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A Modern Guide To Camping + Free Printable Packing List

Dirt paths, gooey s’mores, sleeping under the stars, a crackling fire and all that goes along with camping is a great cure for the summer urge to get outside and enjoy the weather before the summer season slips away. Trading bustling city streets for waterfall hikes and falling asleep to the sounds of a river underneath the stars is a trip I always like to take advantage of!

For all the woman similar to me who love a good camping trip but don’t want to compromise comfort, I’ve put together a modern camping guide which includes a comprehensive packing checklist (glamping items and all), delicious recipes and top camping locations in California. All you need now is to pick a destination and embark on a camping trip of your own! Ready, set go!

Camping Guide
BREAKFAST

Whole Grain Pancakes With BlueberriesSmoked Salmon Breakfast Burritos | Flaxseed-Chia Seed Pancakes

A City Girl's Guide To Camping- Breakfast

Camping Guide

LUNCH

Tomato Basil Sauce With Polenta | Pan Bagnat With Fennel | Chicken Enchilada Nacho Bowl

A City Girl's Guide To Camping- Lunch

Modern Camping Guide

DINNER

Pizza With Caramelized Onions | Rib-Eye Steak With Pistachio Butter | Seared Cod With Potatoes

A City Girl's Guide To Camping- Dinner

Guide To Camping

DESSERT

Peach-Blackberry Camp Cake | Chocolate + Peanut Butter S’mores | Iron-Skillet Peach Crisp

A City Girl's Guide To Camping- Dessert

One thing I was so thankful that I brought on my last trip was cold brew coffee! Enjoying in your tent with little to no sounds is so peaceful and the convenience of iced coffee (in a mason jar, of course) make it practically effortless. In the evenings, the temperature often drops low, so be sure to check the weather first and determine if sleeping bags are better than layered blankets.

On the last evening of our trip we went on a starlight walk across rickety bridges and onto steep boulders to come across an old telescope which is permanently angled at the North Star. It was one of the best moments of the trip, breathing easy as John and I held hands between the tall trees as the moonlight guided our way. With the summer midway through, there’s no better time than now to make some memories of your own! Looking for a place to camp? Here are the top 10 spots for camping in California.

Camping Checklist
Click To Print The Camping Checklist!
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Do you have any camping tips you’ve learned along the way? What is your favorite part about being in the wilderness? I’d love to hear a memory that you’ve created during a camping trip of your own! If you like this guide and want to see more, be sure to stay connected with me on Instagram and see behind the scenes of Modern Daydream Living and getaways live on Snapchat!

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