Camping is Fun: 10 Ways to Convince Your Friends

By Shelby Kisgen

If you are reading this, it is probably because you enjoy camping to some degree, or you are trying to figure out what the hype is all about. The bottom line is that camping is not just for men, women enjoy it too. If you believe that, then it is time to start planning you first or hundredth camping trip.

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 Fun: 10 Ways to Convince Your Friends

  1. The Phone-Addict: This girl is a social media professional; she can scroll that little screen faster than the brownies can disappear in the work lounge. You need to convince her how cool she will look with Instagram photos of a campfire or mountain lake: no filters needed on these views. Explain to her that with Wi-Fi access she will still be able to stay current on world events while listening to the crickets chirp. Just be hopeful that when the cell service does inevitably fail, that you are prepared to make sure she enjoys herself without her phone.
  2. The Hippie: If this girl is not already camping, she will be an easy one to convince. Point out how many flowers she can add to her hair when she reaches the high meadow at the top of the hiking trail. Explain how she can go “off-the-grid” and experience a natural life.
  3. The Feminist: Ask her two questions: “So you are telling me that you are not brave enough to go camping? Is that why men camp instead of women?”
  4. The Girly-girl: Take her shopping to your local outdoor store; the amount of adorable leggings, jackets, and hats will make any fashionista’s eyes bulge. Tell her you will buy her that tank she is eyeing if she promises to wear it camping that coming weekend.
  5. The Adventurer: Find some challenging hikes and thrilling views. Showing her the pictures should be enough, but if not, make some joke about being scared and she will quickly want to come.
  6. The Pinterest Lover: Create a camping board, preferably with DIY crafts and campfire meals. No true pinner will be able to resist the pretty pictures and a chance to try out new tutorials.
  7. The Workaholic: This is a tough one. Explain to this lady that her stress levels are too high, and weekend camping will revitalize her. Lower stress levels will actually make her more productive at work, and add working years to her life, thus it is a working vacation.
  8. The Tom-boy: Tell her that showering is optional and that dirt abounds. She will flip at the idea of breaking the cultural norms of hygiene standards.
  9. The Serial Dater: “Accidentally” leave a mushy-ridiculous story lying around of a couple who met in the woods and fell in love while hiking. Then tell her that lots of single guys go camping, and that they are all in really good shape. Who needs when you have the woods?
  10. The Best Friend: This girl will go with you just because you ask, and possibly beg and plead. She is your best pal and most loyal partner, so make sure she has fun.

All silly stereotypes and jokes aside, camping truly is a great opportunity for women to bond and relax in nature. Strike a bargain with your friends; if they try camping with you just once, you will try whatever it is they have been nagging you to do with them: watch that crazy anime movie, eat tofu, or go dancing. Friendships are about compromises and self-sacrifices for another’s happiness. If they agree to camp with you just once, odds are they will love it and want to return. Then you have found your newest camping compadre.

Camping is universally appealing and tremendous fun is had across most age groups once they get into it. So many wonderful memories are created and often recorded. Below is a fun video posted of a co-ed camping trip:


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Shelby Kisgen is an experienced camper and hiker from Wyoming, USA.  She is a true nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her experiences through freelance writing in her first blog:

When she is not enjoying the great outdoors she is duelling her husband in tennis, eating, or reading a book.

Shelby was the first of many to write articles for the Camping for Women website.

She just loves to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for writing.  Her current blog is

9 thoughts on “Camping is Fun: 10 Ways to Convince Your Friends

  • March 22, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Most of my friends fall into the Adventurer category so don’t need much convincing. It’s getting a little hot for camping and hiking in the UAE. I’ll look forward to the Winter for more tented adventures with my friends – it’s always good fun to get away and relax in the outdoors.

  • March 21, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    I love camping and it’s definitely fun to do it with friends. Reading this post made me nostalgic about my outing with friends more than a decade back. Time to revive those memories with another camping trip, hopefully after this corona scare! By the way, I am that adventurer kinda lady who is now inspired to go camping again… haha!

  • March 20, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Although none of my current friends are the camping types I have been thinking of indulging more in this activity, especially after I have come across your blog and understood the excitement related to camping. Amongst the list to be tapped going by your suggestions, I would approach the adventurer types and the workaholics. The workaholics I believe need a break the most and I should be able to convince them easily.

  • March 20, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Hahaha! That’s a funny list! Indeed quite a list of ways to convince the friends.
    You’re right ofcourse, indeed camping is a way to bond with friends over some woods & bonfire!
    Girls only travel experiences have their own awesomeness! When mom & I travel together it is so so nice.

  • March 19, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    You won’t need a list to convince me to go camping haha! I will say that I fall under workaholic/ phone addict a lot, but tell me there is a campfire and a beer or two and I’m there! Which category do you fall under?

  • March 19, 2020 at 1:07 am

    I must admit I have not camped since I was in school and that’s a long time ago. I always wanted to – I loved the campfire and the sitting around with pals and grilling food – that always make some great memories. Maybe it isn’t too late – perhaps a more comfortable version like camper vans !

  • March 18, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    These are some good ways to convince your friends to go camping. I’ve been wanting to plan a group camping trip for a while! Most of my friends fall in the hippie/adventurer category anyway so I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to convince them. We just need to find a date we can all go and choose a destination!

  • March 17, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    I am afraid that so many of my friends are far beyond the point of wanting to go camping. Even though you have set out all the great reasons why camping is a great adventure. It would be much easier to convince our kids to go camping with us. Well, maybe glamping for me. They all enjoy the outdoors and consider themselves to the the Adventurer types. And I am sure it would be great bonding time for us.

  • March 17, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I am a camping lover and I must admit that this was mostly a way to make long-lasting friendships. I was just looking back at my friendships a few day ago and realized that the best ones were made when we were hiking and camping together – we were sharing something we loved after all. As soon as good and warm weather start to appear, I will start camping again.


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