Travel / September 10, 2019

Outdoor Camping Tips For The Indoor Girl

I love nature. I love the sky and the clouds. I love the changing leaves of fall and beaming sunshine of summer but I hate bugs, have no desire to sleep on rocks and dirt and don’t find nearby howling coyotes at all charming.

Camping is not my cup of tea.

A few years back, I had to go on a team-building camping trip with colleagues. I was told there would be a bathroom and some “comforts of home” however, upon arrival it was immediately apparent that this is no way was going to be a luxury experience.

I arrived to the campsite to find nothing but a pile of dirt and the restroom I was promised was half a mile away and littered with such filth that even the least hygienic of humans would prefer to use a poisonous bush.

Fortunately, I planned ahead knowing it would be an indoor girl’s hell and I brought a blow-up mattress to fill my tent. My down comforter made the trip as well  and I hoped would allow for a few comfortable nights of sleep. Au contraire.

To my dismay, there were children nearby, who rightfully love camping, that took great advantage of the opportunity to be loud and destructive at all hours of the day and night.

So, unless “Camp” returns as the theme for another Met Gala, this would be my final camping experience. I know that there are many other people out there like me who love a nice hot shower followed by a restful night of sleep in a comfortable, quiet setting.

I also know that there are avid campers who force their partners into the wilderness in order to “take it all in”.

For those of you who may have to venture into the outdoors this fall, here are some tips to level up your camping game to glamping.

Linnea Moran

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