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26
Aug

Breathing New Life Into an Old Camper

The old but loved 1966 Go Tag Along still had some years left in her. While sitting at the campground scrolling Facebook, I saw an ad for a 1966 ‘Go Tag Along’ vintage trailer for sale in my town!! They are never in my town!! Until now I could easily pass on the fading stars I saw advertised because I

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26
Aug

Tailgate Like a Champion

Arriving 4 hours before the big game is a must for some die-hard sports enthusiasts. But instead of standing in the line to enter the stadium, they are lighting the grills, starting the smokers and assembling some of the most mouthwatering appetizer spreads imaginable. Gourmet grilled hotdogs, smoked stuffed jalapenos, smash burgers, bourbon-glazed ribs and craft cocktails are all on

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26
Aug

Gear for a Tiny Space & Big Fun

The bed is the first thing I set up when I’m getting ready for a trip; everything else goes in around it. I try to keep all my gear very simple but functional too. Here’s a photo of what I packed for a 51 day road trip last spring, with the exception of my clothing. Starting in the front of the

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26
Aug

Glamping

Glamping – Urban Dictionary defines as “to camp in style, comfort, and/or luxury while still experiencing the great outdoors.” In the scenario below, well-known among girl campers, surely, I’m glamping: Camping with a group of women and everyone has beautifully decorated trailers with themes and throw pillows and twinkle lights. Gathering in a group at a campground with full hookups

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26
Aug

Girl Camper Moments: Into the Wilderness

When my husband died unexpectedly while we were in the midst of picking out a camper for retirement, I had no clue what I was going to do. I just knew instinctively I needed to put something joyful in front of me in order to survive that kind of loss. I bought my first camper shortly afterward and headed into

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26
Aug

Girl Camper Moments: Becoming a Girl Camper

When my husband died, we were looking at campers for retirement. Before the funeral even occurred, I knew instinctively that I needed to put something joyful in front of me or I was never going to live through such a traumatic event. I had heard about women’s camping groups and a whole movement of “girl campers”. I knew when I

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26
Aug

A Girlfriends Getaway

Taking time away with girlfriends is a dream for most, but my friend Tia Simms easily lays out the groundwork in this fantastic blog post on GoRVing. She created the perfect weekend camping trip with perfect ground work ideas. She was honest with her comfort level when towing and setting up camp and with her guests levels of comfort. Photo courtesy

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26
Aug

Girl Camper Safety

Many solo women travelers talk to me about safety when they’re thinking of buying a camper. There are definitely a few obvious things you can do to enhance your safety but there are a few things you may not have thought about. I spoke with former law enforcement officer and girl camper Ginny Craven along with campground owner Lisa Wilson

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26
Aug

The Kitchen – ugh!!!

Keeping it simple is first on the list because I hate to cook. No matter where I am (not a chore I enjoy at home either).  I know there are many campers that love the experiences of camp cooking.  But not me.  I don’t think solo travel or car camping have anything to do with it.  But, having said all

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24
Aug

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION

  A GirlCamper.com Monthly Column hosted by Mary Ellen Arndorfer In the spirit of Girl Campers everywhere, this column is dedicated to giving ourselves permission. We are often our own worst enemies. We often get in our own way, and frequently stop ourselves from pursuing our passions, dreaming up excuse after excuse. Add to this societal norms, personal history, family expectations, stories

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