It’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” Time of Year

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It’s that time of year again.  Just 3 weeks away from the Alabama – Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend event.  Twice a year the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) sponsored event takes place at the 4-H Center near Columbiana, Ala.  This year I get to go free, on a scholarship that I won at the event in March.  This will be my 4th trip and each time I love it!  If you want to know more please visit this LINK and start planning for March 2017.  Each event is limited to about 125 like minded women who enjoy the outdoors.
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Shopping for Camping Gear on the Cheap – Worth It? #2

My second find online and a deal so far is an self inflatable camping/hiking pillow.  It compresses and rolls up to about the size of a large cantaloupe.  Those super duper OMG where did they grow those sizes.

I found it on AliExpress for $6.35 and with shipping it came out to $7.90.  The order was placed on August 9, and it arrived at my house on August 25.  Since I didn’t have a camping trip planned the wait wasn’t bad at all.  The exterior material is a polyester PVC type material with a foam interior.  Air valve is a screw type and is easy to inflate.  Since it is a “self inflating” pillow I decided to test that feature and see if it would fluff up a bit without assistance from my lungs.  When I opened the valve it did fill partially with air and with two little breaths it was full.  It weighs in at around 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.  The size is 47x30x8cm (18.5″ x 11.8″ x 3.14″ inches).  I made sure to check the sizes since I didn’t want to get something the size of a Barbie doll pillow.  It’s been a while since I had to learn the metric system, and that didn’t stick; however, Google is your friend! If you’d like your own then you should check out AliExpress.
I have a trip planned in October so I’ll post an update once my camping trip is complete.  Also, I think I’ll make it a tiny pillow case to keep it clean.  Not that I drool, but well hiking makes me tired and I’d rather not slobber on my new pillow.
Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

Inflatable Pillow Air Cushion for Hiking Backpacking Travel 47x30x8cm

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate.  Green to match the down sleeping bag I got off E-Bay.

47x30x8 cm - lightly cushioned, nylon material. Easy to inflate and weighs in at 9.9 ounces - 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack.

Weighs in at 9.9 ounces – 9.3 ounces without the stuff sack

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