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Best Romantic Hiking Spots in Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day is only one month away. People are thinking about flowers and chocolates and teddy bears. They are planning their romantic dinners or romantic getaways. But what a lot of people don’t consider is a romantic hike. Think about it. You and your significant other are outside in nature, seeing some truly beautiful sights. Hikes don’t cost any money, and you get to spend quality time with each other. It’s a perfect win-win for everyone involved. So instead of wasting time stressing out over presents and expensive outings, consider some of the best romantic hiking spots in Los Angeles to woo your loved one. Be sure to gear up at The Surplus Store before heading out on your romantic adventure! Bridge to Nowhere Our first spot is a 10-mile trip inside the...

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Questions to ask when choosing a backpack

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Backpack

Whether you are carrying textbooks, all your camping gear or your laptop and charged, having a sturdy backpack is essential. You want to make sure your backpack doesn’t drag you down and instead helps you with your load, whatever it may be. There are four questions you should consider before going out and buying a backpack. What Kind of Backpack Should I Get? There are literally backpacks for anyone and any purpose. You could get a hiking one for those outdoor trips to help alleviate carrying all your equipment. You might be considering a versatile rolling backpack or a lightweight and portable laptop bag. You could also be thinking about a stylish canvas bag. Ask yourself how often you will use the bag and for what purpose. For example, you should probably avoid a...

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Halloween costumes

3 Things to Consider When Buying Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one of the few times during the year where figuring what cape to wear doesn't sound silly. Whether you're young or just young at heart, finding the right Halloween costume is important for a variety of reasons. Getting a costume for your child's trick or treating adventures, or an office party isn't always as easy as it seems. You need to keep certain factors in mind when shopping for that perfect costume. The Surplus Store in West LA has been the one-stop for surplus & camping goods since 1946. We also offer some of the best Halloween costumes and options you'll find anywhere. That's why we've also come up with 3 things to consider when buying Halloween costumes. 1. Consider the Setting Are you getting a child's costume or an adult...

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How to Survive and Enjoy Burning Man 2019

Easily one of The Surplus Store’s favorite times of the year is upon us once again—Burning Man 2019. In the past, we talked to you about the festival’s history and various past themes, along with apparel essentials to best prepare you for this year’s bizarre festival located in Black Rock City, Nevada. But this year, we want to help you survive Burning Man 2019. Yes, survive. As much of a fun and surreal experience it can be, it is a physically and mentally exhausting sensory overload, filled with challenging art installations and of course, sand—and lots of it. With Burning Man 2019 just two weeks away, peep these tips to ensure you survive your first ever encounter with the mythical Burning Man festival. Hydration This one is a given and yet for...

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LA pride weekend

LA Pride Weekend 2019 Prep and What to Know

We here at The Surplus Store hope everyone is enjoying Pride Week 2019 because we are! This year, the LGBTQ+ community bands together once again to be seen, be heard, and continue changing American culture. This year’s pride festivities, which are certain to draw hundreds of thousands, will be capped off by a day of celebration, love, and recognition through food, music, parades and other festivities. With the exciting and fun-filled events on the horizon, here are some tips and tools to make this LA Pride Weekend memorable. Events to Attend From June 8th to June 9th, along San Vicente Blvd. between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd., several Grammy-award winning LGBTQ+ and allied performers, including Ashanti and Meghan Trainor, will take center stage for a music festival under the motto of...

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Men's hats

3 Men’s Hats to Up Your Spring Wardrobe

As we make our way through spring, we notice things start to change -- the environment gets its green back, homes get cleaned out, and fresh veggies grace seasonal menus everywhere. One of the more noticeable changes is packing away winter clothes in exchange for spring fashions and accessories. Men’s hats, in particular, are coming back in a very big way and are finding homes as regular accessories for everyday men. With these hat styles, timeless and reminiscent of decades past, men’s fashion continues to make a push toward modernization. Here are three men’s hats you need to know about today: Dad Hats What goes around comes around – ain’t it the truth. The cap you swore never to like after dad made it look super geeky is now a go-to for casual-wear...

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Coachella 2019

The Coachella 2019 Checklist: Getting Prepped for the Festival

Springtime in SoCal means one thing – flocks on flocks of dancers, ravers and music lovers alike are headed to Coachella Valley for Coachella 2019. This year’s talent lineup includes megastars like headliners Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala, as well as up-and-comers like SOFI TUKKER, CloZee and Hurray for the Riff Raff, among dozens of others, making for an action-packed festival. As usual, festival-goers can expect to rough it out in the Coachella Valley in the sun, heat, and dealing with all sorts of bathroom situations. To help prepare for this, The Surplus Store has compiled our Top 5 Things to Bring to Coachella 2019. 1. The Backpack Situation – you’re hopping around Coachella and meeting tons of people. You go to shake somebody’s hand and keep having to tuck your water...

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New Year

The Survival Supplies You Need to Start the New Year

With the New Year comes new ambitions, and with your upcoming adventures, it’s a good time to invest in some survival supplies. Hiking, camping, excursions to new places – these all involve you being exposed to the elements for a given amount of time. In doing any of the previous options it’s good to have the supplies you need to keep you safe, nourished and ready for anything nature may throw your way. Here are a few essential survival supplies to have on hand going into the rest of 2019! Something to Start a Fire Utilizing a fire for warmth and food is something that humans have been doing for a LONG time, so proper tools for starting one safely are essential for survival situations. You have a few options when starting...

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Creative Halloween costumes

Creative Halloween Costumes

The best Halloween costume ideas are creative ones. Anyone can order a costume online – but how about going as an '80s movie heartthrob? How about dressing up as a character from a cult classic, or going as a character that is immediately recognizable but that no one would think to do? That’s where gold is at. Go with a creative Halloween costume, not a boring one, and if you are running low on ideas, we’ve got your back. Here are some creative Halloween costumes, all of which you can make at the Surplus Store.   '80s Movies Love the 80s? Love cheesy bromance? Look no further than Top Gun. This costume works on a lot of levels, not least of which is that everyone loves Top Gun. If you want to go with...

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Burning Man Art: A Movement of Themes

Burning Man Art: A Movement of Themes

The iconic event known as Burning Man started off with a small population of 35 just individuals when founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James burned a human effigy on a San Francisco beach, the first example of Burning Man Art. From here the festival grew rapidly, but the spirit of artistic expression never wavered even as the masses flocked to each new festival. Each year the Man, well… burned, and each year the audience steadily grew. With each new person came new ideas and ways of expression that eventually turned the effigy burning into a full-on phenomenon. Burning Man would make its way to Nevada’s Pershing County and develop into a community of artists and free thinkers that uphold an inclusive philosophy. Every year the weeklong festival erects Black Rock City...

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