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5 Must-Have Women’s Camping Essentials

Whether you are on a strict vacation budget or not, camping can be a fulfilling option for women who love the outdoors. Camping allows you to take a break from everyday life, get out and enjoy nature, and, in most cases, you don’t even have to travel too far. If you’re looking to schedule a camping trip this year, there are some things you’ll need. Here are my top 5 must-have women’s camping essentials to make the experience more fun, convenient, and safe.

Must-Have Women’s Camping Essentials #1: A Quality Tent and Something to Sit On

When shopping for a quality tent, you want to be very specific in what you’re looking for. Do some online research to see what options are available and go from there. Questions you’ll want to ask yourself: How many will it hold?; Is it completely waterproof?; Does it need divided rooms or windows?; How easy is it to put up and take down? If you’re still not sure about quality and brands, consult your local sporting good store for more information.

Make sure you have enough seating for everyone on your trip. Rain or other unexpected weather could render the ground useless. Folding camp chairs are great for around the fire or sitting by the lake. If you really want some relaxing moments, how about a quality camping hammock? You will likely have to fight for this one, though. Everyone will want a turn!

Must-Have Women’s Camping Essentials #2: Safety Gear and Personal Items

Of course, no-one wants to think about an emergency situation occurring while camping, but, the fact is, you need to be prepared for anything. If you’re isolated in the wilderness, maybe without the ability to communicate with anyone, preparation could save your life. Things like an emergency first aid kit, flashlight with backup batteries, and other essential tools are imperative. Also, if you camp in an area where dangerous wild animals roam, you may even want to bring along a weapon for your protection. You can find these kinds of items at places like woodburyoutfitters.com.

Take along allergy aids and insect repellent for everyone. If you or someone has extreme allergies to insects or some outdoor foliage, consult your physician for emergency medication like adrenaline and steroids.

Also, as a woman, make sure to pack all feminine protection items that you could need. This goes double if you have other women or girls going along. You don’t want to get caught in the woods on your period without what you need. Do this even if you aren’t planning to start on your trip. Shit happens!

Must-Have Women’s Camping Essentials #3: A Portable Kitchen

Because you obviously won’t have the conveniences of your kitchen, you’ll need to put together a portable kitchen of sorts. Don’t worry, camping stores are always well stocked with this kind of gear. You’ll need an outdoor camping grill, frying pan, large pot, utensils, and a kettle that can be used on a fire or the grill. Additional items include plates, bowls, mugs, a washbasin for washing dishes, knives, and a can opener. When packing these items, consider how long your trip will be and how many people are with you.

Must-Have Women’s Camping Essentials #4: Easy, Nutritious Snacks

It’s also a good idea to pack plenty of nutritious snacks that don’t need prep or refrigeration. Fast and easy items like protein bars are best for trips that require more physical stamina and energy. I also love packing dried fruits, nuts, granola bars, and fresh fruit because they can be thrown into a backpack for a hike.

Must-Have Women’s Camping Essentials #5: A Plan

Camping is, indeed, a wonderful activity for families and friends to spend quality time together.  And, it will be more enjoyable and successful if you take the time to plan and organize in advance. The right gear and equipment make a massive difference once you get out into the wilderness. I recommend making a checklist and an itinerary for your trip a couple weeks in advance. Work on collecting what you need, as well as going over the plan with everyone who plans to go on the trip.

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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