This may not be true for all women, but I know for me and my lady friends, this is totally true. In general women hate camping.

When I was a teenager I hated camping for a whole different reason than why I hate it now. You see, when you’re a teenage girl, you don’t like getting dirty, messing your hair and makeup up and you don’t like to stink. These are all things that happen when you’re camping. A few days of no showers, no electricity and all your clothes reeking like a camp fire. Makes you want to pull your greasy snarly hair out. Modern conveniences are a must for a teenage girl.

Now that I’m a mom, I don’t care so much about my appearance and the no electricity issue. I hate camping because of all the work that goes into it. The men for some reason only seem to be able to pack themselves and the tent. The women on the other hand get the pleasure of packing all the kids, herself, the food, any medicines that might be needed and whatever is needed for the dog.

This in itself wouldn’t be so horrible. However, the house needs to be cleaned and the laundry needs to be done before you leave for camping or the mess is astronomical by the time you return from camping. Not only is there the extra dirty camping clothes, there are dirty dishes to clean, food to put away, coolers to clean out, all the camping stuff to put away and the kids need a bath, too.

If the extra cleaning and packing isn’t enough, the kids never seem to be able to sleep well when you’re sleeping in a tent. They always hear strange noises, they want to crawl in your sleeping bag and then they get up at the crack of dawn thanks to the lack of curtains in a tent.

So guys, the next time you want to go camping and the lady in your life gives you some grief, this is why. If you want her to be a bit more gung-ho about it, then give her an extra hand. She’ll thank you for it.

Joy Larson is a mother of four boys, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.