Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn’t Know You Needed) + Giveaways

We are in full-force camping mode here. And I love it….but am admittedly exhausted from the packing and unpacking cycle each week to get to the weekend. We are getting our system down (which is a great benefit to doing it often), but it’s still quite the process. However, despite all that, it is absolutely worth it for the family time and memories.

Over the past few weeks, I have been compiling a list of items that I really love camping and think you would too. It’s a bit of a random list, but life is random these days, so that’s ok. Be sure to scroll down to the end for a couple of giveaways too.

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ONWEGO Pillows

I don’t like bringing our own pillows camping, but am not a fan of going pillow-less while sleeping either. ONWEGO pillows solve that problem because they fold down small (about the size of a softball) and are self-inflating for camping. We have found that our family prefers them just barely inflated and tucked inside a shirt or jacket for comfort. They’re sort of like a thermarest with a lot more plush padding for comfort. Finally, they’re a great size for most people (big and small!)

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Wind Warrior

We live in Wyoming. While we certainly aren’t the windiest state, camping when it’s windy is often such a bummer! There have been plenty a campfire that has not happened because of the wind and danger of wildfires being started. The Wind Warrior has been great to provide a wall for the wind that is fairly easy to set up, definitely packable, and very effective.

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

 

Estes Sonic Booom & Whirlwind Rocket

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love a good rocket to play with outside. These air rockets are recommended for kids aged 10+, but my 5 and 7 year old can handle playing with them safely just fine. The assembly is quick and minimal and they shoot high AND usually come down fairly close to where you shoot them (ideal for campsites). They wouldn’t withstand super rough abuse (hence the 10+ age thing), but if you’re careful with them, they do great!

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

 

Buzz Away Extreme 

There are perks to living out west, and that includes less bugs (sorry you Alaskans!)…but up in the mountains and especially in the earlier summer, they can be horrific. We were skeptical, but shocked to see that the all-natural DEET-free formula of Buzz Away truly does keep bugs at bay. Made with essential plant oils and good for you (and the kids) and the environment too. AND it works for ticks and black flies too.

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

Buzz Away Extreme is also doing a giveaway of their own on Facebook. As you go on your own family adventure, you can share pictures on Facebook with the hashtag #bugfreefun to be entered to win a Buzz Away Extreme Super Pack which includes an 8oz bottle of Buzz Away Extreme, container of child-friendly towelettes AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Also use the code 10OFFBUZZ to get 10% off any Buzz Away Extreme product at quantumhealth.com. The code is valid through September 30 and can be used once per customer.

 

Mystery Ranch Booty Bags

When we pack for camping, I usually have one easy-access bag with our jackets and hats in them. I don’t like packing them in with the rest of our clothing, because I want to know where they are and be able to find them quick. While a backpack is great, these Booty Bags are super simple for just throwing those jackets in…and then putting it on your back for carrying if needed. It’s certainly not as secure as a backpack, but lightweight and simple. Mystery Ranch makes both a “Light” and heavier version in a variety of colors. We prefer the “light” version because it’s just a little less to haul! Oh and the interior zippered pocket is great for sunglasses, wallets, keys, money, etc.

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

 

Kid-Co Dine-Pod

The Dine-Pod comes with us camping…because most picnic tables are just a disaster waiting to happen for little people that slip through the big crack between the table and bench. Seriously, we lose at least one kiddo down the “crack” every trip. The Dine-Pod weighs just over 5 pounds, folds down like a camp chair and brings kids up to table-height so they can join the family. While it’s not height-adjustable, we feel like it works for most situations. And it’s not JUST for camping – it’s great for restaurant or at-home use too. It’s best for kids aged ~6mo (or sitting) until about age 3 (or 30 pounds).

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

 

Kid-Co Go-Pod Plus

Kid gear often drives me crazy…mostly because it just takes up so much ROOM! The Go-Pod is awesome because it is a place for babies to be able to “stand”/sit and toys can be attached to the loops. It also has a spot for snacks and drinks. Then it folds down just like a camp chair for storage and/or travel.

Kid-Co has updated their Plus model and it now has a removable padded cushion to keep baby comfortable. At only 4.5 pounds, it’s a super easy thing camping. I throw ours in the car and have it ready for post-hike picnics too! It also has 4 different height adjustments for different size babies, though my babies tend to be a little short so we sometimes add in a “foot stool” in the form of a blanket under their feet at the youngest ages. Kid-Co recommends use from age ~4 months to walking. It’s super easy to just hose down after use (we just remove the padded cushion first).

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

 

Boppy Baby Chair

The Bobby Baby Chair works for both the floor (or grass) or can be attached to a chair to keep Baby feeling like they are part of the crowd. It has a bolster to comfortably snuggle smaller babies (like mine) and a removable snack/toy tray. Baby is also kept safe with a 3-point harness. We love that it folds flatter for storage and has a carrying handle. I’m all about the gear that folds down as small as possible! For use with babies aged 3mo-1 year.

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

Blue Lizard Sunscreen

I’ve posted about Blue Lizard before, but just have to mention them again since we use them daily and LOVE the fact that they are natural and go on so easily! See our full review here. 

Cool Camping-for-Families Stuff (You Didn't Know You Needed) + Giveaways

 

Giveaways!

We always love being able to bless someone else with a bit of fun gear. We are giving away the following today:

  • ONWEGO pillows for your whole family (4 pillows total, US only)
  • Large 8 oz. bottle of Buzz Away Extreme (US or Canada)

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Take a Hike and Pack a Picnic (#takeahike Week 4!)

One of the reasons we all love to hike is because it means we can eat more, right?! Well maybe not ALL of us, but around here, we love combining hiking with picnics (or at least heavy snacks). This week we want you to “dine with us”…or at least show us your photos of your food on the trail!

Week 4 Challenge (June 27th-July 3rd): Pack A Picnic

Sponsored by: Lightspeed Outdoors, Sawyer, Petzl, High Sierra & Deuter

 

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How to participate:

  1. Take a hike and pack a picnic!
  2. Snap a photo or two
  3. Log on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  4. Share your photo and your experience. If you’re using….
    1. Facebook: Share it on the wall of talesofamountainmama or hikelikeawoman
    2. Twitter: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
    3. Instagram: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
  5. BIG Bonus points if you share a photo of your #takeahike t-shirt on this week’s hike and if you share your photo on the Lightspeed Outdoors, Sawyer, Petzl, High Sierra & Deuter social media pages.

 

Still need some #takeahike swag!? We have t-shirts & Nalgene water bottles available right here. We offer a HUGE group discount if you order 10 or more products, contact us for details–takeahike2016(at)gmail(dot)com

 

What you can win:

  • Petzl Tikka RXP Headlamp (U.S.)
  • Lightspeed Outdoors Picnic Basket (U.S. & Canada)
  • Sawyer Sample Package (U.S.)
  • High Sierra Funston Full-Zip hoodie (U.S.)
  • Deuter Groden (U.S.)

Take a Hike and Pack a Picnic (#takeahike Week 4!)

 

How we choose the winners?

Winners are selected randomly by Amelia & Rebecca. We’re looking for photos and stories that inspire and motivate us and the rest of our communities. You can increase your chances of winning by wearing your #takeahike t-shirt &/or using your #takeahike water bottle when you take your hike & sharing your photos with on our weekly sponsors social media sites as well.

 

When will winners be announced?

Right here on our website and social media sites on Wednesday July 6th.

 

Help spread the word: Use these short social media messages or embed these photos to help spread the word about this week’s challenge hike!

 

Go #takeahike, enjoy a picnic & you might win a @LSOutdoors picnic basket. Details @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales

 

One awesome hiker is gonna win a @SawyerProducts #takeahike prize package this week. Check it out -> @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales

 

We’re giving an awesome @Petzl headlamp to one lucky #takeahike winner. Details @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales

 

We have a @HighSierraInc hoodie to give away this week! #takeahike with @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales. #AdventureThisWay

 

You need a @DeuterUSA pack. #takeahike with @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales for a chance to win.

 

A huge thanks to @LSOutdoors, @SawyerProducts, @Petzl, @HighSierraInc & @DeuterUSA for sponsoring #takeahike w/ @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Happy Hiking! We’ll see you on the trails.

 

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We hope you #takeahike with us this week! *Week 3*

**Winners have been announced! Scroll down to see them!**

Another Monday, another hiking challenge! This one was the toughest for me last year…because the trails around here just aren’t that DIRTY! Which is a really good thing. But, not everywhere is a National Park…and there are plenty of disrespectful people who leave their junk everywhere. So, this week we challenge you to get out there and help make the earth (or at least that trail) a little bit better.

And thank you so much to everyone who has joined in, who has invited a friend to join in and who has helped support US in making this successful. We are just getting started!

**Be sure to click HERE for all the information for the challenge in one place!**

 

Week 3 Challenge (June 20-26th): Clean Up A Trail

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Sponsored by: Lightspeed Outdoors, Sawyer, Moji, Stonewear Designs & Action Wipes

 

How to participate:

  1. Clean up a trail
  2. Snap a photo or two
  3. Log on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  4. Share your photo and your experience. If you’re using….
    1. Facebook: Share it on the wall of talesofamountainmama or hikelikeawoman
    2. Twitter: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
    3. Instagram: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
  5. **BIG**Bonus points if you share a photo of your #takeahike t-shirt or water bottle (available for purchase here) on this week’s hike and if you share your photo on the Lightspeed Outdoors, Sawyer, Moji , Stonewear Designs & Action Wipes social media pages.

 

Still need some #takeahike swag!?! We have t-shirts & Nalgene water bottles available right here. We offer a HUGE group discount if you order 10 or more products, contact us for details–takeahike2016(at)gmail(dot)com

 

What you can win:

We hope you #takeahike with us this week! *Week 3*

  • Stonewear Designs Outfit (U.S.)
    • Marcie S. – thanks for making trash pick-up a game! What a way to teach your kids from a young age in a fun way!
  • Lightspeed Outdoors Shelter (U.S. & Canada)
    • Jessica R. – thank you for teaching all those kiddos “Leave no Trace”!!
  • Sawyer Sample Package (U.S.)
    • Emily M.  – because this photo is so incredibly awesome beyond words! Best faces!!!
  • Moji handheld massager (U.S.)
    • AlaskasKids – you cracked us up about the fact that trash goes in trash AND food should stay on your plate! HA! Kids! And we love your black and white photo!
  • Action Wipes package  (U.S. & Canada)
    • Eddie Tamara Wineland – thank you for helping just making picking up trash a reflex! How awesome! And we love that he wants to help spread the word about picking up trash too!

takeahikeweek3winners

 

How we choose the winners?

Winners are selected randomly by Amelia & Rebecca. We’re looking for photos and stories that inspire and motivate us and the rest of our communities. You can increase your chances of winning by wearing your #takeahike t-shirt &/or using your #takeahike water bottle when you take your hike & sharing your photos with on our weekly sponsors social media sites as well.

 

When will winners be announced?

Right here on our website and social media sites on Wednesday June 29th.

 

Help spread the word: Use these short social media messages or embed these photos to help spread the word about this week’s challenge hike!

 

It’s #takeahike trail clean up week! Pick up liter & you might win a @LSOutdoors shelter. Details @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

We’re giving away an awesome @SawyerProducts #takeahike prize package this week. Check it out -> @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales

 

You’d look good in this @Stonewear outfit, #takeahike & you might win it! Details @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Clean up a trail for a chance to win one of 4 @actionwipes prize packages! #takeahike @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Sore muscles? This @GoMoji will help! #takeahike for a chance to win one. Details @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman #gomoji

 

A huge thanks to  @LSOutdoors, @SawyerProducts, @GoMoji, @Stonewear , & @actionwipes for sponsoring this week’s #takeahikechallenge w/ @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Happy Hiking! We’ll see you on the trails.

 

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Join us for #takeahike - Week 2!

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