When planning a camping trip it is important to pack all the essentials. Imagine being out at the campsite and you are missing essentials you may need. We are guilty of that. Even though I try to be prepare there is something I have missed before that we did not think of. We are not experts, but have forgotten a thing or two. So I came up with a checklist of things you may need that can help your camping experience:
1) Checklist-If you make a checklist, it will be easier for you not to forget items you will need.
We have never ventured alone. The more the merrier right? This trip we will be joining my husband's family. Since we will all be at one campsite, they made one list of items we needed. They marked the items they already have and will be bringing. No need to bring two of everything. Leaves us more room in our vehicle for other things we will need.
2) Toiletries-You do not need to take your full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash with you. Trust me, you will survive. And this is not a hotel, so you will not receive a set of toiletries when you check in. I bring the bare necessities. I do not need to do the 5-step face washing system when I go camping. Depending where you camp, you may not even have a shower. Ever taken a bath in a lake or river?
3) Medicine Kit-So yes, everyone knows to have a first aid kit but what about a medicine kit? Have you ever gone on a trip and gotten sick, yes-ME. Have allergies come out of nowhere? Your body may not be use to the great outdoors. All those trees, flowers, and unknowns.
Make a list of symptoms you and your family suffer from or have suffered from. Is anyone in your family on regulatory medicine? Those items need to be packed in your Medicine kit. You do not need to bring the entire medicine cabinet, but make sure you have things your family will need.
4) Food. Make a Menu. We do family style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks are grab and go. Don't forget the snack for the actual drive. Don't pay the oh-so-unconvenient convenient store/gas station prices.
Food for the camping trip is placed in plastic bins. This way no critters will get into your food. The items that need to be refrigerated will be in the coolers. I stick them in plastic baggies, so they won't get soaked once the ice starts melting. Not sure where my husband heard this tip, but he adds salt to the ice that is used in our coolers to make the ice last longer. It always works works for us.
5) Clothes List. On a sheet of paper, write down how many days you will need clothes for. Be specific on the items you need. I have over packed several times. I lay out the clothes, check them off the days, and then group them together. I do the same thing for the toddler, but I actually do pack extra clothes for her.
6) Itinerary. I am OCD about certain things and an itinerary is one of them. It does not have to be very specific but just so you can plan your outfits, menu, and next adventure.
Do you have any camping tips you want to share? What is your must have item? Things you never leave home without?