Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Conscious by Chloé is a lifestyle blog focused on Zero Waste, Sustainable Living and Ethical Fashion written by Chloé Lepeltier.

Our Car-Camping Checklist

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

Tonight, Octave and I are headed out for what will probably be our last road trip of the summer together. After a one-week trip across the State of Washington, we're headed to Eastern Oregon until the end of the week (I am FINALLY going to see the Painted Hills!).

For the past year and a half, we've been hitting the roads of most of the 13 Western States with Charlie, a 1989 Toyota Land Cruiser Octave refurbished when we first moved to Oregon.

After many car-camping adventures, I think I pretty much nailed the whole packing thing and can confidently share our checklist with you.

Some of the products mentioned are really Charlie-specific (tent, shower), but for the most part, this is a simple packing-list for a road trip, big or small (I'm actually planning a car-camping trip to the coast with my little car in 2-weeks).

I hope you'll find this packing-list useful and that it will inspire you to hit the road - no matter the size of your car (remember our trip to Iceland?).

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

Bedroom

Lately, I've been bringing the pillows and duvet we have at home instead of our camping gear.

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

Kitchen

We go grocery shopping the day before our trip and store everything we shop in bulk in... Ziploc bags. While this seems wasteful, it is actually the best solution for us so far. While we'd love to bring Mason Jars on trips, the roads and paths we use with the Land Cruiser can be VERY bumpy. Ziploc bags are reusable, lightweight, sealable (we've all seen the videos or bears breaking into cars).

  • Dish soap in a GoToob + Dish sponge + Dish towel
  • Colander

Filter your washing up water with the colander and throw whatever remains in it in a cathole (more on that in the bathroom section).

  • Garbage bag

Even though we aim to produce no waste, we always carry a trash bag with us, at least to pick up the trash left by previous campers.

When we feel lazy or when we're in a rush, we'll stop by a coffee shop in town in the morning and get a caffeinated drink to go.

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

Bathroom

  • Shower (or this portable shower)
  • Flip-Flops (to shower in the dirt)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (DIY: coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint essential oil mixed together)
  • Soap
  • Solid Shampoo
  • Dry Shampoo (DIY: arrowroot and cocoa powder)
  • Microfiber towel (I personally love my microfiber robe)
  • Washcloth (for the times when it's way too cold to take a shower but you still want to feel clean)
  • Toilet paper
  • Shovel (check out this article to learn how to dig a cathole)

I also recently started using a GoToob filled with water as my travel bidet!

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

Safety

Chose the right product according to the region you visit. Are you in bear country? In a humid area? Etc.

Power

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

Extras

You can make your campsite as comfy and pretty as you want it to be. It just depends on how much space you have in your vehicle.

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

  • Paper Maps (always useful, you do not want to rely on electronics only)
  • Satellite Communicator (only if you travel to remote areas)
  • Washington Discover Pass
    For access to Washington state parks & other state recreation lands in Washington.
  • America the Beautiful
    For access to all National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands in the USA.
  • Northwest Forest Pass (day use)
    For access to all Forest Service operated recreation sites in Washington and Oregon where a day use fee is required (unless you already have the America the Beautiful pass).
  • Oregon State Park Permit (day-use)
    If you're camping at a state park, you don't need a day-use parking permit. Just display your current state park camping receipt on your dashboard.

I have to admit that it takes a while to process all this information. So don't forget to check a map as you plan your trip, to know which areas you'll be covering, and don't hesitate to check out the state website or stop by the first ranger station on your itinerary. We've always had the best experience there and met the most knowledgeable people about the regions we visited!

Car Camping with Charlie the Land Cruiser Overlander for Conscious by Chloé

In conclusion

Getting all this equipment is not cheap. I'm aware of it, believe me! As Octave uses this rig for his filming business, it made sense for him to outfit it with the best gear. And this is pretty much the only way we travel now (except when we go visit our families in Europe), so it's an investment made for many, many trips to come.

After this initial investment, all our holidays cost us is food & gas. (and the occasional treat).

Spending time in nature is the best way to disconnect, recharge your batteries, get away from the daily hustle. And it's so much fun to "play house" in a different way, where your only preoccupation is to be safe and warm.

Camping on public land is free, you guys! Get a good map and hit the road.

So load up your car (or beg a motorized friend to go on an adventure with you) and hit the road, you won't regret it.

Be safe, protect your land, and report back! I want to know all about your camping adventures!


Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.

My Favorite Conscious Brands for Women

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It seems like with a summer of work and travel in and out of the country, I've missed the heat wave that struck Portland. Now that the days are gonna be grayer and the evenings cooler, I've started taking cardigans and long-sleeves out of my closet and putting them on my capsule rack.

I'm also evaluating my fall wardrobe and contemplating on adding new (to me) items.

In my first years as a working professional, I used to buy at least one new piece of clothing a week. It brought me joy, sometimes relief, rarely regrets.

As time passed, I moved, I changed, I opened my eyes. And now I know what the true cost of fashion is.

My approach to apparel has drastically changed over the past few years. But my love for style is still intact.

Clothes are still my weakness. I take great joy in getting dressed in the morning (most of the time). So for the past few years, I've tried to live by Coco Chanel's words:

"Fashion changes, but style endures."

And:

"Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance."

It now takes me days, sometimes weeks before I make a purchase - unless my favorite local store hosts its bi-annual sale.

I am aware that shopping consciously is not the easiest and not always the cheapest solution. Trust me, I've got an Excel table containing and comparing all sorts of data!

Undoubtedly, the best way to make a conscious purchase is still to buy vintage and second hand. But if you also want to support ethical makers, retailers and designers, you'll find my current favorites below.

Apparel

Their tees are a staple in my wardrobe and might be the only same items I allow in 2 different colors.

American manufacturing, non-toxic dyes, sustainable fabrics, a zero-waste philosophy, and above all, enduring style.

The whole collection is on my wishlist. Do follow Liz on Instagram, you'll only grow fonder of her brand and team!

Jumpsuit. Period.

The softest striped dress I own. I can't remember how many times I've washed it and it's still my favorite lounge/beach/night dress.

I've worn my sexy-back dress to every. single. wedding I've attended for the past 2 years and it's still pretty magical.

Focusing on a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort, the collection is characterized as minimal and edgy.

The best way to shop from indie boutiques and emerging designers from their racks to your closet.

Shoes

  • Veja - Made consciously in Brazil.

If I ever need to replace my current pair of sneakers, this is where I'll get them.

  • Nisolo - Made consciously in Peru.

I love a classic pair of oxfords.

  • Bryr - Made in San Francisco, CA.

Clogs are my latest obsession, whatever the season, with or without socks!

Hailey Boyd is my style icon, and makes the most colorful and beautiful mules.

Accessories

  • Boswell (hats) - Made in Portland, OR.

Some day, one of these hats will me mine!

Local. Stylish. Affordable.

  • Seaworthy (jewelry) - Made in Portland, OR.

Statement earrings, come to mama!

Cosmetics

Their mascara and foundation is the best I've tried so far.

If you haven't read Skin Cleanse yet, do it now!

  • RMS (make up) - Made in the USA.

Their versatile LIP2CHEEK is a classic.

  • OLO (fragrance) - Made in Portland, OR.

I hear the Lightning Paw fragrance is a must!

More

Also, Project JUST is a great resources to align your purchases with your values. It empowers you to make informed and thoughtful decisions about the clothes you buy.


Do you have any recommendations for second hand resources and/or ethical makers? I'd love to check them out! Please share them in the comments section below!

Have a blissful week-end #13

Zero Waste Road Trip by Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this week-end?

On Saturday, I'm teaching a workshop at my neighborhood farmer's market and on Sunday, we're leaving for a road trip across Washington State.

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

Portland recommendations:


Photograph by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.