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5 Summer Camping Essentials

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I recently got super into camping after a 10 year-long hiatus.

I started keeping a camping box fully packed and ready-to-go for the weekend, so I’m not scrambling around the house trying to find all the flashlights and other camping gear.

If you’re thinking about getting back into camping or are just trying to figure out what to pack, here are my 5 Summer Camping Essentials that I plan to bring along on all my trips:

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1) Cooler Full of Prepped Healthy Meals + Snacks

My days of living off canned food and hot dogs while camping are no more! I bring meal prepping on the road with me and I like to have big cooler packed full of ready-to-cook meals. I do all the chopping in advance, so I’m not doing at the campground.

Think fruit salad, veggie sticks, hummus, nuts, dried fruit, kombucha, homemade breakfast burrito, pre-made green smoothies. Your diet doesn’t have to take a vacation just because you do. Get creative!

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2) Marshmallow Roasting Sticks + S’mores Kit

What’s a camping trip without s’mores for dessert? I keep a pair of telescopic rotating marshmallow roasting sticks, a chocolate bar, marshmallows and graham crackers in my camping box.

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3) Bug Spray + Citronella Candles

I can’t live without my bug spray. I get really allergic to mosquito bites and my skin gets swollen quickly. So I always have citronella candles, an anti-mosquito bracelet and bug spray in my camping box because nothing else ruins a weekend away then scratching at bug bites all day and night.

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4) BBQ Lighter + Fire Starter

On windy and rainy days, starting a fire can seem impossible – especially after a long drive to get to your campground. I keep a dedicated BBQ lighter in our camping box along with a couple packs of fire starter to make things go smoothly.

oh joy first aid kit

5) First Aid Kit

Building a first aid kit is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and like many of these random tasks – they rarely ever get done, even though I have the best of intentions.

I recently prioritized putting together my own first aid kit as we have a summer full of road trips and big adventures planned.

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I keep a tube of BENGAY® Ultra Strength Cream in my kit to help relieve minor aches and pains from a day of hiking and setting up camp! It soothes and eases my sore spots so I can get a good night’s rest. Neosporin and a few Band-Aid Brand First Aid Medium Gauze Pads are also a must for minor cuts and scrapes.

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I also got one of these exclusive Oh Joy! first aid pouches for free when you buy any 3 participating Johnson & Johnson items at Target. So if you’re thinking of building your own first aid kit – this cute pouch is definitely a motivator!

target pharmacy first aid kit

To create your own first aid kit, look for the endcap at Target like in the photo above. You can also build your own kit at Target online. You can also click on the shoppable image at the top of the post and purchase any of the products pictured!

Happy Trails!

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Summer Camping Guide 2017!

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We’re almost midway through July – which means there’s still LOTS of time to go camp out in the woods!

After taking oh…about a TEN year hiatus from camping, I’ve finally re-embraced it after living in Oregon for just 2 weeks. There are just so many things to see and do here and being active and being outdoors is just part of the lifestyle.

So here’s what I recommend for your next trip: (more…)

Travel Guide: Smith Rock, Oregon

Smith rock camping

I was asking my friend Kat from Wild Hearts Club where a good place was to go camping in Oregon. She immediately pulled out her phone and showed me a picture of Smith Rock.

It was stunning and her campsite was overlooking a canyon with a river running through it. She confirmed to me that the toilets did indeed flush, the restrooms were clean and there were showers.

I got inspired and immediately booked a weekend trip. (more…)

Camping Meal Ideas

camp coffee over the fire

I’ve started camping again and I have been obsessed with finding gourmet and fun camping meal ideas. It’s one of the parts I really enjoy.

I like camping meals that taste great, but are also easy to prepare over a fire or on our mini camp stove. It also has to fit into our cooler and doesn’t require too many ingredients. I’m also totally ok with pre-made stuff too – Trader Joe’s camping meal ideas are all over my camping meal plan.

Looking for camping meal ideas? Here’s what I cooked on our last camping trip! (more…)

Cute + Stylish Camping Stuff

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Looking for new camping stuff?

I recently went camping for the first time in 10+ years, which meant starting from scratch when it came to our camping equipment! Since we plan on keeping this gear for as long as possible – I wanted to invest into some fun and stylish camping stuff that I would look forward to using.

Here are a few of my favourites that I found during my search for new camping gear: (more…)

A Glamping Getaway at San Francisco Petaluma KOA

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We’ve just returned from an awesome glamping getaway at the Petaluma KOA just north of San Francisco near Napa Valley! I had seen a picture of their gorgeous Deluxe Cabins on Pinterest and decided to give glamping a try at the Petaluma KOA, just 6 hours away by car from Los Angeles. Our trip to Napa + Sonoma was the perfect blend of a wine getaway and a summer camping trip.

Can’t get to the Petaluma KOA? The Deluxe Cabin I stayed in is replicated at many of the campsites KOA has across the country, so there may be one near you! Here’s a look inside what I called our tiny house:

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Wine Country Loft Lodge – Our Deluxe Cabin featured a separate bedroom, a sleeping loft (great for kids), kitchenette,  toilet, shower, TV, gas BBQ, firepit, picnic table, towels and linens. The only thing I actually had to pack was this marshmallow roasting stick! I would also suggest bringing campfire chairs that we used for reading on our front deck during the day and around the fire at night.

I also loved having our own private washroom and not have to schlep to the shared facilities. I know it’s a luxury and a premium to pay – but it was totally worth it. One thing to note, there is no bathroom sink. We used the kitchen sink to wash dishes and brush our teeth. But the crew at Petaluma KOA did manage to squeeze in a lot in this small space. (more…)