Mom’s need to get away even if for just one night. We need to relax and have some fun connecting with friends where we aren’t constantly entertaining and watching over kids. One affordable way to do it is with camping, but not using a tent, but with renting a cabin at a local campground. This gives the atmosphere of camping but without the work of pitching a tent so there is less setup time, less clean up required, and more time for fun and actual sitting (a rare thing for mom’s!).
Sounds like a perfect Mom’s mini-getaway, am I right?
Many campgrounds offer cabins for rental. Cut out the driving time and find one that is local. The one we rent is simply a small one room cabin with two bunk-beds and a table, plus heat if it’s cold. Raining and a tent can be miserable and messy, so the roof is nice in case of rain. The camping experience is still there with the campfire, sitting outside (again I love the sitting), and grilling but with less work it is more enjoyable. The price is affordable, for instance our rental is just under $68 for a night and split by four or five women the price per person is only about $13 to $17 apiece. Add in costs for food, drink, and firewood split by four or five and you have a very cheap, fun overnight outing with girlfriends. The time socializing with friends is priceless. A time to recharge and connect with friends is so important.
What to pack:
1). Dinner Food:
- meat to grill or large mushroom marinated in soy sauce/balsamic vinegar/garlic on a bun
- cheese and crackers
- 5-layer taco dip with lime tortilla chips
- cold pasta salad
- cashews or almonds
- s’mores (because we all love chocolate)
- veggies and dip
- stack fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, tomato slices, Ritz crackers, drizzle with olive oil (optional: drizzle with balsamic vinegar)
- iced coffee
4). What to drink:
- bottled water
- Bloody Mary’s
- wine in a box (then you don’t need an opener, my favorite is Bota Box RedVolution or Blackhawk Night are my favorites)
- sheets and blanket or sleeping bag
- air mattress and pump
6). Also bring:
- cooler with ice
- Apples to Apples game or Cards Against Humanity game, deck of cards
- charcoal and lighter fluid, grill if needed
- plates, napkins, utensils, cups
- bug spray and sunscreen
- music, such as an iPhone utilizing a portable speaker
- matches and paper to start a campfire (buy bundles of wood at campground)
- roasting sticks for marshmallows
- garbage bags
- overnight bag with bathroom essentials
- candles (just for fun)
- flashlights nad lantern
The time away rekindles the spirit, allows connection with friends, and camping with a roof overhead takes away the extra work of a tent and the possible bad weather factors. Giving yourself the time to chat with friends is priceless in our busy mom lives. Just watch out for stowaways as husbands and kids will be so jealous, they will try to sneak along. I can’t wait to go on my non-camping, camping overnight with friends.
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