One of the best parts of summer is just getting away from it all. And what better way to do that in Canada than to set a course, pitch a tent and get your camp on. Yes, there are mosquitoes, deer flies and leeches, but think of all the good. First, there’s fresh air, but there’s also fishing and kayaking (or canoeing!) and swimming to look forward to. And then there’s drinks around a roaring fire, and maybe even a s’more or two (or ten).
So, yeah, camping rules. But when it comes to camping, people can resort to wearing the same pair of pajama pants for 7 days in a row, and sometimes showering is totally secondary to basically anything else. And by all means, do that if you wish. You’re allowed. Your friends might not dig your increasing, erm, aroma, but you’re not camping to impress anyone.
But for those of you who might not like smelling like garbage (and thus attracting those terrifying deer flies), we’ve come up with a list of low-maintenance-but-beautiful items to bring along in your pack. They’re easy, practical and awesome to look at.
How to look good while camping
A SweatshirtEven when it's a warm one, it still gets chilly at night. Pack a lightweight crewneck and you'll never regret it.
Sweatshirt with applique sleeve, $40 at ZaraZara
A BlanketMost things in your pack should be light, but always have a giant blanket. It'll be great to sit on, but you could also just wear it as a cloak of impenetrability.
Bay Point Blanket, $300 to 500 at The Bay (or go vintage with this oversized Bay blanket from Vanguard Vintage ClothingVanguard Vintage
Lots of T-ShirtsThe '70s and '80s were full of films that focused on the camp experience. As such, there's quite a bit of nostalgia out there from your favourites. Like this Sleepaway Camp-inspired t-shirt, for example.
$42 at ZazzleAmerican Eagle
Lounge AttireYou're going to be hiking, you're going to be running around and you're also going to be sitting, eating and drinking. For those casual moments, pack a pair of the comfiest shorts.
$18 at H&MH&M
A Baseball CapYou don't need to be a baseball fan to rock a cap. In fact, you should definitely have something that fits nicely like a baseball cap, because it won't get in your way and it will protect you from the sun. Save the floppy hats for the beach.
$21 at ASOSASOS
Walking ShortsA nice pair of fitted chino shorts are the way to go when you're taking a walk in the woods. You want them to fit close to the skin, to avoid any snags on trees. Pants are preferred, but if it's hot, we won't blame you for wearing something skimpier.
$30 at H&MH&M
Utility JacketYou're going to need a jacket. It's not winter, so it needn't be bulky, but have one just in case. A utility jacket is perfect, because you can keep your pocket knife (wine opener) on you at all times.
$120 at AritziaAritzia
Rain BootsCamping can get muddy and dirty, so pack a pair of rubber boots to keep you clean.
$28 to $40 at ALDOALDO
Comfortable ShoesSo, you don't want to wear high heels when you're camping. That's just a mistake. So pack lightweight kicks that you can use for long hikes, short walks and running.
Fresh Foam 980 Trail, $130 at New Balance New Balance
Sport SandalsYou may think socks and sandals is gross (it is), but those sport sandals Reese is wearing are not. Tevas are back and they come in so many cool styles. We never thought we'd say that.
$55 to $110 at TevaFox Searchlight Productions
A StatementIs it a sleeping bag? Yes. Is it a jacket? Yes. It's both, and it's kind of cute. Hey, you need a sleeping bag anyway!
$161 at Urban Outfitters. You can even get a matching tent for $311. Urban Outfitters