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Can you believe it’s already September again? It’s impossible to ignore the leaves on the ground and the way that the air smells in the morning, bringing nostalgia with it. For many people, it’s a return to structure and even if you’re not returning to school, it can be a more natural time to make “new year” resolutions! If you’re with us on this, and into making new goals in recognition of the back-to-school season, … Read More


Out here on the West Coast, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a gigantically trendy leisure sport that is best enjoyed on calm, evening waters as the sun sets. Similarly to leisure kayaking or paddling about in a dinghy, it doesn’t seem like much bad could happen while you’re doing it. But even though it looks so easy (Have you seen the yoga moves people can do on their SUP boards?), it’s good to go in … Read More


  Recently, two friends and I decided to go camping just for a night! Living in Victoria, BC, we decided to visit Strathcona Provincial Park, a three-hour drive up the East side of Vancouver Island, then inland just a little. It was a quick and rather spontaneous trip. We were only going to be camping for one night, and we’d be hiking into the lake where we hoped to camp, so we wanted to pack … Read More


In our most recent blog post, we talked about preparing to be sanitary in the back-country — in order to preserve your health. Today, we want to share a little about the “sanitation” of your campsite—in order to keep your environment healthy! Below, we’ve listed a number of simple ways that you can show appreciation for the natural beauty you enjoy while camping. If you follow these guidelines and practice compassion in general, you’ll find … Read More


With the summer season coming all too quickly to an end, there’s time yet for a couple back-country adventures. Remember, September is still mostly a summer month! One of the perks of going camping this time of year, at least in southern parts of Canada, is that it’s very likely to be dry, warm weather. Chances are you won’t even need your rain gear! (Don’t let that likelihood stop you from being prepared, just in … Read More


August is one of the driest months of the year for most of Canada. In our previous blog post, we talked a little about wildfire stats and safety in British Columbia, because that’s where we at Total Prepare are located. But we realize that you may not be from our area, so we want to share (non-exhaustive) resource list for each of the Canadian provinces. Along with the Canadian government’s overarching website addressing emergencies nationally, … Read More


In British Columbia alone, more than 20 wildfires are currently burning. Did you know that you can stay in the know by checking out the federal government’s BC Wildfire Service website? If you have a look around their website, you can find helpful information on driving routes and conditions surrounding wildfires, as well as regularly updated information on the air quality index. If you’re on Twitter, you can also add @EmergencyInfoBC to get notified of … Read More


If you’re about to make emergency preparations, in case of an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane or whatever other disaster might be pending, you’re already on the right track, just by thinking about it and doing some reading and research. Kudos to you! Now to get serious. The top two components of emergency preparedness are water and food. (If you’re interested, the other six, in order, are heat, shelter, light, communication, first aid, and sanitation.) We’ve talked … Read More


Summer storms can crop up, unexpectedly, out of the bluest of skies, and lead to power outages. While a storm rages on, focusing on avoiding the immediate danger is, of course, the most important thing. But when the storm is over, sometimes the power remains out for the following few days or even a week. In the summer, you may not miss your heating as much, but it’s still important to be able to cook … Read More


If you’re an avid camper, you’re not afraid of a little rain. In fact, if you’re from anywhere near Victoria BC, where Total Prepare is based, you have experienced for yourself why so many people call the West Coast the “wet coast.” It’s really no joke! Just as this nickname exists for a reason, so too do camping supplies that will get you through the wettest weather! When a disaster strikes and you find yourself … Read More


There are so many reasons to buy emergency supplies in the summer! The top reason —other than their life-saving qualities—-is camping! Emergency supplies and adventure supplies are often one and the same. So if you’re doing any camping while the weather is balmy, consider picking up some gear from our online shop! We have tents and we have water filters. We also have all kinds of flashlights, cookware, and more! Whether you’re camping for the first time … Read More


In the last post of the series, we’re here to talk about the dangers of fog and frost. For the most part, these weather conditions are only truly dangerous when you’re driving, so that’s what we’ll focus on today. When tiny water droplets are suspended in the air, right above the earth’s surface (fog), visibility can be drastically reduced. When this atmospheric moisture crystallizes directly on the ground and exposed objects and temperatures fall below … Read More


Both a high UV Index reading and a high Air Quality Health Index reading spell out health risk for us humans if we can’t find shelter. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause sunburn, with long-term exposure increasing the likelihood of skin aging faster than normal, eye cataracts, weakening of the immune system, and skin cancer. Meanwhile, air pollution (or low-quality air, reported as higher numbers on the Index) can affect people who are over … Read More


Humidity refers to the amount of water vapour in the air, and during the hottest days of summer, higher levels of humidity can pose some major health risks if you’re not careful. On humid days, people feel even hotter than they would on a dry day because their perspiration doesn’t evaporate as quickly in muggy, saturated air. The humidex—a parameter developed by Canadian meteorologists to combine temperature and humidity—reflects how hot it really feels… the … Read More


Do you know why hailstorms happen? Updrafts in thunderclouds will sometimes carry raindrops or snow pellets upwards to where it’s so cold that the raindrops freeze and combine into lumps of ice. Then, when they get too heavy to be supported by the wind any longer, they plummet to earth at speeds of sometimes more than 100km per hour! Rain and snow can be dangerous in large quantities, but hail can cause injury just from … Read More


Throughout most of Canada’s inland, southern regions, tornadoes are an all too common occurrence. For those of us who live outside of this tornado zone, this kind of weather can seem exotic—even exciting—something we only see in movies. But for people who live in the Prairies, or in southernmost Ontario or Quebec, they are very real. In fact, each year on average, approximately 43 tornadoes occur across the Prairies and 17 occur across Ontario and … Read More