Camping is the answer.

Camping Tip from a Newbie

For the people that know me, the fact that I am camping may be somewhat surprising, but those that really know me know that I am far from predictable. Today’s camping tip comes from a lesson I learned during our first outing this past weekend. We all learn in different ways. I typically learn by diving in head first, making a mistake and correcting from there. To be honest, I don’t feel like I made too many mistakes on this first adventure, but I did very definitely make one. That was my choice of handbag to take camping. Who takes a handbag camping you might ask? Well, I do. I’m camping but I’ve not turned into a savage.

Had I taken time to consider my handbag options I might have switched out my purse before the trip, but alas, I did not. I lugged along my beautiful, white, alligator-like leather Coach bag that weighs in at over 8lbs and measures 14″(L) x 15″(H) x 6″(W).

The Gator.

“What could be the problem with that?” you handbag-carrying, non-campers are asking. Well that is almost the size of my whole little “closet” in the camper. It is also as wide as the little aisle between the bed and the wall. And it is white. And I was out in nature where things can get dirty. It got me to wondering which bag I will take on the next trip, so I went to and found a good option, and one that is already in my collection. It is the Kitt Messenger Crossbody measuring just 7.75″(L) x 8.25″(H)x 1″(W) and weighing less than a pound. After all, it wasn’t Coach that made the mistake. They have options suitable for every occasion!


The point to this is that you don’t have to sacrifice style to go camping. You just need to choose more wisely. Take something you can carry “hands-free” and something that can withstand nature and still carry your cash, credit cards, Kiehl’s Lip Balm and your Altoids. You can camp and be closer to nature without sacrificing style, moist lips, fresh breathe and the ability to shop if the opportunity arises.

Now, Get Out & Go!




P.S. Steph here – I on the other hand believe anything you need to carry should fit in your pockets. If you don’t have pockets a very basic cinch sack will suffice.

Steph is so practical!

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