Hi fellow adventurer! I’m Marie and I’m new to camping. Why create a blog as a novice? I’m learning a lot of things very fast, and I would like to share them. I noticed that a lot of beginner’s naive questions remain unanswered, and I want to fix that by creating a resource for novice campers and backpackers. Also, blogging is fun. Welcome!

During my first summer of camping, I’ve been to a National Park, a State Park, and a private campground, all locally in Maryland. I have researched and bought my first sleep system (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag) and I’m in love with my new sleeping bag – Nemo Forte 20.

I learned how to buy gear on a budget and bought some car camping essentials I love.

Read about this and much more in my blog.

A few words about me: I moved to Maryland from Portugal in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic (0/100, wouldn’t recommend), I’m a PhD student in Neuroscience, a boardgame nerd, a cat lover and a neurodiversity advocate: I have bipolar disorder and I’m open about it.

We mostly do car camping in a tent, although I’m quickly becoming a hammock camping convert.

I’m currently preparing for my first backpacking trip (November 2022, Joshua Tree National Park).

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