Fall is here and this is the perfect time to pack your camping gear and head to a campsite. Camping is just plain old good for the soul. There’s something about being outdoors and surrounded by nature that forces us to slow down and take a deep breath. The sounds of tree frogs or a rushing river are pure and simple – and things we don’t hear at home over the traffic, video games and ringing cell phones.
Even the most city-fied CupCase girl can find happiness in the great outdoors. Here are a few tips to make your camping trip a success:
Before we launch into the list, you may feel better knowing that it’s possible to dress in style – even while camping. There are so many cute and functional outdoor wear options! Just make sure you pack clothes for cold and rain, no matter what time of year.
Here’s a list of basics:
- Fleece jacket – This will surely keep you comfy if the temperature drops!
- Water proof poncho or jacket (Ponchos are never pretty, but if that prevents you from getting soaked to the skin, we’ll overlook it J.)
- Pajama pants or sweatpants
- Long-sleeved T-shirts and short-sleeved T-shirts (great for layering).
- Jeans or convertible pants – The legs on these pants zip off to become shorts. CupCase loves these, even when we’re not camping!
- Thick and thin socks
- Hat (for blocking the sun, keeping your head warm or disguising hair that hasn’t been in a shower for a few days)
- Hiking boots and/or very comfortable sneakers
- Sandals or slip-ons to wear walking to and from the bathroom or showers
- First aid kit
- Insect repellant
- Flashlights and/or headlamp
- Camping lantern
- Bags for trash
- Toilet paper
- Bungee cords for laundry lines – They also can be used to fix a tent in an emergency or hold lanterns.
- Small broom and dust pan to sweep out tent
- Wet wipes – Try ActionWipes for a shower in a towelette!
Don’t bother wearing much makeup (gasp!). Just wear sunscreen. Hey, you’re roughing it, after all! If that just isn’t enough coverage for you, try mixing the sunscreen with your foundation and storing it in a small plastic container. You should also take Chapstick, lotion and OK, maybe a little mascara.
So now that you know what how to stylishly pack for camping, CupCase wants to remind you of a few rules:
- The campground is home to wildlife so respect their space. Keep the campsite clean. If you leave food out, animals will take that as an open invitation to drop in.
- Keep food in plastic zip locks for easy access. Keep toiletries in a plastic zip lock bag – or better yet, a cute CupCase for easy storage. (Maybe an animal print CupCase, since you’ll be in the wilderness and all! J)
- To further deter animals from stopping by your tent uninvited, many campsites require all food, and anything with an odor (which includes sunscreen and toothpaste), to be bagged and hung from a tree at least 15 feet in the air. Or, if you’ll be close to your car, you could just put everything in your car while you’re sleeping or out exploring nature.
- The final and perhaps most important rule is: “Pack it in, pack it out.” What you bring in, must be taken out.
That’s it, CupCasers! If you go camping, be sure to share your photos with us on our Facebook site so we can see how fab you look!