Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter Storms in Coeur d’Alene’s Future: How to Prepare



A recent weather advisory from the Coeur d’Alene Press stated that big ice storms and other unpleasant winter weather conditions are possible in the near future. The report stated that the weather is currently showing patterns of precipitation and dropping temperatures, characteristic of winter storm conditions.

For that reason, now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll prepare if a winter ice storm hits. These storms don’t mean just a little snow. They mean enough bad weather that the town could virtually shut down - similar to the wind storm we just experienced.

The roads could be too dangerous to travel, roads could close, and stores might need to close their doors temporarily. It may not be the apocalypse, but you do need to be prepared to live off what you have on hand for up to a week. Feeling unprepared? No worries. Simply follow this handy guide we’ve created and you’ll be just fine.

Step 1: Assess Your Situation

Begin by considering the supplies you have already. Most people have at least a little food storage leftover from their last shopping trip, a first aid kit, and a flashlight. This is very useful, but you’ll need a few more things if you want to be comfortable during a winter storm outage.

You’ll also want to look around your home to see if it can handle a winter storm. Your vehicles and home should be winterized in order to protect them from ice damage and leakage. Good insulation is also important for keeping your home toasty warm. In case your power goes out, it’s also important to have a backup heat source or generator.

Step 2: Gather Some Supplies

Now that you’ve had a chance to look around your home and determine what you have, make lists of the things you don’t. There are six categories of supplies you’ll need: communication, heating, cooking and lighting, food and safety, water, and car and emergency. Here are a few of the more important items in those categories:

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·         Two-way radio
·         Winter storm warning alerts
·         All-weather pens and notebooks for documentation
·         Extra blankets
·         Fireplace or wood-burning stove
·         Portable space heater with kerosene or propane hookups
·         Generator
·         Battery-powered flashlights or lanterns
·         Charcoal or gas grills or camp stoves
·         Drinking water
·         First-aid kit
·         30-day supply of food for every member of the family
·         Shovel
·         Compass
·         Waterproof matches
·         Tire chains

Step 3: Prepare Your Home

Your home may be strong, but it probably wasn’t built to handle the stresses of a winter storm. If you don’t prepare the structure, you’ll have some major structural and safety issues to deal with. Here are a few preparation tips for your home:

·         Run a small trickle of water from your faucets to keep your pipes from freezing.
·         Have a place indoors for outside pets to stay during the storm and cold weather.
·         Make room for your food storage and supplies.
·         Winterize windows and doors to prevent air and water leakage.
·         Have an emergency plan in place for your family to follow.
·         Ensure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
·         Be cautious and knowledgeable in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock, fire, deadly gaseous fumes, and other dangerous occurrences.


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With just three simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to winter storm preparedness. As many recently learned, a storm can strike at any time, rendering you powerless. You may have been unprepared last time, but make sure you’re ready to face whatever comes this winter. 

To help you on your journey, add “browse Rainwriter.com now!” to your to-do list. Our all-weather journals, pens, and pencils would make a great addition to your winter storm preparations. 


Thursday, October 15, 2015

14 Times You'll Be Glad You Had An All-Weather Notebook


What prompted you to invest in all-weather notebook? Did you drop important information in a puddle? Did your notebook go through the wash? There are a number of reasons why someone might purchase an all-weather notebook, but most don’t think about it until the contents of their notebook are already ruined. For that reason, here are a few times we think you’ll be grateful to have purchased a sturdy Rite in the Rain notebook in the future.

1. Hunting TripsOn your next hunting trip it might rain tremendously. You might check the weather and expect a light chance of showers, but wind up in a torrential downpour. Moreover, you might wade through a creek and fall, or your notebook could fall out of your pocket and into a muddy ditch. Don’t let your hunting data, coordinates, and notes get ruined, especially when this is easily avoidable.

2. Child Proofing: Kids do some pretty destructive, disgusting things to your possessions, but they’ll have a hard time destroying your all-weather notebook. Whether your one-year-old chews on your journal or your three-year-old tries to flush it down the toilet, your notes will remain intact – though you may not want them after the latter scenario.

3. Preserve Memories: You can always write down your favorite memories in a journal, but you can’t keep them protected from spills, accidents, or the elements…or can you? Purchase a Rite in the Rain notebook and your memories will remain preserved, no matter what.

4. Fire: If a fire strikes your home, you’ll be faced with two of the most damaging elements: fire and water. Luckily, your all-weather notebook has a much better chance of surviving both of those scenarios than any regular journal.

5. Vacation: In the past, we mentioned a list of some of the best travel destinations to visit. Most were located close to water, which would pose a problem for most journals and notebooks, but not all-weather journals. You’ll be able to jot down notes and document memories all vacation long.

6. Kayaking Trips: There are probably a few memories you’ll want to record when kayaking. You probably don’t want to risk bringing along your phone or camera, but an all-weather notebook can withstand anything.

7. Bird Watching: Note the location, species, and details of each bird you see, without worrying about your sketchpad getting damaged in bad weather.

8. Wet Vacation: When you’re away from home, you’re often out of your element and unaware of what to expect. You might be faced with constant rain, for example! You might not be able to count on what the weather will hold, but you can have a sturdy notebook on hand.

9. Hiking Trip: Many intensive hiking trips require fording rivers to get to your destination. A normal notebook would get soaked, but a Rite in the Rain journal will be just fine.

10. Work in the Field: For those who work in agriculture or the food business, all-weather notebooks are essential for recording statistics, treatment records, and more.

11. Construction Work: If the home you currently live in is under construction, you’ll need paper that can handle the rigor of the remodel. If you’re in the construction business yourself, Rite in the Rain notebooks can help you log work, record progress, and keep track of other important metrics.

12. Fishing Trips: Want to remember a great fishing spot? Write it down in a journal that won’t get ruined if you accidentally drop it in the water before you head home.

13. Scuba-Diving: You probably never thought about it, but it would be nice if you had a notebook and pen you could use underwater to track and draw the beautiful fish. Next time you head to Hawaii and go snorkeling perhaps?

14. Swimming: Keep track of your best lap times with a notebook that can sit right next to the pool, or even go underwater without a problem.

As you can see, there are a number of instances in which an all-weather notebook can be incredibly helpful. If you want to prepare yourself for any or all of these occasions, browse our collection today!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

10 Extra Things to Take on Your Next Hunting Trip



As you get ready for your next hunting trip, there are likely several things on your “must have” list. Obviously, you’ll want to bring a sturdy pair of boots, several layers of clothing, and your favorite hunting gear. But other items might arise that you forgot about, and will regret leaving behind. Though you probably don’t have much room in your bag or want to lug a ton of extras around, here are some vital items you should definitely consider bringing.

1. Camera

Shoot more than just animals by bringing a camera along – and we’re not talking about your smartphone. Grab a good, solid camera (like a GoPro) and snap pictures of the wildlife, sunrises, or even take a “selfie.”

2. Bear Spray

If you’re hunting in bear county , come prepared with some bear spray. This special canister acts like pepper spray with a spray range of up to 40 feet. It doesn’t hurt the bear, and it’s said to be more effective than shooting at them.

3. First Aid Kit

The woods can be a very dangerous place. Whether you get cut from a fall or you have an allergic reaction to a certain kind of plant, it’s important to have the tools necessary to take care of any medical problem until you can get professional help.

4. Overnight Hygiene Kit

You may be roughing it, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to bring a few hygiene essentials such as a wash cloth, hand soap, and your toothbrush. Also, be sure to bring a roll of toilet paper for when nature calls!

5. Extra Batteries

You’re likely relying on batteries for several important gadgets, from your GPS to your cell phone. Don’t get lost in the middle of the woods just because your gadgets die. Make sure you bring extra batteries.

6. Rope

Rope is useful for a number of things when you’re hunting, but one of the handiest is for pulling things up into your tree stand, rather than trying to do it by carrying each item up one by one. Using a rope is much safer – you don’t want to have to use that first aid kit you brought!

7.  Scent Killer Wipes/Spray

Animals can smell your scent from miles away. It’s a good idea to wash your clothes in unscented soap, but after a while, that won’t be enough. Scent killing wipes and spray can help take care of the rest. Nifty huh?

8. Snacks

Hunting is often a waiting game, and it’s not exactly easy to whip up something to eat when you’re perched high in a tree. Instead, pack easy-to-eat, lightly scented snacks, like apple slices or carrot sticks. Avoid prepackaged and highly odorous snacks that will give away your position.

9.  Zip Ties

These have several uses when you’re hunting, from tying back pesky tree branches, to tagging your carcasses. They’re easy and quick to attach, and they can come in handy when you’re in a pinch.

10. All Weather Notepad

A notepad is a very useful tool for tracking progress, writing down important GPS locations, and keeping a record of your hunting adventures. However, just any old notepad won’t do.
You need one that can  resist all kinds of weather, like the ones offered on our site. Feel free to browse our selection of all-weather notebooks and writing utensils to find the perfect hunting journal for you.

What are your favorite hunting items to bring along on your adventures? 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

6 Tips for Starting and Keeping a Journal





At the end of every year, people make countless resolutions. One popular resolution is keeping a journal, which can be great for emotional health. However, after two weeks of faithfully writing, most people begin to write less and less, until they don’t write at all. Now, in the middle of the year, it’s a good time to start that habit back up again, but with the intent of sticking with it this time.

Journal writing comes equipped with a number of positive health benefits. It can help you to relieve stress, increase self-esteem, and can even help those suffering from mental illness. Not to mention, a well-kept journal can be a great keepsake, as long as you keep it preserved. No matter your reason, if you’re interested in starting and keeping a journal, here are a few tips to get you going.

1. Choose Your Method

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Where will you be keeping track of your innermost thoughts? Some people prefer handwritten methods in attractive journals. Others prefer to use a computer method such as a blog or a word program. Though all of those methods can be good, we prefer handwritten journals

Turning to a screen at the end of the day to record your thoughts can actually increase your stress. It’s much easier to relax and find your inner creativity when you turn to a method that goes against our current obsession with technology. Put your phone, tablet, or laptop away and get out that physical journal and start writing.

2. Set Aside the Time


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Go ahead and make journal writing a part of your schedule. You might choose to do it right after dinner, or leave the journal beside your bed so you remember to do it the night before. Some people feel more inspired in the mornings, and others prefer to write just once a week.

You might want to set a timer as well to make sure you aren’t spending hours writing. Make it just 10 minutes every day, and this will help you to feel less overwhelmed by a long journaling session.

3. Collect Mementos


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Remind yourself to keep writing by collecting mementos from your day to include in the pages of your journal. These mementos can be anything—photographs, ticket stubs, a leaf from your morning walk, a paint chip from the home you just moved from. Collect everything and glue it to your journal to make it more interesting and to remind you of your new healthy habit.

4. It’s Okay to Be Random

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This is your journal, and you can do and say whatever you want with it. Experiment with poetry; write a song; spell out several words that describe your mood that day; make a collage from magazine cutouts. Do whatever feels natural and will keep you inspired and writing.

5. Keep It Positive


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Even though it seems like venting and cursing other people in your journal would be more therapeutic, it’s actually the opposite. Staying positive is the best way to restore your mood, relieve stress, and improve overall happiness. Instead of writing about five things you hated about a certain day, write about five things you loved, and see how your mood changes. We like to say, focus on the “peaks” of your day, not the “pits.”

When you’re ready to make the commitment to start a journal, visit our website. Our Rite in the Rain journals are made to withstand all types of weather, which means they can go anywhere, join every adventure, and they have a better chance of lasting through the years and preserving your memories during that time.

What journal will you choose and what will you write about?



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

4 Fire Safety Tips for a Safe Summer


Summer is the driest time of the year, making it easy for fire to catch and burn. On average, more than 100,000 wildfires occur each year, according to National Geographic. These fires can burn up to five million acres of land and move at a speed of 14 miles per hour, destroying everything in their path, including residential areas.

Though some of these fires are the result of natural disasters, most (four out of every five wildfires) are caused by careless human interaction with nature. Unsafe use of fireworks, unattended fires, and even discarded cigarette butts can lead to this destruction, which can not only kill people, but also result in a major fine or even jail time. This summer, don’t be the cause of one of these disastrous occurrences. Use these fire safety tips the next time you do anything that involves an open flame.

1. Extinguish the Fire

Before you leave your campground or go to bed at night, extinguish the fire fully. Many people believe that it’s okay to leave just the coals burning, but if a wind picks up, it can carry the coals to some dry brush or your tent, starting a fire that no one is able to stop.

Pour water over the fire to drown all embers, even those no longer glowing red. Stir everything up with a shovel and then put your hand over the pit to test for heat. If it’s still hot, repeat the process.

2. Be Safe with Fireworks

There’s no harm in a little backyard fireworks fun, as long as you remember the rules of fireworks safety. Here are just a few:

·         Only light one firework at a time.
·         Keep a garden hose or bucket of water on hand. The hose should be running and the bucket large and full.
·         Don’t try to relight fireworks, even if it didn’t light the first time.
·         Light fireworks outdoors in a safe area. Avoid areas surrounded by a lot of wood, trees, or dry brush. A driveway or large sidewalk works best.
·         Do not let young children handle fireworks, even sparklers.
·         Have an adult present at all times.
·         Keep pets away from the fireworks.
·         Remind spectators to stand back when lighting fireworks.

3. Discard Cigarettes Properly

Cigarette butts should never be thrown on the ground. Besides the fact that this is littering and could result in a fine, discarded butts can catch a number of things on fire. Likewise, avoid throwing them in trashcans, since it can start that on fire as well. Aim to only dispose of cigarettes in designated ashtrays.

4. Burn Leaves Safely

Pretty soon the leaves will be falling, which will lead to burning season. To begin with, it’s best to consider all other alternatives to burning leaves, such as throwing them away or putting them in a compost bin. Burnt leaves release dangerous hydrocarbons into the air that can be harmful to the environment.

If you decide to burn your leaves anyway, be sure to do it during an appropriate time of year. In most cities, there will be a designated period of time set for burning leaves, and you should try to comply. You can also contact your local fire department and ask the best time to do it.  

Before lighting the fire, clear the perimeter of any flammable material. Many people like to do this on the side of the road or in a burn barrel. Stay close by as the fire is burning and have a garden hose or bucket of water nearby to douse the fire if it gets out of control. When the leaves are all burned, hose down the area to ensure all embers are out.

With the risk of fire and the wet conditions that come with fire safety, it’s important invest in weatherproof materials. We provide a wide selection of Rite in the Rain journals, paper, pens, and pencils that are proven to hold up in rain, humidity, and more.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Sticky Situation: The Most Humid Cities in the United States


The weather this weekend was interesting. What started as beautiful and sunny each morning quickly changed to dark and stormy by afternoon. You would look out the window and assume you needed a jacket, only to discover that it was incredibly muggy outside. What the heck? Idaho doesn’t get humid. Or so I thought...

I was intrigued. Do cities on the West Coast get humid like those on the East Coast? I decided to do a little research and was more than surprised. Not only do we experience humidity on this side of the country, but we actually top the list in many instances! Here are a few examples of some of the most humid places west of the Rocky Mountains:

1.       Forks, Washington (83 percent)
2.       Astoria, Oregon (80 percent)
3.       Olympia, Washington (78 percent)
4.       Seattle, Washington (77 percent)
5.       Eugene, Oregon (75 percent)
6.       San Francisco, California (73 percent)

The statistic about Forks surprised me, but also made sense once I thought about it. As covered in a previous blog post, it’s one of the wettest cities in the country, and according to DivineCaroline.com, “since the area is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Puget Sound on the east, and the Olympic Mountains to the south, the wet, humid air and precipitation systems blow in off the ocean and get trapped by the mountains.”

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Weather.com recently released a list of cities that would make your hair curl, and half of the places were located in Texas. These included Corpus Christie, Victoria, Port Arthur, Brownsville, and Houston (just to name a few) with around 78 percent average humidity for each.

Of course, you can’t compete with places like New Orleans, Louisiana and Jacksonville, Florida when it comes to humidity. Both of these locations experience a staggering 86 percent average humidity. 

It’s important to note that the temperature makes a huge difference when it comes to humidity. For example, 80 percent humidity in Astoria, Oregon when it’s 60 degrees outside is going to feel a lot different than 78 percent humidity when it’s 90 degrees in New Orleans. I think everyone would agree that they’d feel much more comfortable in Astoria with the higher humidity and lower temperature than in New Orleans with the higher temperature and slightly lower humidity.

Where do you live? Do you experience humidity on a regular basis? Have you traveled somewhere and experienced intense humidity? Fortunately, Rite in the Rain journals are proven to work in the most extreme conditions – whether that be rain or humidity. Give them a try and find out for yourself!



Monday, April 27, 2015

Making a Plan: 6 Things You Should Do Before Your Next Trip



We’re making a list and checking it twice! We know you’re so excited for your trip tomorrow that you can hardly wait - but hold on just one minute. If you want to make the most of your vacation, then make sure you’re prepared by reviewing the following tips.


Charge Devices


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Seriously? You just got to the airport and your phone is flashing low battery. I don’t care who you are, that’s enough to ruin anyone’s day. Of course, there are plenty of charging ports that can be found in airports but the goal is to start your trip off on the right foot. For that reason, make sure that everything you have is fully charged before heading out the door. That includes phones, computers, tablets, etc.

On top of that – make sure that you grab your chargers. I have definitely made it to my destination and had that sinking feeling of remembering my charger was still at home, plugged in next to my nightstand. Fortunately, many hotels have spare chargers at the front desk. All you need to do is ask!

If traveling abroad, also make sure that you’ve brought the proper adapters for your chargers. This reminds me of the movie Just Married when the couple tries to plug in something without the proper adapter and fries the entire electrical system of the hotel. Not sure if this is possible or just a funny Hollywood moment – but either way – better safe than sorry.

Get Cash

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I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t like carrying large amounts of cash. What if I get robbed or something? That’s not to say, however, that you shouldn’t carry some cash at all times. Especially when traveling, you never know when you’ll find an ATM or where accepts what forms of payment. Carry small bills for food, cab rides, tips, and more.


Stock up on Entertainment

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As much as I love spending $20 on a book from the airport bookstore, there are better options. Download anything you might need ahead of time, and make sure it’s available offline – just in case there’s no Wi-Fi available. Consider downloading a book series you’ve been wanting to read, the latest issue of a fun magazine, or a few episodes of your favorite show. There’s no better time to find out how Ted Moesby really met his kid’s mother than when you’re flying thousands of feet high in the sky.

Confirm and Check In

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Depending on the airline, you can check in for your flight up to 24 hours beforehand. With Southwest, the sooner you check in, the sooner you get to board the plane – and therefore, the better your seat will probably be. Checking the details ahead of time also helps to prevent any confusion – like showing up for your flight at 6:55 AM instead of 6:55 PM. Have your ticket either ready to go on your phone or printed out and you’ll speed up your experience at the airport substantially.

After you’ve checked in for your flight, you should definitely check your hotel confirmation. There’s nothing more frustrating than showing up after a long day of travel and the hotel clerk not being able to find your reservation. Plus, if you give them a call, you can ask about any possible upgrades for the same price. Can’t beat that!

Take Care of Bills

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In life, you should always expect the unexpected. Have a bill due the day after you get back? What if your flight gets delayed and you don’t make it home in time? I’m one of those people who waits until the day a bill is due – only to realize it won’t post for a couple days and will now be late. Don’t be that person! Pay your bills before leaving on your vacation or set up bill pay. In this day and age, your really have no excuse for not making this happen on time.

Check the Weather and Pack Accordingly

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A few years ago, I was lucky enough to take a cruise to Mexico. The ship left from Long Beach, California and I figured I was fine with summer attire. It was November – not my smartest assumption. All I packed was one light sweater and one pair of jeans – the rest was sundresses and sandals. Needless to say, I spend the first few days and the last few days freezing. That being said – always check the weather of your destination and pack accordingly! I am a true believer in that less is more, and I think you can pack accordingly without over doing it. There are a number of resources out there that can help you pack perfectly for your vacation.


Chance of rain? Don’t forget to pack that Rite in the Rain waterproof notebook! With your journal and these helpful tips – you should be well on your way to an enjoyable vacation. Bon voyage!