What to Leave at Home When You Go Camping

What feels like a lifetime, camping feels like a distant memory. Those muggy morning waking up with some stuck to you, peels yourself off the make shift bed, and wriggling out of your sleeping bag. Oh what I'd give to be outside and at a festival. 
There's some sure fire ways though to ruin a camping trip and that's by over packing 

It may feel like you need to bring everything but the kitchen sink but packing for camping is nothing like packing for example when moving ( is it me or am I the only one searching Whistler Homes for Sale right now?) Packing for a camping trip is a skill and I have a few tips below.

Think light not heavy.

Do you really need those bulky boots? or could you simply wear the one pair (because believe me you won't be changing shoes everyday.) A coat? Wear it and wear the one, jeans? Another thing wear it too and plan to wear home. Pack light and easy. You won't be costume changing so simply plan outfits. As for food, light snacks, but budget and plan for one big hot meal bought at the venue or a local restaurant. 

Check the tent.

Don't make the big mistake I have. Not testing the tent prior. I understand it looks so crisp and clean wrap up, but it makes great practice to understand how to put it up and put it back down. It also gives you a change to check for holes and missing things. Yes I have turned up with missing things, holes in tents and believe me there's no going back.

Food tricks

Thinking light the best and filling snacks include cereal bars, pot noodles are a pretty easy go to (if bringing a kettle or some places will give you hot water for a small charge. The fold away water bottles are great as most places do offer water so you can easily fill and when empty it collapses back down.

Wet wipes are your friend.

I know they can be bad for the environment, but there are eco friendly ones out there. But anything from wash, to refreshing, to cleaning, wipes are and will always be your camping best friend.

Collapsible everything.

Anything that can fold smaller and you can put together to use (think a hairbrush with an extendable handle that has a mirror.) Anything you can possibly multi use is a must. It doesn't take up valuable space, it's multi functional, and it's normally pretty light and compact.

Now what to leave at home and I promise you will not make use of:

  • Full make up bag. Ladies take the bare essentials.
  • Hairdryer/straightener. You will NOT need this.
  • Blow up mattress. Honestly unless you want to sit and pump for hours just bring padded floor matts.
  • Glass. Glass anything just leave at home, if it breaks you can cause damage to yourself and others.
  • Just an excessive amount of stuff. Believe me you can live off minimal for a short amount of time. This including an excessive amount of snacks. A box of cereal bars 2/3 pot noodles, some crisps and that should to the job.
  • and last but no means least, anything expensive. Adding a lock to a tent screams stick something sharp in me and look inside. and even leaving unlocked you have to trust that whatever you leave will remain. Make it easy on yourself and avoid anything of too much value and anything you'd be devastated if it got taken

Otherwise, given the circumstances we're in camping seems to be the new holiday abroad. There's so much to explore out there so grab your tent and the worlds your oyster.

Let me know where you're thinking of heading.



  1. Definitely agree with this list! I personally try to limit electronics and just enjoy time away :)
    Jenna ♥
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