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Well, you learn by doing. This summer, during our vacation, I was happily prepared for some problems, but others, not so much. It was a learning experience.

Duct Tape

A piece of the car trim almost flew off while going 140 km/h on the autobahn. At 120 km/h our car is pretty stable, but any faster and you start to understand aerodynamics really well. We stopped at a gas station to see if they had some tape and the second we stopped, some guy walked out from behind his camper and said “You need some tape?” and handed me a roll of duct tape.

We paid him back with some fresh hot coffee we brewed for the trip. We were lucky because the gas station had nothing of the sort. There is a reason why they say Denmark is the happiest country in the world. Everyone is very friendly and very helpful.

I picked up another role in case it melts off in the summer heat. You can never have enough duct tape… seriously… Keep a roll in your car, in your home and in your bugout bags at all times.

Ticks and my Tatonka Mini First Aid Kit

We knew that ticks were a problem this year in Europe but were not aware Denmark was on the map as a problem area. Well, it seems that the unusually dry weather made them more numerous this year so it turned out that they were fierce and tiny and everywhere on the beach! The grassy dunes are filled with them and I had to remove two from myself and one from my daughter. 



My Tatonka Mini First Aid kit has these handy little plastic tweezers that work perfectly as an extractor. Lucky for us the ticks in Denmark are not supposed to be on the TBE chart. Fingers crossed we don’t get sick, however… because TBE (Tick-borne encephalitis) is serious business.

From what I understand, even ticks that pass Lyme disease which is more common, don’t typically infect the host until after 24 to 48 hours of feeding, but regardless, it is very important that if you do get a tick, you remove it immediately. (Again, I don’t know if this time duration is true or not, but I have read this from a number of sources. If you have some factual info to share, please let me know.)

If you are bitten, you are also supposed to mark the bite after removal (especially on children) to watch and see if the infection grows into a bullseye rash. If it does, then you need to go see your doctor for treatment immediately. Luckily, neither of us have had any problems.

My mini Swiss Army Knife

I use this thing at least once a day to cut something or turn a screw. It also has tweezers which we could have used for the ticks, but probably not as effective. I am going to be upgrading to a larger Swiss Army multi-tool soon. This little one is great for EDC, but I want something bigger for my pack.

Summary

Overall, we had a great trip, with great weather and not “too many” surprises. We did Lego Land, we had a few deer and foxes in our backyard and some sea life on the beach. Mostly just sand, sun, ocean, awesome pastries, yogurt and liverwurst and lots of calm, quiet Danish countryside.

By the way, I had a lot of time this month to think, plan and research, so I’ll be sharing more soon. I’ve ordered a bit of gear and will be putting some plans in motion over the summer, so stay tuned.

…and by the way, stay out of the grass!