A Non-Outdoorsy Girl’s Guide to the Outdoors

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Hello! My name is Erika from A Tiny Rocket.  I am a blogger and oil painter from the woodsy land of Portland, Oregon. 

Portland is known for having lots of trees and having a ton of outdoor activities.  I love the outdoors and always find lots of inspiration being in the sweet outdoors.  I think one of my favorite things about getting out of the city is that crisp fresh smell with those quiet sounds of nature.  But.. I have a small confession to make! I am a non-out doorsy girl who loves the outdoors.

For today’s blog party, I decided to make a small must have list of complete necessities that I need to survive the wilderness… I mean the outdoors. :)

1.  For any outdoor activity this item is a must- now I wanted to share with you this secret.  If you go hiking or camping- and want to freshen up.  Baby wipes are a must- and they make ones that come in a small travel size container and that are bio degradable.

2.  Burt’s Bees Bug Bite Relief. I don’t know about you but mosquitoes just love me and I always get eaten alive even with repellent.  This is all natural and provides me with that extra bit of comfort a girl needs out there in the jungle.

3. Nutella.  Need I say more? Nutella is great for smores and I think you could practically put it on anything and make it taste creamy and dreamy.  If I am on a particular tough hike- I just close my eyes and think of a nice reward that involves Nutella. :)

4.  An extra pair of socks.  I always throw an extra pair of socks into my bag and I love a fun pair.  I am a pretty clumsy gal especially when I am hiking.. always tripping on tree roots or maybe a mud puddle and nothing beats a fresh pair of socks.

5.  Sunblock. I burn pretty easily and I always know I miss a spot before I leave for a day trip.  They make little fun size ones that fit perfectly in a small bag.

6.  Notebook or Sketchbook. You never know when creativity will strike and always carry a little something to do a quick sketch or jot down a quick thought.  This is ultra important for complete happiness.

7. A juicy book.  One of my most favorite things to do while camping is lounging while reading a good book.  One of those books- when time doesn’t matter and you just want to devour the whole book.   Lately I have been reading David Sedaris and all of his naughty humor.   I highly recommend his books especially when you deserve some lazy reading.

8.  A fun camera. Carry a film camera and snap lots of pictures.  One of my favorite things to do is wake up early and take a picture of the world just waking up.  That top photo is one of my 5 am photo sessions.  I love using film- there are no take backs with film and I think there is so much more magic in the photos.  I just love capturing adventures!

9.  Art Supplies or Craft Supplies.  I bring a few sketch pencils, pens and a small water color set where ever I go.  I think it’s so important to bring whatever easy supplies you need for your craft.  So important- it makes my mind as easy knowing I have paint supplies at a moments notice.

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