As a former Daisy, Brownie, Girl Scout, and honorary Boy Scout (no big deal... Actually, it really wasn't a big deal. My mom was the den leader so I couldn't get a ride home until after the meetings...) you can say I know my way around a tent (which also isn't really that cool... So maybe let's say "it's not my first day at the campfire").
Every Boy Scouts knows that preparation is the key to success; all Girl Scouts know that looking cute and bringing cookies never hurts; and everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarden (after school in my Daisy Scout meetings). Here are some tips and tricksI learned during my years in uniform, and some eco-essentials that will to help ensure you're a happy camper.
The key to successfully sleeping under the stars is to think ahead (and remembering to pack everything you thought about bringing). Here's a checklist of camping essentials that you don't want to leave home without.
You can't see in the dark and you can't use your hands when you're holding a flashlight, so pack headlamps and lanterns. Headlamps are awesome for contact wearers, lanterns are excellent for general limb users, but flashlights make scary stories even scarier, so check your priorities and checkout these vintage lanterns from Rusty Lantern and Bunny and Fox Vintage.
You'll likely need every one of these tools, and you'll be multi-bummed if you forget to bring one. I hear Swiss Army makes one, but I prefer this vintage model from Atelier Treteau.
You won't always know what you'll need it for, but you'll always need extra rope. Mustang And Sally's hemp camping twine can be used as a clothes line, drying rack, or to MacGyver together a make-shift bear trap. Better yet, use it to tie your food up in a tree to prevent the bears in the first place.
Take a tip from the Wildness Girls to turn your campsite into your home sweet home (and yes, that was a Troop Beverly Hills reference).
4. Extra blankets
It's always going to be colder than you think and the ground will always be harder than you think. You'll never regret packing an extra blanket and you'll look totally legit when you're using SewnNatural's lumberjack-approved wool throw blanket.
There's nothing better than napping on a hammock in the great outdoors, and This Pretty Life's cotton hammock can be attached to two trees. And we just found another use for that extra rope you remembered to pack!
Whether you're camping in the woods or glamping at the lagoon, you're going to need to eat, bathe, and sleep and here's what you need to accomplish the essentials.
6. Eating Utensils
Don't bring canned food without bringing a can opener, and don't forget the napkins- like these handmade cloth napkins by ohlittlerabbit.
7. Soap & Bug Spray
You wouldn't normally think of these two together, and that's why Roots Soap Co.'s all-natural soap is so awesome. Their eco-friendly soap is made by hand from rainwater and essential oils, and will clean you, scrub you, and protect you from bugs.
Colorologists know that wearing red gives you courage and confidence, and that wearing orange sparks curiosity and is helpful during times of exploration. Wearing pink, they know, helps you to achieve your potential for success and will remind you that you have a safety net of loving, supportive people ready catch you if you start to slip (metaphorically in life and literally while hiking).
Oh, and watch Troop Beverly Hills while your packing because it's a great movie.
Leaves of three is poison ivy! And it really, really itches, so avoid plants that look like these and click here to learn more.