Navigation chart plotters

Do YOU know how to navigate ?  

Without navigation, civilization could not exist.

You need to know where you are and where you want to go.

Then you can use some of these tools to help you get there.

Oh, and don’t forget to take along a map when you travel.

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Flashlights… even a small light is better than none

See our video on YouTube.   flashlights and headlamps by Petzl, Princeton Tec, and more.

“stuff happens, be ready”




Sell it, show it. Let’s see your stuff.





Small Street / Trail bikes = cheap reliable transportation

stuff happens, be ready

Honda made a huge number of very reliable small motorbikes and scooters since the 1960’s.

These days getting around can be expensive, and many of our trips are to someplace nearby…   an appointment, pick up the mail, do a little shopping, etc.   If you get yourself a nice, single cylinder on / off road bike, it will save you a lot of money, and you’ll also have a lot of fun.   Once you own one, you’ll never be without at least some transportation.   They are cheap to maintain and insure, too.

Check out these bike models from Honda.   Passport C70, Cub, CT70, CT90, CT110, CT 125, CL series, the ST90, XL80, XL100, and many others.   They last a long time if reasonably cared for.  I own one from 1980 that has barely 1000 miles on it.   runs and looks great.

Look for them on Ebay and Craigs List.   States vary with licensing laws, so do a little research.   To go on the road you need headlights, mirror, and at usually signal lights.

In many countries scooters and small motorcycles are far more common than cars.  They make total economic sense.  You’d be shocked to see what some people carry on them, or how many people.

Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha also have made great small motorcycles and scooters.   I recommend the earlier ones from 1960’s through 80’s.   you can often find one in great condition, stored in a garage or barn.   they can last for literally decades, so you can pass them down through the family.

great headlamps.. Princeton Tec and Petzl

Headlamps can be extremely useful in many situations.   Petzl makes quality equipment for caving and camping.   Princeton Tec also makes great quality headlamps.  Find good prices on eBay.     

Below>..   These are GREAT flashlights !!  very bright, broad swath of light not just a beam.   light weight, nice colors, has a clip, and is water resistant.     Can’t ask for more in a useful tool.   comes with batteries, and uses a standard AA.   LED’s mean long battery life.




stuff happens, be ready



Electric / gas scooters and motorbikes

put a trailer on a bike

Let’s face it, many times you are better off taking a small vehicle on errands.      

How about electric motorcycles ?  or small gas powered bikes ?

Swiss+Tech products

Swiss Tech

This company makes great stuff..

There are many times when you need a small screwdriver, knife, scissors, light.

 Swiss+Tech makes a whole line of really handy gadgets.  Great for travel, hiking, camping.

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Aladdin Renaissance Technology ™

Great products to take with you on adventures, travel.
Aladdin tests and recommends a host of useful items,

and assembles them into kits for various purposes.

See their store at


See their survival and rebuilding tools site




Best Stuff for pilots, 1 of a series, video


Best Pilot Guide

     Pilot resource site

Hi Everyone,

Pilots need really good stuff that works like it should.    I’m reviewing a bunch of products at one time and putting them into 10 minute videos.


“Aladdin Survival Kits” ( tm )

WATCH A VIDEO… light knife fire

Ingenious selection of tools, supplies, and resources in ready-to-go packs. Basic, medium, and large. Watch the videos….

You’ll be amazed at what you can do with the stuff packed into our bags. See our YouTube section

Light, knife, fire   the basics for survival, video

Be Prepared

Naneu K4L camera bag / backpack.

GREAT bag to travel with. 5 stars.

By Naneu well made, clever design, laptop compartment

Watch the video review