The smell of fresh air and the warmth of campfire, sounds inviting right? Many moms relish the camping experience to some degree or another. A few moms vehemently do not. At grasshavenoutdor.com, we wanted to better understand camping moms and ask the question: What’s your camping personality? The verdicts are in. Each mom has a different perception of the joys (or tortures) of camping. Explore our light-hearted look at six camping mom archetypes and answer the question for yourself: “Where do I fit in?”
Granola Camping Momma
“If Louis and Clark could do it and they were men, so can I”
This type of mom gives Bear Gryllis a run for his money. Empowered, she packs light, hikes hard and escapes into the backcountry. Journeying with the family into the far reaches of the wilderness and getting back (way back) to nature is her thing. She brings only the essentials and looks for nature to provide the rest. Look out wilderness this mama bear is going native. Pack it in; pack it out…that’s her mantra.
Den Camping Mother
“I’m game for the outdoors: anytime, anyplace”
Calling all camp directors and den mothers (and those who wanna be). This mama knows the ins and outs of the camp but she doesn’t have to go extremes. She just likes to create memorable experiences with her loved ones. Whether it’s camping at a primitive site or a campground with a few creature comforts, she just likes the time with her family and friends. For her, camping is equivalent to quality family time like no other.
“Glamping” Camping Mom
Camping shouldn’t be relegated to roughing it, I © glamorous camping
Ah the perfectly coiffed, styled and set campsite complete with coordinated stemware set against a perfectly foraged centerpiece that would make Colin Cowie envious. This is glamorous, luxury camping at its finest. This mama puts the Glamp into glamorous camping. Move over Martha, there’s a new outdoor diva in town.
Haute Wheelin’ Camping Mama
“Camping, I love to camp … in the comforts of my home on wheels.”
Arising early at the campsite for this mom entails rolling out of her bed, turning on the overhead light and creaking open the screen door. Call it a 5th wheel, camper, motorhome or trailer; she just calls it her outdoor home. There’s no tent camping for this matriarch of the open road. Tents are where the kids (and occasionally the ill-behaved spouse) sleep. She enjoys the well-deserved comforts of her home on wheels. She survived the terrible twos, hasn’t she sacrificed enough in her life?
Reluctant Camping Mom
If the going gets rough, this mama goes home (or in the backdoor)
After significant poking, prodding and convincing from the family, this mom reluctantly gets outdoors, albeit, maybe only 25 feet from the backdoor. She characterizes the outdoors as dirty, bug infested and generally uncomfortable but for the sake of her family she’ll venture out. This mom is not keen on the idea of camping but musters enough courage to do it for a night (or two).
Motel Camping Mom
Camping?!? Isn’t that a hotel without room service”
Operator can I order room service? What, no room service?!?! Now I’m really camping, this mom thinks to herself. We all know her (and we might even be her). She sneers at the idea of staying overnight without a hot shower, indoor plumbing and the immutable HVAC system. She craves electricity to power every gadget know to man (err woman) and she shuns the thought of roughing it. I mean, no room service…this is roughing it in her mind. She can’t wait to get back to civilization and like Dorothy, she repeated clicks her heels together citing “there’s no place like the Spa; there’s no place like the Spa.”
Whether you’re a mom who delights in the back to nature basics of camping, hiking five miles with their kids’ and husband’s in tow. Or a mom from the other spectrum who views camping as a hotel without room service, all moms are unique and loved by their families. Whatever the case, moms are an important part of the outdoor experience however they personally choose to experience it. We say just get outside and enjoy it together.
A Giveaway for Moms….who just want to relax in the outdoors!
Today you have a chance to win a pretty cool set-up for camping (or just backyard fun) courtesy of Grass Haven. Dawn (the mind behind the greatness) says that these items are some of the top sellers are her new shop and we wanted to share them with you.
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