Both of us have just returned from our final summer camping trips. We each had a blast being in nature, seeing a sky full of stars and breathing in fresh air. We’d like to share what we’ve learned about packing to make it easy for you to get away at your next opportunity.
Things to do in advance
Reservations: California State Park system opens up reservations 7 months in advance…plan ahead to get your ideal spot. That means if you’re thinking of camping in June next summer, go online to Reserve America to reserve your sites on the first of December.
- Create a checklist that you can use year after year
- Toiletries- it’s helpful even if redundant to have some of these pre-packed so you’re ready to go without too much effort
- Pre-pack tubs or bins of kitchen supplies, general utility items, and fun activities (games/toys). Keep the bins packed year-round so they’re ready to go
While you’re there
- Setting up camp – just like you would organize at home, set up zones so everyone knows where to find their needed items. Designate areas for important things like your flashlight, warm hat, sunscreen, maps
- Set up a kitchen area where you can concentrate your cooking tools, trash, clothesline
- Create a dedicated container for important items like keys, glasses, passes, etc.
When you get home
Even though you’re tired, take the extra effort to:
- Clean things out, wipe things down
- Restock your bins
- Put things back in order so you’re ready to go next time
Preparation paves the way for a relaxing and fun outing you can look forward to and make happen efficiently. The silver lining of pre-preparing for camping is you’ll also have some preparations in place in case of an emergency!
Contact us if you’d like us to send you our camping checklists!