5 Things to LEAVE at home when going camping.

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It’s really easy (and tempting) to over pack when going camping. “But what if it’s cold?” “But what if it’s only a little cold but not cold enough for that hoodie” “What If I need to look good for a trip to town”

Let me drop a big fat truth bomb. You don’t need 90% of the kak you packed.

Camping is supposed to be minimal. Just you, a tent and nature. I struggle to understand people who have a real problem with camping. Don’t get me wrong, I love all forms of travel but when I want to run away from my problems I don’t want to run to a 5-star hotel room with faster wifi than my house just for me to sit on Facebook thinking about the same reason I needed to escape. There is a different kind of joy that comes from camping. You usually get home more tired than when you left. But far happier.

As mentioned we met up with some friends in Augrabies. They camp far more often than us and I took full advantage of their wealth of knowledge on the subject. While on a hike I decided to ask them to help me with this post and give me 5 things they have learnt to leave at home while camping.

Here we go. 5 things you DONT need while camping.

1.) Make Up – There is no reason to drag your make up bag along for this one. When you hike, you sweat it off. Yummy I know. When lazing around the campsite, give your skin a break too. Fresh air and no gunk do it wonders

PRO TIP – for heading back into civilization I take 2 items. Lightweight bb cream and mascara.

2.) Too many clothes – If you are going away for a weekend trip you need lots of socks and underwear. Keep the rest simple. 2 t-shirts, hoodie, 2 pairs of pants. Shoes; walking shoes and a pair of plakkies do the trick.

3.) Electronics – Seriously just leave your laptop and tablet at home. Step away from your screens, I promise you can roll your eyes at Twitter when you get back.

4.) Glass wear – Take enamel tin mugs. They double as bowls and are great for cooking eggs too. You don’t need to worry about them breaking and they are super cheap. (R9.00 a mug)

5.) Hair Dryer/Straightener/Styling tool – Seriously no one cares what your hair looks like. Air/Towel dry and give your hair a break too.

Go and enjoy a weekend without stuff. Trust me, you feel great afterwards.


  • Megan Kelly

    yes, yes, yes… Now, I need a list of things that I should be packing. 😉 and a list of camp fire foods that I must try. And a general list of things I need to know. #CampingAmateur.

    August 15, 2016 - 4:45 pm Reply
  • Jeanine

    Im enjoying these posts. Keep them coming!

    August 16, 2016 - 9:08 am Reply
  • Karin

    I lol’d at the leave the hair but. As a coloured girl I’d have to take some leave in conditioner at least! The frizzies is never a good look- even in the wild world of camping!
    Awesome read! Thanks for sharing!

    August 16, 2016 - 9:36 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      Let your frizz flag fly high 😉 Your hair might just love it.

      August 16, 2016 - 9:52 am Reply
  • MelChi

    Not much of a camping fan – maybe because of all those yukky school and girl guides camps. But, I’ve been thinking of giving it another go lately and your post just got me excited about it, so thank you! Great tips – especially the one about the make-up.

    August 17, 2016 - 5:49 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      You have to give it another go 🙂 And report back if you enjoyed it!

      August 17, 2016 - 9:28 am Reply
  • Kathi Daniela

    Make-up free days are the best! I try to do it every Sunday, maybe even the whole weekend when I know I’m not going out 🙂

    August 22, 2016 - 10:43 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      I try and do it the whole week (I work from home 😉 )

      August 23, 2016 - 7:06 am Reply
  • Rick

    such a lovely class of travel it is.. i am in love with it

    February 21, 2019 - 12:20 pm Reply

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