After an eventful week or month at work, nothing makes me feel better than spending a couple days in the woods. Being away from the stressful city life and breathing the unending fresh air feels so satisfying and refreshing, doesn’t it? While there, I enjoy taking part in a wide range of outdoor activities including biking, boating, kayaking, hiking, and (when I have time) camping.

To get the best outdoor experience and to protect them from stains and scratches, I like to keep my outdoor equipment clean and well maintained. For the longest time, however, I used to find cleaning too stressful, particularly because I used to do it from the outside. Besides finding the garage unsafe, due to its dirty nature, I always feared that the paint on the floor could peel off once the corrosive lubricants I use on my equipment spilled over.

I couldn’t have been happier when my good friend, with whom I go hiking and biking with, gave me the secret of cleaning my equipment in the garage without destroying the floor. Just like he recommended, I had an epoxy floor installation in San Diego (in my garage) recently and the experience I’ve had so far is nothing short of awesome. Here is why:

1. The Floor Is Hard, Thick, and Resilient – It is not strange for me to drop my bike when washing it. Sometimes I find myself dropping the water bucket as I try to prevent the bike from falling. Of course, I try my best to avoid that, but it happens either way. The good thing is that, whereas I worry about the bike, I am assured that the floor is hard enough and will not crack on impact.


My Garage

2. It’s Resistant To Bacteria – Bacteria and germs cannot just be washed away when it comes to kayaking. Bird droppings, rust, and seaweed are all possible sources of bacteria. I have nothing to worry though, because my epoxy garage floor is easy to sanitize and clean. What’s more? The floor is not damaged by the different types of oil or grease that I use with my kayak. The lube I use on my bicycle chain, on the other hand, contains chemicals that can peel off ordinary paint, but epoxy is not affected.

3. It’s Resistant To Water And Heat – Epoxy floors are not affected by the chemicals in water or heat. Whenever I use hot water to wash my sleeping bags, backpacks (not all are made for the washing machine), camping tents, or hiking boots, I am confident that the floor will remain intact, due to its high resistance of heat and hot substances. Being moisture resistant also means that I have an easier time cleaning the floor during the winter when icy brines collect on my equipment and spill all over the garage. A little water is enough to get the floor as shiny as new.

4. They Can Be Slippery, But I Fixed That – Epoxy floors can be slippery, especially when wet. In my case, I coated the surface with a slip resistant aggregate that adds friction and eliminates my chances of skidding while doing my cleaning. The outside soil can get slippery when it rains, but my epoxy floor keeps me safe at all times, not to mention the minimized chances of dust collecting on my equipment.

5. Increased Visibility – Epoxy shines light off the floor, thus increasing visibility in the garage. The implication of this is that I don’t have to keep the lights on when doing my cleaning. Economically speaking, this is pretty much like cleaning from the outside, but considering the labor involved to move the equipment back inside afterwards, then the garage becomes the obvious choice.

6. After-Cleaning Maintenance Practices – I have made it a priority to apply carnauba wax on my boat’s surface and applying teak oil before embarking on a boating expedition. As for the kayak, I like to spray it with aerospace plastic protectant once in a while to protect it from harsh environmental conditions out there. Such practices dust and stain the floor.

carnauba wax

As aforementioned, knowing that my epoxy garage floor will still shine, even after my cleaning, makes me want to do it more and more. Are you struggling with cleaning your outdoor equipment from outside, perhaps because you don’t want to damage your garage floor? Install an epoxy floor and you will definitely see the difference!

Going to be outside for a while? Whether it’s just you or you’re taking your family along for the trip, you don’t want yourself or your loved ones to have dangerous chemicals on their skin to avoid insects. So why not make something at home that is a lot more safe? Try these recipes and see what happens!

hunting with paint

There are those days when you go camping or find yourself in a cabin with a group of friends, where there is no tv and the cell phone reception is terrible. Well, there is a fun, adventurous, physically enjoyable game/sport you can play to pass the time. Paintball is a sport that is played almost the same as military combat. The participants are split into teams, when you are then required to shoot members of the rival team(s) with balls of paint fired from a special gun. Once a person has been shot, they are eliminated from the game. The paint leaves quite a mess on the victim so the other team knows they’ve been hit and therefore eliminated.

paintball hit

In order for you to play the game, you require a paintball gun (or marker), paintballs, a face mask, a loader and a compressed-air tank to power the marker. Also useful are boots, overalls, padding, and gloves to reduce chances of physical injuries. Paintballing has low chances of receiving any serious injury, as the propellant does not generate enough force to cause physical harm. The main problem that could be encountered is minor physical injuries such as bruises, sprains or eye injuries. In other unique cases, the injuries may be caused by defective products or a negligent rival shooting you in the wrong spot. The terrain could also be an issue, as the woods may have cliffs, sharp drops or trees with big roots that can trip the players.

group of players for woodsball

There are various types of paintball games, the most common being capture the flag. For these games, there are different strategies to use, including:

Flanking – Split your team and advance on both sides of the oppressors. They will either be shot or they will fall back and lose the front protection.

Leap-frogging – Involves covering you teammates while they advance. Communication is vital in this area to know who is covering and who is moving ahead.

Retreat – You can always withdraw and re-position yourself (or your team) for a better chance to ambush the opposing team later.

Find cover – The trees will offer cover for players on both sides. The trick, however, is to hide colored equipment such as guns and masks. You can also set up barriers to hide behind.

Runners – This strategy focuses on the fastest in the group, who are tasked with getting the flag quickly. As soon as the game starts, two or three runners will set out separately to head for the flag.

Paintballing can be done for fun and adventure with family or friends. It can also be done as a form of exercise, as the running burns calories and improves blood circulation. It is a good way of socializing in camps or get-togethers and anniversaries. Paintballing is a sport which can be used to teach the importance of teamwork and strategy among different teams. It also nurtures constructive competition as the main aim of the game is to outlast the rivals.

Running while shooting

For people n the military, paintball can be used as target practice, to work on speed and the importance of communication in the field. So the next time you are planning a trip to the woods or you need a recreational activity, acquire the equipment and enjoy paintballing with your companions. Happy hunting! Here’s a video of good gun/mask setups for beginners who don’t want to spend a lot of money to begin with:


Here at Bugaboo, we want to share awesome hunting and fishing tips, plus so much more.  In today’s video, beginning hunters can pick up tips on how to hunt pheasants.  Yes, time to hunt birds:

You can never be too prepared for this horrible situation of becoming lost in the woods. What if you’ve lost your cell phone (or reception), ran out of food, or the sun has set and now you have to survive not just a day, but days, upto a week?

We are happy to share this video with you!


Recently, we shared tips on how to survive in the wild but what if you have set out for the day to go on an awesome hike and all of a sudden, you realize you are lost?

Do you know how to survive hours in the day time, in the wilderness?  What if you got lost at night?

Let’s watch!


If you’re stranded in the wilderness, the key to your survival is finding three specific things: shelter, food, and water. Now, in some outdoor situations where the elements are not too severe, you can survive without shelter. But it is impossible to survive without food and water. Knowing what to do in the case of an emergency situation can go a long way towards making sure you get home in the best health possible.

wilderness survival

What To Have With You

If you plan on taking a retreat in the wilderness by yourself, you must consider carrying a couple of things with you. You have to get a knife, as it is used for many jobs. The rope is also useful for camping, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. No matter the climate, always bring a jacket or windbreaker. They will keep your body warm at night, and staying warm is crucial. Also, bring water so you don’t become dehydrated.

knife for survival

You might find yourself in a survival situation while camping, since you are in the wilderness and have no way of reaching anyone if you don’t have a phone. First-aid kits will be necessary to heal injuries. Having a compass will help you find your way to the city. If you have a map of the area you will be camping at, it will be even more helpful. If you are in a survival position, having that safe place to sleep for the night is a great thing. The shelter will keep you dry and warmer. If you weren’t camping, you could build a simple lean-to with rope, some branches, and a tarp.


What You Can Do If You Didn’t Bring Anything…

Scan what is nearby and what you have on you right away. This will let you decide what you can make and how quickly you can make it. Look for tree types, plants that would work as rope, and possible combustible sources. Construct a roof as soon as possible. You can use a large tree with shelter underneath it or a cave.

a cave to hide in

Next, you would have to find food until an hour before sunset. Drink water from the cleanest possible rivers and as far from infection sources as possible. Build a fire using the tools around you. Start one by rubbing one end of a dry stick into the groove of the larger piece of wood until you see glowing embers in the channel, then blow softly while putting moss and leaves on it.

making a fire with wood

What To Eat Or Drink

Keep in mind that water in stagnant sources is often infected. If you find moving water, it is less likely to be contaminated. If you are not familiar with the fruit you find, a good rule of thumb is to evade any berries that are red or white. It’s those colors that are usually poisonous.

Avoid eating wild mushrooms, unless you can clearly identify them. Most wild mushrooms are perfectly safe to eat, but several varieties are poisonous. If you do not know how to determine the safe ones, it is best to stay away.

red mushrooms

Remember that insects such as grasshoppers and locusts are edible. You can eat them live or roast them. Frogs, lizards, and turtles are other sources of protein that are moderately easy to catch. While these foods might not be your first choice, remember your goal is survival!