Provisions A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience


• Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bar


Clif Bar has long been a leader in the fitness fueling market, and it’s interesting to chart how it has evolved from offering high-carbohydrate, high-sugar immediate energy products for those doing outdoor activities to jumping on the high-protein and gluten-free trend. Its new product, the Mojo Trail Mix Bar, is all about replenishing your protein after a workout – or even if you’re not working out. The five flavors of bars (200 calories each) feature 8 to 9 grams of protein, mostly from the almonds or coconut. They use organic blueberries, cherries and cranberries, too.


• Patagonia Knifeblade Softshell Jacket


This jacket, selected as one of the best snow-resistant options by Backpacker magazine, provides “storm-level protection with optimal breathability,” according to Patagonia’s website. It has three layers or water-resistant material and three pockets, including a chest pocket big enough to zip up your smartphone. The hood is adjustable so that it will fit over a helmet.


• Vargo Titanium Emergency Whistle


What, you don’t have a whistle with you when you’re out on the trails? Many outdoors experts say it’s necessary for emergencies – say, you fall down a ravine and break your ankle. We’re not sure how effective a deterrent it would be against a mountain lion, but, heck, it can’t hurt. This whistle is small and narrow (2.2 inches in length) and weighs 3 grams and spends out a 100-decibel blast. Certainly, you have room for it in your hiking gear.


• 10 Vacation Places With No Cars

Because traffic shouldn’t slow you down on vacation, the Huffington Post tells you where you can go carless:

1. Mackinac Island, Mich.

2. Sark, United Kingdom

3. Venice, Italy

4. Fes el-Bali, Morocco

5. La Cumbrecita, Argentina

6. Hydra, Greece

7. Bald Head Island, N.C.

8. Giethoorn, Netherlands

9. Fire Island, N.Y.

10. Zermatt, Switzerland


From Katie Bain (@bainofyrexstnce): “Showed up right on time at the Burbank airport for my flight out of LAX. #TravelFail.”

— Compiled by Sam McManis,