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Outdoor Guide: Spring Break Packing 101

Outdoor Guide: Spring Break Packing 101

You’ve made it through another snow-covered winter, so let the countdown to the beach begin! Next stop, spring break, and we've got sunshine on our minds. With spring break comes the indecisiveness of what to pack for the week-long vacation. Whether you’re boarding a flight to a tropical paradise or a resort along the Caribbean Sea, we have just what you need for all your packing essentials to make traveling a whole lot easier.

Packing for a trip to a sunny destination will be a breeze when you have a durable duffel bag to have throughout the vacay and beyond. From the flight until you reach the beach to have some fun, this bag is made to last so you can have fewer worries and more sunshine. Remember to pack your swimsuits and flip-flops, so you’re sure to have fun!

Before zipping up that duffel bag, don’t forget to pack a Grab-N-Go bag organized with all your smaller travel essentials. This lightweight multi-use bag is perfect for everyday necessities. Whether that be your makeup or keeping your travel documents safe, the choice is yours!

The beach is calling, and it's looking more desirable than ever to get your daily dose of vitamin sea. Bring a sturdy tote bag to carry all your beach day essentials. Pack your tote with your towels, sunglasses, and beach ball before you head out to get your toes sandy on the shoreline.

Before packing up for a day under the sun, your large Grab-N-Go bag ought to be packed, too. You wouldn’t want to let the tropical sun get the best of you while you’re enjoying your Spring Break. You can still get that sun-kissed look while this natural and organic sunscreen, which is perfect for both children and adults.

Overlooked putting on the sunscreen that you fortunately packed, but now you’re rocking the Neapoli-TAN look? It’s okay, soothe the burn with this after-sun lotion. It’s packed with organic oils and lavender and aloe to help nourish your body back to that sun-kissed look you were after. 

Let the spring break begin now that you've packed, may every day of your vacation bring a new adventure, friends!

Happy adventuring, friends!

 

Winter Activity: Fat-Tire Biking

Winter Activity: Fat-Tire Biking

I'm sure some of you, if not most, have seen one of those bikes with those massive tires. If you live in a cold climate and receive a lot of snow then you know what kind of bikes we are talking about. There may be a lot of questions revolving around those styles of bicycles and some of you may not know what these bikes are used for.

Gone are the days when you could get a bike and it would be used for everything. Today there are many specialty bikes each designed for a specific purpose. There are three general different types of bikes; bikes designed for pavement, bikes designed for off-road travel, and electrically-assisted bikes. There are sub-categories in each of these classifications and they all have key differences. The general difference between on-road and off-road is the tire size. Road bikes are skinny tires, while off-road bikes have wider tires and the width can vary wildly. Electrically-assisted bikes have a “generator” on-board which helps “peddle” the bike.

Within the mountain bike category, there are a few different tire sizes which are commonly referred to as 29ers, mid-fat, and fat-tire. The larger the tire size is it helps with stability when off-trail and on uneven terrain and also gives the bike floatation on certain types of ground such as snow and sand. Fat-tire biking is commonly used during the winter because the large tire size will allow the bike to stay on top of the snow better than smaller width tires (basically the same concept as snowshoes). Some people will put studs in their tires or put on chains to increase traction on ice.

Fat-tire bikes are allowed on any mountain bike trail and anywhere bikes are allowed. You can still bike on the pavement with these bikes unless you have chains or studs on your tires. Last year when Lake Superior froze over people were taking their fat-tire bikes out on the lake for a ride along the frozen tundra. 

Many people will use fat-tire bikes during the summer too, for select activities because they offer a few unique advantages. They are a popular hunting option because they can go off-trail, over all-terrain, and the large tires are also quiet. People who are just getting into mountain biking sometimes prefer them because the large tire size allows them to feel more stable on uneven terrain. 

For people in the Duluth area who are curious about fat-tires bikes, you can rent them at Outdoor Pursuit at the College of St. Scholastica, Recreational Sports Outdoor Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and Continental Ski & Bike. If you don't feel comfortable with renting your own bike, book a guided trek with Day Tripper of Duluth or The Duluth Experience.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) offers a list of Ride Centers, which means there are places featuring large scale riding and offer something for every experience level. Duluth, MN was recently added to the "Gold Level", one of only 6 places in the World to receive this level of certification. For Duluth area maps and trail conditions check out COGGS, they also feature ride etiquette rules.

Fat-tire biking is something that everyone can enjoy. If you are looking for something to do, consider renting a fat-tire bike and head out to the trails. Experiencing the remote trails during the winter can offer up a new experience, which soon might be your new favorite activity.

If you are in need of bags to attach while biking, you are in luck! Duluth Pack offers a variety of different bike bags sure to fit your needs and your bike. If you are more of a backpack person we recommend the Scout Pack due to its smaller size, sure to fit comfortably while biking. 

Peddle on, friends