Thursday, February 28, 2013

Camping Packing Tips

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Camping Packing Tips
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Camping is a great way to vacation, whether you're alone or a family of 6.  Packing for a family vacation can be a stressful ordeal.

Here are a few packing tips for your camping getaway:

  • Camping checklists will ensure you don't forget important items so you can have a relaxing vacation.
  • Grab some large plastic containers with a secure lid.  You can find them at most discount stores.  Holiday plastic containers usually go on sale after the Holidays, so stock up.
  • These large plastic containers will help keep the rain out and most animals, too.
  • Group your camping supplies, and pack the rarely used items on the bottom.  For instance, one container will hold kitchen supplies.  If you won't need the strainer right away, put that on bottom.  If you're a coffee junkie, you'll want the coffee pot on top.
  • Remember the "first one in, last one out" rule.  Save one container for essentials you'll need when you get to the campsite.  This could be different for everyone.  Examples would be, if you'll need or want the first aid kit, flashlight, tools, jackets, etc., right away, pack those together and put in the vehicle last.
  • Be sure to put any liquid items (shampoo, cologne, etc) in ziploc bags.  You don't want them leaking all over everything.
  • If you have young children, take an entire outfit (shirt, shorts, socks, etc) and put them in large Ziploc bags.  You'll have less stress in the morning helping the little ones dress.  Just grab a bag and go.
  • Pack children's toys in their backpack.  They won't have to search for something to do when you're trying to set up camp. 
What other camping packing tips do you have?  I'd love to hear them!

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After Camping Checklist

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Camping tent and bonfire
You're back from your camping getaway and you're relaxed, but tired.

Unfortunately, there are some pressing tasks to do before you can put your feet up in the easy chair.

Items you marked from your Camping Pre-Trip Checklist like setting a timer for your lights and having your mail held for pickup, will need to be addressed.

Your camping tent, sleeping bags, and pillows should be hung up to air out and dry.

Another item on the list includes doing laundry.  While that may seem obvious, I added it so you don't make the same mistake I did one year.

I waited a couple of days after our camping trip to do laundry.  Big mistake!

Some of the clothes were damp and stuffed into a laundry bag, so they grew mold.  I lost quite a few clothes that year.

So you don't make my mistakes, print your free After Camping Checklist!


Camping Supply Checklist

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Campsite
A camping getaway can be very stressful.  There's reservations to make, securing your home for an extended stay, worrying if you'll forget a camping essential, to name just a few.

Making a Camping Supply Checklist is a great start to having a stress-free camping vacation.

Your specific camping list might differ from other campers, but the basic supplies are pretty common.

When making your camping checklist, keep in mind your needs, your family's needs, how you will be camping (tent, rv, etc), how long you will be away, what time of the year you will be gone, and your specific camping activities.

To get you started on making your list, you can print my free Camping Supply Checklist and tweak it for your specific camping needs.

Happy Camping!
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Camping Pre Trip Checklist

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Camping Pre-Trip Checklist
Camping checklists are essential to a stress-free getaway.

Making lists may sound daunting, but I'm here to help.

The first list to make is a Camping Pre-Trip Checklist.

This checklist will be used a few weeks to months before your Camping Adventure.

You should include everything that needs to be done before your actual trip, such as rescheduling appointments if needed, or arranging for your mail to be held while you're gone.

Having a pre-trip checklist will help ensure a relaxing vacation.

Print your free Camping Pre-Trip Checklist.

Happy Camping!

Welcome to Camping Comrade!

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family camping
Welcome to Camping Comrade, where you will find unique tips, checklists, activities, and recipes designed to make your family camping getaway fun and stress-free.

As you explore the site, keep your destination in mind.  Will you be camping and hiking?  Camping on the beach?  Camping in the forest?  The destination plays a big role in what camping supplies you will need.

Other tips to keep in mind. Will you be camping in a tent or a camper?  Will your animals accompany you?

These questions need to be answered and planned for to ensure a stress free family camping adventure.

Reader involvement is welcomed and appreciated.  If you feel something should be added to help others with their camping vacation, feel free to contact me or leave a comment. 

Camping Comrade is very new, so keep checking back as more tips are added.  You will find subscription buttons at the top of the page, just choose rss or email.

I hope your family camping getaway is full of fun and relaxation!

To get to know me a little better, be sure to read Who Is Pam, and welcome again to Camping Comrade!

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