Fall is here!! & I am loving it so much. It is never totally fall in southern CA, but there are a handful of days where the air feels fresh, the breeze is cool and it just smells like the season. A few weeks ago I went on a camping trip to Malibu and it was just so lovely. Usually, there is no cell service at camp sites and that is something I always look forward to. You have no choice but to just BE there and those moments are priceless 🙂 You can peek this post too, I talk a bit about just being.
Not the cutest side table ha. But this is what we had our firewood in & it worked out as a table!
I got this picnic basket at a thrift shop a bit ago & I love it! ^
We stayed up late watching the fire crackle as it warmed our faces, toasted way too many marshmallows, read an astrology book and listened to the silence. Camping trips offer such an amazing adventure and also a “life reset.” Regardless of the season, I think everyone should get their bums out in the air and plan a trip.
Every time I go on a camping trip I make a list of what we did right and what we should have done differently! Here are a few tips to ease your experience so you can just sit back, relax and focus on not letting your marshmallows go aflame… which by the way, does anyone really struggle with this?? I just get so eager and excited to eat a marshmallow that I apparently have zero patience. Just when I think things are under control I end up placing my marshmallow too far into the flame and there it goes! Totally torched. Anyway, peek below for some tips! 🙂
5 Tips For a Successful & Fun Weekend Camping Trip:
1. Plan Every Meal – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Think about your snacks too! Planning your food well really pays off. Since you don’t have a fridge with you, you need to know what you will be eating and when. Bringing too much food is a pain, results in a lot of trash and is also more of a process to clean up. SO – think through each meal and make a list.
Here is our list as an example
- fresh veggies
- ground coffee
- french loaf
- watermelon / bananas
- chips / salsa
- pretzels / munchies
- mixed veggies
- pop tarts
- graham crackers
- salt / pepper
- chili flakes
2. Bring Cleaning Supplies
By this I mean cleaning supplies for a variety of things! You may or may not have a place to wash your dishes. If you want to avoid washing dishes all together, bring disposable. If you don’t mind washing, be sure to bring a scrubber and soap! Bring wipes to clean your table space (lots of bugs and squirrels all up in there!) and bring wipes for yourself! At the end of the day it’s nice to have a refreshing face wipe, I always sleep better with a clean face so I was really glad I brought these!
3. Take a Few Things That Make Your Space Cozy
This time I really planned out what I wanted to bring and it made such a great difference! Take a little time to think about what would make your camp spot cozy and bring them along. For me this meant a french press, battery twinkle lights and fresh fall flowers!
4. Pack a Disposable (or film) Camera
Whenever I take a trip I always bring a film camera or disposable. Capture your memories on film… you won’t regret it! Once the pictures get developed, it is always so fun and such a surprise looking back at all the fun moments. I will share some of ours soon 🙂
5. Don’t Forget Your Books!
Bring something that makes your heart happy. A good book, a journal, a magazine! Here are a few books I packed:
Pack your car with cozy blankies and hit the road! I am always looking for great camp spots, what are your favorites? If you have any questions, let me know! I’d be happy to share some more camping tips.
Also, headed back to the east coast next week and I CAN’T wait. Stay tuned for some fall foliage pics and apple picking adventures!