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Say what!? I’m officially 32 weeks. I’m just over here anxiously awaiting the arrival of the little babe. We’ve been so blessed by family and friends and have had wonderful support as we have been preparing for our first little one. It takes an army and it really is such a special time to be able to share it with those around us. We’ve been so fortunate and have had several baby showers to help us get ready for our biggest adventure yet.
Thank goodness spring is on the horizon. It’s been a brutal winter in these parts. Lots of snow and rain. And all this cabin fever has me really excited to plan some outdoor adventures once the weather warms up. Hopefully, I have one or two left in me before the baby arrives.
Adventure must be on your minds too because I’ve gotten a few DM’s lately about my camping and hiking essentials so I think it’s time to do a little blog post about them. As an FYI, I link all my gear via Amazon here. But for the sake of this post let’s review some essential items I can’t explore without.
TENT: Finding the right tent is a lot like shopping for a new car in my opinion. A tent is one of the most important pieces of gear you will invest in for backpacking or even quick weekend trips. As your home away from home, you want to be dry, comfortable and safe. There are a lot of options out there, but key considerations include price, weight, interior space, design and set up time, just to name a few.
Chance and I have tested quite a few tents over the years so below you’ll find a few of our favorites!
- Best for car camping: Big Agnes Big House
- Best for solo backpacking: Nemo Hornet
- Best for couples backpacking: Big Agnes Copper Spur
- Best spacious ultra lightweight for backpacking: Big Agnes Tiger Wall (I used this tent at Havasupai)
- Best universal: Marmont Limestone
JETBOIL: We take our Jetboil everywhere we go. It’s great for backpacking, car camping and even for whipping up your morning cup of joe. I swear it is one of the greatest camping tools ever invented. It’s small, compact and lightweight. Out of all the things, we use this one so dang much.
SLEEPING BAG: Becuase I love color, choosing a sleeping bag was a ton of fun because they come in every color of the rainbow. Beyond aesthetic, when choosing a bag think of the kind of conditions you’ll be in. I run cold naturally, so I chose a bag that could keep me comfortable and warm in most conditions.
- My bag: Sea to Summit Trek Tkl (The women’s specific cut offers a narrower shoulder area while providing a bit of extra room in the hip section while its roomy fit allows you to roll around, curl up, and adjust your sleeping position all through the night.)
- Chance’s bag: Mountain Hardware Phantom Spark
- Best sleeping bag for couples: NEMO Jazz Duo
SLEEPING PAD: In my opinion, a sleeping pad can make or break your night’s sleep when camping. Sleeping pads play two very important roles for getting a solid night’s sleep in the great outdoors: cushioning and insulation. I always recommend trying them out in persona before buying one or finding a good place online that has a great return policy. There are basically three types of pads and how they perform — air, self-inflating, and closed-cell foam.
CAMPING PILLOW: To be honest, if we’re car camping, I usually just bring my pillow from home but if we’re backpacking, an inflatable camping pillow is a nice touch. I used to bundle up my layers and use my jackets as pillows but I recently bought one for my last two trips and loved it! I’m super weird about textures against my face, so I knew I wanted something that closely resembled a cotton pillowcase. You can also use these for long flights and other types of travel. Both pillows compress really small.
- My camping pillow: NEMO Fillo Elite Pillow
- Runner up and comes in 8 colors: Therm-a-rest Compressible Pillow
BACKPACK: I totally believe in investing in a good quality backpack. For long trips, finding one that fits well and is functional is super important. If it doesn’t fit right, it could end up causing aches and pains in your back and hips. These backpacks are great for backpacking in the backcountry or surfing around Bali. I love my pack because the top unfolds to create a smaller day pack that I use on all my hikes!
CAMELBAK: If you’re doing a long hike or in the desert chance’s are you’ll need to stay hydrated. Camelbaks are tried and true.
- Heavy Duty but stylish: Northface Vals Mid WP
- Waterproof and heavy: Northface Endurus Hike Mid
- The cutest blush hikers: Northface Back to Berkley Redux(ON MY WISHLIST!)
- Light Weight: Teva Arrowood Bootie
- Teva low top sneaker
- Nike ACG Trail Boot
GARMIN: Having a Garmin is key for me when out hiking, backpacking, trail running and all the above. I feel safe and confident when I have mine on.
OTHER FUN STUFF!
- Hammock: ENO
- Mocs: Teva Ember Mocs in Blush(Wishlist!)
- Rumpl throw blanket
- Lightweight chair: Helinox
- Twinkle lights: ENO twilight
- Dog sleeping bag: Ruffwear
- Drysack: Osprey Packs Ultralight Drysack (great for paddle boarding!)
ON OUR RADAR FOR BABY:
After nearly three years of blogging and doing this whole Instagram thing, I find it so important now to connect with people in real life. Sure it’s great to link up and chat online but it really doesn’t get much better than spending time face to face. Good old fashioned bonding, friendship and community.
It was spring of 2016. The previous fall, I had beaten my half marathon PR and was determined to do it again. As a runner, I was always determined to get better, faster and stronger. I was always in competition with myself. Of course, I was following a plan and getting in all my miles but I was also doing my favorite group fitness classes on top of that – spinning, rowing, HIIT and strength training. I’m sure you can see where this is headed or maybe you can even relate?
Well folks, I’m 23 weeks today and over halfway there. I’m super pumped to share what life was like in my first trimester because it actually wasn’t a cake walk. I’ll be the first to admit, I had unrealistic visions and goals for my pregnancy and all those were shattered shortly after that positive test. So without further ado, here is my experience. The real/no b.s. version.
Why I support Garmin, my favorite devices and all the holiday deals.
My girl Sarah from Indulge recently wrote a blog post about why she wears Garmin. And I instantly thought, duh … why didn’t I think of that? Especially since so many of you out there are on the Apple watch train and ask me a lot via DM why I choose to train with Garmin over other smartwatches. So here we are …
I’ve been on a meal prep kick lately, which had me creating easy sides to eat by themselves or combined with proteins or sandwiches. When I pre-make meals, it’s more for the ease of it all vs. dieting. I love how thoughtless the process is. When you’re hungry and in a hurry, you just grab it from the fridge and chow down. Easy-peasy. And it prevents me from eating out, which I love!
Seriously, where has this year gone? We’re nearing December and after that, we intro to 2019. With so much happening this year, I thought it would be fun to do a little life update. Even though I talk about our travels all-the-time on Sweat Adventures (I feel like a broken record sometimes!), it still isn’t widely known that my husband and I have been nomads for most of 2018.
When we’re not on the road or traveling, we have the luxury of space, storage, and a kitchen so we naturally like to stock up on groceries to make mealtime easy. We prefer to shop at Costco and do a haul every two weeks to ensure that there are enough healthy choices to whip up so we aren’t tempted to eat out.