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Camping for Women

Updated on October 11, 2014
Me, Camping
Me, Camping | Source

Making Camping Fun

Women are different than men. We're built differently and have totally different attitudes about many things, including camping and hiking. Though some guys have no problem running off into the wild without even a toothbrush, most of us women wouldn't feel too comfortable with that.

Since many of the camping books and guides are written by, and often for men, I thought I'd help the wanna-be camper women out, and share a bit of what I learned the hard way on my many camping and hiking trips.

I want camping to be as fun for you as it is for me, so read on to discover some of the ways we can make our trips as enjoyable as they can be.

Your Version of Camping

First of all, consider what's important to you.

These are tips for the average woman, many of these camping tips I consider important based on myself and other women I've hiked and camped with on my numerous trips.

No one is ever exactly the same though. If something isn't necessary for you, don't bother with it, and if you know of something that I didn't list, but it bothers you, make sure to take it.

Camping is different for each individual, and we all have to learn our own style. And really, most of these tips are good for men too :)

Save Your Skin While Camping

I'm all sunburned in the Alabama Hills
I'm all sunburned in the Alabama Hills | Source

You'll Be Exposed to the Elements

While camping, hiking, or just enjoying the outdoors, you'll spend a lot of time exposed to the elements.

Women's skin can be sensitive and need extra protection, though of course everyone, not just women should take care while outdoors.

Entire trips can be ruined if you get too sunburned or your lips crack and bleed. Just a few simply things can make a big difference.

A good, wide-brimmed hat and stocking cap should be with you too. Any regular camper knows they are a must, and they'll see you through storms, sunny weather, and cold days. Bring both since weather can be unpredictable, and while the days may be warm and sunny, the night may get cold, and wearing a stocking cap to bed will keep you a lot warmer.

Moisturize!

Hot, cold, dry, or windy, the weather may make your skin get chapped and rough, make sure to bring good lotion.

Being in a different environment than normal may make even less sensitive skin hurt, and since many of the best camping and hiking areas are at high elevations, you'll be even more vulnerable to red and rough skin.

Cold mornings at a mountain camp can be beautiful and stunning, but it can be hard to enjoy it if your skin feels raw from the cold and wind.

Don't Get Burned

You have to have sunscreen.

No matter what color you are, anyone can get burnt from the sun when they spend more time outdoors than normal. And while camping, you're usually outside way more than usual. We don't realize how much time we spend indoors at home.

Also, a sunburn doesn't even require a sunny day. Cloudy, overcast days can cause worst burns than others, so no matter what weather is predicted, make sure to have some sunscreen along, just in case.

Make sure you use a high enough SPF too, going too low can still allow you to get burnt, and sunburns are not fun while trying to enjoy nature.

Bye-Bye Cracked Lips

Lips are one of the most sensitive areas on a body, and when they are exposed to hot and dry conditions or too much wind, they can crack and bleed.

Circumvent any problems by bringing lip balm and applying it regularly.

I need to put on chapstick about every hour, so I usually put the chapstick in my outermost pocket or the easiest place to get at it. I've been thinking of making a small bag to wear around my neck, so I can have something to put the chapstick in. Or attaching a necklace to the top of the chapstick so it's always handy.

Hats are a Must!

You really really need a good, wide-brimmed hat.

A hat that keeps some of the sun off your face is incredibly important.

The right hat will shade you, keep the rain off of your face, and keep you from getting overheated.

I really like the ones that are crushable, since I can shove it in my bag and it pops back into shape when I pull it out. Having a chinstrap is also important to prevent the hat from flying away.

Keep Warm

It's also a good idea to have a stocking cap along.

Even if the weather is warm, it can get cold at night and in the morning, so a stocking hat can give you a bit of extra warmth. They're good to sleep in too to prevent your head getting cold as it pops out of your sleeping bag.

I really like a stocking cap with a visor since it can be cold and windy, but still the sun can burn you quickly.

Protect Your Hands

Setting Up the Tent in Nevada
Setting Up the Tent in Nevada | Source

Rough Conditions

Life while camping and hiking can be a tad rougher than normal.

Hiking often entails scrambling over rocks, maybe through a few bushes. Setting up camp means putting up the tent, ground cloth, and stakes, then later pulling them up and putting them away, as well as dealing with many other things.

Your hands will be doing a lot of unaccustomed work, so protect them a little. Wear gloves, put lotion on them, keep them a little protected.

Trim Your Nails

Trimming your nails before the trip (I trim mine as far down as possible) or bringing along some nail clippers while on it, can help prevent nails from ripping off or getting hangnails that can easily become infected in the unsanitary conditions that can arise while camping.

A small manicure set can be a handy addition to your camp set anyways, tweezers and other items in them are invaluable when you run into trouble.

This may sound like a bit of a prissy addition, but your hands will be doing far more than you'd think, and it really is important to keep them in shape.

Bring Gloves

Tough gloves can be a valuable asset when camping.

Camping often involves setting up a tent, hammering in stakes, and carrying around gear. Doing things like that can leave your hands raw in next to no time.

Leather gloves or other tough ones can protect your hands from all sharp and sandy things you need to grab.

I tear up my hands especially when camping because I like to find rocks and climb around, which rubs my hands raw in no time.

Wear Latex Gloves

Some people like to wear gloves to keep their hands protected, but allow them to feel a bit more. Latex gloves work great for this.

They also help keep your hands clean. So you can set up camp and then pull them off for clean hands.

Make sure you use a latex alternative if you have a latex allergy.

Keeping Clean While Camping

Being Silly and Getting Dirty in Utah
Being Silly and Getting Dirty in Utah | Source

You'll Be Getting Dirty

Camping is a dirty business.

You'll be out in nature, not a place known for being clean, hiking and walking and setting up camp and doing all sorts of things that will make you come in contact with dirt, and on top of that, showers and bathrooms can be hard to come by.

Even if you aren't a neat freak, being completely filthy and climbing into your sleeping bag can leave you feeling a bit icky.

Also, dirty feet get blisters, when sweat dries on your skin it can be irritating, and simply washing your face with a damp cloth can make you feel wonderful after being in the hot sun.

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Baby Wipes Work Great!

There is one thing no camper should be without, baby wipes.

Mothers know how handy baby wipes can be, half-eaten food on your kid's face? A swipe and it's gone. Playing in the dirt? Quickly running a baby wipe over their hands cleans at least the worst of it off and keeps everything a bit neater. Well, imagine campers as big kids, playing out in the big sandbox of nature...baby wipes come in handy.

You can quickly and easily have a little sponge bath in your tent before crawling into your sleeping bag, and they'll even be nice for a quick wipe of your hands before cooking.

As long as my hands and face are clean, I feel much better. Also, I like baby wipes for a quick swipe when I feel overheated, it just helps so much.

Baby wipes can help you clean off a bit, and leave you feeling clean. This may not sound important, sitting at home, all nice and clean, but it makes a dramatic difference while out camping.

Don't forget to dispose of used ones properly once back from camping though, no one likes littering campers.

Washing Up

It feels so good to be clean

There are some campgrounds with showers, but many times they aren't available. You can still get clean though with some handy camping items.

Portable showers can vary from simple bags you hang in the sun, called solar showers, all the way to complete little rooms you put up like a tent. There are also machines that heat up water using propane so you can even have a hot shower at a moment's notice. Any version feels like heaven when you've been camping for a while and just need to hose off.

Dry Shampoo

Baby wipes work great for wiping off easily, but hair can be a hassle on a camping trip.

Dry shampoo can make things much easier. It is super easy to sprinkle it on your hair, let sit for a few minutes, then brush out the shampoo, taking all the dirt and oils with it.

There are also no-rinse shampoos that are sprayed on or are liquids as well.

The dry shampoo I like the best is the one in little shower caps. You can just put it on your head and rub it in, then remove the cap and all the dirt. It's far less messy.

Going Potty While Camping

Outhouse at Nevada Campground
Outhouse at Nevada Campground | Source

Be Prepared For No Bathrooms

Going to the bathroom while camping is the worst part in my eyes.

If there are bathrooms, they're usually gross and icky, and squatting behind a bush is not always the easiest thing to do.

Being a woman also means there are extra hassles to deal with, especially since our periods usually strike at the worst possible times.

The right gear can make it a bit easier though, so make sure to bring what you need.

Go Pee Standing Up

There are a few things coming out on the market that allow you to go pee standing up.

They're great for areas with no bushes, you can easily just turn around and go. If you can't squat, now you don't have to. Or use one where the bathrooms are so gross you just don't want to sit down. You can also use it with a jar in areas without bathrooms or when you have to go pee in the middle of the night.

Go Girl is the most common and popular device and I know friends who take them all over, especially at music festivals or where there will be porta-potties.

Bring Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is something you should always bring with you camping.

Even if you are staying at a campground with bathrooms, expect them to be out of toilet paper to prevent unexpected hassles.

I really like the little, portable containers of tp, but another handy way to handle it is to keep the toilet paper in a large Ziploc bag. Or use the plastic containers that coffee comes in, the tp fits right inside.

Bring Tampons

Even if you're not due to have your period, sometimes the stress of the trip or your activity can trigger it, so it's a good idea to bring along some tampons.

It's far better to have tampons with you and not need them, than it is to have to go without and try to deal with it.

Bring Pads

You might want to bring pads on the camping trip as well.

Some women tend to leak a little on strenuous hikes, and a pad will help prevent accidents. Many women leak a bit when hiking while pregnant too.

Also, many people are allergic to all sorts of things in nature, and we know what happens with sneezing sometimes.

Bringing pads can be helpful in case you have little accidents.

Disposal Bags

Having your period while camping sucks, but especially if there are no bathrooms.

Dealing with the used toilet paper and sanitary pads or tampons means you'll need something to put them in. No, you do not leave them out there. That's disgusting and it utterly ruins the spot for everyone. It's bad for the environment, the animals, and anyone else in the area, especially if you are in a mountainous area that doesn't allow easy burial.

Just take a disposable bag to place used items in.

You can use whatever will work for you, if you have some smallish bags around the house that will probably be fine. You can also use the bags designed for diaper disposal, they're usually treated so they won't let smell out, are colored so you can't see through them, and are the perfect size.

Another cheap and easy option is to cover a ziploc bag with duct tape. It'll make it not see-through and since you can seal it, it will prevent any smells from escaping.

There are also disposal bags designed specifically for camping in areas that don't have outhouses and are too sensitive for you to dig a cat hole to go to the bathroom in. These of course are the best way to deal with the inevitable.

What I usually use are tampon and pad disposal bags. They're simple and easy to use and are usually scented.

Bring a Toilet

Often it seems like the best places to camp are those without even pit toilets or porta-potties. If you are going to go camping somewhere without a toilet you can either take to the bushes or bring a portable toilet.

Portable toilets can be set up inside one of those little pop-up shower stalls for an easy private way to go potty.

Prevent Chafing While Camping

I'm chafe free hiking in Death Valley
I'm chafe free hiking in Death Valley | Source

Too Much Rubbing Can Really Hurt

Anytime you have to parts rubbing against each other, you will eventually have chafing. This could be shoes rubbing against your feet, backpack straps rubbing against your shoulders, or your thighs rubbing together. And eventually, the chafing will cause a rash or blisters or even welts.

I'm fat, have sensitive feet, and usually carry a backpack while hiking, meaning I almost always ended up sore and hurting by the end of the day, and usually my bra would even rub me raw. Then I found something called chafing cream, I absolutely love the stuff! Not only does it help prevent rashes caused by rubbing, it even helps get rid of ones that are already there. It's safe for all over and really does help prevent friction burns.

Preventing friction burns is especially handy while camping and hiking, because you'll be moving a lot, and areas will be rubbing that don't usually rub. No matter what, on your camping or hiking trip, there will be an area or something that will rub you wrong, and chafing cream will help prevent that. After all, you don't want to be too sore to walk while hiking.

Use the Right Backpack

Men's backpacks are not shaped correctly for women and so can chafe and rub you wrong, as well as make it harder to carry. Women carry loads differently than men, so they need a backpack that will balance the load properly for them.

Get a good women's backpack that fits you well since if it doesn't fit you, it will just cause trouble.

Also, get used to wearing the backpack early, don't just put it on the day of the trip and expect it to wear okay.

Wear it around the house, see if it fits well, then start adding weight until it's actually heavier than the back you expect to carry. It will build up your muscles and give you a chance to learn if it chafes anywhere.

Wear Good Shoes Hiking

Walking around the campsite
Walking around the campsite | Source

Wear Good Shoes

One of the most important things while hiking and camping is to wear good shoes.

If your feet are hurting, it will make every part of you feel rotten.

Blisters are one of the worst things to get while hiking. They're dangerous because they can easily get infected, and if you can't hike to help, then you're stuck.

Find a good pair of shoes. They shouldn't bother your feet at all. Then wear them around everywhere. Break them in and see if you develop any hot spots.

Do not wear new shoes hiking and camping!!!

Blisters can develop almost immediately and new shoes will have dyes and harshness that will ruin your feet for weeks. Break them in before hiking.

Wearing Boots

A lot of people like boots for hiking and camping.

They give good ankle support. If you step on a snake it will help prevent you from being bitten.

Boots are sturdy and tough for climbing all over everything.

They can be heavy and hard to break in, so start early getting your boots ready and your feet used to them.

Sport Sandals

Sports sandals are ones made for clomping around on trails, wading through streams, and going on.

They drain easily and dry quickly, making it easy to go through most any terrain with ease.

They're my favorite thing to wear while camping and hiking, in fact I wear mine nearly ten months out of the year, even while swimming.

Slip-On Shoes

A simple pair of slip on shoes is great to have around your campsite.

Waking up in the middle of the night is not nearly as much of a hassle when you can just slip your feet into some shoes instead of having to lace them all up and wear socks.

And getting up in the morning doesn't have to mean instantly getting dressed, with slip-ons you can easily shove your feet in and go get coffee.

If you're hiking a lot, it's a good idea to have another pair of shoes to switch out with as well. It will give your feet some breathing space and helps prevent blisters.

I usually just grab a pair of flip-flops to bring with me, but they don't work really well. Some sort of water-resistant clog to help protect your toes would work better.

Whatever extra slip-on shoes you bring, try to find ones that are easy to clean and care for.

Keep Warm While Camping

Cold While Camping in the Desert
Cold While Camping in the Desert | Source

It's Often Cold While Camping

Women are usually more sensitive to cold than men, so need to prepare extra well.

Cover your bases by expecting it to be cold at least part of the time. Camping is quite often colder than you'd think, especially at night after the sun goes down and you aren't surrounded by buildings radiating heat.

I've even been on several trips, including during late spring and early summer, where it has snowed on me all of a sudden. Be prepared to need warmth.

One of the most necessary, but oft forgotten things I see while camping are extra clothes. Popular camping places like the mountains or the desert can be especially cold, no matter how warm the day was. In fact, one camping trip had me running out of clothes, simply because I was trying to keep warm all the people who thought the desert in late spring meant it would only be hot and so brought bathing suits and left jackets behind.

Layers

When camping, bring a warm jacket and lots of clothes to layer.

Layers are always the best while camping and hiking because you can remove any you don't need, or place one or two back on if necessary. This is especially handy on a hike where you start off cold and end up hot and sweaty.

I really like one of my layers to be a vest.

Vests keep your core warm, while allowing freedom of movement. They are easy to take on and off, and are often just the right amount of extra coverage you need. And you can unzip them if you start feeling too warm.

My vests are usually made of fleece because it packs so well and wears well while camping.

If it's really cold I'll start with an undershirt, layer a warm top over that, then add the vest, and maybe a jacket. If it's warmer I'll often just wear a tank top with the vest over it. It's so easy to add and remove layers as I warm up.

Down Coat

Women, how often have you been in bed chilled and your husband has the covers thrown off and is sweating? Women sleep colder than men usually, so need extra warmth at night.

Sleeping at camp got so much more cozy after I started bringing down booties, down jacket, and beanie cap to sleep in. Down packs up so tiny, that it takes almost no room at all and it's well worth bringing.

Sitting around camp in a nice down coat is so much better than sitting there shivering or huddling up to the fire and breathing in too much smoke. And when it's time for bed sometimes I wear the coat to sleep in for an added layer of warmth and to keep out the cold night air.

Warm Feet

Always sleep in socks and booties to stay warm.

Do not wear the socks you wore that day. They'll be dirty and damp which will make your feet blister and stay cold.

I prefer down booties since they take almost no space in my bags and retain a lot of warmth.

Hot Hands

The best camping item I've ever found was a relatively simple one called Hot Hands.

Hot Hands are single-use self-heating bags you can wear in your gloves or carry in your pockets. They are little bags of charcoal and some other stuff that somehow when you open the package and they are exposed to the air, they produce heat.

So warm!

On cold mornings I open a pack and my arthritis doesn't bother me nearly as much. And cold nights I stuff a couple into my sleeping bag and it pre-warms the bag and is cozy for hours.

An alternative to Hot Hands is to fill a bottle with warm water before bed, being careful to not melt the plastic. Or, set rocks close to the fire until they get warm, but be careful if they have been damp lately they can explode.

Hot Hands are just easier and stay warm way longer, but in a pinch the other warmers work okay.

Sleep Better While Camping

Setting Up the Bed in the Tent in Shasta
Setting Up the Bed in the Tent in Shasta | Source

The Ground Can Be Hard

Being well-rested means you'll probably have a fun trip, being sore and tired means you'll probably have a not so enjoyable one.

So set up a good sleep system.

For me, I sacrificed for ages on my comfort, and guess what? I spent the night cold and uncomfortable, then woke up hurting and tired. Then I found out what works.

A good sleeping bag, with a good temperature rating made a huge difference. I'm claustrophobic, so I get an extra-large bag and tuck it under me. Mummy bags are warmer and better, but I just can't stand them.

Under the sleeping bag I use a sleeping pad as a cushion between the cold ground and me. They roll up so small they're worth taking.

Inside the sleeping bag I use a fleece sleeping bag liner for extra comfort and warmth and to keep the sleeping bag clean.

Add in a pillow and I sleep like a dream while camping.

Sleeping Bag

Don't take that icky old sleeping bag camping if you can avoid it. You'll most likely spend the night cold and wake up stiff and sore.

Having a good sleeping bag is important for everyone, but especially for women. We usually get cold easier so need a bag that will keep us warm, and one used for years and probably not laundered correctly to retain loft means the one you have laying around probably won't do work well.

There are also some wonderful new bags on the market, designed specifically for women and women's needs. Most are designed to be a bit warmer, and have more space in the hip and shoulder areas for curves to fit better.

They are so much better than your old bag, and you'll be amazed at the difference they make.

Sleeping Bag Liner

Since washing sleeping bags is bad for them and should only be done when absolutely necessary, sleeping bag liners come in handy.

These are small sleeping bag-style blankets designed to lay inside of your sleeping bag, keeping the sleeping bag clean from any dirt you have on you as well as any skin oils that might harm it.

Sleeping bag liners are also great for keeping you a bit warmer. Sleeping bag liners are usually made or fleece or silk, but you can occasionally find them made of other materials.

My favorite use for sleeping bag liners though, is when it's too cold to sleep with the sleeping bag zipped up, but too chilly to not have anything over you. The extra warmth and extra cleanliness is lovely to have.

Also, you can just pop the sleeping bag liner in any washer when you return from camping, you don't have to deal with washing the big bulky, slow-to-dry sleeping bag when you otherwise don't need to.

Sleeping Pad

For the most comfortable night, really think about your sleeping pad system.

Since women have curves, sleeping on the ground can really hurt our hips and shoulders. A sleeping pad will pad these areas to help prevent you from feeling like death warmed over the next morning.

Some pads, like Therm-a-rest, even have sleeping pads designed specifically for women with extra padding where we need it.

If you don't want or can't afford a pad, layering your extra clothing beneath your sleeping bag will keep you warmer and give you a little cushion to prevent those morning blues.

Sleeping with something between you and the hard ground also has an extra benefit, it will keep you warmer. The ground stays cold, so it sucks the warmth right out of you. Extra padding means the cold ground doesn't make you cold.

Bring a Pillow

Don't forget a pillow when camping.

For ages I made due with some rolled up clothes for a pillow, then I realized that I woke up stiff and with a headache.

There's no point in making yourself feel bad when you can just take a compressible or blow-up pillow with you.

Pillows really take up hardly any room and you can wake up refreshed.

The Most Important Thing

The Most Important Thing to Bring with You

The most important thing to bring with you camping, isn't a thing you can see, though you can see the effects.

The most important thing of all to bring camping is a good attitude.

Things will go wrong. No matter how much you prepare and plan, something will happen that you didn't expect.

Those are the things you will remember most about your camping trip. They'll be the things you tell stories about months later. But how you act about the unexpected is how you decide whether they will turn into good memories or bad ones.

We still tell stories about accidentally camping in a cow field; the road trip where we had rain, sun, high winds, and even snow; and of course the trip with the Cheetos overdose.

Bring a good attitude and no matter how your camping trip goes, it will be a memory to cherish.

A Happy Camper

A Happy Woman Camper in Georgetown
A Happy Woman Camper in Georgetown | Source

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      Starwish246 2 years ago

      Ladies, if you go out and find a nice stand of bushes to hide in to "GO", DON'T forget to really look around before undressing. REMEMBER, many, if not most campers carry binoculars, which can bring YOU (in your "compromising" situation) easily into sight. So when you "GO" - think BINOCULARS, also.

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      tweetmedic 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I am a 55+ lady who LOVE's camping. I tend to hit the state parks and yes, I use a tent. I am fully able to camp off the grid, but I do like some of the comforts of home...I use a fan at night - hot flashes are miserable - and sleeping on the ground is torture so I do use an air mattress (have a marine battery for my trolling motor - works great at inflating the mattress). I camp a week or so at a time - by myself. My secret is figure out what is a 'gotta' have and then make sure it's a gotta have. lol. I have started taking my g-kids camping as they have not had the joy and it is so much fun introducing them to it. My dream camp trip is to go to Montana and do a horse back, camping/fishing trip!! One day. =D

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great lens. So glad to know about chafing cream now! I'm exactly like you. I like being outdoors, my best friend loves camping, and we have all most of the gear for guys, but it's different being a big girl in the wild. My LEAST favorite part (and greatest deterrent) is sleeping on the ground in a tight sleeping bag. I'm glad to know of these alternative ideas geared specifically toward women.

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Terrific lens! Being a bit hefty myself, I'm so glad to see someone else that just does it. I would go so far as to say no jewelry such as rings or earrings that can get caught on most anything. I always use moleskin on the balls of my feet to prevent blisters. I throw leather gloves in my backpack in case of unexpected rock climbing or hanging branches.

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      Kathy McGraw 3 years ago from California

      Pretty interesting, I didn't think of the sleeping bag liners, so thanks.

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      Fryingnemo 3 years ago

      The urination device cracked me up! But I guess it can come in handy sometimes:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am over 29 again:) and am working on opening my own campground. Primitive and safe for women and families. Hiking and Biking 8 miles from beautiful Winery and 4 miles to 3 lakes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @RMKK-Marlene: Its amazing what we can't think of when we want to have fun. I used them too, because we rode horses when we camped and there are times those pads were a blessing. I like the man you picked. He's a keeper.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @DebMartin: I know how you feel. It has taken a while for the manufacturers to realize women love the outdoors, too. Thanks for sharing

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      great camping tips...thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well you are talking to one of the older women. I have camped all my life, too. And we took short trips, too; only we brought along horses and got to see a whole new America most people don't get to see. What a way to go. Thank you for your comment, I thought I was the only old lady out there.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: I can honestly say, I never thought of packing latex gloves. What a great idea. I wish I would have thought of it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @ohcaroline: We began camping in tents, but ended up camping in a sheep camp that my husband built. Even that felt good graduating from the tent era. I agree with you completely, being outdoors does lift your spirit. Thanks for your comment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am so glad to hear from someone who doesn't get a lot of help setting up camp, too. I love those windy days. I spent a lot of time with just my dog, too. What a way to live. Thank you for our comments.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @MustangHistory: It's great to hear from Mustang History. We purchased a mustang and he ended up being a great healing horse, and as gentle as they come. It was a lot of fun training him.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      All of these are wonderful (common sense) suggestions. They make camping easier, safer, and more comfortable for everyone - including men. I pack most of these things (or the man equivalent) when I go out on walks. I'll add to the list: I pack a few pairs of latex gloves. These keep my hands clean when there's no way to wash them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bonnie Smith: You are a woman after my heart. I have camped all my life, and yes we need articles men don't care about. We slipped in a sun shower without our husbands knowing because they always said they weighed to much, (we camp in sheep camps) But when we got the sun shower out and were moaning and groaning because we felt so good, we found our husbands filling them up to use themselves. The next time we went camping we had three sun showers. Go figure, I have never been able to figure out a man.

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      CatJGB 4 years ago

      Love it! You've covered all my main ones for sure, lol.

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      Ann Hinds 4 years ago from So Cal

      Great camping tips for women. After a while, you learn what you will need but even those of us who camp on a regular basis, the reminders you share are still helpful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm thinking of going tent camping. I love to take short trips around the US. Tent camping is the only way I can afford it. I'd love to hear from other older women who do this.

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      CampingThings 4 years ago

      Great article. I spent 7 consecutive weeks camping last summer and my must-have item was dry shampoo - it makes such a difference if you have long hair.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Excellent suggestions for the camping woman. I love my sleeping bag liner. I have one for the inside (flannel) and one for the outside (Nylon tent material with a waterproof bottom). When I started camping, there was only one backpack made for women and it was pink! Now we have so many choices. I remember I had to buy everything in men sizes and sometimes that didn't work so well. Glad those days are over but we've still got a ways to go in gear options for women. Great lens. d

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      This is the first time I've seen a camping article written from a woman's perspective! Very insightful and spot on! Great job!!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      You definitely covered the basics. I would like to try camping in a small rv sometime. I don't enjoy sleeping in a tent any more; but being outdoors is so great for your spirit and to clear away the clutter of electronic devices, computers, tv, and the like. We all need a little of that. Just me and nature. Ahhhh that's the best!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great practical advice for women campers! Love your pictures. :)

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Wonderful information about women camping, and you've thought of things that a lot of women might have overlooked as they planned their camping trips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for writing something on women camping. I camp alone with my dog in the New Forest England and love it. I sit writing in my tent, but I do have a gas fire and fingerless gloves. I take some perfume always to make me feel feminine. Sam the dog and I get well known, but I do think they all think I am mad. The only thing that has surprised me is that whatever the weather, no one ever offers to help put up my tent. It is a four birth Outwell Navada M and in a high wind can be a bit tricky. Love the article.

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      It's all about attitude and I love the way you've shown it here. I can't wait for the spring to finally come so I can practice some of your useful tips :) Blessed!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      My family and I absolutely love camping.... and in a tent! Tenting it is the only way I go camping, and yes, although camping in a camper or trailer is very nice and comfortable, The whole camping experience is lived when camping in a tent. When you can hear the chirping of birds in the morning, and the squirrels gathering nuts, and dropping pine cones on the ground. Not to mention... nothing beats the taste of food done over an open fire :)

      ~BLESSED~

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      Tasha Marie 5 years ago from Mahomet, Illinois

      Great information! I love to read about other women who like to camp!

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      tnsurge 5 years ago

      Very good information. Might want to add some winter hiking, skiing tips as well sometime.

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      MustangHistory 5 years ago

      Great trips.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel taking a stroll outside her neighbourhood on 8/13/11

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks for thinking of us women campers. It's nice to read something that is specifically created to anticipate the unique needs of females. Nicely done!

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Great lens, I'm lensrolling it to my things to take camping lens

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      RMKK-Marlene 6 years ago

      Yep, you are absolutely right! The most important thing you can bring camping is a good attitude. A positive outlook will make any inconveniences seem less important. Sanitary napkins are also good to bring when you are pregnant. I was pregnant with my 5th child when we were hiking and camping in Big Bend. I was pretty far along and had a bit of leakage on longer, more strenuous hikes. My husband came up with the bright idea to use a pad. Worked like a charm and needless to say, I enjoyed the hikes so much more. Love this lens...it has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

      Happy Camping ~Marlene

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      http://www.biorelief.com/portable-urinals/she-wee-... has been a favorite of some women I've camped with...

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      NorthernLight495 7 years ago

      Bravo!! What a great article with a lot of good tips! Most excellent!

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks everyone! A little bit of comfort really does make a big difference in how much fun you can have.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Loved it, especially part of our curves needing padding and the chafting cream! Since i refuse to hike & camp i always bring a fleece blanked to turn double over sleeping pad.

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      LarryCoffey LM 7 years ago

      Another great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Grand writing dearest Alisha - just grand.

      Males of the species could use much of your advice, too - particularly the chaffing cream for those with man boobs. :D

      PS - My captcha for this is *snuglubber* - is that dirty or what?