DIY Checklist Mat for Backpacking Gear

I recently discovered the concept of making a backpacking checklist that you lay down as a mat and put your items on top. This method has so many benefits! Plus it is an excuse to get a little crafty. Making a Tyvek Backpacking Mat I had a sheet of Tyvek house wrap lying around that […]

How to Make Coffee while Camping

I love coffee. I wish I could drink it at Gilmore Girls levels, but alas I am limited to my cup or two in the morning, and a mid-afternoon half-cup if I’m really dragging. But camping coffee is special.  There’s nothing better than waking up to fresh air and sunshine and a perfectly brewed cup […]

macaroni and cheese backpack meal

How to Go Backpacking with Kids

Well, I did it! I took my son backpacking for the first time. Surprisingly, it was also my first time backpacking. You’d think that an avid camper and hiker like myself who has done almost every type of camping would have made that happen in the last 32 years, but nope. Until now!

Staying Clean While Camping

I joke about being a sweat monster or mud beast, but one thing that I think turns a lot of people off to camping is that they are unhappy when they feel dirty. We can take care of that! I want to help make the outdoors more fun for everyone, so here is my advice […]