Hiya ladies! Not a fan of camping, huh? Well, let’s have a glass of wine together (I don’t care what time it is, you’re allowed). I’m going to give you the Girl’s Guide to Roughing It because if you hate the idea of camping, you’re really missing out. It doesn’t have to suck!
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Start off with the right supplies.
If you’re camping for the first time, you’re looking at a fairly large investment. But, think of it just like that – an investment. The bigger stuff, like a camp stove, a tent, etc., that stuff will last a long time. Sleeping bags and air mattresses, I’m gonna be honest with you, they don’t last as long as they used to. Case in point, I have an air mattress my parents gave me from the 70s, and it’s outlasted one we bought for our youngest son three years ago.
Walmart and Canadian Tire are standard places to get basic stuff, but if you want your air mattress and sleeping bag to last longer, you might want to check out Bass Pro Shops, or any outdoor outfitters for the quality stuff. Shop around, talk to staff, read reviews. Once you have everything, it’s about upkeep or replacing a piece here and there.
There’s no faster way to be a miserable chick than suffering through a rainy camping trip. Staying dry starts off with the right supplies: a tent being one of them. Most tents are water-resistant. This does NOT mean water-proof. Again, shop around, and pick up some sealant, such as Coleman Seam Sealer, and apply it to all of the seams of your tent. It’s a pain in the butt to do, I hear you, but it’s a step that is well-worth it. The sealant is long-lasting, dries clear, and you won’t have to do it each and every time you camp.
On top of this, invest in a tarp large enough to cover your tent. While the sealant helps, if it’s raining for the entire duration of your trip, you will appreciate the tarp’s aid in keeping things drier.
Flashlights and cell phones go a long way to keeping things lit when it’s dark outside. However, having one or two lanterns (like one of these Coleman LED Camp Lanterns) are great because you can hang them in your tent or on a tree. Make sure to put fresh batteries in, and have extra fresh batteries in case you need to replace them on your trip.
Be comfortable and look great.
All those Lululemon outfits of yours? Or any workout great, for that matter… it all looks great on a campin’ chick. That’s right! It makes you look cute and sporty at the same time, so go to town with packing your favourites. Bring your favourite pair of workout shoes too, because they will come in handy on any hike. If you spend a bit of time looking around, you can easily find some great athletic shoes that look like boots, and some hiking boots can look cute too.
Definitely make sure your footwear can withstand the trip. Just because heels aren’t practical doesn’t mean you have to look frumpy!
The key here is comfort… and you’re going to be happier in any camping activity if you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing.
Makeup is a camping chick requirement!
Ladies, I know! I would never go ‘au naturel’ when we camp. I’m sorry, I just wouldn’t subject my fellow campers to that kind of view! I bring a razor, my makeup, and some simple hair stuff.
The trick is to pack as light as you can. Winged eyeliner and fake lashes are not necessities on this kind of trip (sorry!). Pack as light as you can while still feeling somewhat girlie.
A moisturizer with SPF, a simple BB cream like (3 Pack) NYC Smooth Skin BB Cream Instant Matte – Medium works for great coverage. If you have a lipstick that can double as a blush, great! Some eyeliner and a little mascara and you’re good to go. Grab a travel pack of facial wipes while you’re at the dollar store and you have a complete kit!
Skip the straightener or blowouts and let your hair air dry. Don’t hate me for saying that, you’re reading this from a curly-haired chick, so I feel your pain! But, think of the cute hairstyles you can do! A french braid or double braids are great hairstyles (skip washing the next day), because you’ll have gorgeous waves in your hair from the braids. A bun or simply throwing into a large claw clip do wonders for keeping it neat and out of your face.
First aid kit, stat!
Accidents happen and most accidents can be taken care of yourself, provided you have the right tools on hand. Aside from adhesive bandages and Tylenol, being prepared means packing a decent first aid kit. Don’t cheap out on this… but also don’t spend a fortune. The $20-30 range is good for a well-equipped kit, such as this one: Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit (205-Piece), Red.
Check it out:
That is an excellent amount of supplies. Just add some Tylenol to it (kid’s Tylenol too, if you’re bringing little ones!) and you’re ready for anything, except bear! 😉
And there you have it… 5 key steps to being a chick in the wild and doing it comfortably! Thanks for having that glass of wine with me… looks like we both need a refill!
Are you a camping chick too? I would LOVE to hear your feedback about this list, and any other suggestions you might have!