Saturday, June 18, 2011

Camping 101

Last weekend, I went camping for the second time.  The first time was with a few of my friends.  This time I went camping with my boyfriend and some of his family.  I'm not going to lie, after camping for the second time in my life, I realized that camping is not really my cup of tea.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending time in the great outdoors.  Call me a wuss, but what I don't enjoy is sleeping in a tent, being dirty, and not having a restroom nearby.  If you plan to go camping this summer, here are a few tips from me that hopefully make your camping trip run a lot smoother. 

1.  Pack calamine lotion.  First off, make sure that you do not come into contact with unfamiliar plants.  While camping, I was poked by a plant that injected a poison into my skin that made me develop a rash.  Let's just say that I was very upset that I did not have any rash ointment for my poor skin.

2.  Set up a shelter over your tent.  On Friday of last weekend, it poured almost the entire night.  The rain was a perfect noisemaker making it easy to sleep, but I continuously got dripped on by raindrops.  Setting up a shelter over your tent would serve as double protection from rain if you experience storms while camping.

3.  Bring a light rug to place in front of your tent's opening.  Therefore, before entering the tent, you can wipe off your feet.  This will help prevent sand, dirt, etc., from getting into your tent.  We set up camp on a pad of sand, which was very nice, but our tent was VERY sandy! Ha!

4.  Bring a watch along.  That way, if you wish to know the current time, you will have it right there on your arm.  If you plan on canoeing or rafting, like we did, you may want to bring a waterproof watch.  My cell phone did not have service where we camped, so I went the whole weekend without knowing what time it was.  Drove me nuts!

5.  Bring a plastic bag or trash bag along to place dirty or wet clothes in.  Therefore, you will not have to mix your clean clothes with your dirty clothes.  This would have been helpful on my trip.  I had to wrap my wet clothes and swimsuit in a towel and place it in the truck that we drove so it did not make my other clothes wet. 

P.S.  Isn't this shabby chic wigwam adorable?  You can purchase it here .

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