Have you ever thought of escaping from your monotonous city life? Or maybe take a break? We all, at some point in our life, have been there and all you need is just a recreational activity to freshen up your mind and soul and feel nature. To achieve such a beautiful goal, camping is the thing for you. Though the concept sounds much easier, it requires a different approach and planning if you’re a woman. So let’s take you on a hypothetical tour and provide some beginner camping tips for women.
These tips will mainly be focused on what to keep in your mind before, meanwhile, and after camping. We will talk about locations, necessary things to keep with you, do’s and don’ts while camping, and so on!
Choose a suitable location
First thing first, you must select a perfect location so you do not face many difficulties while camping and at the same time enjoy every bit of nature. For example, if you are young, your physical stamina is much higher, you can camp at a distant place, somewhere in a forest (not too deep) or a mountain.
If you’re a mother and don’t feel the same energy anymore and still searching for a break, you should focus on camping somewhere nearer to local transport or a beach. You must keep in mind that you can never just camp anywhere you want.
Camping in the wood is illegal in a few areas, you must follow the laws of your state. Once you have the perfect location in your mind, we can move on to our next tip.
Get permission before camping
Camping may not be allowed everywhere. So always try to seek permission first before straight up going camping. It is also safe to inform the local police where you’re going so that in case of any kind of emergency, they can always come to help.
Be careful while taking pictures anywhere as well. There are certain private places where filming is completely prohibited. So, if you don’t want to put yourself in trouble, be aware of this fact.
After arriving at the location
Now that you’ve arrived at your location check the whole place out. You will need to set up your tent, so be careful about any sharp rocks or other objects that can be a reason for injury. Search for good water sources. You will need fresh water to keep yourself hydrated and also cook those frozen foods you have.
Setting up a tent is hard, so ensure you have enough time and enough energy. Setting up the tent as soon as you find the perfect spot is recommended. Always be aware of the risks you might face during your stay.
Things You Need to Bring with You
Now, let’s pack your bags with all the things you’re going to need while camping. We will talk about things every girl should bring while camping.
This is kind of obvious, right? If you’re camping somewhere in the woods or mountains, you have to have tents with you. Tents are like portable homes. You just can’t sleep on a rock or a tree. Remember, wildlife is not a thing to joke around about. You must be cautious all the time; tents are an extra layer of your protection.
There are dangerous bugs that can put you to permanent sleep and wild creatures that can satisfy their hunger with a piece of you. Also, to avoid weather problems, like too hot or snowy or dusty environment, tents are your saviour. So, never ever forget to bring tents with you.
2. Inflatable sleeping bags
You can’t just carry the whole bedroom with you while camping. But you still need a comfy place to sleep. The inflatable sleeping bags are just the perfect things for that. They even don’t occupy much space and are very soft. They are super light, so you can carry them all the time.
3. Face wipes
If you’re camping somewhere distant from the city, water availability might be a real issue. You may not find a good quantity of water or not a good source which you can trust. So to keep your skin hydrated, you should bring moisturizer face wipes. These will keep the oily and dusty layer away from your skin and keep it hydrated.
4. Sanitary Pads for that time of the month
It is highly recommended always to keep the date in mind. Your body behaviour doesn’t stay the same when facing that time of the month. But if you feel confident enough and still go on camping during your period, do not forget about the pads. Camping is not just sitting and chilling at a cool spot. Discovering the neighbourhood of that location is also necessary. So to get going, always wear pads to avoid any kind of discomfort on your journey.
5. Urinary funnel
This is a thing to use in an emergency. Just think of a scenario: You’re on your way to hiking. While you’re on the go, nature starts calling you, and you can not but answer that call. There is no such situation where you’ll find a comfortable spot to empty your bladder. This is where the urinary funnel will do the magic. Also, you can get an idea of how it likes to pee like men.
6. General hygiene
Most women like to maintain their general hygiene no matter where they go. So make sure you always carry a hand sanitizer and cleaning tissues. You can also carry one-time suits. If you’re somewhere close to the water and the water seems clean and usable, take a dip and rinse off the dirt you’ve been carrying.
Fire is the heart of camping. And if you’re not an expert in starting a fire with natural equipment, you must carry a Firestarter with you. Please learn how to use a firestarter before going camping.
8. Sunscreen and Lip balm
To avoid sunburn, always try to carry tinted sunscreen and lip balm with you. The sunscreen will prevent your skin from burning and the lip balm will prevent lip cracks.
9. Camping outfits
A lot of people ask for women’s camping outfits. Before getting a camping outfit, keep some things in mind-
- The outfit should not be too tight or too loose.
- It should be stretchable.
- Minimal ventilation should be possible.
- It should reflect the heat.
- And as for shoes, a good hiking shoe should be enough.
10. Frozen Foods
Real life isn’t a movie where you will simply start hunting animals and satisfy your hungry tummy. Always try to keep frozen foods and just add water meals so you can be energetic whenever you want.
11. Make your campsite animal-proof
The animals may look cute and cuddly, but they can also do severe harm. They can destroy your tent, make your campsite their territory, and even harm you. So, the question arises here, how do I make my campsite animal-proof? A simple answer for that is to remove trash and food waste. Foods simply attract those animals.
So if you can ensure that there is no food inside your tent or food waste around your campsite, you should feel safe. But it is safe to keep pepper spray with you to turn away small animals like raccoons. Also, try to keep a distance from the wild.
12. Other camping stuff
These were some of the female camping essentials. Now simply fill your bags with other basic things you need for camping. You will need a navigation tool where the internet doesn’t work much. You will need a torchlight to see the way in the dark. You will need a couple of bottles of water to keep yourself hydrated as long as you can.
You might need ropes to set up your tent. Also, if there is something you feel will be necessary, take it. Just don’t pack too many unnecessary things, which will eventually make the bag heavier and put you in utter discomfort throughout your journey.
Some other tips that you may require while camping
Although you’re camping, your skin deserves to be treated the same way as before. Depending on the place you are camping at, you should take proper care of your skin. If the climate seems too hot, apply sunscreen before leaving the tent. Apply lip balm to avoid lip cracks in a cold climate. You can also use different skin products to take good care of your skin.
It will likely be rough as you’ll be camping for some days. So your hair can be messy, dirty, and dusty. To take good care of your hair, you should comb them every night before sleeping. You can also use dry shampoo to soak up all the dirt and give your hair a glossy look. Also, you can do a ponytail to stay as dust-free as possible.
While roaming around the sun, hats can be a very useful companion. The main purpose is to reduce the heat as much as possible to avoid heatstroke. Hats will also save your eyes from direct contact with sunlight for improved vision. Another advantage is that hats will save your hair from dirt and getting tangled. So, keeping a hat with you all the time is recommended.
These were some common tips for every woman out there planning to go camping. But there are some of you who are intended to camp alone. Here go some extra tips for solo camping women.
- Bring your pet dog
This tip is for those women who are solo camping and own a dog. Dogs are trustworthy companions to pass your time and put an extra layer of protection. Whenever you feel like taking a walk around your campsite, your dog can make sure your accessories are okay. Also, your dog can give you backup courage if you feel unsafe while roaming.
- Don’t inform everyone
As you are camping alone, it is best not to inform everyone around you. You would never know who is your well-wisher and who is not. Especially avoid posting your location on social media. You should inform your dearest and those you can completely rely on. Always make sure you’re 100% safe.
- Be extra cautious
Solo camping can sometimes be risky since no one can watch your back unless you have a pet. In that case, you should always stay alert. If you’re camping too deep in the woods (which is not recommended), you can spread some stuff around your campsite. These staffs are for making noise upon a foot on them so you can be prepared at someone’s presence. Make sure such staff doesn’t contain food items that might attract the wild. Also, don’t forget to pack all those staffs on your way back to avoid natural pollution.
- Try camping at national parks
If you’re camping solo and also a beginner, choosing a state or national park is highly recommended. Without any previous camping experience, it is too risky to jump into wildlife. Rather, you should start your camping adventure through a park where your safety will be ensured and you can enjoy your alone time without worrying much.
- Talking with strangers
Now, this is an interesting tip. If you’re camping alone and you suddenly meet up with strangers at your campsite, there are certain things you must keep in mind. It is good practice to talk with new people and make new friends. It freshens up your mind and opening up to them lightens your heart. But sharing must be limited. Don’t be overfriendly to people otherwise, they will take advantage of you. Kids are the best and safest strangers you can gossip with. For your safety, avoid eating foods from strangers and always keep pepper spray.
These were the tips to help with your camping with or without someone. You can also call it minimalist camping hacks. Always remember that your life comes first over any adventure. Don’t do anything crazy or stupid. There is no shame in seeking help. Always use your hand when you can and you should have a wonderful adventure.
Camping for women might seem challenging, but trust me, the adventure you’re going to have will be worth it. To conclude all of these tips, finally, I want to say that you’re independent and always remember that. You also deserve a break. Don’t step back from this idea for any foul opinion. You should be fine as long as you’re following all the rules and keeping the basics mind that we’ve talked about so far. This is all for now. Just go, girl!