A quick weekend trip To The Upper Delaware Valley Region
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RIDE OUT 3
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DOWNSIZING YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
T R A V E L I N G L I G H T
An all-girls motorcycle // dirt biking // camping weekend =
NO BOYS ALLOWED
( l i t e r a l l y )
Because sometimes you just need a girls' trip
If you need a break from men and you are a woman and live on the east coast and have a street-legal dirt bike or motorcycle, come to Babes Ride Out. It's an all-female weekend event, with planned rides, live bands, raffles, free alcohol, cookouts, and camping.
Babes Ride Out is an annual event, with two locations - one on the East Coast (Narrowsburg, NY) and one on the West Coast (Joshua Tree, CA). This was my first year attending and it was pretty inspiring. Visit their website for more info.
Babes Ride Out rents out the entire facility at Lander's Narrowsburg Campground. It's a big place, but campsites fill up quickly. There are also tickets and campsites available for cars / trucks for your non-riding female friends. During the day there are planned rides, ranging in distance. Evening hours include concerts, beer, and good times:
FREE 805 BEER
every night until they run out ...
Covered area to escape the downpour that was inevitable. Here's where the live music and raffles were held, along with karaoke, a place to eat, and displays of the beauties below:
H O W T O
When Packing Light
For those of us with sensitive / finicky skin, consistency with tried-and-true skincare products is key. This is why even when I travel (which is quite often), I try to maintain my typical skincare routine. When packing for a dirtbiking / motorcycle trip, it's imperative to bring only what you need (space on bikes is limited!). Below are some tips for maintaining your normal skincare routine when you need to pack light. Really light.
#1: Choose a pack (and stick to it ...)
WOLFMAN EXPEDITION DRY DUFFEL
- Completely waterproof (radio frequency welded seams and vinyl body)
- Fits on the tail of bike without special hardware
- Size Medium (pictured) fit all my weekend camping gear (tent, sleeping pad and bag, warm clothes, camera and gear, food and water, camp stove, AND skincare products / toiletries) with room to spare (40+ liters of capacity)
- Roll top design for easy access
- Four compression straps for super secure closure
-Removable carrying and cross-body straps
#2: Use Travel-Sized Bottles
...and add your typical skincare products into these little bottles. Not rocket science. It really does add up - you'll save a TON of space. My personal fav? Nalgene Straight Sided Jars, available in 1, 2, and 3 ounces. Super cheap, leakproof, TSA-friendly, & BPA-free. I've found out the hard way that the travel containers from WalMart and Target can sometimes leak... And don't stop with the skincare - I also purchase travel-sized toiletries like contact solution, toothpaste, and deodorant to save a little bit more space. Totally worth it.
#3: Ask your Dermatology Provider for sample sizes!!
Our little secret ... dermatology offices have reps that load us up with cute little sample sizes of common face and body washes, moisturizers, eye creams, shampoos, and even prescriptions. Sample sizes of Dermatologist-recommended brands like CeraVe, Cetaphil, Dove, and Eucerin are typically always on our shelves at any given moment. Don't be afraid to ask - we LOVE giving our patients samples of "the good stuff."
# 4: Invest in Packing Cubes & Compression Sacks
Organizing your gear properly will give you more space. Plain and simple. The older I get, the more I understand this ( I definitely judge people based on how they pack their pack) ...
Using compression sacks is the obvious space-saving choice for things like sleeping bags, pillows, and bulky winter gear, but equally as important, I organize my toiletries into packing cubes (with soft sides to ensure for better malleability when compressing my pack). Pretty much nothing is loose in my Wolfman Dry Duffel - everything is in either a compression sack or an organizing cube.
# 5: Stick to the Daily Products
This seems pretty obvious, but I've seen girls do it - they bring their exfoliators, facial masks, eye repairing treatments, lip plumpers, etc when traveling for the weekend. I mean, if you've got the space, then I fully support an overflowing toiletries bag....but when you're trying to travel light, don't do it. Leave all the things you use on a weekly basis (or every 2-3 days) at home, and bring ONLY the essentials - the daily skincare products your skin can't live without. For me, that's a cleanser (in the form of wipes), moisturizer, a sulfur-based product, sunscreen, and lip balm with SPF. Save the masking and exfoliating for when you're doing catch-up laundry from your trip.