5 Things I Never Go Camping Without
Let me preface this post by saying I'm not a rugged camper. I didn't do a lot of camping growing up aside from summer camp in North Carolina so when I met my now husband ten years ago, I wondered if I'd be able to enjoy being in the outdoors as much as he did. I was absolutely pampered on many early camping trips to ensure my good time, but these days I really do enjoy getting outside and unplugging from all of the screens in my life for a few days. Ryan and I spend a lot of time outside in the summer but once the temps drop out of the 80s we hit the trail even more. With September coming to a close (can you believe it?), the weather is perfect for camping and hiking. Over the years I've realized I don't need a lot of stuff to enjoy a weekend in the woods, but I do bring a few things to make the experience more comfortable.
5 Camping Essentials
After dinner, I love swinging in the trees staring up at the stars. If you get one of these double hammocks, grab your honey and climb into the hammock with some blankets. So cozy you might not make it to your tent.
Who wouldn't want a self-inflating air mattress for their tent? These are a little pricey but they make sleeping on the ground much more enjoyable. Ryan recently got this one for me and it is awesome.
Of course Junebug and Lula tag along too.
We often play cards or read before heading to bed so having a small lamp we can hang from the top of our tent is really handy. I got this one last year in Portland at CORD. It's affordable, really light weight, and nearly impossible to turn it on accidentally.
You can't hang out by the fire without tunes. Our portable speakers just died but I have my eye on this one from REI.
This is a no brainer. I always have a porter or stout in the cooler as well. For the warmer months I love goses and session IPAs. My current favorite is Creature Comforts Tritonia with cucumber and lime and you can't go wrong with Founders All Day IPA. I love Bell's Best Brown and Upland Brewing Co's Oktoberfest in the fall.