11 Signs You Had a Memorable Camping Trip

Evidence of a great camping trip can be found all around as you pack your gear and cooking supplies back into your car. Cue dirty feet climbing into the back seat and sweatshirts smelling of a smoky campfire. Relish in the post-camping bliss as you notice these surefire signs that you've had a memorable trip in the wilderness.

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1. Dirty Feet

"To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug." - Helen Keller

Having dirty feet—and loving them—is the first sign you had a great camping trip because it means you kicked off your shoes and felt the dirt between your toes.

2. An Empty Cooler

Don't look at your empty cooler as a bad thing. You used up all your food for campfire meals that can't be replicated on a kitchen stove—and that's a great thing. Grab a post-camping meal at a local restaurant and reminisce about the trip.

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3. Stories to Tell

If you leave with a great story (or two or three!) then you can be sure it was a great trip, or at least a memorable one. The best trips are the ones with stories you tell over and over again. 

4. Good Mood

You have stories to tell and you're smiling as you divulge every last detail of the trip, from finding the campsite to making dinner on your last night. That good mood bubbles over in the days to come and when that happens you can be sure you had a memorable trip.

5. Planning Your Next Trip

When you leave talking about where and when your next trip will be and how soon you can go again, it's a sure sign you had a good time.

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About the Author

Mandie Pouwels

Mandie Pouwels is a contributor to ReserveAmerica.com and the founder of www.girlycamping.com. As an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast, she spends her free time backpacking in the mountains, hitting the hiking trails, or staying active at the beach. Follow her on Google+

Mandie Pouwels is a contributor to ReserveAmerica.com and the founder of www.girlycamping.com. As an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast, she spends her free time backpacking in the mountains, hitting the hiking trails, or staying active at the beach. Follow her on Google+

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