Trying a Few New Things This Summer

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Outdoor Summer Favorites and Essentials - Campfire Chic

Summer is well underway but (thankfully) summer weather runs well through the end of October in Southern California. Heck, most Thanksgivings are spent in shorts and tank tops because get a heat spell.

I’m still trying to get into the groove of after-work microadventures and weekend day trips. I have loose plans most weekends but life happens. I’ve been using the products in the photo above (minus the hammock, I’m hoping to take it out this weekend) for a some time now. They are great options to add to your summer adventure bag.

Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals

I like Mountain House food for two things: for camping/backpacking and for emergency kits. I like that there are a handful of vegetarian options so Alex and I can split food. As I plan trips for the rest of summer and through fall, I’m thinking of the different offerings from Mountain House because I know I’ll be extra hungry and sometimes ramen just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking to kick up your breakfast game, try the fire-roasted vegetables and the scrambled eggs with corn tortillas. You’ll feel right at home before hitting the trail!

KEEN Footwear sandals

While flip flops are a wardrobe staple in Southern California, I needed an upgrade to something I could wear to work and on occasions when a flip flop may be too casual. If you’ve been reading Campfire Chic for a while, you know that I’m a big fan of KEEN shoes. I wasn’t sure about these sandals at first, but I’m loving them! They’re great with jeans and skirts. This style doesn’t look like it’s available on the website, but the City of Palms style is super cute.

Salazon’s Trail Series chocolate bars

Chocolate bars that benefit the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail? Sign me up! When I was offered samples of the Trail Series chocolate bars from Salazon, I knew they would be a perfect match for Campfire Chic readers…I mean, do we really need an excuse to eat delicious dark chocolate? If you don’t know, the three trails highlighted in the Trail Series are the Triple Crown of long distance trails in the United States. The Appalachian Trail goes from Georgia to Maine (2,180 miles), the Continental Divide Trail goes from Mexico to Canada (3,100 miles), and the Pacific Crest Train goes from Mexico to Canada (2,650 miles).

Fabletics Sevan Sports Bra

While Fabletics has a ton fantastic active wear pieces, the Sevan sports bra is my favorite sports bra. I wasn’t sure about the strap behind my neck at first, but this light support bra is great. The Vaasa is great, too, to be honest. It is a little too light for running, but if you’re looking for a bra for yoga, climbing, and other low-impact activities. I also like to wear this sports bra while paddleboarding instead of a bikini top. If you’re not a Fabletics VIP already, use my referral link to get a discount on your first purchase!

Soundpeats Bluetooth Earbuds

Alex was on the hunt for Bluetooth earbuds to use in the gym and did a ton of research before settling on Soundpeats. He insisted I pick up a pair of earbuds for myself (on Amazon, of course) to keep me comfortable when on the treadmill…no worrying about snagging a cord and sending my phone flying as I try to remain calm and collected. These earbuds come in a few different colors (mine are a bright yellow…not my normal color, but they were on sale during Prime Day) and come with different attachment sizes to help hold the earbuds in your ears. When I’m not working out, I use these to listen to podcasts late at night without being too loud.

Charge Fitbit

Confession: I lost my last Fitbit in December. I remember having it at work one day and showing it to somebody who was going to pick one up as a gift, but I don’t remember where I put it after that (I’m assuming on my wrist). We moved twice so I gave up on the search and decided to save up for a new one. I loved my Flex but decided to try out the Charge so I would have a watch and so I could track the flights climbed each day…something that wasn’t tracked with my Flex. So far, so good! It’s much larger than the sleek and slim Flex, but it looks nice and I’m more active now that I’m wearing it. I tried using a phone app to track my steps each day, but I don’t always have my phone on me when I walk around the office so I wasn’t getting an accurate count. If you want to be friends and do some of the challenges, email me! You can find Fitbit on Amazon…and if you’re a Prime member you can usually find it for a bit of a discount and get Prime shipping!

Munk Pack

Of all the squeeze-snacks on the market, I love Munk Pack the most. It’s oatmeal in a squeeze-pack! The Apple Quinoa Cinnamon is my favorite flavor, it’s just too good. I got a sample pack a few months back and stocked up on more during a recent sale on Amazon. If you are looking for a snack that is perfect for the times when you have dirty hands (like at the climbing gym or during a hike), these squeeze-packs are fantastic. They are larger than other squeeze-packs that are aimed at children, so you probably won’t need more than one on your next adventure. If you need a gluten free snack, check out the different options on the Munk Pack website or shop for them on Amazon.

Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser

After coming back from Japan, my skin has been out of control and a total mess. The folks behind Mad Hippie contacted me to introduce a their skincare line and I knew I needed to try something different for my skin. The Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser arrived just in time and after a week of use noticed the redness around my nose reduced significantly. I’m still tweaking my routine to see what will help my skin the best, which may involve me running over to Whole Foods and picking up the exfoliating serum, Vitamin A serum, or Vitamin C serum to help with some other issues I’m having. You can find Mad Hippie products on Amazon, at green grocers, and on their website.

Refuel Invictus Case Charger

I use my ibattz external battery charger when traveling or when I know I’ll be using my phone a lot (Comic-Con, when I need a map to find my way, etc.), so when I was contacted to review the ibattz Refuel Invictus Case Charger, I knew it would be a good chance to test my external charger with a case. I can share the external batter with people who don’t have the same phone as me, which is great, but having the case charger is nice because I don’t need to think about packing a charging cable to connect my phone to the charger. You can find the Refuel Invictus Case Charger on Amazon or on the ibattz website.

Pelican 3310PL LED flashlight

One thing on my Summer List? To attend a SUP Glow Eco Tour hosted by one of the local rental companies. You attach lights to your stand up paddleboard and take a night tour of coastal preserve areas. It looks so beautiful and fun! One thing I knew I would need? A trustworthy flashlight that I wouldn’t be worried to have on the water with me. The Pelican 3310PL LED flashlight is a great option for me because it glows-in-the-dark and feels solid in my hand and is rectangular in shape so it won’t roll around on my board or around the back of my car. You can find the flashlight on Amazon.

Tribe Provisions Hammock

What would summer be without a hammock? Tribe Provisions recently launched their Adventure Hammock (available on Amazon) in a couple of colors…including what I would like to think is Campfire Chic Orange. It comes all bundled up with the hammock, cables, and carabiners included in a cute stuff sack…apparently the logo glows-in-the-dark! That’s pretty rad. My plan is to spend an afternoon at a local park to practice setting up the hammock and then taking it on a future camping trip…maybe Havasupai in the spring?

Here’s to an endless summer with a ton of adventures! 

Thank you to Mountain House, KEEN Footwear, Tribe Provisions, Pelican Lighting, Mad Hippie, ibattz and Salazon for providing items and samples for this round up. While the items were submitted for possible review, I was not paid for this post, and the opinions expressed above are my own. Links to are affiliate links. During 2015, affiliate comission made through sales with are going toward donation items for the German Shepard Rescue of Orange County. If you are not interested in shopping via affilaite links, simple search the titles of each product.

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  • Lindsey July 25, 2015, 1:10 pm

    Great roundup! I am always looking for goodies that will make my adventures even more enjoyable!

  • Kristin | My Life as a Teacup July 27, 2015, 5:27 am

    Campfire Chic Orange – love it :D

  • Allie August 9, 2015, 6:00 pm

    What an awesome round up!

    I have the FitBit Flex, and I love that you can change the bands, but all of my friends have the Charge, so I’m having a bit of FitBit envy, I will admit ;)

    I love that hammock! My cousins had this hammock ( at the beach this week, and I’m obsessed now. I’ll probably be saving my amazon pennies for it before (Ohio) summer is over ( so… I better buy it before September! :) )

    I’m excited to check out those earbuds… Ben has some that go over your ears, but I’m not sold on those… too much of a headset feel for me.

    Great list!


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