What should you take on your camping trip?

The sleeping bag

It is the hiker’s bed. To be fit during the day, you have to sleep well at night. Form, filling and construction are the elements of reflection that must preside over your purchase.

The quality of a sleeping bag is first of all a function of the layer of air contained inside the lining. It is therefore important to take into account the difference in volume between the bag compressed in its cover and in the open air. The greater the difference, the better it will be.

The top of a bag is always warmer than the underside which is compressed by the weight of the body. On cold or humid soil it will work best.

Sleeping bag lining

We can distinguish natural filling (down) and synthetics:

– Down is a noble material that is known for excellence (goose or duck) which allows you to combine comfort and tradition. Perfectly healthy and natural, it allows the body to breathe while ensuring a perfect circulation of perspiration. Because of its qualities, it is mainly used in low and very low temperature regions. Its interest lies also in its low weight and compress ability. It is often more expensive than synthetic and also requires more maintenance.

– Synthetics, hollow fibers or not. In polyester, they allow a great diversity of results. Research is the same as down: store a sufficient mass of air with the necessary thermal insulation. New fibers such as GLT, Thermoguard, Polaguard, Thermoloft, etc., are often close to the qualities of down, apart from weight.

Hammock and mosquito nets

And why not a hammock for some hot countries, hiking or when traveling by boat, or even by train? Choose a compact, lightweight model made of synthetic material so that it is not afraid of the weather, and without wooden frame. First prices around 20 dollars.

In some areas, a mosquito net is essential. Here too, for modest prices, choose the least bulky, pyramid-shaped models, and especially pre-made with a repellent anti-mosquito. As an option, there are also hammocks and mosquito nets.


If you’re going camping then you need a good knife. We would recommend a tactical knife like the ones seen here www.tacticalgearguides.com/best-tactical-knives. They are tough and built for the outdoors.

Hope that you got some value out of this article.

Garbage Disposal Considerations

The garbage disposal is an increasingly common accessory in homes. This appliance is usually installed in the sink of the kitchens and its operation is very simple: it incorporates a small engine that crushes the organic garbage (mainly food waste) and evacuates it from the sink by means of the tap water coming out of the tap.

However, when installing a trash crusher in your home you must have several aspects in mind. We will explain:

Lower space adapted. As we said, garbage disposers are usually placed in the space under the sink. Therefore, it is important that this gap is large enough for the crusher to fit.

Sink adapted. Sinks in which a garbage disposer is installed usually have a wider mouth for food to be deposited. Therefore, not all conventional sinks are adapted and are valid for this system.
Trash crushers have been talked about in recent times, especially in issues related to regulations and the care of the environment. However, these problems are already solved.

The old disposals incorporated blades that did not completely destroy the food remains, but made them small pieces that jammed the pipes. With the new regulations, the food grinders are adapted and are manufactured to completely destroy the leftovers and not cause these jams. The Waste King L-2600 is a good example of one that will destroy anything you can put down it.


Advantages of a Garbage Disposal

There are many advantages that can give you a garbage disposal for your home, for your kitchen, for your restaurant, below we go over some of them.


With a trash crusher you can convert food scraps into liquid to pour down the sink drain. Therefore, one of the main advantages of using a garbage disposer is that the waste in the cube is considerably reduced.


Trash cans with organic debris such as food waste are one of the main sources of batteries and insects. With the trash crusher you will pour those waste through the sink and you will have a more hygienic and ecological home.


Are these daily trips heavy on the trash container? According to manufacturers, up to 70% of the garbage that accumulates every day in the home comes from organic debris and food waste. Thanks to a garbage disposal you will reduce considerably the amount of garbage generated in your home and you will avoid some trips to the trash.

Things Consider When Buying a Garbage Disposal

It does not support all the trash. The garbage that can pass through a crusher of this type is only organic, that is, food remains that are generally small and soft and can be easily destroyed by the blades. The rest of garbage elements like plastics, paper, cartons. we must deposit them in a separate container to recycle. If we introduce these materials into a garbage disposer, two things could happen: first, that we ruin the garbage disposer, since it is not made for this type of material; Secondly, that we cause a jam, because these materials will not completely decompose and can clog the pipes. If you cause a jam you may have to reset your garbage disposal.

Watch out for some organic waste. You must be careful with some fibrous elements that you deposit in the garbage disposal. For example: the remains of celery, corn husks, onions, usually are a type of compound similar to hair that is not completely destroyed by the blades and can block the pipes and the crusher itself.

The history of mala beads

The Mala is the rosary or rosary of Buddhists, a faithful companion of the practitioner who often holds it by hand, wrapped around his wrist or around his neck like a necklace.
The word mala means in Sanskrit “a necklace of flowers” or “garland of pearls”. It is a rosary with 108 beads and has different meanings depending on the country. The reason for this number, however, remains somewhat of a mystery.

Very common in India in relation to the sacred (deities usually have 108 names), its use seems to go back to the time before christ. The most likely time is based on the data of Indian astrology and therefore a cosmic dimension. There are two different hypothesis.

– Like other ancient societies, India is considering a lunar Zodiac of 27 signs. Either 27 constellations called “naksatras”, in which the star of the night remains one day, since its sidereal revolution is composed of 27 days. 108 is made by multiplying these 27 constellations with the 4 quarters of the moon.

– 108 is the result of multiplying the 12 signs of the Zodiac by the 9 planets

Other ideas exist. Especially the one that connects with the Yoga data, where it is estimated that 10,800 is the number of breaths performed during the twelve hours, that is to say a full day or a full night.

Of the 108 trials that the Buddha has undergone in order to attain enlightenment and the 108 names of the Buddha – of the 108 passions that the faithful must overcome in order to approach his ideal of meditation and asceticism.

Parts of malas

There are 3 beads sized sometimes slightly larger than the others named “marker beads” which with the head ball divide the mala into 4 sections of 27 beads each.

The cord, on which all the beads are strung, must theoretically be made of a braid of several threads:

– 3 threads symbolize the “three bodies” of the Buddha (Absolute body, Body of glory, Body of emanation)
– 5 sons symbolize the “wisdom” or “5 families” of Buddha,
– 9 sons symbolize the Primordial Buddha Vajradhara and the 8 great bodhisattvas.

If added to the mala, The counter and its ten rings are used to account for the hundreds or thousands of mantras recited. This is usually completed by a small “vajra”, or skillful means and compassion, and by a small bell, or knowledge and emptiness. The mala is held with the left hand. It is made by bringing the pearls to oneself, in order to pull the beings out of suffering. Each turn ends at the pearl Guru, then without crossing it, the mala is returned to return in the other direction.

Although the mala has 108 pearls, each turn counts as one hundred. Each turn ends at the pearl Guru, then without crossing it, the mala is returned to go in the other direction. Although the mala has 108 pearls, each turn counts as one hundred; The remaining eight being “offered” for possible mistakes made during the recitation.

For more information on mala history go here and read the article.