Surmounting steep roads to be greeted by a magnificent view, sleeping under the bright starry night, and being one with nature are just a few of the amazing things one can experience when camping.
Camping is an amazing activity that does wonders for your mind and body.
However, it can also be a stressful experience that can test your limits, which you will have to push past them at times to truly experience nature at its finest.
There will be several hurdles and lack of commodities that one has to prepare for as well as situations a camper has to adapt.
This is also true for aspiring female campers who may feel daunted at first. Do not worry fellow female campers, this article will tell you how to prepare and provide camping tips for women.
Camping Tips for Women
Below, I’m going to share some necessary camping tips for women. Now, I’m going to divide my camping tips into two parts.
In one section, I’ll talk about the things you need to bring with you to the camp, and in another, I’ll tell you the things you need to do while camping.
Things You Need to Bring with
Camping is not all fun and games and can end up being a nightmare at times. Before someone considers what to do during camping, they must first take adequate preparation.
Depending on the place you decided to camp in, there will not only be a shortage of electricity and washrooms but a shortage of food and running water too.
There are many essentials to take and often not enough space, so you have to be smart about what you take. ( To have a clear idea about what you should take with you in a camp, read this camping checklist )
Remember that you’ll be carrying all these commodities on your back most of the time.
Also, as an added tip, make sure to use packing cubes to help organize your stuff and efficiently use your limited space.
The essentials every woman should take on a camping trip are whether they’re camping for the first time or have done so many times in the past.
1. Face Wipes and Talcum Powder
Limited water might be a big issue when camping. Whatever water you have will probably be used for drinking.
Some camping locations are quite humid and hot and as a result, might fatigue you quite a bit.
So, moisturizer wipes help you keep that sticky feeling away and make you feel energized and clean. Talcum powder reduces itches, which may occur in the heat and humidity as well as providing some relief.
2. Inflatable Sleeping Pads
In many campsites, you will rarely have the luxury of a comfortable bed to sleep or rest on after a long trek or walk through the woods.
Sleeping on rocks or a patch of grass isn’t really as fun as you might think, especially during the night when temperatures fall significantly.
The solution? Inflatable sleeping pads.
Roll up sleeping bags aren’t always ideal as they take up a lot of space, and their weight coupled with your other stuff can make it hard to walk.
Inflatable sleeping pads are soft and have enough height to protect you from the rocks and roots, as well as being very lightweight and easy to carry around. They’ll make your nights more comfortable.
While sleeping bags might seem like a fun and relaxing way to sleep through the night, they don’t offer protection in harsh conditions like heavy rain.
Such untimely events will leave you wet and at a risk of hypothermia, which will ruin your camping trip. A sleeping pad won’t protect you from cold winds either, and a tent is much warmer.
There are different types of tents available for camping and it gets extremely confusing to choose among them. It’s important that you choose the right one for you.
You can opt for a two-person net or a larger cabin net. Alongside the net itself, you’ll need ropes, poles, and stakes to set it up and make sure it sticks and isn’t blown away when the winds pick up.
As an added tip, make sure especially if you’re a beginning camper, to practice setting up the tent before you go camping and set it up when the sun’s still out as it might be difficult when it gets dark
4. Sunscreen or Sunblock
Being outside means you’ll be exposed to the sun’s rays quite a bit.
It is recommended to bring sunblock for the whole body as well as a tinted moisturizer with SPF to protect you from the high exposure to the sun you’ll be getting.
They’ll do wonders for the skin and make you feel less fatigued when trekking.
5. First-aid Relief
A basic first-aid package is generally recommended to avoid mishaps during camping.
Aside from the basic first-aid equipment, some necessities include ibuprofen, which can help with headaches and back pain, which will be inevitable if you are not used to sleeping outside.
They can also be used to treat sunburns. Band-Aids are also important as you might get blisters due to profuse sweating when doing physical activities.
Insect repellent is also recommended as insect bites can lead to frightening diseases that can have you bedridden.
6. Water Filters
As said before, water is essential and often limited, and what water you can find may not always be healthy. There may be bacteria that will cause serious illnesses from drinking it.
As a result, water filters are very important to ensure you don’t feel sick during your camping trip.
Water purification tablets are also usable. Other than carrying water filters, you should also carry some bottles of clean drinking water. Better safe than sorry.
7. Fire Starters
Camping isn’t camping without a warm bonfire during the night roasting marshmallows and sharing ghost stories. To do that, you will need some fire starter tools like flint, matches, and even a magnesium fire lighter.
It is also recommended to pack two of them in case one doesn’t work as you don’t want to be left soaking or cold.
Taking some kindling can also be an alternative as finding dry wood might be an issue at times, especially in some areas.
8. Navigation Tools
Depending on where you’re going camping or if you’re hiking through an area, maps and compasses are integral. The sun is not the best indicator of times, especially if you’re not used to it.
There are accounts of lost campers and people who nearly starved or dehydrated ( to know more about dehydration, read this post ) because they could not find their way out of the woods.
Be very careful about this, and use markers if needed to find your way back to the camp whenever you need to.
9. Urinary Devices and Toilet Paper
Washrooms may not be available where you’re camping, so a urinary device might be helpful as a substitute to avoid finding a proper place to empty your bladder in the wilderness.
Toilet tissue, despite what some campers might say, is quite necessary to maintain proper hygiene and should be considered.
10. Flashlights and Lamps
In case you can’t light a fire to help scare away the darkness and avoid fumbling around in the dark looking for something, flashlights and lamps will help. Some spare batteries are also recommended just in case.
Headlamps are also good as they free your hands as well as illuminating things nicely, so you won’t have to awkwardly hold the flashlight while fixing the tent at night or locating a latrine.
While having all these packed is good and all, but you should also make sure to test them out before actually committing to your camping trip.
Having a tent or flashlight not function is going to dampen your spirits, and you only have yourself to blame for having not checked up on it before.
Things You Need to Do
You have properly packed and checked your camping bags- everything is in order. You got in your car with your family or camper friends and after a long ride finally reached the camping site.
What now? There are a lot of things to do and keep in mind when you’re out camping.
These tips can really help improve your camping experience as well as making it a relaxing and less stressful one. Make sure to:
1. Prepare Yourself Mentally
This is a point that needs to be stated, especially for girls. Camping is not all sunshine and rainbows, and there will be several rough patches and obstacles you will encounter under some bad conditions at times.
There are also times when the weather will sour unexpectedly.
You can take all the necessary gears and have them functional, but you have to be mentally strong and accept the rough parts of camping and generally staying in the wilderness, which will help you find the fun parts of camping even more fun.
2. Check the Ground for Rocks and Other Sharp Objects
Setting up a tent requires a bit of effort, and the last thing you need is that effort getting ruined because you ended up sleeping on a badly placed rock that led to back pains during the whole trip.
Remember to keep some extra pegs in case you lose one or two. At the end of the day, when you don’t need to use the tent anymore, pack it away carefully.
Rushed packing might cause the tent to be damaged, and this will sour your experience.
3. Take Plastic Bags
The area might be wet, or there may be rain. Either way, plastic bags are very helpful as they prevent the water from damaging whatever you put inside, especially clothes.
They can help you separate the wet clothes from the dry ones and can be used to collect rubbish in case the campsite wants you to take it home.
4. Freeze Some Food Especially Meat When You Go Camping
They act as an ice block in the cool box as it defrosts and is quite fresh to eat in a day or two. Not to mention tasty too and just in general easy to prepare.
5. Tie Your Hair in a Ponytail or Take a Baseball Hat
Being a girl, you might be worried about maintaining your hair. This will be a difficult issue as campsites might rarely have showers, and the heat and humidity might not do wonders.
It’s best to come to terms, and neither does the two aforementioned acts or go for a no-heat hair curling style.
6. Study Up and Be Able to Identify Poisonous Plants
You are going to be surrounded by plant life, and not all that life is pretty. Learn about them, and while walking, make sure to be on the lookout.
You do not want to be on the receiving end of them as they are quite easy to identify and avoid as they can easily ruin a good camping trip.
7. Animal Proof Your Campsite
They’re all cute little critters until they stumble upon your campsite, and all of you are scared wondering what they’ll do to you and how you’ll survive. The easiest way to animal proof your campsite is to make sure you don’t leave your trash lying around.
You’ll end up attracting raccoons that will make a big mess, which will lead to other critters swarming in.
Make sure you don’t leave crumbs of food lying around as they will definitely attract other animals into your campsite that probably have no idea that the delicious smell is coming from some careless humans.
Also, wipe your tables and make sure your tent has no food inside.
8. Keep Trash Off Your Campsite
Following on from the previous point, if you’re using disposable plates for eating, do not throw them all around the place in an attempt to get rid of them. You’re doing yourself more harm than good and ruining your camping experience.
9. Pick Well-Worn Routes Especially If You Are a Beginner Camper
They’ll help you avoid getting lost and are generally easier to traverse through.
There you are. Hopefully, these preparatory measures and tips will give you aspiring women campers a boost in confidence and ease some anxiety you may have about camping.
With all this said and done, there is one important point that needs to be mentioned.
Have fun! Remember that camping is a fun activity and an escape from the hectic life some women lead, balancing all the aspects of their life. Camping should not be treated as a chore and should be taken as a fun outing to test your limits and find yourself anew amidst Mother Nature.
And do not forget to let us know in the comments how much you liked out camping tips for women.
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