Camping

Merrell Shoes: Why we love them and you will too

Shoes by the company Merrell are the most comfortable shoes Al’s Army Navy carries. Many of the sales associates wear these shoes, and the owner is a huge fan as well. If you want a lightweight, waterproof shoe or hiking boot that is great for outdoor activities, look not further than Merrell.

It was founded by Clark Matis, Randy Merrell, and John Schweizer in 1981 as an American made hiking boot. Over the years, they have perfected their craft even further by offering more options.

You will feel comfortable enough wearing these shoes around town or on a trail. They offer men, women and kids sizes, as well as clothing for every occasion. Train for a competition in these shoes or simply walk around the neighborhood.

Merrell shoes and clothing are quality pieces that stand up to years of wear and tear. It’s why we carry them in our stores and wear them in our down time. Come in to our stores and see what all the hype is about. We can also order you anything we don’t currently stock by Merrell.

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Para-Lite 550 Paracord / Tinder: Why it is arguably the most influential tool any survivalist can own

Sometimes called fire-cord, Para-Lite paracord is essentially paracord that can be opened up and lit to make a fire in the most extreme situations. 5ive Star Gear, a company which is a part of Atlanco, has a reputation for innovative products for the survivalist. Para-Lite is their newest creation.

The paracord itself is as strong as the kind you are probably familiar with, in that it is rated to hold up to 550 pounds of tensile strength. By opening up the paracord and revealing the seven strands within, you can find the red cord in a tricky situation, and light it easily to stay warm or cook food.

The red core thread inside is essentially tinder and can easily be lit. The other strands inside the paracord can be used for a variety of tasks, such as sewing, fishing, sutures and more.

Each roll of Para-Lite comes with 50 feet of paracord. This paracord can also be used to make survival bracelets, zipper pulls, belts and anything else you can think of. This is arguably the most important addition to any bug-out bag.

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Amazing Camping Locals in Florida

Florida is full of adventure and great spots for camping. There are quite a few destinations that are worth the trip nearby. Take the family on a weekend outing they will never forget. Make sure to stop by our locations for everything you will need for your family adventure. Below are a few places we recommend for any outdoor seeker.

Blue Springs State Park

Blue Springs is a much beloved Floridian favorite. Located in Orange City, the local is a convenient trek for anyone in Central Florida. You can spot manatees there for months on end (mid-November to March) and other native Florida wildlife. Admission is only $6 per vehicle and a campsite is $24 a night. Have fun swimming in these cold spring waters, or bring an inner tube for maximum relaxation.

Bahia Honda State Park

Located in Big Pine Key, this spot is famous for its view of the Old Railroad Bridge overlooking the water. Snorkeling is a very popular leisure activity here, with crystal clear water to see everything beneath you. Cycling, fishing and picnicking are just a few of the popular options for a day here. A campsite is $36 a night.

Hillsborough State Park

This park is just twenty miles from Tampa, and is located in Thonotosassa. It opened for the first time in 1938, so it has a natural history that you will be sure to enjoy. It features Class II rapids, a pool with a charming cafe and Fort Foster. Admission will cost you $6 per vehicle and $24 a night for a camping site. Canoes, bikes and golf carts are available for rent as well.

Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Located in the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs features magnificent waters, natural trails, and beautiful sites. It is one of the oldest and best known recreation areas in Florida. Swim in crystal clear waters, dine at the picnic tables or go on a run down the miles of trails. The trails were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Hundreds of springs can be found here amongst a dense canopy of lushes greenery. It will cost you about $13 per night to park here plus $21 a night to camp.

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Get Your Hurricane Supplies Tax Free This Weekend

Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday this Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, 2017 – The latest news out of Tallahassee is Floridians are going to get a chance to buy hurricane supplies tax-free. During this three-day sales tax holiday, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

You can find the hurricane supplies you’ll need at your local Al’s Army Navy Stores this weekend and get them tax free!  

So be sure to stop by Al’s Army Navy Stores where you can find the supplies you need.  These are a few of the top recommendations, and most we have in stock now:

  • Water purification straw and tablets, you absolutely can’t do with this.
  • Food, we have a full stock of delicious MRE’s (non perishable Meal’s, Ready-to-Eat)
  • Flashlights and batteries, too many to choose from to list.
  • First aid kit, small pocket size to larger for your Go Bag; even ones for your dog.
  • Whistle to signal for help and wow we have great ones, even 5 ways.
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Waterproof carry all’s and a huge selection of Back Packs and Go Bags.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities and we have multi tools that are compact.
  • Knife, from pocket knives to machetes and axes.
  • Manual can opener for food, of course we are an Army Navy store.
  • Local map and compass, many styles to choose from.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio.
  • Solar phone charger.
  • Camping Gear, from small enough for your Go Bag to multi persons tents and folding cots.
  • InstaFire, fire starters, pack-able camp grill, glow sticks, para-cord, GoGirl
  • Personal Safety Supplies, from Pepper Spray to Tasers to Firearms and Ammo.

Complete details of the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday are outlined in this link to a PDF from the Florida Revenue Department

Al’s Army Navy Downtown Orlando / Orange County: 23 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805

Al’s Army Navy Seminole County: 1440 E Altamonte Drive (Hwy 436) Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

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Nalgene Water Bottles – The Original

What makes Nalgene water bottle so perfect? To start they are BPA Free, lightweight, shatter resistant, leak proof and made in the U.S.A. Also, resist to bacteria, stains and do not absorb odors. You can actually pour boiling water into them and they’re dishwater safe.

So when looking for the perfect Water Bottle solution that safely travels with you wherever you go look no further than your local Central Florida Al’s Army Navy stores.

Nalgene Water Bottles, sold in stores now and online at www.alsarmynav.com

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See that lime green one in the middle of the photo? It glows in the dark!

At all Al’s Army Navy locations Orlando, Altamonte Springs and Sanford.

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No Need to Fear, Adventure Dog is Here!

Most pet owners would do anything to keep their pets happy and healthy. The people at Adventure Medical Kits must be pet owners, too, because they have a product line made specifically for dogs!

The Adventure Dog Series of First Aid Kits has three offerings: the basic Heeler, the more advanced Trail Dog, and the all-encompassing Me & My Dog. Ranging in price from $10-$50, the Adventure Dog Series is an affordable, must-have addition to any pet owner’s family emergency plan.

 

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How You Can Prevent The Spread of Zika in Florida

UPDATE: As of August 10th, 2016, there have been 328 CDC-confirmed cases of Zika virus in Florida, with 6 of them being acquired locally.

It’s February, and 50°F outside, yet a case of Zika virus has been confirmed in nearby Osceola County. The rest of the country is still frigid, but Florida remains vulnerable, since mosquitoes are the main transmitter of the virus. What can you do to help prevent the spread? Continue reading

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How to make a Paracord Bracelet

Supplies Needed:

  1. 550 Cord
  2. A lighter
  3. A tape measure
  4. A paracord buckle of your choice
  5. A pair of scissors

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A Few Things to Add to My Camping Pack…

Ok, more than a few.   More like seven. Continue reading

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3 things I Learned on my First Camping Trip

Ft Wilderness Spanish Moss

Sunset at Ft. Wilderness

In my opinion, Ft. Wilderness is THE place to have your first camping experience, especially if you’re spoiled and urbanized like I am. Continue reading

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