When you think of camping, does your mind immediately wander to the fresh air, beautiful landscape and the sounds of nature lulling you to sleep? Or maybe your first thoughts are about sleeping on the hard ground and being on constant alert for bugs, spiders, snakes and inclement weather. Whether you’re an experienced camper who loves the outdoors or a token girly girl who is dreading the trip, here are eight great camping hacks for women that will make your trip easier and earn you points for your genius.
• Unless you’re really roughing it, you will probably be sleeping on an inflatable mattress (if you were planning on only bringing a sleeping bag, consider the inflatable mattress camping hack #1!). Take your yoga mat with you and lay it under the mattress to double the comfort level.
• Add sage to your campfire. This will provide a lovely scent for your camp site and serve as a natural mosquito repellant.
• Unfortunately, there is no doubt that you will suffer at least a few bug bites. If you accidentally forget your bug spray or you are adverse to the chemical makeup of traditional bug repellants … no worries! Your deodorant can double as an anti-itch cream. Just roll it on the affected area and your itch will be gone.
• One of the hardest things about camping for women is packing light. A great way to make sure you have everything you need without weighing yourself down is create a mini survival kit. Try making a miniature first aid kit or personal product supply in an empty Altoid tin or pill bottle.
• Just because you’re out in the woods doesn’t mean your campsite shouldn’t look fabulous. Pack glow-in-the-dark paint! When you set up camp, find some empty soda bottles or jars and arrange them around your campsite. The luminous paint will create a path for you without traditional lights that attract bugs while looking magical.
• If you plan on boating, swimming or sticking it out despite the chance of rain, make sure to waterproof your shoes. Rub beeswax over the entire shoe and use a blow dryer to melt the wax. Let the shoes set for five minutes before wearing, and voila…waterproof shoes for any terrain.
• Another tip to avoid over packing— instead of bringing bulky speakers to listen to music at your campsite, just put your smart phone inside of a ceramic mug. Your favorite song will be amplified without worrying about outlets, batteries or theft.
• Bring your favorite coffee house blend to the outdoors by pre-making individual coffee filters with two scoops of your favorite beans. Tie the filters with dental floss and use them like a tea bag in hot water.