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Happy Hydrations

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Hey, Nalgene Lovers!

In this day and age, it’s pretty common for everybody to have their own water bottle, but that wasn’t always the case. And folks seeking the rugged, camping lifestyle didn’t know much better than to burn aluminum cans and bury their glass bottles in the wilderness and other recreational areas. But by the 1970’s, conservationists had begun to spread the word that such means of disposal were not cool with the environment. Campers and thrill seekers needed a solution.

The Nalge brand (named after the creator’s wife’s initials NLG) was started way back in 1949. They produced plastics that were originally intended for use in the laboratory. They constructed containers like bottles, jars, test tubes, graduated cylinders, and Petri dishes. These products were lighter than glass and sure not shatter if dropped so they were far superior to glass.

Scientists of the company who also had an interest in the outdoors slowly realized what a convenience these products would be for their outdoor use. That or it was the Nalge Company president who discovered his son’s Boy Scout troop was using Nalge laboratory containers for camping (though that may just be company lore).

However it came to be, these plastic laboratory equipment had found another purpose. For some time, hikers and alike who were in the know about Nalgene would contact suppliers of lab equipment or perhaps found access to these products in workplaces of their own.

But by the 1970’s, Nalgene had repackaged their plastic products and marketed their items to the wilderness-loving subculture that was delighted to get their answer to their camping disposal conundrum. Of course, it only makes sense that you can find the classic 32 oz Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle available right here on the Everything Summer Camp online shop. Stay hydrated and be nice to the Great Outdoors! And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


You Brush Your Teeth—Ch ch-ch Ch ch-ch-ch-Ch

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Hey, Brushers!

Whether you’re home or away at camp, it’s incredibly important to maintain your dental hygiene which has been linked to heart-health. Just like you, we want to see campers wearing their best smiles and feeling their best. Such a domestic habit as brushing your teeth can be difficult to keep up with when you’re away from home. So we try to find products that make brushing during our travels as convenient as can be!

The Go Sonic Toothbrush from Pop Sonic adds some serious pop to your brushing routine! For that clean and fresh dental feel, nothing gets the job done quite like this battery-operated toothbrush (besides maybe the dentist). You simply need to take the time to head to the bathhouse to brush. Let the Go Sonic do the rest!

Have your preference between two different vibrating speeds. This brush is smartly programmed to pace your time spent on different areas of your mouth and counts off a 2 minute brushing session. Dental hygiene doesn’t get any easier than this. And the handle is slim, streamlined, and lightweight to make it comfortably handheld too! What a brush!

Simply pop the top cap off and unscrew the bottom where you'll find the port to load the single AAA battery required for this brush's great 30,000 brushstrokes-a-minute capability. And the motor on this baby has been designed for an efficient use of energy and long battery life.

The compact case is cool, colorful, and makes travel extra convenient! For the easiest travel brush around, Go Sonic and get the proper tools for your dental care at camp and beyond. It all starts by clicking here at Everything Summer Camp. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans! Have fun when you head to camp and don’t forget to brush your teeth!

 

- John


Shoes for Horses?

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Hey, Shoe-wearers!

You wouldn’t dream of doing hard labor in your bare feet! So why would we expect it from our horses? More than just a fun game of tossing metal shoes back and forth, the accessories of this leisure activity were originally footwear for horses. So how did the horse shoe come to be anyway?

This was first discovered by our ancient ancestors who, as they grew more domesticated and domesticated animals, realized that working animals lived on terrains that often times led to excessive wear and tear on hooves or worse—broken limbs. Our ancestors saw that the walls and portion of the sole on the hooves of a domesticated horse needed additional protection on their feet.

Around the world, different attempts were made. An early method was to wrap the hooves in rawhide leather and other materials which was used for therapeutic purposes as well as protective. Another attempt from the Romans took a note from the common footwear of people at the time—the sandal and strapped this metal bottom around the feet of their horses.

The other methods eventually faded away as people discovered the horseshoe as the best and most efficient means of protection. After proper fitting and grooming, the horseshoe is nailed into the bottom of the hoof (don’t worry—horses have no sensation in their hooves; it’s the equivalent of snipping our fingernails).

The popularization of metal horseshoes gave rise to a fun leisurely activity around the stables. Horseshoes has become an immensely widespread game—sort of a more rustic and rural version of bean bags, opposing players stand at opposite ends of the throwing area, marked by two poles sunk into the ground. The idea is to get the U-shaped shoe to wrap around and ‘ring’ a pole. Points are rewarded for touching the pole or being a shoe’s length away as well.

The game came along almost instantly after the shoe was first invented for the purpose of horse hoof protection a little more than 2000 years ago. Still a great means of entertainment today, check out or indoor version of Horseshoes by clicking here. Have a blast horsin’ around at camp and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


I Sea What You Mean

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Hey, Skilled Swimmers!

Moments in the water give us an entirely different view of the world! Unfortunately, opening our eyes underwater tends to cause us discomfort and irritation. That’s because our eyes aren’t designed to be open beneath the water—it’s a bit remarkable that we even CAN see in the water! But just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. It isn’t eye doctor-recommended.

At Everything Summer Camp, we pride ourselves on providing practical function and increased comfort during rigorous activities such as swimming! We offer awesome swimming accessories of all sorts including swimming goggles here on our online shop. But how long have swimming goggles been around?

It may come as a surprise to hear that the history of swim goggles goes back to the 14th Century. Certainly there weren’t any pairs of Speedo Hydrospex around back then—no. The first swimming goggles were made of tortoise shells that were given windows made of polished layers of the shell. These were crafted and used by pearl divers of the Persian Gulf.

This was the first attempt at swim goggles and they worked rather efficiently, however, they virtually disappeared and it wasn’t until 2000 years later in history that swim goggles resurfaced among underwater divers of the Polynesian Islands. These folks fashioned their goggles out of bamboo.

These wooden goggles had no lenses, but instead, protected the eyes by trapping air bubbles which would form over the eyes. The divers were able to see clearly through the trapped air bubble at their submarine surroundings. Eventually, the Polynesians crafted their swimming goggles with glass lens to eliminate the need to trap air before diving down.

For a long time, swimming goggles remained bulky and uncomfortable apparatus. Some people preferred to go without and deal with the discomfort of water against their eyes. It took almost until 1970 that manufacturers caught on to the idea of creating plastic cups around the eyes that simply attached with elastic around the head. The smaller the better!

Eliminate the discomfort of water on your eyes and get a pair of goggles that fit just right for your waterfront fun! Peruse our swim accessories by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


Lock Talk

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Hey, Secure Summer Campers!

Padlocks are an important part of camp trunk security! The necessity of a portable lock is one that’s been around for thousands of years going back to ancient times. Crafted with a shackle made to pass through a latch or other opening in order to prevent snooping as well as theft! Padlocks seem to have been invented in Ancient Egypt and Babylon about three thousand years ago.

Slowly spreading to neighboring civilizations, padlocks gained popularity in China, Greece, and Rome by the time BC turned into AD. Throughout history, padlocks have undergone a number of redesigns to provide improvements. But despite style change like shape, size, durability, and mechanics, padlocks have maintained the general idea and purpose. 

The most common use of padlocks throughout the dark ages were kept simply to smokehouses where meats were cured. Less concerned with keeping out burglars, these locks were intended to keep out animals. Other padlocks were used as well, though, like the one found in Birka, a trading center among Vikings from over a thousand years ago. Its heavy, welded bronze body served as an anchor for items that were otherwise at risk of theft. This provided a level of security that smokehouse padlocks could never afford.

Eventually, the strength of a heavyweight padlock was merged with the mobility of a handheld size. And, because padlocks are such an essential accessory and helpful means to the security of your camp trunk, we’re sure to always have an assortment of quality padlocks available here on the Everything Summer Camp online shop. Offering cool new ideas for padlocks today, check out our selection which includes a keyed padlock, a couple of combination locks, and a wordlock—the alphabet alternative to a sequence of numbers!

Keep the contents of your camp trunk secure from snoops and sticky-fingered strangers with our convenient trunk accessories right here at Everything Summer Camp and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John