Hey, guys! It’s Laura!
So I just finished The Fault in Our Stars. Oh. My. Gosh. What a beautiful, heartbreaking, though-provoking, and wonderfully written novel! It’s the first book I’ve read that actually made me cry. I will probably be rereading it very soon – like, next week. :) I can’t wait to read John Green’s other books!
Anyway, on to the tip!
After making my tip about how to dress while camping, I thought it might be helpful and fun to make another one that’s actually about camping itself. Hope you enjoy!
TYPES OF CAMPING:
Normally when you think of going camping, you think of sleeping in a tent in the woods. But there are all different kinds of camping! If you’re a bit of a homebody and like to keep the comforts of the modern world close, try cabin, camper, RV, or even backyard camping. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for spending the night in a tent or even out under the stars!
What to Bring:
- clothes that are well-suited for camping, including some sturdy shoes for hiking and flip flops for showers
- swimsuit, swim shoes, boat, inner tubes, etc. if you’re camping by the beach or a lake
- toiletries, including toilet paper, as camping is generally BYOTP
- old washcloths and beach towels
- tent, camper, RV, etc.
- sleeping bags, pillows, and extra blankets (ones you won’t mind getting dirty)
- camping plates, bowls, cups, reusable water bottles, pots, roasting sticks, anything you may need for cooking outdoors
- food! (more on that later…)
- matches (use responsibly and safely, please!)
- rain ponchos and tarps in case it rains
- tarps, duct tape, rope, cord, trash bags, buckets, shovel, mallet, pepper spray, etc. (never know when these types of things might come in handy!)
- first aid kit
- sunscreen, insect repellant, chapstick, etc.
- flashlights, battery-operated lanterns, and extra batteries
- camping chairs, sit-upons, stools, something to sit around the campfire with
- cards, books, a notebook or journal, colored pencils, pens, games, balls, Frisbees, fun things to keep you occupied
- hiking sticks (or just pick up some big, sturdy branches at your camping site!)
- cell phone in case of emergencies (don’t just spend your whole vacation playing on it!)
- backpack with snacks, binoculars, flashlight, water bottle, cell phone, and toilet paper for hiking
- fishing poles, bait, lures, hooks, a bucket, and other fishing supplies
- if you have a dog, bring her with you! Just make sure you bring anything she may need and keep a sharp eye on her
What NOT to bring:
- alcohol or drugs (being out in the woods while intoxicated is a recipe for disaster, not to mention those things are against the law)
- laptop, tablet, portable TV, etc. (the whole point of camping is getting AWAY from technology!)
- firewood (most campsites ask that you use wood you find at your campsite or buy wood from them so you don’t accidentally bring invasive insects, “tree diseases,” or other nasty things on the property)
THINGS TO DO:
- go on a hike
- go swimming, boating, tubing, or floating
- go fishing
- write a story or poem
- keep a journal of your adventures, and include things like pressed flowers and pictures
- draw a picture
- take pictures of your surroundings
- play board or card games
- play a game of tag, ball, or Frisbee
- cook up some tasty treats over the fire
- explore the campgrounds
- take your dog on a walk
- chat with family and friends
- stay up late telling ghost stories
- play flashlight tag or catch fireflies at night
WHAT TO EAT:
- soup, chili, or stew
- burritos wrapped in tin foil and roasted over the fire
- hot dogs
- mac and cheese
- wonderful SPAM! (bonus points if you get the reference!)
- fruit snacks
- granola bars
- juice pouches
- hot chocolate
- cheese crackers
- trail mix
- s’mores, of course!
- Prepare for all kinds of weather. If it’ll be cold, bring coats, hats, gloves, and extra blankets. If it may rain, pack ponchos and tarps
- Most campsites have primitive showers and toilets, but if you’re camping at a conservation area or somewhere else with no bathrooms, bring toilet paper, find a big tree to do your business behind, and cover your tracks with a couple shovel-fulls of dirt. For bathing, you could just go swimming in a nearby lake or creek or rig an outdoor shower, but don’t use a ton of soaps and shampoos. An all-natural, chemical-free body wash will do the trick and won’t contaminate the waterways.
- As I said before, don’t bring your own firewood into a campground that prohibits it.
- Be very careful with your campfire! Build it properly, don’t make it too you’re your tent, a tree, or tall grass, don’t use gasoline or alcohol to make it start, watch so it doesn’t get out of hand, and be sure to put it out completely and bury the ashes when you leave.
- Use sunscreen and bug spray! A bad sunburn or a ton of bug bites will make your trip miserable.
- Be sure to pack enough water! If you’re at a campground with hoses, you can fill them there, but if not, you’ll need lots of water bottles and gallons of water (just be sure to pick up all your plastic bottles).
- Make sure you store food and garbage in your car or tie it up in a tree at night (DON’T keep it in your tent!) so you don’t get unwanted animals snooping around your campsite.
- Keep your head and stay safe while swimming and hiking. Stay with the pack, keep a cell phone with you, and use your common sense.
- As a common courtesy for nature and for other campers after you, leave your campsite better than you found it. Clean up all your garbage, put out your fire, and bury any ashes or waste.
Hope that helps any of you campers out there or inspires you non-campers to give it a try! You’ll love it as much as I do! :)
Song of the Day: Crystallize // Lindsey Sterling