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    The Ultimate Festival Checklist

    The Ultimate Festival Checklist

    We love it when the days get longer and the weather gets hotter. There’s more time to chill poolside, the rooftop bars open up, and snow melts off our favorite hiking trails. We can’t really call it “summer” without festivals, though. There’s nothing like getting a group of your friends together for a few days of great music under the summer sun. Here, we put together an ultimate festival checklist with everything you need to make your festival experience top-notch.

    Camping Equipment

    Part of the fun of festivals is sleeping under the stars (or at least under the dome of your favorite tent). This is not the venue to test out your dad’s old camping gear, though. Before you set out, make sure you set up your tent. Check for holes or tears in the tent fabric, and don’t forget to check the lining along the bottom. It’s a good move to buy some waterproofing spray and generously coat your tent a few days before you hit the road. Make sure you’ve got the following:

    • All structural poles
    • Rainfly
    • Stakes
    • Something to hammer those stakes in with
    • An extra tarp to lay out beneath the tent

    Since you’re already packing away your tent, you might as well bring along a few extra items to make your experience as smooth and comfortable as possible.

    • Waterproofing tape in case of spontaneous leakage
    • Flashlight or headlamp
    • Solar-powered lantern
    • Doormat so the festival grounds stay outside your tent
    • Camp chairs
    • Table
    • Small camp stove
    • Flipflops for quick trips to the porta-potty or for working around the campsite
    • Extra toilet paper
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Fan

    Gear to Bring

    So, you’ve got your tent and campsite all set up. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to pack your bag. Bring a mixture of sweat-wicking material - summer festivals can get hot hot hot, so do yourself a favor and invest in some quick-drying shorts and tanks.

    It can’t hurt to bring a rain jacket or shell, just in case. A hat is a necessity, as are shoes that won’t make you want to crowd-surf your way right out of the festival. Check the weather forecast before you go, and make sure you’re prepared for anything. Future you will thank… you!

    While we’re on the subject, consider also bringing along the following items:

    • Earplugs
    • Camping bath wipes (shower tokens = expensive, and dirt = part of the festival experience)
    • Enough headbands and hats to keep your hair out of your face
    • Sunscreen. We can’t say that one enough!
    • Chapstick
    • Lotion
    • A couple of towels
    • Sunglasses
    • Bubbles (why not?)
    • A great backpack

    Things to Know

    We said it already, and we’ll say it again: summer festivals can get hot. Dehydration can take even the most epic day and make it suck. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. And dehydration can make you slow, sluggish, and irritable. Not exactly the person you want to be for your fellow festival-goers - and not to mention, you’ll feel like crap.

    So, bring a couple refillable water bottles and take every chance you can to hydrate. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge in whatever “festival-experience-enhancing” substance that’s on your list - just do yourself a favor and stay hydrated.

    Lots of festivals have banned cigarettes (and, really, anything that could generate waste). If you’re a smoker (of anything), it might be a good time to make the switch to portable, reusable, better-for-the-environment pens and pods. You’ll generate less waste and will avoid irritating your fellow festival-goers with clouds of cigarette smoke.

    Last but not least, remember that you’re part of a greater community of festival-goers. Festivals are so great for forging connections, and they can be truly memorable, life-changing experiences. So, do your part to spread good vibes - share sunscreen, cookout with your tent neighbors, and help your friends stay within their limits. Go into the experience with an open mind, and you might never want to leave.

    Happy festival season!

    Introducing the 4/20 Movie Marathon

    Introducing the 4/20 Movie Marathon

    When we set out to compile a list of our favorite stoner movies to watch on 4/20 and beyond, we were amazed at how many were out there! Due to the number of awesome stoner movies available, this list is in no way inclusive, but here’s a quick rundown of some favorites for your viewing pleasure (cannabis optional). If your favorites were missed, don’t worry - we might just do another list at a later date. (Psst... we checked, and all of these are available to rent on Amazon!)

    Pineapple Express

    Since this year marks its 10th anniversary, we thought it’d be fitting to start with this little gem. This early Judd Apatow film starring Seth Rogen and consisting of drugs, murder, and laughs has been a favorite of weed fans since day one.

    Super Troopers

    If you’ve never seen this movie, then you need to hunt it down right… meow. Since the long-awaited sequel is coming out right on 4/20, now is a great time to refresh your memory on this timeless classic that mixes law enforcement, drugs, maple syrup, and mustache rides. 

    The Big Lebowski

    What do you get when thugs pee on The Dude’s favorite rug that really tied the room together? You get, hands down, one of the best Coen brothers movies in existence. RIP Donny - you were a good bowler, but you were out of your element.

    Up in Smoke

    If you want to see the point at which marijuana usage became prevalent in film, this Cheech and Chong classic will give you a little insight into the fringes of the culture. This began a long, haze-filled series of movies starring the baked duo, and audiences ate those films up, too. 

    Dazed and Confused

    Is there a lesson to be learned that so many of the movies on our list have also charmed critics? No offense to the stoner movies that came before it, but this coming-of-age film by esteemed director Richard Linklater is the movie that started it all as far as many people are concerned.

    Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

    Never before has a burger joint looked so appetizing on screen. Initially dismissed as the “movie where Doogie is a bit of an a-hole,” this comedy gem’s simple plot will make your mouth water for those yummy little pieces of heaven. 


    Kevin Smith has made a career out of his signature wit and takes on pop culture - and this is the movie that started it all! Clerks had such a huge box office return compared to its minuscule budget (just over $25k) that it affected the way future small budget movies were marketed to the masses.

    Darn! That’s a lot of movies. We don’t expect you to get through all these in a single day or even a whole weekend, but if you can squeeze in a few during your downtime, then more power to you. But, don’t forget - while the experts here at Vaprwear support your efforts for rest and relaxation, we also believe in staying active - and if you’d like to learn how to enjoy the outdoors in style, be sure to check out our awesome line of products.

    For more, check out these great lists: 

    Ranker: Best Stoner Movies

    Complex: The Best Stoner Movies of All Time

    BuzzFeed: 32 Ridiculously Entertaining Stoner Movies

    Rolling Stone: 10 Best Stoner Movies of All Time

    Where to Find the Fun on 4/20

    Where to Find the Fun on 4/20

    April is finally here and you know what that means - 4/20 time! While any day is a great time to take part in one of our favorite activities, April 20th is near and dear to our hearts for obvious reasons. So, why not take the day off from the rat race or simply enjoy yourself after a hard day’s work? No matter how you choose to spend the day, the name of the game should be F - U - N.

    What are the best ways to have fun this coming Friday and the accompanying weekend? Check out these quick ideas below:

    4/20 on the Block

    From April 20th thru April 22nd, the Fox Street Compound in Denver will be hosting one of the best 4/20 events in the country. There will be a 4/20 bazaar, live music, an art gallery, carnival-style contests, tons of food, and - Vaprwear!!!  That’s right… Vaprwear has its own booth at the event, where you’ll be able to chat with our awesome crew, have an opportunity to purchase our vape-integrated apparel and backpacks, and maybe even win something in our daily raffles. 4/20 on the Block ticket prices range from $25-$175 and can be purchased by clicking right here. We hope to see you at our booth!

    Stoner Movie Marathon

    According to Wikipedia, “Stoner film is a subgenre of comedy films that cannabis use in a comic and positive fashion. Generally, cannabis use is one of the main themes and inspires much of the plot. They are often representative of cannabis culture.” We don’t know about all of that, but we do know that gathering up friends to watch a stoner marathon is a fantastically chill way to spend an afternoon, evening, or… well, as long as you want. Check back at our next blog (coming this week) to get our recommendations on what to watch!

    Elevate Your Hike

    Don't let your wake and bake turn into an all-day couch marathon. At Vaprwear, we know that cannabis can be a beneficial part of an active lifestyle - and if you don't believe us, we suggest you grab your Hydro-Vape backpack, some snacks, and a trail map and head into the great outdoors. Hiking while vaping, whether you're enjoying CBD or marijuana, can be an exceptionally relaxing and memorable experience. Of course, we don’t want you to be “that guy” - the one that’s stumbling and in everyone’s way - so our vapor delivery system is the perfect way to moderate your intake, keeping you on the straight and narrow and not lost and wandering! Nature's where it's at! So get out there. 

    Kick It Old School

    No matter where you fall in the age category - Baby Boomer, Millennial, or Gen Z - there’s a great chance that you’ve soaked in more nerd culture than you thought was humanly possible. We guarantee you that this weekend, many friends will be hunkered around someone’s old school N64 and busting out Goldeneye while enjoying pizza, wings, subs, beer, chips, and their favorite herbal remedy. Heck, maybe you even know someone who lucked their way into an NES Classic. If you’re planning on gaming, we recommend a Vaprwear hoodie to provide hands-free access to your favorite “game-enhancer,” leaving you free to crush the competition. 

    Of course, we hope that you also get outside to at least stretch your legs. Our Vaprwear clothing and backpacks feature an integrated vapor delivery system that gives you hands-free access to your favorite vape pen or e-cig, leaving you distraction-free to enjoy the great outdoors...even if it’s just a walk to the 7-11 to reload. Reach out to our professionals if you’d like to learn more!

    We All Have a Sedentary Friend - How to Get Them More Active

    We All Have a Sedentary Friend - How to Get Them More Active

    You love spending time with your friends. You share a lot of the same interests, have the same sense of humor, and you just “get” each other. It can be tough, though, when one of your closest friends doesn’t take interest in an active lifestyle. While you want to share jokes and talk about what’s going on in the world as you hit the trails or go rock climbing, your friend just wants to sit on the couch and vape. Which is cool… sometimes. But, what about one of those days when you’re itching to get outdoors and be active? How can you get your sedentary friend up off the couch and into action? Here are a few tips for helping your friend enjoy some new activities.

    Start Small

    Your motto may be “Go Big or Go Home,” but that tactic might not fly with a friend who isn’t used to being as active as you. Pushing your friend to do something too big or too extreme right off the bat could cause them to shut down completely and close their mind to trying new things in the future. Instead of an all-day hiking excursion up a mountain, ask your friend to take a walk with you on a beautiful (and easy) park trail through the trees. Make things a little more interesting by downloading an app that leads you to geocaches. Make it fun so that your friend forgets that he or she is even getting exercise.

    Take a Lesson 

    One of the reasons your sedentary friend might avoid doing something active with you is that they feel intimidated by your experience. They don’t want to look stupid trying something new in front of their expert friend, so they just end up avoiding it altogether. You can get over this hurdle by offering to take a lesson or a class on how to do an activity or sport that you’ve never tried before. Let your friend pick what they’d like to learn and make a pact to do it together. You can both laugh at each other (and yourselves) as you try to figure out what you’re doing - as a team.

    Get Touristy

    Tons of people come to Colorado every year. Why? Because it provides the perfect setting for enjoying a huge number of outdoor sports. Most of the tourists to our area have never tried some of the adventurous activities that they embark upon, but they have a lot of fun giving it a try! Have a “staycation” with your friend where you agree to check out some of the hottest tourist attractions and activities around your area. In this “vacation mode,” you’ll find it a lot easier to get in the spirit of hopping into a whitewater raft or hitting the slopes.

    Stay Positive

    Don’t ever be pushy or judgmental with a sedentary friend. It’s your job to build up your friend and encourage them with a positive attitude as you work on getting them into a more active frame of mind.

    Vape It Up

    You already know that your friend enjoys hanging out on the couch, playing video games, and vaping, so why wouldn’t they enjoy vaping with you just about anywhere? Hooking your friend up with the opportunity to vape while getting active with you in the great outdoors will provide them with just one more reason why they should give an active lifestyle a try.

    Who says you have to choose between an active lifestyle and vaping? Vaprwear allows you and your friends to enjoy the best of both worlds. Hit us up to learn more about our awesome vaping-integrated products today.

    Stay Active by Volunteering. Here’s How!

    Stay Active by Volunteering. Here’s How!

    If you're like millions of people all across the country, you want to do your part to help your community. You're already giving what you can to charity, but can you do more? The answer is yes. There are tons of organizations, not to mention people in general, who could use not just your money but also your time to assist others.

    Volunteering your time and energy is a fantastic way to connect with your community, get your blood flowing, and feel good about yourself and others. Here are a few of our favorite volunteering opportunities:

    Your Local Food Bank or Soup Kitchen

    If you're looking for a great place to volunteer your time, look no further than right around the corner. There are food banks and soup kitchens in every major city. Depending on the food bank, you might find yourself passing out food in big paper bags or serving hot meals to individuals and families in need. If you feel so inclined and have the ability to cook, you may inquire as to how you can help out in that way as well.

    American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross is synonymous with people in need, especially when it comes to disaster relief and donating blood. They often need volunteers who can help process donations and will put your specific set of skills to good use. This is especially true if you're medically trained in any way. If you want to help out in a crisis, this is exactly where you’ll want to go.

    Big Brothers / Big Sisters

    There are thousands of children all across the country who are in need of positive, effective role models. Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in need is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Many of their volunteers come back time and time again. Not only are these experiences beneficial to the child - they have also proven to be beneficial to the volunteer. You will learn things about yourself that you never expected.

    Animal Rescue

    People aren't the only living creatures that need your help. Many animal rescues and shelters are taxed with more animals and more work than they can handle alone. They're often in desperate need of volunteers, whether it's to help manage the animals at the rescue itself, to be a foster parent to an animal in need until its Forever Home can be found, or to assist at the location where adoptions occur.

    National Park Service

    The parks dotted across the United States landscape are some of our greatest assets. Because there are so many parks, the U.S. National Park Service is always in need of volunteers. Their volunteering schedules are very flexible, which means you can donate your time whenever it is most convenient for you. You can help out for one day or decide to commit to a long-term project or position.

    Veterans Centers

    Our nation's veterans deserve our respect and admiration at all times. Many of our most celebrated citizens have suffered for years due to ill health or the effects of fighting for our country. Veterans centers exist to offer support to those who often need it most. Your local veterans center will be more than happy to accept your support and time. You may even be privy to a captivating story or two.

    Vaprwear believes in connecting with your community whenever possible. We support an outdoor lifestyle in everything we do and all the products we sell, including our backpacks and gear that feature integrated vaping technology. If you have any questions about our products, please reach out to us.