Getting outdoors and back to nature is good for the soul!
We often see images and advertisements of women walking with a man hiking, camping, or doing other outdoor activities — but rarely with other women. We love being pampered and the comfort of a 5-star hotel, but we are also wild, strong and independent.
Recently I went on a mother daughter camping trip with a female friend and her daughter. We wanted to empower our girls and show them our wild side. A change of scenery was needed, so we packed up the car and headed to Byron Bay hinterland. This is a lush, picturesque, green, pre-historic rainforest with perfect little manicured patches of lawn to camp on.
Camping doesn’t have to be hard work, we don’t need any more jobs to add to our long to-do list.
I’m typically a minimalist when it comes to camping as I need to keep the packing and unpacking as light as possible. We precooked a delicious slow cooked chicken casserole and a creamy mash. This was going to keep things simple, a quick heat up once the sun goes down and dinner is ready. There is no reason why you must be restricted to sausages on bread whilst camping. Pull out those old favorite recipes. Or even better, the night before take the pressure off and order your favorite Thai curry to take on your trip.
Once we arrived at our camp site, we had the girls help us pitch our two wo-man tent and unfold our camping chairs. Set up completed, time to relax!
We took the girls on some lovely hikes in the area, swam in a waterfall, played frisbee and had a dance competition. It was now time to take in the sunset with a glass of wine. A sense of calm takes over when you take the time to appreciate nature and its little performances, you feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.
As time went on, I watched our girls go from having their heads in the phone to bright eyed and eager to try new things and learn from us, they were finding their wild. It was then that I realised just how much of an impact my actions had on her. I loved teaching my daughter how to throw a frisbee, playing survival quizzes and lighting a fire with a flint and steel. We all had a go lighting the fire with the flint with only my friend succeeding. We roared with excitement when the miniature fireworks erupted on the steel. We made FREAKIN fire! This ended up being a fluke but we decided that it was more important that the girls thought we were wilderness warriors then to tell the truth. I’d love to tell you that the fire roared ablaze, but truth is it took some time getting going. The girls loved being in charge of keeping the fire going and this gave us some free time to just relax and catch up.
At home our girls would be pulling all their best moves to avoid bedtime but no less than an hour after the sunset they announce they’re exhausted and are heading to bed. We listened to them giggling in the tent and talking about all the fun things they had done that day. There was even “I love camping” and a “Me too!”.
Camping wasn’t just for the girls. It was just as much for us as it was for them. We needed to disconnect from the chaos of our busy lives. With our favorite bottle of wine and chocolate we sat around the fire pressing pause on life.
Women need adventure and it doesn’t need to be hard or challenging. Simple comforts, the right equipment and little tricks can leave you feeling inspired, empowered and renewed after a night under the stairs.
- Your favorite pillow
- wet wipe “shower”
- travel size moisturizer
- Check the weather
- Limit the amount of cold food you take. A small esky is all you’ll have room for in the car.
- Take lots of water
- Treats for the kids – Lots of goodies