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OK, so it's not quite a glamorous city weekend in Barcelona, but actually for most of us our holidays are all about comfort, and never is this more true than when camping.
Saying that, there seems no reason not to combine comfort with a modicum of style. We go camping reasonably often and although my husband would argue, I have actually pared down my 'must pack' list of my own clothes down to the essentials I need to feel my best. The childrens' clothes are a whole other matter, of course, but let's not concern ourselves with that here
as we shove more spare kids clothes into the roof box.
Camping essentials list:
I am assuming your camping holiday is perhaps a long weekend, up to four days, but you are wearing your first day's clothes (I usually pack the clothes I want to wear for travelling to the campsite and have to frantically unpack the car in my pyjamas. Learn from my mistakes).
Outerwear (being warm is the most important thing EVER when camping)
- sensible waterproof coat, preferably either with zip-in liner or a separate fleece - it's often wet-but-not-freezing when camping, and having flexibility in your waterproof coat's warmth means only having to take one.
- slightly more stylish coat - something like a leather or denim jacket, whatever you wear day to day
- hat (even in high summer)
- gloves (see above), if you know you feel the cold in your fingers
- scarf/buff (a buff is a great long tube, a bit like a snood, that can multi-task as a scarf, hat, greasy-hair-hider-hairband, balaclava, you name it)
- casual flip flops
- walking boots (I prefer lighter weight walking trainers, as it's fairly unusual for us to walk more than a couple of miles)
- nice flat sandals (can work for smarter outfits for day and evening), gold or silver gladiator ones work well, as lots of straps means they are less likely to slice your feet to pieces, but they still look smart enough for a restaurant
- optional: flat ankle boots/biker boots/chelsea boots - some kind of footwear that is slightly smarter than your walking boots, but warmer than the sandals
- 2x cardigans/sweater (take ones that will fit under your fleece and/or raincoat)
- 2x short sleeved t-shirts
- 2x vests (for if it's hot, or for adding an extra layer under t-shirts)
- trousers (I normally ignore the 'don't take your jeans camping' mantra that is usually recited here, as the only other trousers I own are workwear or leather leggings, neither of which seems terribly appropriate here. I have never had a major soggy-jeans issue, because I just don't go outside if it's that wet)
- skirt or spare pair of trousers, depending on what you prefer. Bear in mind that if it is cold, you will probably want a second pair of trousers or you will be huddling in one grubby pair all weekend. If in doubt, wear one pair for travelling so you have at least a spare pair. I normally wear one pair of jeans, take a spare pair and take a jersey tube skirt
- tights - for wearing either with aforementioned skirt if chilly, or layering under trousers for the evening
- underwear (probably you don't need reminding about this)
- scarves - I normally take a couple of scarves - for warmth and for changing the look of my outfits easily. I generally take one neutral and one brighter coloured one
- accessories - I don't go wild on accessories when camping, as they always end up lost, but a couple of simple ones like my leather cuff and one long and one short necklace makes me feel much more presentable if we go somewhere nice, and doesn't take up much room.
Alongside that lot goes a fairly capsule wash bag and a few House of Colour make up essentials (I generally survive on tinted moisturiser, lipstick, lip gloss and mascara when camping, but sometimes I go wild and throw in a brow pencil and blusher), and I'm good to go.
My husband will now be snorting away, as in his opinion my packing is the biggest part of any trip anywhere. I may point out to him the actual division of bag space on our next camping trip...