I should be packing right now. Nine days of camping lie ahead. Nine days of nothing but surf, sand, friends, family and (hopefully) a non-leaking air-bed. It will be the longest stretch of time we have ever camped. Now, just to be clear we are a camping family but we are a convenience camping family. We go were the amenities are. No digging holes for me.
We are also normally a three to four day kind of camping family. We have a tent, not a camper van, and while we have enough to mod cons to make this comfy, we aren’t really set up for long term camping. Luckily, we go with friends who could probably camp for six months and be completely set. Camping Tip #1 – go with friends who have lots of camping stuff.
Camping for over a week also means packing a lot more clothes than normal. And of course the eldest school kid has about four shirts that actually fit him. Seems to happen every school holidays – suddenly realise that after a term of wearing a school uniform, clothes no longer fit properly. Does this happen to anyone else?
AND I have to pack for myself. In reality, I will probably spend the whole time in swimmers and a throw (most likely this one). BUT I do like to be prepared. I don’t quite know if I can call myself a fashionista (it just made for a catchier title than camping for people who quite like clothes) but I don’t want to look a complete mess either.
Here are my camping style tips
(is that even a thing – camping style? Is there a hashtag?)
- Pack a specific outfit for each day. Normally on holiday I’d pack a few things and rely on mix and match, but a tent is not the place to make that work. I have pre-planned each day.
- On set-up and pack-up day, make sure you are wearing something really practical. Probably not a maxi dress.
- Hopefully it won’t rain, but a spray jacket is kind of awesome if does.
- Pack a pair of sneakers with your sandals. A hike up a nearby mountain in a pair of sparkly sandals in actually no fun. Not that I have done it (I have done it).
- Pack something warm, even if it’s a million degrees during the day, it will get cooler at night. Layers are key.
- Check what the facilities are like. If there is a laundry you won’t have to pack quite so much. (I know it’s camping. I know you can definitely re-wear dirty clothes with NO judgement. I just don’t want to.)
- Think about what you are doing during your camping trip and, if needed, make sure that you have a dressier option. We are hoping to have a ladies lunch out at a fancy new restaurant nearby. I think it’s called “glamping”.
- Keep the undies simple, cotton and plentiful.
- Pack a couple drawstring bags for dirty laundry.
- Chances are you will be out and about in your PJs. I tend to just pack a singlet and a pair of comfy pants.
- Remember the shower thongs!
- Pack ALL the swimmers.