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Packing List for Women Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway

Norway is probably one of the best destinations for women who love hiking and camping by themselves. The land is breath-taking beautiful, you can wild camp almost anywhere, and there is a wonderful net of mountains shelters and well-maintained trails. Scandinavia is generally considered a very safe destination for women, also when hiking and camping solo.

When you hike alone you rely completely on yourself and what is in your pack. That is why you have to make sure you have all you need with you - and not much-unneeded extras, so you don't schlep any unnecessary load around the hard terrain. 

What to Wear and What to Pack for a Day Hike in the Mountains

After another news piece on tourists who went hiking without proper clothes nor gear, I thought it would be beneficial to write an easy guide of the things you should wear and pack for a fantastic - and safe! - day in the mountains. 

Every other week we can hear about cases where the mountain rescue was called to save irresponsible hikers, who didn't prepare well and were ignorant of what they should pack or wear. 

Gear Review: Sea to Summit

Do you even need a hiking pillow?

Similarly to many other hikers, I try to go as light as possible within my means. I am very far from ultra-light but I’m getting close to a comfortable lightweight hiking. One of the easiest way (and cheapest!) to cut on weight is to simply leave some stuff at home. I tried to be strict as possible, so I didn’t have a separate pillow. Like many other hikers, I just pulled some clothes into a dry bag and used it as a pillow.

But before my January trip to Greece, I decided to allow myself a bit of luxury and comfort. I was tired of constant neck pain and issues with my back. I’m not a young and fresh gal, after all, I needed to take more care of myself!

What's In My Backpacking Kitchen (and why)?

Choosing the right items for your hiking and camping kitchen is a process. You learn what works fine for you and what is not a good match. If you are lucky, you don’t accumulate too much stuff that just gathers dust somewhere at the bottom of your gear closet. It’s well worth to read advice and see what works for others – to make it easier for yourself.

Gear and Gadgets to Take Your Camping Experience to the Next Level!

Whenever we think about (solo) camping gear, we focus on the big and obvious pieces: a tent, sleeping bag or sleeping mat. But beyond those, there are some nice items that can make even the most basic camping trip almost a glamping adventure.

I’ve collected a few “must-haves” camping gear items that should not be overlooked when thinking about the big stuff. Then, I added five luxury items – they might not be necessary but elevate your camping adventure from bare survival to sweet dreamy pleasure. I know that it is important to lighten our loads up - but I am of the middle way philosophy - I prefer to carry a few seemingly unnecessary items for the added comfort and pleasure. 

Gear Review: Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove

Jetboil MiniMo is already my third cooking system. I started with the solid-fuel cooker by Esbit but switched to MSR’s pocket rocket the first moment I could. The solid fuel tablets were small, yes, but smelled horrible. They often melted in leaving yucky goo after and it took forever to boil the water. After each use, there was a layer of ugly black sooth on the bottom of the pot, too.

I kept the great cooking pot from my old Esbit but hid the rest somewhere where its horrible stench won’t be much of an issue. I should probably just throw it away, now that I think of it…

I really loved the pocket rocket so it was a hard decision for me to buy the JetBoil. I had a hard time justifying fitting its price into my meager gear budget.

Gear Review: Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi Hiking Boots for Women

Two years ago, when I got my Salomons, I thought I found the perfect boots. And I still love them! So why did I decide to get a different pair of boots?

But then I’ve read about Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi boots. They looked funny but they won Outdoorlab’s editor’s choice for 2018. The price was outrageous but the descriptions of fantastic cushioning and comfort caught my attention.

I was getting ready to hike on Crete, where I knew there would be a lot of roads walking and hiking on boulders and rocks. The price was causing my eyes to tear but I ordered the Hoka One One Tor Ultras from Italy (no store was selling them in Poland) and hoped for the best.

My 5 Luxury Hiking Items I Never Hike Without

Each time we pack we have to carefully think about each and every piece of gear. The lighter we want to go, the stricter we need to be about each item.

Personally, I don’t go ultra-light. I try to find balance between lightweight hiking, necessary for safety and comfort, and not going crazy with fighting for each ounce.

From all the pieces of gear that are not necessary to survive, I have five that I never hike without. They are the items that are useful, add comfort or safety. I could go and hike without them but I choose to pack them into my backpack. I guess you could call them my luxury items :)

How to Choose Your Camping Shelter: Tents, Tarps, Bivies and Hammocks

If you are looking for a tent to buy you might get pretty confused by all the choices you have on the market. There are dozens upon dozens of companies producing a variety of shelters. How can you choose one that would fit your needs? I prepared a handy guide that will make the decision making easier.

It might be that you are looking for your very first tent or maybe you need to retire you old family tent serving you for the past few decades. The most important thing is to realize your needs in order to narrow down your choices.

Below I gathered some questions and things to think about to help you figure it all out easier. Just a fair disclaimer - I'm a bit biased as a big fan of tents over other camping shelters. But I hope I can fairly present you with all the options you have.

Gear Review: Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket for Women

For the past few seasons of hiking, Marmot PreCip jacket was my constant companion. Downpours over the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye drizzles along the West Highland Way, occasional rains in Catalonia or the I-can't-believe-it's-summer thing in Iceland. No matter what the weather threw at me - I was fine with my hot-pink Marmot. 

The Quest to Lighten Up my Gear Continues!

A few months ago I wrote a guide to gradual upgrading your gear to lighten up the load. I have realized that instead of writing another “edit” in that post, I should just write a post describing where I’m at on this quest to shed weight off my back.

I needed to start with the big items – that’s where you see big differences. If I can shed 1 kg of weight with a different tent, there is really no sense obsessing over a 10g lighter spoon, right?

Gear Review: Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Mat for Women

I need to open this review with a disclaimer: I love to sleep and I like my comforts. Which means, that when I was first looking for a sleeping mat, I didn’t even consider getting just a foam mattress. As my budget was quite limited and I had to buy a lot of gear, I settled for a self-inflatable mat by Vango. It served me well throughout my hiking in Scotland and Spain. It was easy to use and pretty comfortable. But when I was getting ready for this summer trip I decided to upgrade my sleeping mat. As much as the Vango mat was a good option it was (as all mats of this type are) heavy and big.

Awesome Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, and Travelers

Are you on a quest to find the perfect Christmas gift for your hiking/camping/traveling loved ones that doesn't drain your bank account? You are in the right place! Below you will find budget Christmas gift ideas for all the outdoorsy types! 

It might feel a bit intimidating at first to pick something from the thousands of possible items, especially if you are not a hiker yourself. But don't worry! Hikers and travelers love practical things to add to their (probably already big) gear collection.

Believe me, there is no such a thing as too much gear! Most of the items below can work also as the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers or the daily Hanukkah "gelt" gifts! Rejoice!

How to Choose the Right Camping Cookware

The moment you decide to take the big step into camping is the one you have to grab some camping cookware. The variety available to hikers and campers nowadays is a bit dizzying so I am here to help you navigate your way in the wild kitchen.

By the way - are you thinking about going camping but are kind of unsure about the whole thing? Let me help you! Learn a few tips and enjoy the solo camping adventures!

If the only thing that comes to your mind when you think of camping pots are the old school aluminum scouts' pots, you are about to be in for a surprise! Although you probably can still buy those, I have no idea why anyone would.

Your Complete Summer Iceland Packing List

I am so happy you plan on visiting Iceland! This country is stunningly beautiful and I am sure you will have the time of your life! I know I had :)

I am guessing you are wondering how to pack for the hiking trip so I am here to present you with a complete summer Iceland packing list!

At the end of July, I spent a week hiking along the Fimmvörðuháls and Laugavegur trails. Six days hiking through the most mind-blowing landscapes.

I was lucky that the weather was really nice. It was raining only a bit and most of the time only during the night. Only on the last day, there were heavy rains with icy winds. But I was prepared for the worst so didn't really have any problems facing whatever the Viking land would throw at me.

I want to make sure that your summer hiking and camping in Iceland will go as smoothly as mine. I hope you find this packing list and a variety of tips helpful!

Awesome Gift Ideas for Adventure Lovers!

Do you smell it in the air? Christmas and Hanukkah are coming!

Do you have any hikers, campers or travelers among your friends and family? Do you look for ideas that will really make them happy?

You found the perfect place!

I have searched the webs for Christmas gift ideas that every enthusiast of the Great Outdoors will appreciate!

I am sure you can find something here that fits your budget and your needs. Get inspired! Most of the items below are practical - because that's what we love!

Not another dust-collector on a shelf but really useful gadget or piece of hiking & camping equipment. 

Buying a Down Sleeping Bag? Here's All You Need to Know!

Choosing the right for you sleeping bag is a very important step in getting ready for an overnight backpacking adventure.

The variety of available choices can be quite overwhelming for a beginner. Looking at the price tags it’s pretty easy to notice quite a difference between synthetic and down bags.

Is it worth paying the high price? Read on, to find out all about the good, the bad and the ugly on down filling.

Budget Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers and Travelers! 30+ Gift Ideas All Under $30/£25!

Are you on a quest to find the perfect gift for your hiking/camping/traveling loved ones that doesn't drain your bank account?

You are in the right place! Below you fill find budget gift ideas for all the outdoorsy types! It might feel a bit intimidating at first to pick something from the thousands of possible items, especially if you are not a hiker yourself.

But don't worry! Hikers and travelers love practical things to add to their (probably already big) gear collection. All the items below are hand picked and below $30/£25. Perfect for a smaller gift or as stocking stuffers.

At the end, I also added some less practical and more fun gadgets travel-themed. We love to show our love for the Great Outdoors also at home!

I hope you find what you are looking for!

The Complete Packing List for Women Hiking & Camping Solo in Scotland

So you think about hiking in Scotland? Awesome!

I absolutely loved my month of trekking through the West Highland Way, parts of the Great Glen Way and on the Isle of Skye. The landscapes are captivating and pretty soon you are completely in love.

But to fully enjoy your trip to the Highlands you have to prepare. The weather can be tricky and wet. And don't let the term "summer" confuse you - you might encounter all possible seasons: from early spring's evening chills, through real summer heat to fall's cold rains and bitter winds.

No matter what the Scottish skies throw at you - be prepared with the right gear. Thank goodness this land is beautiful no matter the weather! I have prepared this complete packing list for women hiking & camping solo in Scotland to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.