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I think the hardest part of camping is packing. Making sure everything you need and might need is packed and organized. It has to be small enough to fit in the car and organized in such a way that when you’re out enjoying nature you don’t have to search through everything to find what you need.

A couple of years ago I came across this post.

Tent Camping by Kelley at Taking on Today

This changed everything for me. It allowed me to be organized, stay organized, and virtually stay packed for camping forever.

So now, when camping season comes around all I do is double check my bins. I keep everything together in the garage so it’s easy to find and easy to store. The only things I pack before a camping trip are food and clothes.

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Keep Packed It Packed In Bins (all the supplies you need each time)

Pack in the Car (all the gear)

Pack Each Time (clothes and cooking supplies)

Camping Food (Easy Meals and Snacks)

Camping Fun (games, toys, and crafts)

Nature Scavenger Hunt (print and take to keep kids busy while you set up camp)

 

Keep Packed All Summer

☐ Umbrellas
☐ Rain ponchos

☐ Lighters
☐ Flashlights
☐ Headlamps
☐ Lantern
☐ String lights

☐ Mirror
☐ Alarm clock
☐ Extension cord

☐ Tablecloth
☐ Tablecloth holders

☐ Clorox wipes
☐ Baby wipes

☐ Clothesline
☐ Clothespins
☐ Dust pan and brush

☐ Extra tarps
☐ Cable ties
☐ Bungee cords
☐ Scissors
☐ Screwdrivers
☐ Hammer
☐ Swiss army knife
☐ Matches

☐ Sharpies and pen
☐ Duct tape
☐ Extra tent stakes

☐ First aid kit
☐ Nail clippers
☐ Tweezers

☐ Dish brush
☐ Dish soap
☐ Hand soap
☐ Hand sanitizer

☐ Mini cutting board
☐ Knives (chef, pairing)
☐ Measuring spoons and cups
☐ Tongs
☐ Spatula
☐ Peeler
☐ Grill scrubber and skewers

☐ Pot holder
☐ Coffee pot/maker
☐ Servings spoons
☐ Pots, pans
☐ Plates and bowls
☐ Utensils
☐ Marshmallow skewers

Pack in the Car

☐ Coolers with food, drinks, water, and ice
☐ Air mattress and cots
☐ Sleeping Bags
☐ Camp chairs
☐ Tent
☐ Stove table

☐ Bathroom bag
☐ Backpack and jacket
☐ Suitcases

☐ Firewood, kindling, starters, axe, charcoals
☐ Camping and Cooking Supply Bins

☐ Swim bag
☐ Throw blanket and hammock
☐ Ladder toss
☐ Bikes
☐ Fishing gear

Pack Everytime

CLOTHES
☐ Shorts, jeans, yoga pants
☐ Shirts, tanks
☐ Socks, underclothes
☐ Pajamas with extra layer
☐ Hat for sun protection
☐ Hat for sleeping
☐ Hiking boots, sneakers

PURSE/BACKPACK
☐ Camping Reservation
☐ Phone
☐ Wallet
(insurance, credit card, ID, cash)
☐ Sunglasses
☐ Little travel purse
☐ Chargers
☐ Sunscreen
☐ Bug Spray
☐ Wipes
☐ Tissues
☐ Kindle

BATHROOM
☐ Medicine
(allergy, pain, stomach, sleeping)
☐ Thermometer
☐ Tampons/pads
☐ Flip flops for shower
☐ Hair bands
☐ Comb, brush
☐ Shampoo, conditioner, detangler
☐ Wash rag, towels
☐ Soap, lotion
☐ Toothbrush, toothpaste
☐ Deodorant, chapstick

COOKING SUPPLIES
☐ Trash bags
☐ Paper towels
☐ Olive oil, salt and pepper
☐ Washcloths and dish towels
☐ Ziploc bags quart and gallon
☐ Tin foil
☐ Food, drinks, water, ice

SWIM BAG
☐ Swimsuits
☐ Toys
☐ Towels
☐ Goggles
☐ Flip flops
☐ Cover ups

Easy Meals and Snacks

BREAKFAST
☐ Cups of cereal
☐ Eggs, sausage, bacon scramble
☐ Breakfast burritos
eggs, salsa, cheese, tortillas
☐ Cinnamon rolls

LUNCH
☐ Sandwiches
bread, deli meat, cheese, condiments
☐ Sides
chips, fruit, salad

DINNER
☐ Hamburgers
☐ Hot dogs
☐ Foil packs-chicken, veggies, sauce
☐ Steak and baked potatoes
☐ (Pre-made) Fried chicken warmed up

DESSERT
☐ Strawberry shortcake
☐ Banana boats
☐ Smores

SNACKS
☐ Beef jerky
☐ Trail mix
☐ Granola bars

DRINKS
☐ Water
☐ Milk
☐ Gatorade
☐ Beer
☐ Wine
☐ Energy drinks
☐ Capri suns
☐ Coffee
☐ Soda

Games, Toys, and Crafts

THINGS TO TAKE
☐ Bubbles & bubble shooter/wands
☐ Frisbee
☐ Paper, markers, crayons
☐ Sidewalk chalk
☐ Magnifying Glass/Telescope
☐ Glow Sticks
☐ Bottles for glow bowling
☐ Big bouncy ball
☐ Cards/games
☐ Notebook, pens, pencils
☐ Speaker for music
☐ Ladder Ball
☐ Nature Scavenger Hunt

THINGS TO DO
☐ Family talent show
☐ Campground/State Parks Activities
☐ Swim beach
☐ Fish for crayfish with hotdogs
☐ Paddle boarding
☐ Jeep tours
☐ Small town rec center
☐ Geocaching

CRAFTS TO MAKE
Pinecone Owls
☐ Pinecones
☐ Cotton balls
☐ Googly eyes

Painting rocks
☐ Rocks
☐ Paint markers
☐ Sequins

Wind socks
☐ Construction paper
☐ Markers
☐ Streamers
☐ String

Bead bracelets/necklaces
☐ String
☐ Beads

What do you always take camping?

 

Share your favorite camping gear, tips, and tricks

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