Adventure Chat #3 - Camping

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When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, about a month ago I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday's at 10 am pst. It's a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else's adventures. I've had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I've taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A's in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on Travelogx.com. For the third chat, I had the awesome co-host @TravelPassionis talking about one of my favorite summertime subjects; camping! Here are the questions and transcripts from that chat.

Questions:

Q1. What is your camping style? Glamping or minimalist? Why?

Q2. Where is your favourite camping spot? Share a photo.

Q3. What is your top camping tip?

Q4. What is the one piece of camping gear that never fails you?

Q5. Have you had a camping trip that didn't go to plan? Why?

Q6. What is your one must-have luxury item to take camping?

Q7. If you could go camping anywhere where would it be? Why? Share a photo.

• @monicagoesshow Alright everyone! Here we go! Welcome to #adventurechat with our awesome co-host @TravelPassionis. Who’s with us today?

• @TravelPassionis Hola! From Spain everyone. Welcome to #Adventurechat Thank you to @monicagoesshow for having me co-host today :) How is everyone?

• @momfari Tweeting here from #Colorado! :-) #adventurechat

• @_girlwhotravels Hi everyone! #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 Hey all Greetings from Incredible India :)#AdventureChat

• @driveonleft Hi all - from London! #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures checking in from Saskatchewan #adventurechat

• @VisitTheMitten Good afternoon from the state of #Michigan. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/r4oFkFeraM

• @monicagoesshow We’ve got people from everywhere today! I love it! #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis Q1. What is your camping style? Glamping or minimalist? Why? #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A1: minimalist, but if someone wants to bring all the glamping stuff, I’ll take it…and eat it…and sleep on it…;) #adventurechat

• @driveonleft A1: I can go basic, except for the necessities: air mattress, cold beer, bug spray :) #adventurechat

@_girlwhotravels A1: Id say glamping if I'm in Europe and minimalist when in Asia/Middle East - I like to mix things up! #AdventureChat

• @TravelPassionis A1. I prefer a campervan to a tent as its quick to set up, comfortable and you can move easily. #adventurechat #travel

• @monicagoesshow @driveonleft beer is always a must! or wine at least! #adventurechat

• @trrripcom A1 - Minimalist - if you're going to camp, camp. If you're going to want luxury, stay in a hotel! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow @driveonleft basically as long as there’s booze, I’m a happy camper…quite literally! #adventurechat

• @momfari  A1 GLAMPING. Not high-maintenance but LOTS of planning required to camp. Car camping and beyond 4 me! :-) #adventurechat

• @Gearminded We would be slightly in between. We have too much gear to be considered minimalist. #adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster A1 minimalist. Glamping is pretty much like staying in a hotel isn't it? 😉 #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures A1 Both. Minimalist when travelling solo, like to have some extras when camping with the fam #adventurechat

• @MyTripThisYear A1- minimalist definitely I prefer the natural look when camping #adventurechat

• @hovelstay a healthy in between - camping takes planning! #AdventureChat

• @trailtopeak A1: I prefer minimal camping. I don't want my outdoor experience to feel like home.#adventurechat

• @Airstream2Go A1. Glamping! You can get as hands-on as you want, but you’re still able to relax. #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis I agree, different places better serve different types. #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 A1 Glamping...I love it #AdventureChat

• @driveonleft Fair enough - do you travel with tiny stoves and sports gear as well as the normal stuff? #adventurechat

• @_girlwhotravels  exactly! I love roughing or glamming it up depending on the surroundings! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow Can I just say it makes me giggle a little when the boys say “glamping” #adventurechat

• @hovelstay Camping style depends on where you're going #AdventureChat not much planning required when you're going beach camping. @monicagoesshow

• @driveonleft  Wait - is an airstream considered glamping or minimalist?? :) #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow @hovelstay Gotta love some beach camping every now and then! #adventurechat

• @ankit1989 Adventure kit and sleeping bags #AdventureChat

• @hovelstay @trailtopeak just the essentials - we're down with that #adventurechat

• @driveonleft I just got back from a beach holiday and with ALL THE SAND how can you deal? Sand everywhere! #adventurechat

• @hovelstay  ha ha lots of tarp and sand kicking discipline! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow  More wine? It’s not too much different then mud in the woods just dry and with the ocean as a shower #adventurechat

• @hovelstay yes! Jalama Beach is first come first serve - the only planning you'll do is make sure you're up early! #adventurechat

• @SGSwritereditor A1: Once upon a time, we all camped. Now we don't. That's progress. Pamper me please. @TravelPassionis #adventurechat

• @AmandaaaCar A1 Minimalist! Less is more. I won't have to worry about as much stuff. Makes me feel more visceral. #adventurechat

• @BGJensen A1: Sleeping in a tent is minimalism. Luxury is what you find outside. #adventurechat

• @gorgonzola51 I hurt my leg when I was dressed to the nines so I started glimping. #AdventureChat

• @smileyangelaw A1. I pack my entire wardrobe and then some #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A1: if I'm camping - it's minimalist. If I want luxury I'll stay in a hotel! #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog #adventurechat A1: Minimalist I'd say. If you got to pack and carry all this stuff, you're thinking twice about needs. ;-)

• @travel_grl Sorry to be so late for #adventurechat.A1 - When camping absolute minimalist, only the essentials. A2 - Colorado Rocky Mountains!

• @HotMamaTravel A1: I'll admit I'm a glamper. I camp in an RV so I have the best of both worlds! #adventurechat

• @SamanthaDancy Ok catching up A1 glamping when I'm at home in the UAE, minimalist when I'm away :) #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis Q2. Where is your favourite camping spot? Share a photo. #adventurechat

• @AmandaaaCar A2 @PureMichigan has some epic camping locations. Grew up camping at @SleepingBearNPS #adventurechat

• @hovelstay I actually cabined it up when I visited Joshua Tree two weekends ago! #adventurechat

• @driveonleft A2: We camped in Michigan every summer as a kid. Running around. Lakes. Hot dogs. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/WBWsBehU0P

• @TravelPassionis A2. So many beautiful spots in Italy but this one in Sardinia wins! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/Rg1GywCU12

• @Gearminded Yes, the car is our base camp and we use packable gear to access remote locations from there. #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures A2 One of my favs from Northern Ontario #Adventurechat pic.twitter.com/VkCAX70Llj

• @AmandaaaCar Same! Where is your favorite in @PureMichigan ? #adventurechat

• @driveonleft @SleepingBearNPS Me too! Michigan every summer. 'not so hot' my parents said. #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis I think cabins are great for short breaks, less stuff, less hassle but lots of nature still. #adventurechat

• @trailtopeak A2: I love camping on mountain peaks. It's not easy to get there, which usually means no company :-) #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/8djCPO06Fk

• @monicagoesshow I love any green woods kinda #camping but point mugu won my heart over in malibu #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/RTWNBMw9dm

• @monicagoesshow YES! I love camping in Michigan! #adventurechat

• @smileyangelaw A2. In Taiwan, camping is basically in a cottage in sleeping bags. Getting real down and dirty! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/JpwcWvxhU9

• @Airstream2Go A2. Crystal Cove State Park and @SunstoneWinery are the firsts that come to mind! #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/NmTI031Eu9

• @funkey_brewster  A2 camped a lot in @RockyNPS in my youth. I have to say it's still my favorite. #adventurechat

• @gorgonzola51 A2 @Hickory Run State Park in northeast Pennsylvania has this cool "boulder lake." #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/SmMCH1XbXt

• @driveonleft How far north in Ontario do you go? We used to have a holiday home like 30 min north of Parry Sound.... #adventurechat

• @driveonleft  Got it - Ontario is so freaking huge once you get driving north. #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures Water was cold! Did someone request a wake up call #AdventureChat

• @topcashdeals  A2: Anywhere with water! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/d64F05PVR3

• @trrripcom A2 - Here's one on the #raelakes loop in #kingscanyon - so awesome! Anywhere is great tho #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/TJUERoGtOr

• @funkey_brewster  point mugu is beautiful. I've been there once, I need to get back there again. #adventurechat

• @SGSwritereditor A2 @TravelPassionis My experience = #Kenya. Here, I had an actual hot #shower with water pressure! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/gOX7OpMDGt

• @driveonleft We'd always go to the UP - Marquette Island most summers, if you know it... #adventurechat

@monicagoesshow The UP is amazing! Anything on the west side north of Grand Rapids is pretty great! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow Camping near Taquamenon Falls in the UP is awesome and there was another one where you bath under a waterfall! #adventurechat @PureMichigan

• @_girlwhotravels A2 #adventurechat Sleeping under the open skies of the #Thar desert, w/a bottle of Whiskey to keep us warm! pic.twitter.com/nr6VU1fcat

• @sethayates A2: So hard to choose! But, here's a fun place we randomly pulled over in #Patagonia #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/Km7fEGuHaq

• @Jessisawanderer Eeeek I'm late!! #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer And hello from Cairo! #adventurechat

• @campstake  sorry we're tuning in late! An #adventurechat about camping sounds right up our alley. ;)

• @ankit1989 Amazing...i love this way of cooking food. Where you tried it in Rajasthan? #AdventureChat

• @TravelPassionis Patagonia has just shot up my camping list! Thats incredible #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A2: this is an easy question - anywhere in the Sahara Desert lying out under the stars #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/7IqqbLeLME

• @_girlwhotravels that's amazing!! Reminds me of falling asleep to the sight of the Milky Way on the Indian desert :) #adventurechat

• @momfari Q2 Fave camping spot? Share photo. A2 Any US National Park! Just found 1 of 2002 camp @ArchesNPS. #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/RWZwOO3HXr

• @hovelstay  the journey to #HavasupaiFalls - just incredible #adventurechat

• @2happytravelers A2 Favorite Camping Spot is Otamure Bay in #newzealand. Just check out that view! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/n0zzxX4L11

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A2: How about nationalparksimages.org/arch/ #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/ovULo2cfGW

• @vagabondslog  A2: This one in Greenland was great. The view, the landscape, the ... freedom. pic.twitter.com/9HoIZVP12a

• @vagabondslog A2: Although winter camping in Norway could also have its charm. ;-) pic.twitter.com/ANwqQZXfan

• @TravelPassionis Q3. What is your top camping tip? #adventurechat

• @_girlwhotravels A3 Bring an extra pair of warm socks ;) #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A3: Relax, Explore, and Have Fun!!! #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A3: prepare somewhat, expect everything & let nature take charge whilst you enjoy the adventure - weather, scenery, wildlife! #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis A3. Always have flip flops for the showers. #adventurechat

• @trrripcom A3 be prepared for weird weather! you can never have enough water! #adventurechat

• @driveonleft A3: I'm an amateur camper SO no shoes in the tent, tent goes on flat ground. (learned the hard way) #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow @driveonleft YUP! Camped at the bottom of a mountain in Austria and it rained...woke up floating away 😳 #adventurechat

• @driveonleft  haha - our tent came loose and we woke up at the bottom of a hill. #adventurechat

• @trailtopeak A3: Go light, leave your phone at home, and truly exist outside. Dont bring your life at home with you when you're outside. #adventurechat

• @smileyangelaw A3. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent (if you're in a forest area) and keep up a positive attitude! #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures A3 Plan ahead and prepare. Sometimes takes the fun out of spontaneous trips but if your gear is ready- #adventurechat

• @sethayates A3: Less is more, except for food :) #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A3: another top tip - camping isn't just about tents. We had hammocks in the Amazon! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/W5RKIFrTj6

• @funkey_brewster A3 explore your camp site. Make sure your food is properly secured, if necessary. #adventurechat

•Jess is a Wanderer A3: pack plenty of plastic bags - keep the wet stuff wet and the dry stuff dry!! #adventurechat

• @Airstream2Go A3. Go during winter. There are fewer crowds and winter is the perfect time of year for stargazing. #AdventureChat

• @vagabondslog A3: Even if it doesn't look like wind, make sure to fix everything. Getting up at night to do this in darkness is less fun.

• @TravelPassionis Q4. What is the one piece of camping gear that never fails you? #adventurechat

• @_girlwhotravels  whoa! and the head torches! camping like a pro! :D #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A4: my tent! I’ve had it for 13 years and it lasted through backpacking in Europe and every trip since! #adventurechat

• @momfari Q4 What is the one piece of camping gear that never fails you? A4 Dorky or not, we almost always travel w/headlamps. #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A4: head torch. Helps u find 'bathroom' in mid of night, allows hands free whilst cooking&u can do tent inspection for bugs! #adventurechat

• @UST_Survival  A4: A cutting tool! The less the moving parts, the less that can go wrong with it! #adventurechat

• @trrripcom A4 - My trusty stove. It's little,it's lightweight, always gets the job done no matter what elevation or temperature I'm at #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures Gear is ready #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/MPk2HOROL3

• @UST_Survival Our first #AdventureChat! #Excited and a little #late :/

• @monicagoesshow Not dorky! I found myself in need of one on a long hike! A mistake I will NEVER make again! #adventurechat #safetyfirst

• @backpackdetour  A4 Ear plugs! That way I don't hear the creeping things of the night. #adventurechat

• @smileyangelaw A4. You never know when you want to jump into a river or canoeing! I got tipped over but had my swimsuit on so GO SWIMSUITS! #adventurechat

• @topcashdeals A4: Folding chair. It is a killer to not have something to sit on! #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis A4. A pair of really comfortable tracksuit pants and zip lock bags. #adventurechat

• @driveonleft A4: all purpose heavy duty tape (like duct tape). Fixes everything, plugs up holes in stuff, can be a makeshift bandage. #adventurechat

• @_girlwhotravels A4..hmm, I'm not a camping expert so I'd say, a positive attitude ;D #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow Thats the best thing! Always a worthwhile adventure #adventurechat

• @momfari I love that you just wrote "head torch" on your tweet. Sounds waaay cooler than American version! :-) #adventurechat

• @sethayates A4: A really good sleeping bag/pad. It's worth it. Baby wipes are a nice luxury too! #adventurechat

• @HotelTeatro A4: A comfy sleeping bag – with enough cushion, sleeping under the stars becomes a luxury! #AdventureChat

• @TaigaAdventures A4 my backpack as it carries all the other essential gear. #adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster  A4 multi-tool. #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog A4: Our trusty tent. Well, and my hat of course. #NeverWithoutTheHat. ;-) pic.twitter.com/dn9AiBR6Zw

• @TravelPassionis Q5. Have you had a camping trip that didn't go to plan? Why? #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A5: got rained out in a national park in Connecticut. Woke up at 3am, dumped the soaked tent in the car and drove to motel #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog Ah, darn! Too late for #adventurechat. Again. Still trying to catch up. Ah late 'Hello' from Berlin though.

• @sethayates A5: Nearly struck by lightening, got lost, followed by a brown bear. Not a part of the plan ;) #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A5: Don’t they all a little! Floating away in Austria…and running into mountain lions in Malibu…never a dull moment! #adventurechat

• @hovelstay nope, all has been great bc to us camping is about adventure! #adventurechat

• @backpackdetour A5 We were flooded out of our tent at #lawsonslanding and had to pack and leave at 4am #adventurechat

• @trrripcom A5 - in death valley, got gusty - 50mph. Our tent poles snapped and we had to head back early! Now we have backup poles :) #adventurechat

• @driveonleft A5: Huge family camping trip, it rained literally all weekend. 20+ people. We made a 'shelter' out of tarp and drank a lot. #adventurechat

• @topcashdeals A5: We once drove 3 hours down the beach to be swamped in mosquitoes! Clouds of them! #adventurechat

• @hovelstay  there was one instance in Yosemite we left food in our van - some bears tried to break in. #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis Goodness, I feel lucky not to have encountered many wild animals so far... #adventurechat

• @_girlwhotravels A5: No -I've only been to a few campign trips and I didn't really know what to expect so I just embraced the experience! :D #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis A5. Camping in a 15 yr old tent on top of a cliff in New Zealand when a storm rolled in. Everything wet all through #adventurechat

• @smileyangelaw A5. My sister is planning our first camping trip! So it might not go expected cause she's pretty unpredictable! #adventurechat

• @smileyangelaw  Totally great when things go unexpected but still great! #adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster A5 freak rain storm and hearing howling critters in the dark close by 👀 the bugs were BAD the next day #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis There were sirens to wake up firefighters so no sleep. Was flying to Oz the next day and had to buy clothes #adventurechat

• @driveonleft @smileyangelaw Just assume it WON'T go to plan and you'll have a blast :) #adventurechat

• @SamanthaDancy So the question is, am I too late for #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow @SamanthaDancy Not at all jump right in! #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A5: or #Camping at #ChannelIslands #NationalPark .. near #LosAngeles nationalparksimages.org/chis/ #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/oH0v07WbfT

• @vagabondslog  A5: Some things can't be plannedy. Like being stuck on uninhabited island due to 3-day-storm. Tent sustained though. ;-)

•travelpassionista @TravelPassionis Q6. What is your one must-have luxury item to take camping? #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A6: Cell phone and charger, some sort of game, and a wine opener! I’m classy! #adventurechat

• @backpackdetour  A6 My French press! It's the best. #adventurechat

• @topcashdeals A6: Cold beer! #adventurechat

• @trrripcom A6 - All food related! High quality steak, hot chocolate, coffee, #jiffypop popcorn!! mmmmmm. #adventurechat

• @TaigaAdventures  A6 some may call them a necessity but I always pack baby wipes #adventurechat #dontlikeswampbutt

• @SamanthaDancy A6 we head out of Dubai to camp most weekends, here my luxury item is a quilt & air bed :) #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS Wine Opener!! Wow you know how to camp in style :)

• @driveonleft A6: My normal pillow. Oh,and a good cooler for the aforementioned booze. #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A6: luxury item is my Kindle. Gotta have a gd book to read whilst snuggling in the sleeping bag! With my head torch of course #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A6: a decent camera !! yeah #iPhone is good but ... #adventurechat

• @campstake we have to hit the road. Really wanting to follow this chat. Expect obnoxious 6 hours later engagement 😣😉 #adventurechat

• @SamanthaDancy A6 Also a Canadian friend introduced me to S'mores so Crackers are an essential luxury :) #adventurechat

• @sethayates  A6: Depends. On car camping trips, the bottle(s) of wine. On extended backpacking trips, BABY WIPES. #AdventureChat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A6: How about some great walking shoes ! #adventurechat nationalparksimages.org/grsa/ pic.twitter.com/q7FaYfdM03

• @SamanthaDancy A6 haha oh and for special occasions the plastic camping champagne flutes and some bubbly ;) #adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster A6 my Dutch oven! It's heavy & we camp far from folks (have to hike to camp spot) #adventurechat

• @driveonleft haha - to me Smore stuff is a basic camping need. Bare minimum. #adventurechat

@TravelPassionis A6. A travel hairdryer, when you have electricity! #adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow An amazing little coffee maker, a definite necessity in life in general! #adventurechat

• @Airstream2Go iPad is a must for reading, music, itinerary, maps, travel apps. (We even include one with each rental!) #AdventureChat

• @smileyangelaw  And convenient as a camera (it's the only reason my parents even bought an IPad!) #adventurechat

• @vagabondslog A6: My journal. Hardly ever leave without journal or sketchbook.

• @TravelPassionis Q7. If you could go camping anywhere where would it be? Why? Share a photo.#adventurechat

• @monicagoesshow A7: EVERYWHERE! Yosemite, Arches, Banff, Alaska, Michigan, Sardinia, Costa Rica…Did I mention everywhere? #adventurechat

• @momfari #NewZealand might actually make me WANT to camp. Maybe. :-) #adventurechat

• @Jessisawanderer A7: I can't share a photo yet but I'm off to Antarctica for Xmas and have a night camping on the ice booked!! #adventurechat

• @I_LOVE_PARKS A7: Why not every one of our #NationalParks .. Yes !! http://t.co/U1FqDrrkaJ #adventurechat nationalParksImages.org

• @MissouriHowell A7. Somewhere in New Zealand. #adventurechat

• @backpackdetour  A7 Along the Inca Trail. #adventurechat

• @funkey_brewster  A7 I say New Zealand, my husband says Switzerland. My answer: both! #adventurechat

• @that_magpie A7: I hope to go camping in Iceland this fall! #adventurechat :)

• @monicagoesshow Interested in hosting an #adventurechat? DM me =)

• @vagabondslog A7: Well, this Greenland really is attractive. Even after 3 visits I'm not yet fed up. ;-) pic.twitter.com/o6ArIJ5j58

• @ankit1989 A7 Himalayas in India #adventurechat

• @TravelPassionis A7. Nepal, I want to trek and hike and wake up with those incredible views. #adventurechat

• @kzoeb  A little late, chiming into #adventurechat though! Happy Monday!

• @monicagoesshow Happy monday! Jump right in =) #adventurechat

• @UST_Survival A7: The #Mangroves of #KeyWest! #AdventureChat pic.twitter.com/XmLUVnMEet

• @topcashdeals A7: Death Valley National Park. I love my astrophotography! #adventurechat pic.twitter.com/M6DeKz0QBn

• @monicagoesshow Thanks again everyone for an awesome chat and thanks to @travelpassionis for co-hosting! See ya'll next monday!