These days, it can be difficult to find time to connect with our friends. Between work, school, and life in general, it seems impossible to find a time — and a place — that works for everyone in your friend group. But no matter how busy our lives get, it's essential that we make spending time with our besties IRL a real priority.
One of the best ways to reconnect and strengthen bonds? Planning a fun camping trip with your girls. Escaping to the great outdoors is not only inexpensive, but it’s really fun, too. Whether you choose to visit one of the most beautiful campsites in America or try "glamping" instead, camping lets you disconnect from your busy life and spend quality time with your closest friends. It also helps you bond in a unique way, since you’re doing something much more substantial than grabbing a quick brunch together. Ever try to construct a two-person tent with someone you love? Trust us, you’ll learn a lot.
No matter if you’re a camping pro or if this is your first time sleeping outside, going on a camping trip requires a lot of planning. From snacks and playlists to first aid kits and sleeping bags, there’s a lot you to need to bring along. To help you figure out what you need to pack in the car, we’ve partnered with Barefoot Refresh Spritzers, which are all about keeping wine fun and easy to bring with you on your adventures. With Barefoot Refresh Spritzers — in bright flavors Rosé, Moscato, Summer Red, and Crisp White — #YeahYouCan make your girls’ camping trip a success. Here's what you'll need:
A Great Tent
First things first: If you’re planning a fun camping trip with your girls, you’re going to need somewhere to lay your heads down at night. This can be a pretty big investment, but hey, it can make all the difference. Tents are pretty state-of-the-art now; you can find options with more than one "room," ones that are bug-resistant, and even ones that barely take any time to pitch.
The (True) Essentials
It might not be the most glamorous, but there are a few things you’re certain to need in the great outdoors. From a First Aid kit and drinking water to tampons and toilet paper, don’t forget to pack all the little things that will keep you clean, happy, healthy, and upbeat (including supplies to make coffee in the morning!) As the scouts say, always be prepared.
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
One of the best things about camping? Campfire snacks! Make sure to hit up the grocery store before your big trip to stock up on anything (and everything) you can roast over an open flame: We’re thinking s’mores, hot dogs, English muffins — it's all fair game.
A Way To Power Up
Let’s be honest: You’re going to want to ‘gram your fabulous girls’ camping trip, and you’re not going to be able to do that with a dead battery. Remember to bring a portable charger so you can keep that battery bar on green. This one also doubles as a hand-warmer, in case your texting thumbs get chilly!
Something To Sip On
One of the most important decisions you’ll make when packing up the car is what kind of drinks you want to enjoy during your girls’ trip. We suggest packing your cooler with some Barefoot Refresh Spritzers. Cool and refreshing, these lil’ canned beauties are not only delicious, but low maintenance, too. No more accidentally broken glass or digging through your bag to find the bottle opener. Plus, they come in four tasty flavors — Rosé, Moscato, Crisp White, and Summer Red – so everyone on your campsite will be happy. Just double-check that it’s legal to enjoy BYO alcohol at your campground before you pop open your first can.
Hiking, biking, swimming — there are a lot of camping-related activities you can participate in, depending on where you’re spending your weekend with Mother Nature. But sometimes, it’s nice to just chill out and hang with your girls at the picnic table. So pack a couple of fun games to play together! Bring a few classic boardgames, but also feel free to bring a new game to mix things up a bit. We recommend this one, a group game that's perfect for bonding time between you and the girls!
A Portable Speaker
You never know when the mood for a dance party will strike – so you should always be ready. This portable speaker will connect to your phone via Bluetooth, making it super easy to spin your favorite tunes when you’re hanging out around the campfire.
A Quick, Easy Way to Clean Up
It’s everyone’s job to make sure the beautiful outdoors stay that way. So when you’re ready to head back to civilization (and your warm, comfy bed) remember to clean up after yourself. These cute reusable bags make it easier to pack up all your supplies so you can pack them in the car. Remember to save one for your recyclables, so you can dispose of them properly once you get back home.
This article is sponsored by Barefoot Refresh Spritzers. Please drink responsibly.