I made this myself! Cost to feed 4: $15.44 ($3.86 per person) Chicken Tenderloins ($4.75 for package of 8 at Walmart) Prego ($2.73 at Walmart) Noodles ($1.80 at Walmart) Mozzarella ($2.58 for a package at Walmart) Italian Panko ($1.98 at Walmart) Basil ($1.60 at Walmart) […]
Author: Katie Holehouse
The Ozark National Forest of Arkansas has absolutely captured my heart. In fact, this was my first camp and hike in the state of Arkansas. I have since become a seasoned veteran of the area, but have no fear, even beginners can start here (yes that was supposed to rhyme).
My boyfriend and I continue to go back to this forest even when we are looking for a new place to explore. I have slept in a cave, in a riverbed, on rocks, and on grass (the cave is my favorite spot). You can car camp or backpack and there is no shortage of spots to settle.
Many local gas stations (country kitchens in these parts) will have local maps of trailheads or camping locations for you to get your bearings so please take advantage of them! I went last week and still had to stop and get a map. Yes the old school kind where you actually have to know how to read to get somewhere.
The Goat Trail of Buffalo National River continues to be our favorite hike and it happens to land us right in our cave spot. This also happens to be the highest point from Mexico to the Smokey Mountains. And yes, I slept in this cave.
Packing for a Backpack Camp
Now, to appear to be an experienced camper, you DO NOT need to go out and spend a thousand dollars on equipment. Getting your gear set up for the first time won’t be cheap, but I can tell you what I have found to be necessities along the way:
- Helinox Big Agnes Chair ($99.95 at most outdoor retailers – and yes the bigger chair is better) – this chair is lightweight and packable which makes it easy to set up shop on any surface for the night
OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Sleeping Pad ($43.95 on Amazon) – this sleeping pad is the best bang for the buck and I have slept on even the most rocky, lumpy terrain with this baby
AEGISMAX Outdoor Urltra-Light Goose Down Sleeping Bag ($75.00 on Amazon) – lightweight and packable sleeping bag for any camp temperature and rated for 8 degrees Celsius
- Jet boiler Personal Cooking System ($49.95-99.95 at Academy Sports and Outdoors) – quickly boils water to make backpacking meals and coffee
The rest is really up to you. You will of course need things like utensils (88 cents at Walmart) to eat with, sacks to put clothes in (Osprey makes great ones in different sizes), food (Mountain House is delicious and inexpensive at Walmart), and hiking boots/shoes.
I did my first few hikes in regular tennis shoes, and I promise you will do your feet a favor by never making the same mistake I did. Merrell makes super comfortable hiking boots and shoes for men and women but my Patagonia train shoes have stayed the driest in wet weather.
Comment for any questions you might have about what to pack or where to go in Arkansas!
Yes, you heard me right. Carbaholics rejoice! It’s finally here…pasta that you can eat that your body will actually thank you for. You may see the ‘protein pasta’ that Barilla currently makes and think that this was a good way to hate yourself slightly less […]
Your Wallet Will Thank You
As stated in my ‘Best Fitness Motivation‘ post, you can’t beat the quality of Lululemon leggings. To purchase a pair as an investment in your own health is a great way to tell yourself that your wallet will hate you slightly less when you leave the store (I mean how much do we really have to feed ourselves anyways). But, there is an even better way to buy these butt beautifiers without committing paycheck suicide.
Since starting college, I wanted to find a way to look designer without being able to afford designer. We are at a crucial and life-altering impression-making point in our lives that we need to look the part for. That’s a lot of pressure to put on someone who thinks that Ramen is a good dinner! Plus, ‘look good feel good’ is a real mantra to live by. So I found an app that allowed me to do all of this without even leaving my own bed (which is a win all in itself).
Poshmark has made it possible for me to shop “New With Tag” items from the closets of women just like me all around the country. Perhaps someone received a pair of these Lululemon leggings on them for Christmas, but they were two sizes to big…their loss is my gain! They are able to sell these leggings through this app at whatever price they deem acceptable, and the most fun part is, I get to bargain with them! I’m currently on my 18th purchased pair of Lululemon pants/shorts and I’ve paid under 20$ for many of them. The best part is, they still had their $108 price tag on them.
Now, if you’re looking to sell through Poshmark, that’s a whole other blog post…stay tuned!!