From early morning Pilates, multiple email accounts constantly pinging your phone and meetings every other hour all day long, you’re always on the go. It’s a beautiful time to be a business savant. On the flip side, as a culture we’re obsessed with working faster, harder and more efficiently.
And we’re slowly turning our minds — and bellies — into mush because we’re too busy to unwind.
Take advantage of June’s National Camping Month to step away from your desk — put the phone down — and seek refuge in the wild for a few days of the ultimate detox experience.
Check out these tips for planning the perfect camping or camping-themed vacation.
- Choose Your Camping Companions Wisely
Last fall I went on my first all-girls hiking trip. It was actually for a bachelorette party, but we had so much fun hiking, reading and unplugging — a critical part of camping — that we immediately rebooked the same cabin for the following year.
Sure you can go alone, but this is an opportunity for adventure. Pick three of your favorite friends who are also desperate for an escape and discuss what you want to do. Do you want to take a serious camping trip with backpacks, a tent and no toilet? Or would you rather try a trendy glamping trip with a butler and a pedicure?
- Plan a Road Trip
Whether your destination is a real campground or you’re planning to glamp it at a spa, choosing the perfect destination is the most important part. Why? Because sometimes you’ll spend just as much time in the car as you will at your destination.
Also, if you’d honestly rather stay in a hotel every night, a road trip is the right explorers’ vacation for you. Map out all the places you’d like to visit in advance and do day trips from place-to-place and hotel-to-hotel.
- Go Camping (For Real)
There are two aspects of camping that every female worries about: eating and sanitary needs. But before I get to that, it’s vital to understand that you shouldn’t go backwoods camping without someone with experience. Choosing a secure location and the ability to start a controlled campfire are basic life-saving skills.
Once you’ve checked off basic survival, try the following tips for increased levels of fun:
- Put your supply of tea tree oil to good use. Mix one part tea tree oil to two parts water and spray it on your shoes, socks and pants to deter ticks. Plus, it smells better than traditional bug spray – and it’s safer.
- Pack a can of crescent roll dough. Wrap the dough around a hot dog or marshmallow and roast it over a fire with a stick. These tasty treats can be a little difficult to manage on a stick, but they’re worth it.
- Add Doritos to your emergency kit. Yes, they’re edible, but they’re also flammable and work well as a fire starter in a pinch.
- Prepare MarshJell-o Shots. This one requires a little pre-trip work. Hollow out the marshmallow, fill with a traditional jell-o shot and refrigerate. You can roast them or eat them as is.
- Consider a female urination device. Worried about the bathroom? A female urination device will make your midnight bathroom run much easier.
- Plan a Glamping Trip for the Girly Girls
If no amount of smelly bug spray is going to make you risk skin rashes, poison ivy or spider bites, you might be a girl made for glamping.
Glamorous camping might be for you if you’d rather sleep in a bed than the floor, or have someone else pitch your tent for you. There are different types of glamping across the US. There’s everything from cabins to giant, safari-style tents with electricity.
There are plenty of places to go glamping in the US. Sit down with your girlfriends and try to find a balance between hiking in the woods all day and spa treatments.
- Turn off Your Phone
Even if you don’t consider yourself an internet addict, you might be a workaholic or addicted to Instagram. It’s a hard thing to admit. How can keeping in constant touch with family and friends be a bad thing?
Depending on how you use technology, you’re at an increased risk for depression. If you’re going backwoods camping, you should take your phone but leave it off. Or make a pact with your friends not to use it unless there’s an emergency.
If possible, make sure your family has a list of hotel numbers or numbers to the campground where you can be reached – and then just turn your phone off. Leave your work email at work and your social media at home.
Planning and unplugging are your top two goals for this trip, ladies. Make sure you outline exactly what matters most to you – spa days, reconnecting with nature or tasty treats – and then enjoy your getaway.
Image via Roderick Eime on Flickr.