Camping Packing Tips

So you are excited and ready to head out on your first camping trip! YAY!!!

You just can’t wait to be out in the wilderness, canyon, mountains, or wherever you are going to visit. There is just something so peaceful about being one with nature. It is tranquil and calming to know you are miles and miles away from chaotic, technology-filled, and fast paced life in the city.

As you begin to pack, you realize. You have no idea what to bring! My goodness, that can make a break your entire camping trip. What equipment should you bring? What clothes should you wear? This is not like any ordinary vacation. You cannot drive a few blocks to purchase what you need. When you are out camping, you live off of what you pack.

At Pink Camo Adventures, we understand this may seem like a daunting task, but do not fear ladies! As passionate lovers of nature, we are here to help you with a few packing tips. Below are the five crucial tips to make your next outdoor vacation a smooth, yet exciting adventure.

Know Details of Your Destination

Before you begin choosing what to pack, you have to take a look at where you are going. Go online and check out how the weather will be during your trip. What you would bring on a camping trip to the gorgeous Everglade National Park, which aligns the western boarder of Miami, Florida, is much different than if you were to visit Great Basin National Park that is at a higher elevation, which means the weather is much colder. So you would not pack the same items for low temperature areas like this if you were going to a subtropical climate area like Biscayne National Park in Homestead, Florida. You would want to pack gear that would accommodate the type of weather you would be in.

Other things to keep in mind:

Areas with dessert climate like Red Rock National Park in Nevada will be very hot in the day, but chilling cold in the night. You have to pack a warm sleeping bag and have warm clothes to change into when it gets chilly.

Consider the types of bugs you may encounter. Camping in humid areas such as the Dry Tortugas National Park out in the lovely Florida Key West means there is going to be lots of bugs around. Be sure to pack quality bug spray, a mesh net to attach to your hat, etc.

Pack Essentials – Equipment and Gear
Here is a list of essential you must bring when you are out in the beautiful outdoors:

– Tent
– Sleeping Bag
–  A refillable water bottle, which is a sustainable option to keep you    hydrated versus bringing a pack of disposable water.
–  SPF 30+ Sunscreen
– Hat that has a brim to keep the sun and glare from your eyes
– Sunglasses
– Flashlight and headlamp
– Swiss Army Knife (Great all-purpose tool)
– Maps of the park. Use this to plan hiking trails and various attractions you may want to see during your trip.

Dress Appropriately
Based on how the weather is, you should bring clothes that is appropriate. If the weather is cold, bring many layers to keep you warm. Other things to remember are:

– Quality hiking boots that protect your ankles. This will make sure you avoid injuries on your adventure.
– High wool or cotton socks.
– Flip-flops are a must in case you have to take a shower at the camp site.
– Pack extra underwear and plenty of clothes to change into.
– A bra to keep you comfortable during your hikes and another bra for when you are winding down at your campsite.

Don’t Forget About Food
Of course a girls gotta eat!!! Here are things you should bring to have a great dining experience outdoors:

– Cooking and eating utensils
– Dishes and cooking sets
– Cups to drink out of
– Food – remember to bring healthy snacks like granola bars, nuts, -pretzels, dried fruit, etc.
– Cooler to keep the food in, with plenty of ice
– Plastic bags for leftovers
– Paper towels and garbage bags
– Cleaning supplies to clean the dishes.
– Beauty and Health Items

Let’s not forget the importance of keeping a girl fresh and clean throughout the trip. These are the items every lady should bring:

– Toothbrush and toothpaste
– First Aid Kit
– Insect repellent
– Toilet paper
–  Medicine prescriptions
– Shampoo and conditioner (if you plan on showering)
– Face wash and soap
– SPF 15+ lip balm
– Contact solution (If you wear contacts)
– Lotion
– Antibacterial wipes (You can even get baby wipes if you have sensitive skin)

There you have it ladies! We hope this list will serve as a trusty checklist when you pack to make sure this first camping trip is a fun one.

Over the next few weeks, Pink Camo Adventures will also provide essential Camping 101 advice to make sure you are well equipped with the outdoor camping knowledge. We want to make sure every female that loves the outdoors will have an adventurous camping trip! So be sure to keep a lookout for the next posts to this series.