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The Ultimate Snowboard Trip Packing List: Ski and Snowboarding Essentials

Your first time snowboarding or skiing can be exciting but a little scary at the same time. Since you don’t know what to expect then you have no idea what…

Your first time snowboarding or skiing can be exciting but a little scary at the same time. Since you don’t know what to expect then you have no idea what you should pack.

Making sure that you have everything that you need will make your trip even more exciting. Here is a complete snowboard trip packing list to make sure that you will be prepared.

ski and snowboard trip packing must haves

 

Jacket

Since you are going to be in the cold snow you must make sure that you stay warm and dry. You should try to find a waterproof and insulated ski jacket.

Waterproof Ski Pants

You will also need some waterproof snow pants. Invest in some good comfortable ones that will last you awhile.

Snowboard

If it is your first time snowboarding you might not be ready to invest in a snowboard. Fortunately, most ski lodges offer rental equipment so that you don’t have to purchase your boots, ski, and snowboard.

If you do decide to purchase a snowboard for the trip don’t forget to get a snowboard bag and lock.

Gloves

You will want to make sure that your hands stay warm in the icy cold mountain air. Make sure you invest in some quality waterproof snow gloves or mittens. Either will work, just make sure that they say waterproof before you purchase.

Sweaters & Jackets

When you are hanging out at the lodge after your done skiing you will want to have sweatshirts or jackets to stay warm in. Since most ski coats are bulky and it might be dirty or wet from wearing it all day you will want to have backup options for keeping warm.

Warm Hat

Find a warm snow hat. There are a ton of different styles and colors just find something that is comfortable and covers your ears and forehead to keep you warm.

Base Layer

When you are spending the day skiing down the slopes you can get cold and wet fast. That is why you should alway have a thermal base layer. You can wear this base layer under your regular clothes and put your ski clothes over, or just the base layer and your ski clothes.

Snow Boots

Since ski and snowboard boots are very uncomfortable to walk around in, you will need some snow boots. Find a pair that is comfortable so your feet will stay dry even when you are off the mountain.

Water Proof Socks

Most ski shops carry ski/snowboard socks. They are a bit different from traditional socks since they are very insulated and made of a water proof material. They are also taller. Most ski socks cover your feet and your calf’s.

Sunglasses

When the sun comes out you will want to make sure that you have sunglasses. Not only are they good for protecting your eyes against the sunlight. The sunglasses also help to keep your eyes dry from moisture in the air and keep them warm so that you don’t have cold windy air blowing right in your eyes when you are skiing down the hill.

Sunscreen

This is another must have for a day on the slopes. This is also something that many people tend to think that they don’t need. It’s actually easier to get a sunburn in the snow since the sunlight reflects off the white snow and bounces right on your face.

You will want to apply it before you start snowboarding even if the suns not out yet. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean you aren’t going to get burned.

Chapstick

Nothing makes your lips dryer than cold air and wind. You should bring some good quality chapstick and keep it in your ski jacket pocket so that you can reapply it all day.

 

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California Bucket List Ideas: Top 15 Things You Must Do!

Looking to plan some fun adventures in California. Here are some of my favorite California Bucket list ideas to plan your next adventure in California. California Bucket List Ideas 1….

Looking to plan some fun adventures in California. Here are some of my favorite California Bucket list ideas to plan your next adventure in California.

California Bucket List Ideas

1. Visit Burney Falls

burney falls

Nicked name the “eight wonder of the world” Burney Falls is a must for your California bucket list. This 126ft tall waterfall falls down the fern covered face.

Located about 60 miles northeast of Redding, CA, the icy snow melt water is too cold to swim, but you will not be disappointed. It is only a short hike down a trail and some stair to the viewing deck. Don’t forget to take pictures, it is a sight you will want to remember.

2. Hike to The Hollywood Sign

hollywood sign

The iconic Hollywood sign can be viewed from areas all over the LA area. Its even more amazing to hike up to it and see it up close. Only a short hike from LA there are a few different trail options.

The trail is about 3 miles and takes about 2-3 hours to hike. Once you get to the top you will not be disappointed when you are looking over the hollywood sign with the LA city area in the back ground.

3. Drive Big Sur Coastline

big sur coast line

One of the most popular coastline drives in the world. If you are in California this is one road trip that you will not want to miss. Stretching 90 miles south of Carmel to Point Lobos.

You will enjoy weaving along costal cliffside with the amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Don’t forget to make some stops along the way to take in the experience.

4. Explore Fern Canyon

fern canyon

Another must add to your California Bucket List ideas. Fern canyon is like no other destination. Located in Humboldt county (northern ca). Fern Canyon is located after a moderate 5 mile hike.

Once you reach the narrow canyon you will enjoy the walls around you completely covered in luxuriant ferns and mosses.

5. See the Rocks Move at Death Valley

death valley

Rocks moving by themselves! Is this really possible? Yes… located in Death Valley National park these rock are unlike any other.

The rare phenomenon causes these rocks to move across the dry lakebed leaving a trail behind. Each rock can move up to 100 feet in a day!

6. See the Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point

golden gate bridge vista point

If you have never been to the Golden Gate, you are in for a treat. The massive size and beauty of the bridge is breathtaking. Its an even more amazing view from Vista Point.

Just a short walk from a nearby parking lot, you will get a view of the Golden Gate like no other. It would be even more amazing to watch the sunset.

7. Go Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

california bucket list ideas napa valley

If you haven’t gone wine tasting in Napa Valley you need plan a trip. There is over 400 wineries in Napa Valley so you can pick and choose what wineries to visit, or take a guided wine tasting tour to multiple locations.

Napa valley not only has the best wines, you will be surrounded by beautiful view of the wine county and cute hotels. This just might be the most relaxing adventure you add to your CA bucket list ideas.

8. Walk the Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes

cypress tree tunnel point reyes

Cypress Tree Tunnel of Point Reyes is located in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The row of cypress trees has literally grown over the road to create a tunnel.

You will want to go very early in the morning to get good pictures since it gets busy. It is also so beautiful at sunset. Its such a cool and unique spot that you might want to go both times.

9. Ski or Snowboard Tahoe

ski or snowboard lake tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most famed ski and snowboard destinations in the world. About 90 minutes from Sacramento Tahoe is known for beautiful scenic views of the lake.

There are many ski & snowboard resorts sprinkled around the Tahoe area. You can’t beat an adventured filled day plus a beautiful scenic view.

10. View Where Trash has Turned to Treasure at Glass Beach

california bucket list ideas glass beach

Glass beach located in Fort Bragg is one of the most popular seaside attractions in the small little beach town. There are actually three glass beaches.

Each one of them were former dump sites where people pushed trashed over the cliff onto the beach. Through the years the beaches formed a beautiful sea glass now know as glass beach.

11. See The Largest Tree in The World

california bucket list ideas general sherman tree

In the Sequoia National Park stands that tallest tree in the world. The tree, called General Sherman, stands 275 feet tall, and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base.

It is only about a half mile walk from the parking lot to the tree. While the trail is short and easy you will be amazed at the massive size of this tree. Getting to visit the tallest tree in the world, that is pretty cool!

12. Eat Seafood at Fishermans Warf

california bucket list ideas fishermans warf

Right in the heart of San Fransisco, you can really enjoy the sea side experience and taste some of the best seafood around all while enjoying the beautiful view of the bay.

Locate within walking distance to pier 39 and other popular San Francisco attractions. You don’t want to leave the San Fransisco experience off your California bucket list.

13. Walk Up Salvation Mountain

salvation mountain

Get inspired at Salvation Mountain. Located in southern California about an hour from palm springs. Created from the imagination of one man wanting to pass on the message of gods love.

It has been 28 years  in the making and is a colorfull sight to see. There is a parking lot right next to the mountain, so it is very easily accessible.

14. Watch the sun set at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

sunset cliffs

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park area is a 68-acre park on the western edge of Point Loma. The cliffs overlook the pacific creating the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset.

Sunset cliffs is an amazing point that really makes you stop and think while enjoying the rugged cliffside views at sunset.

15. Visit Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

santa monica pier california

To really enjoy the California vibe you will not want to miss out on a trip to the Santa Monica Pier. Located right on the pacific ocean you can walk out onto the pier that offers, restaurants, an arcade, events, and a even an amusement park.

Whats better than riding your favorite rides right on the pacific! You can also explore the fun town of Santa Monica a popular beachside town.

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Ted Talks About Travel: Discover the Top 5 Travel Videos

Here are my top favorite TED Talks about Travel and adventure that remind me that taking a trip is so much more than just going somewhere new. Ted Talks About…

Here are my top favorite TED Talks about Travel and adventure that remind me that taking a trip is so much more than just going somewhere new.

Ted Talks About Travel

Everyday I dream about traveling and plan my list of new adventures. Sometimes we just need a little reminder to suppress our fears and go after what our heart wants. Traveling can be scary, but it can also be the most rewarding experience ever. I hope that these Ted Talks About Travel get you inspired as much as they do me.

1. Robin Esrock: Learn to Travel, Travel to Learn

My favorite travel inspo video that I have found so far. Honestly one of by biggest fears is getting to the end of my life and having regrets. This video touches on the regrets of not traveling. The hardest part about a new adventure is making the decision to go, and not letting our fears stop us.

The video does a great job of taking the fear out of travel and also taking the fear out of decisions. It reminds me that whatever decision I make has to be the right one as long as it is not made in fear.

“Get off the couch, switch off reality TV and start participating in reality itself.” – Robin Esrock

2. Francis Tapon: How and Why Travel Transforms You

One of my favorite TED talks about travel it does a great job of explaining how you can actually find yourself through travel. Even if you don’t feel like your life is bad, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be better.

Sometimes a challenge or an adventure really brings out what is inside you and learning who you really are and what happens. Travel and adventure is much more that having fun it can really transform you and how you see the world. Challenge your self to find your purpose and your passion.

“What would you do with your time if you had a billion dollars? Whatever the answer to that question is, that’s probably your passion.” -Francis Tapon

3. Rick Steves: The Value of Travel

Rick Steves reflects on the value of thoughtful travel. In his video he explains why spending all of his time and money away from home has broadened his perspective, and enriched his life. He tells some funny stories about really connecting to people and opening yourself up to new cultures. That is the real value in travel.

“Fear is for people who don’t get out very much.” -Rick Steves

4. Ginger Kern: The Key to Living a Life of Adventure

You don’t have to be a “traveler” to travel and chase adventure. The secret to keeping a travelers mindset is to see life as an adventure. You don’t have to be in another country to have an adventure you can explore right in your home town. She reveals how 3 important questions can really open your mindset and develop a travelers mindset. Maybe we don’t have to actually travel we just need to open our mind?

Travelers mindset is the key to having adventures in your everyday life. Living a life on fire, and most importantly, connecting to the people around you. -Ginger Kern

5. Matthew Trinetti: Say ‘Yes’ to Your Adventure

Are you going to say yes to your call to adventure? Matthew explores recognizing the call to your own personal adventure and more importantly the courage and decision to say yes. He explains how you can find faith in ourselves, in our dreams, and in the magic that can occur when we decide to say ‘Yes” to adventure.

When we say yes to adventure, our life becomes the adventure, and we become the hero. -Matthew Trinetti

In life we sometimes tend to separate ourselves from others. We see people living a life that we would love to live (traveling, happiness, going after their dreams) and we tend to give ourselves excuses as to why we can’t live like that too.

Or even worse we get jealous and mad. (I hate to admit it, but I have) What if we could take these negative feelings and let it fuel our passion to follow our own life path? What if we could change something in ourselves now to change our own ending? Write our own book?

I am challenging myself to no longer accept my excuses for going after my dreams and I hope that you might join me. I feel like every one of these inspiring Ted Talks about travel address my current and past excuses that have held me back from my life purpose.

I hope that you love them as much as I do. Be open (without judgement) to what each persons journey has taught them and be courageous to following your dreams.

Need more inspiration? Check out my top adventure quotes to get ready for your next destination!

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What to Pack for the Beach | The Ultimate Beach Vacation List

Stressed about what to pack for the beach? Here is a list to make sure that you have all the essentials covered. Follow this beach packing list and you will…

Stressed about what to pack for the beach? Here is a list to make sure that you have all the essentials covered.

Follow this beach packing list and you will have everything you need for a day (or longer) full of fun!

What to Pack for the Beach?

What to Pack for the Beach

 

The Essentials: (things you must bring)

Sunscreen

You want to soak up that amazing sunshine but its never work risking your skin. Skin cancer is for real and it is never fun to have a sunburn. To make sure that you protect yourself from harmful uv rays you will want to bring a waterproof sunscreen.

Beach Towel

Another must have for the beach is a beach towel. You will be happy you have your beach towel when you need to dry off after a swim. Also, it is great to spread out on the sand so that you can lay down and relax.

Swim Suit

If you are going to the beach to swim or just to get some sun you won’t want to forget your swim suit or swim trunks for men. I suggest finding a comfortable suit that fits well so that you can enjoy your beach time and feel great at the same time.

Shorts + Tank Top

I love to bring my favorite jean shorts and a tank top. Tank tops are great because you wont get a tan line, and you will want to have a pair to shorts to throw on if you need them. Easy to wear to the beach and to put over your suit when leaving.

Beach Cover Up

Don’t forget a beach cover up. They are great to put over you suits and wear around while exploring the beach. Since they are light you will feel comfortable, cool and relaxed.

Hat

This is a must for men and women. A hat will keep your hair back and out of your face (you will be glad if its windy) all while keeping the sun out of your eyes. I love hats because they look so beachy and stylish too.

Sunglasses

The beach is sunny! That is why you will want to bring your sunglasses. You want don’t want to have to be blocking the sun and trying squinting all day.

Beach Blanket

You should bring at least one or more beach blankets. You will need this to lay out on the sand so that you have somewhere to sit all your stuff and hang out all day without getting sand everywhere. Its also great to have an extra blanket, depending on the beach and time you will be going, it can get very color and windy. You will be happy you have a blanket to snuggle up in.

Flip Flops

Don’t forget your flip flops. The next best thing to walking barefoot on the beach. Quick to get on and off. Plus you can get them sandy and wet and they will stay clean and dry quick. You don’t want to be trying to squeeze into sandy wet socks and shoes at the end of the day.

Water Bottle

Since you can’t drink the salty beach water you will want to bring some fresh clean water. Bring some water bottles and fill them with water and ice to keep them cool all day. I personally love the stainless steel ones because they keep your water cold so much longer.

Beach Bag

You will need something to carry everything when finding your perfect spot on the beach. A beach bag is great because they are normally big so you can fit everything that you need all in one. Also, they are normally water proof or easily washable so you don’t have to worry about getting it dirty in the sand.

The Essentials for Families:

Beach Toys:

Kids love playing in the sand. Most off all they love building sand castles. Bringing a sand castle building set of some beach toys will give the kids something fun and creative to do.

Beach Tent or Shade:

A quick pop up tent or shade is suggested for kids because they can enjoy the beach and have a shaded spot to get out of the sun and wind if needed. Also, its great to have if they take a nap you wont have to worry about the sun shining down on them and they can have a comfortable and quite place to relax.

Small Ice Chest or Cooler Bag:

If you are going to be at the beach all day, you should bring some lunch and snacks. A small portable cooler is my favorite because they are light and easy to carry and still keep everything cool.

Life Jacket

If your kids are not great swimmers you should bring some life jackets. Depending on where you are going beach wave can be very strong and you want to make sure the kids are safe.

Chairs:

Foldable beach chairs will be perfect for your family to relax in when not swimming or laying out on the sand. I love the low back ones for the beach since you still feel like you are right on the sand.

Body Boards:

If you have never been body boarding its so fun. It is the perfect kid friendly beach activity. They can use the body boards to float on in the water and catch some small waves. You might love it too!

The Extras (you don’t need but you might want):

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker:

If you love listening to music as much as I do then I suggest bringing to waterproof bluetooth speaker. This way your entire group can enjoy your playlist from your phone. Its nice to relax on the beach and listen to your favorite songs.

Camera (waterproof):

It is so easy to get distracted and drop your phone or camera in the water or sand. When going to the beach you might want to get a waterproof camera or get a water proof cover for your phone. You will want to have awesome picture of your day but you don’t want to a ruined camera.

Bug Spray:

Depending on the beach that you are visiting there can sometimes be lots of bugs. I love to get the bug repellent towelettes since they are super small and easy to throw in the beach bag. You might not need them but just in case. You don’t want to end your day covered in bites.

Lip Balm:

Every time I go to the beach my lips get super dry and chapped. It must be the sun and salt air, but I always make sure that I bring chap stick so that my lips aren’t in pain all day.

Surf, Kyak, or Paddle Boards:

If you looking for a beach adventure you might want to check into renting some watersports beach equipment. Most popular beach spots will have beach rental equipment shops nearby and even lessons that you can sign up for. If you have always wanted to try a beach sport now is the time. I have tried surfing. It wasn’t easy but it was amazing getting to see the beach from a different perspective.

Wet Suit:

If its not the middle of summer or you are going to a cooler beach, then you might want to buy or rent a wetsuit. Sometimes ocean water can be ice cold and you don’t want to sit out on the fun.

Extra Bags:

When you leave the beach you are going to have wet and sandy towels clothes and blankets. You don’t want to put everything back into your dry beach bag or you will have a sandy mess. I bring waterproof bags to put all my stuff that is sandy or damp into. This make it really easy to wash too since all the dirty stuff is already separated out.

What to pack the beach list:

Here is a free printable list to help you get ready for the beach. Beach Packing List

Have fun!!

I hope that this list helps you to know exactly what to pack for the beach and takes the stress out of preparing so that you can focus on having a great time.

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Top 20 Outdoor Adventure Quotes to Inspire You Today

Lets get inspired together with my favorite outdoor adventure quotes of all time. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like there is nothing you can do…

Lets get inspired together with my favorite outdoor adventure quotes of all time. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like there is nothing you can do to to change it.

You start to feel depressed, uninspired and board with life. I have felt like this more times than I want to admit.

Best Outdoor Adventure Quotes

The best thing to start feeling alive and hopeful again is to get out and take an adventure.

The adventure that fuels your soul might be different than mine, but together we will strive to follow our hearts and live life doing the things that excite us. I hope that you love all these outdoor adventure quotes.

1. You will never know until you go

You will never know until you go.

2. Adventures don’t come calling like unexpected cousins calling from out of town. You have to go looking for them. — Unknown

Yes! This one really hits me hard. There are things on “my list” of life that I would love to do. This quote reminds me that they are’t going to come to me. If I am going to check adventures off my list I have to go find them.

3. Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure.

Every adventure is fun. When I plan for a trip or activity it is exciting. Even the planing and dreaming about what I am going to do is feels amazing. But surprisingly some of the truest felt adventures are unplanned. Never underestimate the power of spontaneity.

Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure.

4. Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be. – Steve Pavlina

Don't die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be. -Steve Pavlina

5. If you think adventure us dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal. – Paulo Coelho

Thinking about this quote really takes the fear out of adventure. Paulo Coelho also has some great books if you are looking for something to read that will make you want to travel. His book The Alchemist is a must read.

The fear of going new places and trying scary things stops so many from living life. I have to admit I am guilty of this. Yes, sometimes its scary and dangerous to chase after our dreams but not nearly as scary and soul crushing as letting fear stop us.

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it's lethal. -Paulo Coelho

6. If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority. – Richard Branson

7. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. – Jennifer Lee

This is one of my favorites. Every time I read it it – I can feel the power of it. Sometimes I have to remind myself not to let my fears keep me trapped in my comfort zone. When you find what makes you really excited for life be fearless in the pursuit of it.

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. -Jennifer Lee

8. The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure. – Joseph Campbell

9. Adventure is worthwhile. – Aristotle

If there is anything in life worthwhile it is adventure. We must not let the fears of the future and the uncertainty of the present stop us. We can do anything that we decide in life. Lets make adventure priority.

10. Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage. – Paulo Coelho

Travel is never a matter of money but courage. -Paul Coelho

I am getting excited already! The first 10 really inspire me to want to go on a outdoor adventure. They do a great job of reminding me how important it is do follow my heart.

The next 10 really put into words that feeling that an amazing adventure can create. They remind me of the excitement and passion that I can experience in life if I choose to follow my bliss.

11. Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.

Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.

12. Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life. – John Amatt

This is one of my favorites out of all the outdoor adventure quotes. Adventure is different for everyone. Sometimes an adventure brings you across the globe, jumping out of a plane, or climbing a mountain. These are exciting things most people would define as adventure.

When I think of adventure it doesn’t have to be anything crazy (but sometimes it is), it is really just the attitude that you learn to make you life exciting. Driving to the store or exploring your own town can be a wild adventure depending on your mindset.

Adventure isn't having on a side of a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles in life. -John Amatt

 

13. One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

14. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. -Helen Keller

 

15.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

16. It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. -Sir Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. -Sir Edmund Hillary

 

 

17. Feel the fear – Do it anyway.

18. Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This one feels so airy and light. Makes me want to go outside and jump in the ocean and soak up the sun and appreciate the goodness of life.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

19. One way to get the most out of life is to look at it as an adventure.

When traveling somewhere, things aren’t always going to go as planned. There will be set backs and surprises, and things that go better or worse than expected.

This is not only what we experience on a trip – this is what we experience in life! Just like a trip, the adventure we get out of it isn’t what happens, but how we look at it. Keep a mindset of adventure (use these outdoor adventure quotes to help) and everyday will be new and exciting.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

 

20. Die with memories, not with dreams.

outdoor adventure quotes

 

 

Are you going do put aside your fears? I am making my dreams reality and I hope that these quotes will inspire you to do the same. The ultimate regret in life is looking back and wishing that we would have chased our dreams.

Adventure is about stepping out of our comfort zones and doing the things that really get us excited. I hope that these outdoor adventure quotes inspire you to take your own adventure. Lets start making memories!

If you would like some travel inspiration check out the best Ted Talks about travel.

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