Provisions: Stuff for travel and recreation

For $38, Serac offers a sturdy, 9-foot long, 4.5-foot wide parachute nylon hammock.
For $38, Serac offers a sturdy, 9-foot long, 4.5-foot wide parachute nylon hammock. Serac

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


Serac Camping



A few weeks ago in this space, I featured a fancy camping hammock from Japan retailing for a felonious $1,389.

Sure, it also converted to a backpack, but still. Readers were correct in sending me emails that basically said, “Really, dude?”

To make amends, here’s a camping hammock that won’t dent your checking account too much. For $38, Serac offers a sturdy, 9-foot long, 4.5-foot-wide parachute nylon hammock, with a 6-foot polyester strap and carabiners – all you need to hang out in the back country. One caveat: Not recommended for people who weigh more than 350 pounds.


Backpacker Magazine’s “Make Your Own

Walking Stick”

You can spend well over three figures for walking sticks and trekking poles at, say, REI. But Backpacker magazine provides step-by-step directions on how to make one yourself. It ranges from how to select the proper stick (“stout, straight, blemish-free”) to aging the wood, to staining the stick and drilling the wrist loop.

The List

“The World’s 7 Best Bookstore Bars”

What’s better than a great bookstore? A great bookstore with a bar. At least, that’s what Men’s Journal magazines posits.

1. El Pendulo, Mexico City

2. Kramerbooks and Afterwords, Washington, D.C.

3. The Bookworm, Beijing

4. The Society Club, London

5. La Belle Hortense, Paris

6. Bookbar, Denver

7. Café No Sé & Dyslexia Bookstore, Antigua, Guatemala

Compiled by Sam MManis/