Camping Made Easy for Girls

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Here's a look inside my toiletries bag for 2 weeks of camping and life on the road. I know a lot of girls don't like camping, and I bet this has a lot to do with it. These little luxuries help me feel clean and comfortable and it's worth putting a little time into packing the right stuff. I try to put products into smaller repurposed containers if I can, usually from beauty samples I have used up (the face lotion, the toner, and I now have a smaller spray bottle for the sea salt spray that's pictured).

I hope this is helpful!


- dry shampoo - because you can't shower everyday and your greasy hair will thank you
- homemade sea salt spray - no need for a blow drier, curling iron, or even a brush... just a spray of sea salt
- facial cleansing wipes - for easy washing up before bed in the woods without a sink + soap + water
- personal wipes (not pictured, but they look the same) - for staying clean between showers and hikes
- toothbrush - to remain somewhat civilized
- toothpaste - unless you can grind your own from plants 
- cotton swabs - because earwax
- rosebud salve - for dry spots, blemishes, rough cuticles, lips, etc—so many uses in one tiny tin
- deodorant - so you have no excuse not to hike (not pictured... it was hanging around in the car somewhere) 


- razor - still can't decide if this is a must have or not in the wild (depends how long you're going?)
- toner - helps get leftover dirt/makeup off + leaves your face feeling fresh 
- cotton rounds - to use with toner
- shampoo - if you're lucky enough for a hot shower
- conditioner - ditto
- face lotion - to keep your face happy and moist

*roll over image to see items labeled*

Tunnel Mountain Hike | Banff

Thursday, October 23, 2014

After spending several days driving in a car, it felt really good to pump that blood around and do a hike.

If you have time for just one quickie hike while in Banff, or you're not crazy about climbing mountains, this one's for you. We walked to the trailhead of the Tunnel Mountain Hike from the center of downtown Banff. There are some pretty steep switchbacks for a bit, but it just means you'll get high up faster. From the top, you'll get to look out on both sides of the mountain ridge, see a great perspective of the town of Banff happily tucked in a valley, and a view of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel surrounded by endless woods.

Our reward at the end of the day—hotdogs and tomato soup for dinner. Nothing better than a warm bowl of soup as daylight slips away.

- Julia

Tunnel Mountain Hike (source)

Time: 2-3 hours 
Distance: 4.3 km (2.7 miles) round-trip 
Level of Difficulty: Easy/moderate
Elevation Gain: 300 m (948 feet) 
Starting Point: In downtown Banff, from the southern end of Banff Ave., turn east on Buffalo St. (turns into Wolverine) to St. Julien Rd. Trailhead begins on north side of St. Julien Rd.

Camp Cooking

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I have to admit that one of the main draws of camping for me is the food. Simple food, cooked over a flame, and eaten outdoors sitting around a campfire.

One of my camp favorites is shish kabobs. I usually cut and marinate the meat at home and then just put it on sticks before cooking at camp. But since we were extended camping and meat from home wouldn't exactly last for long in a cooler, we actually bought these shish kabobs that were already marinated and on sticks in a grocery store deli.

As a side, we stuck some potatoes in the fire. To help them cook faster, I cut them into cubes, added butter, seasoning, wrapped twice in foil, then buried them in the embers of the fire. They came out soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, and so tasty dipped in BBQ sauce.

Okay, now I'm hungry. And want to go camping.

Around Banff — Part II

Monday, October 13, 2014

Almost every day of our trip, we were scrambling to get camp set up and cook dinner before it got dark. And days don't get any longer than in June. There were just too many things to do and see before retiring to camp for the night. Dinner was usually cooking around 9pm, when some of our more elderly camp neighbors were already asleep. After dinner we'd sit around the campfire, wrapped in blankets, reading books with the help of headlamps, and go to bed when our eyes got heavy.

In the words of John Muir, “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”

- Julia