One activity that I like to do during the summer is go camping. It’s not something that I get to do as often as I like, but it’s something that I do love to do with my Fiance. It can take a bit of research to find the right camp site. And some work to get everything packed to go, but for me it’s worth it.
I don’t recommend going camping while you’re flaring. That could potentially end very badly! I definitely want people to have good experiences while camping. You don’t want a flare to overshadow that.
There are a few different things to think about when going camping. Like whether you need running water or not. Or whether you want to go tent camping, or rent a cabin somewhere. How far out of town you want to go. Or, even if you just want to camp in your backyard(nothing wrong with that!)! And what kind of activities you want to do while camping. Now whether that’s fishing, or reading, or hiking, etc. It’s something that is important to figure out while deciding where you want to go.
Some of my favorite activities while camping are:
- Taking my dogs swimming
- Taking my dogs on a walk
- Making S’mores
- Playing board games
I have yet to go swimming while camping. And I’m not that big into fishing. But I do enjoy a good book. We also take the Nintendo 3DS camping with us. My fiance likes to sit by the camp fire and play some video games when things are starting to wind down for the day. I also don’t mind playing some Pokémon while camping 😉 Another important thing to remember, is that camping is what you make it. Find activities that you like to do, and do them while camping. There is no right or wrong way to camp in my opinion!
I’ve been camping at both “dry” campground and ones that have running water. So far I do not have a preference as to what we stay at. As long as it has some sort of bathroom I’m good. It may be a good idea to bring your own toilet paper or wet wipes. You never know what quality of TP will be available at some of these campgrounds!
Every time I’ve gone camping, it’s been tent camping. We’re talking about some day getting a popup camper, but that is a few years down the road! We’re also thinking about getting a hammock this year. I think that would be very relaxing to lay in while reading!
Here are a few things that I try to always pack in my bag:
- Extra underwear
- Sun screen
- Water bottle
I really feel like camping is something that people with IBD can do. It just takes some planning! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me(KenzieIBD@gmail.com).
What are some of your favorite activities to do while camping?
I love making smores! I have celiac so I have to use gluten free graham crackers, which are weirdly hard to find. I’ve been using shortbread for them instead. Packing extra sunscreen is a must.
I can imagine that those would be hard to find! I’m glad that the short bread works for you!
I have yet to find GF graham crackers also for my s’mores so I use GF chocolate cookies 🙂 The more chocolate the better (until your stomach hates you for eating!)
Camping has been a wonderful discovery! My boyfriend and I love to find BLM land that way we are completely removed and it is just us under the stars! One of my favorite things to do is let me dog Kerby run behind our van because you can see his huge smile for being allowed to be free and run fast! It always puts a smile on my face!
That sounds amazing!
I go camping in a tent every year with my mom, our favorite campground now knows to reserve us the sight right next to the bathroom! haha I love going close to a beach or a lake, I love to read on the beach/shore or by the fire. Boating is fun too 🙂
I always read by the fire. I haven’t read by the beach yet! I really need to do that!
Ah, great post! I recently went camping with my wife’s family while I was flaring. (UC) It wasn’t fun, but I just ate next to nothing, (and was careful to keep a good attitude) and didn’t go on any long hikes. It was fun to be there, and not stuck inside back at home all by my lonesome…even if I was hungry most the time.
My favorite thing to do camping is to start a new book series. The excitement of a new series and the relaxation of camping make a great combination!
I’m glad you still had fun! It had to be rough but I’m glad you made it through! Starting a new book series while camping would be fun!