It's official. This summer, I'll be attempting my very first camping trip. With a tent. Sleeping on the ground. In a tent. On the ground. In the dirt. Where bugs crawl. If you look at my blog, it's pretty pink and girly. I don't do dirt and bugs. I agreed to said trip in the first place because I'm trying to branch out and try new things. I'm thinking I'm in trouble already. The good news is that the campground has bathrooms with showers, which get good reviews on Trip Advisor for being neat and clean. But still. A tent. On the ground. With dirt. And bugs.
The other day, my brother-in-law e-mailed me a helpful 'camping gear checklist' that's approximately 47 pages long. It's full of things that I do not have, because I do not camp. Not until Memorial Day weekend, that is. The list includes things I would expect to see like a tent, sleeping bags, etc. but there are other weird things that give me pause. Like, what am I going to need an axe for? I don't even know how to use an axe. The one item that really confused me was 'clear nail polish.' Are we going to give each other manicures at the campsite? If so, camping isn't going to be as bad as I thought.
It turns out that the nail polish is for ticks. According to Google, you put nail polish on ticks if they latch on to your skin. First of all, I don't want to think about ANYTHING latching on to my skin. Second, ticks have Lyme Disease, which is not a souvenir I want to bring back from my little camping adventure. Last, I found out when I googled 'tick repellent' that ticks are not really bugs at all, they're arachnids. As in spider-like; eight legs and all (I also looked up tick pictures and counted). Seriously, ew. So now I'm sleeping in a tent, on the ground, with dirt, bugs AND spidery things. Awesome. Why have a I never thought to do this camping thing before? It sounds fabulous.
If a tick jumps on me though, I can guarantee you that the LAST thing I'm going to want to do is give it a manicure.