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    Three Essential Tips for a Backpacking Trip

    Three Essential Tips for a Backpacking Trip

    Sure, you’ve mastered day hikes. You’ve got your strategy on lock for getting to the trailhead before the masses, you’re a pro-snack-packer, and you bring your A-game for tackling 14ers, long-haul hikes, and elevation gains.


    If you’ve got the itch to push yourself a bit harder, cook a meal with your buddies in the great outdoors, and sleep under the stars, you might want to think about a backpacking trip. With a little preparation, you’ll be a pro in no time. Read on for our tips:


    Gear

    Well, if you’re hauling a tent, food, sleeping pad, and a change of clothes, it makes sense to invest in a good pack that can 1) handle all of that and 2) fit you extremely well so you’re not miserable on your hike. Check out this resource for picking out a backpack that’ll have your back for the long haul.


    Sweat-wicking clothing, tall socks, good sturdy (broken in!) hiking shoes or boots, a hat, and some extra outer layers of protection are essential. When you’re miles away from civilization, having a rain shell on hand for a sudden cloudburst could be the difference between a great hike and a miserable one.


    When you’re hanging around the campfire after a long day of hiking, you’ll want a sweatshirt to chill in. Check out this classic option, or go all-in with a sweatshirt that can also hold your beer. You won’t regret having something dry and comfy to pull on after a long day.


    For more info on packing lists and other great tips about camping, check out this resource.


    Meals

    If you’re going for efficiency, plan on about 1.5 pounds of food per person per day when you’re on a backpacking trip. You could need more, you could need less - but no matter your caloric needs, make sure to remove any superfluous packaging or anything that could add extra weight.


    For that morning pick-me-up, consider bringing along instant coffee or tea to save space.


    Keep your meals simple - grains, sausages, dried fruit, granola, instant mashed potatoes, and hard-boiled eggs are all great options. Remember, you’ll be burning extra calories - so make sure you treat yourself with something delicious at the end of the day. For more ideas, check this out.


    Always remember, the goal is to leave no trace. Say it with us now: pack it in, pack it out.


    Scout Your Route

    Never go in blind. Make sure you know where you’re going, and you’ll save yourself a major headache down the line. Take photos of the route, write it down, and commit it to memory. Ask around and plan ahead for good camping spots, and make sure you’re aware of any fire bans, wild animal activity, flooding, snowpack, mud, elevation gains, and anything else you might encounter.


    At the end of a day of hiking, you’ll be stoked to settle down in a good spot, set up camp, and chill around the fire (or the camp stove). When you go into the trip prepared, you’ll take the guesswork and stress out of the equation.


    Now get out there and vibe with nature! Happy trails.

    A-Z Compatibility: How to Integrate Your Pod with Vaprwear Gear

    A-Z Compatibility: How to Integrate Your Pod with Vaprwear Gear

    No, you’re not imagining it: pods are everywhere. Juul, the e-cigarette that looks like a sleek USB drive and more closely mimics the taste experience of smoking a “real” cigarette, broke $224 million in sales last year. The company has sold more than one million Juul systems. It has to produce 20 million products, from actual smoking pods to cartridges, every month.


    We’re big fans of Juul ourselves - and since we’re the proud producers of first-of-its-kind vape-ready wearable technology, clearly we needed to make sure everything could play nicely together. Our gear comes equipped for compatibility with vape pens of all sizes, but the unique structure of pods like Juul meant we had to get a little creative.


    Enter: the Vaprwear adaptor (f*** yeah). 


    What is it?


    Our adaptors are free to you with any purchase, oh vaper. The male end of the adaptor fits into the stretchy, silicone end of our patented Drawstring while the other end of the adaptor fits snugly onto the pod of your choice for a seamless, uninterrupted flow. Just insert and go.


    Vaprwear adaptor


    Our adaptors work with:


    • Juul
    • PAX Era
    • Clic Vapor
    • Myle Vapor
    • Kandypens RUBI
    • Phix Vapor
    • And more!


    Wait, Wait, Wait. What Did You Say About a Drawstring?


    If you’re familiar with Vaprwear, you know that we make it easy for you to vape discreetly and conveniently wherever you are - driving, on a hike, chilling on your couch. But how does it all work?


    Our Drawstring features your pod or pen on one end and an ergonomic mouthpiece on the other. This Drawstring is then subtly integrated within a wide range of apparel, from our Tailgater hoodie to our Hydro-Vape backpack.


    Yep, pretty ingenious - and now, with the addition of our adaptor, it’s compatible with more pens and pods than ever before. (As always, pens are fully compatible with Vaprwear gear as-is - no adaptor required.)


    Why the Switch?


    E-cigarettes are going to continue to grow as a product category, and not just because they’re convenient - they also remove a lot of the toxic chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. Now, cigarette smokers have alternatives other than dip or the unsatisfying e-cig options of yore for their nicotine fix. We wanted to be there for our customers and friends who are trying to kick the cigarette habit, so we made it easier than ever before to integrate pods with Vaprwear gear.


    And if you vape CBD or cannabis from your pod, the awesomeness of Vaprwear gear is now more easily within reach.


    How Do I Get My Hands On an Adaptor?


    When you check out at www.vaprwear.com, you’ll be prompted to to add an adaptor - free of charge - to your order. If you previously purchased Vaprwear gear and need a pod adaptor, just reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll send you one for free (just need proof of purchase). Of course, if you lose your adaptor or want extras, they are available for purchase in the accessories section.


    As always, we’re ready to help answer any questions. Just drop us a line at [email protected].

    The Marijuana Justice Act

    The Marijuana Justice Act

    When you think of hard drugs, what comes to mind? Heroin? Cocaine? Meth? These drugs are powerful and addictive, and the detrimental effects they have on our society are profound. In fact, 115 people die per day from opioid overdose - and these overdoses aren’t limited to heroin alone.


    Prescription painkillers, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids are wreaking havoc on communities from Michigan to Texas to Maine to Virginia. Heroin, with its addictive nature, no medical use, and “severe safety concern,” is a Schedule 1 drug along with LSD and cocaine.


    And marijuana.


    With medical marijuana now legal in 29 states and a strong body of evidence pointing to marijuana’s efficacy as a treatment for everything from seizures to PTSD to anxiety to chronic pain, something seems off. Why would such a drug be counted among some of the most harmful narcotics in the world?


    Lawmakers, whether motivated by upcoming elections or their own personal feelings, are starting to ask the same question. Several bills, collectively referred to as the Marijuana Justice Act, have been introduced into the House and Senate in the last year in the hopes of addressing this issue.


    What is the Marijuana Justice Act?


    The Marijuana Justice Act was first introduced by Senator Cory Booker in 2017. In 2018, Reps. Barbara Lee and Rho Khanna introduced a House “companion” version of the bill. Senator Chuck Schumer also introduced a similar bill in 2018.


    The aim of all three bills is to remove marijuana from its current classification as a Schedule 1 drug. The bills introduced by Senator Booker and Reps. Lee and Khanna, collectively known as the Marijuana Justice Act, also seek to expunge convictions for marijuana use and convictions, which disproportionately affect people of color and lower-income communities. It would also allow for people already imprisoned for drug crimes to petition for resentencing or release.


    The Marijuana Justice Act also includes a $500 million fund to help with job training in the cannabis industry and would focus on those communities that see a disproportionate number of arrests and convictions for low-level marijuana-related offenses.


    Lastly, the Act seeks to use cuts to federal funding to penalize those states that arrest and imprison a disproportionate number of people of color or low-income people for marijuana-related offenses.


    Who Is Behind It?


    We should start with who’s not behind it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year rescinded an Obama-era ruling that prevented federal agents and entities from interfering with cannabis grow and sell operations in states with legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. He has promised harsher punishments for drug offenders and has even suggested that individual states not legalize marijuana.


    Sessions’ prejudice against marijuana is nothing new, however.


    It was then-President Nixon in the early 1970s who first introduced the concept of a War on Drugs, Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign in the 1980s, and then-President Bill Clinton’s controversial so-called “crime bill” in 1994 that has resulted in disproportionate arrests, convictions, and length of sentencing for people of color in possession of marijuana.  


    Now, however, Democrats in the House and Senate are saying “enough’s enough.” No Republicans have yet signed onto the bill, but it is slowly gaining ground. Senator Bernie Sanders recently signed on to Senator Cory Booker’s version of the bill, while others including Kamala Harris are beginning to attach their names to the legislature as well.  


    Further, most Americans are behind legalizing marijuana and, thereby, removing criminal consequences of possession. In a recent Pew Research poll, 61% of respondents indicated they thought marijuana should be legalized.


    Why Now?


    To convey the sense of urgency: there are 700,000 people arrested each year for marijuana-related offenses. While Black people and white people use marijuana at approximately the same rate, Black people are four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana-related offenses than whites. And in 2010, when marijuana arrests were at their peak, it cost taxpayers $3.6 billion in court and imprisonment costs.


    With the rising tide of legalization in this country, along with a midterm election this year, the time is right for politicians on both sides of the aisle to consider this hot-button issue.


    Anything Else?


    Removing marijuana from the Schedule of Controlled Substances would open it up for medical research under federal regulations. This research could lead to breakthroughs in understanding the yet-unknown applications of medical marijuana, and it could reduce our country’s dependence on opioids and painkillers.


    Since 2014, marijuana legalization in Colorado has resulted in nearly $770,000,000 in taxes, licenses, and fee revenue. This money goes towards public schools, public health education, transportation safety, and infrastructure among many other vital programs.

    The Marijuana Justice Act has a long battle ahead of it in Congress. You can show your support by emailing or calling your local representatives. Read more about the Act here and find out how to best contact your representative here.

    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. 


    Clerks

    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