Despite the rising popularity of services such as AirBnb and Couchsurfing, camping is still a popular choice for travellers on a budget, especially during the summer months. But whether you’d prefer the comfort of a glamping site, or would rather go somewhere with nothing but your tent and a sleeping bag – going camping doesn’t mean you have to abandon your healthy lifestyle. If you’ve been trying hard to look after your skin, or even lower cholesterol levels – don’t change your ways – these simple tips can help you maintain a healthy diet and a sense of style.
How to Pack for a Camping Trip
There’s no need to pack your high heels for a camping trip, but it doesn’t mean that you have to walk around in khaki cargo pants all week.
- Plan ahead
Planning your outfits works wonders when you go on a city break, so why should a camping trip be different? Think about what you are going to do – will you go exploring, head out for hiking trips during the day, spend your time at a beach? You probably already have a good idea of what’s going to happen during your camping getaway, so plan your outfits accordingly. Try to take a minimalist approach to packing and think outside the box – if your holiday will consist mainly of hiking trips, workout clothes can often double as stylish hiking equipment.
- Layer up
The trick to packing for a camping holiday is to always dress in layers that you can easily readjust. During the night, a tight top and some leggings are perfect – you can always put on more clothes if you’re freezing. Bring enough comfortable tops and warm jumpers to put on when it gets cold. If you’re wearing a tight layer underneath, oversized jumpers, paired with some simple accessories such as a pair of hoop earrings and your favourite boyfriend jeans can take an outfit from comfortable to stylish in no time.
- Don’t forget your skin
You might be going on a camping trip, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look after your skin. If you prefer to go bare, still remember to use a moisturiser with at least an SPF 25 to keep your skin protected when it’s exposed to sun. If you would like some coverage, opt for a tinted moisturiser that comes with sun protection, and you’re sorted. Pack some lip balm and concealer for emergencies, and you will look natural but put together at the same time.
What to Eat While Camping
A camping trip can really work as a detox for your mind – why shouldn’t it do the same for your body? Instead of indulging in marshmallows by the campfire and eating barbecues all day long, try to take this opportunity to kick-start a healthy diet that you can keep up when you’re back at home. Take some time to look into building healthy habits before you go on your trip, for example how to lower cholesterol or the benefits of swapping simple carbs for complex ones. Of course you should still be able to indulge every once in a while. But planning ahead will make sure you stay on track and return home feeling healthy and happy, not sluggish and bloated.
- Bring a cooler
If you can bring a cooler on your camping trip, this will solve most of your problems. Coolers are great to store vegetables, meat, yogurts, and anything else that keeps better when cool. It’s also great to take some pre-cooked meals with you if you don’t want to have to worry about cooking, such as a soup or a nutritious pasta bake.
What Food To Take:
Bananas are always great – they can be eaten both as a snack for some extra energy in between meals or first thing in the morning as a quick breakfast on the go. Another breakfast idea is to pack instant oats that you can quickly cook on a camping stove. A warm breakfast is especially nice when you’re out camping – porridge with nuts, blueberries, and dry fruits will set you up for whole the morning ahead. What’s more, it’s a great alternative to sausage and bacon if you’re trying to lower cholesterol levels.
For lunch, filled pitta pockets or whole meal wraps are a quick and easy meal that you can have on your hiking break. Fill them with hummus, lots of veggies, tuna for some extra protein, pre-cooked chicken, falafel, and plenty of spinach.
Finally, how about a simple beef burger on a whole grain bun for dinner? You can also roast vegetables in tin foil with a little bit of olive oil and some spices – maybe even add some feta cheese. Cottage cheese and beans are also great for keeping you full and providing your body with the protein it needs after an active day.