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We are in the midst of the dog days of summer! For our family that means that we are going to be camping, fishing and ATVing as many days as we can possibly fit in. That also means that I need to make sure that my family is ready to attack the messes made from all that fun and do it with a mindset of achieving a healthy lifestyle and leaving no trace!
When we get ready to go camping, we usually do it on the fly. Often we wake up and decide to head up to those beautiful Rocky Mountains. I always make sure that I have certain things stocked up and ready to go so that I am not forced to stop at the store and spend unnecessary money. I also make sure that what I have packed is either reusable or sustainable in some manner.
I have been working hard to find products for our life that are as chemical free as possible. Now, as a science teacher, I totally understand that everything is a chemical (yes even food), however, I am referring to the chemicals that are harsh on our bodies. For our family that means that we have started to focus on items that are dye free, paraben free, sulfate free, reusable and sustainable.
That was the inspiration for my healthy lifestyle cleaning camping basket. I wanted to have a basket on hand that I could grab and get out the door and pack in our camper quickly with products that we know and trust. Camping is dirty and I am not, so keeping everything clean and having a way to make sure that our family can continue our healthy lifestyle and leave no trace is important. This basket is geared towards keeping our bodies and environment clean. Included in my camping basket is towels, wash cloths, mesh laundry bag, laundry basket, plastic wash basin, hair rinse cup, environmentally friendly toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes, laundry detergent and shampoo and conditioner.
Our camping trailer is what I like to call my “glamping” trailer. I have a queen bed, living room and nice kitchen as well as a bathroom. I keep it clean even when we are camping and I keep my family clean. We are out and about all day getting messy, so when bedtime rolls around baths are had and we make sure that we are using cleaning products that are safe for us and the environment. AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner contains naturally derived cleansers and a sulfate free formula to gently cleanse your hair and scalp. It is so important to make sure that we know what we are putting on and in our bodies and choosing a sulfate-free, dye free, paraben free product like AVEENO PURE RENEWAL® Shampoo and Conditioner, helps me to know that I am doing my best to ensure our family keeps that healthy lifestyle.
AVEENO® has a been a product in our household for a very long time. I remember taking AVEENO® oatmeal baths after allergic reactions to outside allergens and using AVEENO® on my own kids. We use it and love it. I have always used the baby products, but the shampoo and conditioner is actually found in the hair care aisle at Walmart, near the bottom of the displays. As a bonus, you can grab a $1.00 off any one AVEENO® product (excludes trial and travel sizes) by just clicking this link! As always, make sure to follow the directions on the packaging exactly for maximum benefits!
To add to our camping basket, I included a cup for rinsing the shampoo and conditioner out of the hair. When we are camping, we do have a bathtub, so that makes it easy, but we are conserving water as well, so having a cup to rinse makes it much easier. In addition, we have environmentally friendly toothpaste and we keep toothbrushes in our camper. Lastly, I use baby wipes as much as possible as they are gentle on skin and can help keep little messes at bay.
One of the items that I always keep in our camper is laundry detergent. You guys, I do not have that much storage in my camper surprisingly. I can’t pack tons of clothes and linens and they will inevitably get dirty or one of my blessed children will spill something on sheets or blankets or their only coat. The struggle is real. I have figured out how to easily wash clothes when you are camping. I had my husband install a little clothesline on our camper that we can attach to a tree and then I warm some water up and put it in the bath tub or in a wash basin depending on the size of the item. Then I use a little all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® on the item and wash it by hand, then wring it out and hang it on the line. I do not worry about the environmental effects because the NEW sulfate free all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® delivers a powerful clean without harshness. The sulfate-free formula deep cleans the fabric with proven and effective stain lifting technology.
Locating a quality sulfate free product can be difficult, but all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® is easy to locate. I found ours at Walmart in the laundry aisle on the top shelf. You can grab a bottle and save some cash with THIS $0.50 off coupon on one (1) all® product while supplies last! I love that all® fresh clean ESSENTIALS® has the ingredients on the back of the bottle so I know what I am washing my family’s laundry in. They are one of the first laundry products to make the ingredients available for consumers.
Sulfate free is important for so many reasons. Did you know that sulfates come from the decay of plants and animals as well as industrial processes? Also did you know that sulfates can seep into the groundwater and contaminate it? Making sure that our family is doing our part to keep our household cleaning products sulfate free is one way that we look out for the environment.
I just love our cleaning camping basket and how easy it is to grab and go. I love that we are living by the Colorado motto of “leave no trace” by doing our best to use products that are reusable and are safer for the environment. We cannot wait to get out on those trails, put a little mud on the tires (and in our hair and clothes) and then relax in the evenings next to the fire, laughing and enjoying family time. We are so lucky to live here.
What changes are you making for a healthier lifestyle?