Hello, hello, and happy Thursday! How’s your week been? We’ve got a mini Fall Break this weekend, so that’s got us all excited. Plus, Mr. College is coming to town for the big OU vs TX game, so that will be fun to see him!
We don’t have any plans as of now, but with the weather so gorgeous lately, I’m itching for another camping trip! And friends, let me tell you, those are not words I ever expected to pass my lips! I love being outside, but the whole sleeping on the ground part…. not my favorite.
I mean, do these look like the faces of girls miserable about sleeping on the ground?! No ma’am, these girls are rested and fed, and happy to be outdoors!
When our friends first invited us out, I was excited to spend time with them, hike the gorgeous coastline, and hopefully make a few s’mores. But honestly, wasn’t looking forward to the camping part. We used to camp all the time when we lived in Nashville, but I always capped it at one night. Plus, I was younger then, ha!
But Mr. Sugarplum has continued to camp since we moved to Texas, and even takes an annual backpacking trip. So as it turns out, our camping gear has really evolved and improved! He’s consulted Backcountry Gearheads countless times over the years, and we now have a camping set-up that’s actually comfortable… and dare I say it… FUN!
Each couple brought their own tent to Big Sur, and believe it or not, the little one is perfect for couples. It had enough room to comfortably sleep two, plus space to stash bags, shoes, etc. Mr. SP is partial to North Face tents for their quick and simple assembly. We had it up in mere minutes!
The key to sleeping well is in the pad! You’d never know it, but this thin pad actually self-inflates to a really firm, yet still comfy, cushion. Our friends brought a huge air mattress, and our sleeping pads were just as comfy, if not more so! Plus, it deflates completely and rolls up small for easy packing.
You also want to choose a quality sleeping bag that’s suitable for a range of temperatures. This one is like being swaddled in a cozy cocoon!
You better believe I brought my ear plugs and sleep mask… and even slept through breakfast!
These portable lanterns are perfect for extra light at the dinner table, late-night walks to the bathroom, plus they even clip to the ceiling of your tent for a fully illuminated space! We laughed about the headlamps, but having hands-free light while cooking and cleaning up was clutch!
As for our common area, our friends brought their Bliss Beach magic to Big Sur and created the most incredible set-up! We spent hours each day and night sitting around chatting. The Yeti cooler kept all our food fresh for days!
Gone are the days of canned beans and hot dogs, we ate like queens and kings during our trip! Each couple was responsible for a meal, and we kept all the food packed safely in the Yeti cooler. Big Sur has a no-burn ban right now, but we didn’t skip a beat thanks to the Coleman stoves!
As for what we wore… it’s all about comfortable layers! I’ve learned over the years that quality makes a huge difference when you’re talking about outdoor adventures, and Backcountry has been my go-to spot for years.
I put together this packing list of essentials to help ensure a comfortable and fun camping experience. I hope it comes in handy if you have any trips planned this season!
It was a beautiful couple of days with some incredible friends, and we felt so lucky for the time together in such a beautiful place! Mr. Sugarplum is so excited my love for camping has been reignited and is already planning more adventures. Are you a camper? Where are some of your favorite spots? I’m sticking with car camping for now, but maybe Mr. SP will talk me into something more remote some day.
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Their Winter Forecast Sale kicked off this week, with up to 60% off 100s of styles for the upcoming season. Everything from ski gear to camping essentials, there’s tons of deals! It’s a great time to grab our favorite pullovers and jackets for less, and get a jump on your holiday shopping.
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