When Everything on Your Trip Goes Wrong

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It will happen that there are days travelling will just be too much, too frustrating, and too chaotic: you’ve got to have no goal except to travel: to see and listen to the world around you, and let it imprint itself on you, in order to manage and keep down the stress.

When my boyfriend and I were on our camping trip last month in BC, we had a day where it felt like everything was going wrong.

That morning, we were in Banff, Alberta where it was raining just enough to leave you with a misty feeling, but wet enough to soak through the tarps I had laid beneath our tent. It was also the second day of our trip, so we hadn’t gotten into a morning routine yet and ended up just throwing everything in the back of the car in a chaotic mess, dry things perilously close to those wet and muddy, to get out of the campground before check-out time.

By evening we were in Revelstoke, BC and had hung up our tent and tarps to dry. We went to buy food and returned to have a fellow camper inform us that they had literally just chased a black bear out of our campsite ten minutes earlier. We thanked him for letting us know and cooked our dinner with an eye on the bushes surrounding the entire back side of the campsite.

Because we got a late start, we were also eating late and it was dark by the time we were sorting through the mess in the back of the car and setting up the tent, which is when I found our entire dish soap bottle exploded on the pillows, the sleeping bag, and half of the cookware.

 

In hindsight, it wasn’t so bad. We used a different blanket that night and slept together on the one less soapy pillow. In the morning, we did laundry and hung out the bags the cooking gear had been in to dry.

At the time, I had spent all day squished in the passenger seat of my car, maps and boots and bottles all over me with barely enough room for my feet, unable to see out the rear widow of my car and thinking about how we were going to be wet, cold and muddy all night.The soap explosion was just the icing on the cake.

That’s the thing about travelling though, you have to just go with it. Just roll with the punches and keep in mind that you literally have nothing to do except see and listen to the world around you, to discover new ways of life, culture, and people.

I am adamant about one thing: if you want to have a real trip, a life changing adventure, making discoveries and explorations and seeing things you never saw before, you have to let go of all your control and let the world imprint itself on you. Let the world just happen and take the side roads, follow the signs for 35 flavour soft serve ice cream and jump over the fences labelled NO TRESPASSING. Let the day develop as it will, keeping a good attitude, and no trip will ever get too stressful.

Become an Ace Packer!

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I’ve always packed up my life and moved around constantly. My parents had two homes when I was young so we went from one city to the other every weekend. I became a quick and thorough packer as a result of my constantly on-the-move life. Here are ten tips to help you remember everthing you’ll need for a weekend trip:

 

Ten Tips to Pack for a Weekend Trip in Ten Minutes


1.      When you’re packing your clothes always remember the easily forgotten essentials, like underwear, pajamas, and socks.

2.     Always bring more jackets than you will need, and if you can’t fit them in your bag, wear them in layers until you get to your destination. Who doesn’t like to be cozy?

3.     Use the acronym PMILK:

Phone, Money (cash, credit, and debit), your ID, Lipgloss (but trust me you’ll want a chapstick), and Keys.

4.     Chargers! For your laptop, for your phone, for your Ipod: forgetting your device chargers is both frustrating and inconvenient  when you’re traveling. If you’re traveliing internationally, make sure you have an adapter that suits the power outlets in that country.

5.    You are bound to forget something from your morning routine. Go through the steps you take to get ready every morning in your head to make sure you have everything from toothpaste, to deodorant, to bobby pins.

6.      Have at least one heavy duty cream with you, there is nothing worse than itchy, tight skin especially when you can’t move much for long periods of time. If you’re taking a plane, which is extremely dehydrating, double up on this rule and apply the cream before boarding.

7.     If you have glasses, bring a second pair or contacts in case your go-to pair breaks by accident. You have to be able to see the attractions!

8.     The nail file is the perfect medium between nail scissors and nail clippers. The scissors will often be confiscated in airports and pose a poking hazard to you or surrounding items in your bag, while clippers will do the job but leave you with misshapen nail tips. Files will smooth out nail tips and shorten nails without getting confiscated or poking holes in your favorite T-shirt.

9.     Bring three bags: One for hauling all your luggage (a suitcase, carry-on, duffel bag, etc.), a second one for active day trips that you won’t mind getting too roughed up (a backpack, zippered tote or drawstring backpack), and a small purse or clutch for holding just the essentials while walking around town.

10.     Simple medications can make trips much more enjoyable. Have a pain killer, anti-nausea pills, band-aids, polysporin, and kleenex on hand at all times. These basic items can help with everything from headaches to colds, spills, and blisters on your heels.

 

I hope these tips were unique and refreshing for you and help you to pack for your next weekend vacation, in your region, in the country, or internationally!

 

My three go-to bags: a duffel bag, drawstring backpack, and small zippered clutch.

My three go-to bags: a duffel bag, drawstring backpack, and small zippered clutch.

 

 

 

Welcome to Le Blooog: Travel Resource

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Welcome to LeBlooog!

Though I am not French, I have travelled to Paris, France and I wanted to create this blog as a travel resource for those of you just beginning travelling or who are looking for a little adventure to spice up their daily routines.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit many amazing places including Mexico, Hawaii, the UK, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago and Monaco internationally. I’ve visited the American states of Washington, California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and New York to name a few as well as the Canadian provinces of BC, my home province of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

My latest adventure? My boyfriend and I packed up my hatchback and went on a month long camping trip to British Columbia. It was a beautiful trip that taught me alot, as my first trip ‘on my own.’

What that did mean, was that I took September off from University (which doesn’t work well with the four year plan), so I enrolled for University at a school that delivers their programs through a self-guided, distance learning model.

I’ve been back home for about a month now and I am just itching to be back on the highways, discovering whatever is around the corner, looking at changing cultures and people and ways of life.

I hope you’ll find some exciting information here or some inspiration to go on your own adventure!

Best of luck,

Natasha

Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Sylvan Lake, Alberta