Shopping for Camping Gear on the Cheap – Worth It? #2

My second find online and a deal so far is an self inflatable camping/hiking pillow.  It compresses and rolls up to about the size of a large cantaloupe.  Those super duper OMG where did they grow those sizes.

I found it on AliExpress for $6.35 and with shipping it came out to $7.90.  The order was placed on August 9, and it arrived at my house on August 25.  Since I didn’t have a camping trip planned the wait wasn’t bad at all.  The exterior material is a polyester PVC type material with a foam interior.  Air valve is a screw type and is easy to inflate.  Since it is a “self inflating” pillow I decided to test that feature and see if it would fluff up a bit without assistance from my lungs.  When I opened the valve it did fill partially with air and with two little breaths it was full.  It weighs in at around 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.  The size is 47x30x8cm (18.5″ x 11.8″ x 3.14″ inches).  I made sure to check the sizes since I didn’t want to get something the size of a Barbie doll pillow.  It’s been a while since I had to learn the metric system, and that didn’t stick; however, Google is your friend! If you’d like your own then you should check out AliExpress.
I have a trip planned in October so I’ll post an update once my camping trip is complete.  Also, I think I’ll make it a tiny pillow case to keep it clean.  Not that I drool, but well hiking makes me tired and I’d rather not slobber on my new pillow.
Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate.  Green to match the down sleeping bag I got off E-Bay.

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Weighs in at 9.9 ounces – 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack

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Shopping for Camping Gear on the Cheap – Worth It? #1

So occasionally I get these ideas (Ok..it’s often I get these ideas) to see how I acquire a nice product, but save some cash while doing so.

Take this for example.  I’ve been thinking about getting a pack-able down sleeping bag that would work in cool weather (30-50F).  The problem is I’m not so sure I’d like to spend $150 to $500 for something I’m going to only use a couple times a year.  So I start looking around online and found something that seems a little too good to be true.  It’s advertised as a Autumn Adult Outdoor  Envelope Duck Down Sleeping bag.  Ok, I’m intrigued.  The brand is AndesMountain and it had free shipping from China.  It was a 1/4 the cost of several I looked at and it says it has 12.3 ounces of white duck down fill.  Hmmm, not sure how to gauge that part, but I’m still looking.  Well it did arrive all safe and sound and I am VERY impressed!  Overall the weight is 1 pound 13 ounces and that’s when it’s packed down in it’s little stuff sack.  It’s put together very well, has a nice feel to it, and looks like it would fluff up nice.  The zipper works great and the bag packs easily back into it’s stuff sack.  If anything it will be a great top quilt or something to use during weather that’s not too cold or for just hanging around the campfire.  The sleeping bag is rectangle which I like and it also has a cord that allows the top to be cinched down around your head if needed.  There are also two loops at the foot where it can be hung up to dry if needed.  I’m very impressed and look forward to using my new bag on a trip I have planned in October.  I’ll be bringing a separate bag…just in case the temps get too chilly!

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18th Century Recipe – White Pot Bread Pudding

18th Century White Pot Bread Pudding

18th Century White Pot Bread Pudding – My recreation of an 18th century recipe for White Pot Bread Pudding that I found via Jas Townsend on Youtube. I didn’t have raisins so I used dried apricots that I chopped small. Turned out awesome and I love my small tin bowl from Jas Townsend’s shop!  Check out the video and blog post about White Pot Bread Pudding on their WordPress site too! 

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Working At The Beach

Last month I had to travel for work and for this trip it was back to Eglin AFB for 10 days.  That in itself isn’t bad, however what made it even better was that I was able to find a condo on the beach in Fort Walton at the right rate!  Work was good and we were really productive.  I could really get used to watching this view everyday.  What do you think?