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Cruisin' + Campfires

Cruisin' + Campfires

By Cruisin and Campfires
A podcast about seeking adventure and sparking joy outside as a family.
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The 5 Stages of Being a Cozy Camper
What does it mean to be a cozy camper? And how do you know when you've reached that point where you can really be the most comfortable outside? This episode breaks down the five stages of easing into cozy camping. Which stage are you in? Tag us on Instagram to share.
October 14, 2021
Tips for RVing With Dogs
Ready to hit the road with your dogs? Here are some of the best (and not often talked about) tips for RVing safely with dogs. 
October 07, 2021
What's on your Fall Camping Experience List?
What do you want to do this Fall camping season? If you're ready to keep your camping experiences going well beyond the so-called "end" of camping season, this episode is for you. Get 5 fun and easy bucket list ideas to make your Fall camping vibes a little more exciting. 
September 30, 2021
On Getting Outdoors in All Weather with Outdoorsy Families
Join me as I learn how Audrey Withecombe from Outdoorsy Families gets outdoors with her family year round. In this episode, you'll hear about her adventures in boat camping, how she turned an RV into a ski lodge, and how she keeps her kids happy no matter where they're exploring outside.  Follow Outdoorsy Families on Instagram: Visit her website:
September 16, 2021
How to Be More Comfortable While Camping
Probably the number one thing I hear about camping is how uncomfortable it is. Some people embrace the discomfort as having a sense of adventure. Others look past it because being outdoors is just so beautiful. Still, there are others again who prefer to go glamping and have the best of both worlds. This episode is for the latter who appreciate Scandinavian style and cozy vibes while also experiencing the great outdoors. 
September 09, 2021
Camping With Toddlers: How to Keep The Peace
Ready to take a dive into the unspoken parts of motherhood, especially during those toddler years? Listen in as hosts of the Not Your Mother's Podcast, Sonnet Simmons Matthews and Veronica Morales Frieling, dig into just a few of the ways they help tame the chaos in the early years while on the road and at the campground.  Follow Not Your Mother's Podcast on Instagram: Get the Course, Raising Children You Like:
June 23, 2021
Being Bear Aware While Exploring With Kids
Chuck has been working on bear avoidance and wildlife stewardship issues since 1976 when he retired from car racing.  He put a special effort into monitoring the research and development of bear spray at the University of Montana in the mid 1980s and efforts to market the first bear spray.  This included working with biologists and naturalists to determine the effectiveness of the new product called bear spray and its ability to protect people and bears.  Since then we have continued to research bear encounters and maulings to determine the causes involved with each. Learn more about bear safety here: 1) 2) 3)  Bear spray demonstration video:
May 12, 2021
Celebrating Birthdays at a Campsite
Are you camping with your kids on their birthday? This episode is for you. Listen to find out five fun ways to make the birthday child feel a little extra special while camping on their special day. To find the special gift ideas mentioned in this episode, visit or click the links below. Cruisin' + Campfires Crafting Box Kid's Lantern Kid's Hiking Journal Kid's Camping Journal Camping-Themed Book
May 05, 2021
Living the RV Tailgate Life
Kimberly is a die-hard Georgia Tech fan who has tailgated every single football game for decades. Even in a tough year, like what we just experienced, she was there for the tailgate whenever she could be — and she never lost a tailgate. Learn more about how she brings her RV to football, NASCAR, baseball, concerts, music festivals, and more. It's a whole new adventurous way to exploring the outdoors.  Find more about Kimberly: Website: Twitter: @RVTailgateLife Instagram: RVTailgateLife Pinterest: RVTailgateLife Facebook: RVTailgateLife
April 28, 2021
Finding Adventure in Texas
David and Tania started the YouTube channel, Texas Family Camping to promote families getting outside, together.  They understand all the struggles involved from how to book a campsite to what to pack, to how to start a fire.  Their YouTube channel covers a wide variety of camping subjects from showing some of the best campsites to how to prepare a truck to pull an RV.  They have 2 daughters and a German shepherd that they take camping and they enjoy documenting the fun had along the way. They even have been camping in their RV at some rest areas to document how that works, and show the best ones to stop at for the night. Check out their YouTube Channel here for all their tips: 
April 14, 2021
Giving Yourself Grace While Seeking Adventure
Let's face it — motherhood is an adventure itself. And when you're exploring new areas, making new friendships, and finding yourself again, you can be faced with some situations that can leave you feeling lost along your journey. On this episode, Shannon Kenny Carbonell opens up about her journey in motherhood that prompted her to leave behind a career in Hollywood in order to find a new adventure with her husband, LOST actor, Nestor Carbonell. Enjoy this raw conversation filled with laughs, stories, and lots of adventure.  Order Shannon's new book, All is Not Lost: Subscribe to Shannon's newsletter:
April 06, 2021
You Can't Control Everything While Camping With Kids (and That's Okay)
What do you do when something goes out of your control, like a weather report for snow or a blowout on your RV? On this episode, Josi Mara Richards talks through her framework for managing things that are out of our control, and how to approach situations more objectively.  Follow Josi Mara Richards on Facebook: Visit Josi Mara Richards website:
March 24, 2021
A Framework for Nixing Boredom While Camping With Kids
Probably nothing is as frustrating as hearing, "I'm bored" while camping with kids. Nix the boredom burnout by using this K.I.D. framework to come up with fast, easy ideas your kids will love doing. 
March 17, 2021
Traveling and Camping With a Child with ADHD
Dawn Marcotte has a family of 4 that has visited every state park in MN and as many of the National Parks as they can manage. With a focus on at least 1 big trip a year they have been able to experience the many adventures available in the great outdoors across the state of Minnesota. One of her children also has ADHD and is on the Autism spectrum. On this episode, Dawn opens up about the blessings and challenges her family has encountered while traveling. It's a must-listen for anyone visiting a family campground.  When Dawn and her family aren't traveling, you can find her here:
March 10, 2021
Finding Adventure With Your Kids
How do you encourage your kids to seek adventure? Tune in to find out from a fellow mom and outdoor entrepreneur, Nailah Blades Wylie. Nailah Blades Wylie is a Life & Leadership coach, consultant and the founder of Color Outside, a coaching practice for ambitious women of color who are ready to create unapologetic, soul stirring lives through outdoor adventure. Nailah started Color Outside as a safe place for women of color to come together and unlock where they're feeling stuck so that they can fully step into their joy and shine. When she's not leading adventure retreats or consulting with brands you can find her hiking with her husband or playing intense games of hide-n-go seek with her two tiny kids. You can find Nailah online at or on Instagram and Facebook: @wecoloroutside
March 03, 2021
Convincing Your Spouse to Try Camping
So often, one spouse loves camping while the other cringes at the idea. That was certainly the case for my husband and I before we bought our trailer, but boy did things change. On this episode, I talk through how you can come together as a couple and find the best mode of travel for your family. 
February 16, 2021
Exploring National Parks Through Reading
If getting to see National Parks with kids, like the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone are on your family's bucket list, you'll want to listen to this podcast. Blue Camas Books authors Christa Dunn and Joan Webb have published several books for kids highlighting the beloved characters Max and Josie. Each story is based on real-life experiences inside some of our favorite National Parks. On this podcast, you'll hear their backstory to writing these books, stories from when they went camping as kids, and more.  Links from the show: Instagram: Instagram: Exploring Yellowstone: Exploring The Grand Tetons: Website:
February 08, 2021
Navigating the Unknown on RV Trips With Kids
What do you do when you promise kids a pool at a campground, only to find out that it's closed due to the pandemic after you've arrived? Or how do you negotiate an extended camping trip with a teenager who would rather stay home and play video games? On this episode, Parenting Coach Kristin Schmoke walks through how her family of 6 overcame those challenges, and more, while on a 40-day camping trip over the summer. She also shares some ideas for how to calm challenging situations with our kids while on the road or at the camp site.  Follow Kristin Schmoke: Facebook:   The Parenting Village Group: Instagram:
February 01, 2021
Dispersed Camping With Kids
How do you create a fun, safe, and memorable experience while dispersed camping with kids? There might not be any playgrounds to jump around on or neighbors to meet, but there are plenty of ways to keep small children engaged and happy while out in the great outdoors. This episode teaches you about some of the things you can do to ensure your trip is boredom free while also teaching your kids how to care for their surroundings.  Sponsored link: The Cruisin and Campfires Adventure Box - Tag us on Instagram: Join the FREE Facebook group:
January 25, 2021
What to Expect When Camping in Arkansas
Warning: The audio on this episode gets pretty garbled in certain areas. Bear with it because the message and takeaways are exceptional. Micaiah Slaton and her family created Camp Arkansas, a company that sells maps of all the campgrounds in Arkansas. She's sharing more about her family's experience, what led them to create this, and where you should go if you're planning a camping trip to Arkansas. Website: Instagram:
January 19, 2021
RVing in the Snow With Kids
Many people I've talked to cringe at the idea of RVing in the snow with kids, but what if the experience could actually turn into one of your favorite memories as a family? That was the case for us when we unexpectedly found ourselves camping in our RV in the snow with a 2 and 3-year-old. Here's what I learned about what to pack, how to keep the kids entertained, and how to meal plan. Share your experiences with me on Instagram by tagging @Cruisinandcampfires with a picture of your favorite snow RV experience!
January 11, 2021
Living Full-Time in an RV as a Family of 5 with Bungalow on the Go
Ever wonder what full-time RV life would look like with a family of 5? Listen in on my campfire conversation with Christina Becker from Bungalow on the Go as she breaks down why they packed up and hit the road, the beautiful things they've seen, and some of the lessons they've learned along the way. There are so many actionable takeaways from this episode. Tag @bungalowonthego and @cruisinandcampfires on Instagram with your favorite pieces. Instagram:
January 04, 2021
Tips for Packing the RV
One of the hardest parts of camping is packing. On this episode, I break down my strategy for packing our RV, talk about how I write out our packing list, and mention the 4 most common things I forget (so you won't do the same!). Share your packing strategies and follow us on Instagram @cruisinandcampfires
December 21, 2020
A Journey to Camping in 177 Florida State Parks With 2 Kids
Amanda Green is a former TV producer, freelance writer, and born-and-raised Floridian. She's the mother of two children — a 2-year-old and 5-year-old. On this episode, she opens up about her family's current mission to explore all 177 of Florida's State Parks. It's a powerful episode with stories about what works, unforeseen challenges, and enthusiastic encouragement to pursue your own family camping adventures. Here's where to follow Amanda Green and her family: Facebook: Instagram:
December 15, 2020
Managing Big Emotions While Traveling With Kids
It's time to have an honest conversation about big emotions with our kids. In this episode, the author of the children's book Grumpaloffagus, Kristin Gudenkauf, and I talk through how her book came to life and how she helps her daughter better understand the grumps as they arise during camping trips.  Buy Grumpaloffagus: Follow Baby Rex Productions Facebook: Instagram:
December 10, 2020
Episode 1: My Journey Into Camping With Young Kids
On this episode, I'm sharing my story about how I got started camping with kids (it wasn't something I grew up doing) and the journey towards quickly falling in love with this mode of travel. 
December 07, 2020
Trailer Episode
Cruisin' + Campfires new podcast launches December 7! Tune in to discover how to seek adventure without chaos and spark joy outdoors. 
November 02, 2020