We don’t want to be sexist, but let’s admit it: girls are pretty picky at almost everything! And for a boy or girl scout, getting packed and prepared is needed; but then again, preparing is more complicated if you’re a girl.
When you let your daughters go camping, you let her develop her sense of independence through exploring and experiencing new things. Learning new and helpful life hacks in the wilderness can encourage her to be more self-sufficient and resourceful. Through this experience, she will grow smarter, utterly responsible, and diligent.
Actually, everyone should go camping to experience these things, not just girls. It’s a way of giving yourself a break, having fun, and pondering about life.
As a parent, you should make sure that her camping experience is trouble-proof by providing her with the necessary reminders and pieces of advice. And to make sure that she is okay while still having fun, preparing a girl scout camping list is a must!
The Girl Scout Camping List
For most girls, camping can be a hassle. Since they have more necessities compared to men, getting confused about what to bring is just normal. But, we don’t want them to bring a lot of things on the campsite. Therefore, having a list of essentials to bring will certainly help.
Remember this is just a basic list, so it’s up to you if you want to add more but we made sure that all of the necessary things for camping are here.
Oh, before we forgot, another thing to think about is how big her bag is. We recommend that you pack in a single, large and roomy bag. Using a lot of light small bags can confuse her, resulting in misplacing some items.
Aside from that, as parents, the safety of our daughters is our number one priority, so it’s only normal that we let them bring a mobile phone. But, tell her that she should only use it for emergency purposes. The essence of camping is to explore the beautiful life of the outdoors.
Now, that I’ve got all the reminders covered, here is our girl scout camping list.
Clothing is very important whether you’re going indoors or outdoors. For camping, picking the right clothing will ensure comfort for your little girls, as well as protection from scratches and bites and also to provide insulation if the campsite is cold.
The duration of the camping trip will affect the quantity of her clothing. There is no need to pack a lot of clothes if her camping trip is for a day or two only. However, always make sure the essentials are present.
Moreover, you have to make sure that the clothing is suitable for camping. You don’t want them to go camping in a dress, right? Depending on what type of terrain they will camp in, their clothing must-have features that adapt to the temperature. Make sure the clothing material is smooth and breathable so irritations can be avoided.
Here are the essential clothing girls should bring
- Underwear (bring extras)
- Long pants
- Long sleeve or sweatshirt
- Camping jacket
- Rain gear (this is very important)
- Sandals or sneakers that have a backstrap and are closed-toe
- Bathing suits (if the camping site has nearby water bodies)
- Flip flops
- Extra shoes
Since we are letting our daughters experience the great outdoors, we must ensure that proper camping equipment are included.
Again, the camping equipment that she will bring should suit the environment of their campsite. Planning ahead of time is a great way to do this. Research and check out the area. Furthermore, ask any local coordinators or camping marshalls what the necessary equipment is for such activities.
Are there prohibited items? Are there additional fees for specific items? These are just some of the crucial questions you can ask.
Checking the quality of the equipment is also an important factor. Having anti-scratch or waterproof utilities can make the difference between comfort and a bad experience.
Invest in the necessary things for the utmost quality. Try to prioritize the ease-of-use of the equipment, portability, and convenience.
Here is the essential camping equipment she should bring
- Sleeping mat and bag
- Camping pillow
- Plastic cutleries, spoon, and bowl
- Batteries for the flashlight
- Water bottle
- Plastic bags for storage of wet or dry clothes
Girls are very concerned about their personal stuff and hygiene. This is the reason why many of them are reluctant to go camping because they can’t live without their personal toiletries.
For these kinds of items, I suggest packing them in a separate container or bag. These kinds of items are highly vulnerable to damage and spills, especially when it’s packed in a tight bag. Arrange it properly and avoid it mixing with other stuff.
Here are the essential toiletries she should bring
- Hairbrush/comb, hair clips/ties
- Personal medicines (if needed)
- Towel for showering, face cloth
Miscellaneous (Optional Items)
You can pack these items if they are part of the school requirement or by the camping ground. Bringing these items may help her during the camping trip.
- Lanterns, candles, or night lights
- Bug repellant
- Whistle (for emergency purposes)
- Small notepad
- Duct tape
Camping is exciting and fun. However, no matter how much fun we’re having, accidents are inevitable. Since our daughters are enjoying themselves in mother nature, there are definitely some things that we can’t control as parents, we just have to make sure her safety is our number one priority.
Therefore, when you’re making a list for her camping, please include a first aid kit and some survival tools.
For the first aid kit, make sure you have the following items
- Antiseptic wipes
- Roll bandages
- Medical tapes
- Gauze pads
- Snake bite kit
- Cotton swabs
- Bee sting medicine
- Anti-allergy treatment
- Antibiotic cream
- Pain relievers
- Hydrogen peroxide
- First-aid manual
- Cold and heat packs
- Burn ointment
During an emergency, it’s always important to bring your identification cards or any cards with the contact of the parents or guardians.
You also need to educate your daughter on how to use these items before going on her camping trip. For medicines, you should teach her the proper application (for skin-based medicines) and dosage (for internally taken medicines).
Put these supplies in a waterproof, well-identified, and durable container. Pack it in a separate bag for easy access.
Furthermore, enrolling your daughter on a CPR class will teach her essential survival skills. They will not only save themselves but others as well.
Watch the video below to learn the basics of CPR.
To secure her utmost safety during the camping trip, ask for their itinerary and schedule. Constantly check where they are going, what they are doing, and the expected day that they will return. It’s also helpful to research about the directions and routes going to their campsite and possible shortcuts to reach them faster.
The best girls’ scout camping list is the one that gives convenience, safety, pleasure, and fulfilment in their trip. Yes, we want them to learn life skills but it’s also important to guide them along the way.
Before I end this, I advise you to always check for the weather forecast on the days she will go camping. By doing this ahead of time, you can bring additional items to combat the weather elements.
Did you find this article useful? Do you like my girls scout camping list? Do you think we missed something on the list? Feel free to comment below. Take care guys and happy camping!
I’m Cindy, a free-spirited outdoor enthusiast. Since childhood, Our family frequently goes on weekend camps and my father, who was a skilled hunter, used to teach my siblings and me valuable things about wildlife survival. I made this blog to share my knowledge, experiences, and tips.