This picture was taken at 27 weeks pregnant and while I was camping my tushy off!!
A couple weekends ago, we went camping in beautiful North Fork, Colorado.
The camp was stunning and I was truly able to relax but I like to think that was due to some solid planning before the trip. Things that I always think about prior to leaving for any trip, but especially one without electricity are food and insulin storage.
- Low carb snacks- I spend a lot of my time thinking about my next meal. And usually, as I plan my next meal, I am munching on something nutritious and delicious. Some snacks that I really enjoyed during the trip were beef jerky, veggies and hummus or ranch, almonds and cheese crackers. If you haven’t tried cheese crackers, you’re missing out. They are so low carb and crunchy, you have to give them a whirl! My favorite brand is from whole foods and they were gracious enough to post the recipe HERE.
- Low food- I always tell people I could survive in the wilderness with insulin and skittles. That may be a stretch, but I did get low multiple times because of the increased activity level. Don’t forget to bring TOO much low food just in case. Also, I’ve heard that you can keep sealed frosting by your side if you are in an area where bears are a big worry.
- Meals- I brought a pulled rotisserie chicken as a protein just in case I wasn’t able to partake in one of the meals that was planned by the group. I gobbled it up in about three seconds!
- Sweet treats that aren’t sweet treats!– For those times that you are really missing your s’mores, you can snack on sugar free caramelized nuts, dark chocolate or coconut as a low carb substitute. I know I still need my treats even if I am in the middle of nowhere.
- Light- Had I not had a flashlight and a head lamp, I would have been in serious trouble for overnight testing and corrections. I was grateful to be able to find everything easily with my handy dandy flashlight.
- Insulin storage- This is the kicker. We all know life is not predictable but the worst case scenario in my mind would be having to go home early because insulin went bad in the heat. Insulin is fickle and you can’t just dump it in the ice cooler or it will quickly get too cool. So, you have to be creative. I have a number of insulated coolers and packs that I can take anywhere and they worked great. This isn’t the one I have, but it looks mighty nice.
- Cracking Ice- Make keeping your insulin cold easier even if you run out of ice. It’s nice to have some “instant ice” on hand.
Hopefully, with some preparation, camping can be a relaxing event instead of something to get anxious over.
Unfortunately, there are still some things you can’t control. For instance, my husband and I had mini argument because we both thought the other one was stealing all the covers. He is lucky I didn’t just kick his butt with all these pregnancy hormones running through me. We were both freezing and couldn’t figure out for the life of us what was happening to our warmth. Then, as if she could no longer take the guilt, we found our sweet Nelli with a PILE of blankets on top of her. We laughed harder than we have in a long long time. That sneaky little dog!!
If you don’t believe she is spoiled rotten, take this picture as proof–
She was totally snuggled up with Matt when I woke up in the morning which was very cute…. but jeez do I have some competition?? Nelli, you know that’s his love language!!!