Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water…and you actually remember to drink it. I can’t even count how many times just drinking some water has taken care of feeling like…

What to bring hiking when you’re just starting out

As a beginner, you’ll probably always have cell service and not be far from civilization, so you don’t have to be prepared for the apocalypse on your first hike. BUT (there’s always a but) bringing a few basic supplies will make sure you have a good time and can deal with minor mishaps. Here’s what I put…

Best of 2017: Your most-read OB posts

2017 was a big year for the OB. I hit my 100th post after a year of being much more intentional about writing regularly, redesigning OB’s layout, and making things “official” with a logo (thanks, Lindsay!) and a Facebook page. This year has been full of learning about what I like to write about, what…

Beginner’s guide to what to eat when you go hiking

Snacking is one of my favorite pastimes, so I was super excited to write this post (and equally surprised it took me this long to get to it). Outdoors activities open up a glorious new world of snacking. What other reason could possibly justify the purchase of Sports Beans? Yes, those are a thing. And…

How to pack for your first camping trip

So you’ve gone hiking, and you didn’t hate it. In fact, you kinda sorta fell in love with the outdoors (it’s easy, don’t be afraid to fall hard). Now, you want to go camping. Pinterest will lead you to believe that you must either buy a ton of stuff or bring half your kitchen with…

What to wear the first time you go hiking

Editor’s Note: Most of you get here by Googling some form of “Can I wear sweatpants to go hiking?” The answer is absolutely yes.  Despite what Pinterest will tell you, if you want to try out hiking, you don’t need much. If you’re on a well-maintained trail and go on a day with mild temperatures,…

Dolla Dolla Bills, Y’all: How to save money on outdoor gear

Outdoor gear is effing expensive. There’s almost no getting around it. Well, almost. Fear not, my fellow sticker-shocked outdoors beginners – there are ways to save some cash while gearing up. Plus, I didn’t want you starting to think I had some sort of foot fixation after making my first two blogs exclusively about things that…

The best socks to wear hiking and running

For a long time, I lived life completely unaware of the glorious world of sock options. I thought that white cotton ankle socks were as good as it got. But during my first-ever trip to REI, I was informed in no uncertain terms that cotton socks were not going to cut it. Cotton doesn’t wick…

Gear Guide: How to pick out your first pair of hiking boots

“I’m just starting out, I don’t need hiking boots,” I whined to my boyfriend. I hiked the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland in just sneakers and survived, despite the trail being less of a trail and more just rocks and boulders. So why did I need to buy hiking boots? Hiking boots can be expensive,…