This Compact Flashlight Holds 72 Different Camping Essentials Inside

VSSL
VSSL

When you’re packing for a camping trip, what kind of gear is on your checklist? A flashlight or lantern? A first aid kit? Cutting tools? Perhaps a compass, if you’re planning on doing some serious wilderness exploring?

The Camp Supplies tool from Canadian company VSSL has it all. It’s being billed as “the Swiss army knife of camp gear”—and for good reason. In total, it packs 72 camping essentials into one compact piece of equipment that weighs less than a pound.

At first glance, the VSSL Camp Supplies kit looks like any ordinary flashlight. However, the top of the cylinder comes off to reveal several screw-top containers stacked inside. These contain everything from matches to marine-grade rope to water-purifying tablets. If you plan on catching and cooking your lunch, you’ll find fishing gear and fire starters to help you do it. There’s also a wire saw, can opener, gear ties, a durable piece of bamboo cloth, and more. Essentially, it's enough equipment to make Bear Grylls proud.

When you put everything back together again, the tool can be used as a functional flashlight that’s both waterproof and indestructible. It works in four different LED modes—bright, dim, red, and SOS flash—and burns for 40 hours at minimum brightness (or 20 at maximum brightness).

If that sounds a little excessive for your weekend trip to Yosemite or Yellowstone, VSSL also makes a Camp Supplies Mini for shorter excursions. The downsized version contains a rope, razor blade, first aid kit, and tools for sewing and starting a fire.

The Mini version is selling for a discounted price of about $75, while for the full-sized Ultimate Camp Essentials Kit costs about $106. Shipping to the U.S. and Canada is free, and orders will ship out this May.

Buy it on Kickstarter.

This Damn Fine Twin Peaks Box Set Is the Only One Fans Will Ever Need

Amazon
Amazon

Fans of David Lynch’s three-season drama Twin Peaks know there’s quite a lot to excavate. The series, which ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC and returned for a one-season engagement on Showtime in 2017, has been a perpetual source of ambiguity, red herrings, and the downright inexplicable.

Now there’s a centralized hub of all things Peaks to dwell on. Twin Peaks: From Z to A is a Blu-ray box set containing all episodes of the original series; 1992’s feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return; an international version of the 1990 pilot with additional footage; as well as an abundance of new and archival material totaling 20 hours in length.

The box for the 'Twin Peaks: From Z to A' Blu-ray DVD set is pictured
Amazon

Inside the package, which is illustrated with the Douglas firs that are part of the show’s iconography, are mini-figures of Special Agent Dale Cooper and Laura Palmer, played in the show by Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, respectively. The box acts as a diorama of sorts and opens to reveal the Red Room, a location where many of the show’s most surreal moments took place. A series of three-by-five index cards provide backdrops of key scenes. The only thing the set doesn’t have is Lynch’s hand-drawn map of the show’s Washington location, but you can find that here.

The set is limited to 25,000 copies. It retails for $139.99 on Amazon and is due for release on December 10.

[h/t Newsweek]

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This Stunning Tiny ‘Cliff’ House on Amazon Costs $105,000 (and Up)

Q-haus, Amazon
Q-haus, Amazon

Tiny houses are cheaper, simpler, and definitely more portable than full-sized homes, and thanks to online retailers, they're easier to purchase. On Amazon, you can shop for pre-fabricated tiny houses in between adding toilet paper and bed sheets to your cart. One of the latest minimalist structures Amazon has sold is a "Cliff" house with a few luxurious amenities you won't find in many conventional homes.

For $105,000, the third-party seller Q-haus will ship you its Cliff model in two ready-to-assemble modules, according to Southern Living. The 774-square-foot house is modular and can have two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. The bathrooms—which are where many tiny homes cut corners—are spacious enough to house either a bath tub or a sauna. The space also boasts built-in furniture, smart-home technology, an outdoor terrace, and tall windows for letting in lots of natural light.

The Cliff is definitely cheaper than most brick-and-mortar homes on the market, but as Realtor.com warns, the Amazon price tag may be deceiving. Unless you're a skilled professional, you'll likely need to hire contractors to put the components of the home together for you. Add that to the cost of the land and the concrete foundation for the home's footprint and you're looking at a bill that's much larger than the $105,000 you'd pay up front.

Tiny homes may also seem like a good option if you're looking for new place to live immediately. But transitioning to tiny house life is rarely as easy as putting together a structure and calling it home. Zoning laws, insurance, and storage are all factors tiny home owners need to contend with before moving into their new abode.

Q-haus's Cliff design sold out shortly after it hit Amazon, and there's no indication of when or if it will be back in stock. But if you still have your heart set on downsizing your lifestyle, there are plenty of tiny dwellings available on Amazon for much cheaper prices.

[h/t Southern Living]

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