Dear Natalie: Try Solo New York Backpacks

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Solo New York Backpacks Review

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Any suggestions on how to best schlep my stuff around town on a regular basis?


My Back Hurts


Dear Achy Back,

I always regret the carry-on I choose when I travel. I can never seem to choose correctly. I have a tendency to pick a bag I think will be easy – “Why not just shove everything in this tote?” – and later realizing on the airplane read more

Dear Natalie Try the P-Rite

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By Natalie McCarthy


Dear Natalie,

I am a bit uncomfortable taking a wee outdoors. Is there any hope for it ever getting easier?


Wobbly whizzer


Dear WW,

There are people whose physical constitution enables them to side-step many uncomfortable bathroom situations. These people do not know the panic of opening their floodgates, only to realize they’re squatting over a clump of poison read more

Dear Natalie: Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners!

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Contest winners announced

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Will you please tell us who ended up scoring some Outxe gear in the Christmas contest giveaway?!?


The Camping for Women Community

Dear Friends,

Heck yeah, I’ll tell you who won!

Up for grabs were the Universal IPX8 Waterproof Phone Case and the Inflatable Q-shaped Travel Pillow.

So which readers must have found a four-leaf clover before entering the giveaway?

Believe it or not, our winners came from far read more

Dear Natalie: OUTXE Christmas 2018 Giveaway Contest

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OUTXE Christmas 2018 Giveaway for readers

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

You’ve reviewed a few Outxe items and seem to be a big fan of the company. I’m wondering if I might be able to score some Outxe gear. What do you think?

Feelin’ Lucky


Dear Lucky,

I am so glad you asked!

Let me tell you about two Outxe items I’m in love with right now (besides the cooler backpack, read more

Dear Natalie: Try Outxe’s Cooler Backpack

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

I can’t stand coolers. They’re difficult to lug to campsites, and even walking from the parking lot to the picnic spot is a hassle. They’re inevitably always red or blue, with a flimsy plastic handle, and the lids often get stuck. I have about three gathering dust in my pantry right now. With so much technological innovation in other fields, why has the cooler industry lagged behind? Do we have any other options?


Coolers aren’t cool

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Dear Natalie: Try No Bugs Insect Repellant Products

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

I love spending time outdoors, but I don’t love insects. I’ve considered dropping an insecticide bomb on my entire region, but I heard that was a criminal offense. Do you have any ideas?


Bitten and Itchy


Dear B & I,

It’s so strange how local governments generally frown upon the use of wide-scale chemical insect repellants. Oh, it’s fine when they do it, but when read more

Dear Natalie: Try a Pocket Cocktail

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Okay so – like – okay but have I told you that I love you? Oh my GOSH, this song is my JAM! Come dance with me. Come on. Come on. Karaoke? Come on. Ugh, why are you always so borrrrrring? Oh, look, tacos! Wait, like, but have you thought, like, ummmm…

…Huh? Oh we leave now? How come? No! I don’t want to go home! Wait, where is my left shoe?

Oh hey, did we meet yet? I’m not drunk, I swear. Kind of. *burp*

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Dear Natalie: Try Kühl Apparel

Kuhl apparel

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

I’ve heard there are people who hike, bike, and otherwise adventure wearing only their birthday suit. I, however, prefer to be clothed. What do you think about trying out the Kühl clothing line?


Not Enough Sunscreen


Dear NES,

For those of us who are a bit too modest to venture outdoors in the buff, Kühl offers a nice alternative: pants, shorts, skirts/skorts, shirts, outerwear, read more

Dear Natalie: Try Epic Wipes

Epic Wipes

By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

What if I’m out exploring, I get super gross, and I can’t shower? It’s embarrassing to be stinky!


Someone whose personal hygiene is at stake


Dear Stinky Pants,

Well, we have a few options:

  1. Get comfortable with your primal lack of hygiene. – While it might take some intense mental effort, you could always shift your view of hygiene and modern conveniences like “running water” and “shampoo” and “avoiding cholera.” Hell, our caveman ancestors didn’t have any volume-enhancing, extra hydrating, silk-essenced, two-in-one body lather and hair cleanser, did they?
  2. Attempt to bathe with a combination of three ounces of water, a Nalgene bottle, and the corner of a bandana. – Don’t act like you haven’t tried this already. You have, and you determined it is a waste of good drinking water.
  3. Epic Wipes.

What are Epic Wipes, you ask? Think of a giant version of moist towelettes. And when I say “giant,” I mean they are sixteen times the size of an average wipe and far more durable.

Epic Wipes read more

Dear Natalie: Oregon Lessons Part 2

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By Natalie McCarthy

Dear Natalie,

Do you think we can learn from places? Anything worth mentioning for an Oregon Lessons, Part 2?


Those who wander


Dear Friends,

Right. I left you hanging last month with the first five-and-a-half lessons I learned from living in Oregon. We have a few more to go. So let’s dive into Oregon Lessons, Part 2…

  1. There is hardly ever a need to hurry. If I have the presence of mind to wonder, “Should I hurry?” then the answer is no.


Prior to my west coast life, I was an Easterner. I read more

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