By Judith Rasband, AICI CIM with Sarah Ward, Conselle Affiliate
As people begin wrapping up the summer activities, camping is a fun and affordable family venture while the sun is still shining.
Over the years as our family has gone on camping trips, they have become well aware that I am one of the world’s most miserable campers. The thought of dirt under my fingernails and cold water washing is unappealing, but since my husband and sons are avid outdoorsmen, I’ve developed a camping list for non-campers like me for when I tag along.
7 Essentials for the Non-Camper’s Camping List
- NOT Make-up and hair products. What goes on should come off, and with little or no hot water, that can be a pain! It’s better to go without hair and make-up since no one likes to wait for someone putting her face on. Instead of washing your hair during the trip, many women opt to keep their hair back and out of their faces. Keep in mind bears and mosquitoes may be attracted to the scent of perfume and cosmetics so it’s best to leave these at home.
- Lotion. One essential item I won’t be without while camping is a good all-purpose lotion, especially when camping and exposed to the elements. Even men appreciate soothing their dry and scratched hands after a day of fishing.
- Personal care kits. A good personal care kit should contain a towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo, brush, comb, mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, and a flashlight. Shaving is optional in the wilderness.
- Sunscreen. Getting a sunburn can ruin your entire vacation. Be sure to bring along sunscreen with a good SPF to protect any exposed skin from the sun, particularly at high altitudes where the sun’s rays are more intense and skin burns faster. Since lips are prone to burning also, it’s important to have SPF lip balm as well.
- Hat. If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn down the center of your hair part, you know the value in having a hat of some sort to protect your head from the sun. A sun hat with a wide brim that is light in color and well ventilated is important for non-campers in shading your eyes and face. You can also wear a baseball cap for a similar effect.
- Cotton bandana. An alternative to the hat, this lightweight and inexpensive item is extremely helpful for non-campers. It can be used for bandaging a cut, as a potholder, or for a bloody nose, and when dampened with water, it’s can be a helpful for cooling off, providing welcome relief from the heat.
- Water bottle. To prevent heat stroke and dehydration, keep a water bottle handy. It’s worthwhile to bring up clean water with you, but if you run out, boiling water will help purify water you collect while camping and kill most pathogens.
While it can be tempting to opt out of camping with the family, the camping experience can be so rewarding, providing rich bonding experiences for the family away from the distractions of technology and home life. Even though you may break a nail or get a few mosquito bites, it’ll be well worth the memories.
Are you going camping this summer?
Copyright Judith Rasband and Conselle L.C. 2010
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