My name is Sarah and I am one of the Shop Assistants at Pantry. I am often the one to write these blog posts, so it is so nice to officially introduce myself!
My family loves to go camping. And when I say we love it… I mean we LOVE it! Whether it is camping in a tent, trailer, or backpacking through the wilderness… We do it all! Last summer, we squeezed in 5 camping trips + 2 backpacking trips. This year, many of our adventures have changed due to COVID, but my family was able to camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park over the weekend. It was about 3 hours from Reno and so beautiful! The park has miles of hiking trails, and small mountain lakes to kayak, fish or swim. Because of the elevation, the snow had recently melted + it was like springtime. There were meadows with wild flowers + everything was so lush and green. We had a great time + were able to safely maintain social distancing mandates, while enjoying the forest and fresh mountain air! Mostly, it was so nice to be able to get out of the house. I was feeling like I have spent too many hours on the couch watching Netflix + on my phone, reading news articles. It was remarkable to be without cell service for a few days, hiking, eating good camp food, star gazing, and sitting by the fire with my family. I needed to reset + get away for a bit, and Lassen Volcanic National Park was perfect! I would highly recommend the park to any of my fellow camping friends.
I brought some of my favorite Pantry Products with me on our trip. I was packing in a rush, so there were quite a few things I forgot. (P.S. Does that happen to anyone else?! I’m always forgetting something before a trip!) Anyway, the travel size products are great to throw in your duffle bag or hiking pack. Here’s what I brought with me!
Bugs-Be-Gone Spray is a must for any adventure outside. A little goes a long way + boy, is it effective! I managed through the whole trip without any mosquito bites or noticing any pesky bugs flying near me. With ingredients of distilled water, witch hazel, vitamin e, vegetable glycerin, lemongrass, cedarwood, lavender, lemon, + peppermint essential oils, this stuff smells great and works even better! I loved not needing to use citronella candles or any harsh, chemical sprays. I threw it in my hiking pack + applied a few sprays during the day, and was good to go!
Happy Cramper was a great for our hard hikes! With sage, majoram, ginger, geranium and cinnamon essential oils, this mighty roller ball soothed my achy muscles on our trip. I was so glad I brought it! Also, it was the perfect size to keep in the small pocket.
The healing Boo-Boo Balm is something good to have on hand. This little guy has so many functions! It is an all-natural salve for use on scrapes, scratches, bug bites, and other minor skin irritations. It is made from a base containing anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and moisturizing organic coconut. Boo-Boo balm is scented with tea tree, lavender and frankincense essential oils, so it is smells so nice! We did a night hike to go star gazing, and I scratched my arm on a branch. But the Boo-Boo balm helped heal my scrape right away!
Of course you need to bring sunscreen when you are camping. I threw the travel size in my bag for hiking. Our Sunscreen Stick is so compact + effective! I love that it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy or contain any harsh chemicals! With nourishing organic coconut oil + shea butter, the Sunscreen Stick definitely blocked evil rays from harming my fair skin. And boy, do I sunburn SO easily! It’s a Pantry favorite for a reason!
My least favorite part of camping is not sleeping well. I often struggle with restful sleep, but it generally is worse when I am camping or in an unfamiliar place. I used the Sweet Dreams Essential Spray to spritz my pillow + sleeping bag before bed. The lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang and cedarwood essential oils are so relaxing. The scent calmed me + helped me sleep better. Essential sprays also help kill germs, while smelling heavenly. Even my husband said he slept better.
I can’t go anywhere lately without my Nourishing Nightime Cream. For any of my dry skin friends out there, this stuff is amazing! It is a rich, emollient cream, with aloe gel, rosehip oil, along with neroli, lavender, and chamomile essential oils. Rosehip oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines. It also fights signs of aging. I always apply at night + wake up with softer skin.
Last summer, I went on a backpacking trip with my friend. We had a long, hard day of hiking, and finally made it to the lake we planned to stay at for the night. We were tired + sore, and were doing our final hike out the next morning. She and I were soaking our aching feet in the water, staring into the tree line. She commented how the trees were simply up here in the forest, growing. That was all they did, no matter what was going on in the world. She said that she spends her weeks constantly worrying about small things in her life, stressing at work and always running herself into the ground. But the trees…they just grew. When we were camping, I remembered her words. I think we can only carry so much stress + burdens on our shoulders. Even though life is crazy, hasn’t it always been a little crazy? My hope is that we can put the crazy on hold for a few hours this week, grab our necessary things to go on small adventure, and get out for awhile. Because the trees get to simply grow. And I think we all deserve a pause, so we can grow too.
As always, I hope everyone is safe and well. Here’s to your next adventure, whenever or whatever it may be!