To be fair, I AM a bit of a tomboy.. so it may be simpler for me than someone who is not. But camping with males, just like any other aspect of camping (or any vacation) is all about planning.
The trick to being a girl on a camping trip is to be as low maintenance as possible. Haaa…. not as easy as you might think. I approach every single camping trip with this in mind, and I’m always surprised at how much more room MY stuff takes. What happened? Ack!
First up: clothing
Yes, it’d be great if we could bring all of our cute clothes just to emphasize how cute we are. But, when your favourite PINK sweatshirt ends up with tree sap on it… you might regret it. If you have to bring extra anything, make sure it’s socks and maybe a sweatshirt.
Answer: bring cute but PRACTICAL clothing. If you get stranded somewhere, you want to be sure that what you’re bringing is going to be warm and dry enough.
Next: your hair
Even if your hair is supermodel perfect when you aren’t camping, it’s not going to be that way on your camping trip. Factor in bug repellent, humidity or full-out rain, your hair hasn’t got a snowflake’s chance in hell of being perfect.
How to deal? Whether you’re going overnight, or for two weeks, leave your straighteners and curling irons at home. It’s a ponytail or a messy bun for you! To be even more low-maintenance, get into the habit of washing your hair every other day. A trial size dry shampoo spray used sparingly will freshen your locks. I say sparingly because most dry shampoos are scented, and will attract bugs.
As mentioned in this post, minimizing the amount of product you bring is going to be beneficial to everyone. But, carefully weigh your options. If you don’t feel like yourself without your favourite bronzer, bring it.
You want to look and feel like yourself, obviously. Simply put, the goal here is to pare down to the bare essentials. Eyeliner, concealer and lip gloss with SPF are probably the most important products. You still have to feel comfortable, just don’t go overboard.
As for the Males…
It’s a good idea to give them a list with a few of the important basics to bring, and leave them to it. They are usually pretty good with packing their own things, and keeping it to a minimum.
What about the rest?
I’m a type A person, so I plan ahead… with almost everything.
This entire blog is full of great tips and tricks to packing for your trip, but the real secret? The honest-to-goodness gem here?
I plan ahead to the point that there’s really nothing left for me to do. I plan ahead so that the males can easily take over any aspect. While I’m relaxing.
I have no shame.
Listen… if you plan it right, your kids can get dinner going:
Me: “We’re having meatloaf tonight, can someone please pop it into the crockpot?”
-If you let them know the right way to pack their stuff, they’ll get dressed with minimal issues.
-When they need to go shower, their stuff is easy to find, and all together. (Getting this done right after dinner gives us maximum time to enjoy the campfire)
Do the heavy lifting before your trip, and it’s smooth sailin’ during the trip.
But don’t do it all yourself. When you’re struggling or overwhelmed… let them know you need a hand.
What did you think? Is there anything you would add?