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Posts Tagged ‘warm weather’

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial-DayAlthough we are inundated by barbecues, annual sales, parades, and festivities in the warm weather, the true meaning of Memorial Day  is to to commemorate the men and women in the Armed Forces who have died serving our country. Memorial Day was once referred to as “Decoration Day”, a name that came from a tradition of decorating the soldier’s graves.

One of the ways that we continue to honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day each year is the tradition of placing flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington Cemetery. One of the infantries of the United States Army patrol and make sure that all of the flags remain standing over the weekend. Sadly, this is one of the few last remaining traditions of decorating soldier’s graves as Memorial Day has become largely commercialized once the National Holiday Act of 1971 turned Memorial Day into a three day weekend.

We understand how easy it is to be distracted by your day off and all the fun you will have this long weekend celebrating Memorial Day, but please take a moment to think about the men and women that died to protect our freedom. This is the same freedom that allows you to wake up and celebrate Memorial Day this year however you want and we owe it all to those who served and those who are still serving. Don’t forget to thank a soldier today!

 

Survive Summer with Our Favorite First Aid Essentials

Today is the first day of summer and camping, hiking, and playing sports are all great things to do when warm weather hits. The most important thing to remember when spending time outdoors whether on your own or with your children is to bring along some first aid essentials so you’ll always be prepared no matter what comes your way!

Snake Bite Kit

The first thing you’ll want to carry is The Pocket First Aid Field Guide that’s small and compact so you can easily carry it in your backpack and has basic instructions on how to treat minor injuries and even more serious injuries.

A super common ailment when being outdoors are bug bites, never be itchy again with this Tender After Bite Xtra Insect Treatment that relieves itching from bites and even itching from poison oak or poison ivy!

No one wants to ever think about creepy crawly snakes when they’re camping, but having a snake bite kit is one of those things that you might not want to do without, this Snake Bite Kit givesyou everything you need to effectively remove snake venom after being bitten.

First Aid Survival Kit

If you want something small to throw in your purse or backpack, the Small Olive Drab Military First Aid Kit is perfect for you and totally affordable at only $7.99!  This kit includes sterile pads, bandages, and aspirin as well as some other first aid essentials.

If you’re looking for something more extensive, the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate First Aid Survival Kit  is more of an investment at $53.99 but includes everything you could ever need to survive in a hostile environment. Some of the items found in this kit include a multi-tool, mini flashlight, handsaw, blanket, waterproof matches, fire-starter, and more!

Check out our entire first aid section at Harry’s and take a look at all of our awesome first aid products to take on your next camping adventure!

 

 

A Guide to Camping Essentials

We’re finally seeing some warm weather here in the Midwest and if you’re anything like us, warm weather and sunshine means being outdoors. Camping is a great activity that you can start in the spring and continue doing until the fall hits (as long as you dress warm and bring enough blankets). It’s also a great activity for families from an economical standpoint as it’s very reasonable and also loads of fun. From a timing standpoint, you can camp for a weekend easily or for longer if you have more time off!

Over on our website, we carry products from two brands in particular that will get your camping supply

NDUR Camping Stove

started! NDUR and Snugpak are both great for camping and could also be used for hiking, hunting and survival as well.

At an extremely reasonable price, NDUR has a compact lightweight camp stove available for $22.95. It even has an adjustable flame that allows you to bring water to a rapid boil or simmer something, allowing you to make a mean camping meal!If you have a bigger budget to spend on camping gear, take a look at Snugpak’s Sleeper XpeditionSleeping Bag designed to be used in up to zero degree temperatures, this sleeping bag will keep you warm no matter what time of year you decide to adventure in!Snugpak Xpedition Sleeping Bag

Hiking Boots : How to Choose the Right Pair

Warm weather means spending more time outdoors and we’re all ready for that! One of our favorite things to do during the spring and summer is go hiking. Here’s a great list of what to look for if you’re in the market for some new hiking boots!

1)   Comfort: Make sure you take the time to test out different boots in the store, walking around to see how the boots feel. Make sure the boots have enough support, while still having enough cushion for your feet. You also want to make sure that your feet are comfortable, yet secure in the boot. If the boots are too loose, then your feet will slip around in the boot. If you are walking downhill this means your toes will slide to the top of the shoe or boot causing great discomfort. The same can also be said if the boot is too small. We have known plenty of hikers that have lost toenails from getting the wrong size boot!!!

Hiking Boot

 

2)   Water Resistance: Hiking on outdoor trails brings lots of different types of weather and terrain. You definitely don’t want rain that you encounter halfway through the hike to make your boots squishy, wet, cold, and uncomfortable. Buying a waterproof boot will keep your feet dry and warm if you encounter some sudden showers or if you’re hiking through puddles, creeks, or streams.

3)   Weight: Although there is some contradictions on whether lightweight boots are best for hiking or heavy duty boots that provide good support. In this case, it’s probably going to be best to go with what you find most comfortable! Just keep in mind that a heavy-duty boot, although providing good support, will add weight as you are hiking long distances.

4)   Sole: The sole of your boot is one of the main characteristics that will tell you how long a boot will last. The deeper the grooves on the sole, the longer the tread will last. If the treads are thin, they will likely wear out quicker and need to be replaced more frequently.

5)   Lastly, the material of the boot is something to take into consideration. Leather hiking boots tend to last longer, but are generally heavier than their nylon or canvas hiking boots.

Head on over to Harry’s to look at our hiking boot selection. Here’s hoping for some sunny days coming here in Metro Detroit so we can break in our new hiking boots!

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