Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket Review

If you’re in the market for a new blanket for camping or just being cozy, one brand you’ve probably heard of is Rumpl.

Rumpl AllTrails Collaboration

Their blankets are top-notch: light, water-resistant, and eco-friendly with their post-consumer recycled polyester.

Their dedication to environmental causes goes deeper, though. They donate 1% of sales to offset their carbon footprint. They also work with low carbon transportation options. And Rumpl is a Certified B Corporation.

Rumpl AllTrails Collaboration

Rumpl sent us their AllTrails collaboration blanket to test, we’ve enjoyed the versatility their product provides. It’s the perfect picnic blanket, great for camping, the perfect cozy wraparound, or as a cape with their Cape-Clip.

Rumpl AllTrails Collaboration

It also includes:

  • 100% post-consumer recycled polyester shell and insulation
  • DWR finish for stain and water resistance
  • Corner loops
  • Machine washable
  • Water-resistant stuff sack included

I love this product. It’s a great companion especially for camping when you aren’t sure if a sleeping bag is enough. My kids love it too. We spend a lot of our early mornings outdoors and now that it’s cooler, it is a great blanket for cuddling.

If you’re looking for a cozy companion this Fall, look no further than Rumpl!

Sleep like a baby: Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad Review

Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad
Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad

I love to camp, but I don’t like sleeping. It doesn’t matter how much melatonin or CBN I take, I always sleep poorly for the first couple of nights. Eventually, my body will adjust and I will sleep through the night by the third night.

Part of my challenge is that I am a side-sleeper. Not 100%, but there’s always points during the night where I will roll onto my side.

My other challenge is that I have back and neck issues. If I sleep slightly out of line, my neck and back will be jacked up for a few days after.

When I was at Outdoor Retailer, I saw a potential solution for my sleep issues: the Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad. It was a glorious vision: a think padded bed with—I couldn’t believe it—memory foam.

Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad
Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad

The Klymit booth had a model setup that I laid on; first on my back and then rolling to my side. And it felt good. I mean, really good!

Klymit was kind enough to send a sample so I could do a full test.

Before I could take it out camping, I had an opportunity to try it out at home.

We just brought home a new puppy, Parker, and he wasn’t settling down in his crate at night. My first night on the sofa was pure torture, so the second night I got out the Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad and I slept like a baby.

And that’s no light feat. There have been many times in the past with sick kids where I’ve camped out in their rooms on one of my other sleeping pads and it would always be a fitful, restless night.

But on the Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad, I slept through the entire night and didn’t wake until Parker asked to go outside the next morning.

A week later, I took my oldest to Cub Scout camp in the mountains west of Boulder. 

Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad
Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad

One thing I noticed about the Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad was that it didn’t make a lot of noise. Other pads, when I’d role from my back to my side, would screech, but the KLYMALOFT would only make the slightest sound. So once my son was asleep, I was able to move about the tent without making much noise. 

And, more than anything else, once I fell asleep, I slept really good.

I was also responsible to cooking breakfast the next morning. I can’t tell you how good it felt waking up and not feeling the stiffness that I normally would have on my other pads.

I highly recommend this pad for anyone doing car camping. It is lightweight and packs down nicely, but it’s memory foam topper makes it a bit heavier than something you want on the trail.

Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad
Klymit KLYMALOFT Sleeping Pad

When combined with the Klymit Rapid Air Pump, it fills up very easily and quickly.

Beginner’s Guide: How to Select a Good Campsite

Selecting a good campsite can make or break your camping trip. Flooded tents, falling trees, and noisy neighbors can spoil a trip, but can be avoided with some preparation and planning. Whether you’re glamping in an RV, pitching a tent, or cowboy camping under the stars, there are some things to consider when selecting a good campsite.

good campsite

1. Look for Level Ground

While this may not be important for folks in a hammock, everyone else is going to want to find an area that is mostly level to set their shelter. If you can’t find a spot that is perfectly level, start to think about how you’d like to sleep while sloping. For some, after a long day of hiking having feet elevated to allow for any swelling to go down can help. For others (especially if allergies are kicking in), having your head elevated can help with night time stuffiness.

2. Check Your Campsite’s Drainage

If you’re in a vehicle or hammock this may not be as critical, but if you’re in a tent or cowboy camping be sure you pay attention to drainage. Is the surrounding area sloping towards your campsite? If there is precipitation in the middle of the night, the last thing you are going to want to do is get out of your warm, cozy sleeping bag and move your tent because of flooding. This can be tricky if you are on a tent pad. If there is precipitation in the forecast, digging a moat or canal away from your tent can help.

3. Choose Your Door Orientation.

Whatever your shelter type, if you’re in an area near other campers it makes sense to pay attention to the direction your doors face. When we are tent camping with just the kids, we usually have our tent door face the kids’ tent door, so we can check in on them and see what they’re up to. When we are in our campervan in a dispersed campsite where there’s other campers, we try to have our campervan door face away from their campsite, or use the shelter of a tree for privacy. This allows the kids get in and out to use the bathroom in the middle of the night without having to hide.  

4. Make the Most of Sun and Shade

During the shoulder seasons, we usually pay attention to where the sun will rise and try to orient out tent to get hit by the sun as early as possible to help warm us up in the morning. In the height of summer, we look for more trees and rock outcroppings that will provide shade and shadows earlier from the sun setting.

good campsite

5. Check Your Proximity High Traffic Areas

Especially in established campgrounds, be aware of the location of high-traffic areas, such as bathrooms and water sites. The last thing you want is to hear the door to the bathrooms opening and closing all night long.

6. Fun things For Kids to Do at the Campsite

Be sure to choose a campsite that has direct access for fun features such as rocks, trees, and creeks. Many established campsites have photos or reviews online that can help guide you., Or, look at the sites’ maps to see if there is any water flowing nearby that could be an added bonus to your stay.

7. Check for Unhealthy Trees

Pay close attention to the health of trees around the site. We learned this during a backpacking trip to Yellowstone. As we were setting up our tents in a grove of trees during a huge windstorm, three of the trees crashed down as we were driving in the final stakes. We pulled up all the stakes and relocated away from the dead trees! Also, for my hammock lovers out there. You’ll want healthy trees, or something else that’s sturdy, to hang your hammock from.

good campsite

8. Watch for Sharp Objects

Clear sharp debris (rocks, pinecones, etc.) from under your tent footprint prior to setting up your tent to decrease the chance for discomfort or punctures of sleep pads.

9. Remember the 200 Foot Rule for Campsites

If you’re at a dispersed site (not an established campground), be sure to follow the 200 foot rules. Set up camp more than 200 feet away from the water’s edge (lakes, ponds, rivers, etc.) to prevent any ecological impacts on the area), as well as 200 feet from any trail to prevent hikers from wandering into your campsite at night. It’s also a good rule of thumb to have your tent 200 feet from where you do your dishes, use the toilet, and store your food.

good campsite

10. Remember to Leave No Trace

Minimize your impact and leave no trace to protect the outdoors. Choose an existing camp location whenever possible, and at the minimum camp on a durable surface instead of fragile areas. Don’t forget to clean up your trash, don’t cut the vegetation, and leave what you find.  If you aren’t familiar with all the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, check them out here before you head out.

These 10 tips should help you pick a good campsite to call home in the great outdoors. Also remember to always follow the advice of the local rangers and area experts on wildlife precautions. Get out there and have fun!

My 3 year relationship with the Luci Inflatable Solar Light

I first met Luci in 2016 on a climbing trip to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas. My friends from RoKC climbing gym and I had spent the day climbing and were settling into camp and preparing dinner.  As the sun went down, one of the guys grabbed a flat disk that he blew into to inflate and then hit a button that lit it up. This completely solar-powered lantern produced enough light to illuminate our picnic table as well any battery-powered lantern I’d seen. 

Luci Orginal

After that, I had to get one for myself. I went to REI and bought the Luci Original. When deflated, the Luci light is only 4 inches square and 1 inch thick and easy to pack. When fully charged with sunlight, it provides up to 24 hours of light–plenty of light for any time I go camping. And since it’s water and dust proof, it’s been an essential item that I always take camping with me from Red River Gorge and Yosemite National Park to Moab. 

It has several light settings, so you can choose how bright, from 15 to 75 lumens. My favorite way to use the Luci Original is to turn it into a nice table light by setting it on a roll of paper towels. (wish I had a picture of this on my last camping trip but I was packing light)

Luci outdoor 2.0 inside a tent
Outdoor 2.0 inside my tent

Luci Outdoor 2.0

Last year, I purchased the Luci Outdoor 2.0, which has an adjustable base strap that works great for attaching to the inside ceiling of my tent to provide a great angle for lighting up my tent. The strap also makes it incredibly easy to place it wherever I need light, such as a hammock, rope, or clothes line. 

It also lasts longer than the Luci Original, giving 50 hours of light on a single charge and is brighter, with its highest setting providing 150 lumens.

I still utilize the Luci Original and typically charge both of them together on the dash of my jeep while out hiking or climbing to have it ready for sundown.

Luci base light and Luci outdoor 2.0
Base light (left) and the outdoor 2.0 (right)

Luci Base Light

Luci recently sent me with a new Luci Base Light to review. It’s the perfect addition to my Luci family. The new model is its brightest light, but also has an added cell phone charging feature. It’s heavier and slightly larger, but allows me to always have a charged cell battery, even in the woods. 

I found that it does require good sunlight, so on a cloudy day it didn’t provide enough power to my cell phone to fully charge it.  

Luci base light and Luci outdoor 2.0
Base light (left) and the Outdoor 2.0 (right)

The new Luci Base Light also features a much brighter light. When compared to the previous models, it disperses 300 lumens of light, twice as much as the Luci Outdoor 2.0, but it’s not blinding, but rather a soft glow. And like the Luci Outdoor 2.0, it also provides up to 50 hours of light on a single charge.

The Luci Base Light makes camping with multiple people easier for seeing at night since it can light up a much larger space. It also has an adjustable strap so I can hang it from my tent ceiling when I want a ton of light.

Luci Base Light on full power inside a tent
Base Light on full power inside my tent

It is perfect for car trips to campgrounds or short hikes in to Camp. 

I personally still love the 2.0 for how light it is, and it works perfect for me as a single camper. If you are going on a long hike and don’t care about being attached to your phone, I recommend the Outdoor 2.0. If you want to be always connected and have a short hike and don’t care about the weight, or have a larger group, the Base Light is your best option. Overall, MPowerd is a great brand, and I look forward to meeting their next Luci generation.

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