Beach camping in winter: Assateague island

Long walks on a beach, breathtaking sunrises and wild ponies… if any of those are your thing, you must visit the Assateague island. Read below about general winter camping information at Assateague, ponies, hiking, winter beach camping tips, food/drink places around, and backcountry camping. This is a dream destination for many Marylanders, but stars just…

14 Boardgames for Camping

I’m a big boardgame fan, so car camping trips rarely go without throwing one or two into my bag. If our campsite has a brewery/taproom nearby, and we plan to stop there, we take a whole bag of games… oh all the jealous looks! To me, a good camping boardgame is: 1. Quick to play…

6 tips to survive winter backpacking

So we went backpacking in Joshua Tree National Park in November. It was a lot of things, fun, beautiful, memorable, incredible… but also, COLD. Lessons I learned: 1. Every part of the sleeping system counts. All my gear is 3-season, which is just enough for November in the desert. Kinda. Ish. My sleeping system was:…

Food for an easy backpacking weekend. Vegetarian, non-ultralight.

We are going on a weekend trip. Here’s the food I’m bringing. We are leaving on Friday evening, drive to the park, and hike 1 mile to the campsite. Saturday is all about hiking, and Sunday we are driving home after breakfast. The food is for 2 people and all vegetarian. For my previous backpacking…

Food for a weekend backpacking trip

Somehow I managed to pack *just* the right amount of food for the weekend. I returned home with 1 tea bag and 1 coffee bag (both taken just in case). For reference, we left Saturday morning and returned Sunday around lunchtime. I had Saturday breakfast and Sunday dinner at home. We hiked 11 miles on…

Campground review: Beaver Pond campground, New York

We were going to NYC for work. My bf suggested we make a trip out of it and spend the weekend upstate. I was immediately sold. The Beaver Pond campground is only an hour drive from the city, which was perfect for us as we already drive all the way to NYC from Maryland. The…

5 tips to keep warm on cold camping nights

We went camping in October. My sleeping bag is rated 22F survival, 30F comfort. I’m a cold sleeper. The temperatures dropped below 30F. Here’s how I stayed comfortable. 1. A sleeping bag liner. A liner is basically sheets for your bag. It keeps your bag clean and you don’t need to wash the bag as…

Exercise and adrenaline

I keep asking my bf to take me hiking because I know it will reduce my stress. Hiking reduces stress mainly by balancing our adrenaline and cortisol and increasing our endorphins. Let’s talk about adrenaline. Adrenaline is a hormone your body produces to help you prepare for danger. It originates from the adrenal glands, which…

Here’s what I take on a hiking day

Tomorrow we go hiking. Here’s my hiking stuff: What I’m also taking: My list is for day hiking in a popular area (i.e. we’re unlikely to get lost or stranded without help). It’s September and we’re in Maryland, so while it is still very warm, we don’t need sunscreen or protection from extreme weather. What…

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This website is a starter resource for beginner campers and backpackers. Simple naive beginner’s questions often go unanswered, and I hope to fill this gap. Also, blogging is fun. Welcome!


I’m Marie (duh) and I’m a Neuroscience nerd. When I’m not working on my PhD, I’m playing board games or out in nature hiking or camping. Nice to meet you!

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