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The Reality of Camping

Hello all,

As you know (or don’t, if you didn’t read here) I went camping a couple weekends ago. I’d love to share my experience with you, so that you will grow a fond love of being one with the outdoors… like myself.

The Reality of Camping

Without further ado, I present to you the reality of camping.
I think this is best presented in a list format, as most people don’t have attention span to read more than 100 words at a time (and by golly—there’s about 600 words!)

Reality 1: Mosquitoes. Here in central Canada we are inflicted with the presence of the infamous and annoying buzz of these despised insects. Up in the Muskokas (A.K.A Redneck Territory) there are swarms of these bloodthirsty creatures.
I don’t know what it is about my blood, or just that I’m a hot piece of meat that every mosquito needs a taste of (probably)… but it seems like no matter how much bug repellent I douse myself in they’re willing to risk the taste of tainted blood for a bite.


I urge you, not even once to think that you can squat in the woods and pee. I tried this and to my sorrow, my buttocks has about 15 bites on each cheek (luckily they swell up to the size of a golf ball so now I understand the meaning of bubble butt.) However, for the next week you walk around with a perpetual itch on your ass. Guys have it so easy…


Reality 2: You will be dirty, and stinky. Eau de bug repellent is your perfume for the weekend. It’s got the undertones of smoke, dirt, sweat and a very faint scent of your body wash from the day before. I don’t know how it happens, but it seems like as soon as you unpack your tent and set up you’re instantly just filthy. If you’ve got a lake nearby, I suggest bringing an environmentally friendly shampoo and body wash.

Note: If you’re going with a boyfriend make sure that they understand women are humans and not everyone wakes up looking like Beyoncé. This trip will bring out your most unattractive features—but if they still love you, congrats you’re ready for marriage.

Camping Setup

Reality 3: The draw to camping is the simplicity of it. You’re brought back to the pioneer roots without the comfort of electricity, plumbing and WiFi. Cooking over a campfire is like a primal urge. I don’t know what you did as a kid, but I used to play ‘pioneers’ by pretend hunting for food and setting up shelters. It could just be a Canadian thing.

Reality 4: Along with being put without electricity and other modern day necessities you get to spend some much needed bonding time with anyone you’re camping with. In the age of technology this break is needed, but also not something you realize until you are outside.

Camping is where memories are made: my first camping trip with my boyfriend was the best camping trip I’ve been on and while it wasn’t any special place in particular, it was ours. Insert soppy ‘aww!’

Reality 5: Wilderness. Did you know there were things living in the woods?

There you have it. If you’ve never gone camping, I do hope that I didn’t scare you off. If you have gone camping, how can you relate? And is there anywhere in the world where mosquitoes do not live? If so I would love to know.

Until next time,


  • This is a great post 🙂 I’m going camping in about a month with my other half and family and I am NOT an ‘outdoorsy’ person at all – even as a little girl I hated anything that involved dirt and always avoided things like ‘messy play’. But my other half loves it and hopefully it will be okay, these realities have made me feel a lot more prepared! x

    • Good luck! It’s actually really fun, other than bugs and no shower really… I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • I am sufficiently scared… never been camping, only the ‘pretend’ sort where you stay in cabins with proper showers and toilets. Well done you!

    • Haha, you have to try it at least once! As miserable as it can be, with the right people and weather it can be a lot of fun!

  • This post is so true!! Think everyone needs to read this before going haha!

    lots of love

  • This made me smile! Mosquitoes are not fun!!! Growing up I use to go camping with my family in a camping ground so we had power and showers which was really nice and made for great childhood memories. Not sure if I could handle more than a few days without power though!

    • Thanks! No, not a big fan of mosquitoes haha. It’s a great way to bond with people 🙂

  • Love this post and can totally relate to all of these! I go to festivals a lot, and was actually at Glastonbury this weekend, the camping is so much fun and makes the experience so much better!

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    • I’m glad! That sounds like so much fun 🙂

  • This post is awesome. 😮 For me bug bites are literally out of control. I have very very VERY bad reactions in which I had to be put on antibiotics. This year I was literally outside for one minute WITH LONG SLEEVED SHIRT and got some bites on arms. Like, how does that happen?! Every year it seems to get worse….*sigh* so This would be one thing that would prevent me from camping unfortunately. 🙁

    • Ah no! That’s horrible! I can’t imagine, at least you have a great reason to stay inside where it’s warm and clean haha!

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