Well, hello there! Happy Summer to you campers! I trust everyone had a great 4th of July and are ready to take notes on how to pack for successful camping expeditions. My name is Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD!) and I write a blog called ABCD Design. I am so honored that Tobi would ask me to be a digital “camp counselor” while she is off teaching design campers the ins ‘n’ outs of interior design. Before we start, did everyone pack their bags?
Okay, okay – I have to admit, I am not the camping type. I went to camp for one night with the Brownies in the second grade and quit our troupe the following week out of fear they’d make me camp again. Maybe I wouldn’t have detested camping so much if it was more like this…
I spent the next four years angsting over the fact that I would have to camp (yet again!) in order to pass the 6th grade – this time the requirement was a whole 5 days in the woods! I didn’t quit the 6th grade the following week, but my camping scars remained well into adult life.
No need to pack a bottle raid. I attract mosquitoes like a Citronella candle – which will keep you bug bite free. Would you mind bringing an extra box of tissue? I am allergic to just about every grass, pollen and weed in nature. Oh, and I can’t do anything about sun protection for you either. I’m the type who gets sunburn indoors on a winter day. So, don’t forget to pack your Straw Sunhat!
I moved to New York City in 1999 and managed to avoid all camping-like activities for nearly 11 years. That is, until recently. I have decided to take my fear of camping head on. You see, me and the Mr. recently purchased a cute little house far out in the woods.
We’re renovating it before we move our belongings in – so I only arrived withthe bare necessities. I did what every good camper does, I packed a Nespresso espresso machine, a couple of ikea mattresses, and had an eco-friendly gas grill delivered.
Luggage? Check. Sunblock? Check. Camp bedding that converts to a super-cool, over-sized ottoman (which once the renovation is complete) becomes extra sleeping area for future house guests? Check. Did I forget anything?