9 Points About Using Menstrual Cups While Camping on Your Period

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By Phoebe Hodina

Menstrual Cups: Because your period shouldn’t ever hold you back. Period.

Thinking of using menstrual cups on your adventures in the great outdoors (or anywhere for that matter)?  Here are nine points to consider.

1. The cup is better for Mother Earth.

In a lifetime, the average female uses between 8,000-17,000 tampons. Adding up everything involved (tampons, panty liners, pads, etc.), and multiplying that by all the women in the world… adds up to a lot. If you take in account the energy and carbon released to create those products, and the time it takes for those products to decompose in a landfill… you’re looking at more than just some pesky cramps and PMS to deal with.

To save our planet, switching to menstrual cups can make a serious impact. Silicone cups don’t contain rayon, dioxin, or harmful chemicals. But more than that… they are reusable. They’re pretty much the eco-friendliest way to have a period (other than free-bleeding… which is a whole different kind of article, and not my preference for my clothing).

2. You can skip packing out your used feminine products, and lighten your load.

Lighter pack. This is probably the best perk of camping with a menstrual cup… you don’t have to carry out, and later deal with the waste you’ve created. Simply dump your red stuff in the toilet (or hole), rinse the cup with clean water, reinsert, and continue doing whatever you were doing before. Easy.

 3. You get to worry less and have more fun.

Your lady parts are warm, moist, and the perfect place to a tampon to harbor the deadly bacteria that causes TSS (toxic shock syndrome). Did you know that tiny bits of cotton shreds from tampons can cause small cuts in your vaginal walls—and lead to TSS? For me, remembering to change out a tampon every six hours while in the middle of the great outdoors can be a drag on my fun time. With a menstrual cup, the risk of TSS is almost null. As a woman, you’ve got enough to worry about… TSS shouldn’t be on that list. Plus, with the cup- you can go up to 12 hours before having to fuss with it.

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Spending my time petting a wolf, instead of changing my tampon

 4. You can save money… loads of it.

The average menstrual cup will cost you about $30 USD. You could easily spend that every other month on pads and tampons. Over a decade, you’re looking at a savings of around $1,500 if you replace your cup annually. Being a lady is expensive enough, save your cash for camping gear!

 5. You will be untethered in the best sense.

Tampon strings have the gross habit of being gross. Swimming causes other problems with your string, as sometimes it has the tendency to make an appearance. Skinny dip with freedom… without the string.

 6. You can stay hydrated… everywhere

No really, hear me out. Cotton tampons can strip your inner walls of not only their natural lining, but your natural moisture as well. This can make your lady parts more susceptible to infection. Not fun anywhere, especially out in the woods.

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No fear, and no leaks while snorkeling!

Tampons also absorb that extra moisture that is naturally secreted when you’re sexually aroused. So when you remove it before getting intimate, it can make for a less than slick experience. Also, there are some brands that claim you can wear it during intercourse, mess free(!!). I cannot personally attest to these products, but I am 110% behind women who get busy during that time of the month.

And the 3 things you should know, because you should always be prepared:

 7. It can get messy

The first time you’re using the device… be prepared for your bathroom floor to look like the elevator scene of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shinning. OK- it’s not that bad at all, but be prepared. After a couple tries, you’ll have your technique down, and if a drop spills… you will clean it up as the empowered, fierce woman that you are.

 8. Don’t freak out, it will be fine.

The first time I used mine, I had some difficulty… getting it in, and then out. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say I was sitting, squatting and everything in between all over my bathroom. If I wasn’t so panicked about getting it out, it would have been incredibly comedic. If you’re trying it for the first time… make sure you are in the privacy of your own home. But trust me! The learning curve is well worth it.

 9. There are two sizes.

If you’ve delivered a baby vaginally, your body is a little bit different from those who haven’t. There are two sizes of menstrual cups, one for pre-birth, and one for post-birth. Make sure to choose the correct size for your body.

 

All in all, menstrual cups can be a great option for outdoor activities during that time of the month. For more info, make sure to check out: Camping And Hiking On Your Period: Don’t let it slow you down! 

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Free to frolick with the flowers!

Repel Mosquitos from Your Campsite, Naturally

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By Phoebe Hodina

Dealing with mosquitos

While the mosquito is a part of the ecosystem, it’s probably our least favorite part. Additionally, heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to all kinds of symptoms such as: headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, shortness of breath, and is particularly toxic for small children.

Here are some other, more natural options.

 

mosquito 1Lavender

Lavender not only smells fabulous—but it’s great for repelling mosquitoes as well!

There are a couple ways to incorporate it into your mosquito prevention.

 

mosquito 2Candles

If you have access to your car, or can bring lot of extra stuff while camping or glamping, you can bring some homemade citronella candles with a few drops of lavender essential oil added into the mix to strengthen it!

Works every time!

 

mosquito 3Lotion

You can also add about 15 drops per 1 tablespoon to coconut oil and rub it onto exposed skin.

You’ll smell heavenly, and have bite-free soft skin!

 

mosquito 4Rosemary

A Barbeque Addition

Mosquitos love to strike while cooking, and a great way to keep them away is to add a bunch of rosemary to your grill! Add a few stalks of rosemary to the grill to flavor your food, and keep away the pesky insects. You can also add in a few blocks of cedar to your fire to get a similar effect!

 

mosquito 5Neem Oil

Applied to skin

Known as the “tree of life”, the Neem tree is native to India, and produces an oil that is a natural insecticide. The best part? It works on humans too! Just apply it to your skin to keep away unwanted bugs.

 

Garlic

mosquitos 6Consumed via capsule or in meal

Some people swear by eating tons of garlic. Whether you just add it to your food, or take garlic capsules… people say that it helps keep the bugs away. Personally I feel the research is still out on this one… but I’m not one to say “no” to a tasty meal! As a side note… too much garlic may also keep away your loved ones. But everyone needs a bit of solitude sometimes, right?

 

mosquitos 7DIY Bug Keep-Off Spray

Applied to skin

You can create your own natural bug spray with some witch hazel and essential oils. Simply just combine the ingredients in a small spray bottle or mason jar, and apply liberally to your skin! You can divide or multiply the below as needed, I like to make a lot at the beginning of the summer.

 

Base: Witch hazel (1 cup)

Essential Oils (use at least 4 of these): mint, citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, tea tree (15 drops each)

 

mosquitos 8Stay Covered at the Right Times

Extra layers of protection

Early morning and dusk are peak mosquito times. Conveniently, it’s also when you’re likely to be able to wear longer sleeves and pants. Try to cover up during these times in the day for maximum mosquito armor.

 

Avoid Perfumes

Keep them off your trail

Artificial smells found in lotions, perfumes, shampoos, fabric conditioners, and strong-smelling sunscreens can all attract mosquitos. Try to avoid these as much as possible prior to your camping trip.

 

Happy mosquito-free camping!

 

33 Top Rated Hiking and Camping Gear on Amazon

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By Kelly Price

This Top Rated list compiled for women outdoor adventurers only features products with at least 4.3/5 stars and 25+ reviews on the global Amazon platform.

When you’re out in the wilderness, it’s just you, Mother Nature and your gear. It’s critical for every product you bring with you to (1) do its job perfectly and (2) leave the smallest footprint possible. The gear on this list has been put to the test by thousands of explorers just like you, and they’ve all performed better than the rest.

 

1. A collapsible kettle that takes up very little room

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Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (30+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I tested it over my propane grill and it did an amazing job heating the water. When it is collapsed it is about the size of a dessert plate so it saves space in my gear.”

 

2. A tiny but effective fire starter

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (1,400+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “A fantastic little tool, really throws some good sparks! Fairly large rod should last a long time, well made, comfortable finger grips, light weight, small enough to fit into any camping / survival kit.”

 

3. A pocket-sized outdoor blanket

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (50+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “Easy to carry and can fit in one hand, strong and durable, yet big enough for 2/3 people to lounge around on. We were able to use it as a base for inflatable airpads, or simply pull it out for additional friends to lay on it.”

 

4. A lightweight-yet-warm double sleeping bag

Top Rated 4

Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (40+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “This thing is awesome! We’re a big camping family (cheap vacation!) and all have our own sleeping bags. However, I loved the idea of a sleeping bag I could share with my husband and this is the perfect fit. It’s not too much bulkier than an average size sleeping bag, but once you open it up the inside is very spacious! The material is soft and definitely will keep us warm on a chilly summer/fall night.”

 

5. An ultra soft microfiber towel

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Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (140+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I bought this towel for camping. It is lightweight and folds up very small for its size. The texture is sort of like a chamois, soft and kinda “rubbery”, for lack of a better word. It will absorb a ton of water. Far more than it needs to to dry you off after a shower. It does dry very quickly if you hang it in a breeze. Much quicker than a standard cotton towel.”

 

6. A hand crank power bank with a radio, flashlight, and USB charger

Top Rated 6

Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (340+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “This little jewel would provide invaluable during emergencies. It will provide 50 lumen LED light, AM/FM/NOAA radio and even a way to charge phones.”

 

7. A personal water filter

Top Rated 7

Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (340+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “As soon as I got this thing in the mail I went straight to the nastiest, most contaminated thing I could find. There just happened to be a sink full of soaking dishes that worked just fine. Couldnt taste a thing. I even spit some of the water out and it was nice and clear.”

 

8. A spork with a bottle opener

Top Rated 8

Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (1,700+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “Well made. Just right for eating that emergency can of pork and beans on the road. Clipped it to the key ring on my car’s AA Maglite along with the P-38 can opener and Gerber 1 1/2″ pocket knife. Too big for a pant’s pocket but just right for a coat’s. Of course it can be clipped to a purse or pack too.”

 

9. All-purpose nylon paracord

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Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (1,700+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “Worked great! I brought this with me whenever I went camping or had other outdoor adventures. I used it pretty much every time. The hardest load I put on it was a hammock, which I only had to double the string from the tree to the hammock.”

 

10. A completely waterproof dry bag

Top Rated 10

Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (750+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “We used this dry bag on a trip to French Polynesia. Brought it everywhere-on a boat (standing on outside observation deck in tropical rain), a jet ski tour, a shark excursion, and lunch IN the water. Our stuff stayed totally dry. It’s a good looking bag, people asked where we got it. 10LB green bag, perfect size.”

 

11. A portable personal cooking system

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Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (600+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “In the military this was extremely helpful when we had to be out in the woods for weeks on end. We got really creative in what we can make in the jetboil. We used the hot water for shaving, making coffee, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, hot dogs, hot chocolate, if you can make something with boiling water, we made it.”

 

12. A bottle of versatile 18-in-1 soap

Top Rated 12

Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (4,900+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I use this soap for shampoo, body wash, face wash, I put it in my bath, I’ve used it to clean my counters, I’ve used it to clean dishes.”

 

13. A water bottle that will keep liquid cold for 24 hours

Top Rated 13

Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (2,600+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “1) Unbelievably effective at holding temperature. Have yet to see an occasion when there is not still ice at the end of the day, no matter how hot it’s been: sitting in a hot car, going through a double class of Bikram yoga (4hrs in 105 degree room!)
2) Incredibly well made. We have had other metal water bottles; they dent; paint chips or peels. Not this one; my son’s still looks brand new after hanging off his backpack, banging around for the past 3 months.”

 

14. A lightweight, durable backpack for day hikes

Top Rated 14

Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (5,500+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I needed a packable, waterproof backpack for my trip to Brazil and this was perfect! I wore it while hiking through the jungle in Iguassu Falls, where weather was unpredictable, and it kept all my belongings dry. At one point, I was able to fit a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel, and a bunch of other items.”

 

15. And a bigger, more robust backpack for camping

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Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (1,500+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “It has endured some serious abuse and keeps on taking it. I would recommend this pack to anyone at this point. As to the pack itself, it has tons of little features. It has locking mechanisms on the lumbar straps, 2 outside pockets that are literally the perfect size for a Nalgene, It has a pocket on the top for random things (I used it for flint and my back up plan of 9V battery and steel wool), At the bottom it has a place for your sleeping bag. All in all a fantastic pack for the price.”

 

16. A ventilated shoe for warm & wet hikes

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Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (4,300+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “I just used these as my primary shoe for a ten day hiking/white water rafting trip in the Grand Canyon. I used them for the 7 1/2 mile hike from the upper rim to the lower rim while carrying a 35 lb. pack and they performed exceptionally. My feet never got sore and my toes didn’t get bruised, despite the constant decline of the trail. I also used them during day hikes. Even when crossing streams, they dried relatively quickly and were still comfortable even when wet.”

 

17. And a heavier duty hiking boot for longer hauls

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Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (4,30+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I pretty much submerged these boots in water ENTIRELY, and they are definitely WATERPROOF. They were also incredibly comfortable – I had multiple days of hiking for 12+ hours consecutively, and I cannot stress how comfortable they were. They seem pretty light-weight, great support, solid traction on all sorts of terrain.”

 

18. Fill them shoes with Darn Tough high performance socks

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Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (40+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I am on my feet 12 hours a day wearing steel-toed boots and these help greatly with making my feet comfortable. I have gifted a few pairs to my coworkers and they have purchased several pairs afterwards. They are a bit pricey but I have a few pairs that have lasted 4+ years, if you wear them out, mail them to Darn Tough and they will send you a new pair.”

 

19. The classic Swiss Army Knife

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (4,600+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “I think that this item should be standard issue to everyone. I have several and if I don’t have a reason to use it daily, someone around me does.”

 

20. A compact 10-piece cookset

Top Rated 20

Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (2,300+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “This has to be the most complete camping cookware set I have ever purchased. Well finished, fine quality product, pretty solid and tight cookware, no rattling noise when you shake them. It includes a pot with a cover, a frying pan, 2 bowls for drinking water or soup, a soup spoon, bamboo handle spoon, a cleaning loofah and a stainless steel spork, and even though it does not contain a knife, the spork its strong enough to cut through meat, potatoes or carrots.”

 

21. A lightweight yet complete first aid kit

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (180+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “This one is a terrific size and weight for hiking. It fits anywhere in or on my backpack.”

 

22. A pair of lightweight convertible hiking pants

Top Rated 22

Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (460+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “These are great fitting, light weight, comfortable pants, perfect for hiking in. I will never wear jeans to hike in again. They have a nice straight leg (not wide at all) that fits my body perfectly, and I feel skinny and cute in them too! They also dry incredibly fast. I took these pants to hike around in Switzerland and didn’t want to wear any other pants, I loved these so much.”

 

23. An ultra compact sleeping pad

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Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (100+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “Great bang for your buck. Inflates with about 15 breaths. Comfortable on the ground. Shields you from feeling every little leaf and twig under you. Obviously not best for very cold weather camping if you’re needing this to help insulate you from cold ground. But for basic camping and down to about 45-50 degrees it works.”

 

24. A handy headlamp

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (200+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “I have had several Petzl headlamps which have evolved positively in functionality (e.g. operating the switch with a gloved hand) and the Tikkina is, in my opinion, the perfect end result. The default “on” is bright enough for almost any pre-dawn trekking, approach, or climbing, without fear of running the batteries down. And if you occasionally need extra light, it is available with an extra click.”

 

25. A bottle of water treatment drops

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (340+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “There are many ways to get clean water these days. Filters, UV lights, charged salts, chlorine, iodine, etc. They all have PROs and CONs. I prefer the Aquamira drops over the other methods because I never have to worry about dead batteries, dead UV bulbs, broken equipment, foul tastes, or clogged filters. I keep several sets of these around.”

 

26. A state-of-the-art GPS watch

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Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (340+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “Did a lot of research on a device that can track my ocean swims, bike rides, runs, heart rate, etc. I have gone on an ocean swim, and it worked like a champ. Mapped my swim, calculated the distance and generated a SWOLF score. The hr sensor was working in the water, but I did go with a hrm-tri strap for better accuracy. Did a 15mi bike ride and it synced easily with my garmin cadence and speed sensor. Post workout data gave me every detail on my ride.”

 

27. A portable high capacity power bank

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Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (900+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “This is personally the best portable battery I have purchased in my life. For the iPhone 6s a full charge lasts me a good 4 full charges, its small so its very compact and fits in the pocket nicely when you want to go places and it doesn’t bother you so much when walking around or running around.”

 

28. A 10-liter camping kitchen sink

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Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (75+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “If you do any camping at all, you soon discover the need for something that holds water. Sometimes it’s for washing dishes, other times it’s for moving water up to camp so you can filter it, sometimes it’s just for washing the dust off your face. It’s always for keeping “dirty” water away from otherwise clean water sources, unless you’re into making someone else sick or messing up the environment.”

 

29. A pack of No Rinse bathing wipes

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Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (35+ reviews)

Top Rated 34

Reviewers say: “Went on a 2.5 trekking trip through Nepal where you couldn’t shower every day – TMI, I know. These were a great alternative. One wipe is plenty for the whole body – remember you can use the other side. Plus, they packed really flat/neatly into my backpack. There really wasn’t a scent, I felt refreshed and it got the sunblock/insect repellant off surprisingly well.”

 

30. A waterproof notebook

Top Rated 30

Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (160+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “This is the best pad out there. I have carried one of these in my cargo pocket through training and now months in Afghanistan. I keep a daily journal in one and use another for important notes. I will always have one of these with me.”

 

31. A pair of low gaiters

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Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (65+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “The gaiters were used over some 10 year old waterproof hiking boots on a route following paths cut by snow-melt fed streams that took us in and out of rocky scree, gravel, tundra grasses and 3 inches of fresh snow. I lost track of the number of low water stream crossings, but my feet stayed warm and dry thanks to the gaiters–can’t say the same for my companions. Product was also highly effective at keeping debris out of my boots.”

 

32. A pair of waterproof binoculars

Top Rated 32

Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (800+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “The clarity and magnification is pretty remarkable. They are really compact and light weight for what they are. Magnification is about the limit of what you can hold steady by hand without a rest. I went to a football game sitting in the nosebleeds and let a couple strangers next to me use them, they were blown away and ordered a pair on the spot!”

 

33. For extreme emergencies – a personal locator beacon

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Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (180+ reviews)

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Reviewers say: “My boat capsized offshore at 11:31 am. I turned on the signal. The colonel from the coast guard called my wife in the next 2-3 minutes to confirm that I was out fishing. The coast guard helicopter was sent to my location immediately. The helicopter was there very soon.”

 

To discover more top rated products on Amazon or to get in touch with the author, visit WeGravy.com – a new product curation site that hand selects the highest-rated products on Amazon.

 

Film Project: Don’t Date A Girl Who Treks

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By Marinel de Jesus

Editor note: Click here if you haven’t yet read the original post ‘Don’t Date A Girl Who Treks’.

And now to announce a very exciting film project to promote women who love the great outdoors, Marinel shares this exciting development in her own words…

 

BACKGROUND

A few months ago, I attended an outdoor film festival in Washington, DC that focused on the adventure films that were produced by artists from all over the world.  The work presented was certainly admirable.  I was inspired.  A few months later, I watched yet another outdoor film festival and found myself, yet again, inspired.

However, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of disconnect.  The first time around I felt the same feeling but couldn’t understand what it was about.  It was after the second film festival event that it became evident to me that the past two showings I watched were lacking in two things that mattered to me: (1) hiking or wilderness backpacking and (2) women.  It was at that point that I vividly recall noting this concern to my male friends who shared their honest opinion that filming an activity that focuses only on hiking isn’t as exciting or “sexy enough” as climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and all these other adrenaline filled sports.

“Okay, they have a point,” I begrudgingly said to myself.

Months later I was trekking with three guys in the Caucasus Mountains of the Republic of Georgia who were from Egypt, France and Sweden, respectively.  I raised the same question as to why there’s a lack of hiking or backpacking film documentaries at such events.  The answer was similar to the first.

I never asked my male friends about the women aspect.  After all, I was already dismayed at the responses dismissing the idea that pure hiking or wilderness backpacking as the subject of a film fails to even meet the standards that would compel any filmmaker to produce such kind of film.   So, I pushed the idea aside… but ONLY for a moment.

Film Project

Hiking with women trail leaders on the Kilimanjaro trail, Tanzania.

Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks

Film Project 3I was in China’s remote trekking trails in yet to be discovered Tibetan Autonomous Region of the country when I met May.  She was from Thailand who once trekked up the Everest Base Camp in Nepal.  As money was an issue, trekking or traveling for her was a major expense.  By fate, May and I met in some of the most remote trekking regions in Sichuan Province of China.  We ventured out to do the 30 kilometer high altitude pilgrimage trek in Yading Nature Reserve.  It was a trekking region that has yet to be fully explored by trekkers from the western world.  You can read our adventure in full HERE.

The piece, Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks, was inspired by May and all the wonderful solo women trekkers I’ve met in over a decade of trekking in the U.S. and abroad.  To be clear, the piece is not so much about dating, but rather it’s meant to be a way to celebrate women and their love for the mountain trails.  May was one of them.  To not be able to pursue her passion as often as she would want given the location of her home in Thailand that is devoid of mountain trails is a disappointing reality, to which I can fully relate.   In the small city she lives in, life is simple and money is difficult to come by.  For someone like May, it’s a devastating notion to accept the fact that she is unable to pursue her passion as easily as she would like due to her responsibilities in taking care of family members and the lack of finances to afford traveling to hike up mountains.  Personally, I would go crazy without regular access to mountains!

Our meeting was in 2014.  Yet, even now, May still reminisces about our pilgrimage trek in China.  In her correspondence, she often dreams about hiking up mountains, whether within her home country or outside of it.  I figured if May cannot trek an actual mountain, then I can bring the mountains to her from all corners of the world – thru the film project that is now underway.

The FILM PROJECT

Just shortly after writing Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks, I decided in September of 2016 to open my Brown Gal Trekker blog to the public.  I soon came to find out that the world seems to agree that women certainly must be celebrated for their passion and commitment to the outdoors.  I was thrilled to learn that the world echoes the same sentiment that I’ve had all along, and as a result, Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks was published by Dave’s Travel Corner (a pioneer website for independent-minded backpackers), Huffington Post and WHOA Mag (a publication that promotes women in the outdoors).  At the same time, the piece was promoted by various leading entities in the hiking world including BestHike.com and Hike Like a Woman.

Film Project 4You can find the publications via the following links:

Dave’s Travel Corner

Huffington Post

Whoa Mag

Women Who Explore

In late October, 2016, Bernard Chen, an award-winning photographer who I met months ago as part of the Great Himalaya Project (which still is currently a project via Brown Gal Trekker), reached out to me regarding ideas for future projects.  I then brought up to him the idea that has been brewing in my head, which is to create a short film based on Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks by showcasing women trekkers globally through a collage of photos and videos submitted by the trekkers themselves.  Bernard was thrilled at the idea.  We both agreed it’s a perfect means of promoting outdoor women from all walks of life and their presence in the media.

As the idea sank in my head that day, I recalled the earlier conversations about the boring nature of a film on hiking.  Then, my mind redirected me back to the feeling of disconnectedness that I experienced from the lack of female hikers depicted in the media. But then, I felt  a surge of excitement knowing that the landscape of the outdoor media world will change, soon enough.   That change is right within our control.  We just need to make it happen.

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SUBMISSIONS

This FILM PROJECT is a collaborative endeavor that is made possible through the help and support of female trekkers worldwide and various leading female-led outdoors entities such as Hike Like a Woman, Animosa, Fat Girls Hiking, Women Who Explore, Adventure Some Women & Camping for Women.

Hence, if you’re a female trekker who has photos or videos that you wish to submit, please send them to bgtrekker@peakexplorations.com

In addition, please provide us with the following:

  1. Your name
  2. Short background story on your photo
  3. Short answer to the question, “What does hiking or wilderness backpacking mean to you?”
  4. Your blog site (if you’re a blogger)

You’ll be notified when your piece is selected via e-mail.  Credit will be given to your submission.  You can subscribe to BGT’s blog if you wish to get updates on the project.

Also, we are raising funds to create the film.  Your donations are welcome!

Start by clicking here to check out some really cool T-Shirts that highlight the film project.

 

And also check out Marinel’s company that take adventurous women on some very impressive treks across the globe:

Peak Explorations

 

Camping for WomenCamping for Women is a proud supporter of the Date Date A Girl Who Treks film project.

We see this as a significant project to showcase the many amazing, diverse and talented outdoor women all over the world.

We are encouraging as many of our subscribers and readers as possible to take a proactive role in supporting this wonderful initiative.  Just can’t wait to see many of your images featured in the film!

 

Camping and Hiking on your Period

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By Oceana Setaysha

Don’t let your period slow you down!

If you’re an active, outdoorsy type, there’s nothing more annoying than trying to schedule your hiking and camping around your period. It always seems to arrive at the least opportune time, and nobody wants to miss out on their fix of outdoor adventures.

But who says you have to miss anything?

It’s actually totally possible to both camp and hike while you’re on your period, and there’s no reason to cancel or reschedule a trip just because you happen to be on ‘shark week’. Here are some simple tips for dealing with your period on an outdoors trip.

Choose An Appropriate Sanitary Option

Period 2The first thing you need to do is choose a sanitary option that is going to work for you. Now you pretty much have three choices: pads, tampons and menstrual cups. The one that you use is going to be dependent on your personal preference above all, but it’s also important to consider how long your trip is. When we’re thinking about tampons and pads they obviously create waste when they are changed that cannot be burned or buried so it needs to be carried with you, which might not be appropriate for a longer trip. On the other hand a menstrual cup is reusable and simply needs to be cleaned, but in wild areas with lots of animal activity you will need to bury your period blood away from your camp and at depth.

Bring Lots Of Unscented Wet Wipes

Period 3If you’re hiking and camping in an area where there isn’t a lot of water it makes sense to take unscented wet wipes. You want to be able to stay hygienic during your trip, and these are a great way to do this. Despite some wet wipe companies advertising that they are biodegradable, many are not and should not be disposed of outdoors. Unless you can find a reputable, natural material based wet wipe you will also need to carry that waste with you. Alternatively you could take a cloth that could be used to clean yourself at the end of the day, and then rinsed and dried for use again the next day.

Take Ziploc Bags For Waste

period 4It’s not pretty to think about but the pads, tampons and wet wipes that you’re taking with you need to be disposed of. In most places that don’t provide rubbish disposal along the trail or in camping spots, you’ll need to carry them yourself. Obviously these items will start to smell very quickly, so a smart idea would be to take a number of Ziploc bags. Small Ziploc bags are great for each item of waste (i.e. one tampon or pad) but you should also bring a larger bag to contain these smaller bags. Remember to pack the waste in tightly, and squeeze the air out, so that you aren’t loosing too much space.

Pack Carefully

When you need to carry extra items like pads, tampons and wet wipes you may need to sacrifice space in your pack, particularly for extended hikes. Take some time in your trip preparation to really think about what is going into you pack to make sure you aren’t overburdening yourself. Consider whether you can cut out some of the larger clothing items you’re bringing and wash overnight, or other space saving ideas. Remember that as well as the menstrual items, you’ll need to leave enough space for your waste bag which, on a longer trip, can get big very quickly.

Consider Your Privacy

period 5One thing that you might need to think about, particularly if you’re hiking with others, is your own privacy when hiking and camping on your period. Although there’s a lot to like about sleeping with nothing more than a mosquito fly or a hammock, you’ll be grateful for your own privacy if you’re on a trip during your period. Remember, you’ll want some space to organise your trash bag, clean yourself up, and change your sanitary items in peace.

Bring Extra Underpants

The one thing that you shouldn’t be worried about bringing too many of is underpants. If you happen to dirty your underpants you want to change them as quickly as possible to avoid smell, insect activity and infection. You may not end up using your spare underwear, but it’s still a great idea to have it and it’s absolutely worth packing even just for a shorter trip.

Extended Hiking Options

If you’re planning on taking an extended trip, and by extended we mean several months of hiking and camping, perhaps in the pursuit of one of the many stunning monster trails the world over, you may need to think beyond your monthly period. You can choose to go on birth control, which can be used to artificially avoid periods. Some birth control options like the pill can be a lot to carry, but others like the implant or injections, can be taken care of before you leave and will halt your period.

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What you must have in your First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit 1

By Oceana Setaysha

A first aid kit is a must-carry for any hiker or camper who understands and respects the wild environment they are exploring. Regardless of the length of your trip, how far you will be traveling, or whether you’ll be going alone or with companions, you should have a personal first aid kit at the very least.

Why Build Your Own First Aid Kit

While you can certainly buy first aid kits in most pharmacies, outdoor equipment stores and online, there are a number of benefits associated with putting your own first aid kit together. The most obvious benefit is that you can tailor it to suit your specific needs, where you’re traveling to, what you’re concerned about and so on. However the second benefit is that you’re familiar with every part of the kit, having put it together yourself. You’ll know exactly what you have, and you’ll be prepared to use it if the opportunity presents itself.

There are some ‘basics’ that we like to include in our hiking and camping field kits, which we feel should be present in most well-stocked kits.  Purchasing a well stocked kit to begin with is always a good idea.  It is more economical that starting from scratch.  You can then build specific items from there to match your intended location.


Of course there will always be compromises; not everything can be carried. You may also choose to include additional items depending on your specific trip.

Here is a list of some of the essentials that should be in your own first aid kit:

Gloves

Packing gloves in your first aid kit, in a bag of their own so they don’t get tangled in any zips, is always a good idea if you think you might be treating someone else. However if you’re packing a kit just for yourself, they’re probably not required.

Drugs/Meds

If you take any kind of medication on a regular basis, carrying a backup in your first aid kit is a smart idea. Also present, at a bare minimum, should be painkillers, anti-inflammatories and anti-histamines.

Antiseptic Wipes + Betadine

You should always have some kind of antiseptic in your kit. Personally we choose to have both wipes, for cleaning up, wiping blood off tools etc.  We also have Betadine, which is an iodine solution to prevent infections.

Blisters And Minor Wound Kit

While we do carry other plasters and dressings, a specific blister and minor wound ‘baggie’ within your kit is handy.  It is something you can reach for easily. In ours we have wound closure strips for large lacerations, sterile gauze swabs, various sized plasters, padded gel plasters (for blisters).

Bandages and Dressings

In terms of the dressings and bandages we have, it will ultimately depend on how much you want to carry. If you have space we’d suggest an absorbent field dressing (military grade is best), a crepe bandage, a pressure bandage (for immobilizing or snake bites), and a small bandage that can be cut up. A sticky medical tape like leucoplast is also a smart idea.

Syringe + Blunt Needle

You won’t be giving anyone any shots, but a syringe is a useful tool for cleaning up a wound with water. While you can probably get away with just the syringe, the blunt needle increases the pressure to clean the wound out.

Tweezers

For removing splinters and thorns as well as for dealing with infected ingrown hairs on rub areas when you hike a pair of sharp tweezers are definitely worth taking.

Safety Pin

Safety pins are also handy for removing splinters, and offer a way to keep a sharp point in your kit without too big a chance it will stick you. These can also be used to make a sling tidy, and many other things on the trail.

Shears/Scissors/Swiss Army Knife

A pair of shears (with a blunt edge for quickly removing clothing) or a pair of scissors, are a necessity in a first aid kit. Of course if you’re trying to cut down on what you’re bringing a Swiss Army Knife or similar multi-tool will probably be suitable.

Whistle

If you’re injured and cannot seek help, yelling out for hours is exhausting, dehydrating, and not always loud enough to attract the attention of rescuers. A whistle on the other hand can be blown with minimal effort and create a far-reaching sound.

Lighter

A spare lighter is good to have in a kit for disinfecting tweezers or pins when removing splinters and thorns. Also, if you’re treating someone a fire should be your next priority after taking care of their immediate injuries. On a less serious note, some heat applied to a plaster can help it stick better.

CPR Mask

If you’re travelling alone, this is unlikely to be necessary.  Although if you’re travelling in a group a CPR mask allows you to administer CPR on another individual safely.  That is, without worrying about blood, vomit or saliva getting on or in you.

Head Torch

You might carry a torch or head torch with you in your gear.  However if you’ve had an accident and you’re not able to reach that torch having one in your first aid kit is a really good idea. Make sure it’s stocked with batteries!

First Aid Training

While the equipment that you have is pretty important, you should also consider undertaking a first aid course. Most of the time these courses are done over a single weekend, and are relatively affordable.  They provide an individual with all the skills they need to treat a variety of injuries as a first responder. As a hiker and camper you are often quite a distance away from mainstream medical care.  Therefore knowing these first aid skills might save your life or the life of someone with you.

 

And finally…

A First Aid Guide

Camping First Aid GuideAmanda Parent has put together a first aid guide for dealing with all common first aid situations.

This inexpensive and potentially life-saving resource is available electronically from the Camping for Women website.

Whatever you plan to do in the great outdoors, always play it safe by having all the essential first aid equipment, resources and knowledge with you.  You never know when you will really need it.

 

Our Special Christmas GIFT GIVEAWAY

Get our Christmas GIFT GIVEAWAY now before things get too crazy!

Camping Cuisine Cookbook Front Cover-page-001Right now, while many are buying presents for loved ones, Camping for Women is running a very special Christmas Gift Giveaway.

From now until December 25, we are doing a special giving away of The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook.

This applies to everyone who makes a purchase from the Global Outdoor Adventure Store

The digital version of this fabulous resource normal sells for $17.00.  But it is yours free when you purchase anything (large or small) before Christmas.

This Christmas Gift Giveaway is our way of saying a very big thank you to all our website visitors, readers and subscribers that we exist to serve.

So what’s included in The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook?

Written by Sharon Maree, a qualified caterer, nutritionist and seasoned camper, this book includes:

  • Camping CuisineHow to put together tasty and nutritious food that provide high levels of energy needed for hiking.
  • Simple ways to prepare beautiful dishes for people of all ages. Also dishes that cater to people with specific dietary requirements like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and lactose free.
  • The little-known way to prepare great variety of food useful for hikes.  That is day hikes as well as food best suited to longer hikes and trekking.
  • Proven steps to produce tried and tested recipes for all meals.  Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner (including starters), light meals, main meals, desserts.  It even has baking treats you can prepare before leaving home.
  • Campfire Cooking 2Simple keys to plan and utilize numerous options that are simple to create.  Meets the needs of vegetarians (40 dishes), Vegan (24 dishes), Gluten Free (31 Dishes) and Lactose Free (40 dishes).
  • AMAZING! Discover in a matter of minutes how to choose the best options for your family with 43 dishes that are proven favorites with children.
  • Proven strategies for ensuring food safety while out in the great outdoors.  Includes 11 tips for storing meat and other perishables, another 11 tips for storing fruit and vegetables and lists of fruit and vegetables that do not require refrigeration. Presented together with information on how long you should expect food to last.

But that’s not all!  There’s also…

  • Camping Cuisine 2Many tips and tricks for applying variations to most of the recipes featured throughout the book.  This allows you the flexibility to be able to creatively alter dishes in a number of ways.  Hence you can easily cater to differing tastes while changing the feel and presentation as you like.
  • A dirt-cheap way to savor so many delightful and quick options within this full color publication.  Features professional photos of each finished dish in hiking, camping and glamping environments.
  • A free and easy way to prepare multiple and diverse dishes.  Follow a well laid out format comprising all the ingredients, steps and methods.  You will be producing wholesome, delicious and satisfying food in no time!
  • campfire cookingDiscover how to implement 34 safety tips while away in the wilderness.  Also 19 clean up tips and a Bibliography listing a number of other sources for great food and food-related ideas.
  • How to use 10 practical food ideas for hiking in addition to using hiking recipes.
  • REVEALED! The hidden truth behind the secrets of a seasoned woman camper with qualifications in commercial cookery and nutrition.  She is a cookery teacher who has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience across two continents.

So what do you need to do to get your free copy?

All anyone needs to do is to purchase anything from the shopping tab on Camping for Women dot com .

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 9There is a massive selection of hundreds of items within multiple categories.  Any purchase entitles you to receive The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook for free.

There is no minimum purchase amount to qualify and this offer is only valid until Christmas.

As soon as we hear you have made a purchase we will send you this amazing resource.  A resource designed to be your secret weapon for looking like a foodie/chef in front of your fellow campers!

The Global Outdoor Adventure Store  is run in conjunction with the world’s largest online retailer Amazon.  The store simply has the widest selection of products for the great outdoors – more than exists in any physical store.

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So take advantage of our Christmas Gift Giveaway promotion today!

Click here to browse through all the amazing merchandise and specials available now. 

Happy shopping…

 

The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook

“Who else wants to know how to make sure no one complains about food or goes hungry on your next trip to the great outdoors?”

If you are interested in proving you can put together delicious and nutritious creations with limited ingredients and equipment while in the middle of nature … then this is going to be the most exciting message you ever read.

Here’s why:

The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine CookbookThere is an amazing new book called, The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook.” It covers nearly everything you need to know about putting together tasty, nutritious and hearty food that will satisfy even the most fussy and discerning palates easily and really make your trip memorable.

Imagine being able to to have at your fingertips a resource that would mean you don’t miss out on the joys of scrumptious food and meals just because you don’t have all the modern conveniences of home.. Wouldn’t that be great?

Or what about if you could show off how easily you could put together dishes that foodies would be impressed with, using very limited means.. How would that feel if you could do this?

Imagine being able to bring another element of complete enjoyment and fulfillment by providing food that people just do not expect in the wilderness.. It truly is possible, but you need to know how.

That’s what this brand new book could help you to do.

And it’s not like any other book you’ve ever read proving you can put together delicious and nutritious food with limited ingredients and equipment while in the wilderness.

Why?

For one very simple reason :campfire cooking

This book is a rare find catering to all three major outdoor activities: Hiking, Camping and Glamping, written by a caterer, nutritionist and experienced camper.

Which means , whether you are on foot moving through challenging terrain or based at a campsite you have found or even if you have brought along your own impressive mobile facilities, The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook combines all these scenarios into a single practical and indispensable resource.

Can you see now why owning this product makes such sense?

Here are some of the important points about The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook:

  • Camping CuisineHow to put together tasty and nutritious food that provide high levels of energy needed for hiking.
  • Simple ways to prepare beautiful dishes for people of all ages as well as cater to those with specific dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free as well as lactose free diets.
  • The little-known way to prepare great variety of food useful for day hikes as well as food best suited to longer hikes and trekking.
  • Proven steps to produce tried and tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner including starters, light meals, main meals, desserts and even baking treats you can prepare before leaving home.
  • Simple keys to plan and utilize numerous options that are simple to create and meet the needs of vegetarians (40 dishes), Vegan (24 dishes), Gluten Free (31 Dishes) and Lactose Free (40 dishes).
  • Campfire Cooking 2AMAZING! Discover in a matter of minutes how to choose the best options for your family with 43 dishes that are proven favorites with children.
  • Proven strategies for ensuring food safety while out in the great outdoors including 11 tips for storing meat and other perishables, another 11 tips for storing fruit and vegetables and lists of fruit and vegetables that do not require refrigeration, together with how long you should expect them to last.
  • Many tips and tricks for applying variations to most of the recipes featured throughout the book, allowing you the flexibility to be able to creatively alter dishes in a number of ways to suit differing tastes while changing the feel and presentation as you like.
  • A dirt-cheap way to savor so many delightful and quick options within this full color publication featuring professional photos of each finished dish in addition to photos of various hiking, camping and glamping environments.
  • Glamping CuisineA free and easy way to prepare multiple and diverse dishes following a well laid out format comprising all the ingredients, steps and methods needed to produce wholesome, delicious and satisfying food.
  • Discover how to implement 34 safety tips while away in the wilderness as well as 19 clean up tips and a Bibliography listing a number of other sources for great food and food-related ideas.
  • How to use 10 practical food ideas for hiking in addition to using hiking recipes.
  • REVEALED! The hidden truth behind the secrets of a seasoned woman camper with qualifications in commercial cookery and nutrition and who has taught cookery classes and built up a wealth of knowledge and experience across two continents.
  • Your secret weapon for looking really talented as a foodie/chef in front of your fellow campers and making it all look easy thanks to this book.
All of this is what you’ll find in The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook” That’s why you should own this book today (in fact, you can be reading the e-book version as little as 5 minutes from now!).

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What’s a resource like the 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook worth?

Camping Cuisine 3To have someone do all this research for you would normally cost you a whole lot of money.  Particularly laser-guided accurate information like this –SPECIFICALLY for putting together outdoor tasty, nutritious and hearty food that will satisfy even the most fussy and discerning palates easily and really make your trip memorable.

Everything is explained in PLAIN English. Which means it’s dead-easy to read and understand. And it’s logically laid out.

Which is why The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook” is such a bargain at $17.00

Camping Cuisine 2That’s right, a fraction of what it’s really worth or what it cost to research and compile. Why would we make it so affordable? Simply because our costs to deliver it to you are so low.

You can download the e-book version to your computer in a flash. Which means you can be reading it and discovering all these amazing secrets in as little as 5 minutes from now.

So we figure we’ll be able to offer this fantastic resource of information (which if you follow the tips contained in its pages could really give you some amazing enjoyment) to more people across the globe.  For just $17.00 you can have this wonderful resource as an e-book that you can share with your loved ones, family and friends.

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$17.00 is a drop in the ocean compared to what you learn with these secrets.

The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine CookbookADDITIONAL BONUS:

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This amazing book is also available in print directly through Amazon, the world’s largest internet-based retailer.  This will enable you to have your full color printed book sent to you promptly and safely anywhere across the globe and you will be able to take this with you again and again on trips to the outdoors, enhancing the enjoyment and memories of your times away for only $27.00.

This is massive value that Camping for Women offers within this unique and practical resource.

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And hey, don’t take our word for it on how great this book is. Listen to what campers just like you have to say about it:

Karson Freeman
Karson Freeman

“The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook has it all. It has a multitude of options… whether you might be vegan, vegetarian or need a lactose or gluten free diet, or just looking for kid-friendly options, this book is the way to go. It’s really helped me come into my own with this whole camping thing. Who said you can’t enjoy the great outdoors and have good food too?” Karson Freeman Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Vivian Shen
Vivian Shen

“When I go camping, I take this book with me. It has many easy and tasty recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and there are color photos of every dish. I’m please I found this book and I would recommend it to all campers.” Vivian Shen Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

Mirjana Vukovic 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook
Mirjana Vukovic

“It’s just an amazing, helpful book if you are going outside or if you’re going camping.  It has a lot of recipes that include fresh ingredients and has a lot of tips that are related to camping and spending time outdoors.  Overall very helpful and handy if you are a camper or if you love to spend time outdoors.  A big, big, thumbs-up for this book.”  Mirjana Vukovic, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stephanie Price
Stephanie Price

“I actually bought this book last month (advanced review copy) because we were going camping with a couple of friends. It really makes a difference when you go because the recipes are really easy to follow and you can cook so many interesting things which you kind of miss when you go camping. All the recipes use basic ingredients that you would have with you. It tells you how to cook using quite limited cooking equipment which is great. It really livens up the cuisine for the week when you go camping. There’s everything from breakfast to lunch to evening meals, desserts and for everything from hiking, cooking around a campfire and for when you go glamping as well.” Stephanie Price, Usk, South Wales, United Kingdom.

As they say, the proof is in the pudding. And these people are super happy. Just like we know you’ll be.

You can’t leave this page empty handed, can you?

For a mere $17.00 (or $27.00 for the full printed version), you’re getting the answers you need … PLUS MORE. Now, you can only get this product from Camping for Women through Paypal or Amazon. It’s not available in libraries or anywhere else on the net. Just imagine being able to get these answers you can start benefiting from right away.

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cropped-campaign_for_women-300.jpgWishing you super delicious times in the great outdoors.

Warmly,

The Camping for Women Team

P.S. Don’t forget, you’re getting the expertise of a qualified and experienced caterer, nutritionist and seasoned camper in this publication.  Everything to get you started in putting together tasty, nutritious and hearty food that will satisfy even the most fussy and discerning palates easily and really make your trip memorable.. So if that’s what you want to do, the 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

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Global Outdoor Adventure Store Launched

It’s finally here – The Global Outdoor Adventure Store!

Word of the launch of the Global Outdoor Adventure Store is big news for the outdoor women community.

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“More stuff than any physical store can hold”

After months of investigating a number of different options to provide women with the best possible access to outdoor gear and supplies, a brand new shopping portal has now been unveiled!

The Global Outdoor Adventure Store is now live and accessible on a 24/7 basis from one of the main tabs (labelled ‘Shopping’) on Camping for Women’s home page.

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 2The Global Outdoor Adventure Store was created in conjunction with the world’s largest internet-based retailer, Amazon.

Amazon was able to deliver a number of key elements considered vital to the creation of the store.  Most notably the shopping portal offers the following:

Relevant items

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 3First and foremost, this online shopping portal is a Camping for Women store.  That means it has been set up to present items that will be of interest to outdoor women.  It is not focused on items that fall outside that criteria.

The aim of the store is to provide great options of interest to the Camping for Women audience.  Therefore visitors simply won’t find non-relevant merchandise unless they use Amazon’s search bar to explore elsewhere.

The emphasis with the online portal has been placed on providing the full shopping experience.  This includes having detailed information on products and providing a simple process to deliver value for visitors and subscribers.

Range

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 4There is a massive choice when it comes to products, brands, quality and pricing options.

Choices literally number in the hundreds across a number of categories, making the store’s range extremely impressive.  Great for shoppers keen to expand their outdoor equipment, wardrobe, gear, appliances etc.  A very practical and useful resource to enhance their experiences in the great outdoors.

When it comes to outdoor-related items: you name it, it’s there!

Value

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 5The sheer volume of sales made by Amazon globally makes them the undisputed market leader.  This means that their purchasing power and competitive ability is simply second to none.

According to the New York Times, in 2015, Amazon surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market capitalization (August 16, 2015).

Hence, this competitive value just flows through to their product range and onto customers.  The special offers and pricing advantages is something that women campers are well placed to benefit from.  Camping for Women also intends to notify its subscribers of particular specials and value offers from time to time.

Categories

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 6To make it easier to identify choices for what shoppers are looking for, merchandise has been organised into categories.  These categories match Amazon’s global categorization system – making it simple to find items across such a large range.

The categories included with outdoor-specific products with the launch of the Global Outdoor Adventure Store are:

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 7Appliances

Automotive

Baby

Beauty

Camera & Photo

Cell Phones & Accessories

Clothing & Accessories

Global Outdoors Adventure Store 8DVD

Electronics

Grocery & Gourmet Food

Handbags & Shoes

Health & Personal Care

Jewelry

Kitchen & Homewares

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 9Miscellaneous

Pet Supplies

Software

Sports & Outdoors

Tools & Hardware

Additional categories of books, magazine subscriptions and the kindle store will be featured within the site’s publications section.

Product information

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 10Each product featured within the Global Outdoor Adventure Store has more detail that can be seen by clicking on the product image and name.

Information provided on products is comprehensive including technical specifications and independent product reviews.  So visitors can read what previous purchasers have to say on the product.

All customers that purchase products are also able to leave their own reviews and opinions on the site.

Secure ordering

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 11All payments made for purchases through the store are done directly through Amazon.  Needless to say that Amazon’s security and process for transacting purchases globally are extremely safe and reliable.

To protect shoppers, Amazon uses Transport Security Layer (TLS)/Secure Socket Layer (SSL) with 128 bit encryption.  This is the industry standard in secure server protection.  In relation to purchases, Camping for Women does not hold or retain any credit card or other financial information.  This is completely handled by Amazon.

Distribution

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 12Amazon operates numerous warehouse and fulfillment centers worldwide, often near airports, employing hundreds of people.  Here they unpack, inspect incoming goods, store, pick and ship products all over the globe.

Their capability when it comes to product ordering, storage and distribution system on such a massive scale is impressive.  It’s all done on a timely basis to ensure prompt dispatch and delivery of orders.

User-friendly

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 13The layout and usability of the store has been kept really easy to navigate.  This allows shoppers to casually browse multiple products, comparing quality and pricing. Shoppers also have easy access to further product detail and past customer feedback on all items on offer.

Store visitors can easily switch between different categories depending on the type of products that interest them.  The shopping cart and check-out process is likewise straight-forward while offering the levels of security that online shoppers demand.

Amazon also supports a user-friendly web portal for multiple platforms and hardware used by shoppers, including mobile devices.

Consumer Protection

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 14As stated on Amazon’s website: Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee lets you buy with confidence and peace of mind.

When you pay with Amazon, shoppers take the protection of Amazon with them.

Amazon doesn’t share credit card information, and shoppers are covered by the same buyer protection plan available on Amazon.com.

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 15Customer Service

Aside from their online help provided via the Amazon website, the store visitors and customers also have access to one-on-one support via the Amazon Live Chat service.

This service is available for any inquiries relating to products or their delivery.  It provides peace of mind that professional assistance is always on hand should it ever be needed.

Trust, reliability, brand reputation

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 16Another consideration for the Global Outdoor Adventure Store was to work alongside an established and respected leader in the market.

Given the track-record, size, resources, systems and overall customer satisfaction levels achieved, Amazon emerged as the choice.  Camping for Women could confidently work with Amazon and know that women subscribers and visitors worldwide would approve.

 

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 17Founder of Camping for Women Nicole Anderson said she was delighted with the result.  “There were so many aspects to consider in selecting and then tailoring the best shopping option for visitors and subscribers.

In the end, Amazon was chosen because of their ability to deliver against all the criteria. Criteria that was important in catering to the needs and wants of our global outdoor audience” Nicole said.

 

Global Outdoor Adventure Store 18The Global Outdoor Adventure Store is the latest initiative of Camping for Women. The store compliments its own products including its free articles, specialist publications, free subscription and resources.  All of which are created by women for women.

Click here to visit the Global Outdoor Adventure Store or simply click on the ‘Shopping’ tab of the Camping for Women website.