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10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping? I have a confession to make; I’m not a fan of camping at all. I love the whole idea of spending time with friends and family and enjoying nature and the outdoors but when it comes down to it, I’d just rather sleep in my own bed and have the luxuries that a house and indoor plumbing have to offer.
Glamping is a real thing
I guess that’s why “Glamping” is increasing in popularity. If you don’t know what that is, look it up! For those that truly hate camping, it’s definitely the route to go. If Glamping isn’t in the cards for you at the very least you should consider getting a cabin or RV instead of a tent. The most important advantages are beds to sleep in and a private bathroom, it could be worth the extra money.
For the rest of us that need to survive the dreadful trip of camping in a tent, I’ve put together a must-have list of the 10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping.
10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping
- Wet Wipes – Camping is dirty! There is no way around it. You’ll likely end up sleeping with some of it. Wet wipes come in handy for washing up when a shower isn’t readily available. Plan on dealing with dirt, soot from the fire, and more!
- Duct Tape – Yes, duct tape is still a necessity to keep around. Duct tape can repair tears in the tent, broken tools, and gadgets, or even hold your table cloth in place on the picnic table. I don’t think I’ve been on a single camping trip we haven’t used the duct tape.
- Insect Repellent – Avoid being miserable and itching the entire time by applying insect repellent. Yes, there will be bugs…of all varieties. Eek!
- Socks – Bring plenty of pairs of socks; it tends to be cooler at night and the odds are you’ll likely misplace your shoes at least once or end up walking around in sock feet. If the weather changes or your camping trip includes fishing or the water, your feet will get wet and you’ll want to make sure you have dry socks nearby.
- Tools for Cooking – Sometimes cooking while at camp can be a hassle. You don’t have all those utensils and gadgets that you normally do at home. I highly recommend investing a bit in some aides specifically made for campfire cooking. You’ll be able to indulge in a real meal and cleanup will be a breeze. Bring paper plates, cups; it’s just easier. Do your part and dispose of the paper in your fire when finished (do NOT put plastic in the fire).
- Lanterns/Flashlights – When you’re in the woods and it gets dark outside it gets REALLY dark outside. You’ll feel more comfortable having lanterns and flashlights at your disposal (I keep my own personal flashlight at all times and am stingy about it). Lanterns help make the days longer so you can get more time out of your trip.
- Toilet Paper – Whether indoors or out, you want to be prepared! Do not go camping without this. Toilet paper can make or break a camping trip, swear!
- Extra clothing – Come prepared for changes in the weather. If it’s generally warm this time of year pack accordingly but include a little rain gear and maybe a jacket and a pair of gloves in case you get an extreme drop in the temp at night. I always pack extra blankets, too.
- Entertainment – If you don’t generally enjoy camping odds are you won’t be interested in just hanging out in the dirt. Books, music journals, cards, and games can help you pass the time in a therapeutic way. Before going, put together a DIY manicure and nail kit and take some time to work on your nails, give yourself a facial, etc. With careful planning, camping can be a great time to do those things to pamper yourself that you keep putting off.
- Tarp – Tarps have many uses. They are wonderful alternatives for a makeshift shelter, can protect the bottom of your tent, cover your equipment while protecting you in the rain, and block wind in your campsite. They are easy to fold up and throw in a backpack when hiking. I’ve been on many trips where the tarp has saved the day, BRING IT!
Can you think of any camping necessities I missed? Let us know!
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