Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer Camping Guide

By: Lisa Ng

Sure, it's almost the end of July - but there's still LOTS of time to go camping!

After taking oh...about a TEN year hiatus from camping, I've finally re-embraced it after living in Oregon for just 2 weeks. There are just so many things to see and do here and being active and being outdoors is just part of the lifestyle.

So here's what I recommend for your next camping trip:

1) A GREAT Playlist

Get the campfire tunes going with a great playlist. I love chilling out at the end of the night next to the warm glow of a campfire, some great music and a cold drink. Make your own playlist on Spotify or listen to my mix - perfect for Campfires + Roadtrips.

2) Stylish Camping Gear

Since I was starting from scratch, I got to invest in all new camping gear this year - so I wanted stuff that looked fun and stylish while practical and functional. Here's a round-up of my cute + stylish camping gear!

3) Gourmet Camping Eats

One of my favourite parts of camping is getting creative with the menu. I like to cook things that don't require a lot of ingredients, can keep well in a cooler and that I can prep ahead of time. I need to be able to cook it over the fire or in the small frying pan and single burner camping stove we bring with us. Here's what I ate last time I went camping.

4) Glamping is OK Too!

If camping is too big a step for you and you don't want to invest into all that gear. Consider clamping! Here are a few of my favourite glamping spots. I credit glamping for helping transition and open me up to the idea of camping.

5) Dealing With The Bugs

One of the biggest reasons I avoided camping and most outdoor activites are because of the bugs! I'm allergic to mosquito bites and my whole body will blow out after just one tiny bite. It totally sucks. So I always arm myself with this citronella candle, natural bug spray and these bug off bands (they work!).

Are you planning a camping trip this summer? What do you usually do to prep?

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay 

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