A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience
"Sailing Essentials: All You Need to Know When You're at Sea" by Steve Sleight
Dorling Kindersley, $19.95, 304 pages
There certainly is truth in advertising in this instructional book's title. It covers everything from winches and clutches to hoisting the mainsail and dropping the spinnaker. It features step-by-step instructions with a bevy of photos for those who are more visual learners. One thing, though: The cover is a handy and sturdy waterproof plastic, obviously meant to be carried on board. But wouldn't you already know, say, how to use a mooring before setting sail?
Boost Solar Battery Pack
Yeah, yeah, we know. Leave your smartphones and laptops at home when you go to the great outdoors. But for those addicted to technology, here's an option to keep your devices fully juiced while you're out on the trail or lounging in your tent: A solar-powered backup lithium battery. Its promotional material promises: "You'll have enough backup power to fully charge most smartphones twice. And with the 2.1A USB out you can also charge your tablet." You can even snap the thing to your backpack so it can get those all-important solar rays.
Slat Grills Summit Cooker
Here's a lightweight (23 ounces), small (4 by 9 inches) titanium cooking structure that is stable enough to hold a 100-pound pot and keep it fired up. And, because it's so small and can be disassembled, it's easy to pack up when it's time to hit the trail. It also works with any type of fuel.
11 Sexiest Beaches
The Huffington Post weighs in on this terribly important topic:
1. Shoal Bay West, Anguilla
2. Ipanema Beach, Brazil
3. The Republic of Seychelles
4. Playa d'en Bossa, Spain
5. The Republic of Maldives
6. Baie Longue, St. Martin
7. Rincon Beach, Puerto Rico
8. Bondi Beach, Australia
9. Angra Dos Reis, Costa Verde, Brazil
10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
11. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Katie Pool (@krpool): "Note to self, don't wear shirts with sequins to the airport. TSA counts them as metal and gets real handsy when you do. #travelfail"
– Compiled by Sam McManis, email@example.com