Ladies, I’ve been camping every year since I was 6 years old, and I’ve only missed a camping trip one of those years. So while I’ve been going on camping trips for the past 20 years or so, I am no expert but I can tell you a thing or two, from a realistic woman’s POV:
1.) Real camping is literally sleeping in a tent. On a mattress if you’re lucky, and in a sleeping bag or on extra blankets. Sleeping in an RV or cabin does not count as camping.
2.) You’re not going camping to look like a model, and you’re definitely not going to look like one by the end of this trip. That’s the whole point of camping and roughing it. People don’t expect you to look like you’re getting ready for a date so you might want to relax your standards a bit while you’re on this trip. If you’re fortunate enough, the campsite might have showers and bathrooms. Maybe. And the bathrooms are like rest stop bathrooms.
3.) You’ll be lucky if your hair and make-up make it through to the second day of the trip anyway. Between the heat, moving around, and helping to get the camp site set up, I’m sure you’ll find that the make-up on your face has begun to melt away and your hair has magically found itself in a bun or a ponytail.
4.) If you go swimming and you have curly hair, you might as well forget about being able to use a blow dryer and flat iron to recover your luscious locks. Go au naturale because more than likely you’ll be going swimming again soon anyway; plus you probably won’t have anywhere to plug them into.
5.) If you’re too much of a diva to go swimming in that gross lake water, and you decide to lounge under the sun instead and look cute, by all means knock yourself out. But don’t forget the sunscreen. You don’t want to end up looking like a strawberry by the end of the camping trip. Also, everyone should wear sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, skin cancer isn’t biased like we are and sun burns don’t feel good to anyone.
6.) Don’t get too close to the fire. We don’t want those hair extensions to be burned to a crisp, now do we ladies? Those Brittany Spears or Nia Long locks aren’t fire-proof, whether you’re camping or not!
7.) The wilderness is called the wilderness because it’s wild. Animals live there; that’s where they’re from so they will come around. Whatever you do, don’t leave your food out. I know that you probably only had a piece of toast and a grape for lunch, but if you decide to snack on a cookie later, put it away when you’re done! Bears look for food and believe me, they will find it. On that note, don’t keep food in your tent either or Yogi will definitely be paying you a visit.
8.) You can kiss that pretty manicure and pedicure goodbye. ‘Nuff said….
9.) Don’t wear your good clothes or your good shoes, and please leave the high heels at home. You are going to get dirty. I can guarantee you that dirt is not your friend and you will end up regretting it. Either you’ll end up throwing those items away or you will spend a lot of effort to get them clean again.
10.) If you’re lucky, you’ll end up somewhere where there is reception for your cell phone. Otherwise, it just becomes a game-playing device or a very useful paper weight. Your three boyfriends are just going to have to wait until you get back to civilization so that you can talk to them. Unfortunately, trips like these often lead to situations where you actually have to communicate in person with the people around you.
Hopefully these tips have helped you ladies to prepare for your escapade in the wilderness. You should be successfully able to survive at least a few hours based on the tips I mentioned above. Good luck!