How To Make Dehydrated Yogurt For a Yummy, Healthy Snack

Vanilla yogurt spread out on a dehydrator sauce sheet.

Quite a few years ago now, I began experimenting with dehydrating foods such as our own hand-picked berries. At first, one of our main uses for the dried berries was to make trail mix for our backcountry trips. But I soon realized that I could easily diversify the foods we eat while out on the trail by making […]

How to Make the Best Natural Bug Spray Recipe with Kombucha Vinegar

We bring our natural bug spray on every hiking and camping trip!

Every spring, we’re happy to see the sunshine return, for the days to lengthen, and the warmth to tempt us outdoors. But the first few months of the season can be tough to enjoy, when the bugs are out in full swing, bringing annoyance and discomfort. Of course there are some pretty powerful bug sprays out there, but […]

Meal Plans, Packing Lists, and Tips For Casual Backcountry Paddlers

Casual backcountry paddlers will love this easily accessible spot in French River.

I recently shared our hiking meal plans and packing lists, and I gave out some great packing tips, too. Since we go on the occasional short canoe trip as well, we have meal plans, packing lists, and packing tips for casual backcountry paddlers as well. In fact, since we’re always packed and ready to go, our paddling meal […]

Packing Tips For Backcountry Hikers

We're on our way to sharing our packing tips for backcountry hikers...

Now that I’ve shared my backcountry meal plans and packing lists, it’s time to put it all together with these packing tips for backcountry hikers. You’ll need to know what’s in those posts to follow this one, so take a moment to read them if you haven’t already. So, once we get all our gear together, it’s time […]

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Packing Lists for Backcountry Hikers

Three packing lists for backcountry hikers: camping, hiking, and cooking.

We’ve learned a lot while making many adjustments to our packing lists for backcountry hikers over the years. I recently decided that since it took us so much trial and error finally to figure out how to properly plan and pack for a backcountry trip, I would share our meal plans and packing lists for hikers and casual […]

Meal Plans for Backcountry Hikers

Meal plans for backcountry hikers can include dehydrated meals, eggs, energy bars, tea, and oatmeal.

It took us a few years of trial and error before we finally felt comfortable with our go-to backpacking meal plans and packing lists. At first, we made the rookie mistake of bringing way too much heavier stuff on backcountry hiking trips. Later on, we realised that we could (and sometimes should) be bringing different foods on paddling […]

Backcountry Gear Shopping in Toronto

Our new backcountry gear: two backpacks, dehydrated meals, organizer bags, microfiber towels, mosquito net, camp-sized salt and pepper shakers...

Every spring, we take inventory of our backcountry gear and stock up for the hiking and camping season. This year, we both needed new backpacks so we decided to take a road trip and do some backcountry gear shopping in Toronto. It’s important to try on a backpack for sizing and fit, and online descriptions are often incomplete […]

Layering Winter Wear for Warmth

Layering winter wear for warmth is important when snowshoeing, like during this outing on Lac Clair in French River.

Staying warm outdoors in winter is all about layers. Layering winter wear for warmth is simple once you know the tricks: a thin, non-absorbent, moisture-wicking, and fast-drying base layer that fits snug to the skin; a loose insulating layer in the middle; a warm, breathable, and protective layer on the outside. From toe to head and inside-outwards, here’s […]

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