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Current Camping for Women Articles:

15 Camping Essentials For Women

By Shelby Kisgen

As women in camping, we have different concerns than our male-counterparts. Since camping is supposed to be a stress-free environment, here is a guide of essentials.

This list provides pointers on how a woman can get the most out of her wilderness experience and go on her next camping trip feeling confident in herself and her preparations.

The Planned Itinerary Notification (P.I.N.)

By Oceana Setaysha

Police on missing person case

Most people, even passionate outdoors people, believe that survival in the wild during an emergency situation is all about your wilderness skills. But did you know that one of the best things you can do to ensure your survival if something goes wrong is actually done in the preparation stage?

We call it the P.I.N. It means Planned Itinerary Notification, and it’s a document that you can fill out prior to your trip that makes it easy for people to find you if something goes wrong.

How to Choose the Best Camping Tent

By Mitra Cazaubon

Camping Tent 10Whether you are going hiking, camping or just enjoying a day outdoors; a tent is a must have.

But before you go buying the latest tent, there are some important tips you need to know.

In this article, we will look at the features you need to be mindful of when buying a sturdy, reliable camping tent.

5 Things to Consider When Picking Your Campsite

By Shelby Kisgen

Picking the ideal campsite for your needs is vital to an enjoyable camping experience. Once a tent is set up, it is never fun to move it.

Here are the essential things to consider when picking a spot to pitch your tent and roast your marshmallows.

 

Survival Preparation Tips for Wilderness Camping

Wilderness Camping 1By Stephanie McHugh

Wilderness camping is the ultimate unplugged-in-nature experience.

There is physical challenge involved because all of your needs are carried on your back.  So what are the important things you should take?  This is what Stephanie suggests…

 

What you must have in your First Aid Kit

By Oceana Setaysha

First Aid Kit 1A first aid kit is a must-carry for any hiker or camper who understands and respects the wild environment they are exploring.

Regardless of the length of your trip, how far you will be traveling, or whether you’ll be going alone or with companions, you should have a personal first aid kit at the very least.

Here we look at what you should definitely have in your kit.

 

Outdoor Food and Cooking in the Wild

By Iris West

Cooking in the WildAny camping experience isn’t complete without outdoor food – and, of course, cooking in the wild.

Explore these tips to enhance your outdoor food.

Towing and Setting up a Camper

By Marian Black

The full responsibility of towing a camper alone can be intimidating for a woman. Don’t let it be.

Cast out fear and take your time. And if all else fails, don’t be afraid to ask a seasoned camper for guidance.

Here are a few pointers to make things go a little smoother.

 

Top 10 Trail Etiquette Tips

By Shelby Kisgen

It’s important to know how to keep the peace and respect our fellow outdoor lovers and it’s also about preserving the beauty of nature for those who follow us.

Here is a list of expected behaviors to ensure we have a great time while following some guidelines that will have regard to everyone else and their right to enjoyment too.

 

 

Hiking food: Eat Well While Carrying Less

By Lynley Joyce

 

Woman enjoying tasty bar on a hike

Nothing tastes better than a hearty meal at the end of an excellent day’s walk.

The trick is to not be too exhausted from having to carry your food.

 

 

 

How to Build a Campfire in 5 Easy Steps

By Shelby Kisgen

From picking the right tools to begin with…

Choosing the location of the campfire…

And the technique needed to get it going…

This is a straight-forward article and video to help

 

8 Long Term Camping and Hiking Tips

By Kristina Eaton

Hiking boots in the mountainsLong term camping and hiking trips require more than just a good pair of boots.

From thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to trekking in the outback for weeks at a time, here are 8 tips to prepare, plan and remain positive on your upcoming long term camping and hiking trip.

 

Packing for Camp and the Outdoors

By Lucy Gomez

packing for camp 1Packing for camp should be thought about carefully.  Planning for a camping trip can be hard work, as camping requires a lot of gear to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

Your list should obviously start with the basic necessities, that being food, water, and warm clothes, among a lot of other things, but there are also quite a few more items that you may not realize you are going to need.

 

Camping and Hiking on your Period

By Oceana Setaysha

Period 1If you’re an active, outdoorsy type, there’s nothing more annoying than trying to schedule your hiking and camping around your period. It always seems to arrive at the least opportune time, and nobody wants to miss out on their fix of outdoor adventures.

But who says you have to miss anything?

It’s actually totally possible to both camp and hike while you’re on your period, and there’s no reason to cancel or reschedule a trip just because you happen to be on ‘shark week’. Here are some simple tips for dealing with your period on an outdoors trip.

 

Camping: Pick your Sport

By Shelby Kisgen

Rock ClimbingCamping is considered a leisure sport because if all you want to do is eat and sleep outside that is perfectly acceptable.

If you want more rousing entertainment, it is a good idea to pair camping with other outdoor activities. This provides more comradery and memories than just simply sitting outside a tent for hours on end. The list provided is a simple guide to picking a camping-oriented sport based upon your personal preferences.

 

Common First Aid Treatments Needed by Hikers

By Stephanie McHugh

First aid treatments 1Hiking is a robust activity that frequently results in injuries.

Here we look at some of the most common hiking injuries and how to prevent and treat these.

 

 

 

Survival Skills: Building a Simple Shelter

By Mitra Cazaubon

Build a simple shelterWaiting till building a shelter is your only option, isn’t a wise idea. If you are a camper, hiker or just an outdoor enthusiast, make shelter building one of your skills. In a survival situation time is of the essence and having to rebuild a shelter because it wasn’t done well, is not the best use of your time and energy. In this article, we see the general principles of building a shelter and detailed instructions on build a sturdy A-frame debris shelter.

 

Camping with Children: All you need to know

By Oceana Setaysha

Family Enjoying Camping Holiday On CampsiteFor many the idea of camping with their children is a far off dream that, in reality, has proven to be something of a nightmare.

But it doesn’t have to be like that!

Here are some tips to make sure it produces happy memories.

 

 

5 Types of Campers: Which one are You?

By Shelby Kisgen

Many people feel called by the great outdoors. Various personality types, ages, males and females alike enjoy camping. These people also possess widely different views on the best way to camp.

Check out the following list and decide from 5 types of campers: which one are you? Regardless of whether you are a combination of types or fit perfectly with one stereotype, camping truly is for everyone.

 

Essential Camping Clothes for the Seasons

By Stephanie McHugh

Women are usually in three basic camps, when it comes to the way they look on outdoor excursions. Many favor throwing fashion out the window and dressing in their favorite sweatshirt or whatever is most comfortable. Serious campers focus on function, to be sure clothes perfectly accommodate their adventure. Then there are the campers who also happen to be lovers of fashion. Why should nature be the only thing worth gawking at, after all?

The fashionista camper is also savvy enough to know that stylish clothes perfect for the woods are not ideal for the mall.  Camping fashion for all seasons, above all, should be non-fussy.

The following are practical tips that can be adapted for fashion-conscience campers.

Understanding Mechanics: Stay out of Trouble!

By Janessa Tice Miller

mechanics 1What is better for any camper than rolling down a back road somewhere in the boondocks, knowing your next big adventure is just around the bend? It’s exhilarating, a giddy anticipation of every adventure that is to come!

But in order to experience all of those adventures, understanding your transportation is vital – particularly when heading out alone into the boondocks. It is important to educate yourself on how to handle your vehicle and understanding things that affect basic mechanics before heading into the boondocks so that you are prepared if and when something goes wrong.

Romantic Camping Date Ideas

By Oceana Setaysha

Romantic Camping Date 1Modern life is busy, and sometimes you feel like you don’t have any time to just sit back and enjoy yourself with someone that you care about. Luckily, you can go camping, and enjoy a day or two with that special someone away from the hustle and bustle of the real world.

So, how do you make those camping adventures really special? Well, we have a couple of ideas that will help you create a super memorable and romantic camping date.

Hiking with Kids – Making it fun for all

By Lynley Joyce

Hiking with Kids across a riverCamping and hiking with kids can be rewarding for everyone.

In this article you will see some great tips you should consider to make the experience a really good one to enjoy and remember.

 

Benefits of the Camping Experience for Women

By Iris West

Benefits 1When people ask how I manage to always look so vibrant and energetic even in the middle of stressful situations, I smile and say, “camping.”

For a leisure activity that can appear so dull and out of place in the technological world, I know that answer always comes out as a surprise, and probably a joke to some. Camping, however, has a great deal of benefits for you as a woman.

 

5 Ways to Turn Your Camp Out into a Glamp Out

By Whitney Klenzendorf

Glamp Out 1Did you know there’s such a thing as International Glamping Weekend? Yes, apparently that happens every year. Nothing needs awareness like the cause of glamping, right?

For starters, what is glamping? In short, glamping is “glamourous camping.” It means to be out in nature but to keep the roughing it to a minimum.

 

Planning Your Hike while Backpacking

Planning your hike 1By Janessa Tice Miller

Planning your hike should consider some key things before you head out backpacking.

Doing this correctly will help ensure a smooth and safe experience.

It is always better to be safe than sorry and here are some tips to help in that regard.

 

10 Common Camping Mistakes to Avoid

Common Camping MistakesBy Lucy Gomez

Have you found yourself making some of these common camping mistakes?

Discover what they are so you can avoid them and have better camping experiences.

 

 

How to Build a Campfire for Cooking

By Mitra Cazaubon

Campfire Cooking

Camping just isn’t camping without a fire.

Whether to roast marshmallows or keep you warm; you got to have one. Better yet, a campfire you can use to cook is ideal.

In this article, Mitra gives us the step-by-step process to build a campfire specially designed for cooking.

 

Exhilarating Outdoor Activities When Camping

exhilarating outdoor activitiesBy Iris West

So how do you make time with your fellow campers even more fun and memorable?  Try out some ideas from this list of some exhilarating outdoor activities.

You’re bound to find some options that everyone in your group will love!

 

8 Tips for Camping with Pets

By Shelby Kisgen

Woman hiking with dogOn a general basis people go camping with their dogs and horses; cats are rarely taken into the woods, and if you are determined to bring Fluffy, do so at your own risk.

This list of 8 tips for camping with pets is geared towards campers who want their dogs and horses to enjoy nature with them as well. Before you load up your four-legged pal, scan over this list to make sure you are prepared for a fun and safe time for everyone involved.

 

Hiking and Backpacking when it’s Wet

By Lynley Joyce

wet 1You’ve organised a walk with friends. It’s been months in the planning and the weather forecast is for heavy rain. What do you do?

The colours can be more intense just after rain, and hikers can get that extra sense of being out the in the elements.  Life would be sad we only went out when there’s 100% chance of fine weather. Still some people like hiking in the rain but most of us don’t love it.

 

How to Store Camping Gear

Store camping gear 1By Whitney Klenzendorf

Sometimes it can feel like the majority of a camping trip is spent packing, unpacking, and locating equipment, which drives me slightly insane.

To combat this insanity I’ve developed a pretty efficient system of storage, which prevents me from EVER having to pack for a camping trip!

 

 

A Week in the Life of a Full Time Camper

By Janessa Tice Miller

full time camper 1What does it look and feel like to live life as a full time camper?

It’s difficult to narrow this down and express, because one of the great joys of road life is that every person can mold it to fit their own adventurous spirit!

So with that in mind, here is a glimpse into what life looks like for me…

 

 

An Overview of Camper Van Travel

By Shazia Chiu

Imagine if your car was good for a lot more than getting you from point A to point B.

Imagine if, in addition to being a mode of transportation, your car was your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.

Camper van travel is just that: an all-in-one package that appeals to one-time and perpetual campers alike.

 

6 Essential Fishing Tips for Beginners

By Shelby Kisgen

One of the most peaceful ways to become in tune with nature is to sit on the river bank and watch the flowing water. A way to enjoy water that is not only peaceful but also entertaining, and sometimes delicious, is through fishing.

Whether at the edge of a pond, in the middle of a lake, or on a protruding rock surrounded by a rushing river, fishing is a fun challenge to occupy yourself with while camping.

If you are new to fishing, try out these 6 Essential Fishing Tips for Beginners to get you started.

 

 

Longer Camping Set Up Suggestions

longer camping 1By Oceana Setaysha

Camping is a great way to spend a weekend, but every now and then you get the urge to just set up somewhere and enjoy it. Maybe you’ll stay for a week or two, maybe for the entire summer, but the fact is that setting up a long-term campsite is a bit different than setting up somewhere short-term. So, here are some suggestions to get your long-term campsite comfy and cozy for an extended stay.

 

Awesome Group Games to do when Camping

group games 1By Iris West

Sure, camping can be fun in its own right; wandering out into the great outdoors offers that magical touch with nature. You can take in that fresh, alpine air far away from your demanding job and life.

But, with group camping games, you can take that outdoor experience to a whole new and scintillating level. And, these games are sure to allow you to have the time of your lifetime.

 

Stay glam while camping

By Betsy Green

Happy Glam woman by her tent.Sometimes as women, we can be a little disgruntled about camping as we feel that we simply can’t maintain our usual high standards of living.  We love to keep our hair fresh and our makeup flawless, even when we are lying underneath the stars.

The good news? You can still be the most fabulous version of you possible while enjoying the great outdoors and all the wonderful life experiences camping has to offer.

 

3 Ways to Potty in the Woods

By Shelby Kisgen

Camping is a blast; pooping in the woods, not so much.

There are multiple ways to remain hygienic, sanitary, and polite when taking care of digestive needs in the wilderness.

From simple to complex, here are 3 ways to potty in the woods.

 

Winter Camping: Tips for Success

By Lynley Joyce

Winter Camping 1Winter can be cold, dark, wet and windy, maybe even snowy.  Many of us are fair weather campers.

We aim to be out in the elements when the weather is almost guaranteed to be favourable, but there are real joys to camping in winter.  The trick is to stay warm and dry.

Camping when there can be snow on the ground is possible with the right equipment and preparation.

 

How To Find Remote (And Free!) Boondocking Locations in the USA

By Janessa Tice Miller

Boondocking2If you can run your RV on solar power or batteries – or you’re just willing to go without power for a few days in the backwoods – there’s no reason not to spend your precious camping time in the middle of nature.

Even the best campgrounds are usually full of other people and, naturally, many charge a pretty penny for their services. But is it really necessary to pay for Cable and WiFi when the entire reason you went camping was to disconnect and get into nature?

 

 

10 Ways to Entertain Yourself Around the Campfire

By Shelby Kisgen

Picture this: It is the fourth and final night of your camping trip. You have already gossiped about everyone at work, you have used your best jokes, and you are tired and a bit grumpy from not showering.

Your group is around the campfire, wondering how to while away the hours until bedtime, because you have exhausted your discussion topics on the other three nights.

Then you pull out this list and suddenly you have hours of entertainment.

 

Haven’t Heard About Geocaching?

By Oceana Setaysha

Geocaching 1If you’re an outdoors person, if you love camping, hiking and long walks out in the wilderness, then geocaching is a new hobby you’re going to love.

Not only does it fit perfectly into all the things you already enjoy, it actually improves them, helping you find unusual and hidden places you may not have come across otherwise.

 

 

Choosing the Best Knife/Blade for You

By Mitra Cazaubon

A range of knife choices

Rambo or House of Flying daggers, you can’t seem to figure out which knife fits you.

You’ve checked every survivalist store and can’t seem to find the right blade.

Your hands are in the air, and you’re about to call it quits.

It’s not all over; there are simple ways to find the best knife for you.

Camping is Fun: 10 Ways to convince your Friends

By Shelby Kisgen

Since a girl’s night out in the woods is a life-changing, friendship-bonding experience, it is best to take along your favorite girls: college friends, work buddies, sister, mom, any female you already enjoy spending your free time with, but now you will spend it camping.

Follow this guide to convince the women in your life that camping is not just for men, and it can be fun for them too.

 

Hammock-ing Me Crazy: What you need to know about hammock camping

By Phoebe Hodina

Relax with hammock campingForget the heavy tent, a stick in your back, and the dirt tracked into your living space.

Hammock camping gets you off the ground and into the trees!

But, there are need-to-know elements to this trend.

Learn insider information about how to get the most out of your experience.

 

Which shoes to choose for camping?

By Shelby Kisgen

Shoe time is a woman’s favorite time. What is it about women and shoes? While that mystery shall remain unsolved, it is important to pick the right shoes when going camping.

While you might love all your little leather babies, some are better suited for camping than others. When packing your bags, make sure you consider which shoes to choose for camping by considering these tips first.

 

Baby Carrying on Your Next Hike

By Oceana Setaysha

Baby Carrier 1When you bring a little person into your life it’s easy for parents to think that many of the activities they used to enjoy are off limits.

But the truth is that with some pre-planning and a little bit of advice you can do anything with your baby, even hiking.

We’ve put together our best tips and advice for parents who want to baby carry on their next hike, to get you back on the trails!

 

 

Poisonous Plants to Beware of on Hikes

By Stephanie McHugh

Beware poisonous plants while hikingYou may think that having proper hydration, broken-in hiking boots, some nature, and perhaps bug repellant is all a hiker really needs. But one encounter with a poisonous plant is all it may take to learn how things really are.

Some knowledge about poisonous plant life is important when hiking in untamed areas. Without such information, hikers can suffer such misery as eye and skin irritation, extreme fatigue, and nausea experienced as a result of a brush against the wrong kind of plant.

 

Here’s the skinny on Skinny Dipping

By Phoebe Hodina

Skinny Dipping 1Is the exposure worth the feeling of freedom?

Read the deep-diving exposé to bare the truth of the Skinny Dipping experience.

 

 

Ever Tried Orienteering?

Orienteering 1

By Lynley Joyce

Campers and those who do orienteering share a love of the great outdoors so it’s not surprising that many orienteers are also campers and vice-versa.

 

 

Camping Calendar Events (USA)

By Shelby Kisgen

Merry Christmas campingWe women sure do lead busy lives. Due to that, finding time to go camping can be difficult. Between work, family, friends, bills, and laundry, escaping for a weekend retreat in the woods can seem impossible.

However, on holidays, people are not just allowed to slow down and enjoy themselves, it is expected. So when you are feeling frazzled and needing an excuse to gulp some fresh air, claim these holidays as your excuse for some well-earned downtime in the woods.

 

Why Every Woman Should Try Camping At Least OnceWhy Every Woman Should Try Camping At Least Once

By Whitney Klenzendorf

The founder of whitswilderness.com shares her perspective of what there is to love about camping for all of us.

 

 

Wilderness Safety and Survival

By Iris West

Wilderness 1If you are a fan of activities that often take you to the wilderness such as camping and hiking, then it is important that you familiarize yourself with safety and survival for the wilderness.

 

Dont Date a Girl Who TreksDon’t date a girl who treks

By Marinel de Jesus

Although perhaps not strictly speaking an article as such, Camping for Women is so happy to reproduce this beautiful piece written by the lady known as The Brown Gal Trekker.

It speaks volumes about the passion of women who so completely love the great outdoors and has been published and endorsed by significant outdoor entities and platforms.  Here it is for you to enjoy and leave a comment of your own.

6 great tips on preparing for a camping holiday in the mountains

By Kerry Anders

Kerry Anders shares her tips on things you should include in your preparations to make sure you have the best mountain camping experience.

 

Where Should You Pitch Your Tent?

By Lucy Gomez

Pitch 1

Is where to pitch a tent that straight-forward? What things should you consider? Lucy Gomez shares her views on how to best go about this for a great camp.

 

 

 

Repel mosquitoes from your campsite, naturally

By Phoebe Hodina

mosquitos

In this article, Phoebe shares a range of naturally based methods to ward off those terrible mosquitos that invade campsites in some locations.

 

 

Brazen Review: REI Mountaineering Skills – Snow Travel – Level 1

By Emily Pennington

REI Mountaineering Skills

Ever wondered what you would learn at an REI mountaineering skills class and what it’s like to attend?

Read the Brazen Backpacker’s review!

 

 

 

The Exhilarating World of Women Camping: What Is Your Style?

By Iris West

Camping: What is your style?

Here Iris West asks you to consider Camping: What is your style?

She outlines five different options you can take to best enjoy your time outdoors.

 

 

 

9 Points About Using Menstrual Cups While Camping on Your Period

menstrual cupsBy Phoebe Hodina

Thinking of using menstrual cups on your adventures in the great outdoors (or anywhere for that matter)? Here are nine points to consider.

 

 

 

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