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The Best Long Island Snow Day Activities

We finally got our first real snowstorm of the season on Long Island! The first snowstorm always gets two different reactions – “Wow, this is amazing!” or “What the hell is this?” …I typically find myself leaning towards the latter, but this winter am going to embrace the snow and the season more.

Living on Long Island, we have the luxury of experiencing ever single season. Nothing beats a Long Island summer, but a Long Island winter isn’t that bad! When there is snow, the amazing views get more beautiful than ever before (which is tough to do)! The next time it snows on Long Island, think about embracing the colder weather instead of wishing it was warmer out.

With a decent amount of snow on the ground that accumulated over night – I put together a list of things to do when Long Island has a Snow Day. I hope this helps all my fellow Long Islanders embrace the snow and snow days!

Read a New Book

While the snow is picking up outside, there’s not better time to pick up a new book, cuddle up, and read! Make a cup of tea or hot chocolate, wrap yourself up in a blanket and settle down for the impending snow. (Or no snow, we know that Long Island Weather on the news has a history or being consistently inaccurate)

Need a book suggestions? Check out some of today’s best sellers! :

Midnight Sun
Untamed
The Return
The Searcher
Greenlights

Bake Something New

Not feeling the sit down and read vibes? Then try baking something new. Making cookies in the winter is a great way to pass time and try something new. Also baking fills the house with amazing scents of fresh cookies, brownies, or baked goods. Baking something on a snow day keeps your taste buds and your nose happy!

Host a Virtual Zoom Hang Out With Friends

It gets lonely being stuck in your house all day – it may seem nice at first, but after a while not interacting with anyone gets a bit, stale. We learned quite a few things during the global pandemic and one that will stay for a while is that video conferencing has so many uses! Schedule a virtual zoom hang out for you and you friends who also may be snowed in. Try hosting a happy hour, bingo, trivia, or movie watch party! It takes minutes to set up and bring hours worth of laughter and joy.

Netflix Binge

If you’re really trying to embrace the introvert vibes this snow day, hunker down and get lost in a binge-worthy Netflix series! It’s snowing out and you can’t go anywhere so stay in side! Throw on your favorite sweats or pajamas and get comfy. I don’t know about you, but having a day to just relax and do nothing sounds amazing since I’ve been non-stop working for what seems to be the entire year!

Shovel The Driveway

This might not be the best Long Island snow day activity, but it definitely a necessary one. Getting the snow off your car and driveway ASAP is so important. Failing to do so can lead to ice forming on the driveway, walk way, and freezing on your car. If you fail to do this, your snow day might turn into a snow few days or weeks. Even though it is not the most fun shoveling your driveway, it really is one of the best snow day activities that you could do.

Sledding

Getting outside during a snowstorm is so much fun! Channel your inner-child, grab your sled and head out to your local spot for sledding. I find that golf courses and high schools typically have some great spots to go sledding on Long Island! Not only do you get out of the house and get some fresh air but you also get to get active and have a little fun. Just because its cold and snowy doesn’t mean you always have to stay indoors.

Walk On a Boardwalk After The Snow Stops

Whats more beautiful than looking outside your window to seeing snow? Being to the beach and seeing the sand covered in fresh white snow. Head over to Long Beach or maybe Sunken Meadow State Park and walk on the boardwalk while taking in the amazing view. Getting active, while not actually playing in the snow, is possible – and we’re on Long Island so why not add in the water? If there’s no boardwalk near you, head to the beach (we know they are only 20 minutes away from you at all times on Long Island) and check out the amazing sights.


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Uplifting Quotes That Can Turn Your Day Around

Need a little boost today? I’m right there with you! This is technically my last full week working for the year and there’s been tons of stress building up around that. Knowing that a lot of companies close around the 15th of December until the New Year – I figured it would be a good time to share some uplifting quotes.

Need a pick me up? These uplifting quotes are sure to help turn your day around.


A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.

Henry Kissinger

If you want to fly, let go of everything that weighs you down.

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Tough times never last, tough people do.

Robert H. Schuller

A little progress each day adds up to big results.

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Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.

Gordon B. Hinckley

When you focus on the good, the good increases

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Change the world by being yourself.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.

Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.

Trust in the timing of your life.

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Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.

Growth is growth – no matter how small.

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The same light you see in others is shining within you, too.

Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

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You have always been enough.

Inhale confidence, exhale doubt.

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Life is tough but so are you.

Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year.

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Celebrate every win, no matter how small.

Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is going to happen.

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4 Christmas Themed Instagram Story Templates

Christmas is around the corner! There are Christmas lights showing up on many house, Christmas trees are seen on top of car roofs, and you can basically see Christmas cheer everywhere you look. It really is such a great time of year for family, friends, and great times. Why not carry over some of that holiday excitement over to Instagram?

As tempting as it is to want to go take cute Christmas pictures outside to post on your feed – it’s super cold here on Long Island and there’s no snow. So that’s out of the question, I’ll be staying inside with hot chocolate by a fire. Next option? Stories!

That’s why I’ve created these 4 Christmas Themed Instagram Stories! They are super fun and easy to share and fill your own answers in!

Try them out and share them with you friends!


Christmas This or That Instagram Story


My Christmas Wishlist Instagram Story


Christmas Favorites Instagram Story


Christmas Bingo Instagram Story


I hope you enjoy these Instagram story templates as much as I do! Don’t forget to tag me when you try them out. 🙂


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5 Must-Visit Long Island Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops are my go-to spots – morning, afternoon, or night! Back when Covid-19 wasn’t a thing, you could find me posted up at a local coffee shop working on this blog or some of my work projects. The atmosphere is always so welcoming and they are all decorated so cute. It’s safe to safe that overall coffee shops make me calm, comfortable, and extra productive – plus a good cup a coffee? How could some body for wrong!?

Long Island is home to some amazing coffee spots, with new ones opening up seemingly every month! It can be tough to pick one – but you don’t have to! If you need to hear this, go try them all. Drive around Nassau County and Suffolk County and stop by all the cute coffee shops on Long Island. It’ll be worth it!

So, if you’re on Long Island looking for a new Coffee Shop to call home or maybe even looking for a nice date spot – this list is for you! There’s no better time than right now to support local small businesses. So while things are all open and there is still some slightly warmish weather (I’m trying to be optimistic here people), take a trip to one of these great spots to get your caffeine fix. Your taste buds, and your Instagram feed, will thank you.

Here are 5 great Coffee Shops on Long Island you have to visit.

Rise and Grind | Patchogue, NY

Address : 240 E Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Hours : Coffee Bar 8am – 3pm
Kitchen 8am – 2pm M-F, 8am-3pm Sat & Sun
Lunch 11am – 2pm M-F

Soul Brew | Saint James, NY

Address : 556 N Country Rd, St James, NY 11780
Hours : 7am – 4pm Every Day

Crazy Beans | Stony Brook, NY

Address : 97 Main St, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Hours : 8am – 4pm Every Day

Karmic Grind | Locust Valley, NY

Address : 2 Birch Hill Rd, Locust Valley, NY 11560
Hours : 7am – 4:30pm Every Day

The French Workshop | Garden City, NY

Address : 191 7th St, Garden City, NY 11530
Hours : 7am – 9pm M-Th
7am – 10pm Fri
8am – 10pm Sat
8am – 9pm Sun


Where are you favorite coffee shops? Let me know!

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The Best Last Minute GIfts | Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Alright, I get it. Not everyone gets their holiday shopping done in August… Trust me, I know. I used to be the person who went out on December 23rd to buy gifts that were to be opened on Christmas Eve. Note : I am a recovered procrastinator, I’ve managed to finish all my Christmas shopping already andddd that’s a huge win. So for everyone out there who is frantically searching for gifts to give (or is just super last minute), here’s a list of gifts that you should have no issue finding that are guaranteed to be super appreciated!


Cozy Gifts

Cozy gifts are the absolute best. You can find most of these items are your local TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Target. Making a theme when giving a gift is always a nice touch – try putting together three or four of these items!

Home Decor Gifts

Someone you need a gift for just move? buy a house? maybe loves decorating? Then this is for you. Run to your neighborhood HomeGoods or interior design based small design, and grab some of these up! Grab a few of these, or top it off with a Home Goods or Home Depot giftcard!

Gifts with Alcohol

These are quick gifts to put together and always well appreciated! For an extra gift match any of the drink suggestions for a subscription to a meal-box service like Hello Fresh – Dinner and Drinks! You can grab these at your local liquor/wine store or at any store that sells kitchenware.

Gifts that Encourage Self Love

There’s nothing wrong with giving some gifts that encourage self love – and me time! These are great gifts to pick up quick at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s – they always seem to be in stock, so don’t worry about anything being sold out!

Tea and Coffee Gifts

You can’t go wrong with spoiling someone with all the coffee and tea in the world! Try pairing some of these gifts with a gift card to Dunkin’, Starbucks, or your local coffee spot!

Kitchen & Cooking Gifts

For all the culinary lovers out there – try spoiling them by going directly to their heart, cooking gifts! Try spicing these up with a gift card to a local restaurant or a gift card to a cooking class!

Miscellaneous Gifts

Looking for something a little different, that you can pick up from any where? Here’s the list for you – run to your local CVS, pharmacy, bakery, or 7-11 and you will be all set.

  • Lottery Tickets
  • Card & Gift Card
  • Plate of Cookies/Goodies & Gift Card

All my last minute Christmas Shoppers I hope this list finds you well and helps you on your last minute gift hunt. Are you a planner or a procrastinator? Let me know!

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7 Things To Do On Long Island Before The New Year

One month left of 2020! I know everyone says this, but this year has flown and time really has just disappeared. So much has happened this year, but there’s so much more that you can fit into the last few weeks! With the holiday madness all around, there’s no better time for a break than right now. Take an hour out of your weekend or finish work early one day to do something new! There’s one month left in 2020, go on an adventure today instead of waiting until 2021!

There’s tons to do on Long Island at any time or day. If you are looking for a new adventure on Long Island before the new year, I hope this list can help!


Visit Avalon Gardens in Stony Brook

Avalon Gardens and Nature Preserve is a privately run sanctuary located in Stony Brook ( or Head of the Harbor, if we are being technical ). The property is filled with trails and paths that lead to statues and even a maze. You are bound to see plenty of animals. It is a great stop to visit for families or if you are looking for a solo escape. You can walk on the main paths and not go too far from the entrance. If you are looking to really get lost in the wilderness, you can head deep into the reserve on the less traveled paths. Avalon Gardens is really a hidden gem on the North Shore!

Find the Ruins of Knollwood Estate

The gold coast of Long Island is filled with houses larger than you can dream and properties with landscaping to match. Just driving through the area is sight-seeing in itself. Deep in the Muttontown Preserve, lies the remains of a once lavish estate owned by a royal from Albania, Knollwood Estate. There is not much left of the home, but there are two large staircases that lead from the gardens to the foundation where the mansion once stood. You can also find various structures leading up to the staircases that were once apart of this compound. The can get the ruins by accessing the preserve from southbound 106 through the equestrian center. You can also find the closed gates that hide the once lively driveway. Adventure seekers this is for you!

Grab a Coffee From Rise & Grind in Patchogue

Calling all Instagram models, this coffee shop on the south shore of Long Island was made for you! Rise & Grind just open this summer and has made a big splash since then. Grab a cup of coffee or some amazing food. All you need to do is check out their Instagram for pictures of the incredible breakfast menu. But it gets better, they just launched their lunch menu this week! The kitchen is now serving lunch until 3pm, Monday through Friday. Located at 240 E Main Street in Patchogue, this can be a quick stop on any South Shore trip!

Walk the Boardwalk in Long Beach

Enjoy the ocean views in Long Beach! Parking may be tough, but it will be worth it. Spending time in this city is like no other on Long Island. Bring the family or your friends to walk the 2.25 mile boardwalk. In the summer you’ll see the packed beach and tons of volleyball games, but in the winter you’ll see beautiful views and will enjoy the brisk weather. After walking the boardwalk, head to the west end for some amazing food at one of the many restaurants. It’s incredibly easy to make a full day out of a trip to Long Beach!

Visit the Christmas Village at the Milleridge Inn

Looking for a family outing on Long Island? Look no further than the Milleridge Inn in Jericho, New York. Known for its themed displays in their village and fun seasonal activities for children of all ages, the Christmas Village is no exception. The ornate decorations really feel like you are visiting the North Pole. Located a short distance from the Long Island Expressway, it really is an easy spot to get to if you are coming from closer to the city or from out east. Don’t forget you can grab a great meal from the restaurant after exploring the village and all the activities.

Grab a Glass of Wine at Del Vino in Northport

Looking for a more relaxed adventure that ends with a glass of wine? Del Vino is the spot for you. There’s no need to drive all the way to the end of Long Island to enjoy the vineyards. Head to Northport and visit this gem tucked away on the North Shore. Located at 29 Norwood Road, in Northport, you’ll have to do a bit of driving off the beaten path but it is worth it! You really get all the charm and luxury from a North Fork vineyard, but half the drive (literally).

Visit the ‘Magic of Lights’ at Jones Beach

The drive-through holiday light display is back! Pack up your car and head to Jones Beach for all the holiday cheer. Not only is this totally social-distance friendly, but it is a tried and true Long Island favorite. This display has been around for years and continues to draw impressive crowds again and again. The 2.5 miles drive includes tunnels of lights and themed displays like the 12-days of Christmas. The only downside is the lines, pick a peak time and you may be waiting for an hour or so before you even enter. It costs $30 per car Monday through Thursday and $35 per car on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Grab some hot chocolates and get to Jones Beach!


Do you have any adventures you want to go on before 2021 starts? Let me know in the comments!


5 Places You Need To Go To on The North Fork of Long Island

You’ve decided to head out east on Long Island – great choice! Whether you’re escaping the hectic New York City life or just looking for a weekend getaway from Nassau or Western Suffolk, the North Fork is a pretty great location. The North Fork is filled with scenic roads and country vibes. It’s really hard to believe how close it is to New York City because of how different it is out east. Low key vibes, one-lane roads, and farm stands on every corner – escaping to the North Fork is a must!

Here are 5 Places you need to visit when you are visiting the North Fork.

Kontokosta Winery

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Located in Greenport, New York, Kontokosta Winery is a real hidden gem. It is the only winery on the North Fork with views of the Long Island Sound. It really is the most picturesque vineyard I had been to. On 62 acres of property, Kontokosta has a beautiful barn style tasting room with high vaulted ceilings. You can relax inside, on an outdoor deck, or take a walk along the grass to the beautiful views on the sound. You really can’t go wrong at all when you visit Kontokosta!

Briermere Farms

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There are tons of farm stands and family businesses scattered throughout the North Fork, but none carries a bigger name than Briermere’s. A family business since 1961, Briermere’s has passed the test of time with straight A’s. Located on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, it is a pretty convenient first stop on your trip through the North Fork. I would say last stop, but if you wait til the end of the day all of the great baked goods will be gone. It’s a pretty hot commodity. Briermere is known for its pies, jams and jellies (all made from scratch). They are worth the drive, from wherever you are coming from. I promise you. Make sure you get there early to avoid the inevitable long line that wraps around the parking lot!

Lucharitos Taqueria & Tequila Bar

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Lucharitos is such an incredible lunch spot if you love tacos, burritos, and margaritas. With locations in Aquebogue and Greenport (and others opening soon across Long Island), you have multiple opportunities to grab some great food during your day. But be prepared, there will be a line and at least at 45 minute wait during peak hours at all locations. This spot is well loved and it is totally worth it! I would order ahead to pick up your food on your way out east or back to avoid waiting ! It also saves some time for the rest of your day’s adventures!

Lavender By The Bay

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When lavender is in bloom, you must stop by Lavender By The Bay! Two locations, one in Calverton and one in East Marion, offer the same amazing experience. The moment you pull up you will smell lavender, it can be kind of overwhelming but it really is incredible. On 15+ acres, you can pay to roam through the lavender fields and take all the Instagram-able pictures that you can dream of. They even have chairs set up throughout the fields to relax, take a break, and take in the beauty of the purple lavender all around you. Don’t forget to stop inside the store for some amazing smelling souvenirs! Pay attention to the website for official bloom dates to make sure you are going when the lavender is in full bloom!

Croteaux Vineyards

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Located in Southold, Croteaux really is a gem on the North Fork! It is the only vineyard in the United States that devotes itself to making Rose! With plenty of seating within a rustic barn and in the outdoor “Garden,” the walk-in only policy is not intimidating. The wine is amazing and so is the food! I highly recommend the lobster roll, which is only offered on weekends! There are so many places to relax and the scenery is beautiful, a day at Croteaux is not a bad idea at all. If you are a Rose lover, you need to make Croteaux a stop on your next trip to the North Fork of Long Island.


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5 Must-Do Fall Activities On Long Island

Fall on Long Island is my absolute favorite. I mean every season, except winter, on Long Island is my favorite. So we are fully into Fall right now and, if you haven’t started already, it’s time to really jump into all things Fall! Get on your favorite chunky sweater, leggings, and boots and get outside. We know this fall weather on Long Island will be full blown winter before we know it!

Wine Tasting

The quintessential favorite fall activity on Long Island. With the weather cooling down, there is nothing better then sitting outside and enjoying a glass, or two, of wine. Being on Long Island, we are blessed with so many winery options. From Macari and Palmer on the North Fork to Woelffer Estates on the South Fork, there are tons of options to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. For those not looking to make the trip out east, Del Vino in Northport is an amazing vineyard and you don’t have to deal with all of the traffic!

Apple Picking

No need to drive upstate, when you can head out east and stop by an apple orchard. Stop by Harbes’ Farm Stand in Riverhead to fulfill all your apple picking needs. With tons of activities, Harbes is a go to spot for friends, couples, and families. It wouldn’t be fall on Long Island without going apple picking. I personally never eat the apples I pick. Buttt for those of you Betty Crocker’s out there, there really is nothing better than making apple pies or apple crisp with the apples you picked. Please drop some off at my house if you have extra.

Pumpkin Picking

Head out to Stakey’s in Aquebogue for some pumpkin picking! Spooky Season would not be complete without pumpkins. Picking pumpkins off the vine then heading home and making jack-o-lanterns, name something more Fall than that. There are plenty of places to go on Long Island to pick pumpkins. Just to name a few – Schmitt’s Family Farms in Melville, Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton, Elwood Pumpkin Farm in Huntington. There are so many options! Bring the kids and bring your friends, get a whole group together and go pick pumpkins!

Hiking

With the summer heat behind us, spending time outside (aside from the beach) is actually bearable. There are some amazing hikes on Long Island to get outside and enjoy the beauty. You can head to Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park or all the way out east to Montauk State Park. There are so many options to get outside and enjoy nature.

Sunflower Fields

Get your cameras ready and your best outfit picked out – there’s no better picture spot than the sunflower fields! Waterdrinker Family Farm and Manor Farm are two great options to see the sunflowers in bloom.


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Driving Your Car on the Beach

PSA: For Anyone Driving on an Off-Road Beach

This past weekend was the taste of Summer that everyone on Long Island needed. People flocked out to the beach, myself included. The drive on-beach was flooded with people fishing, surfing, and enjoying the sun. There were tons of Jeep Wranglers and other 4×4 vehicles.

Unfortunately some people were way more prepared than others. Driving through the cut to the Atlantic Ocean side of Democrat Point, I saw 4 vehicles that were frame deep in the sand blocking traffic. Not to mention the other 3 that I saw get stuck as I sat in my beach chair enjoying the ocean view. Those weren’t the only ones of the day either! In the Beach Hall of Shame Facebook group, these pictures of stuck vehicles were shared by members this weekend.

Yes, that is a Bentley SUV stuck in the sand. Not only is getting stuck on the sand insanely embarrassing, but it’s an issue that is easily preventable. Simply airing down tires could prevent most, if not all of the stuck vehicles I saw. This is a reoccurring issue every single year and it seems like people never learn.

Driving at high PSI causes tires to dig into the sand and not “float” on top of it.

The moment you get stuck you will see the sand spitting out from beneath your tires, just digging the wheels further into the sand. The main purpose of airing down is to give your tire a wider, softer, footprint that covers more surface area as you drive over the sand. Tires with higher psi will not grip and spin more. The more your tires spin, the more likely you are to start digging in the sand. Digging in the sand is deadly and will result in your frame sitting on the sand pretty quick.

Not only does your tires digging in the sand take a toll on your vehicle and it’s performance (it tends to run a little hotter on the beach), but it also ruins the sand and the beach. The ruts on the beach keep getting dug out because of drivers who drive on the beach without airing down to a lower psi. Simply lowering your psi to around 15 can help preserve the beach and your Jeep/truck. Don’t be the guy that ruins it for everyone.

Don’t drive on soft sand without airing down.

If you’ve ever driven on Daytona Beach, you’ll see Ford Mustangs, old Toyota Corollas, and even Harleys out driving on the beach. They drive there with no issues because the sand is so packed down. It is pretty comparable to a dirt road and not sand, that is until you get to the soft sand. If you see people stuck, it is mainly because they drove onto the soft sand.

The beaches on Long Island, Democrat Point, Gilgo Beach, and Sore Thumb, to name a few, are not like Daytona Beach. The sand is soft and you tires will dig the moment you hit the sand.

Keep your speed consistent while driving on the beach .

Constantly stopping and going can cause your tires to dig into the sand even if you are aired down, but becomes a huge issue when you are not aired down. This is especially true on inclines and declines. When you drive on the beach, pay attention to where you are driving and what you are driving on.

Staying in the ruts is a safe place to stay. It generally gets tough when a driver decides to stray from the path and cross over the tire ruts. This is because the sand is soft and because your tire doesn’t have a full footprint on the sand you are driving on.

Avoiding soft sand is easy on Long Island, just stay clear of the dunes and don’t get too close to the water. Easy enough right? Just avoiding the soft sand won’t save you if you do not air down. I really can’t stress that enough.

What do you need to air down? What do you need in case your truck get stuck on the beach?

I put together a view of some essential gear that is helpful when planning a trip on an off-road beach. It’s one thing to know what to do, but a whole other animal to be prepared to do it. Don’t be one of those people who know they should air down but don’t because they don’t have the equipment to air back up. Even if you take all the necessary planning measures, you can still get stuck. You should always be prepared for the worst case scenario.

If you’re stuck and don’t know where to look, check out the list I put together of tire deflators, jacks, tow straps, etc. Everything you need to air down and to rescue yourself is there! There are several examples of each, so you can pick which is your favorite! Trust me you do not want to be the guy who is stuck buried on the sand with no way out.


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