For the ladies who take the outdoors seriously, camping is far from looking cute in all that silly pink stuff. These practical camping gifts for women are all about function over fashion. They are the most requested camping accessories for the ladies to help make their experiences much more comfortable, pleasant and fun! But most of all, they’ll help make her feel more confident in her pursuit of her outdoor adventures which will entice her to camp more!
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19 Practical Camping Gifts for Women
Basic Camping Gifts for Women
Collapsible Camp Chair
While copping a squat on a log may suffice, they usually aren’t anywhere close to where your lady camper is setting up her campsite. So, she’ll need a comfy camp chair to take a load off her feet or to relax.
I highly recommend the NEMO Moonlite Reclining Chair. Did I say ‘reclining’? You bet I did! It’s great for lounging around the campfire, stargazing, grabbing 40 winks or just to sit and think how lucky she is to be out in the wild doing her own thing.
Now, if you think she may want a little bigger camp chair but still of good quality, definitely go with the NEMO big sister, Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair.
Camp Cook Set
Of course, while camping, she’s gotta eat. So, you’ll need to order up a complete cooking set for her to pack in her camp box. And, what’s better than to get her a camping cookware set that has all the bells and whistles that is compact.
My favorite is the Odoland 16 piece camping cookware set that contains camping pots, pan and kettle with foldable, thermally isolated handles. And, it also comes with a quick heating camp stove, rated 3000w, that folds to a small size for easy packing. Plus, not like other tiny camp cooksets, it includes everything you need to dine with; plates, cups, cutlery.
Microfiber Beach Towel
Regardless if you’re a guy or girl, space is a premium when you’re camping. So, skip taking those big thick terry cloth towels.
A better solution is to gift your favorite girl camper with a large microfiber towel that’s ultra absorbent and super convenient to pack in her camp supply box, backpack or adventure motorcycle pannier. Also, being a quick drying towel allows her to get on with enjoying her adventure rather than waiting all day for it to dry.
Portable Elastic Travel Clothesline
The last thing she needs to carry around is damp or wet clothes. So, she’ll appreciate having a clothesline. The one I prefer has built in clips making it perfect for hanging wet towels, clothes that got drenched in a downpour or for drying her clothes she rinsed out in the river or bathhouse. The clips help keep clothes hooked on the line instead of falling to the ground. Another great use is to hang a sheet to block the sun from your campsite or tent.
Camping is supposed to be all about focusing on the outdoor adventure and not carting around big bulky camping supplies that are tedious to pack or carry.
So, light up her camping life with a small rechargeable camping lantern that’s perfect for her campsite. Also it’s great to light up inside the tent until it’s time to turn in for the night or turn off for a bit of stargazing.
My suggestion of rechargeable is so she won’t have to pack batteries that take up unnecessary space. And besides, they tend to stay illuminated longer between charges and are typically brighter.
Pair it with a solar battery bank to keep it charged, and she’ll never be left in the dark because it too, has a built in flashlight.
I can’t love my dry bags enough which is why they are one of the most important camping essentials a girl can have! They are the best way to store clothing, electronics, and accessories to keep them dry through those unforeseeable downpours or splashing through mud and muck! Multi-purpose dry bags are also a must to keep in her kayak, paddle board or when she’s hiking the river.
Tech & Safety Camping Gifts for Women
A hands-free, rechargeable headlamp is one of the most practical camping gifts for a women camper. Because there’s going to be plenty of times when she’s going to need both hands free to complete a task.
It’s just not feasible to hold a lantern or flashlight while putting up the tent, cooking outside or even going to the bathroom. Or, she may just want to go for a night hike with her best furry friend without having to carry a flashlight.
And why rechargeable headlamps are better is she’ll not have to carry around those leaky, caustic batteries. She can just charge it using a universal charging cable and battery charger or in a USB receptacle at home, in her camping trailer or vehicle.
Wrist Saver Pepper Spray for Runners
Unfortunately, women may become targets of creepy people on the trail or while camping. What better way to say, “I love you and come home safe” than with a pepper spray wristlet. It’s a sensible personal defense device that could at least buy her time to escape from a perpetrator.
Get her one that is equipped with an LED light so other campers, bicycle riders and vehicle drivers can see her arm swing in the dark even up to a mile away. It also has a built-in emergency ID card holder to store her ID, credit card and cash allowing her to not have to worry about carrying a wallet separately from her body.
This kind of personal safety device is great for assurance to wear while walking alone to the campground shower or hike, or in places women campers may be just a little unsure.
Head & Toe Camping Wear for Women
Your outdoorsy lady’s camping socks are either going to make her or break her. There simply is no substitute for good quality camping socks. Because as we all know, if our feet aren’t comfortable, neither is the rest of our body; hers included.
This is why you can never go wrong with getting her Merino wool socks. Wool is one of best moisture wicking materials and is preferred over other knits. Especially cotton that stays wet from sweat and breeds bacteria.
The other great thing about merino wool is it’s not super thick to make hiking shoes or boots uncomfortable or cause chafing. And, wool is the best fiber material to wear in even extreme weather conditions. They are designed to wear in any type of shoe or boot for camping, hiking, cycling or really, anytime.
Women’s Ponytail Camping Cap
Ball caps are one of the most common headgear for women campers and hikers alike. However, most ball caps are uncomfortable to wear when a women’s hair is pulled back into a high ponytail or bun.
And, while those stylish, blingy ball caps are cute, they just don’t wear well on the trail or at camp. In fact, I’ve ruined so many of my own ball caps that have faded, gotten dirty, or blew off my head because they didn’t fit right. Which for all those reasons, a women-specific ponytail baseball cap is the perfect hat for women to wear on their outdoor adventures.
They have a specially designed criss-cross band on the back instead of those plastic straps that just don’t sit right on her head. Plus, these type of camping hats are made of a non-allergenic, quick-drying polyester fabric that won’t fade or soil from sweat on hot days. They’re functional yet still have a little feminine design to fit better on her head.
But what if she’s not a baseball cap type of girl? Well, a women’s boonie hat with ponytail access is another option to still keep her head and face shielded from the sun weather.
Sleeping and Comfort
Sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity whether she’s camping in the wild, on the hiking trail or in her camper van. Getting the most from her outdoor experience in the mountains requires enough rest to be fully alert for her adventures.
“It’s all about that bass”, sings Meghan Trainor. But, in the camping world, it’s about the other “base”; which would be her sleeping foundation…er…her sleeping pad. This is what goes between the tent floor and her sleeping bag. Consider it her “camping mattress” so-to-speak.
Also known as a ground pad, thermal pad, sleeping mat, or roll mat is a lightweight pad that campers, hikers, backpackers and budget travelers use in conjunction with a sleeping bag. It helps to provide a cushion for a camper to get good rejuvenating sleep.
And like a mattress at home, her camping sleeping pad is one of the most important camping gear accessories she’ll every let you spend your money on. So, “for her”, you need to get it right…the first time.
Built on their iconic proprietary Spaceframe™ baffle construction, the insulated NEMO Tensor sleeping pad offers quiet, supportive comfort in an ultralight package. The low-stretch die-cut trusses helps to eliminate springiness while protecting elbows and hips from poking through to the ground. Additionally, its’ internal layer of ultra-thin film reduces convection currents and adds R-value.
Coupled with a high quality sleeping pad (above), another piece of camping gear ladies need to take very seriously is a good quality sleeping bag. Because as we chicks can appreciate, we get cold faster and tend to stay cold longer.
So, don’t skimp on her sleeping gear! Which is why I highly recommend Big Agnes’ Disco sleeping bag (to 15°F) and the Daisy Mae sleeping bag (to 0°F) which are designed specifically for women. Both are lightweight enough for backpacking but cozy enough for camping in freezing temperatures.
♦ PRO TIP: We highly recommend one of these compression sacks to pack her sleeping bag to be the most compact for camping and storage.
Rechargeable Pocket Hand Warmers
Camping in cold weather shouldn’t mean she has to suffer with cold hands. Rechargeable pocket hand warmers are just the ticket to keeping her hands warm and toasty in her pockets until she has to use them.
What’s great is they can be used separately or hikers and campers can combine them into one. And, their adjustable 3-speed warming action quickly heats up to a toasty 131°F! They provide long-lasting heat which makes them perfect for women campers and lady hikers who’s hands seem to get cold. These are just the perfect women’s camping gift ideas to pair with a pair of socks (mentioned above) or fingerless mittens.
But, if your girl camper is trying out camping for the first time or you don’t want to spend unnecessary moola on something she may only use once or twice, you may just want to gift her a disposable Hot Hands variety pack to keep on hand just in case. They’re great for keeping your hands, feet and even body core warmer on those nippy days or nights.
Also, those Hot Hands are a perfect addition to put in the bottom of her sleeping bag to keep her tootsies warm.
Personal Hygiene Camping Gifts for Women
Female Urination Device
Yep, I’m going to go there. Well, not GO there, but go THERE. So, if you’re a guy and you embarrass easily, just think about what us girls have to endure when we’re camping in the wild.
It’s so unfair that boys can pee standing up. Yet, us ladies have to go find a bush to squat behind which can be embarrassing to even dangerous. If you’re a guy, we wouldn’t expect you to understand. But you can at least try by reading why my suggestion for why this one of the best practical camping gifts for women.
I’ll never forget those embarrassing moments while I’d be on motorcycle ride with the guys having to figure out a way to pee ‘in the company of men’. And sometimes, those places weren’t anywhere near a bush to hide behind. But I digress. Ev-er-y time, I’d accidentally pee on my pants or boots while trying to squat. Oh, let’s not forget the time I squatted right over a rattler!
But then, my son, a former U.S. Soldier told me about some sort of female urination funnel also called “FUD” or “STP” (stand to pee) device they issue to female soldiers in the field.
After much research, I bought my first GoGirl! It’s a revolutionary bathroom solution for outdoorsy women who want the ability to pee conveniently anywhere; even in the company of men! It allows women to pee standing up just like the boys! So, now rather than squatting, hovering, or holding it, camping chicks can unzip, whip it out and GO…standing up!
Disposable Female Urinal Funnels
Now, there are times and places where we ladies may not want to deal with washing out the reusable FUD mentioned above. Thus, disposable female urinal funnels are an even simpler throw-away potty solution for camping or hiking.
So whether she’s headed out on a group ride, going to hike with her friends or camping in a tent, they will help make eliminating so much easier and more sanitary than squatting and peeing on herself wherever that may be.
They’re also perfect for those late night potty breaks when she may not want to exit her tent or camper van. The urinal funnel tip fits inside a standard water bottle (of course she’s going to eventually dump and throw away). They’re one of the most practical women’s camping gifts you can get her. Even if it’s meant as a gag gift, she’ll still appreciate them to avoid outdoor embarrassments, icky port-a-potties and gross public toilets.
Most ladies prefer to be clean; even when recreating outdoors. However, if your girl camper is like me, when she’s camping or hiking, the last thing she wants is to smell like a flower shop or bakery. Especially in the wild, those fruity, flowery and birthday cake smelling body sprays may attract things she really doesn’t want to meet while camping like bees or bears!
Which is why camping chicks like me like Venture Wipes because they clean the body instead of covering up stinky B.O. These body wipes are unscented, bigger and don’t fall apart like other body wipes. And they stay moist even to the end of her Venture bath.
In fact, each wipe is so durable that she can even rinse and reuse it. I actually use them in the shower as a disposable wash cloth by adding a little shower soap to get a good scrub.
They’re just perfect for a quick cleanup after a good hike, a salty paddle or day on the beach and between showers. Another reason why this is one of the best camping gifts for women is they are packed in single-use pouches for quick convenience. I usually keep one or two in my pants pocket and in my daypack. I also store one in my GoGirl pouch for cleanliness ‘after’. I even keep one in my kayak dry bag, sightseeing bag and day cruise bag for refreshing cleanups.
♦ CAMPING PRO TIP ♦ Let’s remember the leave no trace principle. Never discard any female disposable trash in the wild. Put them in a small zipper sandwich baggie or two until she can dispose of them in a proper trash receptacle.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
Anything us ladies absolutely loathe is placing our shampoo and bath gel bottles the dirty shower floor in the campground bathhouse. Or, putting our girlie supplies on the dirty countertop. Which is why she needs a good quality travel toiletry bag to keep all of her toiletries tucked in one place.
Just unzip to open and hang it on the shower rod or hook to allow access to her suds, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, razor, etc. without contamination of whatever-the-hell-that-is on the floor or countertop. Want to make this an even better practical gift for her? Fill it with a travel toiletry supply kit to get her started!
One of my favorite practical camping gifts for women is dry shopping. In fact, I use it regularly when we camp off grid in the wild in our small motorhome. Since we’re so limited in our water capacity, hair washing every couple days just isn’t going to happen. Your girl camper will, no doubt, endure the same.
So, to help keep her hair looking clean and fresh, a good dry shampoo will help hold her over until she can hit the campground shower, or get home for that long hot invigorating shower. Dry shampoo can help as a styling tool to absorb oils and add a little lift to make it look not so flat and dirty.
A word of caution though, advise her not to use it everyday as it may weaken her hair elasticity and could potentially create scalp issues. I just use it once or twice a week; after which, I’ll be headed to the shower anyways.
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Wrapping up our camping gifts for women
While there are many other different selections of camping gear, these practical camping gifts for women are designed and manufactured to be efficient, lightweight and necessary. So, save the fashion for the fancy nights on the town. Fit and function is the name of the game when outfitting camping adventures for the girls.
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