7 essentials for ladies who are boondocking (camping, clamping, or adventuring…)

Disclaimer: this is a blog post for ladies (as the title states, I will be talking about lady things… you’ve been warned)

This blog post was actually inspired by our last cross country trip where we visited Arizona and California. I met Will on the route as soon as my week at work was complete. The day before our travel started, I started… my period. I obviously was disappointed because as y’all know, it makes even the simple things that much harder. I am glad it happened though because I would have never thought about this post- which I hope helps some of y’all out! Little about me, I like to be as comfortable as possible. ;) That includes when I am in the desert, camping with my boys, so I compiled a list of things that I would prefer to have as a lady on the road. This list is by no means exhausted- just a couple of things I thought of, and hopefully it will continue to grow the more we take trips like this. 

  1. First things, first… Diva cup! This is what sparked this whole list, so rightfully so I  should start there. If you haven’t heard about a diva cup, do yourself a favor and google it. I spent a lot time watching reviews on this before getting on board, but the short of it is that it is a menstrual cup. It is used in lieu of a pad or tampon for your *feminine needs.* That phrase just irks me! :D Essentially what makes it so awesome for camping or boondocking, is it is reusable and creates no extra waste. It is a little difficult for me to insert, so I usually do so in the shower (makes it harder when camping). Once inserted, you are good to go for at least 12 hours and maybe even 24 hours. Obviously this all depends on your flow, comfort level, and resources. If one thing has been highlighted on this trip, it is how much waste even two people (and three dogs) create. Anything to keep the trash load down is welcomed! Maybe Diva Cup isn’t your thing… read on!

  2. Makeup wipes! I don’t wear too much makeup when I am not in a professional setting. I think I put mascara on once the entire trip. I like feeling bare faced as much as possible, but makeup wipes just feel good after a long day in the desert. Wiping off all that grime before you hope into bed is a blessing, and soooo much easier than using water to wash your face. I use an off brand from Walmart or HEB, I don’t have any revelations on a good brand, but having a pack of these for a camping trip is definitely an awesome addition. 

  3. Dry shampoo 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼. I  A M  O B S E S S E D! in normal life, in camping life, and probably the after life. I cannot live without dry shampoo, so I never it thought it wouldn’t be packed for this trip. I typically will wash my hair 2-3 times a week in the professional setting, so I definitely was going to stretch it even more on this trip. I did not wash my hair at all. I didn’t want to waste the time, resources, or energy in doing so. If we had gone longer, I definitely would have, but dry shampoo (and the arid weather) made it easy to last the week. I use Batiste. It’s not the best, but it is cheap and good- with how fast I go through it, the price is the most influencing factor for me. Just a couple spritzes prior to bed or right when you wake up, and you’ll be feeling fresher than a daisy.

  4. Sunscreen- so important in any daily routine. I wish I would have taken the time to invest in one that was more light weight, so I am going to recommend that to you! Any suggestions for me? Please leave them in the comments section below, or hit me up on instagram. I do use Aveeno “positively radiant.” It has 30 SPF, but I think I would like additional coverage with a specific face sunscreen. 

  5. Feminine” wipes or moist towelettes. These are similar to the makeup wipes but you use them in other places- obviously. Same concept that feeling fresh is nice, but having to take a full shower is not a luxury item that can be afforded all the time while camping. Wiping down before going to bed is so refreshing, and it allowed me to drift off to dream land that much more comfortable. 

  6. Coconut oil for the win! We use coco oil all the time at home for a myriad of things, and that is exactly why it is a star player on the road. I used it as a deep moisturizer, a coffee additive, and deodorant all before 9 AM when camping! I am sure y’all have tons of uses for the elixir of the gods, and all I can say is having a multi use item like that is so freaking helpful on the road.

  7. Chapstick- this is very similar to the dry shampoo in the fact that I use this on the reg. I needed it so much more when I was camping because the air was so dry! I had like three sticks floating around between the truck and the airstream. I would like to invest in ones that have SPF as well- just for some extra protection. Send me your recs if you have any!

Thanks for taking the time to read the essentials for any lady that is camping. Please let me know if you have more ideas of what should make the list!! See ya on the road :)