Every year, millions of people around the world set New Year’s resolutions…and more than 50% either give up on or forget about their goals withing the first three months. We asked ourselves, “Why? Why aren’t more people sticking to their guns and following through with their resolutions?”
The answer: We think people give up on their New Year’s resolutions because they simply aren’t fun.
OUR RESOLUTION for 2016 is to have a blast and spend more time on the trails and at off-road events than we have in the past decade!! It’s going to be great. Here’s a list of 7 things to consider if you want to share our resolution this year:
Step 1: Determine which events you want to participate in.
- Intro to Off-Road with Mid West Jeep Thing (MWJT)
- Jeepstock at SMORR
- Jeep Blitz in Bushnell, IL
- Jeep Jamboree(s)
- Other: _____________________
Step 2: Factor in any destinations you would like to see.
- Colorado Rockies
- Rubicon Trail
- Logging roads of the Pacific Northwest
- Fill in the blank: ____________________
Step 3: Give employer appropriate notification for time-off request.
- Standard two weeks
- Eh…I didn’t really like that job anyway
- Weekend warriors don’t need to give notification
- I’m retired and leave whenever I want…sucka!
Step 4: Make necessary modifications to your Jeep.
- Suspension (a little extra lift does wonders for flexibility)
- Bigger tires & new wheels
- Body armor & skid plates
- Upgrade Axles, gears, lockers
- Install CB radio
- Add recovery gear (Winch, tow straps, D-rings, etc)
- Additional field-repair tools (Hi-lift, gloves, wrenches, spare parts, etc)
- Roof top tent systems
Step 5: Map out locations and distance between gas stations.
- It’s no secret that your Jeep can go just about anywhere…except past a gas station. We don’t want you to get stuck in the middle of Oklahoma with an empty tank and 50 miles to the nearest gas station, and neither do your passengers.
Step 6: Gather up your friends or family and hit the road.
- It’s always more fun when other people are along for the ride. Somebody’s gotta get out to take the pictures, right?
Step 7: Enjoy the ride…and make it back to work by ___________.
Even though it might not feel like it, summer is quickly coming to a close. Schools all across the nation have opened their doors and youth of all ages will soon be swimming in homework assignments. Listen closely and you can almost hear them groaning in despair at this very moment.
With summer break officially over it’s easy to adopt the mindset that there’s no more time for adventure. This simply isn’t true. There’s still time to squeeze in one more road-trip, a weekend camping adventure or even a quick beach run. Whether you stick around town or head out on a grand excursion, adventure can be found wherever it is sought out.
What can you do to make sure your last-minute summer plans don’t fall to pieces?
Step 1: Create a Plan
We’re not saying you need to create a detailed itinerary. Think more along the lines of preparation, destination and when you’ll be returning. A little bit of planning can go a long way.
Step 2: Arrange Transportation
How will you get to and from your destination? Walk, bike, drive, fly or hike? Whatever your mode of transportation, knowing that it is reliable is a pretty big deal. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting everyone excited to go somewhere and then having to either cancel at the last moment or find yourself stranded on the side of the road. If there is any hint of doubt before you set out, have a specialist inspect the critical components.
Step 3: Be Flexible
Some of the greatest adventures happen when we deviate from the original plan, the proverbial highway in favor of a less traveled path. The length of your vacation isn’t nearly as important as the quality. Allowing your plans to be flexible is one of the best ways to keep your vacation fun and relaxing. Isn’t that the whole point?
When you get in your car and take off for work or a day at the beach, checking your mobile first-aid kid is probably one of the farthest things from your mind. Of course, a cut finger, diarrhea, bloody nose or pounding headache was also pretty far from your mind…and yet, life happens to us all. A well-stocked first-aid kit should be able to help with all of the above situations and possibly a little more.
Most major retail stores can sell you an off-the-shelf kit, or you can easily build your own using the DMV’s recommended list of contents. The DMV list can seem somewhat daunting upon first glance, so at Axleboy we’ve scaled it down to include only the following 15 items:
- Adhesive Tape (medical tape or duct tape)
- Antibiotic Ointment (Neosporin)
- Antiseptic Solution (hydrogen peroxide)
- Stick-on Bandages (many sizes)
- Ace Wrap-bandage
- Cotton Balls/Gauze
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable CPR mask
- 1-2 Feminine Pads or diapers (They’re super absorbent)
- A pair of Scissors
- Safety Pins
- Chewable Pepto Tablets (anti-diarrheal)
- Pain Relievers (aspirin & non-aspirin)
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
Whether you are 2 miles or 2,000 miles from home- when life gives you cuts & scrapes and leaves you feeling a little banged-up, having an easy-access first-aid kit in your car, truck or Jeep can help make the rest of your journey more enjoyable.