Camping as a woman is a marvellous adventure. It’s a perfect time to disconnect from the world, turn off the iPhone and forget all about Instagram. Even the female friendly male scientists are now telling us how beneficial getting out into the Wild is. Because your vagina has stopped you from realising this until now. Despite the literally hundreds of amazing adventure women that have been conquering this earth for the last thousands of years.
Anyway this feminist digresses. Camping and mountain time really is one of my favourite times. I’ve always been inclined to spend more time outdoors then in. Then society got in the way and told me that I should be more concerned about my hair, getting a bikini wax and learning life’s lesson from middle aged white men in dodgy corporate casual attire.
Again apologies for the digression. In all seriousness as a female camper/hiker/adventure lady I do cope a lot of slack from the general community. There is open disbelief that I enjoy this past time, that I’m not desperate to start a baby factory and that yes I can do it regularly and that it’s an affordable adventure. I do admit that over the years I have spent significant money on good quality gear that James and I have spent hours, actually most likely days if we added it all on, researching the right items for the right purpose. I get hangry and turn into a vicious bitch if I’m cold and miserable.
Camping Is A Cheap Way to Adventure.
Over all camping is an affordable and cheap way to adventure. It’s a great way to explore a new area, get your fill of wanderlust and not necessarily need to board a plane for a short vacation. Generally speaking our big expenses for camping are – petrol, cheese and generally food treats as we go full gourmet. Even when we are doing an overnight hike the special treats are packed along. At the most we can do a long weekend away for less then $200. Around $90 of that is in fuel for our car.
As mentioned above we have spent considerable funds over the years in buying good quality gear. Tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag. I always feel that as long as you are warm and dry you can still have a good time. Once the initial purchases have been made then you have gear for life! Extra tip – outdoor gear is always on sale somewhere at some point in time. If you’re not in a rush just keep an eye out of the outdoor stores online. Sign up to newsletter and see what comes your way.
Purchase a Pee-Rag
Yes this is a thing. No I’m not joking. There’s nothing worse then being on a hike and the flutter of butterflies and birds is all you desire and instead your hot footing it around used, free ranging toilet paper that’s tumbling down the track. I get it that toilet paper is a comfort from home. I’m a huge fan of three ply. But does your lady bits really need that all the time? Nope really. You can do the shake but I prefer the pee-rag. A pee rag is a small piece of fabric that you use to give yourself a little dab after peeing to dry those lingering couple of drops. The pee rag is then conveniently strapped to the outside of your pack, or to the top of your kayak or canoe, to dry and disinfect through exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
The most common pee-rag is a cotton bandana. Just don’t forget to wash it along the way!
Pooping in the Forest
Some friends of mine declare that this is their second favourite part of going on an overnight hike or camping adventure. Each to their own I say! But it’s a fact of life that we just can’t avoid. Everybody poops. When you take yourself off to visit the forest people make sure you dig a sufficient hole in the ground. I rarely carry a poop shovel and find that the back of the heel on my hiking boot does a good enough job. You just need to make sure that the hole is deep enough to be well covered once you’ve finished and that your toilet paper, because this is a time for three ply, is adequately buried. Again we don’t want to see free ranging toilet paper across the mountain range.
It happens to most of us adventure ladies. Periods. Urgh. So often I have adventure ladies in training send me emails and ask how I deal with having my period when we are off travelling. I don’t. For health reasons I decided to acquire an IUD- mirena – for my needs. The perks being that I no longer have to worry about this side of adventure lady life.
Options are the usual tampons and pads. But disposing of these can be a bit more tricky. In recent times we have seen a rise in period panties. Worst name ever but a great idea for a product.
Want more information? Here’s an overall guide to women’s health on the road.
Camping isn’t about boring dehydrated food that makes you constipated. Camping and adventures should be about being out in the wild enjoying the company of good friends in a great location. Or avoiding people all together. I just don’t do boring camp food. If we’re off car camping then it’s Cheese O’Clock with a side serve of wine please. You’ll certainly never find bog standard sausages in white bread for dinner.
Leave That Excess Baggage At Home
Trust me you really don’t need that thing that’s sitting next to you. When deciding what to take on an adventure simple is best. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest gadgets and do-dahs that we’re being sold. I’m guilty of it myself. But it does become a hassle on the road. Stuff gets lost, falls out and can literally be a pain in the arse carrying around too much weight. When choosing your clothing remember that layers are the luxury item you didn’t know ou needed.
For our car camping trips I swear by my CabinZero bag. Fits all my bedding, clothing and toiletries need. For hiking adventures I’ve recently upgraded to a 65ltr Berghaus bag but this has gone untested to date.
Items that should never be left at home;
- First Aid Kit
- Lip Balm
- Clean underwear
- Waterproof jacket
- Water bottle
- Hand sanitiser
Drink All The Water
So often we forge to do this. Maybe we’re too busy chatting. Or too busy walking away our worries. But drinking water is vital to any adventure. Sadly wine doesn’t count. Only Jesus had the ability to turn water into wine and make that count towards your 8 daily glasses.
There’s so much more that I could deep dive like a PADI trainer into when it comes to being an adventure lady. Rest assured we’ll be covering these topics in more detail in coming weeks. If you have any questions let me know in the comments below and I’ll answer all.
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