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The Coolest Gadgets to Have on Your Next Camping Trip
“Roughing It”

I mean, let’s face it. Very few people like to “rough it.” You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like being outdoors, surrounded by nature, the fresh air and the trees rustling in the wind, the sunshine on your face…it’s wonderful. But most people, if given an option, will opt for a cozy bed, a thermostat, wi-fi, and if you’re a millennial, a flat screen TV that’s Netflix-ready and only steps away from a mini fridge. There are certain luxuries we refuse to go without.

But it’s the summer, and it would be a sin to not, at the very least, attempt to spend some time getting reacquainted with the great outdoors. In this blog, we thought we might help by offering up some great gadgets and gear that’s sure to make your next camping trip far more comfortable and enjoyable.

  1. DreamWave Survivor Speaker

The DreamWave Survivor speaker (http://dreamwaveus.com/Survivor) is not your average Bluetooth speaker. Throw your Beats Pill in the trash, you won’t need it anymore. This bad boy is both a 30W Bluetooth speaker and an LED light, using a 12,000-mAh lithium-polymer battery to play up to 16 hours of music and/or shoot 110 lumens up to 400 feet (122 m). But wait, there’s more. In the event that you need it, the DreamWave is capable of jumpstarting a 7.0-liter V8-powered car!

This wonderful device will only run you $280 (USD). It’s almost a no-brainer for anyone who plans to spend a lot of time camping this Summer and Fall season.

  1. Ravean Heated Sleeping Bag

A Kickstarter Project that’s picked up a lot a steam, the team at Ravean has solved a comfort issue that plagues many campers every year – staying warm while resting in a sleeping bag.  Their heated sleeping bag liner adds up to 20 degrees to your bag for a warmer night of sleep, using a 7600maAh battery. What makes this bag unique is that it cinches high at the top, and can be converted into a hoodie outside of the tent for comfortable heat all around camp.

At the time of writing this, Ravean has raised over $164,000 in funding. And for a pledge of $78.00, you can secure a bag of your own!

  1. The Beartooth

For some of us, the typical outdoor camping experience isn’t enough. Going completely off-the-grid and truly getting lost in the wilderness is an adventure that many of us live for. A new smartphone accessory called the Beartooth will ensure that friends and family still know your whereabouts when you decide to wander off and explore. The Beartooth effectively turns your smartphone into a two-way radio. It connects via Bluetooth and gives you up to 10 miles (16 km) of peer-to-peer communications for texts and 5 miles (8 km) for voice. Perfect for emergencies, or if you just want to inform everyone that you’re about to make a snack run.

  1. The Therapik®

Are you tired of the constant itching and discomfort that comes along with bitten by a mosquito or bee? There’s a way to treat the itch without the need for chemicals, and to many people’s surprise, it really works! Therapik® is a small, portable, hand-held, battery-powered device that weighs around four ounces (including the battery).

Using patented technology, Therapik® delivers a highly concentrated source of heat to the skin through a small cylindrical opening at its tip. The source of the infrared heat is a small 5 volt electric bulb connected to a replaceable 9-volt alkaline battery, producing an energy output of approximately 1.25 watts.

You can purchase your Therapik® by visiting our web store, or through Amazon, for only $13.00!

Therapik® on the Small Screen
No Stranger to the Spotlight

Therapik® has had its fair share of moments in the spotlight. Therapik® is no stranger to the attention that comes with being a celebrity on the daytime television circuit, and has managed to remain humble despite the fame. In this blog, we thought we’d share some of the more popular TV appearances Therapik® has made over the years.

Therapik® on The Dr’s

The Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors, is hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and co-hosted by plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgery expert Dr. Andrew Ordon.

Dr. Ordon opens the segment by introducing the product, and offers up a brief demonstration of how the product works. He refers to the process of soothing itchy insect bites using heat as “laser sting treatment.”

Heralded as a new and revolutionary way to end the pain associated with bug and bee stings, the panel of doctors decide they are going to test this bold claim by having one of them “voluntarily” get stung by a bee, right in the studio!

Voluntary being the operative word, as Dr. Stork and a fellow panelist and Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears engage in a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who would be the unlucky participant to get stung. Unfortunately for Jim, he would fall on the losing end of that battle, having to endure the sting administered by integration specialist Chris Kleronomos, D.A.O.M.

Needless to say, the demonstration went very well. You can click on the video below to see for yourself. Dr. Ordon was sure to note that Therapik® not only works on bee stings and typical insects like mosquitos, but also works on ticks, fleas, and even jelly fish!

Therapik® on the Today Show

In this segment entitled “Get Started Today,” Al Roker speaks to Jamie Linnindaal about small tech gadgets intended to “take the edge off everyday tasks” for mom’s everywhere who lead an on-the-go lifestyle. After briefly discussing two other products, Jamie excitedly picks up the Therapik®, proudly proclaiming that, for only $13.00, this handy and compact device can take the discomfort away from ANY bug bite.

In a very quick demonstration, Jamie lift Al’s arm while explaining how the product works. All that’s needed is a 9 volt battery to generate enough heat at the tip of the device, to soothe the itch and pain associated with all kinds of insect bites and stings.

Pressing the Therapik® down on the bite for 30 seconds, and the pin is gone! Jamie only really has one critique, making a very clever observation about our old website! You’ll have to watch the video to see just how Jamie burned us.

Buy Your Own Therapik®

Interested in purchasing a Therapik® of your own? You can find us in any number of big retailers, including Walmart and Target.

Where in the World is Therapik® Needed Most?
Some Things Are Unavoidable

So you’re planning your next vacation, and you only have one pre-requisite for the destination you’ll ultimately travel to…it’s gotta be HOT! Who doesn’t like the thought of disappearing to some small Caribbean island, surrounded by palm trees and endless stretches of beaches. Sounds lovely, right? One problem, any warm and tropical climate in the world worth visiting will be swarming with new and potentially poisonous insects, that could put a damper on the fun.

In this blog, we thought we’d provide you some information regarding the worst places in the world for insects. Where in the world are you most likely to get bitten by a mosquito or stung by a bee? Read on to find out.

Where Are Mosquitoes a Problem?

According to the Mosquito Squad, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have the highest number of the over 3,000 mosquito species in existence. However, the mosquitoes that call these countries home are mostly “endemic,” meaning that species is found in one specific location and nowhere else in the world. It is in Africa, South America and Asia where it is believed that most of the mosquito-borne diseases occur.

Where are Bees a Problem?

With over 20,000 different species of bees around the world, these pesky buggers can be hard to avoid. Honeybees are a common stinging culprit, but can only sting you once before meeting their demise. Bumblebees, however, can sting you multiple times. Bumblebees often nest in the ground, but can be found above ground around patio areas or decks. If disturbed, bumblebees will buzz in a loud volume, and they will aggressively defend their nests. Essentially, anywhere slightly humid near standing water is a good place for bees to reside. Bees are extremely common in both North America and Europe.

Where are Wasps a Problem?

According to National Geographic, there are over 30,000 identified species of wasps globally. We are most familiar with those that are wrapped in bright warning colors, like the popular “Yellow Jacket,” ones that collect in groups and threaten us with painful stings. Even though most wasps are actually solitary, non-stinging organisms that are a natural predator for other pests.

The “Vespula vulgaris” or common wasp, are most prevalent in the United Kingdom, Germany, India, China, New Zealand, and Australia.

How to Protect Yourself

Don’t give these annoying vacation-spoilers the satisfaction. Venture off on the vacation of your dreams, without worrying about the pain and discomfort that comes along with getting bitten. Bring along a Therapik®. This small, portable and lightweight device delivers a concentrated dose of heat to the bitten area, effectively neutralizing the

insect venom that causes itchiness and pain. Simple insert a 9-volt battery, hold the button and press it against the affected area for 30 seconds, and you’re done.

You can purchase your Therapik® by visiting our web store, or through Amazon, for only $13.00!

Insects to Watch Out For This Summer

Mosquito bites are distressingly familiar, we’ve all been bitten by one numerous times, and can recognize the itchy, swollen bump that results. But what about all those other mysterious, red, itchy spots that show up after you return home from all of your fun and adventurous outdoor activities? In this blog, we offer up a description of some of the most common bites you can expect to receive this summer, in order to protect yourself as best as possible.

  1. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are prolific, annoying pests, that find their way into camping trips, cottage weekends, afternoon hikes and basically any activity people enjoy outdoors. Mosquitos live in grass and bushes with their favorite breeding ground being standing water, including birdbaths, clogged rain gutters, storm drains, pools, ponds, etc.

As numerous as mosquitoes are, thankfully, only the females bite humans. Both male and females feed on plant nectar and water. However, females require blood in their diet in order to reproduce.

Female mosquitos have long, tubular mouthparts that allow them to pierce your skin and feed on your blood, which usually results in an itchy welt. Most people are allergic to proteins found in mosquito saliva, which is the cause of the itchiness and swelling. Mosquitoes choose their victims based on the scent of your perspiration, so your sweat has a lot to do with whether you get bitten!

  1. Black Flies

Black flies are very common throughout the United States, often found near bodies of water where their larvae grow. Black fly breeding grounds are very similar to that of mosquitoes, which is why these two bugs get confused for one another all the time. And just like the mosquito, the females are the only biters, requiring the blood for reproductive purposes.

Black flies typically bite near the head or face, and their bites leave a small puncture wound that can result in anything from slight swelling to a swollen bump. Black fly bites are especially painful because the fly cuts a hole in the skin in order to feast on a pool of blood.

  1. Bees

Bees don’t need an introduction, nor do they need a description. Everyone knows what they look like, and chances are, you also know what a sting feels like. Getting stung by a bee in your lifetime is understood by most to be inevitable.

Honey bees, bumblebees, sweat bees, and other species, all have the capacity to sting. The stings of most of these species can be quite painful, and are therefore keenly avoided by many people.

Bee stings differ from other insect bite in terms of the venom that’s left behind. In particular, bee stings are acidic, whereas wasp stings are alkali. As a result, the body’s reaction to bee stings can be vastly different to that of other bugs. For most people, bee stings cause a painful stinging, but are otherwise harmless. In people with insect sting allergies, stings may trigger a dangerous anaphylactic reaction that is potentially deadly. A sting is typically followed by redness and an increase of heat in the affected area.

  1. Yellow Jackets

Not to be left off the list is the bug widely considered to be the most aggressive stinging insects – vespid wasps. The most popular of this category of wasp is the Yellow Jacket, identified by their alternating black and yellow body segments. They are often mistaken for bees, although their bodies lack the same amount of hair, rounded abdomen, and the expanded hind leg used for carrying pollen of the bee.

Yellow Jackets like to snack on meat, fish and sugary substances, making them prevalent near trash receptacles and picnics.

These wasps are not quick to sting, however, they will aggressively defend their hive if they suspect danger. Each insect is capable of delivering multiple stings, with each being fairly painful. These stings are also known to induce allergic reactions in some people.

Relief From All Insect Bites & Stings

Thankfully, there exists one handy, portable, lightweight, easy-to-use device that will treat ALL of the bug bites and stings mentioned above…the Therapik®. Using patented technology, Therapik® delivers a highly concentrated source of heat to the skin in order to neutralize the venom and relieve the itch and soreness. Simply press the device to the affected area, hold the button for 30 seconds, and you’re done!

And for only $12.99, there’s no excuse not to get one! You can order your Therapik® through our website, or by visiting our store on Amazon.







What is the Therapik®?

There are few things in life more rewarding than enjoying the great outdoors. Whether it’s portaging deep in the wilderness or a backyard BBQ with the family, being outside is always refreshing and memorable. There is one drawback that has always plagued outdoor activity. We’re talking about insects, of course, and the nasty sting that comes from their bites.

Never let Pesky Insects Wreck a Good Time

People have been using either science or home remedies to combat annoying and potentially harmful insects for decades. A lot of these efforts have proven futile while some have even been damaging to the environment or to the people these products are trying to protect.

Insects have a way of buzzing into our lives and leaving a mark. Now you should only suffer for 30 seconds until your Therapik® works its magic.

Therapik® is a Cost-Efficient Solution that Actually Works

The handheld Therapik® is a simple, affordable and scientifically proven solution that provides instant relief from the sting and itch of insect bites. For only $12.95 and in under 30 seconds you can experience relief.

How does the Therapik® work?

Therapik® is equipped with a safe 9-volt battery that generates heat at a specific temperature. Once applied to the bite, the heat provides soothing relief. The device works under the principle that most venom is sensitive to heat, which neutralizes the venom and removes the sting and itch associated with it.

Protection from Whatever Nature Throws at you

Therapik® offers relief from the bites and venom of over 20,000 insects and sea creatures. It has become a necessity for camping trips, hiking and other outdoor activities. Knowing that a Therapik® is in your back-pocket is one less thing to worry about as you step outside.

Therapik® has some other Appealing Features

On top of guaranteeing quick relief from insect venom, the Therapik® is water resistant, easy to use in any weather condition and comes with an attachment loop. No matter where you are, this device will provide soothing relief so that your fun isn’t interrupted.

Check out the video below to meet some of Therapik®’s biggest fans:

Treating Bug Bites with Drugs or Chemicals – A Cautionary Tale
Treating Your Bug Bites With Conventional Solutions

The world swarms with all different sorts of flying, hopping, and biting insects. For all of the variety of insect types that exist though, most bites result in the same symptoms: a red, itchy bump. The conventional wisdom, which most of us are taught when we’re young, is to simply clean bug bites and apply an ointment, usually an antihistamine, calamine lotion, or a acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) product. But are these solutions the best way to treat your bug bites and stings?

Is Calamine Lotion that Effective?

Calamine has been used for soothing and calming skin irritations of all sorts for hundreds of years. The lotion you find in stores today, however, is actually a blend of powders that can vary from recipe to recipe. In most cases, the key additional ingredient added is zinc oxide, which is fairly common in diaper rash creams, but is actually a compound commonly found in sunscreen. In this regard, calamine lotion would be better used to help protect your skin from harmful rays as opposed to relieving the itch of bug bites.

Do “Aspirin Masks” Really Work?

Acetylsalicylic acid is the key ingredient in Aspirin. And I know most of you are thinking, how can a medication I use for headaches be good for my skin? Your concerns are totally valid. You can find all sorts of information on the internet related to “Aspirin Masks,” which many swear by for getting rid of red marks, reducing pimples and softening your skin. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, which will definitely help reduce redness and swelling, but unfortunately, does not address the itchiness caused by bug bites. Persistent scratching is exactly what causes bites to swell up and stay red.

Therapik: A Modern Solution to Bug Bites and Stings

Therapik addresses this problem by first treating the source of the itchiness: the venom. By applying the right amount of heat, Therapik neutralizes the effect that the proteins within the venom have on your skin. By eliminating the source of itchiness, a reduction in redness and swelling of the affected area will become a natural consequence.

Therapik has no secondary purpose. It was made specifically to help relieve the itchiness and pain associated with bug bites and stings. You can purchase your Therapik now for only $12.95 by clicking here.

The Technology Behind Therapik®
Do You Enjoy Spending Time Outdoors?

For everyone who’d rather spend their next vacation camping, hiking, or fishing than being cooped up in a luxury hotel suite, Therapik® is your new favorite travel companion.

For anyone who’s spent a considerable amount of time outdoors or travelling, you already know that bug bites and stings are inevitable. Preventative sprays and chemicals are effective, but not foolproof. Those little buggers seem to always find the one spot you leave unprotected. And once you have been bitten or stung, your only source of relief is typically a messy cream that needs to be reapplied over and over again.

Therapik® Is the Alternative You’ve Been Waiting For

According to Ira Carlin of More Power 2 U, “the beauty of this device is that you can take it camping, biking and fishing, pretty much anywhere mosquitoes and bugs might be and not have to worry about stocking up on first aid staples like calamine lotion and cortisone. It can be used again and again – no mess, no fuss.”

So What Is Therapik®?

Therapik® is a small, portable, hand-held, battery-powered device that takes up little space in your bag and weighs around four ounces (including the battery). It has been clinically been  proven to soothe stings and bites caused by:

  • Organisms that deliver thermolabile venom
  • Mosquito saliva containing protein, which cause your skin to release histamines.

The saliva protein can be neutralized with the application of heat. This method denatures the proteins and stops the skin’s histamine release that triggered the itch and welts.

How Does it Work?

Using patented technology based on this principle, Therapik® delivers highly concentrated source of heat to the skin through a small cylindrical opening at its tip. The source of the infrared heat is a small 5 volt electric bulb connected to a replaceable 9-volt alkaline battery, producing an energy output of approximately 1.25 watts.

Therapik® was field-tested by the North American Fishing Club and The National Home Gardening Club and received Seals of Approval from both organizations. It retails for $12.95, and can be ordered directly from our website.

The Science Behind Therapik®
Hot or Cold Therapies Can Take the Sting Out of a Bug Bite

Using either ice or heat are other options that can help ease the discomfort associated with bug bites. For example, an article in Scientific American recommends using a simple ice pack to treat painful insect bites in lieu of analgesics. The article also explains why common topical steroids like hydrocortisone aren’t always the answer—one reason being that you’re not supposed to put them on broken skin.

According to an article published in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin just last year, there is also little direct evidence supporting the efficacy of commercial preparations for insect bites, including antihistamines and topical corticosteroids. The authors concluded that the best course of action for mild local reactions is to simply clean the area and apply a cold compress.

Alternatively, applying heat directly to the bite also appears to relieve itchiness. One simple way is to apply a heated spoon directly to the area, as demonstrated by Lifehacker. Just hold the spoon under hot tap water for about a minute to heat the metal, then press it against the bite for a couple of minutes. Naturally, make sure the spoon is not too hot.

It shouldn’t be scalding enough to actually hurt, so please use some common sense, and make sure to test it on your own skin before applying the heated utensil to a child. The receptors that respond to heat are the same ones that respond to cold, so you will likely achieve the same benefits with a metal spoon taken from your freezer, or simply rubbing ice cubes on it. I have also found that covering the bite with tape works really well to suppress the itch.

A more high-tech version of a heated spoon is the Therapik® —a handheld wand that provides targeted heat for the treatment of itchy bites from a range of insects, including mosquitoes, bees, wasps, hornets, black flies, ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers, as well as jellyfish and stinging nettles. Gizmodo tested it, and determined that it works as advertised, giving it four out of five stars:

“You put the tip of the Therapik® onto your bug bite, then you press and hold down the button. The tip uses light to heat the bite up. You hold it there for as long as you can take it, up to a minute. The burning sensation gets pretty intense after 30 seconds or so… It actually works! Mosquito bites (the only thing we tested it with) stopped itching within a few seconds of taking it off, and in most cases they never itched again. We are officially stunned. … It works on the principle that most insect venom is thermolabile (sensitive to heat). Therapik® claims to deliver “heat in the precise temperature range necessary to deactivate the venom from over 20,000 different species of insects and sea creatures.”

A German study published in 2011 confirms the hypothesis of such claims. Testing another medical device called Bite Away, they concluded that:

“Locally administrated concentrated heat leads to fast amelioration of symptoms [swelling, pruritus and pain]. Usually an absence of symptoms is noticeable 10 minutes after administration. Pain reduction is the dominant effect.”

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors by Being Prepared

Nights spent under spinning stars. A walk through colourful brush on the first autumn morning. A canoe ride through a calm lake under the clear blue sky. There’s nothing like the great outdoors!

No matter the time of the year, there’s always something to explore and experience.

Insects are more than just an Annoyance

Insects have a way of intruding on fun moments or tend to strike during meals or when one is asleep. Most will agree that they are annoying but some insects have venomous bites which can have dangerous consequences. Insect bites can cause anything from a sting to an allergic reaction that ranges from mild to severe.

In fact, insect bites harm or kill almost three times as many North Americans as snakes do. Oftentimes, they are underappreciated as a predator.

There’s a Whole Lineup of Insects Looking to Attack

Yellow jacket wasps are responsible for many of the insect bites in North America. Then, there are honeybees and bumblebees and in certain regions of the U.S. you’ll find the irascible fire ants. All of the above mentioned insects are searching for skin to pierce and blood to infect with their venom.

Don’t forget that North American is also home to spiders, ticks, flies, mosquitoes and fleas whose venomous bite can transmit West Nile, Lyme and many other diseases. While these are treatable, the best and safest route will always be prevention.

Protect Yourself from Insects by being Prepared

Therapik® is your partner for every outdoor adventure to ensure relief from the itch and pain of insect bites. In addition to using Therapik®, you can take further precautions by covering your skin and applying insect repellent with an appropriate amount of DEET.

Little Tricks that Make a Big Difference

There’s also little tricks like choosing a breezy spot for a picnic or campground. This can prevent mosquitoes from approaching since they have trouble flying in even the slightest breeze. Also, wearing light-colored clothing can make you less attractive to mosquitoes.

A fear of insects should never stop you from heading outdoors. Using Therapik® and being prepared can help remove worry and enhance the experience.

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