I am a novice road trip planner. I had only planned a road trip once before: last year when we drove from San Diego to Corpus Christie over a 5 day period and that was hard enough! I must have been crazy when I decided to plan an 8-day adventure up the coast California, stopping at 5 campgrounds, one casino and driving a total of 1,500 miles. I quickly admitted I was way in over my head. Planning a road trip is hard and takes… planning! So here are my lessons learned while planning my trip. Continue reading
10 Tips for unpacking your gear and making the last bit of your trip less painful
You’ve had the best trip of your life! You saw unbelievable sights, cooked amazing meals, and made unforgettable memories. You’ve packed up your gear, drove the long trek home, and as exhausted as you are from your trip, you have one more task: to unpack your gear. But it doesn’t have to painful. It can actually be quick and organized! Here are 10 tips for unpacking your gear:
This weekend I did the ultimate no-no. Can you guess? That’s right, I hiked without breaking in my shoes. I thought “Sure I can backpack 5 miles out with new shoes! I’ve gotten blisters before but this is different!” Um.. no! Its that moment you haven’t reached your destination and your heals become raw. All you can think about is that you have to hike BACK as well. Here are a few tips that I need to consider: Continue reading
9 Ways to Transition from Summer to Fall
As summer is coming to an end, its time to put our bathing suits away and bust out the warmer sleeping bags to prepare for camping in the Fall. With cooler weather, shorter daylight, and more sight seeing, here are 9 ways to transition from Summer to Fall:
Experience warmer climates- Camping in the desert may be too extreme the summer but with the temperature dropping, Spring and Fall are the ultimate seasons to go camping in warmer climates.
Sip hot cocoa-Cooler weather means colder nights and what better way to warm up than with hot cocoa around the campfire!
Whether you’re going for a day hike or a 2 week backpacking trip, you always need to stay safe and use your best judgment. Here are 8 safety tips for the outdoors: Continue reading
The first time I went night hiking I’ll be honest with you- I was scared! I didn’t want bugs to get me, a bear to see me as a meal, or encounter a crazy woodsman! I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect! But, like everything else I do, I feel in love and now, a third of when we hike is at night! (Check out my first night hiking experience- The Night Hiker ). But I could have used some tips when I first started so here are some tips for hiking at night:
With all the gear we take outdoors, there are a few items we could afford to lose. Here are 5 items I ditched and why I moved on…
Lantern– I love my lantern! I’ve played hundreds of card games under it and carried it with me for miles on night hikes BUT I discovered something- the head lamp! I know, right?! It took that long for me to cave in but I love my head lamp! It is light weight and small, fitting perfectly into my front pocket of my backpack for easy, quick access. Continue reading
Camping is a great activity- especially with your loved ones! There’s nothing better than heading out to Mother Nature, gettin’ dirty, and exploring a little bit. Sometimes fuses can get cut short and trips don’t turn out the way we want them to- so the last thing you want is to argue or have a disagreement! Here are 6 tips to camping with your partner:
- Have set duties– Maybe both of you share the responsibilities for setting up the tent or one of you cooks and the other one gathers firewood. Either way- you know your role, what’s expected of you, and you’re pitching in (just like at home, right? 🙂 ) Continue reading