I'm done

I’m ready Photo: Claire Lower

I’m going to hunt moose next week. This will be my first time doing any type of hunting – and my first time camping since I was a kid – and I didn’t know it would take so much planning (or so much money). I knew it would take some planning, of course, but the number of little details to remember (and $ 20 items to buy) really is something.

Not only do I buy things, I also read things or ask my dad (who goes too) about the things he has read as he is much better at actually reading. I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone to learn that there are plenty of hacks out there when it comes to outdoor living. (I was hoping to just “have an experience” without “turning it into content”, but I am unable to do that.)

As luck would have it, it turns out I’m not the only one in the family who has an eye for life hacks. “One thing Bear Grylls said is a good idea to sleep with a headlamp around your wrist,” my father told me as we stared at all of our supplies. “So you don’t have to look for it in the dark when you need it.”

Even though I’d just figured out how to get my headlamp on – the straps were confusing! – I had to admit that this was a great idea. The night is dark and full of bears, and I’ve been known to panic when I’m scared and disoriented. Wrapping the headlamp around my wrist ensures that I can turn on a light the moment I feel threatened, confused, or even momentarily afraid of the dark. (I know a headlamp won’t protect me from a bear, but it gives me a better chance of avoiding the bear. You can’t avoid what you can’t see.)

Even if you’re not camping in an area populated by bears, this tip can come in very handy. I’ve heard that kids love to camp out in the yard, which also gets dark at night, and a little lamp around their tiny wrists will make things a little less scary (for you and her – the last thing you want is yours Child whirling around in the dark and hurting himself.)

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