When people declare they “hate camping,” I declare “you’re doing it wrong.” I camp like I am going to a rustic hotel. I pack the car with a week’s worth of booze and basically everything in my apt before I hit the open road. See, when I camp, I don’t compromise on comfort or fun. It’s time to up your game by investing in these camp side luxuries.
Camping is not for me. Mosquitoes. Sunburn. Murderers lurking in the woods. But I might consider sleeping outdoors under the stars (within 20 feet of an outlet for my iPhone, of course) if I could do it in a bear sleeping bag. Artist Eiko Ishizawa is hand-crafting a limited number of brown bear sleeping bags for $2,350 a pop out of faux fur, imitation leather, and a plastic nose. The sleeping bags are based on her 2007 artwork, “The Great Sleeping Bear,” which was a sculpture (also a sleeping bag) meant to represent Bruno, a brown bear killed in Germany. Bruno was the first brown bear in Deutschland in over 170 years (he wandered over from Italy), yet he was killed by authorities who were afraid he would cause havoc. Now Ishizawa wants Bruno to spread out in ways he never could in life — through people around the world sleeping inside him. How cool is that?
I’m not sure I can afford a handmade bear sleeping bag, um, ever. But it does look warm. [Cargo Collective via Laughing Squid]
Camping is, admittedly, not for everyone, but it’s also not as tough as many people think. You probably are not going to get eaten by a bear or start a forest fire. Here are just a few of the many reasons why camping is totally awesome. It is time to face your fears and get outside! As an avid camper and outdoorswoman, I’ve also included my own tips tips to make sure your first time camping isn’t your last.
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I never much liked horror movies until I took a class in college called Gender and Sexuality in Horror Films (I was a Women’s Studies major, so it didn’t seem that weird at the time). We started with “Psycho” and “Peeping Tom” and worked our way up through the “Scream” franchise. Now I loooooove horror movies and I’m constantly trying to convince my supremely patient boyfriend to watch them with me. I think they’re super fascinating and often get at the core of what’s scary, weird and taboo in our culture. And camping-in-the-woods-with-a-crazy-killer-and/or-demon-spirit — with entries like “Sleepaway Camp,” “Friday the 13th,” “Cabin Fever” and “Evil Dead” — is one of the best sub-genres.
For fellow horror fans, the Great Horror Campout offers a real-life scary movie adventure. Set in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the campout invites horror fiends to spend 12 hours in the woods fending off creepy crawlies and evil spirits. Visitors can opt for a scare within the “safe zone” or crank up the horror by participating in the “Hell Hunt,” which is basically a terrifying scavenger hunt. As the camp’s founders explain: Keep reading »
I’ve never been camping with my period. Actually, I’ve never been camping. But if I ever do go camping AND happen to have my period, I will indeed fling my used tampons on my fellow campers to level the playing field. It would not be fair if I was the only camper lucky enough to get mounted by a wolf penis. [The Yahoo Answers]
Any Girl Scout worth her merit badges knows to always “Be prepared!” But my Scout leader never got to the part about doing the horizontal polka out in the woods. Fortunately Mountain Gear, an outdoor sports supply web site, has got any grownup Girl Scout covered. Their “Backcountry Intimacy Kit” — sounds so sexy, doesn’t it? — contains three lubricated condoms, two packets of lube, four wet wipes, four compressed towels and a disposal bag. Making love by the campfire can be sexy, safe and clean! Keep reading »
Here’s more weird celebrity friendship news for you. Kate Gosselin and her 88,888 kids are currently in Alaska, where they’ll supposedly be going camping with Sarah Palin. Sarah’s father, a retired science teacher, and her brother, a third-grade teacher, will also be going on the trip and the idea is to teach the kids a bit about nature. An insider says that Palin is pumped about the trip. “She’s excited because it will be fun and educational for the children. Sarah will even teach Kate how to avoid bears!” Keep reading »
With the release of the Coachella lineup, it’s time to start thinking about your festival schedule, and clearly your look for the season. Since Bonnaroo and Coachella are THE places to not only wear Hunters and leather fringe but also to show off your inspiring fashion sense, you’ll need to start planning your outfits, like, now. In addition to the new clothes, another must-have is fashionable digs to pair with your style, so allow Zandra Rhodes to provide the perfect tent. Her teepee is Indian-inspired and colored in hot pink, which will stand out against the dreary black and gray of most tents, making it that much easier to crawl home at night. And since you’ll be sleeping in style, here are some more glamping accessories to pair with your high-fashion tent. [Grazia] Keep reading »
I’ve never understood the appeal of roughing it. Communing with nature can be fun for some, but I prefer a concrete jungle any day. Modern amenities like hot showers and flushing toilets are necessities to me, not luxuries. But pretty soon I might be singing a different tune because, apparently, “glamping” is on the rise. Glamorous camping sites make roughing it a little more palatable because most of the comforts of home are available in the outdoors, making camping an upscale vacation option. Most glamping establishments currently cater to a very upscale clientele, according to The Wall Street Journal, but you can turn a normal campsite into a glamping paradise with our suggestions after the jump. And for more info on everything glamping, check out GlampingGirl.com. Keep reading »