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MobilIZE: Phone Accessories For Every Lifestyle

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Apr 13, 2021 2:11:38 PM

Phone Accessories For Every Lifestyle

Let’s face the grim reality: we’re all hopelessly reliant on our smartphones. Whether we’re having GPS guide our way to our next destination or taking ‘gram-worthy photos on a hike, it’s likely that wherever we go, our phones go with us. While we’ll spare you the sociological examination of our society’s relationship with our devices, we will give you a breakdown of our favorite mobile accessories to help simplify your life and keep you connected around the house, on the road, and beyond.

 

For The Outdoor Adventurer

Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether

Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether

Do your adventures in nature put your phone in some pretty precarious situations? You know you need that perfect photo off the side of a cliff, but you do risk losing a grip and having your phone tumble down hundreds of feet to it’s ultimate demise. The Hitch Phone Anchor + Tether is the perfect companion for mountain hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and more. Clip one end of the coiled tether to your belt loop or jacket and snap away worry-free. For city adventures, it also makes a great defense against pick-pocketers. You can also clip the tether onto it’s other end to form a loop, and conveniently carry your phone around your wrist when your hands are full (attention, busy parents).

 

For The Cycling Fanatic

Squeeze Rotating Smartphone Bar Mount

Squeeze Rotating Smartphone Bar Mount

Whether you’re a regular bike commuter, a casual joy-rider, or a weekend warrior mountain biker, keep your phone secured to your handlebars with the Squeeze Bar Mount. Universally fit for virtually any phone, the Squeeze is easy to install tool-free, and intuitive to use. Just pinch the levers to open the arms, place your device, and release for a super strong hold that can withstand bumps, twists, and turns. It also can rotate between portrait or landscape modes, so you can track your maps and apps as you ride.

 

For The Road Warrior

Steelie Magnetic Phone Mounts

Steelie Magnetic Phone Mounts

If you’re an avid road tripper, daily grind commuter, or business traveler, you need a place in your car to dock your phone for hands-free calls, GPS navigation, or music selection. The Steelie family of magnetic mobile phone mounts are reliable, secure, and easy to use – but with so many options, where do you even start? We’ve made it easier than ever with this flowchart to help you find the right Steelie for your lifestyle:

Find Your Steelie

 

For The Angler

RunOff Waterproof Phone Case

RunOff Waterproof Phone Case

Dreaming of catching the big one? Whether you’re heading out for a deep sea fishing excursion, a day of fly fishing on the river, or hitting the lake by motor boat, you know you’ll want your phone close to document your catch. Keep your device dry, protected, and in reach with a RunOff Waterproof Phone Case. With a clear, touch-screen friendly front and back window, you won’t need to remove your phone from the case to use it, and the included lanyard allows you to wear it around your neck for accessibility. Tested to IP67, the RunOff Phone Case is completely submersible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so if it does decide to take a dip in the water, it will stay completely dry!

 

For The Jet Setter

QuikStand Mobile Device Stand

QuikStand Mobile Device Stand

Planning to hit the friendly skies this year? You can keep up with your latest Netflix binge while in the air with the QuikStand Mobile Device Stand. At just about the size of a credit card, this stand is ultra packable, and folds out to hold your phone or small tablet right on your tray table so you can give your arms a break.

 

For The Minimalist

Ca$hBack Phone Wallet

Ca$hBack Phone Wallet

If you’re not one for toting around an assortment of belongings everywhere you go, choose the simple route. With the Ca$hBack Phone Wallet, you can carry your phone, cards and cash all in one!

 

For The Super Scroller

FlipOut Phone Handle + Stand

FlipOut Phone Handle + Stand

Are you a social media aficionado with a penchant for selfie-snapping? Keep a better grip on your cherished device with a FlipOut Phone Handle + Stand. The low-profile design slides into pockets without snagging, but flips out to create a convenient handle – or use it as a kickstand so you can sit back and catch up on your favorite YouTube channels.

 

For The Home Chef

Steelie Pedestal Mount

Steelie Pedestal Mount

If you love to cook or bake, you know the struggle of looking up recipes on your phone and then fumbling to read it at the right angle with your flour-caked hands. Enter the Steelie Pedestal Mount, and the answer to your digital recipe woes. If you’re already a Steelie user, this mount is a perfect addition to your arsenal. If you have the original or plus-sized magnet, you can snap it right onto the pedestal. If you’re a Steelie Orbiter user, just purchase an additional Orbiter Socket that lives on your Pedestal to use it the same way. You can also put a Steelie Plus magnet onto the back of your tablet if you prefer a larger screen.

 

Do you have a hobby or lifestyle we didn't cover? Let us know in the comments and we'll give our best recommendation for an accessory to fit your needs. Curious for more mobile product recommendations? View our specially-curated April MobilIZE Collection here.

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, outdoors, Adventure, "travel", Home, Steelie

OrganIZE: 10 Foolproof Closet Organization Tips

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Mar 1, 2021 9:41:01 AM

10 Closet Organization Tips

If there is one area of the house that can too easily get out of control, it's the closet. If you're anything like me, you may have the tendency to acquire more clothes, shoes, bags and accessories without getting rid of anything you already have, and before you know it, your closet is jam-packed. On top of it being over-stuffed, you probably haven't taken the time to re-organize your closet in a while, so things start getting haphazardly thrown in without much consideration. In the spirit of OrganIZE – our Big Idea this month – and the start of spring cleaning season, I'm going to share a few tips on how I keep my closet organization game in check.

 

1. Donate or Toss Anything You Don't Love

Donate Old Clothing

Does it "spark joy?" The phrase made famous by celebrity organization expert Marie Kondo has caught on for a reason. If you don't love a pair of shoes, you probably don't need them gathering dust in your closet. I usually judge what to put in my donation pile based on the last time I wore something. Can I even remember the last time I wore this sweater? If I have to rack my brain on it, it's probably not a keeper. Don't be afraid to part ways with socks or undergarments that are starting to fall apart either – toss them at the sign of the first hole.

A good method to keep your wardrobe in check is every time you buy a new piece, donate something old. This can be a difficult and emotional decision, but it will absolutely keep your closet from getting out of hand. Always have a donation bin handy. If you don't have room in your closet for a designated bin, consider keeping one in your garage or storage space, so it's always on stand by when you come across something that is past its prime in your rotation.

 

2. Buy Uniform Hangers

No Slip Hangers

Although this tip is primarily for aesthetic purposes, I promise that it does bring the look of your closet to the next level. Get rid of all your misfit garment hangers and acquire matching ones. I personally prefer the slim velvet no-slip hangers that you can find just about anywhere these days. I tend to find good deals on them at discount stores such as TJ Maxx, so you don't have to break the bank investing in an entire new set of hangers.

 

3. Start Fresh

Organizing Your Closet

Okay, this might seem a little extreme at first, but hear me out. I always found that I did my best organization right when I moved into a new place. Now that I live somewhere more permanent, I have to remind myself to actively keep things organized (instead of just waiting until my next move like I did throughout my 20s). So, I decided to apply the same method and take everything out of my closet to start fresh before re-organizing. I also apply this method when it comes to re-organizing drawers or bathroom cabinets. You're guaranteed to find even more stuff for your donate pile this way, and you can better re-think your space and how you can make improvements to your existing organization system.

 

4. Organize Clothes by Style and Color

Organize Your Clothes

Properly categorizing your clothing is a closet game-changer. Not only does it look better, it also helps me choose outfits faster in the morning. I group everything by style, then, by color. For example, I put all of my sweaters in the same section, then organize the sweaters from lightest to darkest in each color. Then, the next section over might be button-up blouses, and those will be organized by color in the same way.

 

5. Maximize Vertical Space

Closet Organizing Tips

Make sure you're utilizing all of your available space wisely. If you're short on room in your closet, consider adding a lower rod underneath the top rod. Then, when you rotate your wardrobe from winter to summer, you can keep the pieces you'll be wearing more frequently at eye-level. Or, you could use that floor space for drawers, shelving, a shoe rack, laundry basket, or donation bin. 

 

6. Try Unexpected Solutions

Closet Organizing Hacks

Let me introduce you to some of my favorite closet hacks that you may not have ever thought about or heard of:

GearLine Organization System:

GearLine Organization System

I first bought one of of these for my camping tent to organize gear, which I loved. Then, I bought a second one, to keep around the campsite. Then, I started thinking outside the box – where else might these come in handy? After searching around for solutions to organize my purses, it clicked. I affixed the integrated Gear Ties at either end of the line to my closet bar, then clipped my purses, clutches, and hats to the S-Biners. 

S-Biner Hook 'N Hold:

S-Biner Hook 'N Hold

I replaced one of the plastic S-Biners on the GearLine with an S-Biner Hook 'N Hold to hang one of my favorite hats I usually grab for hiking or other outdoor activities. I liked this particular option because I can grab the hat off of the hook quickly without opening an S-Biner gate, and the other side stays clipped and secured to the loop on the GearLine.

Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook:

Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook

You could say that I'm already "hooked" on this brand new Nite Ize product! I snagged a few of these puppies to hang scarves and bags in my closet and I already want more. The gentle yet grippy rubber coating of the Gear Tie is soft on fabrics while preventing slipping, and the flexible shape gives you options for size and shape. You could, for instance, keep the top part of the "S" hooked onto the bar and bend the lower part to rotate in. You can also squeeze to close up either side of the "S" for a more secure hold.

S-Biner Plastic #8:

S-Biner #8

I absolutely love this size S-Biner for hanging backpacks. For bulkier loads, you can also use a #10, but after testing both, I prefer the #8 for my closet and the type of bags I need to hang. 

 

7. Utilize Wall Space

How to organize jewelry

In keeping with the goal of using all your available space, don't forget about the walls. Installing some hooks can be a good use of that dead space – I use mine for necklaces whereas my husband uses his for hats and hoodies. For a simple option with no drills or nails required, I also recommend using 3M Command Hooks. If you have extra space on the wall or back of the door, you can stick some of those on to hang hats, jackets, and more.

 

8. Organize Your Shoes

How to organize shoes

One thing you definitely need is a good shoe organizing solution (especially if you're like me and have a bit of a shoe adduction). My favorite space-saving method is an over-the-door shoe caddy. I use the pocket variety, but you can also find them in wire rack form. Why use an over-the-door shoe organizer? Because again, it's a great use of dead, vertical space. This way you can free up room on your closet rack or on the floor that you might need for more clothing or accessories.

 

9. Stack Jeans and Pants

Closet organizing tips

I like to fold and stack my pants and store them on shelving in my closet. It makes them more accessible, easier to see, and saves space on my rack and in my dresser drawers (which I reserve for T-shirts, casual sweatshirts, socks/undergarments, and pajamas).

 

10. Consolidate What You Don't Frequently Use

RunOff Waterproof Packing Cubes

I have a full set of RunOff Waterproof Bags for travel, but even when I'm not traveling, I like to store certain items in the large and medium size Packing Cubes because you can fill them with bulkier items, compress out air, and zip them up. I usually throw some of my ski gear like heavy gloves, neck gaiters, and thick socks into the medium cube, and my base layers into the large cube. This way, I always know where my ski essentials are, and when I need the cubes for packing a suitcase, I just empty out the contents and place them temporarily on the shelf.

Finally, I absolutely recommend rotating your wardrobe based on season. I usually do this twice a year – once in late spring and once in fall. In late spring I stow heavy sweaters and coats out of the way, and rotate my warm weather clothing to the front. Then in fall when the weather decides to turn, I change it back.

 

Now stand back, take a breath, and look upon your newly organized wardrobe. Is it just me, or do you feel a renewed sense of mental clarity when your storage spaces are in order? What are your personal closet organization techniques? I'm certainly no professional organizer, so I'm always looking for additional advice. Let us know in the comments below, and check out our March OrganIZE collection for products to inspire your inner neat freak. Be sure to tag your Nite Ize organization hacks on social media with #NiteIze for a chance to win a SurprIZE giveaway!

Topics: DIY, Organization, Surprize

A Closer Look At The Exciting New Products From Nite Ize

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Feb 16, 2021 9:57:44 AM

New Products From Nite Ize 2021

Nite Ize announced a variety of new innovative products and product updates last month, and they are now available to order! Scroll through to see what we're excited to be rolling out.

 

Introducing the Steelie® Squeeze™

Steelie Squeeze Dash Mount

Our popular Steelie magnetic phone mount system now has a revolutionary new attachment method. The Squeeze Clamp is universally fit for most phones (with cases and accessories), and grips your device securely in its arms with a single-handed pull of the levers. This Steelie system does not require anything to be mounted directly onto your phone or case, allowing for a minimalist aesthetic and wireless charging. Connect the Squeeze Clamp's magnet to the Steelie ball on the Squeeze Dash, Vent, or Windshield Kits for a smooth, 360˚ rotation. To secure your phone for the drive ahead, easily pinch the levers to open the Squeeze arms, place your phone, and release the levers to secure - no extra grip strength needed. As an added bonus, when the Squeeze Clamp is on your phone, it can magnetically connect to other Steelie mounts and magnetic surfaces such as your refrigerator, car, or toolbox for hands-free viewing.

The Steelie Squeeze is also compatible with Apple's new MagSafe® phones, and you can even use your MagSafe charger while your phone is in the clamp. Learn more:

 

A New Way to Shine: The Radiant® Rechargeable ShineLine™

Radiant Rechargeable ShineLine

Add some light (or color) to spaces from the home to the campsite with the fiber optic LED technology of the Radiant Rechargeable ShineLine. With 10 feet of full-length illumination, a flexible design, and 4 attached Gear Ties, it's never been easier to achieve ambiance and visibility that moves with you. This modern string light is available in blue, green, or white, and features glow and flash modes, water resistance for indoor and outdoor use, and the ability to stay lit while charging. Attach ShineLine to branches, posts, umbrellas, bike bars, and tents, or leave it bundled on a table for a concentration of light. When it's time to move on, simply coil up the string and wrap it up with the reusable Gear Ties for easy storage - wherever the adventure takes you, ShineLine is always ready to glow.

 

The Carabiner Reimagined: The G-Series™ Dual Gated Carabiner

G-Series Dual Gated Carabiner

Say goodbye to split rings. For keeping keys and small accessories accessible and secure, the new G-Series Dual Carabiners will revolutionize your EDC. Simply load your keys into the first chamber of the carabiner, then pass them through the inner gate to the second chamber to secure. This two-layered security system allows you to clip the carabiner onto belt loops or bags, and easily change out keys as needed, while keeping your keys safe in the lower chamber. The G-Series is available in four sizes in both stainless steel and black.

 

Squeeze™ Rotating Smartphone Bar Mount – A Game Changer For Cyclists

Squeeze Rotating Bar Mount

Securely dock your phone to your bike handlebars with the Squeeze Rotating Smartphone Bar Mount. Using the same clamp system as the Steelie Squeeze, this new bike mount secures virtually any phone (with case and accessories) using inner continuous force springs to create an ultra-strong hold that can easily be opened or closed by pinching the geared levers at the bottom of the clamp. The tool-free mount is simple to attach with a universal, adjustable rubber mounting strap and lock system that secures any phone to bikes, strollers, grocery carts and more, and can be rotated 360˚ to view your screen in portrait or landscape mode.

 

The World's Most Flexible S-Hook: The Gear Tie® Bendable S-Hook

Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook

We've reinvented the S-Hook with the help of Gear Tie technology. Featuring the same grippy, rubber exterior and bendable wire interior as the iconic Reusable Rubber Twist Tie™, the Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook allows you to hang and secure items to virtually any object, in virtually any location. Simply hook one end around a wire rack, closet shelf, tree branch, you name it, and bend to secure the hold. Hang an item onto the other end, such as gardening tools, camping gear, plants, hats, or equipment for easy access and a non-slip hold. Bend it, shape it, hang it – the Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook is built to be used and reused indoors and out.

 
Keep Gear Accessible With The S-Biner® Hook 'N Hold™

S-Biner Hook 'N Hold S-Hook

Level-up your standard S-Hook with the S-Biner Hook 'N Hold. The strong stainless-steel body features a hook on one side and a gated chamber on the other. Hang pots and pans, hats and gear, tools and accessories, and beyond from the open hook side, clipping the gated side onto racks, shelves, and more. Prefer to keep items clipped instead? No problem - just flip it around and use the clip side to securely hold your items, and attach the hook side to a shelf or other anchor point instead.

 

Shed Some Light With The Radiant® 170 Rechargeable Task Light

Radiant 170 Rechargeable Task Light

Illuminate any task indoors or out with the Radiant 170 Rechargeable Task Light. This light packs bright red and white LEDs with chip-on-board (COB) technology, four modes, 180° adjustable tilt, and 170 lumens of light into one compact design that can be secured pretty much anywhere. Snap the strong magnetic backing onto a metal surface for instant hands-free illumination. No nearby pipes or metal objects? Just loop and twist the integrated Gear Tie around a post, branch, wire, or handle for trusty task lighting you can direct in even the smallest of spaces.

 

Upgrade Your Phone With The Hitch® Phone Anchor + Stretch Strap

Hitch Phone Anchor + Stretch Strap

The newest addition to our Hitch® line is the Hitch Phone Anchor + Stretch Strap. Combining our Phone Anchor with our popular Stretch Strap, this handy accessory provides the ability to cinch, grip and carry small items, or to carry your device around your wrist to prevent drops or free your hands. The ultra-thin anchor slides between your phone and case, and links to the stretch strap through (but not impeding) the charging port opening with its included S-Biner MicroLock. Whether tackling a new trail or the daily grind, this system stretches to meet your needs as both device protection and daily convenience.

 

Hitch Up Your Dog With The SlideLock® Pet S-Biner®

SlideLock Pet S-Biner

Our iconic S-Biner Dual Carabiners aren't just for people anymore… meet the new SlideLock Pet S-Biner! When out on the town, tether Fido to the base of patio tables, gates, and other public spaces by simply clipping their leash to one end and clipping the other end onto the object in question. Get creative in natural landscapes by looping their leash around small trees or columns, using the SlideLock to connect. For walking multiple dogs, let SlideLock do the heavy lifting by connecting both leashes to each other. The dual stainless steel gates stay closed with just a slide of the locking levers, preventing breakouts and easing worries with a strong stainless steel body. After a day of fun, clip and keep your pet’s leash and other gear together for easy storage.

 

Organize Your Keys With New Looks & Styles

KeyRack Locker® S-Biner® Aluminum

KeyRack Locker S-Biner Aluminum

This contemporary keychain pairs an aluminum slide-to-lock carabiner clip body with five colorful aluminum S-Biner MicroLocks for easy attachment, removal, identification, and security. Connect individual keys to each MicroLock, and then clip the entire KeyRack to your belt loop, purse strap, or bag.

BigFoot Locker® KeyRack™ Aluminum

BigFoot Locker KeyRack Aluminum

Our Beloved BigFoot Locker KeyRack is now available in lightweight, eye-catching colored aluminum. The main "foot" body features an integrated locking carabiner that easily clips to belt loops and straps, and the molded "toes" hold five bright aluminum S-Biner MicroLocks. The distinguishing colors of each S-Biner allow for key identification, and each can be easily removed from their "toe" slots for individual use or to lighten your load.

KeyRack™ S-Biner®

KeyRack S-Biner

Our KeyRack S-Biner has now been updated with modern new colors. The stainless steel carabiner clip body is paired with six colorful plastic S-Biners to easily attach, remove, and identify keys.

KeyRack+™ S-Biner®

KeyRack+ S-Biner

The KeyRack+ has also been given a color update. This keychain packs all the benefits of the original KeyRack, and adds a bottle opener integrated into the body. Cheers!

 

Which new products are you most excited to try? Browse them all here, and let us know in the comments below. We invite you to tag your photos featuring a Nite Ize product on Instagram  or Twitter with #NiteIze for a chance to win a SurprIZE gift!

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, New Products, Tech and Gadget, LED Products, Steelie, key accessories

AccessorIZE Your Pup: Everyday Carry Essentials… For Your Dog!

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Feb 1, 2021 9:46:48 AM

Everyday Carry Essentials For Your Dog

When it comes to Everyday Carry (also known as EDC – the stuff you carry around while on the go), the humans tend to get all the attention. We talked about our favorite EDC essentials on the blog a few months back, but what about the things you carry while out and about with your dog? February’s Big Idea is AccessorIZE, and we want to make sure your pup has the right gear for all of his or her adventures this year. Whether it’s trips to the dog park, hikes in the mountains, or patio time at the local brewery, we have you covered with everything you need when stepping out with your best furry friend.

 

1. Collar

NiteDog Rechargeable LED Collar

Let’s go back to basics – of course you need a collar! Our go-to is the NiteDog Rechargeable LED Collar. Not only is it a high-quality collar, but transitions perfectly from day to night with the push of a button. With both glow and flashing modes, you can keep an eye on your pup during evening potty breaks, and have visibility to oncoming cars and passers-by when on nighttime strolls.

If you’ll be heading out on off-leash adventures (where allowed), or just on trips to the local dog park, check out the RadDog All-In-One Collar + Leash. Speaking from personal experience, I use this as a secondary collar (my dog wears a blue NiteDog most of the time) for off-leash hikes. It allows me to let him roam free along with me while on the trail, but I can grab the handle quickly when we approach other hikers and dogs. Just make sure your pup has good recall skills!

 

2. Tag

S-Biner TagLock

Now that you have your collar, you must have a tag with your pet’s name and how to reach you in case he or she is lost. If you’re as frustrated by split rings as much as we are, you’ll love our S-Biner TagLock to secure your dog’s tag. Since I mentioned earlier that I use the NiteDog Collar regularly and the RadDog for times when we might be off-leash, the TagLock gives me the ability to quickly change tags between collars with no fuss!

 

3. Leash

NiteDog Rechargeable LED Leash

Let us introduce you to your new favorite leash: the NiteDog Rechargeable LED Leash. This is the companion to the NiteDog collar, and provides full-length illumination for high visibility on nighttime walks. It’s a high-quality 5’ leash during daylight hours too, with a soft-grip padded handle and incorporated anchor point. You’ll be surprised (and delighted) at how many comments you receive on evening walks around the ‘hood.

 

4. Poo Bags

Pack-A-Poo Bag Dispenser

Don’t ever be THAT dog parent. Always have a supply of waste bags on you, because you never know when you’ll need them (or exactly how many). What’s a great way to be prepared? Pick up a Pack-A-Poo Bag Dispenser, which contains a unique revolving core for those times when you pull out more bags than you need. The dispenser can either attach directly onto the leash, or clip to an anchor point (such as a D-ring, belt loop, or backpack) with the included S-Biner.

 

5. Water Bowl

RadDog Collapsible Bowl

Whether you’re out on the town or the trail, you’ll definitely need a travel bowl for your thirsty pooch. The RadDog Collapsible Bowl is a great solution to be equipped while on the go. It folds down to roughly the size of a pack of gum, and the included MicroLock S-Biner can clip onto your bag, or your dog’s collar! No excuses for leaving it at home.

 

6. S-Biner

SlideLock Pet S-Biner

S-Biners are not just for people anymore… meet the new SlideLock Pet S-Biner! This is a handy accessory to have on hand for a myriad of reasons, but when hitting the sidewalk cafes or brewery patios with your dog, it’s the perfect way to connect their leash to tables, fences, poles, trees, and more. It’s also a great way to clip and keep your pet’s leash and other gear together for easy storage.

 

7. Lights! All the lights.

SpotLit and NiteHowl

When the sun goes down before you finish your patio beverage with your best four-legged friend, and you still have a walk home in front of you, you’ll want to make sure you’re lit. (And we do mean in the illumination kind of way.) It’s important to have lights to help see where you’re going, and lights to make sure others see where you are. A headlamp is a great way to light your way while keeping your hands free. Check out the Radiant 170 Rechargeable Headlamp – perfect for evening walks around the neighborhood.

For keeping your pet visible at night, check out our variety of SpotLit Collar Lights and NiteHowl LED Safety Necklaces here!

 

8. Fetch Toys

 

Huck N Tuck GlowStreak Ball

When it gets dark out early but you still need to wear your canine out after work, it’s time for some light-up fun. The GlowStreak LED Ball will be your fetch-obsessed pup’s new favorite toy. It’s also available with the Huck ‘N Tuck Collapsible Thrower (in case your arm gets tuckered out before your dog does), which folds down for compact carrying. For the energetic “disc dog” in your life, check out the Flashflight LED Dog Discuit as well.

 

9. Treats

Dog Treats

Your dog would like me to remind you to not even think about leaving the house without a supply of snacks for them. Small training treats are always good to have on hand for rewarding good behavior (i.e. lying quietly under your table while you eat), or to make recall easier if you’re at the dog park or an off-leash area.

 

10. Comb

If you happen to own a dog with high maintenance hair (like I do), it’s sometimes a good idea to have a comb handy for brushing out burrs they may have picked up on the trail, or loosening knotted fur before it becomes an unruly mat.

 

11. Doggie First Aid

DogEDC-FirstAid

For hiking or camping with dogs, it’s important to carry a small first aid kit for them too (in addition to your own). You can purchase these kits premade, but the essentials to have in yours are:

      • Gauze
      • Bandages
      • Adhesive tape
      • Cotton balls
      • Hydrogen peroxide
      • Antibiotic ointment
      • Antiseptic Wipes
      • Emergency blanket
      • Saline eye drops
      • Vaseline
      • Tweezers
      • Blunt scissors
      • Rectal thermometer
      • Pet first aid guide

If you're heading out anywhere your dog could get muddy, wet, or otherwise dirty, you might also throw a towel or two in your trunk to clean them up before getting back in the car. And don't forget that doggie seatbelt or car seat to keep them safe!

Now that your dog is geared up, we want to hear where you’re headed with your four-legged friend! Better yet, we’d love to see it. Tag pics of your pup with their favorite Nite Ize gear on social media with #NiteIze for a chance to win a SurprIZE gift! And for our human friends, be sure to check out the February AccessorIZE Collection here!

Topics: LED Pet Products, Pets, dogs

VisualIZE: the first women’s run of the Grand Canyon R3.alt

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jan 22, 2021 1:18:07 PM

The first women’s run of the Grand Canyon R3.alt

By Nite Ize Field Team Member Sunny Stroeer

What’s the hardest part of any adventure? To me, the answer is clear: it’s that moment where you turn a wish into a goal and start to plan.   Many adventures, big and small, never get off the ground… and often for a reason that we don’t like to talk about: for a lack of trying. I should know - big adventures are my jam, like the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim ALT (or, for short, “R3.alt”) route that I completed with two girlfriends of mine this past October.  

RunOff Waterproof Large Packing CubeThe R3.alt is adventure running at its finest. It entails a double crossing of the Grand Canyon, which means 42 miles and over 10,000ft of vertical gain on rugged trails far, far off the pavement.  If that wasn’t enough, here’s an added challenge: there is no bridge across the Colorado River connecting the trails of this particular route at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, so you have to swim across the mighty Colorado in order to complete the adventure; you can imagine how thankful I was for Nite Ize’s awesome RunOff Waterproof Bags which helped bombproof my essential non-waterproof gear to ensure it would stay dry while we swam across the river. Through the hours of darkness, I was grateful for my Nite Ize Headlamp.  After a botched first attempt, and despite a few minor epics on the second attempt, my friends and I managed to pull off the R3.alt in 22 hours and 27 minutes and established the first women’s speed record on this backcountry route. 

As you consider what the R3.alt requires, you might argue that the hardest part of this adventure should be running 42 miles, or swimming across the Colorado River.  But here’s the kicker: running long distances is what I do, and the swim across the Colorado turned out to be less difficult than we had imagined (in large part thanks to a dry season which meant warm and slow-flowing water). 

Christin Healy Grand Canyon R3 Alt

So for this adventure, as for so many others, the true crux of the R3.alt was formulating the concrete goal of making it happen: the moment where I moved my internal dialogue from a hypothetical "wow what a cool route - I wish I could try that someday!" to the concrete "I am going to attempt the R3.alt." That simple change in words is often all it takes to turn a wish into a goal, and to start making a plan for how to accomplish said goal.

If it’s that simple, what keeps us from bridging the gap between ‘wishing’ and ‘planning’? Let me go back to my Grand Canyon R3.alt adventure for a moment.  When I first heard about the R3.alt route in 2018, it immediately captured my attention - as a wild “someday” idea, not as a goal. I didn’t know if I’d be able to get to the trailhead, or if I’d have the chops to jump into the mighty Colorado and swim across it; my internal dialogue was all about reasons why I wouldn’t ever be able to do the R3.alt, rather than about ways I could attempt the route. 

First women's run of Grand Canyon R3.alt

The reason for that is part an old habit of negative self-talk, and part mental laziness. I firmly believe that most of us, myself included, use the phrase "I wish" far more frequently than we should.  That’s why I differentiate between three different categories of "I wish" statements; hear me out. 

  1. Figure of speech without true intent: “I wish I could stay to chat but I gotta go.”  
  2. An honest wish related to something that we cannot influence: “I wish I was taller” or “I wish you felt better.” 
  3. Deliberate distancing from a desirable outcome: “I wish I could quit my job” or “I wish I was a better writer” or “I wish I could go travel.” 

I personally spend most of my time in categories one and three, but I constantly try to remind myself that the first category serves no purpose outside of social interactions.  The third category, on the other hand, is exactly what it sounds like: it is a way for us to deliberately distance ourselves from a challenging goal that we think we want but that is scary, difficult and/or time-intensive to pursue.  That third category is the category that I like to invest in, and  where I put work into converting my ‘I-wish-I-could’ wild dreams into ‘I-want-to-and-I-am-going-to-figure-out-how’ game plans.

First women's run of Grand Canyon R3.alt

That’s the reason that my friends Lexi, Christin and I were able to pull off the R3.alt in the Grand Canyon this past October: not because we are the strongest athletes, but because we turned a wish into a goal and made a plan for how to get there. My wish for you in 2021 is that you may do the same in the areas of your life that matter to you.

Topics: outdoors, Adventure, Field Team, "travel", runoff

10 Ways To Enjoy The Great Indoors This Winter

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jan 15, 2021 10:44:29 AM

10 Ways to Enjoy the Great Indoors This Winter

Winter is in full swing, and for some of us in the colder areas of the country, that means much more time inside. Perhaps a lot more time than you would prefer, which is why you’ll need some distractions to keep from developing cabin fever. With these weeks stuck indoors, it could be the perfect time to pick up a new skill or hobby. Consider some of these ideas to keep you busy, stimulated, and productive this winter season.

 

Get Crafty

Crafting with Radiant 170 Headlamp

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or always wanted to dip your toe in, this is the optimal season to take on a project. You could learn how to crochet your own hats and scarves, and give them as gifts. New to knitting or crochet? Try looking up some instructional videos on YouTube to help get you started.

Other crafts you could try include cross-stitching, upcycling old clothing and items, soap or candle making, spicing up your old denim with some embroidery, or scrapbooking. Hop on Pinterest and do a quick search for inspiration and you’ll find the possibilities are endless.

DoohicKey Hook Knife

Pro Tip: If you’d prefer to do your handiwork in the evening by the low light of your favorite bingeable shows (or, if your eyesight isn’t quite what it once was), a headlamp will come in handy. Our Radiant 170 Rechargeable Headlamp is perfect for close-up tasks.

Pro Tip #2: If you’re working with fabric, Gear Ties are great for keeping it rolled and bundled, or you can keep spools of twine, ribbon, or yarn organized. For working with twine or thread, a DoohicKey Hook Knife is a convenient tool to keep on hand.

 

Organize Crafts with Gear Ties

 

Tackle a Home Project

Tackle a home project

Being stuck inside provides a great opportunity to take on one of those projects you’ve been meaning to get around to. Maybe you have a slow drain you’d like to try fixing yourself, or a light fixture you’d like to hang. Start with something simple that you can learn to safely complete yourself, and do some research online – YouTube is a great resource for instructional videos.

Pro Tip: For those jobs that need a little extra light, the Radiant 170 Rechargeable Clip Light is the perfect alternative to a headlamp for anyone who wears a hat. It simply clips onto hat bills, provides a bright, even flood lighting that’s perfect for tasks, and is conveniently rechargeable.

 

Try Some New Recipes or Get Into Baking

Cooking with the Steelie Pedestal

Winter is the perfect time to fire up that oven and cook some warm comfort foods. On the weekends, having some extra time on your hands will allow you to try something a little more complicated than your standard weeknight meal. If you’ve been waiting for the weather to cool down so you can start baking, the wait is finally over. For something simple, try a banana bread or a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Or, if you’re already a seasoned baker, research some more complex pastries and impress your family and neighbors!

Pro Tip:  These days, many of us find and follow recipes right from our smartphones. To keep it in view and make it easier to follow along, try a Steelie Pedestal (a must-have necessity for those who already use a Steelie car mount system). Alternatively, the FlipOut Phone Handle + Stand or QuikStand are great accessories to help keep your mobile screens and recipes in view.

 

Dabble in Woodworking

Learn woodworking

If you’ve always had the dream of crafting your own simple furniture (or even just a shelf), there’s no time like the present to try a simple woodworking project. Although this hobby requires a lot more equipment than a ball of yarn and crochet needle, if you’re serious about giving it a go, it might be something to consider investing in. Creating your own pieces can be incredibly rewarding, and as you get more experienced, you might even be able to sell them someday – or at least give them as gifts. Start by doing some research online about what you might need to complete your first simple project. You could try starting with a bird house just like in 7th grade woodshop! It’s fun to start looking around on Pinterest and YouTube for ideas of what you can create, and how to make it all happen.

Pro Tip: You’ll want to keep all of your essential woodworking tools in arm’s reach, so the Clip Pock-It’s XL Utility Holster is perfect for the task.

 

Read a Book

BugLit Rechargeable Micro Flashlight

Sure, this one is pretty obvious, but that doesn’t make it a stale idea. There isn’t a better season to cozy up with a good book than winter, and it’s a great way to take advantage of some extra time on your hands while at home. If you’re like many of us and the last book you bought is still sitting on your nightstand untouched, now is the time to crack it open. 

Pro Tip: If you get so enthralled that you find yourself reading into the night (just one more chapter!), it’s a good idea to have a reading light handy so you don’t disturb a sleeping partner. Our BugLit Rechargeable Micro Flashlight is a perfect companion for your late-night reading sessions, and can be positioned in a variety of ways with its Gear Tie “legs.”

 

Have a Family Game Night

Family game night

Time to dust off the old board games! You might be surprised how much fun you can actually have with your whole family on a cold Friday or Saturday night without even leaving the house. Make an occasion of it by ordering a pizza, and have members vote on their game of choice. It might be exciting to try out something new, or perhaps nostalgia is calling your name. Either way, have fun, and make it a night you and your family will remember fondly.



Work on a Puzzle

Work on a puzzle Radiant 170 Headlamp

A favorite pastime for a rainy day is putting a puzzle together – either by yourself, or with a family member. Not only is it relaxing, but it is completely satisfying once it’s finished. You can even glue it together with Mod Podge and frame it when it’s done to show off your hard work.

Pro Tip: If you’d like to put on one of your favorite movies on in the background while you work and turn the lights down, a headlamp is perfect for providing the right amount of light where you need it. The Radiant 314 Rechargeable Headlamp is the best fit for the job.

 

Get Artsy

Learn to paint

Break out the Bob Ross videos, now is your time for your own personal painting party. Whether you want to dabble in oil paints, acrylics or watercolors, do some research and visit your local crafts store to figure out where to start. And if you’ve always wanted to try some “happy trees” of your own, there’s no time like the present. If you’re not ready to go all in on creating your own masterpiece, but would like an artistic activity to help you relax, pick up an adult coloring book and a set of colored pencils. You’ll be surprised at how meditative and relaxing this activity can be (and it pairs well with a glass of wine).

Oranize your art supplies

Pro Tip: Use Gear Ties to organize your art supplies or craft bins. You can bundle brushes or colored pencils, hang items on a peg board, or wrangle the cords of your glue gun.

Wrangle cords with Gear Ties

 

Camp Out In Your Living Room

Camping in your living room

If winter camping in below freezing temps doesn’t exactly sound like your idea of a good time, but you (or your kiddos) can’t wait to set up the tent, why not try an indoor campout? It’s a fun way to put all that new camping gear you acquired in 2020 to use, and bring a little something out of the ordinary to your life.

Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern

You can eat camp food for dinner, make s’mores in the oven, and tell ghost stories with the lights out. The best part? Being able to use your very own indoor plumbing!

Pro Tip: Ditch the house lights and get in the mood by using lanterns, headlamps, and flashlights during your indoor campout. The Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern offers an “amber mode” to give your campout a real fireside feel.

 

 

Teach Fido A New Trick

Teach your dog a new trick

If you’re holed up with your pooch, make it a goal to include him or her in some fun too! If it’s too cold to enjoy your usual leisurely walk or trip to the dog park, a good activity you can do indoors that will entertain both of you is learn a new trick. If your dog has already mastered the basic commands, check out these 10 cool tricks you can teach them that are sure to impress your friends (or your dog’s Instagram followers).

Pro Tip: Play some glow-in-the-dark fetch (either in the backyard, or turn the lights down inside) with a GlowStreak LED Ball!

 

We hope this list has you feeling a bit more optimistic about being stuck indoors this winter. You might just find your new favorite hobby this season! The possibilities of things you can create are endless, and there’s no shortage of ways to stay busy. Let us know how you’ll be beating the winter blues this year, and leave us a comment with your own pro tips below.

Topics: Gear Ties, DIY, Home, Organization, LED Products, headlamp, kids

"Skoolie Living" Travel Days Made Easier With Nite Ize

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Jan 8, 2021 11:14:34 AM

Skoolie Living Travel Days Made Easier With Nite Ize

Written and Photographed by Guest Bloggers Chris & Tina Wann of @weliveonabus

When you first move into a tiny home on wheels, there is so much to learn. Figuring out how to secure everything while your home is going down the road is an artform and takes time to perfect. When we first moved into the school bus, it wasn’t uncommon for items to fly across the bus once we took off toward our next destination, but we had a head start on finding great solutions thanks to Nite Ize. We have used Nite Ize products for years and during the downsizing process, we kept every single item that had their logo on it. We didn’t know how we would use all of it, but we knew we would need it. 

When looking for methods of organizing and securing belongings in our skoolie, Nite Ize has so much to offer, both in our home and in the great outdoors. When we recently reached out and shared our love of their brand and amazing products, they sent us a box of gear to replace some of the older products we are using. We’re happy to share all of the ways you can use Nite Ize to make travel day as easy as possible!

We Tie Down Everything with Nite Ize Gear Ties

We use Nite Ize Gear Ties for many different things around the skoolie. Gear Ties are a reusable twist tie found in many colors and sizes. Gear Ties are made from strong metal that is wrapped in a soft rubber shell that is durable and helps to prevent scratching. The rubber shell also provides grip to keep it from sliding. Even though they are made from heavy-duty metal, Gear Ties are easy to use with minimal effort.

The Plant Cart

Gear Tie Uses

It is no secret that plants can be found in abundance inside our skoolie. If we are being honest, they are also one of the most time consuming items to pack up on travel day. They have to be placed in their travel locations with care so the leaves don’t get damaged and one of those travel homes just happens to be on wheels. One of the best uses for Gear Ties is securing our plant cart to the wall in our bedroom. Before we started using Gear Ties, I am almost ashamed to tell you how many times it came loose while driving, bumping the door open and rolling down the hallway. It was such a simple fix, too! Nite Ize Gear Ties to the rescue, and now we no longer have to worry about the plant cart surprising us as it rolls down the hallway.

Cable Management

Gear Tie Reusable Rubber Twist Ties

One of the best uses for Gear Ties is cord organization. We have lots of cords in a small tote and using Gear Ties helps us get the one we need and not all of them at the same time in a giant knot. We have cords for chargers, phones, hot spots, the printer, cameras, and laptops. When it’s time to pack up and travel, we love using these to store the cords. They are available from three inches all the way to up to 64 inches and in multiple colors.

Hoses and Power Cords

Gear Tie Loopable

One new style of Gear Tie we started using is the Gear Tie Loopable. These are a fantastic addition to Gear Tie line up. I love using these for organizing hoses and power cords. One cool feature of using a longer Gear Tie Loopable is that you can make a handle to hold bulky items like 50 feet of water hose. Anyone who has tried to coil up 50 feet of water hose knows that it can be hard to manage, especially in cooler weather. We also love Nite Ize Gear Ties for our extension cords. I love how they help prevent the cords from getting tangled up while we’re on the move.

 

Transporting Our Kayaks

CamJam Tie Down Strap

Our family loves being around the water and we travel with two kayaks on the roof of our Jeep. On travel days, a part of my routine is making sure the kayaks are secured. Thanks to the Nite Ize CamJam Tie Down Straps, I can drive down the road knowing they are secure. Like everything else, these straps are very well made and have the end user in mind. A key feature that I love is the no slip buckle which helps to prevent the buckle from scratching the kayaks when tightened. It helps to protect the vehicle when throwing the strap over the kayak, too. I have had many different brands of straps and this is the first one with this feature.

 

Securing the Basket Shelf

One of the newest additions to the bus is the basket shelf above the driver’s seat. Many people have seen photos of this and ask “how do they not fall while driving?” More people have questioned our decision to place baskets above the driver than anything else we have done. I get it. When you see the photos, it looks like an accident waiting to happen, but we haven’t had to worry about it thanks to Nite Ize.

We tie the baskets in using the Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener. Prior to using this, I was using paracord, which works okay, but you have to tie decent knots while cinching the cord down to hold the baskets. The CamJam Cord Tightener eliminates the need for all of the knots because it clips to the hook in the wall. This speeds up the process of securing and unsecuring the baskets. This chore was one of my least favorite because it took extra time and had to be done just right to work. Now, I can secure them super fast and move on to the next task. To help ensure the baskets don’t move, we use Gear Ties on the handles to secure them together.

 

Keeping Doors Closed

S-Biner Dual Carabiner

One of the key features in our bus build is the lockers that hold our toiletries and towels next to the bathroom sink. On our first drive down the road, we heard the banging noise of all six locker doors opening and slamming shut. We stopped at a local hardware store and found the perfect solution – the Nite Ize S-Biner Stainless Steel Dual Carabiner. They are small, light-weight, and the stainless finish looks great on the lockers. A triple win! A lot of times, my solutions to fix problems are more functional than pleasing to the eye. Like many of the Nite Ize products, these carabiners are functional and look great.

 

Organizing Keys and Small Tools with Nite Ize

Nite Ize Key Accessories

As we mentioned in our ebook, Making the Most of 234 Square Feet, we are a huge fan of installing hooks throughout the bus to hold small items, towels, and plants. What we didn’t mention is that every set of keys has a Nite Ize Slidelock S-Biner attached as a key chain. With all the keys for the bus and the Jeep, the locking S-Biner helps me to keep them organized and close at hand. We got into the habit of clipping the keys to a belt loop so we wouldn’t put them down and then forget where we put them. Super handy and a great way to keep your pockets free, too.

 

More Ways We Use Nite Ize

Favorite Nite Ize Products

The Nite Ize logo can be found scattered throughout our bus. Here is a quick look at all of the different products we use:

Travel days can be hectic. When you travel full time and are constantly packing and unpacking, solutions from Nite Ize can make your life easier. Let us know if you find a solution from Nite Ize that we didn’t think of! We would love to hear your ideas!

To learn more about what travel day looks like for our family, check out our Skoolie Travel Day Routines post. To find out where we are today and get the most current updates, follow us on Instagram.

Topics: Gear Ties, "travel", vanlife, Tie Downs

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