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My grandfather first took me fishing when I was too young to actually hold up a rod on my own. As an avid camper, hiker, and nature enthusiast I'm always looking for a new adventure.

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What To Do If You Get Sunscreen In Your Eyes

There’s no reason to panic if you get sunscreen in your eyes and you can probably just flush your eyes with cool water to fix the problem. For the most part, sunscreen will not immediately damage your eyes if some accidentally finds its way in there. However, the chemicals can cause an irritation or even…

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Does Sunscreen Expire?

Yes, sunscreen expires. Sunscreen has an expiration date at least three years from the date of manufacture. The FDA regulates sunscreen and according to their rulings, sunscreen must be effective for at least three years. So every bottle of sunscreen sold in the United States must legally have a shelf life of three years from…

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Deck Boat vs Pontoon Boat: Key Differences and Similarities

When it comes to versatile boats that are ideal for family outings, fishing, cruising and more, you may find yourself eyeing both deck boats and pontoon boats. They offer a lot of the same benefits and features, but they’re definitely not the same thing. A pontoon boat is, first and foremost, a boat that uses…

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How Fast Does a Pontoon Boat Go?

Pontoon boats are not really built for speed. That’s something to understand right off the bat. Of course, boaters being who they are, people have rigged up some really fast pontoon boats over the years and you’d be surprised at just how fast some can go. But most manage a more leisurely pace. So how…

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How to Drive a Pontoon Boat

Pontoon boats tend to be very easy to drive compared to some other boats out there. Maybe that’s why they are enjoying a surge in popularity these days in the boating world. They offer a lot of perks at a pretty reasonable price overall. But just because they’re relatively easy to manage doesn’t mean there’s…

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Types of Powerboats: 33 Types And Their Uses

If you’re new to the world of boating get ready for a surprise. There are far more kinds of boats than most people are aware of out on the water, and that includes powerboats, speed boats, motorboats or whatever you might want to call them. For many people, “powerboat” is a kind of catchall term….

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How to Store Beach Chairs

When beach season comes to an end you need to think about how you’re going to store everything for another season and that includes beach chairs. One of the biggest problems people face when it comes to winter storage of things like their beach canopies and chairs is how to keep them safe in a…

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How to Clean Beach Chairs

Beach chairs are designed to be light, tough, and comfortable. They’re also pretty resilient, and they have to be. They get beaten around by the wind and sand and get exposed to salt water and more. So they can do a lot, but they do need help. If you want to extend the life of…

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Can You Put Sunscreen On a New Tattoo?

Statistics say that just over 30% of Americans have tattoos and nearly half of Americans under 40 have at least one. If you’re one of the many recently inked people out there, you need to know rules for sun safety that apply to the general population as well as those that apply to the recently…

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Beach Tent vs Camping Tent: Is There a Difference?

They say you always need the right tool for the right job. That extends well beyond the world of tools, however. If you want to haul a trailer you need the right truck. If you’re going on a job interview you need the right clothes. And if you plan to head to the beach and…

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Funny Boat Names: The Best Laughs at Sea

Naming a new boat is a rite of passage. It’s telling the world about you and your boat on top of the formality of having a name that can help the Coast Guard find you when they need to. When you head down to any marina these days you’re going to see one of two…

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Best Beach Chairs with Canopies: Tested and Reviewed

Sometimes hitting the beach with a comfy chair just isn’t enough. You need to do something to protect yourself from the harsh rays of the sun. But at the same time, maybe you don’t want to go through the trouble of setting up a beach tent or beach canopy. Luckily there is another option. There…

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How To Treat a Sunburn

We’ve all been there. You’re on the beach, you’ve got your umbrella set up, maybe some beach chairs and a cooler. People are out in the water in kayaks, they’re barbecuing and playing volleyball and the next thing you know the whole afternoon has passed. You move the wrong way and wince in pain as…

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How Does Sunscreen Work?

Cancer researchers, doctors, the media and the government have all been telling us for decades to use sunscreen. By age 70, one in five Americans will have developed some kind of skin cancer. Your chances double if you’ve had just five sunburns at any time in your entire life. That’s because the effects of the…

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Best Boat Security Systems and Cameras for 2023

As a boat owner, you didn’t invest in your boat just so you could have it stolen, right? Whether it’s a few hundred bucks for an old fishing boat and hundreds of thousands for a yacht, you have every right to protect what’s yours. That means a solid security system to keep it safe when…

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When Was Sunscreen Invented?

Sunscreen saves lives and that’s a fact. This simple, fairly affordable product can be the literal difference between life and death for all kinds of people. One Australian study conducted back in the year 2010 showed that, thanks to routine sunscreen use, over 1,700 cases of melanoma and 14,190 squamous cell carcinomas (both kinds of…

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How to Keep a Beach Umbrella From Blowing Away

There’s a lot of fun to be had on any given trip to the beach. Whether you’re heading out to swim, to fish, to boat, or have a barbecue, you need to make sure you bring the right gear. Most of us remember beach chairs and a cooler, but what about shade? Sunscreen is a…

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Best Tent Stakes for Sand Reviewed

Camping is a lot of fun no matter where you go. But you need to make sure you’re adapting to your environment if you want everything to go smoothly. There’s nothing saying you can’t go camping on a beach or in the desert, you just need to plan ahead. Your average tent will be a…

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Sunscreen vs Sunblock: What’s The Difference?

We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen if we’re going to be out in the sun. No one likes the feeling of a sunburn and the chances of getting some kind of skin cancer in America are as high as one in five! You need to do what you can to minimize those chances…

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DIY Beach Shade

If you’re the kind of person who goes to the beach just once in a while, it doesn’t always make sense to spend a lot on beach gear. You’ll want the essentials, but maybe not something like a beach canopy or a beach umbrella. If you only use it once a season it can be…

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The 12 Best Mineral Sunscreens Reviewed for 2023

Mineral sunscreens, also called physical sunscreens, are becoming more and more popular these days. While the old chemical sunscreens are still the best sellers, mineral sunscreens are often better for more sensitive skin types and also better for the environment. You have a lot of choices though, and if you plan on just sunbathing on…

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Why Are Beach Chairs So Expensive?

A trip to the beach is a great way to relax and spend a day with friends or family. And while there is plenty to do from fishing off a pier to swimming or just relaxing in the sun with your sunscreen on, you do need a place to do that relaxing. While you could…

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Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen: What’s The Difference?

Keeping yourself safe in the sun is important. The stats on skin cancer are terrifying. And that doesn’t even cover the effect the sun has in terms of skin aging. Anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors needs to use sunscreen and use it effectively. This is doubly true if you’re on the water….

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The 7 Best Reef Safe Sunscreens Reviewed

For many years sunscreen was just sunscreen or suntan lotion in most people’s minds. What we didn’t realize was that the chemicals in the sunscreen were not good for our own health and also for the environment. They built up in coral reefs and began to destroy them. Imagine millions of people on the beach,…

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How to Fold a Pop Up Beach Tent

A pop up beach tent is meant to be a lightweight shelter to help give a bit of shade at the beach. Unlike a tent for camping, this one isn’t supposed to stand up to the elements long term and it’s not really meant for sleeping. You just set it up on the beach and…

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The 8 Best Boat Trailer Hubs for 2023

Your boat trailer is only as good as its bearings and hubs. If your bearings seize up on you, good luck getting that wheel in motion. Then it doesn’t matter if you have premium bunks, guides, or even a paint job. You’re stuck. You need to make sure you have some quality bearings and hubs…

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The 9 Best Boat Trailer Rollers

Choosing reliable boat trailer rollers can be harder than it seems. If you’ve ever had cheap rollers on a boat trailer you know what we mean. Even ones that seem durable may only have a limited lifespan and if a roller breaks the fear that your boat will be damaged as a result is ever…

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How to Clean a Tent with Mold

Every year when camping season comes around it’s exciting to get your chairs, and cookware, and tents together, load up the truck, and head out. But, if you’re like most campers, you may find yourself spending a little more time on prep than you want. Especially if your tent was stored improperly over the off-season….

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9 of the Best Marine Grease Options for 2023

Marine grease is one of those products you never think about until you need it. But when you do need it, you want to make sure you have the best stuff for the job at hand. You’ll find marine grease most useful for keeping your boat trailer wheel bearings in good working order, but it…

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How to Tan

Going to the beach is one of the great thrills of summer. The sun and surf draw people like nothing else. It’s one of the most relaxing and free feelings we can get in the modern world. And whether you’re there for a picnic, to boat or swim, to fish or just lay out in…

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