Outdoorsy bees – share your best hiking/camping tips

posted 8 months ago in Holidays
Post # 2
13 posts
  • Wedding: June 2019

Hi Bee! I think it’s awesome that you’re trying something new. What a fun experience! I love camping and adventuring outdoors, and I totally get the need to feel comfortable. I’m the same way!

My favorite camping hack is to bring face wipes and a small container of my normal facial moisturizer. I love these ones by OLEHENRIKSEN – https://www.sephora.com/product/stay-balanced-oil-control-cleansing-cloths-P385343. I use them at night before applying my moisturizer. It feels so refreshing to wipe off all the dirt and sunscreen after a day of playing outside! And sticking to a cleaning/moisturizing routine helps keep my skin happy and prevents any breakouts. I also bring a travel size of a rich hand lotion like Eucerin Intensive Repair because hiking/camping tends to be dehydrating. To me, there is nothing more uncomfortable than having painfully dry skin. 

Be sure to pack clothes made of synthetic fabrics or wool. Any kind of athletic wear that is quick-drying is ideal. Cotton is NOT your friend when hiking/camping for multiple days. Also, I always bring a micropuff down or fleece jacket + rain gear. Even if it takes up a little extra room in your pack, you want to be prepared for inclement weather. I’d rather bring a warm layer and not end up using it than be stuck feeling cold and wishing I hadn’t left my fleece/rain jacket at home!

I hope that is helpful! Have a blast!

Post # 4
8877 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

elliebee357 :  With packing remember that anything you take in you need to take out unless it is compostable (but don’t discard anything with seeds like apples since they wouldn’t be indigenous to the area). If something plastic says it is biodegradable please take it back out with you because all it means is that it will breakdown into small pieces and remain there entering the food chain. 

Don’t take anything you you 100% don’t need. You have to carry everything remember. Do you really need face cream for 2 nights? Try and bring items that have multiple uses (like vaseline that works as a salve, a moisturiser and lip balm and a lubricant). 


Post # 5
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Yes to everything PPs said! Just adding to it – make sure you carry something to carry your trash out. You don’t want trash loose in your pack. Also, I like to pack all my clothes in a stuff sack inside my bag. That way I can just pull out the sack and it’s much easier to organize as opposed to just having everything loose in my bag. Typically I’ll actually bring 2 stuff sacks for cloths and turn one into a dirty clothes bag so I don’t have to combine dirty and clean clothes in the same cramped space. Actually, I pack all my things in stuff sacks – so I’ll have 2 for clothes (1 dirty, 1 clean), 1 for toiletries, 1 for first aid stuff… but I just like to be organized.

Don’t know if you’re making/packing your own food but my go-to backpacking food trick is miso soup. You can get it in these tiny packs at Asian food stores (or the Asian section of your supermarket if you’re lucky). They’re super light and hardly take up any room at all and all you have to do is add hot water to it and you have a really warm and hydrating soup. I like to make it when I first get into camp as a pick-me-up after a long hike.

Your trip sounds so much fun! Enjoy!

Post # 6
1879 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you are bringing your food, I definitely recommend packing it already portioned for the meal — it makes cooking so much easier by the time you hike in and set up camp. My go-to backpacking dinner is some variant of “soup & grains,” a soup packet + orzo or israeli cous cous. Cook the grains in water with the soup packet already poured in; the water will boil away, and you’re left with very flavorful grains!

If you’re like me and can’t live without coffee (this was my big indulgence on my last 6-day backpacking trip): they make single cup coffee brewing cones, which I brought along with filters, coffee grounds, and a teeny-tiny bottle of creamer:

Post # 8
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

elliebee357 :  Roll mat/camping mattress. That is my best tip. I have the Thermarest Neoair and it’s changed my (camping) life. You said you’re going to a campsite with showers etc but if you’re going to be carrying your kit make sure you get your backpack properly fitted to your body and lose as much weight from your kit as you can. For example our tent is 3lb 7oz (not *the* lightest but good for our budget). We don’t take a pillow if we’re looking to lose weight either. Agree with PP about clothing etc. If we do campsite camps we always make room for a coffee pot too. It’s the little luxuries that make the difference.

Post # 10
4655 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

elliebee357 :  when I first wrote it out that’s what I put and I was like noooooo that’s not what I meant haha

Post # 11
2669 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I’ve done a fair few multi-day hikes (I come from New Zealand where there is an incredible network of tracks and huts which are owned by the Department of Conservation and open to anyone for a pretty minimal fee – the huts are basic but provide shelter, bunks, cold running water, basic toilets and usually a fire of some sort) and have learned a few things over the years:

– layers of clothing will be your friend.  I usually take two sets of thermals (long sleeved top and pants), two wicking tops, a merino jumper, a polar fleece, one pair of wicking shorts and a good raincoat.  Plus woollen hat and gloves and a sun hat.  That way you can add or subtract layers as you need to, and if you have two sets of thermals you’ll have a dry set to put on once you’re done walking for the day.  Take enough socks (preferably wool) to have a clean pair each day, particularly if you’re likely to get wet feet on the hike.  Putting wet socks back on is no fun.  I should say that the hikes I’ve done always involve being up in the mountains where the weather can be incredibly unpredictable so all the warm stuff is absolutely necessary to take even if you don’t end up using it.  Might be different where you are!

– make sure your shoes/boots are broken in and fit you properly! Blisters are miserable.

– in terms of food, we usually take the “boil in the bag” style meals.  That way you don’t end up with a messy pot that you have to clean – just a pot full of boiled water which can be useful depending on the cleanliness of your water supply, or just make tea/coffee with it!

– put all your clothes (and sleeping bag) inside a garbage bag within your pack.  That way if it rains, your stuff is still dry.

– a few plastic bags weigh nothing and take up almost no space but are super useful! Wet clothes, trash, a million other things you may find you need them for.

– a pack of cards, pen and paper is always a good thing to have

– don’t forget your flip flops for in camp – once you’ve taken your boots off after six hours walking you don’t want to put them back on! I usually run my pack side straps through mine so they’re on the outside of the pack and not taking up space.

– keep your matches (if you have to take them) in a sealed plastic bag.  I’ve seen people learn that the hard way.

– above all, have a great time! Because I can, I’m going to leave you with the best photo from my last hiking trip (in March) which was with my husband and Mum (who is in her 60s and still fighting fit) – hubs took the photo, obviously Mum is closer to the camera! This was our second morning, in the Ada Valley, South Island, New Zealand.

Post # 12
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

elliebee357 :  I’ve done lots of multi day hikes. The biggest tip for any homer is take care of your feet. Go to a hiking store and by the packets of blister treatment. We put it in our first aid kit but it seems to always get used by someone each trip. The moment you feel a blister coming, stop and treat it. I also live in stuff/compression sacks like another pp. Dont over pack clothes, but don’t skimp on the warm clothes either. If you plan on bathing on the trail, use a microfibre hiking towel (super small and fast drying). 

Dont forget sunscreen and bug spray. Water shoes if crossing rivers. Head lamp for campsite. My luxury item is my camping pillow lol. Have fun!!

Post # 14
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

elliebee357 :  also, toilet paper (and a small shovel if you need to go in a hole… unless there happen to be outhouses along your trek). For sunscreen one person usually brings and everyone shares (like bug spray). Flip flops for the camp site (ideally ones you can wear socks with due to bugs). Also, bring a big garbage bag in case it rains at night and you can’t fit both your packs in the tent with you. I bring the least amount of dishes possible because it’s so annoying to wash dishes in the bush. Also, I’d start trying to fit things I tom your pack now, since it always takes a few tries. Heaviest items at the bottom.

Post # 15
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

make sure you have great socks….. the best hiking shoes/boots in the world will still give you blisters and all sorts of other problems if your socks move and bunch up, or the seams hit and rub the wrong part of your toe, or the fabric doesn’t wick sweat away

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