Organizing for Summer: Camping
Camping is a favorite summer adventure, but it is also an activity that requires a lot of equipment, tools, and personal belongings. The last thing you want to do is finally arrive at your remote destination only to realize that you forgot the toilet paper! With these important tips, you can easily take the stress out of planning for your next camping trip.
Have a Plan
You don’t need a full itinerary for your camping trip, but you should have a general idea of your experience so you can plan accordingly. Is there a lake nearby? Is your camping site a hiking area? Are there showers provided, or are you going to have to get creative with bathing? Knowing and understanding your surroundings can help you prepare for an organized adventure.
Create a List
Organization within the home is bound to make your out-of-home experience successful. This starts with the always trusty checklist. Regardless of how many times you’ve been camping, you could still forget an essential. Your entire camping experience will be much more enjoyable if you have everything you need before you leave. While some campgrounds have small convenience stores, other camp areas will have nothing but what nature provides.
Be Prepared with Storage
Bins are a great way to store camping essentials in an easily accessible way. Durable bins can take a beating, inside the car and out, and they are easy to clean. Store sunscreen, bug spray, sanitizer, wipes, and more without clutter. If you’re looking for something with a lid or a stand-alone container, a tool box is a great way to store your camping gear. A tool box can store cooking items, bathroom items, and sharp knives. Tool boxes that unfold into multiple levels are ideal, creating a contained but still accessible, storage solution.
Tame the Tent Space
It’s hard enough keeping rooms clean at home. Organizing a small space shared with others can seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are some easy ways to keep the tent organized. To minimize debris, establish a “no shoes” rule for inside the tent and sweep it out every morning to keep it clean. A mesh bag is great for organizing clothes, keeping things visible so you don’t have to rummage through multiple compartments. Labeled bins also help with clear organization, whether you label based on the individual or the type of items stored. Also, roll up the sleeping bags or blankets to keep them out of the way during daytime hours.
Once you have these storage methods in place, you can often keep your camping materials organized this way in between trips. This makes every subsequent trip that much easier, as long as you keep in mind what needs restocked. The more organized you can keep your camping trip, the more fun it will be.