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Hiking or off-roading in a sun dress is not illegal. As long as you are comfortable & could care less if someone sees your panties. When the weather calls for 90 degrees, you know that cotton or rayon sun dress should be included. These are fairly inexpensive articles of clothing & you can have plenty. Plus they pack up so well.
make up - yes
Come on. Everyone has some kinda daily routine. And for most women, it includes the morning beautification process. Save the foundation, as you are likely to sweat it all off. Try a compact cream with an SPF instead. Lipstick & eye liner are the 2 items that will pack easy. And if you know you will get crap from others for this daily ritual, be prepared to tell them where to go.


If you are a diva that needs a little color on your face, these worry free lipsticks include:

Lipfinity by Max Factor - literally last all day! No re-application needed until at least nightfall. Not kidding, this is by far the best brand we've found. Clear moisture stick must be applied throughout the day for best results.

Color Stay by Revlon - small lip stick case, that is easy to carry & looks very clean.

Lip Gloss by Cover Girl - simple easy semi-transparent lip gloss in natural shades.

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Just your freakin luck. The annual big camping trip planned will be at "that time of the month". You dread it, cuz you know the hassles of camping & not having a bathroom with running water. Guys just don't understand & you cannot cancel this trip based on this one single factor. But you are not looking forward to it. Below is a list of tips for females who fear camping:

When the bushes are your bathroom break, you must make do with what you brought along. Leave no litter at it just 'grosses people out' later who need to use that same spot.

  • Wet Wipes are a big blessing;
  • Tissue or TP.
  • Plastic ziplocks bags
  • Small brown paper bags

morning time:
Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the tent alone for proper maintenance. Don't forget the brown paper bags. Privacy is super important, so keep others busy by assigning camp chores in advance.

day time:
During the day many activities will be planned. Be prepared to be out away from camp all day. Bring along a day pack with all your female essentials in it. Anytime there is down time or you spot a bathroom, request a 10 minute bathroom break for all.

night time:
It is rumored that wildlife & bears are attracted more to women who are on their period. We have not found that to be especially true over the last 15 years of camping with hundreds of women. Cleanliness is an important factor in keeping the scent to a minimum. After the evening is over & the camp fire is vacant; the coals are still hot enough to burn.. just toss in the daily brown paper bag. It's just burnable garbage right?

See our Camp Potty page for more hints. You women with the cushy RVs have it made!

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Being outdoors enjoying nature can touch a person in a unique way. We feel connected to mother earth & the more we experience it, the more we crave it.

Sleeping in a tent doesn't hafta put a crick in your neck. Try the inflatable air mattresses. Warm up your morning by stretching & yoga. Lay in the hammock & read a book while someone else cooks breakfast. Or do light meals for your trip. Packing items like bagels, fruits, cereal, oatmeal, sandwiches, salads & soups. Spend the afternoon hiking a ridge, spend an hour looking for the perfect place for sunset & curl up to a campfire with a bottle of wine & friends.

New to camping? If you are a female, who loves the outdoors but has no one to go camping with... please meet Total Escape Adventures! Come out on the back roads & we can show you what California camping is all about. No crowded campgrounds, no busy parks, no bus transportation, no hard core anything.... just cool people sharing a similar interest. Upcoming trips are always listed here -

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Let your man take care of all the particulars. Read the Male section for what to watch out for.

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Total Escape is California, off the beaten path

Farm Towns California has more variety of farms than any other state and the land mass to go with it. If you've ever dreamed of starting a backyard vegetable garden, or even living in a farming town, you too can escape the city life for nature, sunset walks and dark night skies.

Waterfalls, swimming holes; Wildflowers blooming above 4000 feet elevation, and summer holidays are here - which means camping season is in full swing. Sierra Nevada high-country bloom mid to late summer. The higher the altitude, the later the blooms.

DanaMite has also been documenting recent fires on out public lands. See the areas affected by wildfires.


Rural California Directory: Now that you've found this independent California resource, you can discover more local destinations online. Find your own rural place, a home way up in the hills, or just a good camp spot for the night. Discover that perfect desert spot for winter camping, petroglyphs, or the best small town museums. We list it here, all outdoors, all local. Travel the back roads of the west, on the cheap. Camp year round, without the fees, from Baja to Shasta. Find secluded spots. Historic, independent inns to remote yurt resorts, yoga weekends to primitive hot springs, RV resorts, or dispersed camp sites. Hiking trails, kayaking lakes, fishing streams, gold mines and ghost towns, and all the topographic maps to go with.

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We're still here, thousands of pages and decades later. Way outside the city limits, beyond the county line. No wifi, no smart meters, no gaming addictions, no traffic lights, no city noise. Rural living in California still exist. Hike on the weekends, bike to work, boating mid-week, we have you covered for destinations. Find a new boulder garden, a big waterfall, trailhead or an ancient lava cave. Total Escape - Two whole decades online. Not quite obsolete.

Craving the Wild? Before the tweets, the constant memes and paralysis of our current culture, DanaMite started this travel web site way back in 1996. Catchy phrases like, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) did not yet exist.

Total Escape features abundant real photos of real places. Secluded destinations, camping and lodging, examining the best back roads, side routes, the topo maps (to get you out there). Locals-only travel tips, gear reviews, festivals and events. This unique travel site is updated every month, for the past 25 years!

Juicy content specific only to California. Focusing on outdoor destinations, small towns and budget-minded travel since 1996, we've recreated the weekend getaway - without the crowds. Escape the matrix, the city life, the traffic jams and learn how to avoid the tourist traps. Drive on past the factory outlet malls and the water slides, we've got much more to show you. Way out there, on the back roads, and in the backcountry.

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