How My Solo Road Trip Taught Me About Myself


In the summer of 2015, I packed up my 2009 Nissan Pathfinder with a month’s worth of supplies and drove a loop around the country by myself… well, mostly by myself (I’ll get to that detail later.)

What was originally a casual discussion of potential plans amongst some friends and I, then became, “I’m just going to do it by myself.” At that time I had just discovered Erin Sullivan (aka Erinoutdoors; link to her blog here) on Instagram and was inspired by her recalling sleeping in her car and solo traveling around the country. My strong urge to go on a road trip combined with a little motivation to, “do something that scares you every day,” and boom. A solo cross country road trip was in my metaphorical planner.

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Car Camping 101: The Basics

With springtime just around the corner, lots of people are eager to pack up and get out! If the winter season keeps you indoors then I’m willing to bet that you are just itching to be out of the house for a few hours (or days!) to get some fresh air and warm sun. Although spring tends to bring with it a fair bit of moisture and the chilly nights do linger, it’s one of the best times to be adventurous. Plants are budding, flowers blooming, rivers are picking up from snowmelt and if you’re early enough, foot traffic is still light.

However, to those who haven’t sharpened their tools of the outdoors, springtime can seem daunting. The weather can be unpredictable and if you aren’t prepared for the cold nights or the wet mornings, things can get tricky. This brings me to recommend my favorite form of camping; with the most comfort and security, and convenience to bring essentially anything you’ll need…

car camping!

Waking up in the back of my car to a view of the Grand Teton Mountains, Wyoming August 2016.

There are different types of car camping, depending on your level of experience as well as the type of car you drive. This post is mostly for those who are looking to get their feet wet and test out the waters of car camping; whether you’ve never done it before in your life or you’ve tried it out but want to get better. I’m going to cover all the ground for anyone who has ever wanted to go car camping and needs to start at square 1.

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My History With Skincare & Featured Skincare: Luminance

I have literally daydreamed about being one of those people who reviews natural skincare/beauty products, and today, I bring this dream into REALITY.

First, I want to briefly describe what my history with skincare looks like, so if you couldn’t care less then feel free to scroll down to the good stuff!

My Personal Skincare History~

My first memory of any type of skincare was when I had some bad acne or particularly oily skin, and my mom suggested putting some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and wipe my face with it. After the day I mistook nail polish remover with the bottle of rubbing alcohol, I promptly stopped that method. Thanks though, mom.

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