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Reading on the Trail

Reading on the Trail

I’ve heard lots of talk in forums asking questions like, “Should I bring a Kindle on my hike?” and “Will I have time to read?” While the hikertrash lifestyle is much more laid back than the day-to-day world, you won’t exactly have hours of leisure time where you won’t know what to do with yourself. … Continue reading

The Pee Rag

The Pee Rag

I’ve heard a lot about pee rags from other hiker girls, but I have always thought the concept was kind of gross. I’ve been putting off trying it until recently, and now I think I will always use one in the future. Pee rags are pretty simple: just use a bandana to dry yourself after … Continue reading

Cell Phones 101

Cell Phones 101

I’m a bit of a social media addict, so I was constantly taking photos and uploading them to Facebook during my thru-hike. Also, my mom liked to regularly receive reassuring text messages from me letting her know I was still alive. While it’s definitely nice to disconnect from the internet and telephone world for an … Continue reading

Dangers of the Trail and How to Avoid Them

Dangers of the Trail and How to Avoid Them

In my spare time, I like to research trip ideas, mountain ranges, and travel destinations. My current obsessions is the Himalayas in Nepal and India. Do a Google search for “hiking the Himalayas” and the very first page provides an article about a Belgian woman who was decapitated during her trip and the murderer was … Continue reading

Why You Should do Yoga while Hiking

Why You Should do Yoga while Hiking

After a day of hiking, you might develop what is referred to as “the hiker hobble.” It’s when you wake up in the morning (or get up after a long break), and all of your muscles are stiff. You inevitably have to hobble around camp for a few minutes before you have full range of … Continue reading

Diva Cup Review and Giveaway!

Diva Cup Review and Giveaway!

*I was not paid for this review. I recently decided to try out the Diva CupĀ because I thought it might be good to bring backpacking. I hit up the company and asked them to donate one to me, which they so kindly did. I actually ended up liking it a lot, and I’ll probably use … Continue reading

Hair Care on the Trail

Hair Care on the Trail

I have always prided myself on having long, healthy hair. I think the inner-hippie in me liked having long hair. Naturally, when I decided to do a thru-hike, taking care of my hair was a big concern for me. I used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Liquid SoapĀ (2 oz. bottle, lavender scent) for shampoo. It also makes … Continue reading

How Not to Be a Creep on the Trail

How Not to Be a Creep on the Trail

My recent article for Appalachian Trials, How to Avoid Creeps on the Trail, was such a success that I’ve decided to write a part 2. This article is for the guys in the hiker community. Let me make it clear first, that I think the vast majority of hiker guys are nice and not creepy … Continue reading

What Do You Eat?

What Do You Eat?

In case you’re not sure what type of food to bring to the trail, here is a non-exhaustive list of backpacker friendly foods to give you some ideas. These are just my favorites, but you’ll find your own favorites. The most important thing to remember is to eat what you like to eat. Otherwise, you’ll … Continue reading

Shelter and Campsite Etiquette

Shelter and Campsite Etiquette

After my first day of hiking in Georgia, I arrived at Hawk Mountain shelter to find the whole area packed. I claimed my tent spot among the thirty-some other tents, then I headed toward the stream. On my way through camp, I witnessed two guys who were starting a fire in the fire pit. There … Continue reading