Camping Essentials for the Non-Camper

Camping. The very word makes me want to run straight to the wine aisle. Camping with kids? How many Black Boxes do you think I can fit in that tent trailer?

I kid, typically I have a pretty ok time roughing it for a couple days, but the logistics of taking it on with small children can get very overwhelming, very quickly. We've been spending a lot of time in the wilderness this summer, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite gear and tricks that keep this mama a happy camper.

summer camping essentials

Camping Attire Essentials

baseball cap // By day 3 my hair is a textural combination of dry shampoo, nature, and residual sunscreen. Just pull it back babe.

comfy shorts // I'm usually more of a dress gal myself, but the physical endeavors that camping requires (climbing in and out of a tent while hurdling sleeping bags and duffels could be an Olympic sport) means a little more coverage is needed in order to avoid the unintentional flash to your husband's uncle. Sorry, Bernie.

a bra that won't drive you crazy // On a related note, keep those girls in and happy with this cute option. Don't worry about the crazy tan lines it could cause - you will look like a disaster at this point anyway. 

What To Consume While Camping

wine in a can // Slightly more discreet than pulling straight from the box tab. #butblackboxforever

water in a very large bottle // Surely you'll need to hydrate because hiding from the heat is not an option. This bad boy packs a whole liter to keep over heating and hallucinations about hotel rooms at bay.

Camping Gear

something to keep you warm // You've been sweating it out all day, but inevitably by the time the sun sets, you're shivering like a leaf in October. I'm telling you, camping is not great for your health. Cover two bases with this towel that feels more like a blanket.

a floatie // Basic? Maybe. But give me a cute flotation device plus a cold beverage and I can endure even the most treacherous of camping circumstances. If you've ever had to change a swim diaper blowout in the middle of the woods, then you know what I'm talking about. Pass the wine can.