopes for hunting can support this thought because it is true.


There are types of sights for your scope. The open sight, aperture sight, red dot sight, and laser sight. The open sight will require a shooter to get 2 sights lined up on a rifle aim. The sight on the rear looks like a U or a V and the front sight is just a vertical projection. The aperture sight is similar to the open sight, but has a ring for the rear sight. You can align the front and the rear for a better target. There should be an illuminating reticle found on top of the target image and the red dot sight does not project the end out sight out. Laser sights project a beam to the target.


If your scope is 5-12 x 42, this means that the scope has a range of 5 to 12 x for magnification. This indicates that the image that you will see using the ocular lens will be times 5 larger than how you will see it using your eyes only. This also means that your scope is a variable scope because you can change the magnification settings. Fixed scopes don’t have adjustable magnification settings. The 42 tells you the size of the objective lens in millimeters. This will tell you much light it will be able to transmit. If you have larger ocular lenses, the more light it will be able to transmit. You will only need a large objective lens if your magnification is at 14x or 36x.

Kayak Paddles

Don’t miss the boat. Paddle your way to a great escape that lets you sightsee while you sweat.

Most kayak paddles weigh no more than one and a half to three pounds. I remind myself of this when, 200 yards into my first kayaking lesson on San Francisco Bay, I feel as if someone has set fire to my left deltoid. I glance at my instructor, Duncan Smith, host of the Outdoor Life Network’s REI’s Great Adventures, who wields his paddle as effortlessly as a butter knife.

“Is it normal to be a little fatigued already?”

I shout to him, praying that my question will get him to stop paddling. It does. As he patiently reviews the instructions he gave me on land only moments before, I rest the paddle across my lap and gently massage my aching shoulder.

“You’re relying too heavily on your arm muscles,” he explains.

No kidding, I think.

“Keep your elbows almost straight and let your torso do the work,” Smith continues.

In kayaking, technique is more important than brute strength and a low center of gravity is an advantage: It gives your boat greater stability. As a result, women often excel at the sport, which is drawing converts by the thousands. By the late 1990s, nearly 50 percent of the sport’s 3 million or so participants were women–up from only about 20 percent in the middle of the decade.

Getting Warmer

Since I didn’t get to work out (i.e., rehearse) with Cindy that much (maybe five times in all), I was a little worried about moving in sync with her. But it turned out to be fine; Cindy is a very athletic woman. She can do push-ups as gracefully as she sashays down the runway.

After a couple of hours, we took a lunch break. A catering truck served chicken with rice and grilled shrimp. There was also a salad buffet with the most delicious olives. Savoring them, I recalled how much I craved olives when I was pregnant. Cindy thought that was so healthy of me, since she had hankered for Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookies. Cindy went for the chicken-with-rice dish, and I had shrimp and way too many olives.

That night we worked until about 10 P.M. Between takes, Cindy went in the back room to pump milk for Presley. When we finally wrapped for the day, she confessed that she felt a little lightheaded. No wonder: We had cranked out about 200 push-ups and sweated through two whole workouts. The next two days went smoothly. During the production, I was amazed at how Cindy pushed herself, tired as she was, through the hours of filming.

The video, called Cindy Crawford: A New Dimension, is scheduled to come out this month, which is good timing for me. I’m pregnant with my third child. I figure I can eat as many olives as I want now: I have a great plan for getting my body back into shape.

Getting Warmer

To sizzle this beach season, fire up your muscles now,

Here it is, April, and if you followed my fat-burning workout in last month’s column, you’ll notice that your body is already getting beach-worthy. (if you missed the March issue, it isn’t too late to start. Log on to www.phys.com for the Summer Planner details, then hop to it.) This month, the goals are to crank up your cardio training and strengthen your muscles. When you have more lean muscle tissue, you burn more calories, plus you can run, swim or bike faster and longer. Added bonus: more bathing-suit options. Here’s how to get to the next level.

Get Your Body Back

Eight months after giving birth, Cindy Crawford is fit again, Here’s how she got her famous body back.

When rumors of Cindy Crawford’s pregnancy started circulating in Hollywood last March, every personal trainer this side of the San Andreas Fault wanted the job of whipping her famous body back into shape. So I was ecstatic when I got the offer to train the new mom and develop a postpregnancy exercise video with her.

Train The New Mom

Cindy invited me to her house to discuss the specifics. She told me I how much she liked my book, Primetime Pregnancy, which I wrote after I gave birth to twins three years ago. I couldn’t help returning the compliment: The woman looked great. I couldn’t even tell she was five months pregnant. Her belly popped out as much as mine does after eating Chinese food. Sexy as ever, Cindy wore delicate strappy sandals and sleek black pants. Her collarbone peered out from a crisp white button-down shirt.

Before she became pregnant, Cindy explained, she would exercise with a trainer. almost every morning, either running or doing sports-conditioning exercises. Now that she was having a baby, she had cut down on the high-intensity cardio workouts, taking walks and yoga classes instead.

Because I am a mother, Cindy thought I could put her on a postpartum program that would take into account breast-feeding, abdominal weakness and fatigue–one that she and, when the video came out, other women could do after giving birth and then build on over time. It sounded like a good plan.


Active women should get between 55 and 60 percent of their total daily calories from complex carbs–including fruits and vegetables, not just the bready ones at the base of the food pyramid. In addition, Clark encourages eating protein-laden dairy products such as low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt. She also advises cutting carbohydrate portion sizes, meaning no more bagels the size of your head or supersize bowls of pasta.

To wean herself from her starch habit, Street drew a chart of the five food groups and checked off the ones she ate every day. She also tried to eat most of her carbs in the morning so that she could burn them off during her workout. In one month, she had the routine down and tossed the cheat sheet. Her improved diet is working. This winter, Street was back on the slopes as director of skiing at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah and hopes to compete in the 2001 season.

Shannon Clark, rhythmic gymnast

nutrition pitfall: underfueling

Rhythmic gymnast and Georgia Tech student Shannon Clark thought she was eating a healthy diet: Cream of Wheat and fruit for breakfast, lettuce and skinless chicken for lunch and dinner, more fruit and maybe some raisins for snacks. No fat of any kind.

THE PROBLEM “Many [active women] tend to eat only a small percentage of what their energy outputs require,” says Georgia State University’s Dan Benardot, Ph.D. “You see up to 40 percent inadequate energy intake in some cases.” Skimping on calories and nutrients can result in diminished energy levels, sore muscles and slow recovery after workouts or even chronic injuries.

Sea Kayaking

I try a few tentative strokes, and I feel as if I’m wrestling an alligator as my boat waggles haphazardly across the bay in Smith’s arrow-straight wake. Within minutes, though, the pain in my arm subsides. Smith has to remind me several more times to keep my arms straight, and gradually I relax into a rhythmic, torso-powered stroke. Reach, dip, rotate right. Reach, dip, rotate left. When a ferry leaves a wake behind us, Smith shows me how to catch a wave so my boat surges forward like a surfboard.

I spot a sea lion poking his whiskery nose above a nearby wave, I watch the shorebirds wheeling overhead and I peer into water-level caves as we round the island of Alcatraz. It’s a typically blustery San Francisco day and the island’s tourists are huddled against the chill, but I’m toasty inside my sprayskirt and splash jacket. Although I’m sitting low on the water and foot-high waves are beating against the hull, the kayak feels reassuringly stable and I’ve barely gotten wet. I had secretly feared my boat would flip at the first ripple and I’d have to remember how to release my sprayskirt underwater if I ever wanted to see my two children again.

When we turn back toward San Francisco, a head wind whips me in the face, and I can feel the muscles in my back and legs straining to put on extra steam. I continue to inch closer to the shore, however, and Smith says my stroke looks much stronger.

“Any questions?” he asks as we pull our boats out of the water.

Just one: When can I go again?


How to float your boat

  1. MUSCLE UP. These strength exercises will get you ‘yaking in no time. Shoulder strengthener: Hold a 2- to 4-pound dumbbell in each hand. With straight arms, raise weights to your sides at shoulder height, bring hands together in front, then return them to the sides and lower. Do 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps. Rows: Bend over and place right hand on the seat of a bench. Keeping legs slightly bent and back straight, lift a 20-pound dumbbell from the floor to your chest with your left hand. Do 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps on each side.

How to have the Time of Your Life?


It wouldn’t be a real Sports Night without a day spent on the slopes.

Don’t assume Felicity Huffman can rattle off NFL and NHL stats simply because she plays the producer of a SportsCenter-like show on Sports Night (she swears it s all in the script). But when it comes to participating in sports, that’s no act. “I grew up in Aspen, Colorado, and I’ve been skiing since I was 5,” says the 37-year-old. “Three days a week, I went to school, and on the other four I skied. Now I can ski, but I can’t spell.” Her favorite mountain is Snowmass, her hometown peak, where she goes on winter vacations to escape the Hollywood scene. “I like the bumps, and I like to go fast,” she explains. “I’ve gone backcountry skiing, but I prefer the regular, groomed slopes.” Her equipment of choice? Volkl P40 Platinums. “They ski for you, they’re really amazing.”

Unlike many skiers, Huffman claims she has never been bitten by the snowboarding bug-unless, of course, you count the fact that she prefers the comfort of baggy snow pants by Burton Snowboards to tight ski pants. Like anyone who has skied in the Rockies, Huffman has been spoiled by the powdery snow, so when she and her husband, actor William H. Macy, go to their house in Vermont, they hit the cross-country trails instead of the slopes. “I used to think cross-country was the most boring thing, but as I got older, I started to enjoy it. It’s such a great workout.”

Elite Athletes on Diets

Even Olympians love doughnuts. But here’s what five stars learned when they got coached on eating.

Elite athletes are fine-tuned machines, working with the best coaches, the most scientific training tools and the expertise of top sports psychologists. So of course they also have well-honed eating habits, right? Wrong. Many professional athletes have diets no better than the fans gobbling hot dogs in the bleachers. Sheryl Swoopes was once a drive-thru junkie. Picabo Street practically lived on pasta. and…

 Mountain biker Alison Sydor subsisted on nonstop snacks. Until they found nutrition

Amazingly, doughnut-fueled athletes manage to finish triathlons in record times, sink three-pointers and take home Olympic gold. Eventually, such shoddy diets do leave their mark, however, and the pros pay the price in the same ways we do–with energy swings, muscles that can’t repair themselves and stubborn, unwanted pounds. “You can exercise and train as hard as you want,” says Kristine Clark, Ph.D., R.D., the director of sports nutrition at Penn State University’s athletic department, “but it’s balanced nutrition that really determines your health and energy levels.”

That’s easy enough to say; breaking bad eating habits can be a struggle no matter who you are. “When an athlete realizes, `I’m not performing as I should be,” her bad diet can get even worse,” says Dan Benardot, Ph.D., co-director of the Georgia State University Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance, who works closely with elite athletes to design performance eating plans. “Often athletes turn to vitamin or creatine supplements. When that doesn’t work, they might try weirdo regimens like eating nothing but brown rice for weeks.” This trial-and-error approach can drag on for ages, because every diet change can yield a temporary performance boost. In the end, the solution is the same for athletes as for other active women: Eat a diet that incorporates all five food groups-and we don’t mean pizza, soda, fries, cookies and chalupas.

While an athletic-shoe contract may not be riding on every morsel that enters your mouth, your fitness and health may be. Before you toss back any more munchies, find out the most common food mistakes of top athletes and the strategies they used to fix them.

The Famously Icy Tennis Champion

When Steffi Graf retired and started dating Andre Agassi, he soared to No. 1 and she found her next big passion.

Steffi Graf’s mother, Heidi, was sitting on the patio at the Polo Club in Boca Raton, Florida, in January when she as handed a copy of People magazine.

The famously icy tennis champion had morphed into a giddy

Inside were photographs of her daughter, clad in a bikini, laughing and frolicking with Andre Agassi on a beach in Hawaii. One photo showed Agassi carrying Graf in his arms; another caught the couple in a playful clench, half wrestling, half waltzing; in a third, Agassi affectionately nuzzled Grafts breast. For a moment, Heidi Graf was stunned. Then she burst out laughing.

It was a Steffi Graf few had ever seen before. The famously icy tennis champion had morphed into a giddy, love-struck woman–a transformation that has amazed her family, friends and fans. Graf and Agassi’s New Year’s romp was only their latest public display of affection in a four-month relationship that has created tabloid frenzy and that Graf’s friend Boris Becker has called “a great love affair.” Who could have imagined Graf, the stone-faced champion who barely cracked a smile or allowed a glimpse into her personal life during her nearly 20-year reign over women’s tennis, letting it all hang out for the world to see?